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Cindy Watson, LMHC

Stress, Anxiety Trauma, Abuse Grief Self esteem, Motivation Depression
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About me

I am a Licensed mental health counselor in Washington state. My mission is to provide a safe environment in which you can grow, come to know yourself more deeply, and find ways to relieve your suffering. My counseling style is both educational and therapeutic; warm and interactive yet can also be blunt and to the point when needed. I believe that each person is fundamentally healthy and good, and that by finding out more about yourself, you can find healthy ways to get your needs met and live your life more fully. I treat my clients with respect and compassion while using motivation and a little gentle pushing when necessary I have worked with clients with a very wide range of concerns including but not limited to anxiety, depression, trauma, ADHD and relationship issues to name a few. I enjoy helping individuals find tools or stepping stones that can be utilized to get themselves over or through the rough waters of life.

My work is client-centered, which means I work with what the individual brings to the session, without a predetermined idea of how it will go. I also take a strengths-based approach, meaning that I do not pathologize my clients; instead, I try to emphasize their own inherent health. Often times this involves working through layers of thoughts and feelings to get down to what really matters. I believe that our symptoms are ways that the marginalized parts of ourselves are attempting to communicate with us. By listening to these messages, we can find a path to health and wholeness. There are times that it is appropriate for client and therapist to utilize a more structured approach and I frequently pull from many different theories in my approach to counseling. I use cognitive-behavioral, reality therapy, DBT, Motivational Interviewing and many others as needed and desired by the client.

I received my Bachelor of Science in Sociology from Montana State University in 2005. I then obtained a Master of Social Work from Walla Walla University in 2011. I received a Graduate Certificate in Addictions Counseling from Montana State University in 2014. I have had experience working with children, adults and dual diagnosis clients. I have education and experience in providing individual and family therapy. An area of specialized study in graduate school was family violence, trauma and chemical dependency. I also received a minor in Native American Studies and have experience working with clients who identify with the Native American culture. I have been working in this field within an office setting and a home setting since 2011. I have worked in a child behavioral health organization, an adult mental health organization and then an organization that focused on the reunification of families after Department of Children and Family Services was involved. I moved into private practice in 2018 to offer myself more freedom. I continue to participate in trainings and seminars to enhance my skills and further my growth as a counselor.

The only difference between stumbling blocks and stepping stones is the way in which they are used. Counseling should give you what you need to turn those stumbling blocks into stepping stones.

Professional experience

3yrs in practice
Stress, Anxiety Trauma, Abuse Grief Self esteem, Motivation Depression

Additional areas of focus: Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Intimacy-related issues, Parenting issues, Anger management, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder, Coping with life changes, Compassion fatigue, ADHD

Services offered

Live Chat

License information

WA LMHC LH 60583830


These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Cindy Watson. We don't pay anyone to provide their review and they are all made voluntarily. Some people's experience receiving therapy with BetterHelp might be different.

Cindy is really great at getting to the root of issues. She makes me feel very comfortable during my therapy sessions and always has something helpful to say, no matter what problem I'm going through.

Written on Jan 24, 2023 after therapy with Cindy for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, coping with life changes, and adhd

Cindy is sophisticated and knowledgable enough to help me - yet personable enough to relate to me in a comfortable manner. I am grateful for her insight and how she is challenging me to overcome the issues that have been making me unhappy.

Written on Oct 04, 2022 after therapy with Cindy for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, grief, self esteem, and coping with life changes

I’ve been with Cindy Watson for a while now and it’s the most successful I’ve felt in therapy. She is responsive, respectful, encouraging, and engaging. I love how she balances listening with challenging in positive ways! I have asked her for advice with personal to work related issues. I have made major progress and she is always quick to remind me that it was work I did, but I couldn’t have done it without her expertise!

Written on Feb 09, 2021 after therapy with Cindy for 1 year and 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and trauma and abuse

I felt like I clicked with Cindy right away. She understands and relates to me, and helps me by giving me tools to apply to my everyday life that have already drastically improved my quality of life. I’m changed for the better thanks to her.

Written on Jul 07, 2020 after therapy with Cindy for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, self esteem, compassion fatigue, and adhd

Cindy is a thoughtful and knowledgeable counselor. She speaks with such insight and empathy and working with her has been very helpful in my process towards stronger mental health.

Written on Jun 03, 2020 after therapy with Cindy for 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety, grief, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue

I entered into the care of Cindy Watson at the time of a Pandemic, where everyone needs help and anxieties are high.

I am someone who does not come to people for help and I decided to ask for help at a time where many people needed it and Cindy was entirely overwhelmed.

I ended up letting her know that I felt like my needs were not being met. Its at this point that I feel Cindy took full control and understood that People Need help more than ever and her efforts are being exhausted, but she took that chance to STEP UP one more time. This effort only comes from people that strive to be the best they can, she shares and pronounces the concern and effort of someone who truly cares. Even when she is experiencing a time of hardship for herself.

She is appreciated.

Written on May 01, 2020 after therapy with Cindy for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, eating disorders, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, bipolar disorder, and coaching