I am a mental health counselor licensed in Washington State. I am also a professional writer with experience working as an RN and a creativity and life coach. I love to draw on all of these elements in counseling, as I believe that our mental, physical, and spiritual health are intertwined and we are happiest and healthiest when we pay attention to all three.
My counseling style is open, warm, flexible, and collaborative. I draw on elements of mindfulness, cognitive behavioral therapy, solution focused therapy, positive psychology, journal therapy, and Emotional Freedom Technique meridian tapping. We'll agree on goals and a treatment plan together, revising as your situation changes.
My specialty areas include:
Grief and Loss
Working through challenging life experiences
Deciding to engage in counseling is a courageous and empowering first step to a happier and more fulfilling life, so I'm glad you've found your way here. I would be honored to travel on this journey with you.
Additional areas of focus: Addictions, Sleeping disorders, Career difficulties, Depression, Compassion fatigue, Cancer, Caregiver Issues and Stress, First Responder Issues, Hospice and End of Life Counseling, Life Purpose, Midlife Crisis, Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks, Pregnancy and Childbirth, Social Anxiety and Phobia, Women's Issues
Clinical approaches: Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Existential Therapy, Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy
WA LMHC LH00010903
I love working with Kerry; she really helps with challenging my over-thinking and negative thoughts but still makese feel completely validated in what I'm feeling. She gets me to see myself in a whole new and much more confident light and working with her has really improved my overall mental health!
Written on Feb 06, 2022 after therapy with Kerry for 1 year and 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, self esteem, and adhd
Kerry helps me recognize patterns in situations and my feelings, and provides an external check on the ways I’m thinking about things. She encourages me to take credit for good self-care behavior, and reminds me to be nicer to myself. Her suggestions on self-talk and phrases I can repeat to myself (mantras) are helpful when I’m faced with challenging situations.
Written on May 11, 2021 after therapy with Kerry for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, grief, intimacy-related issues, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue
I’m very happy I had the opportunity to have Kerry Schafer be my counselor. She was very consistent checking in and holding me accountable with what I what I want on each week. I love how she challenges me in my goals and doesn’t tell me what I want to hear. She validated my feelings and address the issues I have.
Written on Mar 25, 2021 after therapy with Kerry for 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and coaching
Kerry is extremely responsive, an active listener, and provides real world solutions to my internal issues. Amazing!
Written on Mar 11, 2021 after therapy with Kerry for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, grief, sleeping disorders, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue
Kerry has been great so far and I’m very happy to be working with her
Written on Dec 14, 2020 after therapy with Kerry for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, coaching, compassion fatigue, and adhd