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Robert Peterson, LICSW

Stress, Anxiety Grief Career difficulties Coping with life changes ADHD
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About me

Hello! I am Robert Peterson, MSW, LICSW. I am a licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker living in the state of Washington. For most of my career, I have worked in international settings with children and adolescents where cultural displacement/adjustment/shock, dislocation from family and friends, isolation and stress are common challenges. The skills I have developed are applicable to youth experiencing trauma, divorce, death of a parent or any other crisis that taxes normal scoping skills.
In addition helping children and adolescents adjust to new situations and expectations through Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Solution Focused Therapy, I work to develop Resilience; the ability to adapt to difficult situations through cognitive restructuring and skill building.

Cultural Adaptation
Interpersonal Relationships
Stress Management
Conflict Resolution
Personal Growth
Depression and Anxiety
Panic Attacks
Parenting and Family Issues
Family & relationship problems
Academic problems

Also experienced in:
ADHD , Academic Issues, Career Planning, College Admissions. Social Adjustment

Clinical approaches:
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy, Crisis Planning and Management.

Professional experience

30yrs in practice

Additional areas of focus: LGBT, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Parenting issues, Anger management, Self esteem, Bipolar disorder, Depression, Adoption and Foster Care, Aging and Geriatric Issues, Autism and Asperger Syndrome, Avoidant Personality, Communication Problems, Coping with Natural or Human-Caused Disaster, Divorce and Separation, Expats, First Responder Issues, Gender Dysphoria, HIV / AIDS, Impulsivity, Intellectual Disability, Men's Issues, Midlife Crisis, Mood Disorders, Multicultural Concerns, Obsessions, Compulsions, and OCD, Paranoia, Personality Disorders, Phobias, Post-traumatic Stress, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Self-Harm, Sexual Assault and Abuse, Sexuality, Social Anxiety and Phobia, Young Adult Issues

Clinical approaches: Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy

License information

WA LICSW LW60174553


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He is such an amazing human being!

Written on Feb 08, 2023 after therapy with Robert for 7 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, lgbt, trauma and abuse, sleeping disorders, self esteem, and coping with life changes

I'm confident knowing that I will continue to improve my mental health with the professional expertise and guidance that Bob exhibits! Only 3 sessions so far, but so far so good!

Written on Feb 02, 2023 after therapy with Robert for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, sleeping disorders, and self esteem

Excellent listener. Makes the conversation move effortlessly and guides it in a way that is easy to fallow yet effective. Very comfortable to talk with and knowledgeable. Highly recommend.

Written on Jan 03, 2023 after therapy with Robert for 2 months on issues concerning depression, lgbt, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, and anger management

Robert has been great!

Written on Oct 27, 2022 after therapy with Robert for 1 year and 3 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, self esteem, and adhd

I really like his method of therapy. He asks you to explain your thoughts or feelings and listens intently, then repeats it back to make sure he understands, or provides another way to see things from what you explained. He's not afraid to challenge your thoughts, but also not afraid to help you build on those thoughts and find better or different solutions to those same problems. Sharply intelligent, very professional, but not afraid to keep it real with you or approach the discussion on a relaxed/casual level if it helps you respond better. A truly professional and caring therapist. Keep up the great work you do!

Written on Oct 14, 2022 after therapy with Robert for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, sleeping disorders, self esteem, anger management, compassion fatigue, and adhd

Robert Peterson is able to get me to keep everything in perspective when I am overwhelmed by work related pressure. He provides me with a rational outside voice that reigns in my self defeating inner voice.

Written on Jun 03, 2022 after therapy with Robert for 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and career difficulties