I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Washington state and a Licensed Professional Counselor in the states of Oregon and Wyoming. I’m a good fit if you want a therapist who both accepts your process when you need to talk things out, but who will also coach you in specific tools and techniques for feeling better, performing better, and flourishing. Clients tell me that they like that I balance accepting their process with patience whilst actively providing the tools for change and the push for change when needed.
I specialize in applying the tools, techniques, and knowledge of Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Positive Psychology to assist adults with fostering better relationships, improving quality of life, and increasing capacity for resilience in the face of setbacks and trauma. I also assist my clients to access their unique character strengths, experience more positive emotions, and deepen their sense of meaning, and engagement in their daily lives.
I believe that people change and grow by developing opportunities and resources more than by merely managing problems. Treatment may assist you to identify, build, and utilize your strengths. Treatment may also help you to improve your relationships and your ability to relate to other people and to yourself.
What you do outside of treatment in your daily life will be as important in fostering change and promoting healing as the work we do in our meetings.
METHODS AND THERAPEUTIC ORIENTATION
- DBT-informed treatment: DBT consists of the technology of change (Cognitive Behavior Therapy) and the technology of acceptance (skills for building awareness, commonly referred to as "mindfulness").
- Positive Psychology: clinical tools, techniques and interventions derived from the empirical study of well-being, attachment, meaning, flourishing, resilience, and achievement.
- Interpersonal Neurobiology: Many clients find it easier to understand skills for managing stress, emotions, addictions, and relationships when these are explained within the context of the brain works; you might find it easier to relate to therapy when it is explained in terms of the brain and the nervous system.
- EMDR: EMDR promotes the efficient and safe processing of disturbing memories and emotions.
Effective counseling depends on the quality of the relationship that a counselor establishes with you. As a counselor, I commit to the following: to seek to understand your perspective; listen for your most important concerns; accept you without judgement; respect your freedom and autonomy; follow you in determining the goals of your recovery; honor your ideas, your timing, and your pace of change especially when you have moments of doubt and indecision.
Additional areas of focus: Addictions, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Grief, Sleeping disorders, Anger management, Career difficulties, Coaching, Compassion fatigue, Codependency, Commitment Issues, Expats, Family of Origin Issues, Forgiveness, Guilt and Shame, Isolation / Loneliness, Jealousy, Life Purpose, Men's Issues, Midlife Crisis, Mood Disorders, Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks, Post-traumatic Stress, Self-Love, Sex Addiction, Social Anxiety and Phobia, Workplace Issues
Clinical approaches: Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy
WY LPC LPC-1900
WA LMHC 60196775
OR LPC C2609
William Richert has been helping me through some of the most difficult times of my life. He's very attentive and respectful. He has so much knowledge and gives me lots of resources.
Written on Sep 26, 2023 after therapy with William for 9 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, self esteem, compassion fatigue, and adhd
William listens really well and is very observant of things that I may have missed while talking to him. He is very kind and very supportive. He also offers many different resources for more help in between sessions. I have found William very helpful for me and it has been very nice being able to talk with someone who really seems to care.
Written on Aug 05, 2023 after therapy with William for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, and self esteem
William is amazing! He's kind and has a great sense of humor. He listens when needed and give great feedback with tools to help.
Written on Jul 10, 2023 after therapy with William for 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, self esteem, compassion fatigue, and adhd
Exceptional. I was provided with numerous new tools and perspectives that helped me reach my therapy goals in a matter of months with William. All I have is the deepest gratitude.
Written on Jul 03, 2023 after therapy with William for 4 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, coping with life changes, and adhd
Will is very understanding, easy to talk to and so helpful!
Written on Jun 01, 2023 after therapy with William for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, self esteem, and career difficulties
William is awesome. He not only listens to what you have to say but also asls relevent questions and offers solutions to how you are feeling, and how to start your journey on fixing/conquering what is going on. He explains very well why the brain does what it does and how it applies to you. 10/10 would recommend him.
Written on May 09, 2023 after therapy with William for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, intimacy-related issues, and coping with life changes