Copyright 2013. Erin Gist. All Rights Reserved.
12220 113th Ave. NE, Suite 210
Kirkland, WA 98034
I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the State of Washington (LH60214683), a Child Mental Health Specialist and a State Approved Supervisor. In 2007, I graduated with a Master of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology from Argosy University in Seattle. Prior to opening my own practice, I worked in Community Mental Health, Partial Hospitalization/Day Treatment and Group Private Practice environments. Throughout my personal and professional experience, I have learned the importance of empathy and want to hear about people's hurts and life circumstances. I desire to guide, encourage and support people in identifying their brokenness and move toward healing. I have a strong Christian faith and respectfully incorporate it into the care provided to individuals, meeting them where they are at. My non-judgmental, compassionate, yet straightforward holistic approach works well in building a strong therapeutic relationship. If clients would like spiritual care specifically integrated into their treatment, I am comfortable praying with them and allowing scripture to guide healing, redemption and restoration through Christ.
I believe that a counseling process requires collaborative efforts between client and therapist. I am invested in each person and will work just as hard as the client. I will do my very best to meet individual needs. Understanding the uniqueness of each person, I will work together with each client to assess an appropriate length of treatment (either short or long term).
To take full advantage of the therapeutic process, it is important for each client to be invested in their treatment and recovery (structuring therapeutic goals and assessing progress). Efforts to make lasting change requires work in and out of session, increasing self-awareness. Identifying feelings and emotions, exploring negative behaviors and learning about the true self is difficult. It is important to understand that change is a slow, intentional process. Counseling allows the client to gain insight into themselves and it is often uncomfortable while new patterns, routines and transitions are made. Through the difficult work, healing and joy will be found.
My assessment of clients relates to the whole person - emotionally, mentally, physically, relationally and spiritually. I use a holistic approach which incorporates Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Motivational Interviewing and Play Therapy. I have experience working with children, adolescents, adults, couples and families within the context of the following diagnoses and issues: anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), eating disorders, attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD), grief and loss, anger management, stress management, life transitions and relationship issues. I participate in advanced clinical trainings on a regular basis.