ALISSA SWANK COUNSELING
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Areas of Focus

  • Food and Body Issues

  • Eating Disorders

  • Anxiety & Depression

  • Pregnancy & Postpartum

  • Life Transitions

  • Identity Issues

  • Self Esteem

  • Abuse and Trauma

  • Grief and Loss

  • Relational Issues

  • Family of Origin

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Counseling Philosophy

We are all born with a need for connection. As we go through different seasons of life, we may find connection can be a struggle. Maybe you find yourself in a season of feeling lost or disconnected, or maybe you have felt stuck for a long time.

Entering into the therapeutic relationship is a space where exploration and curiosity can exist to help you find your way and reconnect with yourself and others. To find healing and growth in your life requires discovering whatever is getting in the way of your optimal living. As you begin to understand and gain insight, you can grow more self-awareness and self-empowerment, which can offer you more choices in how you navigate through your life. My hope is to help you find healing and empowerment, both which may help you live more fully.

Therapeutic Approach

My approach to therapy is a relational one, where the nature of the clinical relationship helps bring knowledge and understanding to other relationships outside of therapy, both past and present. 

We will explore your symptoms and work together to understand how pieces of your story come together to impact your life today. Along the way, I may draw from understandings of attachment theory, object relations theory, relational psychodynamic psychotherapy, art therapy, and even some play. The beautiful thing about the human spirit is its resilience - as our need for connection never goes away, neither does our drive to find it, no matter how faint.

I use a Health at Every Size (HAES) approach when working with individuals and their relationship to food and their bodies. Together we can address the impacts of weight stigma, diet culture, and other forms of trauma that may perpetuate your disordered eating. I am passionate about helping individuals discover the freedom that comes with finding their voice to speak their truth with strength and authenticity.

Education & Background

I received my Bachelors of Science in Community Health from Western Washington University in the lovely Bellingham, WA. After working for several years as a youth mentor, educator, birth doula, and mountain guide in various non-profit settings, I returned to school and received my Masters of Arts in Counseling Psychology from The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology in Seattle, WA. I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (#LH60901996) in Washington State.

 

 

Rate

The fee for counseling services is $110 per 50-minute individual session.

Location

5227 Ballard Ave NW Suite 9, Seattle, Washington 98107

Contact

(302) 393-5570  alissa@alissaswankcounseling.com

 

 

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