Alissa Swank, LMHC
Photo by Midori Jordan
Areas of Focus
Food and Body Issues
Pregnancy & Postpartum
Abuse and Trauma
Grief and Loss
Family of Origin
Sleep or Insomnia
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, your self-awareness increases, and along with more self-awareness comes greater self-empowerment, which can offer you more choices in how you navigate through your life. My hope is to help you find healing and wholeness that you may be more empowered.
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 attachment theory, some cognitive behavioral or dialectical behavioral techniques, 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 am passionate about working with individuals and their relationship with their bodies, food, pregnancy, birth, and wild nature. My hope is for all to find their voice, truth, and inner joy and strength.
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 (#MC60728057) in Washington State.
The fee for counseling services is $95 per 50-minute individual session.
5227 Ballard Ave NW Seattle, Washington 98107
Use the form below to setup a free 15-minute phone consultation. You may also email or call me. I look forward to speaking with you!