Who am I and who do I work with?
I have over ten years of experience in the mental health field working with people who struggle with mental health and substance use disorders from very diverse populations including:
-Youth and adolescents struggling with mental health and/or substance use disorders
-Adults dealing with depression, bi-polar disorder, substance use disorders, anxiety, and other persistent and severe mental health disorders
-Individuals dealing with severe life stressors including relationship issues, work performance issues, and financial difficulties
-Youth involved in the criminal justice system dealing with severe behavioral disorders.
Why seek out mental health counseling?
People who seek counseling are generally at a point in their life where things are not going as planned. They are in crisis and are reaching out for any help they can receive.
This is where a professional mental health counselor can be very helpful.
A counselor is trained to work with people in crisis situations (and people dealing with chronic mental health disorders) to help them find ways to better manage their symptoms and therefore be better able to manage their lives.
The type of therapy or counseling done will vary depending on what problem, or problems, a person is most concerned with working on.
What is the type of therapy you are looking for?
When working towards recovery, mental health, and stability, there are many different tools and styles of therapy that address the varied mental health issues which clients present with.
The style of therapy employed in your mental health treatment will depend on what your goals are and what concerns you are trying to address.
As a counselor, I believe therapy should be solution focused, strengths-based, and goal-oriented.
Here are some of the mental health therapy tools I use most often, which I find to be very effective in addressing various issues:
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT): CBT is an evidenced-based style of therapy focused on how a person’s thoughts, behaviors, and moods interact with each other. CBT is effective for a variety of issues, especially anxiety and depressive disorders.
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT): DBT is an evidence-based therapy designed to help people change patterns of behavior that are not helpful, such as self-harm, suicidal thinking, and substance abuse.
Mindfulness: Mindfulness involves intentionally bringing one’s attention to the internal and external experiences occurring in the present moment. Mindfulness skills can be very effective for individuals desiring to gain better control of their thoughts and behaviors, which in turn assists them greatly in their recovery.
I received my Master of Social Work from Eastern Washington University in 2014 with an emphasis on mental health diagnosis and community based therapy.
I received my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Western Washington University in 2007, with an emphasis on cognitive psychology.
I have my Social Worker Associate Independent Clinical License (ID: SC60549720), and my Child Mental Health Specialist (certified by CPC as defined by WAC 388-865-0150)
John White ReachesShoreline WA