I AM CURRENTLY FULL AND NOT ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS. I help clients manage and overcome stress, anxiety, relationship conflict, trouble with attachment and trust, trauma, PTSD, and depression. I will be your guide through the process of personal growth, and together we will do the work to make things better. We're living in tough times right now and we could all use more support.
I use EMDR reprocessing therapy to help people heal. EMDR is highly effective for treating a range of issues from trauma to low self esteem by getting to the emotional core of what's going on. EMDR lets us change things on a deep level when talking just isn't enough.
I find particular value in working with people recovering from medical trauma and chronic illness. I've gone through these challenges myself and enjoy helping others navigate their path to wellness. The medical system often ignores the emotional side of recovery, but it's a crucial part of healing.
call: (425) 998-8598
- One on one telehealth appointments to deeply understand what is happening in your life, and to figure out what we need to adjust to make things better.
EMDR Reprocessing Therapy
- EMDR is highly effective for treating trauma and related disorders. This technique cuts to the emotional core of issues and leads to significant healing. Read more about it by clicking here.
Internal Family Systems
- IFS is a non-pathologizing, hopeful framework within which to practice psychotherapy. It focuses on making friends with and healing hidden parts of ourselves, and is highly effective.
- Human beings require social support. We're living in strange times rife with separation. The connection therapy brings is healing by its very nature. Come see that you're not alone in whatever it is that you're struggling with.
- Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology from Bastyr University
- Graduate Level Internship with Catholic Community Services of Western Washington
- Bachelor's of Science in Cognitive Neuroscience from UC San Diego
- Licensed in Washington State LMCHa #MC60985974
- Licensed in Utah State ACMHC #11743998-6009
- Nationally Certified Counselor as of 2019
- EMDR Trained Clinician 2020
- Clinical Positions held include: Mental Health Counselor, Wilderness Therapy Field Instructor, Homeless Youth Advocate, Residential Treatment Mental Health Worker
Working With Alec
Below are some descriptions for the journey we are embarking upon together. It is an honor to work with you, and I look forward to what we discover along the way.
My Job is to:
Your Job is to:
- Create a safe and comfortable place for you to share
- Provide education and information about relevant topics as they come up
- Maintain safety in the session by pacing how fast or slow we process certain topics
- Encourage you to be open an honest with yourself in a way that is genuine
- Give feedback and share observations about what I see
- Build a supportive relationship with you and earn your trust
- Help you create change
- Bring into session whatever feels most important for us to talk about
- Be open to forming a relationship with me
- Push yourself to be a little bit more open and a little bit more vulnerable than you want to be
- As best you can, tell me when something feels off in our relationship so we can explore and correct it
- Share your dreams and hopes for the future
- Be open to some sort of change
Is there a right way to do therapy?
- Nope. Everyone is unique and good therapy is custom fit for the needs of that person. There are general themes that make counseling effective, but it’s not a one size fits all kind of process.
Should I be doing homework assignments between sessions?
- Assignments can be helpful, but they are not necessary for effective therapy. If it is relevant to our goals we may devise tasks for you to complete between sessions, but in general my counseling is more about the process in session than assignments outside.
How should I prepare for session?
- Sometimes we’re not sure what we want to talk about. That’s okay! I will help you explore different areas of life to see where we can focus. If you want to prepare for session, writing down some thoughts beforehand about what you’d like to work on can be useful.
Are there topics that we shouldn’t talk about?
- Nothing is off limits! That is the wonderful thing about counseling. Everything is fair game.
Do you share my information?
- In order to assure that I am providing you with the best services possible I may share information with my licensed clinical supervisor. This includes what we are working on in session and my approach to helping meet your goals. Also, there are specific circumstances that I am required by law to share certain information, please see the confidentiality disclosure for details.
How do I get the most out of our work together?
Write your thoughts down after session. Wouldn’t it be sad to come up with a great insight only to forget it later? Writing after session really helps to consolidate your therapeutic work and it is my number one suggestion for how to get the most out of our work together.
call: (425) 998-8598
Alec Miller Reaches
Clients throughout Washington