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Shawn Thomas BerthelLMHC
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I offer an open and safe space for clients to explore their concerns, free from judgment and with unconditional positive regard. Clients who come to me for services can expect a professional engagement filled with warmth and humor, as well as care and concern for the client's well-being. My number one goal in working with any client, is for the client to experience success in attaining solutions to their concerns, and achieve their highest good in living their best life.
After the paperwork is completed and a file has been established, the first session is very organic. Meaning, its a free flow of the client's thoughts and concerns, without a need for a lot of structure or rigidness in focusing too heavily on any one area. I call it "the time of unpacking". It is the space of time for the client to quite honestly open up that mental closet or emotional storage space, and let everything fall out wherever, so that we can look at what we have going on. From there (typically intended for future sessions) - guided by the client's needs, we develop a plan of working together to repair or replace what needs to be addressed so that the client can move forward again more successfully.
Collaborating with other providers is guided by the client's needs and their permission for me to contact their other providers of care. Working with other providers that the client already works with, requires a release form to be signed by the client, and then having a discussion with the client about what those collaboration needs look like and the extent to which they will be used.
College & graduate student issues
Premera Blue Cross
Young Adults (18-24)
Strength Based Therapy
Cognitive Processing Therapy
Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT)
Solution-Focused Brief Therapy
Ongoing professional CEUs for therapists and counselors.
- Washington, Licensed Mental Health Counselor, LH60656550
Master of Science (w/ Graduate Honors) Mental Health Counseling, Capella University, 2012
Bachelor of Science, Philosophy, Excelsior College
Beginning in 2013, I worked for two clinical mental health and drug treatment agencies over the course of three years, before starting my private practice. I have been in private practice since October 2016. Prior to professional counseling work, I have worked in retail, restaurant, and customer service fields, to name a few other areas of employment.
Office at 5401 S. Tacoma Way, Tacoma, WA
It’s not uncommon to have questions before starting therapy. Shawn Berthel, LMHC, has answered a few of the questions they receive most often from new clients.
Is Shawn Berthel accepting new clients?
Yes, Shawn Berthel is accepting new clients for in-person appointments at 5401 S. Tacoma Way, Tacoma, WA, 98409.
Does Shawn Berthel accept insurance?
Yes, Shawn Berthel accepts insurance, including Anthem, Cigna, Cigna EAP and Premera Blue Cross.
What types of therapy does Shawn Berthel offer?
Shawn Berthel offers therapy for couples, families and individuals.
Does Shawn Berthel offer in-person appointments?
Yes, Shawn Berthel offers in-person appointments at 5401 S. Tacoma Way, Tacoma, WA, 98409.
Does Shawn Berthel offer online therapy?
No, but people can book in-person appointments with Shawn Berthel at 5401 S. Tacoma Way, Tacoma, WA, 98409.
How quickly can I see Shawn Berthel?
Shawn Berthel typically can speak with new clients within 48 hours. You can see their current availability and request an appointment on their profile page.
What languages does Shawn Berthel speak?
Shawn Berthel conducts therapy sessions in English.
Can I book an appointment with Shawn Berthel online?
Yes, you can easily book an appointment with Shawn Berthel online using Choosing Therapy’s directory.