Speaking your truth into the eyes of someone you trust is universally healing... Counseling can help.
Therapy can feel uncomfortable and intimidating. Through an underlying stance of non-judgment, I am able to join with you wherever you are on this journey. I won’t push an agenda on you. That being said, I will be honest with you. I believe in using ‘real’ language and humor to help break down the tough stuff. People enter my office because something needs to change - I am confident everyone is filled with the capacity for change. I will hold that hope for you, even if you feel you have tried and failed so many times that you've lost your sense of optimism and ability.
While ‘talking it out’ or ‘venting’ can be helpful, I also want you to be able to measure your progress. We will explore specific skills you can implement in your life. You will learn to hear your inner voice (your “gut”) and how to gain more control over your life by being strategic about where you use your energy. Through our work together, you can get back in sync with yourself, establish a firm footing and develop clarity around goals. You will have the skills needed to balance life’s demands and be present for loved ones, while still being able to take a break for yourself. In a nutshell, you will create a life that is purpose driven and fulfilling.
As human beings, we make the best decisions when we have as much information as possible. The therapy process is like holding up a mirror for you to see your life from different angles. I will help you reflect on and make sense of your inner experiences. We both bring expertise to the session and together we'll evaluate what's working and what's not. This collaboration creates long lasting change. Through this whole process, you are not alone.
Counseling Services in Washington State — Rachel Baker LICSW, CDP — Approach to Therapy and Credentials
Individuals are the experts in their own lives; therefore, I utilize a client centered, strengths-based approach, drawing upon several therapeutic modalities in order to meet the needs of each individual. These therapeutic approaches include: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Mindfulness, Solution-Focused Therapy, and Trauma Informed Treatment. Therapy is individualized and directed by you. I am licensed as a Clinical Social Worker (LICSW #LW60031227), Chemical Dependency Professional (CDP #CP00005878), and Master Addiction Counselor (MAC #508329) with over 16 years of experience helping people reach their goals. I hold memberships with the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT).
In December 2018, I became a Certified TeleMental Health provider and began providing distance sessions throughout Washington State in 2019. For more information, check out the “Services & Fees” page.