Christy Adams, MA, LMHC
I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with a Master of Arts degree in Psychology from Antioch University. My clinical experience of almost 20 years as a therapist has included working with children, teens, and and adults, individually, in groups, couples, and family modalities. I am experienced in working with a broad range of clinical issues, particularly with relationships, parenting, identity, adjustment, anxiety, depression, and trauma.
I was born and raised in the Puget Sound area, and now my husband and I are raising our 2 teenagers here. I am fortunate to have a local community of family and friends, but busy lives require a conscientious effort to maintain social connectedness. This awareness encourages me to help support clients in building or maintaining their own support systems and resources for dealing with difficult times. My experiences as a parent have helped broaden my understanding and compassion for the struggles children, teens, and parents experience, as well as the challenges of navigating the often murky waters of change.
My passion for psychology was kindled when I first read Viktor Frankl's, “Man's Search for Meaning”. I valued the idea that one could take hold of something within themselves, and create something valuable within horrifying circumstances. My therapeutic approach is based upon empowering clients to live their lives to the fullest now, and as they move towards their goals. I most often use family systems and cognitive behavioral approaches, and believe change is possible through an exploration of feelings, thoughts, behaviors, personal history, and choices. I value a collaborative approach with my clients, and flexibility in tailoring our work together to best meet your needs and goals.
Mindfulness and relaxation exercises are coping tools I encourage as a means of achieving greater peace and satisfaction in one's life. Developing the practice of nonjudgmental awareness of one's thoughts and emotions can increase the ability to confront and cope with difficult emotions and experiences. I utilize a holistic approach of considering each person's many dimensions which impact their quality of life, and within the context of their family and/or community.
The process of therapy can at times be painful as it encourages one to explore aspects of oneself, history, or choices that are limiting personal growth and attainment of goals. I see one aspect of my role as encouraging reflection and acceptance of oneself as you are where you are, while at the same time helping you identify where and how you would like to make changes. This will often take the form of nonjudgmental open questions and reflections. I may offer suggestions and tools to support your efforts in moving towards your goals, versus providing all the answers or advice. I look forward to walking with you on your journey.
For more in-depth information about my practice, please visit my website: www.christy-adams.com