Ask about John Hinrichs
John Hinrichs, MS, LMHC
I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) with over eight years of experience providing specialized mental health and behavioral healthcare services to children, adolescents, and adults. My areas of expertise include: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder/Anxiety Disorders, Mood and Depressive Disorders, ADHD, behavioral support, parenting support, relationship, adjustment/life transitions, self-esteem, identity, LGBTQ, and grief and loss issues. I have worked with a diverse clientele from various backgrounds, who struggle with a wide range of concerns.
Approach to Therapy
Working from evidence-based approaches, I collaborate with each client, and their family as appropriate, to determine their unique needs. I utilize an eclectic approach, drawing from mindfulness-informed cognitive behavioral, client-centered, solution-focused, and family systems approaches to empower clients and families towards reaching their goals. Underlying this approach to therapy is the belief that all human beings are inherently good, deserving of a happy life, and naturally encounter struggles along their journey to improved health, happiness, and fulfillment.
I believe the counselor acts in a unique, objective, and non-judgmental manner, thereby providing a safe place for exploration of sensitive thoughts and emotions. Joining with clients to understand their hurt and in conjunction with clients’ and families’ actions towards improvements, I see the counselor’s role as a guide and teammate to facilitate healing. I place a heavy emphasis on ascertaining both a client’s and their family’s needs so that our communication, mutual understanding, and our work together can be efficient and productive.
Background and Experience
I grew up in the Seattle area in a family that taught the importance of service to others and “building” people up rather than “tearing” them down. Through my early years, I engaged in various community service projects that highlighted the interconnectedness of humanity and the importance of relating to others. I always knew that I wanted to work for something larger than myself, something for which I felt passionately, and which would allow me to observe the positive impact my work would have on the lives of others.
My passion for mental health advocacy and counseling was the result of various early service experiences, a natural fit for my desire to help others, and my personal interest in scientific questions about mind and behavior. Through this work, I strive to help individuals and families make improvements which will enable them to live the happy, productive lives they wish to lead. I believe that each client I work with has the power within to make changes, no matter how long they have struggled, or what they have experienced in the past.
I have a Masters Degree in Clinical-Counseling Psychology from Illinois State University, and I received a Bachelors Degree in Psychology (minor in Sociology) from Washington State University.
Utilizing evidence-based approaches, I have spent the past 8+ years working with children, adolescents, adults, and their families dealing with a wide range of mental health issues and stressful life circumstances. I have experience collaborating with various professionals in efforts to meet the needs of clients. I have worked in both inpatient psychiatric and outpatient community mental health centers, which introduced me to many forms of suffering as well as different approaches to the delivery of excellent mental health care.
Ultimately, counseling needs to be a good match between client/ family and the counselor in order to be productive. Studies have shown that this is a fundamental prerequisite for a successful counseling experience. I look forward to speaking with you further about how we might best embark on this counseling journey together!