Ken Huey, MA, LMHC
I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) with a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon. My practice includes providing individual and family therapy to children, adolescents and adults. I have worked with children and families for more than 20 years in a wide variety of settings, including community mental health clinics, in schools (both public and private), in infant/toddler/preschool centers, an inpatient psychiatric hospital, and residential facilities. In addition, I have experience collaborating with wraparound teams that work with special populations, including at-risk teens, students with learning disabilities or challenges, children on the autistic spectrum, and those labeled with complex emotional and/or disruptive behavioral issues. My passion is working with children and families and seeing both parents and youth re-awaken with hope again.
My approach and style in therapy with children and families can best be described by PACE—Playfulness, Acceptance, Curiosity and Empathy (which is based on mindfulness and interpersonal neurobiology principles). I am also informed and driven by my strong belief that relationships can be repaired, and that there are alternative ways of being in order to view your life and family in new ways. Depending on your needs, I use a variety of evidenced-based practices, including Family Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy, Play Therapy, Mindfulness-Based therapies, Solution-Focused Therapy, as well as Trauma-Informed therapies. These are always tailored to individual and/or family needs after our initial discussions, and are re-evaluated along the way.
I really enjoy the work I do with parents. My personal experience as a dad has helped me to relate in a way in which I never could before. I have learned how to really just listen to their struggles. I understand that being a parent is one of the most difficult jobs in life, something that can be both joyous and despairing, often in the same moment. I have learned that becoming a parent will force you to go through enormous, and sometimes, unexpected changes as a person, and that as your child is growing and evolving, so will you and your family, in ways that may be unexpected and very difficult at times. I will support my clients through these changes and challenges of relating to one another as they each grow older, together and sometimes apart.
I also strongly believe in just listening and being with the children and teens that I work with. Some things that kids and teens come to me with include feelings and experiences related to being: labeled, different, ostracized, bullied, angry, hopeless, worried, victimized, isolated. A primary aspect of my counseling style is to help re-establish a sense of hope, safety, trust, and security.
Past clients and families have described me as “compassionate”, “someone who listens without judgment,” “extremely patient,” “thoughtful,” “calm,” “a good teacher” and “accepting.”
My primary areas of focus include: emotional and behavioral issues in children and adolescents, depression, anxiety, traumatic stress, family relationship issues, parenting stress, communication blockages.
I was born and raised in San Francisco in a Chinese-American immigrant, working class family. I saw firsthand how difficult it was for my parents to provide for our family with minimum wages and long work hours, all during a time when we also had to take care of a sibling that had been labeled as needing specialized education. Fortunately, my mother was able to find two dedicated and caring teachers that helped my brother to re-enter a mainstream school. This experience made me question what was normal, and inspired me to take a critical look at the education system and what I wanted for my own life and education. I had the opportunity to forge my own path and opted for an undergraduate experience at University of California Santa Cruz, which did not use impersonal letter grades but instead focused on narrative evaluations and that emphasized a critical thinking education.
These experiences began my lifelong questioning and critical look at what is considered mainstream, at labels, at what is “normally” expected and accepted. My first job after college was in a school for students with “emotional and learning difficulties” and what I saw was how the possibility of hope helped these children and families to do better and improve their lives. This initial work experience and growing up in my family have powerfully influenced and inspired me for over 20 years to work with children and families and individuals in exploring what is possible and potential in one’s life.
For more in-depth information about my practice, please visit my website: www.kenhueytherapy.com
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