Ken Stürtz, MA, LMHC
I am Licensed Mental Health Counselor with a Masters Degree in Psychology from Antioch University Seattle. I also obtained my Bachelor of Arts Degree from Antioch, and studied liberal arts with a concentration in ecopsychology. Ecopsychology studies the relationships between human beings and the natural world. For me, the therapeutic process is about noticing, acknowledging, understanding, and changing within the context of our relationships which exist within ourselves and with others. My studies in ecopsychology and psychology have helped shape my attunement to this interconnectedness and interdependence.
I grew up in a small farming town in northern Washington. As a child I experienced relational trauma that resulted in feelings of depression and anxiety throughout my childhood and adolescence, which only intensified during my teenage years. I began to feel that there was something wrong with me- I felt alone, broken, unlovable, fearful and suicidal. In early adulthood I made the decision to seek counseling. It took time but through my work in therapy I was able to transform my relationship with myself and others, and I experienced soulful healing. I believe that it is through my own experience of resolving trauma, anxiety, and depression in that I am able to be present and effective with clients.
Practice and Approach
In my work I empower individuals to create meaningful change in their lives by providing the opportunity, container and therapeutic relationship to transcend trauma, anxiety and depression. It is my desire to help my clients to live more full, authentic, and genuine lives which are grounded in the present moment. I enjoy working with a wide range of diverse people with a variety of challenges and difficulties including, trauma, grief and loss, internalized oppression, LGBTQ issues, anxiety, and depression.
My approach is an interactive style, which is trauma-informed, person-centered, and strengths-based. It is my belief that clients have the innate power to change and heal. It is within the therapeutic relationship that clients uncover, discover, and elicit their inner strengths, gifts and healing processes. The work I do with clients is unique and tailored to meet their needs. Some of the interventions I use with clients are based in various therapeutic modalities including: Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Attachment Based Psychotherapy, Mindfulness, and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT).