Kim MacEachern, LMHC, PsyD
I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with Masters and Doctorate (PsyD) degrees in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis on Intercultural Dynamics from the Washington School of Professional Psychology. I provide individual and family therapy to children, adolescents and adults. I have extensive training in working with adults in trauma-recovery including survivors of childhood abuse, combat-trauma, and domestic abuse. I believe each person possesses unique strengths, needs, and a worldview that impact the work completed in therapy.
At an early age, I learned the values of bravery and perseverance by witnessing my family thrive in the face of adversity. I was raised in a single-parent home as a child of divorced parents. As a result, there were times of emotional pain and economic scarcity. In order to provide our basic needs, my mother worked multiple jobs before securing stable employment with the federal government. With the security of a new job also came enormous change. I lived in four states and two countries by the age of fourteen. I developed skills to quickly build connections with others and be open and flexible to change. In addition, the opportunity to experience diverse cultures during my formative development impacted how I see the world and navigate relationships. I became motivated to seek out a profession of helping others while honoring differences and cultivating harmony between compassion and adaptability.
My Education and Training
My education abroad fostered an enthusiasm to become an advocate to those who have endured. As an adolescent, I was a diplomat for three years in Model UN and advocated for women’s rights and education in developing nations. After living overseas, I came home to the United States to attend college in Texas, where I graduated with a Bachelors (BA) in Psychology from the University of North Texas in 2007. During my undergraduate years, I began to develop therapeutic skills by working in a crisis call center prior to working as a case manager in a Domestic Violence shelter in Texas. Upon moving to Washington state, I was employed as a family advocate for the YWCA where I gained experience working with families impacted by chemical dependency and maladaptive coping patterns. These early years of training provided insight and skill development in working with families and individuals who have endured repeated suffering and complex trauma. The work was both challenging and rewarding, but felt limited in the impact I could have. From these experiences, I learned that I wanted to deepen my psychological work with those in pain and be part of a path that leads to long-term healing and authentic growth.
I persisted in my journey to complete graduate school and obtained my Masters Degree in 2012 en route to receiving my Doctorate in 2014. My clinical training in psychotherapy includes working in a variety of settings with individuals across the lifespan. I have worked in private practice, elementary and middle schools, medical group practice, a University training clinic, and a community college counseling center. My work has included building alliance with and serving underserved populations, such as low-income families and individuals, immigrants, and sexual minority populations. I have extensive training in co-occurring disorders by providing long-term individual therapy, group therapy, and DSHS mental health evaluations to people who have survived complex and historical trauma with a history of chemical dependency.
My training also includes conducting psychotherapy and psychological assessments for anxiety, depression, acute mental health disorders, learning disabilities, ADHD, cognitive disorders, Brain Injuries, dementia, and SSI and mental health evaluations.
I am currently studying to seek licensure as a Licensed Psychologist in the State of Washington.
My practice is informed by the humanistic perspective as a foundation for working in a genuine and empathic therapeutic relationship. I believe growth is change and the past can inform our present. In my approach, there is also a focus on the relational work in therapy. Therefore, an integrative approach of various therapeutic modalities is utilized to foster authentic growth in the therapeutic relationship between my clients and I. The foci of modalities stem from Rogerian techniques, relational theories, CBT, mindfulness, and existentialism. In therapy, you and I will work together to build an alliance that is safe, collaborative, and honest. Together we will identify joy and challenges in life, seek meaning from experiences, and transcend the pain and suffering caused by life’s adversities.
My personal interests include exploring identity and creativity—how we come to understand ourselves and the world around us. I may incorporate different approaches that are alternative to talk therapy, such as, art, music, and spirituality, to allow for some variety and creativity in our work together.
For more in-depth information about my practice, please visit my website: www.drkimmaceachern.com