Heather LaBouy, Psy.D, Licensed Psychologist
I am a Licensed Psychologist with a Doctorate of Psychology in Clinical Psychology from John F. Kennedy University. I received my Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Washington. I provide psychological evaluations and therapy to individuals and couples, primarily focusing on older adolescents, young adults, and adults. My interests include working with clients suffering from anxiety and depression, trauma, identity issues, addiction, eating disorders, and sexuality. I am particularly interested in helping clients work through major life transitions.
BACKGROUND & CLINICAL TRAINING
Although I have been connected to Washington State in one way or another all my life, I primarily grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio. I returned to Seattle to complete my undergraduate training, and worked in community mental health before I moved to the Bay Area of California for graduate school. After 4 years living and working in San Francisco and Oakland, I moved to Albany, New York to complete my internship and then to St. Kitts and Nevis, in the West Indies, for my postdoctoral year. In and amongst my many moves around the U.S., I have spent a considerable amount of time traveling and working abroad in Europe, Eastern Africa, and India.
Cultural exploration is a part of every facet of my life, and influenced my decision to study multicultural psychology at JFK University. My experiences entering, joining, and embracing communities which differ from dominant, western culture has made a significant impact on my ability to understand the intersections of culture and identity. I bring openness to my work with clients-- striving to uncover their individual experiences as they relate to family of origin, gender, ethnicity, ability, and other factors of identity. My goal is to create a transparent interaction where actual and perceived differences between clients and myself can be addressed.
I have worked with individuals diagnosed with HIV/AIDS, clients working through recovery from drugs and alcohol, those pursuing higher education or a change in career. In addition to clients struggling with mood disorders such as depression and anxiety. I have an interest and experience with clients recovering from trauma as a result of childhood sexual abuse. I also have worked with clients managing the recovery process from eating disorders, and individuals exploring their sexual identities.
Over the last few years, I worked primarily with undergrad and graduate students and gained a great deal of experience with the developmental issues that come along with charting a new course in life. Specifically, helping clients uncover their path to becoming the individual they would like to be, managing relationships with family in new ways, and managing the stress, competition, and anxiety associated with rigorous academic programs.
My work is informed by Control Mastery theory, which is an amalgam of psychodynamic, cognitive, and interpersonal theories. I am drawn towards Control Mastery primarily because of the focus on the individual, as well as the ease with which clients who are interested in thinking about themselves and others psychologically can explore this theory.
My approach places an emphasis on the relationship between myself and my clients. I use these theoretical models to help my clients to understand their patterns of behavior and thought, which in turn creates space for my clients to try out new ways of being. Common goals we work toward include improving interpersonal relationships, gaining insight regarding relational patterns, and building an authentic therapeutic relationship, which can withstand disappointment. Addressing issues of cultural identity, gender, and intersections of multiple identities is something I have helped individuals explore a great deal.
My goal as your therapist is to be empathic, curious, and committed. I take my role as a psychologist seriously and feel passionately about serving clients through talk therapy. I place a great deal of importance on the therapeutic connection and make every effort to value and maintain relationships with clients, and work through healthy conflict together.