Alison Hanna, MA, LMHC
I operate from a core belief that people are inherently good, worthy and resilient. I’m drawn to counseling because I am inspired by the strength of clients and feel privileged to develop a deep bond with those I see. I believe we’re always growing and moving forward, and when we feel stuck a counselor can help us continue to grow.
Counseling can be helpful as moms and partners may find themselves in need of support, resources and a safe place to share thoughts and feelings related to the journey of parenthood. I welcome babies in arms as this is often a major barrier to accessing counseling. While I am able to help with a wide variety of concerns, I am especially helpful at providing services to women that are pregnant, have experienced birth trauma, infertility difficulties and pregnancy loss. I also help families and couples that have difficulty communicating with one another. Families and couples can benefit from having a counselor that can remain neutral while providing support, communication skills and a safe place to work through difficult problems. I’ve worked with children, adults, families, couples and adolescents in a wide variety of settings including: outpatient community mental health settings, WISe (Wraparound with Intensive Services), crisis counseling, community-based counseling and private practice. I engage clients with warmth, empathy and genuine interest.
I have a Master’s Degree in Community Mental Health Counseling from Seattle University, am Board Certified by the National Board for Certified Counselors and am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the state of Washington. I draw from a variety of therapeutic approaches including: Strengths-Based Counseling, Narrative Therapy, Solutions-Focused Therapy, Play Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. I’m currently enrolled in continuing education classes in order to help women with Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders. When I’m not counseling, I enjoy spending time with my spouse, young daughter and pets as well as volunteering with Perinatal Support Washington, baking and being outdoors.