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 kids, teens, families and couples. I believe we’re always growing and moving forward, and when we feel stuck a counselor can help us continue to grow. In my experience children and teens can benefit from a counselor that can advocate for them, provide coping skills and support. Families can benefit from having a counselor that can remain neutral while providing support, communication skills and a safe place to work through difficult problems. While I am able to help with a wide variety of concerns, I am especially helpful to children and teens that have experienced trauma, engage in risk-taking behaviors, suffer from Bipolar Disorder, have Borderline tendencies and have difficulty communicating with their caregivers and siblings. I’ve worked with children, 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. One of the best parts of being a therapist for me is working with high conflict families, teens and their parents and couples. I believe we begin to form ways of communicating that may be harmful to our relationships and I help individuals get their needs met with damaging their relationships with others.
I have a Master’s Degree in Community Mental Health Counseling from Seattle University 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.