Anca Boudreaux, MA, LMHC, Therapist
Hello / Buna and welcome to my practice!
If you are reading this page, you are someone in need of support and understanding, but you may ask yourself this question in the process: How can a stranger understand what am I going through? Well, you are right asking yourself this question, but known that therapy is not so much about the stranger sitting across the room; rather, powerful therapeutic connection is about the stranger wedged inside yourself, about the stranger aching to become know, and about the stranger ready to be everything that it can be through healing, growth, and nurture. I would be honored to walk this path of discovery with you and serve as your reflection, your guide, and your cheerleader.
I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) in the State of Washington and a licensed academic counselor in both Washington and California.
My counseling and therapeutic background spans over 8+ years and my experience includes individual and group mental health counseling and academic counseling, guidance, and advising at multiple educational levels. I have a double Master of Arts degree from San Jose State University, where I started my counseling training, working with Undergraduate students. Since Fall of 2011, I have received extensive training in eating disorders, ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy), DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy), RO-DBT (Radically Open DBT), CRT (Cognitive Remediation Therapy), EFFT (Emotion Focused Family Therapy), trauma management, mood and anxiety disorders, and various expressive therapies. Moreover, I engage in further advanced clinical training on a regular basis. I am a tripled-certified counselor in mental health (LMHC), school counseling (ESA) and nationally (NCC).
I grew up in the Transylvanian Region of Romania with an extensive family – three older siblings, parents, grandparents, great grandparents, and many close cousins. My mother is one of my personal heroes and models of resilience, hard-work, and perseverance. I honor and cherish all women in my family, as their grit and determination thought me that growing up under an oppressive communist regime does not have to break me, but rather shape who I am as a person and as a helping professional. My personal background allows me not only to provide bi-lingual counseling, but it also enriches my cultural competency in working with Central and Eastern European Cultures, with focus on ex-communist countries.
My overall approach to counseling is rooted in REBT (Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy). REBT’s core premise is that, however challenging, life’s traumas are not the only cause of unhealthy behaviors; rather, the way in which individuals react to and the beliefs they form around challenging events are leading to mental health issues and compensatory behaviors. In my therapeutic work, I help clients identify problematic behaviors, challenge unhealthy and self-defeating beliefs, create healthy narratives, and embrace acceptance of self and those aspects of the world that cannot be changed.
I would love to work with you short-, medium-, or long-term and help you navigate life’s many challenges step by step, starting with our initial evaluation session.