Andrew Koerner, MS, LMHC
I have been a psychotherapist for twenty-seven years. I have a Master’s Degree in Psychology from Illinois State University and a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Wisconsin. I am a Washington State Licensed Mental Health Counselor and a Washington State Approved Supervisor, providing supervision to other clinicians seeking licensure. I was the Clinical Supervisor of Highline-West Seattle Mental Health’s Child and Family Outpatient Counseling Department for 10 years and most recently was the Director of the Counseling Department at Jewish Family Service. I have been a consultant for the Seattle Public Schools working with teachers as well as a Consultant for Seattle Headstart.
My practice includes conducting individual, couple and family therapy for clients experiencing a wide range of psychological and relationship difficulties. My areas of focus include: depression, anxiety, grief/ loss, PTSD and trauma, marital issues, relationship issues, self-esteem and identity issues, child/ parent conflict and life cycle transitions.
I work my clients by trying to understand them in the context of their past and present experiences and the systems which have influenced them. My work involves an understanding of both the issues and symptoms which trouble people, as well as the strengths and beliefs that have been useful and meaningful to them.
I believe that people strive by their very nature to achieve health, a sense of well-being and a place within family and community. An empathic therapeutic relationship within a safe therapeutic environment provides a person the opportunity to overcome the problems that bring them to therapy, to gain a deeper understanding of themselves and an opportunity to create a life that is more satisfying and meaningful. I listen well and create relationships in therapy that are safe and provide the opportunity to explore oneself safely. My life experience, my work and my own feelings about what it means to be alive provide my foundation for understanding.
I believe that therapy is a combined process of working in the present to address your current circumstances and problems and working in the past to address family and childhood issues that may be preventing your progress. My orientation is a synthesis of Psychodynamic, Relational and Cognitive Behavioral Theory and Mindfulness training. I have an interest in Yoga, which I often draw on. Ultimately, I try to work with you to reduce the harmful influences of the past and to help you live as much as possible in the present.
The goals of your treatment and the approach that we take will be determined collaboratively. I am active as a therapist, and will be honest, direct and clear about the patterns I see. My communications with you will be done with compassion and care. I will review your treatment with you as needed, welcome your questions and feedback and talk with you about how we are doing together in your therapy.
On a more personal note, I am married, and have two children. I enjoy time with my family, friends and Northwest outdoor activities like bicycling and hiking.