Doriane Nieburgs, MA, LMHC
I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the state of Washington with a Master’s Degree from Seattle University in Existential-Phenomenological Psychology and a Bachelor’s Degree in Art and English. I am a Child Mental Health Specialist and also a certified Montessori teacher.
I grew up in New York City, the youngest of three children. My parents and grandparents came to America from Europe and, although I grew up in American culture, I was raised with strict European values. My father devoted his life to cancer research as a medical doctor and my mother worked with children and their families as a speech therapist. I veered off in another direction to pursue Visual Arts and writing, before turning to Psychology as a way to understand myself, my family, suffering, love, healing, and creating meaning out of my experiences. I continue to do my own art as a creative, therapeutic process for myself and I use art therapy techniques in my work with children and adults. As a therapist, my experience is being with clients in the moments during our session without judgment and accompanying them on their path toward deeper understanding and change. I use the approaches I have learned from my university education and years of training.
My therapeutic approach is client centered and based on my belief that we naturally strive toward health and balance. I work with you on your goals to promote change, purpose, meaning, connection, and solutions to issues you bring to your sessions. I often use art therapy techniques with children and adults as a way to go deeper into feelings and self-discovery. I use play therapy techniques with children because play is the language they use to process their thoughts and feelings. I draw on several approaches including Psychodynamic, Existential, Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral, The Nurtured Heart Approach to Parenting, and techniques from Art and Play Therapy. I believe in talking about your past experiences as a doorway to understanding how they impact your current life circumstances. We cannot change what happened to us in the past, but we are able to change the meaning the past has for us.
My primary areas of focus are working with anxiety, depression, PTSD/trauma, parenting, adjustment issues, attachment, and coping skills. One of my clinical goals is to support the strength of the parent-child bond in times when life causes disruptions and strife within the family. I’ve worked with children and families for over 20 years as a Montessori preschool teacher, in a therapeutic preschool at Ryther Child Center in Seattle, and as a therapist in community mental health agencies in the Boston area and in Seattle. I have taught courses in Expressive Arts, Using Art and Play in Therapy, and Phenomenology of the Child in the graduate Psychology Program at Seattle University. I love the therapeutic work with clients and I balance that with my own creative interests and time spent with my family and friends.