Karen Yamashita-Uraine, MA, LMHC
Thank you for considering me as you search for a new therapist. I would love to meet you and talk about what is troubling you or leading you to seek counseling. As a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, I take pride in helping individuals better their lives, whether that means figuring out how to get along better with their boss or how to heal and move on from an abusive past. Probably the most consistent feedback I get is that I have a calming effect on people. Often, I have found that quieting the mind and body are what makes it possible for individuals to tackle the real issues.
The very basis of my approach is to regard everyone with the utmost respect. I am always amazed at what wonderful people walk into my office! Very often, though, they themselves fail to recognize their accomplishments, their personal fortitude, their innate wisdom. And sometimes those blind spots arise from negative messages from long ago, messages that were never true but which became a powerful influence in the shaping of their lives. I have found that as I grow to appreciate my clients, they can learn to believe in themselves and have the courage to recognize their potential.
I make use of a variety of therapeutic techniques, some evidence-based, some intuitive. I keep the process of therapy a collaborative effort, partly out of respect and partly because it works better that way. I realize it is an incredible privilege to be a counselor because clients are entrusting me with the most fragile parts of their lives.
My background is in a very different discipline; I have a bachelors degree in biology from California State University in Los Angeles. I had a special interest in plant ecology, and today it gives me an interesting perspective on how people relate to each other and to their environment. Eventually, I earned my masters degree in Clinical Psychology/Marital and Family Therapy from Azusa Pacific University, just outside LA. To end up living in Seattle, with its lovely trees and green landscape warms my heart. My husband and I have two teenagers who have taught me more than any school or job, and for that I’m incredibly grateful!