Lea Fairbanks, MS, LMHC
I graduated from Central Washington University with my Masters of Science in Mental Health Counseling. I was drawn to this field of work through my own personal experiences with mental health and my deep passion and care for other people. After graduating I spent two years working at a long-term inpatient facility for women in recovery from drugs and alcohol. While there I worked directly with co-occurring diagnoses and worked collaboratively with my clients on diagnosing, treatment plans and developing counseling goals. I also learned about the resilience of the human spirit, I believe that when we learn to be self-compassionate and willing we are capable of anything.
I am also a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional, meaning that I have adequate experience and training treating those who have experienced trauma and/or have been diagnosed with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. I have become passionate about this work and truly believe that no one has to carry their burdens alone and that through building a trusting therapeutic bond we can find healing.
I work with a range of client’s age 13 and older, and aim to empower individuals to step into their true selves through awareness, healing, self-compassion, personal growth and acceptance. I am also able to work with couples and families who are looking to come closer together through therapeutic process. Areas I have commonly worked with include trauma work, grief and loss, depression, anxiety, life changes, stress management, identity work and chronic mental illness. I welcome everyone, despite gender, age, ethnicity, religion or sexual preference. I also utilize mindfulness techniques to help individuals learn to be in the present moment and to acknowledge and except their vulnerabilities and emotional experiences.
I aim to have open and honest relationships with my clients along with being consistent, authentic and compassionate. Being willing to be vulnerable, to face our insecurities and to acknowledge our feelings is one of the most courageous things we can do and will only bring you closer to living a full and healthy life.