Nick Farkas, MA, LMHC, CDPT
EDUCATION AND TRAINING
I am a licensed mental health counselor (License #: LH60811670) with a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology (2013-2016). I completed my clinical internship and worked at Sound Mental Health in Child & Family Services for three years. I worked with children, adolescents, adults, and did family work as well. I have considerable experience working with complex trauma, domestic violence, early childhood attachment wounds, spiritual development, anxiety, depression and family systems work. I am a children’s mental health specialist in WA State (currently seeing kids 8+).
Regardless of what brings you to counseling, it is my promise that your experience will occur in the midst of a trusting and safe therapeutic relationship. Counseling is a collaborative effort between client and counselor. As such, it is my desire to create an atmosphere built upon empathy and security. Such an environment encourages a strong therapeutic attachment, which enables healing to occur. In our sessions we will explore many facets of your life, both past and present. These include: Current issues/problems you may be experiencing; Past unresolved difficult experiences; Significant relationships throughout your lifetime; Patterns of behavior and coping during difficult situations; and any emotions/feelings/symptoms (such as anxiety and depression) you are currently experiencing which are undesirable and/or unhelpful.
I will utilize a variety of counseling techniques and styles based around the purpose of our sessions and who you are as an individual. No one counseling technique fits all people and it is my promise to find the appropriate approach based upon your unique makeup and needs.
I draw heavily from a psychodynamic perspective- past experiences have shaped belief about self, belief about the world, interpretation of the world, and response to the world. Simply, the roots of present behavior and beliefs are found in the past. I also utilize aspects of CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) and DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy). Both utilize techniques to recognize how thoughts/feelings/behavior feed off one another and promote an increase in emotional awareness in the present. The goal with this approach is to stabilize unwanted symptoms that may be ongoing, in order to have a stable platform to explore past experiences.
In addition, I am always interested in a client’s past patterns of attachment to caregivers, partners, mentors and friends. When appropriate I may utilize a technique called Lifespan Integration, which uses a timeline of one’s life to help reduce unwanted symptoms, which are tied and rooted in past events.