Scott Ross, MA, LMHC
I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) with a Masters degree in Counseling Psychology from The Seattle School of Theology and Psychology and a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology from Trinity Western University. I have also completed my education as a Chemical Dependency Professional from Whatcom Community College. My experience includes working with adults in recovery, adolescents in foster care, and counseling in an outpatient community health setting. A theme that runs throughout my work is the value I place on not merely helping people cope with their lives, but to wholeheartedly embody and live from their true selves. I love being able to sit with my clients and fully go into the dark and painful aspects of their lives with the understanding that we can only go halfway into the darkest forest before we are coming out the other side.
In the words of Socrates, “the unexamined life is not worth living.” My passion as a therapist is in creating space to examine and reflect upon life together in all of its complexity. We often go through life feeling as if things happen to us and are not sure how or why. This sense of not being in control of our own lives creates immense suffering that shows up in many ways- from anxiety to depression to chronic pain to relational problems. Using a variety of approaches I seek to facilitate a space where life can for a moment each week slow down enough to better understand it so that you may live your life more mindfully and intentionally. I approach my work with compassion, openness, and honesty and value the opportunity to develop a warm and trusting relationship with each client who walks through my door.
I also see underlying most symptoms a thirst for wholeness. With this in mind I am willing to assist in helping clients to better cope with their lives, but more than this, I hope to facilitate what Abraham Maslow called self-actualization which means a fulfilling and meaningful life. This means that death, sexuality, rage, shame, despair, religion and mystical experiences, drug use, and any other issue that may be seen as taboo or challenging to explore in everyday relationships will be embraced with the hope of integrating them more fully into your life.