Terry Basolo, MPA, MA, LMHC
Education and Training
I hold a master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington and a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon. I hold a Washington Mental Health Counselor license (LH 60734351), a National Certified Counselor (NCC) accreditation, a King County Sexual Minority Mental Health Specialist (SMMHS) certificate and am also licensed as a Washington State Chemical Dependency Professional Trainee (CO 60575910). I would describe myself as an Integrative therapist using different modalities for different clients/presenting issues. I employ Gestalt Arts Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Adlerian psychodynamic approaches, among others. I have worked extensively with clients in community mental health and substance use issues in downtown Seattle, working with LGBTQ adolescents and adults, homeless and lower income adults, along with Gay/Bi/Queer/Straight/Questioning men in my Seattle private practice.
Welcome to my practice. I believe and hope you will discover my approach offers a capable, warm and professional environment. I work most commonly with men, from age 15 and up. My clients pursue therapy for issues such as, wanting to explore life’s meaning as it relates to changes and new life situations when these changes make them feel out of balance, or advancing their self-fulfillment by improving their interactions/relationships with important others in their lives, or to simply find better ways of coping with current challenging life circumstances. Therapy with my clients can be brief or longer term, depending on client need.
Some therapists prefer to provide a list of ‘disorders’ they work with such as depression, anxiety, grief, trauma, etc. I don’t believe we are ‘disordered’. I believe we are all fundamentally doing our best and life happens, moving us into situations, periods where these natural feelings, like depression, intensify. I believe it is normal and even appropriate to have these states but sometimes they can become so strong, due to life factors, we need help. Help in our words, our feelings, and framed in our experience, shared with an advocate, a therapist, who can offer an outside, knowledgeable perspective to assist us in our own self-understanding, helping us find our own way back to balance. So yes, I work with a wide array of these issues like depression, anxiety, etc., but choose to focus on the individual’s balance, knowing these things come along with the dynamic and mind-blowing challenges and changes called life. Outside of disorders, I do have experience and specialize in:
· Life Meaning-Making/Life Transitions/Relationships of all types for Gay/Bi/Queer/Straight men
· Coping with Cancer and other potentially life-shortening diagnoses
· Chemical and other dependency issues (porn, video, food, etc.)
· Coming Out issues for Queer/Questioning individuals tied to gender or sexual orientation
· Aging Issues that can be particularly acute in the Gay/Queer community at all age points
For me, the answer lies within the client. I have the strongest of faiths in people’s ability to change. I have been fortunate enough to witness the amazing strength and resilience of our fellows to rebalance despite incredible life events and tough odds. I am but a witness and an advocate offering another perspective on life’s challenges and opportunities and it is a privilege to bear witness to the client’s life and work.