Counseling and therapy for anxiety, depression and relationship issues by Kirsten Devlin, M.A., LMFT, in Tacoma Washington.
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How do I know if I need counseling?
I see a wide range of people in my counseling practice, from those experiencing extremely difficult life situations and overwhelming emotion, to people who feel like they are stagnating, hoping for more fulfillment and joy in their lives. Therapy is a way to address urgent circumstances or it can be preventative. If there is something you can't stop thinking or worrying about, therapy can help.

How long does counseling last?
It is helpful to make a commitment to yourself and the counseling process of at least 4-6 sessions. During the first one to two therapy sessions a thorough assessment is completed, goals are identified and jointly we create a treatment plan that fits your needs. With any counseling situation, it is ultimately up to the client as to how long he or she engages in treatment. Each situation is unique and it is part of my job to help you determine how many therapy sessions may be needed to reach your desired goals.

What can I expect from counseling?
Being specific about the changes you desire in your life and periodically checking to see if counseling is helping create those changes, will enhance your outcome. Therapy depends on many factors, not the least of which is your courage and commitment. My commitment is to provide the highest level of caring, professionalism, and integrity to each therapeutic relationship.

What is a Marriage and Family Therapist?
A licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, is a licensed counselor who has the added training and experience working with couples and families, as well as individuals. I am trained to have a systemic perspective that encompasses the dynamics between people in addition to the internal workings of one person. In couples and individual work this approach can be helpful and empowering.

What is EMDR therapy?
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a method of psychotherapy that has been extensively researched and proven effective for the treatment of trauma. EMDR is a set of standardized protocols that incorporates elements from many different treatment approaches. To date, EMDR has helped an estimated two million people of all ages relieve many types of psychological stress (depression, anxiety, PTSD, low self-esteem, childhood trauma, etc.) If you are interested in this type of therapy, please ask me about it or visit emdria.org.


Portage Counseling, Inc. - Kirsten Devlin, M.A., LMFT
(253) 961-3702   •   info@portagecounseling.com
  •   Tacoma, WA

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Portage Counseling provides counseling, coaching, psychotherapy and EMDR therapy to individuals, couples & families in Tacoma, Washington. Founder Kirsten Devlin, M.A. LMFT has practiced psychotherapy in the Seattle-Tacoma area since 1999.
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