Paula S. Best, MA
I believe all problems stem from relationships with others and ourselves. The counseling process is a place to discover and explore the impact of these relationships. Although time will be spent working through specific issues and symptoms that brought you into counseling, we will primarily look at the nature of your relationships with significant people in your life. These relationships are likely the source of your greatest joy and your deepest struggles. We will explore how your way of relating impacts the relationships around you, with the ultimate goal to restore hope in you and bring freedom to your relationships.
I work with adolescents, adults, couples and families. I primarily work from a relational style of therapy, drawing upon psychodynamic, family systems, existential thinking, art therapy and lifespan integration. My areas of focus include relational struggles, anxiety, depression, stress, trauma, self-esteem, life transitions, grief/loss and spiritual formation.
I provide space for people to wrestle with daunting matters of life. It’s frightening to expose areas where there are more questions than answers. I advocate for a journey of living in the tension of reality in ways that are not despairing but hopeful for oneself and others.
|Insurance & Payments Accepted||Sliding Scale|
|Professional Associations||American Counseling Association, Seattle Counselors Association|
|Licenses & Certifications||Master in Counseling Psychology, MACP|
|Theoretical Orientation||eclectic, psychodynamic, art therapy, existential|
|Areas Most Worked In||adults, groups, couples|
|Specialties / Emphasis||Anxiety/Panic Attacks, Divorce/Dissolution, Grief/Loss, Self Esteem/Personal Growth, Trauma Recovery (abuse), Women's Issues|
|Years In Practice||2|