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My Approach To Therapy

The theoretical orientation of Barb A. Anderson, MA, LMHC, LLC is from the humanistic and cognitive behavioral fields. As a mental health counselor serving the Mountlake Terrace, Washington area my humanistic approach involves using unconditional positive regard, and providing clients with a safe space to release and heal, with the confidence of being truly accepted.

What Is a Humanist

A humanist believes that the therapeutic relationship is the foundation for change and growth. I provide genuineness and empathy, allowing my clients to safely explore, become aware, and find their own inner strengths. My cognitive behavioral perspective allows clients to expand or modify their thinking patterns and related behaviors.


Behaviors are based on our thoughts, and our thoughts are based on our beliefs. I help clients explore the source of these concepts thoroughly. In doing so, I may utilize other techniques from the following other orientations:

• Mindfulness
• Gestalt
• Psychodynamic
• Feminist
• Narrative
• Systemic
• Solution-Focused
• Emotional Clearing
• Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
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The specific techniques I choose will depend on the each client's unique needs, cultural values, and the therapeutic goals we choose together.