JENNIFER GATES, LMHC
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Jen graduated from Seattle University in 1992 with a BA in Psychology. While attending SU, Jen volunteered at a school for homeless children which sparked her interest in the social / emotional needs of children in transition and crisis. Jen's senior project, The Impact of Domestic Violence on Children and Families, further fueled her curiosity into the mental health needs and concerns of people in her community.
Jen graduated from Bastyr University in 1997 with a MA in Counseling. She interned in a day treatment program for 3-5 yr old’s as a Child and Family Therapist. Jen has worked as a child and family therapist in community mental health, school based mental health, home-based family therapy, private practice and as a school counselor in an international school. She has facilitated parent groups and coached many parents of children and adolescents.
Combining her interest in various cultures and counseling, Jen completed the coursework for an Ethnic Minority Specialist certification offered through the University of Washington School of Social Work.
“People seek counseling for a variety of reasons - learn new strategies to manage their anxiety, uncomfortable feelings or changes in their lives; challenging and difficult relationships; behaviors that are not appropriate in school or work. Whatever the reason, beginning the process of therapy can be uncomfortable and difficult. I understand the concerns associated with beginning this process. Know that you will not be alone.”
Jen collaborates with each client and family to find the path forward that fits their situation. She utilizes her clinical experiences, compassion, honesty and humor to provide a safe framework for people to stumble, learn and move through their roadblocks.
Jen truly loves counseling families and individuals. She feels privileged to witness changes that occur and a person’s commitment to themselves.
Other specialize training Jennifer has: CBT - Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy; DBT - Dialectical Behavioral Therapy; PCIT - Parent-child interaction therapy.