Ella Chang Counselor

Ella Chang, MA, LMHC

 

Website: www.ellaHchang.com

 

Therapeutic Approach

Each of us goes through life with our own unique struggles and pain. You may reach a point where you realize you want your life to be different but may find it difficult to know where to begin. I can help you in this exploration process as we work together to gain a deeper understanding of how your experiences have shaped who you are. This could involve reflecting on areas of your life that have felt too painful or overwhelming to bear on your own. We may also examine your past and current relationships, both with others and yourself. We will take the insight gained about your relational patterns and apply it in a way that will give you a greater sense of compassion and respect for yourself, allowing you the freedom and capacity to choose how you would like to live your life.

During our work together, my therapeutic approach will be grounded in psychodynamic theory, along with elements of interpersonal theory, family systems, and relational psychoanalytic theory. I will tailor my approach based on your needs as they change and develop over time. Together, I hope to establish a safe and supportive therapeutic relationship, where we will work towards achieving your goals.

Education and Experience

I am a licensed mental health counselor and Washington state-approved clinical supervisor.  I earned a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from The Seattle School and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  In addition to my private practice, I am also a counseling affiliate of Northwest Family Life, an advocacy and treatment center for survivors and perpetrators of domestic violence.  I have been a facilitator for workshops and counseling certificate programs offered through The Allender Center and have previously seen clients through the Alliance Community Psychotherapy Clinic.  I have consulted with Dan Allender, Nancy Murphy, and Doug Hansen for clinical supervision.

In my therapy practice, I work with a wide variety of issues:

  • Abuse recovery
  • Anxiety and Panic attacks
  • Couples therapy
  • Depression
  • Domestic violence
  • Eating disorders
  • Grief and Loss
  • Intimacy
  • Life transitions
  • Low self-esteem
  • Parent/Child relationships
  • Pre-marital counseling
  • Racial/Ethnic/Cultural identity development
  • Relationship conflicts
  • Sexuality
  • Social anxiety/phobia
  • Stress
  • Trauma (sexual, physical, emotional)

I work with adults, adolescents, and couples.

My bicultural background allows me to bring a sensitivity and understanding to individuals struggling with parents, children or partners of another culture, such as immigrant parents, adopted children, or inter-ethnic relationships.

Personal Experiences and Interests

I am passionate about advocating for and working with marginalized groups, such as women and ethnic minorities, and individuals who have experienced childhood sexual abuse or domestic violence. I want to empower those who have been silenced and foster an environment that will allow them to regain what they have lost.

Insurances Accepted

  • Premera
  • First Choice
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