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Rock in Sand

My Approach

Together we'll explore significant life events and people who had a significant impact on you, as well as the beliefs you took on about yourself because of these events and what was told to you. 

While we can't change what happened, we can challenge and change the negative beliefs you internalized about yourself. These drive your life and changing them can improve the direction of your life and your sense self-worth. 

My approach is trauma-informed and is very much about helping you build internal safety so that your relationships and life experiences feel healthy and connected to your values and needs. 

Working Together

I have the education, extensive training and many years of life experiences that I bring into my practice.  However, the real teacher is you - the client. I am fascinated by the resilience, strength, and hope that people have despite not having an easy path in life. We all need a safe space to share our emotions, history and challenges - sometimes for the first time - without feeling judgment.   

I believe a connection between the therapist and client is where the healing takes place.  Therapy is serious business, and it also requires us to be human beings! Our sessions will include laughter, tears, inspired hope, and committed action towards where you want to go. 

My approach is strength-based and sometimes it takes someone outside of yourself to recognize your strengths. The issues you’re dealing with make sense. They started somewhere at some point in your life. You’ve taken on self-beliefs that don’t belong to you. We can work together to unload those self-beliefs and bring you closer to being your true self. 

People are often hesitant to see a therapist, afraid of the stigma that there is something wrong with them. Guess what? None of us have our stuff together! Yes, we all have our own struggles, and some people just hide it better than others.  Perhaps your life looks ideal on the outside, but you're still left feeling unsatisfied or feel like a fraud - or maybe everything seems to be falling apart. 

Seeing a therapist does not mean you are weak or flawed. Everyone needs support from a nonjudgmental, straightforward and a kind professional at some point in their lives. Even therapists need a therapist!

Dorothy Hanson

Education and Experience

Washington State Licensed Mental Health Counselor
Certified Health and Wellness Coach

  • Master of Arts in Psychology Chapman University: Emphasis in Marriage and Family Counseling 

  • Bachelors Degree in Psychology Saint Martin's University

  • Over 25 Years of experience providing mental health services.

  • Certificate in Internal Family Systems Therapy

  • Certificate in Perinatal Mental Health

  • Certified Nutritional Health Coach from Institute of Integrative Nutrition

  • Plant-Based Nutrition Certification from eCornell University

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