Balanced | Living Therapy

WHO ARE WE?

Please call Balanced Living Therapy to speak with one of our admin specialists. They will place you with the appropriate therapists. We work with families who are going through transitions in their lives, such as elderly parents, change of life roles.

GIGI ISHAQ MS, LMHC, CDP

 

 

My name is Maggie (Gigi) Ishaq. I believe every person has core value as a human being and it is my role as a therapist to work together with you to access what you need to heal.  Seeking therapy can be a very difficult and personal decision. It is extremely important to me that my clients feel safe, cared for, and validated.  Effective therapy is all about understanding. I bring not only my experience and strengths as a therapist, but also a lifetime of personal and professional experience in many different realms.

 

I feel that it is very important that you find the right fit!  I look forward to hearing from you and working with you to begin your healing process.  Life is a journey and I am grateful to have the opportunity to come along beside you.  I am committed to helping you pursue health and happiness.  Together we will find forgiveness and overcome shame and guilt.  I honor your individualism and belief system and I hope to help you achieve balance and a renewed sense of peace in your life.

 

My Approach to Therapy

 

I utilize Experiential theory including Emotionally Focused Therapy for couples and individuals, role plays from Virginia Satir, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Techniques, Bowen theory. Another technique I utilize is called Client Centered Therapy from a Supportive Therapy Model.

There will be times when the therapy becomes difficult and you may feel like giving up. This is often the point where you will put forth great effort and great growth and change will occur.  I am committed to seeing this process through with you in every way that I am able to offer support.  I believe that each person that comes through my door is capable of great things and making changes.

 

Specialties:

Eating Disorders

Grief and Loss

Past Trauma

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Marriage Therapy

Career exploration and life skills building

Individual Therapy

Faith-Based study as requested

Attachment Disorders

 

Education and Training:

Master of Science in Marriage and Family Counseling from Seattle Pacific University. Bachelor of Arts in Professional Studies/Psychology from Seattle Pacific University. Associate of Technical Arts Degree in Alcohol and Chemical Dependency Counseling; Edmonds Community College. The University of Washington, Behavioral Research Therapy Clinic; Chemical Dependency Counseling. Supportive Therapy Model for Teens Research at the BRTC and Children’s Hospital.

 

Licensure and Registration:

Licensed Mental Health Counselor-State of Washington

Certified Chemical Dependency Professional State of Washington

Marriage and Family Therapist

 

KAREN BROWN MA, LMHC, MHP

 

My name is Karen Brown and I am a licensed Mental Health Therapist. I have worked in the fields of mental health, social work, and education since 1986. I have been privileged to work with people from all walks of life and backgrounds. I consider it an honor to listen to people’s stories and help them find wholeness and freedom. I will meet you where you are in your circumstances and walk with you through them. Therapy is only effective within the boundaries of a relationship based on trust and I create a safe and supportive environment for individuals to share their struggles. I believe a key component of healing and growth is to be able to say whatever is on one’s mind without the fear of judgment and to know that what is shared will be accepted in an atmosphere of compassion and dignity.

 

My Approach to Therapy

 

I use an eclectic approach and customize therapy to the needs of the individual. Often I use a combination of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Psychodynamic theory and the arts. I enjoy helping others discover their personal creativity and use this to tap into a healing resource located within each individual. I often work as a team member with the individual’s medical professional, school counselor, dietician and other health care workers. I enjoy working with people of all ages, and currently work with pre-teens, adolescents, and adults.

 

Specialties:

Anger Management

Anxiety

Codependency

Control Issues

Depression

Eating Disorders

Grief and Loss

Relationship and Communication Issues

Self Esteem

Trauma

 

Education and Training:

I began my career as an undergraduate intern at the Family Violence Project with the Seattle Law Department and graduated from the University of Washington; School of Social Work. Early on I specialized working with children and their families and have experience as a professional and a volunteer at Ryther Child Center, Childhaven and was a guardian ad litem for Snohomish County. I have received additional training in Asperger’s Syndrome and worked with peer groups to facilitate academic and social success. I have a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis on multicultural issues and spirituality. More recently I have worked as a mental health counselor at a woman’s nonprofit agency and several years at a partial hospitalization facility which treated individuals with moderate to severe psychiatric illnesses.

 

Licensure and Registration:

Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) and Mental Health Professional (MHP) from the Washington State Department of Health, Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery.

 

April Greninger MS, LMFT

 

Hello, my name is April Greninger, MS, LMFT and thank you for considering me to help you towards your goals of health and happiness! In my experience, I have found that people need both validation for their experiences and efforts as well as guidance and options.  Together, you and I will work to develop applicable skills of emotional management, essentially what feelings mean and how to work with them, self-esteem development and communication skills, and coping skills.

 

My Approach to Therapy

 

I receive your unique situation and concerns with gentle curiosity and a compassionate heart.  Together we can release unhealthy habits that may have been protecting you, but are no longer effective methods of protection.  We can replace these with innate abilities and suppressed strengths that have been with you all along.  With increased self-awareness and understanding, we may realize your potential for health and happiness. We will examine concepts such as Trust of yourself and others; Guilt, a terrible but purposeful emotion and Forgiveness and what that truly entails. In addition, we will work on Self-Care: proactively making decisions to care for yourself, including self-discipline and acceptance of life and what it presents you with. I am confident that one, if not several of these, may be major components in your struggles and I look forward to working with you to create an individualized plan for success.

 

My Specialties:

Depression

Eating Disorders

Anxiety

PTSD

Addictions

Life management and coping skills

 

Education and Training:

Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy from Seattle Pacific University, Seattle, WA.

Bachelor of Arts in General Studies; Psychology Minor, from Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA

 

Licensure and Registration:

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

 

JOANIE ANDERSON

MA, LMHCA

 

My name is Joanie Anderson and I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor Associate. I have worked in the fields of mental health, community health, senior/elderly care, and hospice. I count it an absolute privilege to listen to your unique stories, and recognize that each story deserves to be heard. I have worked with people in all walks of life and am culturally sensitive, having grown up in Hawaii as a first-generation Chinese-American. I have learned to understand multicultural issues and how this affects our belief systems and family interactions. I can also offer counseling which integrates a spiritual perspective into the therapeutic process.

 

My Approach to Therapy:

My counseling style is eclectic and client-focused, as I believe it is important to tailor the counseling approach to each person’s unique needs. Some techniques I use are based in Cognitive Behavior, Narrative, Existential, Family Systems, Attachment, Strengths based, and Solution-Focused therapies. In therapy, you can expect warmth, encouragement, and someone who will hold a place of hope for you. I enjoy working with people of all ages, and currently work with pre-teens, adolescents, and adults. I am especially passionate about helping people and their loved ones with end of life issues, including grief and the emotional complications of dealing with serious illness. It is important to me that you feel safe, heard, and can trust me to have your best interests and concerns in mind while in this therapeutic relationship. Compassionate care and a feeling of safety is vital to dealing with difficult and painful issues.

 

 

My Specialties:

Aging Issues/Caregiving Difficulties

Anxiety

Career Exploration

Coping Skills

Cultural challenges

Depression

End of Life Issues

Faith-based Counseling

Grief and Loss

Infertility

Relationship Issues

Serious or terminal illness

Trauma

 

Education and Training:

My undergraduate training was in Human Development with a focus on gerontology. I worked in senior centers and interned in Social Services at a

nursing home in Hawaii, where I learned a great deal about diverse cultures and the differences in family dynamics and functioning. Before I raised a family, I worked as a Medical Assistant. This background helped me to better understand the medical aspect of caring for people and the challenges of health care. While raising my children, I volunteered time with children and teens in the public schools, working with them both one-on-one and in groups. I have a Master of Arts in Licensed Professional Counseling from Liberty University, received a Bachelor of Science at the University of Hawaii in Human Development with an emphasis in Gerontology and Death and Dying, and am a trained volunteer with a hospice care center in Snohomish County.

 

Licensure and Registration:

Licensed Mental Health Counselor Associate (LMHCA) and Mental Health Professional (MHP) from the Washington State Department of Health.

Member of the American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC), Washington Counseling Association (WCA), and Washington State Mental Health Counselors Association (WMHCA).

 

SPECIALTIES

Eating Disorders

Grief and Loss

Trauma/PTSD

Crisis/Safety Planning

Relationship Skills

Depression

Anxiety

Individual/Couples/Group

Self Esteem

Coping Skills

Faith-based Counseling

Anger Management

Chemical Dependency

Co-Dependency

Career Exploration

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1 (425) 977 4988

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7500 212th Street SW

Suite 205 Edmonds, WA 98026

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