Michelle Baker

MA, LMHC

My focus has been on supporting clients experiencing depression, anxiety, domestic violence, and complex trauma. I believe that the therapeutic process looks different for each individual, and I believe in finding a unique, individualized approach for each client.

I specialize in working with women, adolescents, and children. I have a specialized background in art and play therapy. I utilize play therapy as a way of honoring children’s unique developmental level, natural “language,” and offering a safe space for exploring their world and experiences. I utilize art therapy believing that we are inherently creative and that we all have the ability to expand our creativity and find ways to process deeper emotions and experiences, in a way that isn’t always accessible through language. In turn we can expand our story and the world as we perceive it. There are no skills necessary to be creative, as art therapy is about the process, not the product. As a person in this world, I am an innately empathetic, intuitive and a highly-sensitive individual with keen observational skills that embraces all human-beings on all their walks of life– in mind, body and spirit. 

I am also experienced in humanistic, psychodynamic, client centered, and solution-focused therapies: exploring mindfulness, goal setting, self-exploration, and identifying and finding personal strengths. As everyone’s journey to healing is unique, I have a desire to create a safe place for you to bravely encounter the deeper parts of yourself, the roads you have traveled and the roads you desire to travel, and to feel, that you are not alone. I hope is that together we can work through life’s challenges and support you in reaching your goals. I look forward to getting to know one another and building trust for the journey, wherever it may lead. If you have any questions, concerns, or thoughts about starting this process, please don’t hesitate to ask.

CREDENTIALS:

Washington State Licensed Mental Health Counselor #60881357
Certified Mental Health Professional (MHP) per WAC 388–865–0150
Certified Child Mental Health Specialist (CMHS) per WAC 388–865–0150

EDUCATION:

Master of Arts in Art Therapy
School of Visual Arts 2015

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