John Carlsen


In-Person Therapy

Online Therapy Options

“Happiness is living in accord with your values and in a way that is more accepting of your history as it echoes into the present.” – Dr. Steven Hayes

For me, one of the goals of therapy is to discover what happiness and contentment means for you. It’s about becoming acquainted, or re-acquainted with yourself, and finding ways that your personal history can inform and shape your current experiences.

I approach counseling from a trauma-informed, and relationship-based perspective, pulling from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (including mindfulness work), Cognitive Behavioral, and Strengths-based approaches. I believe that counseling is a collaborative relationship between the client and therapist in which they work together to identify strengths, address and identify needs, make sense of conflict and hardship, and set personal development goals, empowering the client to make informed choices. I enjoy working with a wide variety of clients and helping them work through things like trauma, grief, identity development, anxiety, depression, OCD, and many others. Counseling is not just about symptom reduction, or “fixing” something that is broken. Rather, it’s about finding healing through relationship. During your work with me, you’ll learn to be more mindful and flexible as you navigate your own life with compassion and acceptance.

I enjoy walking with people on their journeys through life, and look forward to walking with you through yours!


Washington State Licensed Mental Health Counselor  #LH61161949
National Certified Counselor through the National Board for Certified Counselors


Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology
Western Seminary, 2019