Therapy and Counseling for Individuals

1-ON-1 THERAPY FOR INDIVIDUALS

Suffering from Trauma, Anxiety, Depression or Self Acceptance? We can help with that and more with Therapy and Counseling for Individuals. We find the best path forward for your personal growth.

Live the life you want to live…

You find yourself wondering if life will always be this demanding. Thinking that next week, or next month, when things calm down and you will have a chance to find yourself again…but it never seems to happen.

Life wasn’t supposed to be this hard. You knew there would be challenges, but this isn’t what you pictured. Maybe you feel exhausted from the demands of work and obligations pulling you away from the people you love. Or maybe there’s something missing in your life that you just can’t seem to identify. You’ve got all the things and achieved all the milestones you thought you should by now, but it’s hard to be excited or even genuinely happy on a day to day basis. Or perhaps a recent mental health diagnosis has left you grasping at straws to find help. 

Life presents all kinds of stressful situations, and over time, these stressors can break down your sense of self-confidence and self-esteem. You may find yourself feeling stuck, no matter how hard you try. It sneaks up on you and you find yourself feeling lonely, anxious, depressed in a way that no one else can understand.

Acuity Counseling Can Help.

Therapy is a collaborative process where you and your counselor work together to explore the things in life that may not be working well. This is a uniquely safe space where you can truly be yourself, without fear of judgement. Where you can pause to breathe and focus on being your best self. Together, with your therapist, you identify areas for growth, learn better skills for handling your negative thoughts and feelings and implement changes to reach your goals for a better life. Counseling can help you to manage the symptoms that stand in the way of being happy, whether it be anxiety, depression or relational issues.

Consistent with our commitment to inclusivity and diversity, Acuity Counseling provides a non-judgmental space for you to explore your life, regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, or relationship status.

Acuity Counseling is a multi-disciplinary team of counselors and therapists, with a variety of specializations to meet your unique needs. We take great care in matching you with the right counselor for you and your specific concerns. Each therapist tailors their approach to help you reach your goals and provide the kind of care that acknowledges you as a whole person.

Acuity’s 1-on-1 Therapies for:


Anxiety »


Depression »


Relationship Issues »


Grief & Loss »


Trauma & PTSD »


Eating Disorders and Body Image »


Our Clinicians also help with:

  • Personal Growth
  • Navigating Life Transitions (relocation, career changes, stage of life growth)
  • Existential Concerns
  • Managing Anger or Panic
  • Gaining control over Substance use & Addiction

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When Is It Time to Seek Help?

As soon as possible. If you suspect that your personal struggles are holding you back, seeking help early on can help you avoid falling into a cycle of despair over your concerns.

Specifically, the American Psychological Association recommends that you seek therapy if any thoughts or behaviors are hindering your quality of life. [1] Specifically if any of the following are true:

If you are fixated on an issue for more than an hour every day. This can be any negative thoughts or feelings like depression that consume your mind. 

You are isolating yourself. If concern over your struggle is making you avoid social situations to an unusual degree. People need connection, and isolation only leaves us with our thoughts more than usual.

Your school, work or relationships are suffering as a result of your behavior or any other issue related to your struggle.

You have started unhealthy coping mechanisms to deal with your emotions. This can mean drug or alcohol use or a compulsion with any other thing in your life that you use to “distract yourself.”

Other specific red flags to look out for:

  • Feeling overwhelmed or stressed during most of your day. Stress can weigh heavily on people. This is why we offer stress management education and mindfulness techniques that better put stress into perspective. 
  • General apathy, depression or fatigue
  • Changes in sleep
  • Changes in appetite. Changes in sleep and appetite can be physical signs of severe emotional pain. 
  • Phobias or compulsions. If you feel like you are not in control of your fear or behaviors at certain times, therapy can help.
  • Over-emotionality. Some people are more emotional than others, but if you find yourself with outsized emotions for a given situation, therapy can help you find better emotional regulation.

Our Approach to Treating Individuals

At Acuity we believe that just as every person has a unique situation, and so every solution is unique. Every therapist approaches an issue differently which is why we work to connect you with one that best suits your needs. Our therapists draw from a variety of modalities depending on the situations. All of our approaches are evidence based and include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy, EMDR, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (to name a few commonly used ones). We are eclectic in nature, so draw from many different tools in order to best suit your needs.

A growing number of people are approaching therapy as a tool for self-discovery and self-improvement. We believe that everyone can benefit from therapy, because everyone always has more to learn about themselves and their hidden beliefs and emotions that drive their behavior. Many clients come to us to work on a specific issue, but continue with us in order to better improve other parts of their lives.

Some clients work with us on relationship issues after a string of disappointments, hoping to learn where the problem lies. Others discover that an underlying cause of another issue is something that they can continue to work on and improve. No matter what concern you have, we can connect you with a therapist that understands.

Many clients come to us after specific events in their lives that make them question everything. Whether that be the loss of a job, loss of a loved one, a major career change or a specific trauma, we help clients cope with what that change means to them. Many of us struggle with change and can feel overwhelmed or lost. That’s normal. However, when it develops into a more serious issue with adjusting to life, therapy can help you examine that and find a plan to get into the swing of things.

Some people are surprised to learn that they may have a mental health problem when going in for a routine check-up at their doctor. Many are completely opposed to the idea of having a diagnosis, thinking that it is a sign of weakness. While we work to reduce the stigma that therapy has as only being for “the weak” and instead spread the message that everyone can benefit from therapy, we listen to that concern. When possible we avoid labelling someone with a diagnosis that may cause more harm than good. Many people avoid labels that seem to reduce their problem to something less than personal. We understand that your struggle is deeply personal and will work to meet you where you are in your journey.

For those that don’t mind labeling the issue that they struggle with, we use language around anxiety, depression, grief, trauma and body image that can better put your struggle in context. Feel free to look at the resources we have gathered around these topics on their respective pages.

For anyone struggling with the specific issues we have laid out above, understand that you aren’t alone. We have helped many in your shoes with concerns similar to your own. There is a path forward and most clients are able to live happy and productive lives if they are open minded to change.

Frequently Asked Questions about Individual Therapy

Which therapist is right for me?

Let us help you find the right therapist. Many of our therapists specialize in anxiety, so view our profiles online to learn more about specific counselors specializing in anxiety treatment or speak with our Client Care Coordinator, who can help you with a personalized match to the right therapist for your needs. 

Finding the RIGHT therapist is the most important piece of reaching your goals.

How long does Therapy take?

Counseling works best within the framework of a safe and trusted therapeutic alliance. Since it takes time to build this relationship with your therapist, we recommend committing to weekly sessions for at least 8 weeks. Research shows that consistency adds to the positive outcomes of therapy. Once you reach your 8-week goal, you and your therapist can discuss a frequency of sessions that will support your continued success.

I’ve never done therapy before...What can I expect in my sessions?

The unknown of anything new can make it scary. Especially if you’ve never been to counseling before. Let us show you the “roadmap” so you know what to expect:

1st Session:
This first meeting is an introduction for both you and your counselor. Your therapist will explain the therapy process and go over the specifics of informed consent. From there, your therapist will gather additional information about your history, current circumstances, as well as struggles and personal strengths, which will help them to define a treatment plan that aligns with your goals. 

This is also the chance for you to learn more about your therapist. We encourage you to ask questions and get to know them; the relationship you build with your therapist will be the most important part of your work together. 

2nd Session and Future sessions:
In your weekly sessions, you and your therapist will use evidenced based therapies such as CBT, Mindfulness or ACT, to help you address your symptoms of worry, stress and anxiety. For anxiety rooted in trauma, or related to obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), your therapist may recommend treatment with EMDR.

Closing Sessions:
Our goal is for you to find relief from your anxiety and be ready to “graduate” from therapy. In the last few sessions with your therapist, you will review your initial goals, the progress you have made, and solidify your new skills for managing anxiety in your life. At your last meeting together, you’ll have the time for the meaningful goodbye with your therapist.

How much does Counseling cost?

We strive to create access to high quality mental healthcare for everyone. Our therapists’ rates vary by experience and specialized training. We will make every effort to find the right therapist for you. 

Acuity Counseling also accepts health insurance and offers both in-network and out-of-network coverage. 

We are in-network partners with: 

Aetna

Cigna

First Choice

Premera Blue Cross

* We do not participate in EAP plans

Why don’t you only use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)?

While we use CBT as an aspect of our therapeutic approaches, we know that every individual is different. No one responds to any method perfectly, so by employing many techniques we are able to provide the most personalized support. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is talked about in relation to mental health so often because it has a large body of research behind it and is easy to replicate across all cases. This is why you may hear it called “evidence based,” which it certainly is. However, we use other evidence based therapies in conjunction with CBT in our therapies.

How can I evaluate whether therapy is working?

Acuity is unique because we use research backed questionnaires to assess your mood, goals and progress. From time to time we may share with you your progress on these reports, “you report being angry 30% less days than when you started therapy,” and then ask what your goals for the future may be. We have found that by having clients set their own goals and following up regularly we can achieve better results.

If I go to Acuity for help, does it mean there is something wrong with me?

No. We try to break this stigma constantly.

Many people come to Acuity just to gain a better perspective of themselves and work on some issues that they are having in their daily life. There aren’t many places for people to vent and seek honest help, so we provide that space for people as well as psychologically informed advice to better cope with life’s persistent problems. Even if you have a mental health diagnosis there is nothing wrong with you. We all experience and react to the world in different ways, it’s hard to argue that there is anything wrong with that.

Is medication used in conjunction with your therapy?

Some conditions for some people are best treated with the help of medication. If we find it necessary after our initial assessments, we will discuss types of medication, your comfort with it, and the pros and cons of medication with you. If you so choose, we can refer you to the appropriate psychopharmacologist in the area. If you are already on medication, we will coordinate treatment with your primary provider.

Break-free and begin your journey to

Your best
YOU.

There is a future life where trauma does not control your day. Imagine yourself feeling calm, confident and ready to handle new situations with ease. The tools to living the life you have always envisioned are here, at your fingertips.

Acuity Counseling can help.

 

Schedule your therapy session online

Reach out directly to our Client Care Coordinator for questions, matching, and scheduling:

Online Counseling

Our services are also available online through Zoom. Telehealth/Online counseling gives you the opportunity to explore your challenges in life without complicating your daily schedule.

GET STARTED

If you have questions and would like to talk about any of our counseling services, please reach out for a complimentary phone consultation or send us an email.

First Session Within 72 Hours of Calling

We book you an appointment within 24 hours of contacting us (usually less) and make sure your first appointment is soon after.

Seattle: 206-922-2376

Bellevue: 425-549-3242

Bothell/Woodinville: 206-910-9476

info@acuitycounseling.net

for Billing questions call:
206-910-9476

 

SCHEDULING

Use our Online Scheduling Tool or call our office to schedule your appointment, or for any changes regarding scheduling.

Schedule by phone: 206-910-9476

INSURANCE

Counseling services are often covered in full or in part by your health insurance company. Acuity Counseling proudly accepts most major health insurance plans.

Aetna

First Choice

HMA

Meritain

Cigna

GEHA

Sound Health & Wellness

We do not participate
in EAP Plans

Acuity Counseling Locations

Seattle

Bellevue

Bothell/Woodinville

BELLEVUE, WA
Cascade Place II
12729 Northup Way, Suite 6
Bellevue WA 98005
(206) 910-9476

SEATTLE, WA
Plaza 600 Building
600 Stewart St, Suite 1228
Seattle WA 98101
(206) 910-9476

BOTHELL/WOODINVILLE
Falcon View
12900 NE 180th St, Suite 160
Bothell, WA 98011
(206) 910-9476

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