Darren Hunt, LICSWA
Darren Hunt’s Therapist Disclosure Statement <<< (Clickable)
Hello, my name is Darren (he/him) I have worked in the mental health field for fourteen years. I started my career earning my Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from University of Central Florida and received my Master’s in Social Work (MSW) from the University of Washington.
Research suggests that the most important quality in a therapeutic relationship is the genuine connections with people. I strive to provide an environment which is authentic, non-judgmental, warm, and collaborative.
I subscribe to a humanistic approach to working therapeutically, meeting people where they are in the moment, and building a strong alliance. I use a collaborative strength-based solution focused approach. Using modalities with Acceptance Commitment Therapy informed skills and Dialectical Behavioral therapy informed skills. I am committed to cultural competency and allyship.
In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my girlfriend, three dogs, cat, and chickens. We are both transplants from the south and have lived in the PNW for over eight years and have enjoyed every moment of it. We enjoy hiking, doing projects around the house, farming and reading
Specialties and areas of focus
- Co-occurring disorders
- Coping skills
- Couples counseling
- Life stress
- Men’s issues
- Stress management
- Substance use
Q&A with Darren
1.) Some therapists are more comfortable addressing the immediate problem, while others want to focus on the deeper issue. Which are you?
I want to address those that are the nexus of your life causing the most maladaptive coping and distress. I do this by using a clinical model to reduce stress and maladaptive coping and build momentum.
2.) Do you tend to lead the session, or follow my lead?
I work collaboratively with my clients and use a gentle guiding approach to lead when necessary.
3.) What are your strengths as a therapist?
My strength as a counselor is creating a non-judgmental and comfortable environment. I strive to build a collaborative relationship with clients to provide tools, help create insight, and provide awareness regarding other ways of coping, and managing issues that have brought them into therapy.
4.) If you had one superpower, what would it be and why?
I would have teleportation to see the world without any difficulty.
5.) What makes you laugh?
I laugh at comedies and can joke about most things. I have an open sense of humor.
6.) Who would you have dinner with, dead or alive?
Dr. Irvin Yalom or Warren Buffet.