Debbie Shelton, LMHC

Debbie Shelton

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Seeking counseling is not easy it takes bravery and commitment and allows for the healing to begin

Whether we realize it or not relationships are at the center of who we are as human beings; they encompass our hopes, dreams and future, as well as our biggest challenges, fears and disappointments.

Whether you are seeking counseling for grief and loss, anxiety, depression, work related issues or some different reason altogether, relationships play a pivotal part in what you are experiencing.

My philosophy for therapy is focused on building a compassionate, welcoming, and engaging person-centered therapeutic relationship with each client, that focuses on discovering individual strengths and empowering you to live happier, healthier, and more meaningful lives.

I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the state of Washington, and a Licensed Certified addictions counselor. I received my graduate training from Eastern Washington University Social Work program.  I use a CBT framework that is augmented with Solution Focused Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) informed skills, psychoeducation, attachment theory and neurobiology.  I have a holistic approach that focuses on problematic thoughts, emotions and behaviors that get in the way of us living the life we want to live.

In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family and my pets and being in the outdoors, hiking, camping and four wheeling. I enjoy coffee in the mornings out on my deck, where I can watch the beauty of the Northwest unfold as the bird’s chirp and the sun comes up to welcome in the new day. The wilder side of me also enjoys loud music, going to concerts, comedy clubs and socializing with my friends.

Specialties and areas of focus

  • Depression
  • Grief/Loss
  • Couples
  • Life transitions
  • Self-esteem
  • Trauma
  • Families
  • Adolescence
  • Anxiety/Stress
  • Addictions

Q&A with Debbie

1.) Some therapists are more comfortable addressing the immediate problem, while others want to focus on the deeper issue. Which are you?

I am a person-centered therapist so I am most comfortable focusing on what the individual needs of each client are, if the client wants to dive right in and focus on the deeper issues then that is what we do, but if the client is more comfortable addressing the immediate issues first, we will work on them to try and bring immediate relief and get to the deeper issues later.

2.) Do you tend to lead the session, or follow my lead?

Putting the comfort of my clients first is what is most important to me, so I tend to follow their lead and build my sessions around what they are most comfortable with. In some cases, clients feel most comfortable with me leading the session, while at other times, my clients feel more comfortable leading the way.

3.) What are your strengths as a therapist?

My strength as a therapist is my ability to be in tune with my client’s needs and to have the experience and understanding to be able to relate to what they are going through with deep compassion and empathy.

4.) If you had one superpower, what would it be and why?

If I had one superpower, I would want to be able to go to back in time and tell all the people that have been a part of my life just how much I love and miss them.

5.) What makes you laugh?

I believe that the secret to life is laughter and so I try to do it often. I have a very good sense of humor and enjoy sitcoms, live comedians and even a good water fight or tickle fight with my grandsons.

6.) Who would you have dinner with, dead or alive?

If I could have dinner with anyone, I would want to have dinner with my parents and my brother who have passed, even though that one dinner would only leave me wanting another.