Hollie Bearden, LMFT/Supervisor/Owner
Hollie Bearden’s Therapist Disclosure Statement <<< (Clickable)
My job is to provide a cozy and comfortable place for you to explore what is holding you back, in order to create an opportunity for you to become the best version of yourself that you can possibly be. My approach to therapy is simple and honest with a sprinkle of humor. I believe change comes about when we are ready for it. I use a systems-based, collaborative approach in order to understand the bigger picture of the world around you. I believe that your therapeutic needs are unique to you, and that sessions should be tailored to meet those needs. I appreciate the commitment that therapy is, and want to use your time wisely and efficiently. We will move through the process at the pace you set.
My office is a bright and happy place where you can kick your shoes off and settle in for 50 minutes of focusing on YOU. I strive to create a casual environment, so if you are looking for a more formal therapeutic setting, you won’t find it with me. All are welcome in my office, including LGBTQ & alternative lifestyles.
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the State of Washington with a Masters Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Pacific Lutheran University. I also have a Bachelors Degree in Psychology from Portland State University. I am a Clinical Member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy.
I am a native of the Pacific Northwest, who had really big hair in the ‘80s. I have a long list of favorite things that includes the ocean, , music, humor of all kinds (sarcasm, silliness, dark, ironic—I like it all!), Disneyland, reading, palm trees, photography and being creative. I dislike mean people, littering, traffic jams and being cold. I am married with two boys, one Dalmatian and two cats, as well as an assortment of frogs, fish, a turtle and other critters my sons try to talk me in to keeping.
Specialties and areas of focus
- Life transitions
- Living your best life
- Women’s issues
- Alternative lifestyles
- Same sex partnerships/families
- LGBTQ family issues
Q&A with Hollie
1.) Some therapists are more comfortable addressing the immediate problem, while others want to focus on the deeper issue. Which are you?
Both. I think immediate problems deserve immediate attention, but I also like to explore possible deeper issues that may be contributing to some of those immediate problems.
2.) Do you tend to lead the session, or follow my lead?
Follow the lead of my client.
3.) What are your strengths as a therapist?
Sense of humor, relaxed atmosphere, zero judgement and unconditional acceptance.
4.) If you had one superpower, what would it be and why?
I would love to be invisible. I think humans are fascinating, and I bet we’re even more interesting when we think no one is watching!
5.) What makes you laugh?
Sarcasm, dark humor, irony & people unexpectedly falling will all have me laughing immediately.
6.) Who would you have dinner with, dead or alive?
Oprah for some good conversation… Or Jon Bon Jovi to fulfill a teenage dream!