Shirleyann Chase, LMHC

Shirleyann Chase

Shirleyann Chase’s Therapist Disclosure Statement <<< (Clickable)

I believe that people are people first and that they should not be defined by a problem they are experiencing, an emotion that has become overwhelming or a diagnosis that they have been given. I also believe that no matter the struggle or the issue it is possible for you to get better. I believe that while some of the time issues can be exactly as they appear, many of the struggles we are facing stem from deep seated beliefs and the way that we are raised to interact with the world also plays a role in our day-to-day struggle.

Whatever your reasons for coming to therapy your decision is a brave and vulnerable one. Therapy can be painful and uncomfortable but having the courage to open yourself up to another person in hopes to uncover and be able to change some of the troublesome parts of your life can help you come to know yourself in a deeper way and give you the tools necessary to begin living a more fulfilling life.

I understand that the most important part of the therapeutic process is being able to build rapport with your therapist. It is important that we build a foundation of trust and honesty that we can use to foster growth. We will explore your life which often comes with exploring past pain and suffering to uncover unhelpful patterns of behavior, thinking, emotional regulation, and relationship issues.

I aim to provide a safe space for you to work from with genuine empathy, understanding and acceptance.  We will work from a goal centered, values-based approach to foster change and growth.

My approach in therapy is my approach is humanistic with elements of cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness-based therapy, and existential theories. I received my Master of Science in Professional Counseling with an emphasis in trauma from Grand Canyon University. I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor Associate currently pursuing full licensure in the state of Washington.

When I am not being a therapist, I enjoy spending time with my husband and five children on our little homestead or out in nature. I enjoy hiking, sewing, gardening, reading, football and doing anything crafty and creative.

Specialties and areas of focus

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Grief/Loss
  • Trauma
  • Self-esteem
  • Relationship Issues
  • Women
  • Men
  • Teens

Q&A with Shirleyann

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

I believe that there is space for both. I believe we can see success in diving into the specific issues but some of the thought patterns and behaviors that we decide to participate in are often deep rooted in our history and upbringing.

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

I believe that the client is the expert on themselves and will often follow the lead of the client. However, it is also important that we ensure we are using our time together in the best way possible so I will guide you by holding structure and setting a goal or objective for each session with your input.

3.) What are your strengths as a therapist?

My strengths as a therapist are connection. Therapeutic rapport is the cornerstone to effective therapy. I also find strength in using mindfulness practices and a goal driven values-based approach.

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

I think I would like to fly! There are so many beautiful and wonderful places in this world that I would like to see, and I believe that flying would make that much easier.

5.) What makes you laugh?

Puns and bad jokes!!

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

The New England Patriots!