Vanessa Graff, LMHCA, CDPt
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I approach counseling as an opportunity to collaboratively identify the cause of mental illness and personalized strategies for alleviating it. I believe that a safe therapeutic relationship is the key to successful treatment. This therapeutic relationship is cultivated and strengthened during each session.
Each individual has unique needs and strengths and I integrate those abilities and uniqueness into the therapeutic process and treatment plan. I believe that many of us have the necessary tools to live full and healthy lives and it is my mission to assist my clients in finding their own strength in this journey.
My therapeutic approach is greatly influenced by Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, trauma recovery and psychoeducation. I received my Masters of Science from Grand Canyon University. I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor Associate in the state of Washington.
In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my husband and our labradoodle fur-baby. I enjoy spending time at the beach, exercising, or being with my family. I have lived in the Vancouver area for the majority of my life but have had the pleasure of living all across the United States.
Specialties and areas of focus
Q&A with Vanessa
1.) Some therapists are more comfortable addressing the immediate problem, while others want to focus on the deeper issue. Which are you?
I like to base my style based on the needs of the client. I believe that some problems need to be handled immediately while others may be the result of a deeper issue. Oftentimes, our immediate problems mask what is truly going on and it is important to discuss the immediate issue, but still address the underlying problem.
2.) Do you tend to lead the session, or follow my lead?
I will often determine my style based on the personality of the client. Some clients need more guidance than others and I usually allow the client to gauge and assess whether or not they will lead the session or if they need someone else to take control.
3.) What are your strengths as a therapist?
My strengths include the ability to be adaptable, firm, kind and understanding. I have the ability to mold and change my style based on the needs and personality of my client.
4.) If you had one superpower, what would it be and why?
My one superpower would have to be the ability to run fast so that I could accomplish all my tasks in the blink of an eye and still get my exercise in!
5.) What makes you laugh?
I am obsessed with funny memes! Whenever I have a bad day, a funny meme will pull me right out of my funk. My dog also has the ability to make me laugh, especially when he goes a little ‘crazy’ and runs all over the house.
6.) Who would you have dinner with, dead or alive?
If I had to chose someone to have dinner with, I would chose my maternal grandmother. She died a month after I was born and I would love to get to know her and hear all of her stories.