Welcome ! I am so glad you found your way to Growth Pointe Wellness. My name is Dana Graves and I am a psychotherapist and Licensed Mental Health Counselor providing counseling services in both Washington and Oregon. My private practice is based in Edmonds, Washington, just north of Seattle.
I encourage you to review this site to learn more about my therapeutic approach and varied training. If you're looking for extra support, coping strategies and guidance through a challenging situation (death, illness, divorce, break-ups, adjustments/changes in life, parenting, depression, anxiety, trauma, abuse, PTSD...) or you're just ready to move in a new direction in your life, I look forward to working with you to achieve your goals.
Feel free to give me a call or send me an e-mail if you have any questions or would like to set up an appointment. I can be reached at 425.359.9801 or firstname.lastname@example.org
With Kind Regards,
Finding a licensed professional who is the "right fit'" for you or someone you love can be a daunting task. If you are looking at this site, it likely means you are looking for a positive change in your life. As you go about finding the right professional to help you on your journey, I encourage you to carefully consider what you want from the counseling experience and from the professional who assists you. The answers to these questions will guide you as you make your choice.
Professional Philosophy, Experience &
Approach to Counseling
I believe that good counseling can only happen when the client has a strong desire for growth and change and a good therapeutic connection is established between the client and the helping professional. In my experience, clients generally want to feel heard, felt, understood, accepted and respected for who they are. They want to know that the trained professional they selected 'gets' them and can offer real hope, solutions and resolutions to the challenges they face. I strive to achieve this by providing a warm and safe environment, listening closely to the needs of my clients-what they want and don't want, and discussing the treatment options that may work best in order for the desired change or growth to occur.
I hold a Bachelor's Degree in Social Work (BSW) from Texas Christian University and a Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology from Denver Seminary (MA). I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Washington and Oregon. My diverse experience expands over 5 states and 25 years and includes therapeutic work with children, adolescents and adults from all walks of life in a variety of settings including in-patient, out-patient, residential treatment, elementary and high schools, hospitals, family and community service centers, non-profit adoption service groups, camps/retreats, cross-cultural humanitarian projects, pharmaceuticals, private practice counseling, consulting, case managing and senior in-home care.
I enjoy working positively and collaboratively with my clients to help them achieve their personal growth goals. I am proactive, solution focused and committed to providing the highest level of care to my clients. My passion lies in helping others achieve a higher sense of well-being. My practice is committed to diversity and inclusivity.
Counseling services have a growth-oriented focus and draw heavily on my training in interpersonal and family systems therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, object-relations therapy, mindfulness and whole person care (the mental, emotional, physical, relational & spiritual aspects of our well-being). Counseling sessions may also include, but are not limited to, solution-focused models, strengths-based models, brief therapy constructs, narrative therapy, psychodynamic approaches, art and music therapy.
What others have said . . .
"When I first went in to see Dana for counseling, I felt lost, exhausted and overwhelmed with all of the pressures and responsibilities of my life. Dana helped me sort things out and find my "Self" again! With clarity and confidence and a new-found sense of purpose, I have been able to move forward in my life. I highly recommend Dana Graves! " - M.T.
"I was really hesitant to go to counseling, but I am so glad I did! Dana is wonderful! She put me at ease right away! I really felt she understood what I was going through and knew how to help. She gave me practical tips to manage my anxiety and improve my relationships with the people who are most important to me. I wish I had gone to see her sooner! " - K. J.
"I was running into some rough spots with my teenager and I needed some perspective on how to parent. After just 4 sessions, things have improved dramatically! I can't thank Dana enough! My daughter and I are able to talk and understand each other so much better. Dana is very compassionate and she helped my daughter and I find compassion for each other. " - D.K.
"If you are looking for a good counselor, I would highly recommend going to see Dana. She is professional and personable. She was able to get to the root of my problem quickly and offer helpful guidance. "
* Above comments were provided by former clients. Though permission was given to post them, full names are not provided due to privacy laws.
Growth Pointe Wellness is a safe place where you are encouraged to grow, heal and pursue your best life ! Growth Pointe Wellness offers services that promote mental, emotional, relational, physical and spiritual well-being.