I believe in holistic wellness. Mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual health are all vital aspects of wellness- when one area suffers, the others often do too. I consider you as a whole person rather than a diagnosis, and can support the underlying concerns rather than masking the symptoms. Each person possesses a unique set of strengths and skills that we will build upon to leave you feeling confident to be the driver of your wellness. I believe that you are the best expert on yourself. My goal is to be your ally and advocate in achieving your goals. With that in mind, therapy is often most effective when the client is actively engaged and communicative throughout the process.
Licensed Mental Health Counselor Associate (#MC61090290), Washington State
Certified Nutritionist (#NU61089256), Washington State
Master of Science in Nutrition and Clinical Health Psychology from Bastyr University
Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology with a specialization in sport psychology, Western Washington University
Body-positive, Health At Every Size (HAES®) provider specializing in gentle nutrition and movement to support mental health
Melissa Gaytan Johnson.
Through a holistic and biopsychosocial spiritual lens, my goal is to promote your child’s specific balance of mind, body and spirit utilizing whole body supportive interventions, while honoring multiculturism and ancestral backgrounds. I utilize a strength-based, collaborative, approach with a focus on holistic intersectionality and awareness we are all influenced by our family of origin, cultural backgrounds and social networks. Your child may be facing challenging times in which talking with someone to work together to help identify concerns could be foundational to finding answers and building coping strategies and skills to support life-long resilience. My internship to was located in a private school working with preschool through 8th grade-aged children with a focus on emotional support related to both school and family and advocating for children of color. Previously, I spent countless hours volunteering in both pre- and elementary schools working with children individually and small groups as well as leadership roles in various art or community service groups affiliated with children.
Master of Science, Nutrition and Clinical Health Psychology, Bastyr University
Licensed Mental Health Counselor Associate (# MC 61087418), Washington State
Certified Nutritionist (# NU 61087425 )
Bachelor of Science, Nutrition, Bastyr University.
I use a trauma informed framework and understand how profoundly systemic oppression contributes to symptoms relating to depression, anxiety, substance abuse and trauma. I am passionate about incorporating inclusion and social justice into my work with clients and I aim to create a space that draws upon your own lived experiences, insight, and goals for the future. My clients find me warm, genuine, playful, and non-judgmental. I love using humor in my therapeutic offerings and take a creative and mindful approach to addressing your needs. I am collaborative and solution-focused, centered on client-driven goals. During our time together, we will work to identify patterns in your relationships that are no longer serving you and develop self-compassion, resilience, and constructive skills to make desired changes. I enjoy working with highly sensitive individuals and incorporate somatic practices into my sessions to help strengthen the mind-body connection. Utilizing techniques that allow you to draw from your own inner wisdom, it is possible to build new meaning from old experiences.
I am pursuing a masters degree in Marriage and Family Therapy with a specialization in Sex Therapy at Antioch University.
Something's not working. It's your relationship with a partner or child. It's your sex life, career, or friendships. You're struggling with life transitions, like having a new baby, launching young adult children, getting a divorce, or retiring from your job. You're grieving a loss, feeling anxious, or feeling disconnected from your body. I want to provide a space for you to be heard and to heal. I offer a listening ear and a warm, calm presence. I honor your unique lived experiences and view you as the expert on your own life.
We'll look at how past events influence you and increase your understanding so that you can become freer to act more adaptively today. I work with you in a goal-oriented and solution-focused approach. Through our time together you will gain insights that help you build positive relationships and take steps towards the life you want to live.
I am pursuing a masters degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at Antioch University.