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About Me, Sarah Swenson, LMHC

I would like to introduce myself in a way that helps you feel confident about working with me.
I have the degrees and credentials required of a psychotherapist in the state of Washington, but it will be my personality, my professional talents, and my ability to help you feel comfortable in a clinical setting that you will encounter when we meet. 

I am a good listener, both to what you say and to what you might not be saying. I am skilled at helping you identify your strengths, and the source of your resilience, so we can discover ways you might understand and cut through obstacles you may be facing. Together we can focus on identifying what is important to you, and on what it is that gives your life meaning.

I have great empathy for the suffering of others. This makes me a compassionate companion. It means I will be able to stand by you and provide guidance, while offering perspective on feelings and situations you may not yet see clearly. 

One of my greatest gifts is my intellect. Growing up gifted, facing the joys and challenges, makes me particularly sensitive to others whose gifts set them apart in one way or another. I understand what it feels like, which (along with years of study and clinical experience) grants me insight into the lives of other highly intelligent individuals. I am passionate about helping these clients understand, embrace, and thrive in all aspects.

It is one of my goals to help clients move into full acknowledgment that being highly intelligent is not something to be shy about. It is a fact of life, like your height and your eye color. Obviously, there is a big difference between acknowledging and bragging. I have yet to meet a highly intelligent person in my practice whose concerns relate to bragging about high intelligence, however. More often than not, the Dunning-Kruger Effect is very much in evidence. This refers to recent (1999) research undertaken at Cornell University, which suggests that cognitive bias makes lesser competent individuals have an exaggerated sense of their own abilities, and, conversely, makes more competent individuals have a diminished sense of theirs. This is worth exploring, if you are not already familiar with it.

My Myers-Briggs Type is INFJ, which is called The Counselor. According to temperament specialist Dr. David Keirsey, Counselors have an exceptionally strong desire to contribute to the welfare of others, and find great personal fulfillment interacting with people, nurturing their personal development, and guiding them to realize their human potential. I am blessed to have such congruence between my life work and my temperament.

I cherish my client relationships and am honored that clients place their trust in me. I would be delighted to meet you and discuss what it might look like if you should decide to work with me.

Seattle University, MA, Pastoral Counseling
An MA in Pastoral Counseling is awarded after a three-year graduate degree program incorporating two years of clinical and theoretical psychotherapeutic work and an additional year of spirituality and theology of all faith traditions, including agnosticism, atheism, and 12-step.

Washington State Licensed Mental Health Counselor, LH.60502682

Additional Clinical Training
Harborview Mental Health Services/University of Washington, Clinical Internship, two years

Telemental Health and Digital Ethics Certificate, Zur Institute

Professional Activities and Memberships
American Psychological Association

American Mental Health Counselors Association
Washington Mental Health Counselors Association

American Mensa

Mensa International

Topic Expert on Autism Spectrum for GoodTherapy.org - for whom I write articles regularly.