Gigi Ishaq, MS, LMHC, SUDP, CCS

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My Background

My name is Maggie (Gigi) Ishaq. I am the owner and a therapist of Balanced Living Therapy. I believe every person has core value as a human being and it is my role to work together with you to access what you need to heal.  Seeking therapy can be a very difficult and personal decision. It is extremely important to me that our clients feel safe, cared for, and validated.

I feel that it is very important that you find the right fit!  We look forward to hearing from you and working with you to begin your healing process.  Life is a journey and we are grateful to have the opportunity to provide a safe space for healing.  I am committed to helping you pursue health and happiness.  Together we will find forgiveness and overcome shame and guilt.  I honor your individualism and belief system and I hope to help you achieve balance and a renewed sense of peace in your life.

My Approach to Therapy

I utilize Experiential theory including Emotionally Focused Therapy for couples and individuals, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Techniques and Psychodynamic Therapy.  Another technique I utilize is called Client Centered Therapy from a Supportive Therapy Model.


There will be times when the therapy becomes difficult and you may feel like giving up. This is often the point where you will put forth great effort, and change will occur.  I am committed to seeing this process through with you in every way that I am able to offer support.

Specialties

Eating Disorders

Grief and Loss

Past Trauma

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Marriage Therapy

Career exploration and life skills building

Individual Therapy

Attachment Disorders

Education and Training

Master of Science in Marriage and Family Counseling from Seattle Pacific University. Bachelor of Arts in Professional Studies/Psychology from Seattle Pacific University. Associate of Technical Arts Degree in Alcohol and Chemical Dependency Counseling; Edmonds Community College. The University of Washington, Behavioral Research Therapy Clinic; Chemical Dependency Counseling. Supportive Therapy Model for Teens Research at the BRTC and Children’s Hospital.

Licensure and Registration:

Behavioral Health Agency License BHA.FS.60874155 

Licensed Mental Health Counselor State of Washington LH60200522 

Substance Use Disorder Professional Certification  CP00005296

State of Washington  

Marriage and Family Therapist  

Certified Clinical Supervisor  State of Washington


Tara Mounts, MA, LMHCA, SUDP-T

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My Background

Hello, my name is Tara Mounts. I am a licensed mental health counseling associate, who also holds a substance use disorder credential. I have been working in the co-occurring counseling community for a number of years professionally, and as a volunteer. I acquired my Master of Arts, in counseling psychology from Bastyr University in Seattle. I am passionate about traditional and holistic methods, offering an integrative personalized approach to overall wellness; mind, body, and spirit.

My occupational background includes inpatient and outpatient settings. I have a passion for diversity. Being from a diverse community myself I value individuals from all walks of life. I believe our differences are what make us special, unique, and dynamic.

My Approach to Therapy

My therapeutic style is person-centered and grounded. I strive to build trust and rapport with clients through gentle compassion and an open mindedness, aiming to understand the client’s individualized perspective. Reviewing culture, relationship dynamics, identity, coping skills, stressors, etc…creating a collaborative space where the client’s lived experience crafts the foundation for effective and authentic therapeutic movement.

Some of the techniques I favor are: Traditional talk therapy, emotional processing, multiculturalism, esteem building, cultivating strengths/weaknesses, solution-focused therapy, and CBT as well as mindfulness practices. I have worked with clients from 13 to 80 in a variety of issues. If you are struggling, there is hope. Challenges present an opportunity for healing, growth, and change. Though taking those first steps can be hard. Let’s take those steps together. I’m here to help. Contact me to schedule an appointment today at Balanced Living Therapy LLC. 

Specialties

Depression and Anxiety

Substance Use

Trauma/PTSD

Grief and Loss

Mindful/Wellness Practices

CBT and Esteem Building

Existentialism and Meaning Making

Family Dynamics/Ages and Stages

Identity Development

Intersectionality/Contextualism

Severe Chronic/Acute Mental Illness

Education & Training

Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology, Bastyr University

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, University of Washington 

Licensure & Registration:

Licensed Mental Health Counseling Associate, Credential # MC61001094

Substance Use Disorder Professional Trainee, Credential # CO60908366

Mayra Sanchez, MA, LMFTA

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My Background

Hello, my name is Mayra Sanchez. I believe that therapy is a vehicle for change and I am honored to be a part of the journey as each individual learns new ways of thinking, doing, and being. I am bilingual: speaking Spanish and English. My personal and academic experience has given me the knowledge needed to become an ethical and effective therapist that encompasses diversity and inclusion. I look forward to helping my clients through compassion, authenticity, empowerment, validation, respect, and acceptance. 

My Approach to Therapy

I  provide therapy to individuals and couples using a systems-oriented and culturally sensitive approach to help each individual achieve their goals, develop strong relationships, create deeper meaningful connections, and interrupt unhelpful patterns.  I have experience working with individuals and couples from a variety of backgrounds, including pregnant and postpartum women, Spanish-speaking clients, teens, and adults.  I am committed to maintaining a brave space for individuals to feel heard, seen, and understood by dedicating my attention to understanding each personal narrative and working collaboratively towards individual goals so that productive change prevails.  

Specialties

Depression & Anxiety

Relationship Issues

Life Transitions

Maternal Mental Health

Self-esteem

Women’s Issues

Emerging Adulthood

Trauma

Cultural Challenges

Identity Issues

Education & Training

Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy,  Pacific Lutheran University

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, University of Washington

Training in Best Practices in Prevention, Identification, and Treatment of Perinatal Mood & Anxiety Disorders, June 2019 

Licensure & Registration:

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Associate 

State of Washington # MC61027794


Jessica Marie, MA, LMHCA

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My Background

  Hello, my name is Jessica Marie and I am a licensed mental health counselor associate. I also have a background in yoga practice and philosophy, both as a practitioner and an instructor. I have been working in the field of mental health since 2011 in various settings with a diverse set of clients. I obtained my Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Antioch University New England. 

My Approach to Therapy

  I have a passion for the transformative abilities of the therapeutic relationship. Together, we focus on developing an empowered, compassionate partnership that will support you in pursuing your therapeutic goals. I work to foster an open sense of trust and communication that creates a positive environment for exploration and experimentation with different therapeutic methods to discover what works best for you. I specialize in utilizing mindfulness techniques to help my clients connect to their own innate ability to heal and grow. I have experience with and enjoy working with diverse clients from many different backgrounds facing all kinds of challenges and believe in the client’s role as the expert in their life and experiences. Consideration of intersecting identities and social justice are paramount in my treatment planning and I welcome the opportunity to support clients who have challenges around these issues. 

Specialties

Anxiety

Depression

Phobias

Stress

Life transition

Identity development

Body image 

Identity discrimination

Grief and loss

Trauma

Relationships

Education

Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Antioch University New England

Bachelor of Science in Social Sciences, Central Washington University

Licensure

Licensed Mental Health Counselor Associate 

State of Washington # MC61034922    

Lea Fingerhut, BS, MFT Intern

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My Background

Hello, my name is Lea Fingerhut. I am a clinical intern at Balanced Living Therapy, working towards my Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at Seattle Pacific University. Prior to my graduate education, I received my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Seattle Pacific University in June 2019. I am bilingual: speaking German and English. Taking the step to seek therapy can be a daunting process and I am humbled and honored to be walking alongside you in your journey. 

I believe that healing occurs in and through relationships, thereby creating a safe therapeutic space in which clients feel heard, seen and understood is of the utmost importance to me as a clinician. Likewise, I view therapy as a holistic process that involves the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual aspects of personhood. Through our work together, we can explore these aspects, reduce maladaptive behaviors, as well as the thought and relationship patterns that keep you in a place of feeling stuck. 

My Approach to Therapy

 I provide therapy to individuals, couples and families using a holistic, collaborative and systems perspective, tailoring my approach specifically to your individual needs. I will meet your vulnerability with compassion, openness and curiosity and will allow you space to explore your identity, goals and growth potential. 

Specialties

Anxiety 

Depression 

Eating Disorders 

Personality Disorders 

Self-esteem issues 

Relationship issues 

Sex & Intimacy issues 

Marital and Premarital 

Life transitions 

Trauma

Pregnancy, Prenatal, Postpartum 

Education & Training

Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Seattle Pacific University

Master's Candidate in Marriage and Family Therapy, Seattle Pacific University

Licensure and Registration

Marriage and Family Therapist Intern

Seattle Pacific University Internship Program

Enas Albar, BA, MFT Intern

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My Background

  

Hello! I'm Enas Albar. I am a clinical intern at Balanced Living Therapy, working towards my Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at Seattle Pacific University. I am bilingual: speaking English and Arabic. I have a deep-rooted love for diversity and believe that everyone has the right to feel accepted, healthy, and able to find meaning in life. I also think that everyone deserves to grow and flourish, and I have faith in psychotherapy’s ability to do that. I strive to provide a safe and judgment-free environment in which your feelings can be validated and understood.

  

أهلاً! أنا إيناس البار، درست علم النفس في المملكة العربية السعودية، وأدرس حالياً ماجستير علاج زواجي وأسري . أؤمن أن كل فرد يستحق أن يُمنح الفرص التي تساعده على النمو والنضج. أرى أن العلاج النفسي رحلة مشتركة بين المعالج والعميل لها ميزاتها وصعوباتها، كما أثق في قدرة العلاج النفسي على ترميم النفس وتسهيل العقبات. أحب أن أساعد الآخرين ليشعروا بشعور أفضل تجاه أنفسهم وأن ينظروا للأمور من أبعاد مختلفة. أتطلّع إلى سماع قصتك وتوفير مساحة آمنة لك وخالية من إطلاق الأحكام. 

من مجالات اهتمامي: العلاقات، العائلة و الزواج، الطلاق، العيش في ثقافة مختلفة، إيجاد معاني للحياة.

 

 

My Approach to Therapy

 I am interested in your story. I would like you to feel listened to, appreciated, and understood. The therapeutic journey is two-sided. I would love the opportunity for you and I to work together towards your goals. I can help untangle the healing process from all of its sides, from the big picture to the small details. I provide a safe space for you to express your feelings and articulate your thoughts. 

Specialties

Relationships

Marriage and Family

Intimacy

Teens of Divorce

Cultural Barriers/Diversity

Anxiety

Depression

Self-Esteem

Education & Training

Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, King Adbul-Aziz University, Saudi Arabia

Master's Candidate in Marriage and Family Therapy, Seattle Pacific University

Licensure and Registration

Marriage and Family Therapist Intern

Seattle Pacific University Internship Program

Kylee Hellstern, BS, MFT Intern

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My Background

Hello, my name is Kylee Hellstern. I am a clinical intern at Balanced Living Therapy, working towards my Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at Seattle Pacific University. Starting therapy can be intimidating. My goal as a therapist is to join with you through warmth, humor, and authenticity to create a safe space for introspection and reconnection with self and others. I believe everyone is unique and it is through small daily changes and realizations that we can become our best, most whole selves.

My Approach to Therapy

I provide therapy to individuals, couples and families using a holistic and relational approach looking at “the bigger picture”. I understand people are led to therapy through various life experiences, and each person’s journey to find healing is different. I employ a variety of therapeutic models and will work with you to find path tailored to your own personal healing. I believe each person already has the abilities within themselves to grow and live happy, successful lives. I consider it my job to help you reconnect with the strength and knowledge already inside you.

Specialties

Anxiety 

Depression

Coping Skills

Couples 

Family Conflict

Financial Counseling

Marital and Premarital 

Life transitions

Pregnancy, Prenatal, Postpartum

Relationships

Education and Training

Master of Science Candidate in Marriage and Family Therapy; Seattle Pacific University

Bachelor of Science in Human Consumer and Family Development, Financial Planning Minor; Utah State University 

Licensure and Registration

Marriage and Family Therapist Intern

Seattle Pacific University Internship Program

“Our wounds are often the openings into the best and most beautiful part of us.” David Richo