Brandy Gillihan, LMHC (Licensed Mental Health Counselor) in Washington

Brandy Gillihan, LMHC

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If you grew up thinking that having painful inner experiences meant you were doing something wrong—or were fundamentally wrong or broken—you’re not alone.

Thoughts of brokenness or unworthiness, feelings of anxiety or loneliness…these inner experiences are difficult to bear. They can leave us feeling disconnected and discouraged, unable to take steps toward the life we want. I can help you to see your inner strength and develop internal resources to help you weather storms such as these, and help you envision and move toward a meaningful life. I am invested in helping you identify what you want to move toward—rather than only what you want to move away from—so that you can live your life fully.

I am passionate about working with people living with anxiety and stress, health anxiety and health behaviors, and shame and self-criticism. I also help people looking for support in building community, pursuing balance in work/life, developing self-compassion and clarifying values. I also have experience working with those who have non-dominant religious and spiritual beliefs. I have experience incorporating dreams and imagination into therapy, when desired or indicated.

I provide a size-friendly therapy environment for all bodies to explore non-food related concerns and struggles. I understand the difficulties larger-bodied people have when navigating health care, work relationships and interpersonal relationships. The presumption often is that living in a large body means that you struggle with food and/or body dissatisfaction. I know this is not the case. You deserve a space that understands this.

I also work with individuals struggling with disordered eating patterns. In this setting, my services are best matched to people who need regular, weekly therapy, rather than more intensive services.

This work isn’t easy, but it’s worth it. I can help you learn to embrace all of your inner experiences, develop self-compassion and clarify your values, and in so doing, have the freedom to be more fully yourself, living the life you would choose to live.

Orientation: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (or ACT) is my primary frame. This “third wave” CBT therapy involves increasing your ability to move toward a life full of meaning, while staying focused on what you care about even in the face of painful thoughts and feelings. Within an ACT container, I also use client-centered, strengths-based and depth/psychodynamic approaches (such as dreams, creativity and imagination). I also work from a body liberation and Health at Every Size® (HAES®) informed perspective.

Specialties & Clinical Interests

  • Anxiety
  • Binge Eating
  • Body Image
  • Chronic Illness
  • Chronic Pain
  • Depression
  • Eating Disorders
  • Grief & Loss
  • Highly Sensitive Persons (HSPs)
  • Parenting & Parent-Child Relationships
  • Pet Loss
  • Phobias & Fears
  • Relationships
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self-Injury
  • Spirituality
  • Stress/Stress Management
  • Women's Issues

Therapy Types

  • Acceptance And Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Client-Centered Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Dream Tending
  • Mindfulness
  • Trauma-Informed Therapy

Community Specialties

  • Health At Every Size (HAES)

Faith Based Specialties

  • Animism; New Thought (Unity
  • Atheism/Agnosticism
  • Christianity
  • Etc.)
  • Gnosticism
  • Science Of Mind
  • Wicca / Paganism

Fees & Insurance

Cost per Session
Sliding Scale
Pay By
Flexible Spending Account (FSA), Health Savings Account (HSA), Credit Card, Mastercard, Visa
Insurance Plans Accepted
Out Of Network
Premera; First Choice

Licenses & Certifications

Years in Practice
License #
LMHC (Licensed Mental Health Counselor)
LH 60827190
Professional Association(s)
Membership Type
Association of Contextual and Behavioral Science (ACBS)
Washington Association of Contextual and Behavioral Science (WACBS)
Board member--member at large
Columbia River Eating Disorders Network (CREDN)
Graduate School(s)
Year Graduated
Bastyr University
MA in Health Psychology