Paula Best, LMHC (Licensed Mental Health Counselor)

Paula Best, MA, LMHC

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I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Clinical Supervisor working with older adolescents and adults. My work over the years has found me sitting with people experiencing a broad range of issues. Bottom line, we are all human and we all struggle in some way, shape or form. Life is hard and navigating its difficulties can be hard. Therapy can be good, helpful and clarifying company in the journey.

Much of our work is about establishing and securing a safe place to help you discover and work with your greatest fears and deepest desires.

Often our struggles and problems stem from our relationships. The anxiety or depression or distress we feel can often be helped through better understanding ourselves and others. Becoming aware of and gaining understanding often helps in relieving the difficult feelings we feel and helps grow resilience when things get hard. This growth facilitates empowerment and greater capacity to live more fully into who we are. The work of growth and change can be uncomfortable and even painful. Untangling and loosening our defenses (ways we cope) makes way for more freedom and choice within ourselves and in our relationships with others.

Specialties & Clinical Interests

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Grief & Loss
  • LGBTQIA+
  • Mental Health Professionals
  • Parenting & Parent-Child Relationships
  • Relationships
  • Stress/Stress Management
  • Trauma & Ptsd

Therapy Types

  • Client-Centered Therapy
  • Mindfulness
  • Psychodynamic/Relational Psychoananalysis

Fees & Insurance

Cost per Session
$130.00 - $180.00
Sliding Scale
Yes
Pay By
Cash, Check, Flexible Spending Account (FSA), Health Savings Account (HSA), Paypal, Venmo, Zelle, Credit Card

Licenses & Certifications

Years in Practice
17
License(s)
License #
state
LMHC (Licensed Mental Health Counselor)
LH60067824
Washington
Professional Association(s)
Membership Type
NWAPS - Northwest Alliance for Psychoanalytic Study
Professional
APA - Division 39 - Society for Psychoanalysis and Psychoanalytic Psychology
Professional
IARPP - The International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis & Psychotherapy
Professional
Graduate School(s)
Degree
Year Graduated
The Seattle School
MA Counseling Psychology
2005