Counseling is part of my life's purpose and is a sacred form of healing. The people I counsel inspire me, and I am honored in their presence.
I graduated from Bastyr University at the Leadership Institute of Seattle (LIOS) in 2006 with a Master of Arts in Applied Behavioral Sciences with an emphasis in Systems Counseling.
I completed a one-year internship at Navos Mental Health, a community mental health agency located in Burien, in 2006, and went on to work there full time until 2011.
I opened a Private Practice called, "Alanah's Counseling, LLC" in 2011 and saw clients actively until 2016 prior to working in New Zealand.
I lived and worked in New Zealand from 2016-2020 as a counselor, group facilitator and psychotherapist. I was an Incredible Years Parenting Program facilitator helping parents understand their little ones better, build routines and use positive discipline techniques in daily life. I also worked in a Child and Adolescent Mental Health Center as a crisis team clinical intake psychotherapist.
I have a specialty in Grief and Loss counseling with experience working 1:1 with those experiencing pain from grief, as well as group facilitation at Edmonds Swedish Hospital.
I love to travel and enjoy our beautiful and diverse planet! I have traveled to Italy, Indonesia, Netherlands, India, Spain, Greece, Peru, Easter Island, Japan and New Zealand.
I love to teach! I earned a certificate at the School of TESL, a program at Seattle University, in 2000. I have experience teaching English as a second language. I also enjoy learning languages and have studied Indonesian, Japanese and Spanish.
One of my hobbies is photography, with a focus on nature. Nature is where I go to feel centered and relaxed. I like to be reminded of the vastness of our planet and the universe. Everything in nature is connected, and it is all inclusive.
I am comfortable with the subjects of death, near-death experiences, grief and loss, the paranormal, psychic/intuitive experiences, esoteric studies and life after death.
Sessions range in content and structure depending on each individual or family group, and what feels right. Tele-therapy sessions are run exactly like in-person session, however the format is certainly different. I have found that it is easy to get used to. I use my intuitive and empathic senses as a guide at all times. I merge my knowledge and training in traditional counseling treatment with non-conventional approaches, and this looks different with each person depending on what they want, what they need, and what feels right. I approach each person as an expert on their own healing. The sessions always involve exploring and getting to know each individual and how they experience the world around them. I want each person to feel heard and understood. I want each person to better love and accept their strengths as well as limitations. I want each person to better hear and follow their inner knowing. I want each person to better understand who they are, why they are here, and what they are here to do.
There are no limitations on duration or frequency of session, as it is dependent on each individual or family's needs. I will always make recommendations that I believe will best serve you.
Each person will read and sign a disclosure statement at the start of our first session. I follow professional ethical codes, including the AMHCA Code of Ethics and NBCC Code of Ethics. As a health care provider, I comply with HIPPA regulations.
As a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC), my services are eligible for insurance coverage if you are diagnosed with a mental health disorder. Please ask prior to scheduling if I am paneled with your insurance provider. As an out-of-network provider, I can create an invoice for you to submit for reimbursement, but you will need to ask your provider about those rates in advance. If you wish to pay out-of-pocket, feel free to ask me about sliding scale rate availability.
My rates are as follows:
Individuals: $130 per 50 min session
Families: $140 per 60 min session
Scheduling and paperwork is completed through SimplePractice. The client portal is available here: https://jessica-baird.clientsecure.me
All co-pays, deductibles, and fees are required via credit/debit card through SimplePractice or PayPal on request.