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Therapy Review Form (pdf format) ~ 
My Theory of Choice (an old & still relevant college paper) ~ Paying for Counseling, etc.
Resources, etc. ~ What to Expect from your Licensed Mental Health Counselors (pdf format - from WA State Dept. of Health)
 Contact Me ~ Gabi Clayton (My personal website & lots of resources.)

Gabi (Gabrielle N.) Clayton, LMHC - Olympia, WA
Gabi ClaytonI'm a Licensed Mental Health Counselor   
Washington License #LH00005056   

I believe that the work of therapy is about developing a healthy relationship with oneself and with other people in the community in order to live a good and meaningful life. It is about finding ways to live in balance and with integrity in what can be a complicated and difficult world.

I believe that it is my role to create a safe space for my clients to do their work, to support and challenge the individual, couple, family or group toward growth and their goals. Each session is a special time – a precious gift clients give themselves to work toward health and balance, and it is my job to facilitate, honor and protect that. I believe I can sometimes see things as an outsider that the client misses or may have lost sight of.

My approach is eclectic/humanistic talk and expressive process-based counseling from an Existential Psychology framework. In a graduate school class on individual counseling I was asked to write a paper about my "theory of choice/philosophy of human nature." I wrote "My Theory of Choice." It still makes a lot of sense to me and it tells you something about how I see things.

I work with clients on a variety of issues including post-trauma (hate crimes and other situation-related trauma) stress and depression, grief and loss, activist or caretaker stress, burnout and compassion fatigue, relationship/communication issues, sexual orientation and gender identity issues, life transitions, family of origin issues, and personal growth.

I work with adults and teenage individuals, couples, families and small groups. I am forming Cradled Heart, a therapist facilitated support group for activists, social service folks, educators, etc. regarding burnout, compassion fatigue and wellness.

I am a founding member of Gender Spectrum Think Tank, a therapist consultation group that supports, educates, refers and advocates to improve services in our transgender, gender variant and gender queer communities.

As a licensed professional mental health counselor I am committed to promoting and increasing your mental health through our collaborative efforts.

courage ~ integrity ~ tenacity ~ inspiration ~ awareness
These are some of the qualities of good mental health.

My office hours are by appointment. My office is in my home on the east side of Olympia. I have cats which can be a problem for people with allergies. I don't bill insurance companies. I may be able to slide my fee. Contact me if you have any questions.

The initial paperwork for when I see a new client (pdf format) includes For Your Information, Counseling Agreement, Client and Counselor Responsibilities and Rights, and my Intake Form.

Duration and frequency of therapy? It takes different amounts of time depending on the person(s) and the issues. It also depends on what else is going on your life - healing doesn't happen in a vacuum! I often recommend that clients come to see me every week or two in the beginning, and less often as it progresses - ending the work when it is the right time which is determined by the client. I hope to have a closing session when that happens.
If you are a client, please use my therapy review form (pdf format) to give me feedback about our work together. Thank you! 

This beautiful song "Simple Truth" by Eve Decker
speaks to much of my approach to counseling and to health in general:

Please be aware that as a mental health counselor,
 there are some things such as abuse that I might be required to report. If you have a question about this see
my inital paperwork or ask me about it.

    I'm a member of GoodTherapy.org.

I'm proud to be listed in The Activist Trauma Database

  The Activist Trauma Database

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M.A., Counseling Psychology; Saint Martin's College, Lacey, WA - May 1993  (now re-named Saint Martin's University)

Coursework: Marriage and Family Therapy, Child and Adolescent Counseling, Abusive Relationships, Treatment of Gender and Ethnicity Issues, Individual Counseling, Group Counseling, Crisis Intervention, Assessment and Treatment Planning, Psychopathology, Mental Health Consultation, Community Psychology.

Internship/Practicum: A 600 hour internship at the Center for Individual and Family Counseling. Provided individual and family therapy with a variety of clients for sexual abuse, parenting, family of origin, anger management, children's divorce issues.  Co-facilitated group therapy for sexually abused children and adolescents, adult survivors of sexual abuse, and parents of sexually abused children. Did administrative work and special projects, including the planning and promotion of a series of professional workshops held in several regional communities.

B.A., Liberal Arts; The Evergreen State College, Olympia, WA - June 1989 - with an emphasis in Art and Film/Video Production and Animation
Galileo Vocational Nursing Program; San Francisco, CA - 1970-1971
Mission High School, San Francisco, CA - graduated 1970
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  • Healing Historical Trauma: Acknowledging Wounds and Following Paths to Healing
  • Couples in Recovery after Infidelity: Creating a New Monogamy
  • Overview of Law and Ethics for Therapists
  • HIPAA and the Future of Mental Health Practice
  • Adult Suicide Risk Assessment
  • Understanding Polyamory and Non-Monogamy in a Context of Sexual and Relational Diversities
  • Grief Walking
  • Why Group Therapy: Going From Fixing Problems to Creating Possibilities
  • How The Body Remembers and Heals Trauma
  • Meeting the Treatment Needs of Iraq and Afghanistan War Veterans: Promoting Treatment-Engagement, Delivering Evidenced-Based Care, and Addressing High Risk Behaviors in Returning Veterans
  • Creating a Trans-Welcoming Environment
  • The Intersections of Sex Work and Violence - specific to transgender and gender non-conforming individuals
  • Triumphing Over Trauma: Perspectives from Jung, Culture, Heart Work, and International Trauma Treatment
  • Rewiring The Evolutionary Glitch In Your Brain: Bridging Neuroscience, Mindfulness, and Emotional Connection For Maximum Healing and Personal Freedom
  • Gender Odyssey Professional Seminar: Accessing Gender Identity In Adolescents for Possible Medical Intervention - Part 1; Family Law: Parents in Conflict; Medical Needs of Transgender Youth: Cross Hormones Teens Speak: Trans Youth Share Their Own Stories; The Future of Trans Youth Care: Current Research
  • Informed Consent for Access to Trans Health – ICATH
  • Trauma Stewardship
  • The Treatment of Trauma and The Internal Family Systems Model
  • The Wound that Does Not Heal: Recognizing and Treating Complicated Grief
  • Working with Transgender Clients: A Person-Centered and Narrative Therapy Model
  • Ethical Standards & Multiple Diversities: Strategies for Deepening Cultural Sensitivity in Clinical Practice
  • Mindfulness and Self-Care: Restorative Tools for Clinicians
  • Self-Compassion and Psychological Well-Being
  • When Thoughts Attack and Feelings Overwhelm
  • Internet Addiction: Diagnosis and Treatment
  • Working with LGBTQ Couples and Families
  • Understanding and Treating Distorted Body Image
  • Engaging the Traumatized Client who Avoids Closeness and Vulnerability
  • Digital Ethics and Social Networking in Psychotherapy and Counseling
  • Prostitution, Exploitation & Sex Work: Navigating Multiple Frameworks with Queer & Trans Youth
  • Developing Cultural Competence in Psychotherapy Practice
  • Transgender Youth Survivors: Understanding, Serving, Celebrating
  • 21st Century Ethics: Emerging Digital, Boundaries, and Standard of Care Issues
  • Help With Negative Self-Talk
  • Compassion Fatigue
  • Growing Through Grief
  • Welcoming Schools
  • Ethics With Soul and Boundaries in Psychotherapy
  • Understanding LGBT Mental Health Concerns
  • Working With Trauma: Multi-Modal Integrative Psychotherapy
  • LGBTQ Youth and Eating Disorders
  • Narrative Ideas and Therapeutic Practice: What Makes Narrative Therapy Novel?
  • Compassionate Nonviolent Communication
  • Mindful Self-Compassion in Clinical Practice
  • Conflict Resolution: Skills for Couples & Counselors
  • Good Boundaries: Centerpiece of Successful Relationships
  • Youth Suicide Prevention
  • War and the Soul: Healing Post-traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Burnout, Stress & Fatigue
  • Compassionate Listening: Healing Our World from the Inside Out
  • Living with Grief: Before and After the Death ~ The Dying Process: Understanding Anticipatory Grief and Anticipatory Mourning ~ Grief: New Insights and Developments ~ Implications for Practice ~ The Importance of Self-Care
  • Working with Depression: Holistic and Spiritual Approaches
  • Psychotherapy with People in the Arts
  • Conflict Management
  • Disaster Mental Health Intervention:(Practical Front-line Assistance and Support for Healing
  • Saying It Out Loud ~ Rights and Recovery: Promoting GLBTQ Wellness in a Changing Environment ~ Chemical Dependency/Mental Health Counseling Needs of GLBTQ Community ~ Working with Transgendered Clients
  • Schopenhauer's Porcupines: Intimacy and Its Dilemmas
  • Healing Plots: The Narrative Basis of Psychotherapy
  • Forgiveness is a Choice
  • Northwest Institute for Community Health Educators (NICHE) - for professionals who work as sexuality, family life, HIV/AIDS, and family planning educators - sessions on life-long sexuality, effective sexuality education and teaching methods, learning theory, learner diversity, sexuality education ethics, and more - Advanced Track.
  • Trauma and the Media
  • Clinical Dilemmas in Feminist Therapy Practice
  • The Many Faces of Grief - How to Help Others Through Loss
  • Understanding and Working with Sexual Minority Youth
  • Intensive Journal Workshop: Life Context/Depth Contact
  • Interactive Guided Imagery
  • Understanding Depression: Diagnosis, Treatment and Prevention
  • Understanding Multiple Personality/Dissociative Identity Disorder
  • Effective Strategies for Helping Couples and Families
  • Art Therapy and Sexual Abuse
  • Brief Solution-Focused Therapy
  • In private practice since 1996.
  • Behavioral Health Resources, Olympia 6/00 to 10/02, then 3/04 to 8/05
  • Three years working as a therapist at a mental health group practice in Olympia.
  • Three years working as a residential youth counselor at Haven House, a shelter for adolescents in crisis.
  • Eight years providing crisis intervention counseling and emergency services to victims of domestic violence and other people in crisis in New York City and then in Mississippi.
  • See organizations I'm involved with here on my personal website. 
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 2012 Gabi Clayton