Caring, Experience, Results
One of the most important elements of success in counseling is the fit between the counselor and the client. South Sound counselors bring a wide variety of backgrounds, specialities and approaches to counseling. All of our counselors are licensed to practice in the state of Washington. Our interns are supervised in accordance with state laws.
The friendly staff at South Sound Counseling work hard to make scheduling, fiances and insurance as smooth as possible so that you can focus on your growth and healing.
Cristina Austin, PsyD
Washington License Number: PY60300507
I have worked as a counselor with children, adolescents, and families since 2008. I expanded my work to adults following the completion of my doctorate, from Argosy University, and advancement into private practice in 2011. I currently maintain a practice working with children, adolescents, adults, and families with a large breadth of clinical needs. I recognize each individual as the expert of his or her own experiences; the objective of my practice is to meet clients where they are and allow them to achieve their own identified goals. My approach views all individuals as having the internal drive to reach a place of improved well being.
My practice is founded on humanistic theories while evidence-based techniques are employed to meet each individual’s needs. Therapy may include solution-focused strategies, cognitive-behavioral or dialectical-behavioral skills for coping and managing thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, motivational interviewing techniques to help with making difficult life changes, and emotion-focused interventions.
I have experience helping individuals with symptoms of anxiety and depression, coping with anger or disruptive behaviors, managing ADD symptoms, adjusting to significant life changes, resolving interpersonal/relational conflicts, working through grief and loss, strengthening parenting skills or regulating difficult child behaviors, as well as addressing co-occurring emotional and alcohol/substance use problems.
Amber Belanger, MS, LMHC, NCC, MHP
Washington License Number: LH605236223
I have worked with families, children, couples and individuals since 2010. My experience includes working with divorce, single parenting, blended families, child/adolescent developmental stages, school related issues, anxiety/depression, grief and loss, personal growth, and trauma.
My style is comfortable, relaxed and sprinkled with humor. Having grown up in a large, blended family, I learned a lot about relationships, conflicts, ups and downs and the importance of communication. I strongly believe that we are all equipped with the tools necessary to transform our lives; however, when life happens our lenses sometimes get blurred or smudged. There are times when we need guidance and support in evaluating a situation, understanding our needs, recognizing our thoughts, or identifying what needs to change. My goal is to provide an environment of safety and trust for exploring issues and learning new skills, centered on your needs and disposition.
I work primarily from a family systems perspective and offer counseling through a strength-based and person-centered approach. You will find my personality to be balanced, encouraging, supportive, and directive when necessary. With your help, I am dedicated to identifying and working towards your personal counseling goals.
Nicole Coope, MSC, LMHC, NCC
Jessica Fierst, ARNP
Angie Fosmark, MA, LMHC, NCC
Christine Keys, MA, LMHC
Lynnsie Kramp, MA, LMFT
Washington License Number: LF60680272
I recognize the courage it takes to seek help in our struggles, which is why I strive to create a trusting and comfortable space in the efforts to reach your potential. We all have the ability to lead a fulfilling life, but sometimes need assistance to help guide and encourage us, by working collaboratively and empowering us to create change.
I have experience working with children, adolescents, families and individuals. I enjoy working with people on depression, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma, school issues, and parenting. I work from a client-centered, strengths based approach, but will also use other techniques such as CBT and Solution-Focused, depending on the individual and family needs.
As a Marriage and Family Therapist, I come from a systems background, and believe our relationships and family dynamics impact our well-being and behaviors. When working with children, I will utilize a blend of individual, family, and parent only sessions.
Andrea Miller, MA, LMHC
Susan P Moser, MA, LMHCA, CHt
Washington License Number: MC60590923
Certified in Hypnotherapy
My work involves people of all ages and walks of life, and my techniques vary depending on the needs of each. I believe in and enjoy working from a relational approach, aware that there are a multitude of reasons why people seek counseling. While these reasons may vary in scope and emotion, they all point back to relationship. We have a relationship with work, body image, family, spirit, intimate partner and ultimately, relationship with self. Our unresolved issues, discovered by interactions with others, are carried through our lives, preventing us from living a more meaningful one.
I, too, am a certified hypnotherapist, able to guide you through a process that gains you greater self-awareness, changing how you live in the world and relate to others. Hypnosis is a proven and efficient way to identify unhealthy patterns, learned while growing up, changing them deep within our unconscious mind. We hold within ourselves a spectrum of ages, with circumstances deciding from which of those ages we approach a situation. Our unconscious mind is a powerful window into how and why we make decisions, where our choices come from, and why we take certain courses of action.
When we are at our most authentic selves, there is only the present, and we experience these moments with a deep sense of self worth, compassion and personal power. Therapy is a co-creative process wherein you and I work together to create what you want in your life. We all have stood in the way of our own happiness, and with years of reacting and conducting ourselves the same way we always have, it’s almost inconceivable to realize that there are limitless possibilities out there for us. Your potential is there to be discovered.
Jordyn Reed,MA, LMFTA, MHP
Dr. Andre Sims, Washington State Pastoral Counselor
Nikki Stewart, Office Administrator
Nikki has been with South Sound Counseling since October of 2013 and brings years of experience as a corporate administrator. Nikki is responsible for scheduling and verification of insurance benefits and is the go-to person in our office.
Pat Dorning, Insurance Administrator
Pat has worked at South Sound Counseling since our opening in July of 2013 and is a specialist in billing insurance for mental health. Pat is the liaison between the client and the insurance company. If you have any questions about your insurance coverage or account Pat will work to resolve the issues.