Remony Henry, LICSW
“Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.”
- Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
If you are looking for a therapist you are probably at a difficult place in your life. I want to tell you a little about my training, background and approach so that you may feel more confident and comfortable with a decision to work with me.
I am licensed by the State of Washington as an Independent Clinical Social Worker (LW00008822). This license reflects proof of appropriate education and training and is the most advanced state license available. I began my work in the social services in 1992 and received my Master of Social Work degree from the University of Michigan in 1997. In my years of experience I have worked with adults, couples, children and families in a number of different settings. Apart from my formal education, I have also participated in numerous professional workshops and classes and constantly seek to further augment my training.
People seek counseling for different reasons and find it useful in different ways. You may be interested in a short-term, situation-based treatment to help you adjust to a recent or upcoming challenge or change in your life. Or you may wish to participate in longer-term therapy with the goal of changing or understanding a pattern of behavior, thought, or emotion that is troubling to you. In either case, we will tailor the course of your treatment to fit your goals.
Social workers believe that the client’s goals should direct the treatment, and that the social worker’s job is to help empower the client. I offer individual, couples, family and group therapy and would be happy to help you choose which of these would be most helpful for your situation. I follow an eclectic biopsychosocial approach, which means that I draw from many different traditions as I work with each client to address their situation and their goals.
Client Centered Therapy sets the backdrop for my practice. This approach asserts that genuine social encounters that involve empathy, warmth and unconditional positive regard serve to enhance an individual’s capacity to grow and change in a positive direction. Carl Rogers, father of the Client Centered Approach said, “The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change.” Against this backdrop, and according to each person’s needs, I weave in other methods and approaches.
EMDR therapy allows for rapid healing and transformation to occur in people’s lives. This approach is most well known for its successful treatment of abuse and trauma; however it can also be used to treat a number of other complaints including depression, anxiety, codependency and low self esteem.
I also employ methods from psychodynamic psychotherapy, dealing with the unconscious, and from cognitive therapy, dealing with our thoughts and how they effect the way we feel. I have a respect for many alternative forms of healing and am interested in helping you assess the healing approaches that work best for you.
If you are struggling with depression or anxiety, I understand the heartbreaking frustration of trying to will yourself to recover. I will work with you and, if appropriate with your doctor, to help you find relief so that you can live a full, and yes, happy life!
If you suffered childhood abuse or suffered a trauma as an adolescent or adult, I can help you to reprocess these memories so that they cease to run your life.
If you or a loved one is struggling with substance abuse, I have extensive experience in addressing the issues of substance abuse and codependency.
I enjoy working with couples and families to improve communication and understanding around these and other issues.
I speak fluent Spanish and am experienced at providing services to Latino clients.
If you should have questions about my practice or my approach please feel free to contact me. I look forward to talking with you! (206) 819-0164