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Help Is A Phone Call Away

When you call us, a member of our experienced front office staff will answer and gladly respond to any questions you have. If you are ready to set-up a counseling session or evaluation, this staff member will walk you step-by-step through the process of getting scheduled. Our front office professionals have extensive experience helping match people with the therapist who can best meet their needs.
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We Want To Know How We Can Help

Our practice is fortunate to have an office staff comprised of genuinely caring individuals, all of whom have been invaluable members of our team for many years. When you reach out to us, these individuals will make it their priority to listen closely and comprehensively understand your reasons for seeking an appointment.

Our Staff Verifies Your Insurance Benefits

While you are on the phone, the staff member you are speaking with will also gather all information necessary to bill your insurance company. As a courtesy to you, our staff will then verify your benefits and make their best effort to understand the type and amount of mental health coverage you have available. The staff member you speak with can also provide an overview of the initial paperwork packet that you will be receiving in the mail. This packet includes questions about the concerns that led you to contact us, our office policy statement and an explanation of our HIPAA policies. We ask that you please complete this packet and return it to us prior to arriving for your initial session. By doing so, you will allow the counselor you are meeting with to review the information you have provided, and thus ensure that your time with them will be as productive as possible.

Conveniently Located Counseling in Tacoma, WA

Our Tacoma office is located just off of Interstate 5 and Highway 16, making us easily accessible to clients located throughout the south Puget Sound region. If you would find it helpful, the staff member who answers your call can provide you with simple driving directions to our office from Federal Way, Puyallup, Lakewood, Steilacoom, University Place, Fircrest, Gig Harbor, or any other major western WA city. If you would prefer to obtain Google Maps driving directions from your location to Allenmore Psychological Associates, simply click on our address below:

      1530 South Union Avenue, Tacoma, WA 98405

Counseling Tailored To You

Here at Allenmore Psychological Associates (APA), we have a clinical staff consisting of Psychologists, Mental Health Counselors and an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner. Our providers have been carefully selected based upon their high levels of competence and commitment to helping their clients. APA’s therapists are characterized by diversity in terms of their gender, age, training and clinical specialties.
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We Will Find The Right Therapist For You

Our team of providers understands that each individual is unique, and that no therapist will be the right fit for every person who comes to us for counseling. Sometimes clients prefer to meet with a therapist of a specific gender or age, and we take great pride in our ability to increase clients' comfort level by accommodating these requests. With our clients in mind, we have assembled a diverse staff of highly caring professionals, each of whom contribute distinctive areas of training and clinical expertise to our practice.

Our Areas Of Clinical Specialty

Over our nearly three decades of serving residents in the South Puget Sound region, our counselors have become very familiar with the types of mental health issues and relationship problems that concern our clients. APA’s therapists specialize in providing individual and family counseling for children, adolescents, and adults. Several of our psychologists have additional training in the provision of couples and marriage counseling services, as well as eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) as a treatment for PTSD and other traumatic experiences. Our providers also offer medication management, career counseling, and psychological assessment services which include:
   Comprehensive cognitive batteries
   Memory testing
   Dementia and mental status examinations
   ADHD and learning disability evaluations
   Various assessments which help clarify mental health concerns

APA’s counselors provide effective short and long-term therapy which addresses a wide variety of issues, including: anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, traumatic reactions, loss and grief, anger, attention deficit disorder, work and school stress, age-related and traumatic memory problems, difficulties resulting from chronic pain or other medical issues, child and adolescent behavioral concerns, and relationship problems.

Reaching Our Tacoma Office

As it has since 1986, our office’s location on Union Avenue, just minutes from Interstate 5 and Highway 16, provides convenient access to those coming from Tacoma, WA and its surrounding communities. In order to best meet the needs of our clients, our office is open from 8:00 AM until 9:00 PM Monday - Thursday, and from 8:00 AM until 5:00 PM Friday. To reach us, please call: (253) 752-7320.
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Our Office Is Easy To Find

Allenmore Psychological Associates is located on South Union Avenue in Tacoma, WA near Allenmore Hospital. If you are driving on Highway 16, we are easily accessed via both the Union Avenue and East 19th Street exits. Our office’s position relative to both Highway 16 and Interstate 5 allows us to conveniently help clients who live and work in a variety of cities throughout the Puget Sound (including: Federal Way, Gig Harbor, Lakewood, Olympia, Puyallup, University Place, and their surrounding communities). For clients using public transportation, our office is also situated near several major bus routes. To obtain driving directions to our office, please visit our Contact Us page.

Our Contact Information

   Telephone: (253) 752-7320
   Fax: (253) 756-0427
   Address: 1530 South Union Ave., Suites 14 & 16, Tacoma, WA 98405

Your First Session

During your first session you will meet with an experienced counselor and have the opportunity to ask them any questions that you may have about the counseling process. Your therapist will spend time talking with you in order to better understand the problems you are experiencing, your treatment goals, and how to plan a course of counseling which will be most helpful for you. A primary goal during this initial appointment will be for you and your counselor to determine if you are the right fit for each other.
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A Safe Place To Share

The therapist you meet with may ask some specific questions in order to learn more about the problems or concerns that led you to enter counseling. It will likely be helpful for them to talk with you about your family history, your current relationships, any previous counseling you’ve had, and your major life stressors. Your counselor will be especially interested in hearing about what you hope to accomplish in therapy, including any goals that you have set for yourself.

Finding The Right Therapist For You

After spending time getting to know each other, you and your psychologist will make a decision about whether you are a good fit to work with each other on resolving the problems that brought you in to our office. If for any reason the decision is made that you are not a good fit for each other, your psychologist will be happy to recommend another provider – either from within Allenmore Psychological Associates or the greater Tacoma, WA community – who may be a better match for your needs.

Next Steps Towards Feeling Better

If you and your counselor decide to continue working together, further counseling appointments can be scheduled at the conclusion of your first session. In certain cases, your therapist may also suggest that you complete a psychological test or inventory that will allow the two of you to more comprehensively understand your problems prior to your second appointment. Many counselors also recommend that their clients complete “homework assignments” between therapy sessions, because doing so typically enhances the progress people make in counseling.

Treatment That Is Accessible

One important advantage resulting from our long-term presence in Tacoma, WA and the surrounding Puget Sound region is that our counselors are recognized as preferred providers for every major local insurance company. For the last 30 years, one of Allenmore Psychological Associates' core values has been to make our mental health services accessible to as many people as possible. As a result, we have chosen to participate in most major Western Washington insurance and managed care panels.
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Finding A Psychologist Covered By Your Plan

While Allenmore Psychological Associates as a group mental health practice participates as a preferred provider on all of our region’s major insurance and managed care panels, it is important to note that not all of our therapists are members of every panel. For this reason, our front office and insurance specialists are here to assist you in scheduling an appointment with a counselor who is covered under your specific insurance plan.

We Want You To Be Informed

Although we will do everything within our power to provide comprehensive verification of your benefits before your initial appointment, it is also important that you contact your insurance company and learn about your own benefits. As an insurance plan enrollee, it is your right to be informed about the details of the mental health benefits that you are afforded. Your insurance provider should be readily able to provide you with information about:
   The number of sessions that your policy covers per year
   The size of your deductible
   The amount or percentage of your co-pay and co-insurance
   The types of mental health services that are covered under your plan.
   Any mental health services that are not covered under your plan.

It is possible that not every type of treatment provided by a psychologist will be covered by your insurance policy. For example, some insurance companies may not reimburse for family therapy, marriage counseling, couples counseling, or biofeedback treatment. Being informed about your insurance coverage prior to entering counseling will allow you and your therapist to plan the most effective possible course of treatment for you. For more information, or to view a list of insurance panels in which our providers participate, please visit our Insurance & Payment page.

Free Mental Health Resources

Our team at APA understands that the vast majority of people struggle with psychological and relationship issues at points throughout their lives. We believe that helping our clients and other members of our greater-Tacoma community access the most useful tools and information available will empower them as they work to overcome these issues, both inside and outside of counseling. For this reason, our counselors and nurse practitioner have developed an extensive resources section within this site.
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A Resource For Our Community

Life crises provide many opportunities to not only develop new skills, but also to grow and develop as a person. Like many truly worthwhile endeavors in life, the process of achieving this growth can be challenging at times. In addition to providing access to effective and compassionate counseling services, our greatest hope for this website is that it will serve as a resource to those struggling to work through these types of challenges. With this in mind, our counselors and mental health nurse practitioner here at Allenmore Psychological Associates have compiled information on all types of resources that the children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families we work have found to be useful. These include:
   Applications that our clients with smartphones and tablets find helpful
   Articles that our staff feel contain valuable information
   Books that we recommend for people struggling with various issues
   Community Resources in addition to those available here at APA
   Handouts that we regularly use with clients
   Websites that we believe provide useful mental health information