Allenmore Psychological Associates remains OPEN. During this period of concern and anxiety having access to quality behavioral health care is important and our staff is dedicated to ensuring your behavioral health care needs are met. In the unlikely event that the WA Department of Health directs us to close we will notify patients via telephone on the day of their appointment (similar to our Snow Day policy). If you are an existing patient who is demonstrating symptoms associated with the coronavirus or impacted by related closures (e.g. cannot find day care due to a school closure) and need to cancel we ask that you inform our staff as soon as possible, APA will not charge you for a late cancellation.

Individual Counseling

Individual counseling is a one-on-one therapeutic process that empowers people to overcome emotional, behavioral or relationship difficulties. At Allenmore Psychological Associates (APA), we have specialized in providing compassionate and effective individual counseling for over three decades. The truth is that we all have times in our lives when we need to lean on others. Our therapists feel truly privileged to be able to meet this need for their clients. APA has earned a longstanding reputation for providing caring and dependable counseling services for residents of Tacoma and the surrounding region. Our team currently includes numerous diverse counselors, each of whom is highly trained in providing individual counseling (see our provider profiles for more information). If you are at a difficult point in your life and could use some support, our counselors look forward to doing the same for you.

When you enter individual therapy at APA our counselors provide a warm and accepting environment in which you can feel comfortable discussing whatever difficulties or concerns lead you to seek treatment. Your initial visit will allow you and your therapist to get to know one another and establish a working relationship. Our counselors will be interested in hearing your personal story and learning about what you hope to accomplish through treatment. By getting to know you and your unique history, they will be better equipped to determine how the two of you can best achieve your goals. Our providers take a collaborative approach, and will work with you to put together a plan for overcoming the problems you are experiencing. In turn, your specific goals and treatment plan will help you and your therapist make decisions about the number and frequency of your counseling sessions.

Why Clients Seek Individual Counseling

At certain points in our lives we all experience obstacles or difficulties that impact our health and wellbeing. Sometimes we get stuck, and our life doesn’t seem to be working or moving forward like it should. People seek individual counseling for a variety of reasons. They may be troubled by depression, anxiety, mood swings, cognitive problems, compulsive and addictive behaviors, traumatic memories, strained relationships, or a variety of other symptoms. Most of us want to solve our own problems without help from others. But in reality, there are times when we can’t find a solution on our own because we are overwhelmed, too close to the situation, or busy avoiding the problem in hopes that it will simply go away. What our counselors here at APA know from years of experience is that during these times our thoughts and beliefs can easily become distorted, negative, and self-limiting. When this occurs, it is difficult for any of us to know what steps we need to take in order to overcome the barriers preventing us from feeling better.

Many people will talk to a friend or relative when they need help. Our loved ones can be a great resource, but often we benefit most from talking to someone with an unbiased viewpoint. Additionally, some people are hesitant to talk about their problems because they don’t want to feel like a burden to those around them. Confidentiality can also be an important consideration. Sometimes it is the very fact that we feel close to our loved ones which makes it difficult to tell them exactly what we’re experiencing. Once we reach a certain level of distress the priority becomes making sure we receive the help we need to begin feeling better. At these times, it can be invaluable to have a relationship with someone who is impartial, compassionate, and trained to assist us in finding solutions to the problems that cause us to suffer.

Getting Started with Individual Counseling at APA

Here at APA, we understand that the process of connecting with a counselor and scheduling an initial appointment can feel overwhelming. For this reason, we have assembled a group of highly trained and compassionate front office professionals, each of whom have been invaluable members of our team for many years. These individuals genuinely enjoy talking with new clients, and will be there to walk you step by step through the process of getting scheduled to meet with a counselor at Allenmore Psychological Associates. To get the process started, simply call us at (253) 752-7320.

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