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Intern Therapists

Kristian Gursli, Intern Therapist

My approach to counseling is Existentialism. I believe that as humans we all experience concerns inherent to being alive, though how these existential concerns manifest in our relationships with ourselves and others is completely individual. Systems such as family, community, socioeconomic background, significantly impact how we internalize and adapt to these existential concerns. It is my belief that when we find the meaning behind our individual struggles we are able to live life with purpose. I believe that this exploration of meaning and purpose is the primary function of counseling. It is a space where individuals have the freedom to express themselves authentically, knowing that they will not be judged. Over time, my hope is that this process will carry over outside of this safe space, clients feel encouraged to take risks, brave their fears, and challenge their self-imposed limitations.

Alannah Hinshaw, Intern therapist

Hello! I'm a student counselor currently pursuing a Master's in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at City University of Seattle. I admire your bravery in seeking support and commend your first step towards emotional well-being. My approach integrates emotion-focused and person-centered techniques to foster self-awareness and enhance stability. By addressing present challenges, I aim to help you improve your emotional resilience and deepen your interpersonal connections. My commitment is to your growth and resilience, prioritizing both your immediate concerns and your long-term health. In the therapeutic space, you will find a compassionate, empathetic, and calm environment. It's a place built on trust and safety, where you can freely express your true self. Together, we'll collaboratively pursue your goals, ensuring that you feel thoroughly heard and valued as we work towards achieving well-being and contentment in your life. If you're ready to embark on a path of healing, growth, and transformation, I'm here to connect with you and support your journey.

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Nadia Henderson, Intern Therapist

My name is Nadia Henderson, I completed my Masters in Psychology in September 2022, and I have a BA in Human Service. I have worked in the Native America community as a teacher and in various other roles for 15 years. I have also worked with the developmentally disabled population since 2006. I worked both jobs while completing my education and building my family. I have always had a passion for helping people, thus, I felt that counseling would offer me  that satisfaction. I then started working my way to the counseling field by volunteering at the Rescue mission and at my church helping individuals however I could. In June of 2022, I took a leap of faith, ended my time at the school, and began pursuing work in the counseling field and was lead to Puyallup Psychotherapeutic Alliance where I am currently working with a wide array of individuals.  

Navdeep Kaur, Social Worker Intern 

As a social worker, my passion lies in making a tangible difference in the lives of others. My journey in this field is fueled by a profound sense of empathy and compassion, intertwined with a steadfast commitment to social justice and equity. Each day, I am driven by the opportunity to advocate for those who are marginalized or disadvantaged, striving to address systemic barriers and foster positive change within communities.

In the face of complex social problems, I am undeterred, knowing that my efforts, no matter how small they may seem, contribute to a larger movement toward positive social change. I am continually inspired by the resilience and strength of the individuals and communities I serve, and I am deeply committed to walking alongside them on their journey toward healing, growth, and self-empowerment.

Ultimately, my goal as a social worker is to create a world where every person has the opportunity to thrive, where compassion and justice prevail, and where the inherent dignity and worth of every individual are recognized and upheld. It is a privilege to be able to contribute to this vision, and I am grateful for the opportunity to make a meaningful difference in the lives of others each and every day.

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Kendall Slemko, Intern Therapist

I believe that everyone has the right to a fulfilling life while being their most authentic self. Everyone is capable of growth, resiliency and positive transformation. For some, it takes a collaborative effort to achieve this, which is why I am grateful to be a part of this journey with you.  I believe that each individual is an expert in their own lives and comes with their own unique story that I look forward to getting to explore and understand while we work together. I am extremely passionate about working with individuals to reach their full potential and live their best life while learning new ways of navigating their own experiences.

I work from a Person-Centered and Cognitive / Rational-Emotive Behavioral orientation. I understand that there is no “one size fits all” approach in any regard to life, even counseling and I want to make this experience catered towards my clients needs, wants, and strengths. I strive to make each person I serve feel safe and welcome in a non-judgmental space. Stepping into counseling is an extremely brave choice and I commend you for taking this step towards healing.

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Crystalin Thompson, Intern Therapist

I work from a humanistic, attachment, and narrative orientation. I genuinely care about people and carry a warm curiosity that allows me to hold nonjudgmental spaces for all emotions and thoughts to be witnessed. I view the foundation of therapy as creating a safe space to feel seen and heard. I believe everyone has the capacity to heal, reach their most authentic selves, and have the resources within them to solve their own problems. Often our experiences, traumas, adversities, and hardships sever our connection to ourselves in order to survive. While this is adaptable, often we carry beliefs, thoughts, and emotions into places where they are no longer serving us. Through our work together we will explore these different parts, witness their usefulness, and collaborate on finding pathways towards healing together. 

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