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David Helton

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Welcome – please feel free to look around and call or email me with any questions. I am here to help.

Sincerely,

David Helton M.A. LMFT

Details:

Phone (253) 447-8235
Address 18209 State Route 410 E, Suite 304
Bonney Lake, WA 98391
FAX (253) 466-1666

Bio

David Helton M.A. LMFTCredentials

  • Masters Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy, Pacific Lutheran University, 2003
  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist: #LF60009244
  • Mental Health Professional
  • Child Mental Health Specialist

Experience
Counseling for 10+ years post graduation from Pacific Lutheran University. Over the last ten years I have been working with many families and individuals struggling with issues such as: anger, depression, anxiety, grief & loss, stress management, self esteem, trauma, relational issues, divorce/separation in families, infidelity and communication.

Supervision and Training
I have extensive training, experience and supervision in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Multi-Systemic Therapy, Functional Family Therapy, and Solution Focused Therapy. All of these models have components of Individual, Couple and Family therapy.

Philosophy
Counseling is to be a safe and supportive environment that challenges you and your family to new levels of physical, emotional and spiritual health. The manner that this is achieved is different with each family and situation. We will work together to find an approach that is both respectful and effective in accomplishing your goals.

 

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Counseling Services

Individual, Family, and Couples Counseling

All of us need help at times in our lives and seeking professional counseling can speed the path to wellness. Counseling supports you in sharpening the tools needed to cope with your past and current struggles, bringing you to a new level of health. Counseling can be a very private and personal process. I will treat you and your family with the utmost respect and confidentiality.

Teens
School and home are very large influences, but often times it feels that their friends have all the power. This shift in the priorities in teens can be very challenging for the family. Teens themselves are often struggling in finding their way with new freedoms and the pull of peers down both good and bad roads. In addition, this is a time when emotional struggles from earlier development start to surface as anger, sadness, isolation from friends and family, depression and anxieties. Have you been trying to talk with your teen and feel like they are not listening, do not care, or refuse to talk with you? If you are answering yes to this there is hope as I and other counselors have helped many families work through these struggles.

Couples
Communication struggles, parenting, anger, intimacy issues and betrayal can push couples apart from each other if not addressed through open communication and energy to make things right. This can often be quite difficult for couples to do on their own. Sometimes relationships fail and it can be very hard to transition to being single and redefining who we are apart from our partner. Counseling is a great place to work through these struggles with someone who will listen to each person and provide an outside perspective to help the couple and/or individual move toward personal healing.

Adults
Are you struggling with feeling sad, depressed, anxious, worried, betrayed or loss? I can help guide you through these challenges. Wouldn’t it be great if we all had all of our past and current struggles figured out by the time we were all adults. Having an outside perspective providing knowledge, hope, empathy and an honest representation can help guide you down a path to deep healing and personal discovery.
 

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FAQ's

Q: What is the cost and how long are the sessions?
A: Please contact me to discuss fees and the many options for length of sessions.

Q: Do you accept insurance?
A: Yes,  please call me for details.

Q: Do you accept credit cards?
A: Yes.

Q: What ages do you work with?
A: I have experience and work with people of all ages, but I do have limited experience working with people over the age of 65.

Q: How often do families come?
A: I see individuals and families from as little as 1 time a month and up to twice a week.

Q: What about privacy?
A: There are many laws and ethical guidelines to protect you and your family. I will at all times keep these guidelines. In addition, there are times when confidentiality must be broken and that will be covered in the first session. Please feel free to call me so that we can discuss these circumstances.

Q: Will my records be sent or seen by anyone?
A: No, one of the advantages to seeing a private practioner is that your records are your records. They will not be distributed or shown to anyone without your expressed written consent, unless required by state and Federal law.

Q: My kid does not want to come; should I force him/her?
A: It can be very difficult to “convince” someone into counseling and it is often more effective to talk to them out of love and caring. When I speak with a teen or youth who is resistant to counseling, I often ask if they are willing to at least give me a chance for 2 or 3 sessions. The vast majority decide on their own to continue beyond 2 or 3 sessions.

Q: I have been struggling for a long time in my marriage. Is there hope?
A: Absolutely. Many marriages and relationships have been healed and strengthened after tremendous hardships and betrayals. The path is often long and hard, but the healing and growth in that relationship is a testament to resiliency, commitment and faith.

Q: I have been doing things the same way my whole life; is that the way I am or can I change?
A: There is no doubt that we all have personalities and ways of doing things that stay the same, but it is possible to change. We all know others who turned their whole life around and we each have our own story of overcoming something against incredible odds. Therefore, counseling can be a vital piece in addressing and changing long term patterns of operating and behaving to help you realize more health and freedom.

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Forms

Please print and complete the Client Info Form and appropriate Intake Form, and bring it with you to our first meeting.

Client Info Form

Adult Intake Form

Teen Intake Form
 

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David Helton
18209 State Route 410 E, Suite 304
Bonney Lake, WA 98391

Phone:

(253) 447-8235