Welcome!
I’m Casi and I’m a therapist who helps clients navigate mental health, behavioral, and social challenges. More specifically, I help them discover their strengths, develop their voice, and become the truest version of themselves.
I know from my years of teaching experience that given the right tools and support, every person can learn, grow, and thrive.
My goal is for every client to gain the confidence, skills, and mindset needed to be who they want to be.
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Education

  • Master of Science in Counseling, Child & Adolescent Specialization, Southern Methodist University
  • Master of Education in Special Education, Florida Gulf Coast University

License and Certification

  • Washington Licensed Mental Health Counselor #LH61121031
  • Registered Play Therapist
  • Certified AutPlay Therapy Provider
I’m a therapist who works with clients of all ages, and I’m especially passionate about working with kids, teens, anxiety, and neurodiversity.
      
I strive to know each client as a whole person instead of focusing on a diagnosis or a collection of issues to fix. You, your personality, your experiences, your strengths and weaknesses, your successes and challenges, your goals, your world - you are valuable, unique, and capable.

As a humanistic counselor, I believe the main agent of change in your life is you. I trust that you are the expert of your own life, experiences, and needs. I know that you have the power to shape your life, and you have everything within you that you need. My role is to accompany you on your journey, witnessing your progress, hearing your pain, and encouraging each step you take toward growth and healing. At the same time, I understand that sometimes life can make it harder to know yourself fully and trust that you can be who you want to be. Dysfunctional patterns, self-defeating beliefs, unhealed pain, or untreated mental health disorders can interfere with personal growth, self-actualization, and goal development.

While I approach all sessions from a person-centered lens, I know that sometimes clients might need a little extra help or guidance, and that’s ok. As a therapist, I provide psychoeducation, skills training, and constructive feedback when appropriate. In addition, some issues (such as anxiety, OCD, or parent training) require more specialized treatment plans and therapeutic approaches than person-centered talk therapy. In those cases, we’ll talk about what therapy will look like and different treatment options. I have been trained and have experience delivering a variety of evidence-based techniques, including Exposure and Response Prevention and Child-Parent Relationship Therapy.

I was a public school teacher for nine years before changing careers. As both a general education classroom teacher and a Special Education inclusion teacher, I’ve taught Language Arts, Social Studies, AVID, English as a Second Language, and Special Education. My experience and education have equipped me to work with individuals with a variety of special needs, including autism, ADHD, learning disabilities, and sensory integration issues. I enjoy helping parents work with schools to resolve issues related to academic underachievement, behavior plans, and services for special needs. 

Outside of the therapy space, I enjoy indulging in self-care whether it’s hiking or staying in to make comfort food. I’m originally from Florida and lived in Texas for a few years before making my way to Seattle. In my free time I enjoy nurturing my houseplants, being outdoors, reading, and traveling.

Services

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Child Counseling

Many times, kids, just like adults, can benefit from therapy. However, therapy for children is not just like therapy for adults. Kids speak a different language than adults: play. Through therapeutic play, children can process and make sense of their emotions, struggles, and experiences. I utilize a variety of play therapy techniques, expressive arts activities, and therapeutic games to provide a safe and accepting space for children to communicate their emotions and process their struggles in a healthy and developmentally appropriate way. 

Through a safe, nurturing relationship, children are free to express themselves in the way they choose. Each child will find a warm and open place to work through their stressors and struggles. Children can gain the necessary coping skills to keep in their toolbox for life and benefit from positive growth and increased self-esteem.

With each child’s unique needs in mind, I use both child-centered and directive play therapy approaches, while encouraging outside support systems essential to this work. 

Parent collaboration is an integral part of my treatment approach with children. Involving parents and family members ensures that your child’s new skills can be applied outside the therapy setting. I schedule parent sessions on a regular basis to talk about your child’s progress, teach strategies we are using in therapy, and suggest ways you can support and nurture your child at home.

Common concerns include:

  • Challenging behaviors at home or school (inattention, difficulty following directions, difficulty following a routine, talking back, tantrums)
  • Anxiety
  • Trauma
  • Difficulty with expressing or regulating emotions
  • Neurodivergent challenges (ADHD, autism spectrum, twice exceptional, sensory processing/integration)
  • Life transitions (divorce, separation, death of a loved one, birth of a sibling, transition to new school)
  • Communication and relationships (social skills, difficulty developing friendships, strengthening family relationships, bullying)

Teen Counseling

Being a teen is difficult. With pressure from peers, social media, parents, and even self, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. Sometimes, that pressure can build up and result in feelings of anxiety, depression, and self doubt. Other times, it shows up as anger, irritability, or impulsive behavior. 

My goal when working with teens is to meet them where they are - wherever that may be. I work to build a warm, trusting relationship and provide a safe, non-judgemental, and compassionate space to figure out life. We can talk about their values, their stressors, their identity, and their support. We can talk about ways they can work to communicate with parents while building connections with friends and keeping their sense of identity.

In addition to talk therapy, I like to use activities, games, and expressive arts to keep it interesting while still working toward treatment goals. Helping teens learn healthier ways of relating to themselves, each other, and the world is at the core of every session.

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Parent Training & Support

Do you ever feel helpless as a parent? Have you tried strategies and read books without making any progress? Do you feel like you have no idea how to change your child’s behavior? 

Children do as well as they can. When their emotions and behaviors are out of control, they are telling us they don’t have the skills to deal with those feelings or situations. Our job is to teach them those skills.

Together, we can work on:

  • Building stronger parent-child relationships
  • Determining the rules, structure, and consequences that make sense for your family
  • Developing the lagging skills contributing to your child’s behavior issues
  • Decreasing tantrums, power struggles, and sibling rivalry
  • Teaching your child to problem solve, communicate effectively, and use coping skills
  • Addressing the unique challenges of raising a child with ADHD, autism spectrum disorder, anxiety, and other mental health and behavior disorders

Whether you want to process your feelings about parenting, brush up on specific skills, or start a new discipline system, we can implement a plan that meets your goals.

Let’s fill your parenting toolbox with a variety of tools that are evidence-based, relationally-focused, and easy to learn.

My main focus is supporting you in making the best decisions for your family and helping you gain confidence in yourself and your parenting skills.

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Autism Spectrum Disorder

AutPlay Therapy is a play and behavioral therapy approach to working with children and families affected by autism. It is a collaborative model to help kids and adolescents gain skills in six target areas: emotional regulation, social skills, relationship development, sensory regulation, anxiety, and behavioral struggles. 

When children learn to self-regulate, possess social skills that relate to the environments they are asked to function in, and learn appropriate and meaningful relationship connection, they are less likely to have behavioral issues and more likely to function successfully in their day-to-day environment.

Parents are an important part of the process and participate equally in therapy and activities with their children. During alternating parent-only sessions, the therapist teaches parents how to implement targeted interventions at home. You will learn some of the procedures and techniques and incorporate them with your child to practice building skills between sessions. In this way, parents are co-agents of change.

What to expect:

  • Parents will complete assessments to individualize interventions for your child’s unique needs
  • Parent and child will alternate their sessions (twice a week or every other week)
  • Child sessions: practice skills and interventions with therapist, process emotions and experiences
  • Parent sessions: therapist teaches skills and interventions to implement at home with child

Fees & Policies

$175 per 45-50 minute session

Full payment is due at the time of your session. Accepted forms of payment include cash, check, all major credit & debit cards, HSA (Health Spending Account), FSA (Flexible Spending Account).

Insurance

I do not accept or bill insurance. I am not in network with any insurance provider. Full payment is due at the time of your session.

Out of network reimbursement may be an option, but it differs depending on the individual insurance plan, specific out of network coverage, and deductibles. Upon request, I can provide you with a superbill (detailed receipt) that you can submit to your insurance company for potential reimbursement. I encourage you to contact your insurance provider for more information.

Some questions you can ask your insurance provider:

  1. What are my “Out-of-Network, Out-Patient, Mental Health Benefits” when seeing a Licensed Mental Health Therapist?
  2. Do I need a referral from my Primary Care Provider (PCP) to receive mental health services?
  3. Do I have a deductible, coinsurance, or copayment?
  4. Have I met my deductible this year? When does my deductible restart?
  5. Does Pre-Certification apply? (Does the insurance company have to approve the treatment prior to starting therapy?)
Availability and Scheduling

I offer morning, afternoon, evening, and Saturday sessions to fit a variety of schedules. Clients have a weekly ‘time slot’ and their sessions are on the same day and time each week.

Please note that after school/after work time slots (weekdays at 3pm, 4pm, 5pm, 6pm and Saturdays) are in high demand and are typically not available to new clients. It may be a while before an after school time slot becomes available.

Therapy is a commitment to yourself and a process that requires regular attendance to be most effective. If frequent cancelations occur, we may discuss options up to and including discontinuation of services.

Telehealth

Most clients are seen in-person at my West Seattle office. However, some teen and adult clients may choose to engage in video sessions from the convenience and privacy of their own home. If therapeutically appropriate, I offer telehealth through a secure, HIPAA-compliant platform. Clients must be physically located within Washington state during a telehealth session.

Cancellation Policy

Because your appointment slot is held just for you, you will be charged the full fee for sessions cancelled or missed with less than 24 hour notice. 

Location, Parking, and Access

5426 California Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98136

There is ample free street parking along California Avenue as well as a paid lot next to the building.

I will provide an access code for the building when confirming your first appointment. The gate code is also in your appointment reminder text/email.

Emergency Resources

If you or your child are in acute crisis please call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.

If you or your child are in an emotional crisis or need immediate emotional support please contact:

  • King County Crisis line: 206-461-3222 
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255
  • Crisis text line: text 741-741
  • Warm Line for parents who want extra support in a non-crisis situation: 1-888-404-7763
  • Family Support Line for non-emergencies: 1-800-932-4673
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Address: 5426 California Ave, Seattle 98136

Phone: 206-237-4998206-237-4998