Find Therapists, Counselors and Psychologists in Federal Way, Washington

Find a therapist in Federal Way, Washington that meets your needs. Browse our comprehensive list of affordable and licensed therapists in Federal Way to find a professional specializing in counseling people with stress, anxiety, depression, relationship issues, grief and more.

Kaleigh Boysen

Kaleigh Boysen, LMFT

I help people struggling with stress, anxiety, and overwhelm learn the skills they need to feel more calm and present and improve their relationships with their spouses and children. I particularly enjoy working with parents and I have experience treating individuals and couples around family conflict, parenting issues, divorce, grief and loss, or other major life changes. As a Marriage and Family Therapist, my approach differs from other counselors in that treatment is family Read More...
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 6 years

Amanda Mott

Amanda Mott, LCSW, QCSW

I am a licensed clinical social worker who graduated from the University of Denver in 2007. Since graduating I have worked in a variety of settings with a wide range of clients from children to adults. I have helped people with numerous issues including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, parenting problems, career challenges, and anxiety. I have special training in counseling those who have been through traumatic experiences both in school and in trainings since. Read More...
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 10 years

Dr. Roberto Valdez

Dr. Roberto Valdez, PhD, LMHC

My name is Roberto Valdez. I am a dedicated and committed professional; I enjoy the healing arts and psychology. I have been in private practice since 2002. I am a father, a brother and a friend to many. I enjoy fishing and spending time with family and friends. I am a Seattle Seahawk fan and enjoy the outdoors. My education is PhD in family and clinical psychology. I have a MEd in counseling psychology and Read More...
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  • Languages: English, Spanish
  • Experience: 16 years

Dr. Lora Van Arsdell

Dr. Lora Van Arsdell, PsyD, LCSW

I am a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Licensed Clinical Social Worker, credentialed as a health service psychologist by the National Register of Health Service Psychologists. The National Register credential signifies adherence to the highest standards of professional practice. I originally came to the field due to my belief that individuals fare better when a holistic approach is taken to their care. The more I have studied and practiced, the stronger my belief in Read More...
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 9 years

Dr. Emily Mayfield

Dr. Emily Mayfield, PhD

Welcome and thank you for taking the time to learn more about me and how we can work together to make the changes you are looking for. I believe therapy is collaborative. When you make the decision to engage in treatment, you are the expert on what you are experiencing. Your voice and opinion is important to the treatment process and we will work together to develop a plan that will lead to desired Read More...
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 12 years

Erin Foley

Erin Foley, LMHC

Welcome. My name is Erin Foley and I am a licensed Mental Health counselor in Florida and Washington. I have over ten years working in the counseling field. I assist clients struggling with work/school challenges, identity, cultural assimilation, anxiety, mood disfunction, family difficulties, life transitions, past trauma, and grief/loss. My approach to therapy is from a humanistic and systems perspective. I utilize many modalities from psychodynamic therapy, relational psychology, mindfulness therapy, and cognitive behavioral Read More...
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 7 years

Laura Neal-McCollum

Laura Neal-McCollum, LICSW, LCSW

Deciding to get another point of view is a big deal. Your situation may involve your goals, your hopes, your relationships, or just a growing feeling that things could be better for you. You may be longing for big changes, or reacting to ones that have already happened. You may be adjusting to new roles—in your career, in partnering, becoming a parent, launching your children, or adapting to changed life circumstances. Others Read More...
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 44 years

An Overview of Mental Health in Federal Way, Washington

Federal Way, Washington, enjoys a beautiful location on the coast of Puget Sound. It is part of King County and the Seattle metropolitan area. The 2015 United States Census set the population of Federal Way at 95,171. The median household income for the city is $58,855, roughly equal to the average for the United States as a whole, though approximately 13.5 percent of the population lives at or below the federal poverty line. The average temperatures are cooler than the average for the United States as a whole; however, days can be very humid, and the area sees fewer days of sunshine each year.

The diversity of King County and Federal Way specifically is important to note.

  • The percentage of people of color in the population is 28.7 percent, higher than the national average of 22.1 percent. Particularly, the percentage of those in Federal Way who classify themselves as Black or Hispanic is higher than the state average.
  • The percentage of foreign-born residents is 20.3 percent, while the average for the United States as a whole is 12.9 percent.
  • More than one language is spoken in 25.4 percent of the homes in Federal Way.

In terms of the mental health of the residents of Federal Way, the indicators show that the citizens of this city don’t fare as well as their counterparts in other cities. The King County City Health Profile Federal Way updated in March 2016 found these facts:

  • Federal Way has a higher rate of residents who report frequent mental distress than the county or the state.
  • Federal Way also has a higher rate of residents who report regularly having poor mental health days.
  • Suicide in Federal Way is one of the top ten causes of death.
  • The crime rate in Federal Way, one of the indicators of a community’s mental health needs, is higher than the national average at 477.6 compared to 454.3.

Mental Health Services Available in Federal Way, Washington

The King County Mental Health Plan as published by the University of Washington describes a comprehensive array of mental health services including crisis service, residential treatment, inpatient, and outpatient.

  • Crisis services include a toll-free hotline, on call workers, and a triage unit outside the hospital setting. Professionals perform a complete assessment to stabilize the client and then make appropriate referrals for services, including hospitalization when necessary.
  • Residential treatment facilities help those dealing with a mental health condition the opportunity to develop the skills to one day live independently. These locations are staffed around the clock with professionals who help clients learn to take medications on schedule, prepare meals for themselves, and interact with others appropriately in social situations.
  • Inpatient services differ from residential in that they are generally short term stays of no more than 10 days. The goal is to stabilize those experiencing a temporary mental health crisis. Inpatient facilities serve both children and adults.
  • Outpatient services are designed for those who can function on a day-to-day basis in the community with the help of supportive in-home skills building. Outpatient assistance generally lasts from six months to one year, but they can be extended if a demonstrated need still exists. Some typical components are case management, medication management, family counseling, and individual therapy.

Of course, all of these services are in addition to those available through providers in private practice.

Divorce and the Need for Mental Health Services

The dissolving of a marriage and splitting up of a family are difficult circumstances to navigate, especially if children are involved. Approximately 13 percent of the residents of Federal Way report their marital status as divorced. When faced with such life-changing circumstances, many people seek out mental health services for the first time in their lives.

Finding the Help You Need

If you or someone you care about needs help with improving his or her mental health condition, it can be difficult to identify the right provider. Mental health professionals vary in credentials, specialization, experience, and philosophy. The directory at is a helpful place to start. Not only can you find all the specifics about the providers listed. You can also read a biography written by that clinician to help you decide if this is someone you would like to work with or not. Mental health services are very personal, and you don’t want to get help from just anyone. Do your homework ahead of time to get the most out of your relationship with your therapist.