Do you find that life is messy and unfair?
Did you recently learn that your child has been hurt, traumatized, or experienced some difficulties at school?
Are you struggling with sadness, anxiety, or sleep problems that are affecting your quality of life?
I am hopeful that you are considering taking the steps towards healing!
I would be glad to help you and your family members to build on your coping skills and support and guide you in a difficult season in life.
Ultimately, I want to help you get to a better place in life!
Who I work with
At times, it can be difficult to pinpoint exactly what or why you are struggling in your life.
If you are open to the idea that change needs to occur in some area of your life, then we can discover what that is together and come up with the best ways to see that change occur.
Oftentimes, it takes being willing to be vulnerable to discover your best self.
I am willing to work alongside you to create a trusting alliance where we can gain the momentum needed to create change. Your willingness to team up with me to uncover what’s not working for you currently will lead to quicker change in your life.
Children and Teens…
I am passionate about my work with children, teens and their families!
I have had over 10 years of experience working with challenging and high-risk behaviors in children and teens that are a result of trauma. I also specialize in working with children and teens who are engaging in problematic sexual behaviors due to a trauma. I have seen many of them move from major struggles to full on thriving in their life!
I love to work alongside parents to help them help their struggling child and better understand where their behaviors are coming from.
I get that parents are doing the best they can raising their children in a complex and changing world and at times get to the point that they are struggling to be effective with their child/teen.
Women and Men…
Just as much as I enjoy working with children and teens, I enjoy working individually with women and men!
Women and men come to me when they struggle with anxiety, depression, grief, sexual and physical abuse, or difficulty with life’s transitions.
I love to hear someone’s story, be a part of the discovery process, and help others through life’s many challenges during different stages of life. It’s a great joy to see people leave my office with more confidence and peace!
How I work with you
I see myself partnering with you and being on the same team to travel together on your journey of self-discovery and/or healing.
I see myself as an intense listener, identifying elements of your story that will help you pinpoint your struggle and ultimately help you discover and get to where you want to go.
I am also inquisitive, asking questions to better understand where you’re coming from and where you want to be, uncovering hidden strengths and determining future goals.
Ultimately, our work together is very collaborative and you are always the expert on you.
I am open to being more of a listener or giving direct feedback, depending on what you prefer and need.
Either way, I am compassionate and empathetic to your unique situation.
In the beginning of our work together, you may just need space to tell your story and I will listen! Later on, you may desire more feedback and collaborative dialogue as you work on your goals and I can certainly provide that.
Again, we are on the same team!
No matter what you or your child/teen are struggling with in life, please know that in my office you will always receive support, guidance, respect and a strength-based approach to your unique situation!
Why choose me as your therapist
I am willing to travel alongside you on your journey whether it be short and easy or long, hard and painful. I am willing to sit with you in your pain, nonjudgmentally and with an open heart and mind.
Whether you just need feedback on an isolated situation or need to process years of hurt and pain, I will be there with you.
I understand that you are doing the best you can with what you have and are capable of right now.
I strongly identify with Dr. Brene Brown’s work. A social researcher and best-selling author, she believes that there is strength in being vulnerable. She advocates for people to “dare greatly” and be vulnerable when the world tells us to hide our hurts, put on our masks, and pretend all is well.
She also believes we can “rise strong” from our wounds in life and go on to be better versions of ourselves. We may be scarred from what we have gone through, but we can still rise strong!
That is my goal in working with you: to help you or your child dare greatly to be your authentic self and rise strong from difficult situations!
I received my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Northwest University and my Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology from Walla Walla University.
I am trained in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and have extensive experience teaching Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) skills to clients individually and in groups.
DBT is an evidence-based practice and the skills are beneficial to anyone at any age and stage of life. Skills are taught in the areas of mindfulness, interpersonal effectiveness, distress tolerance, and problem-solving. Learning and practicing these skills can dramatically improve how you are functioning in multiple areas of your life or your child’s life.
In my spare time
I love to volunteer in my local church and be a part of missions locally and globally.
I am currently involved in learning a Christian based trauma curriculum that is taken to Africa to help the pastors offer healing to their congregants who have experienced horrific trauma due to war atrocities. I hope to personally take the curriculum to Africa in the near future!
I am also part of an international women’s club that serves to better the lives of women and girls called Soroptimist, which is Latin for “best for women.”
I enjoy all the Pacific Northwest has to offer, especially the beauty in the great outdoors and seeing and experiencing God’s creation up close!
Are you ready to start counseling?
I encourage you to schedule your counseling appointment online.
Not ready to schedule your first appointment yet?
Give us a call and we will be happy to answer your questions (360) 356-8756
Rates information is here.
I look forward to meeting you!
Kelsey Hawk, LMHC
What my clients say:
“I have had the pleasure of Kelsey treating my adopted daughter for the past 5 years. Kelsey took a little girl who was acting inappropriately in situations to a little girl that acts appropriately. Kelsey has been able to help her open up and become assertive for herself. She has not only been a help in my daughter’s treatment but has assisted the entire family in dealing with difficult behaviors. I strongly recommend Kelsey for any child.”
– Mother of a 10 year old, Washington
“Kelsey is the best person to talk to when you’re having a bad day or your thoughts are not clear. She is the one who will be there for you every step of the way. Going to her has been a blessing. She is the most amazing person I have ever met.”
– Female client (32 years old), Washington
“Kelsey made things so simple & easy for me. I never had to worry if I was on track with what I was supposed to be doing. She showed me respect and I felt her and I were on the same team facing my situation together.”
– Male client (21 years old), Washington
“We really like Kelsey. We just cannot believe how she explains to us exactly the emotions we are going through. We are finding great benefit from her service.”
– Grandmother & 16 year old teen, Washington