Kaarsten Furman LICSW
Kaarsten has 15 years' experience working with children, adults and families. She graduated in 2000 with a Master of Social Work from Walla Walla College. She is licensed in Washington and Oregon. Early on in her career, Kaarsten interned at a residential facility for girls, as well as at a homeless shelter. Her employment history includes: family preservation therapist and case manager, counselor providing community activities and mentoring for youth and families, mental health therapist with Yellowhawk Tribal Center in Pendleton, Oregon, as well as mental heath therapist and clinical supervisor with Community Services NW in Vancouver, Washington where she specialized in treating complex trauma. Prior to starting at Western Psychological, Kaarsten worked as a clinical resource coordinator/social worker, providing crisis mental health services at a local emergency department. Over the years, I enjoyed the opportunity of working with colleagues to create a non-profit organization to serve youth and families, serving on a child protection team and reaching out to under-served clients through an engagement pilot project.
Individual therapy for ages 0-100. Kaarsten specializes in treatment trauma, grief and is trained in EMDR. She has extensive experience in assessments and providing mental health treatment for moderate to severe mental health concerns, as well as crisis intervention.
Kaarsten draws from many theories that include Solution-Focused, Object Relations and Rogerian, as well as Cognitive Behavioral, Dialectical Behavioral and training in EMDR and other trauma informed practices. Kaarsten's approach is a gentle, down to earth style that is strengths=based and grounded in a belief in the power of working together for solutions.
I enjoy spending time with my family, exploring nature, hiking, backpacking, gardening and Sci-Fi. I am interested in writing, social welfare/justice, civil rights and spirituality.
0-5, 6-11, 12-14, 15-17, 18-64
Anxiety/Fears/Phobia/Panic Attacks, Grief/Death, PTSD, EMDR