Ruta Bambane LMHC
LMHC - Washington; M.A. in Mental Health Counseling from the Western Seminary, Portland, OR; M.A. in Specialized Ministries (education) from the Western Seminary, Portland, OR; Member of American Counseling Association.
My focus and training has been on treating children and adolescents. I have completed the Child and Youth Counseling Specialization Track at the Western Seminary. I have been trained to use non-directive Play Therapy and advanced Play Therapy. I have received Core training for Sexual Assault Counseling, as well as additional trainings in treating Trauma.
I have had experience counseling children and families at both Children's Home Society of Washington and Open House Ministries since 2007 assessing and treating mental health disorders. My prior experience related to families and children includes working as a primary school teacher for several years.
Individual and Family counseling
In my experience, two important aspects of successful psychotherapy that transcend methodologies used are therapist empathy and insight. I believe that positive family relationships are crucial to the development of each person's sense of identity. Inherited tendencies and early learning can contribute to our irrational and self-defeating beliefs. I also believe that individuals and families can be selfactualizing and contribute to society. I work to understand each individual's unique struggle respecting personal and family history, values and cultural background. I approach therapy from a Cognitive Behavioral perspective incorporating elements of expressive therapies, as well as utilize a range of family therapy theories to conduct my work with individuals and families.
I love the outdoors, gardening and photography.
Abuse, Anxiety/Fears/Phobia/Panic Attacks, Depression, Grief/Death, PTSD, Religious/Spiritual Issues, Parenting Issues, Christian Counseling, Stress Management, Women’s Issues, DBT, EMDR, Trauma, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Family Therapy, Mindfulness