Keneesha earned a masters degree in Counselor Education, emphasis in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and a Bachelors degree in Psychology both from Eastern Washington University. She is licensed in the state of Washington as a Mental Health counselor and has earned designation as a National Board Certified Counselor.
Keneesha specializes in working with individuals and couples from a Humanistic-Attachment approach that embodies the safety of a unconditional, safe and empathic relationship. Keneesha uses various evidenced-based practices, such as Emotionally-Focused therapy, to improve the overall quality of life for clients.
Keneesha's areas of specialty are:
- Substance Abuse
- Family of origin concerns
- Generalized anxiety
- Panic Disorder
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
- Adjustment Disorders
- Divorce or separation
She has received advanced training and experience in the following areas:
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
- Emotionally-Focused Therapy
- Motivational Interviewing
- Gottman Method (level 1)
A Message from Keneesha
I practice with an Attachment theory that serves as a solid foundation for understanding the development of unhelpful coping strategies and the underlying dynamics of a person’s emotional difficulties. I help to change ineffective coping strategies and understand how past experiences with primary attachment figures or significant others have shaped attachment strategies and how these strategies initially work to protect them but later can contribute to their experiences of distress such as anxiety, depression, shame, etc.
As a member of the International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy, I believe the philosophy that relationships are at the core of human experience. My therapeutic relationship with clients takes precedence in my therapy. I utilize empathic responsiveness collaboration and authenticity and place emphasis on providing a safe environment to identify and process a range of emotions and the interpersonal impact of these emotions. Having a safe environment allows for individuals to maximize their potential. The therapeutic alliance serves as a surrogate secure bond allowing individuals to feel safe enough to be vulnerable to identify and carry out changes in their lives knowing they have support and unconditional positive regard in therapy.