407 E 2nd Ave Ste 250 Spokane WA 99202 | (509) 315-9776

Pete Urias

Pete Urias, BA


  • Pete is fulfilling internship hours towards the degree of Masters of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Eastern Washington University
  • Pete is enrolled in a CACREP-accredited program

Population Specialty

  • Adults (ages 19-55)
  • Hispanic Latinos

Treatment Interests

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Trauma and PTSD

Training Interests

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Compassion Focused Therapy

Population Ally

  • Bisexual Allied
  • Body Positivity
  • Gay Allied
  • Lesbian Allied
  • Intersex Allied
  • Non-Binary Allied
  • Queer Allied
  • Racial Justice Allied
  • Sex-Positive, Kink Allied
  • Transgender Allied
  • Veterans 

About Pete

Pete is a graduate student working towards a Masters of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Eastern Washington University. He receives weekly supervision by his university professors and directly supervised by Site Supervisor and Therapist II, Ricky Sullivan-Hurt MA, LMHC, SUPD. Pete is practicing under the license of Mr. Sullivan-Hurt who is licensed in Washington as a Mental Health counselor. While Pete is new to the field of Clinical Mental Counseling, he is not new to the the human service profession. Prior to enrolling in his current graduate program, Pete worked as a Residential Counselor providing support to individuals with severe and persistent mental illness, a Caregiver to individuals suffering with mid-stage dementia and Alzheimer's disease and as a Coordinator at a Family Shelter in Santa Cruz California. In addition to this area of professional experience, Pete was also a Emergency Medical Technician responding to a variety of ambulance calls.

Pete uses Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) along with Compassion-Focused Therapy (CFT) approaches to inform and guide his work with clients. He particularly enjoys working with clients who have experienced serious cognitive fusion with negative self-concepts of shame and hopelessness (often in relation to trauma). This fixed way of thinking, or existing, is the fertile ground for shame and hopelessness that is well targeted by ACT and CFT.

Pete’s Interest Areas

  • Addiction
  • Anxiety
  • Behavioral Disorders
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Coping Skills
  • Depression
  • Grief
  • Men’s Issues
  • Self-Esteem
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Spirituality
  • Stress
  • Substance Use
  • Suicidal Ideation
  • Transgender
  • Trauma and PTSD

A Message from Pete

There’s a chance that if you’re reading this right now, you or someone close to you is going through a challenging time. It’s an unfortunate reality that experiencing pain, loss, and struggle in life seem to come with the territory of being a human. While these experiences often leave us feeling isolated and stuck, you do not have to work through these issues alone. I’m here to help.

My approach to treatment is one grounded in a radical sense of acceptance, validation, and equality with all of those I work with. You and I are on a team, working together to build the sort of life you want to live. Naturally, it goes without saying that this process isn’t easy. If your mind is anything like mine, it has a tendency to get caught up in a web of difficult thoughts and feelings, which can make this work challenging. The time we spend together will be dedicated to practicing skills to unhook and defuse from these difficult thoughts and sensations as they show up, and learn to approach them from a place of acceptance and self-compassion. Building these skills takes a great deal of courage and can be uncomfortable, but know that I’ll be with you every step of the way. We’re in this together.