Hi everyone, my name is Mikaela Davison, and I’m so excited to meet you all. I am a third-year graduate student at Northwest University in Kirkland, WA pursuing a doctorate in Counseling Psychology. I was raised here in the Pacific Northwest and have been a Washington native for most of my life. I earned my bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of Washington Tacoma. During my undergraduate studies, I interned at Rebuilding Hope, supporting and advocating for victims and survivors of sexual assault. This experience has prepared me for navigating the various systems in the DV and SA community while serving as an ally for those with experiences of traumatic abuse.
I also have a behaviorism background from many years of implementing applied behavioral analysis with children and young adults in the school setting. We are all more than our behaviors and what these communicate about us. Looking at the environments and our familial history is important to better understand what makes us unique. Due to this perspective, I have an integrative therapeutic orientation and believe clinicians should adapt to what works best for their clients. I am trained in motivational interviewing, crisis intervention, and sexual assault awareness. I hope to become trained in trauma-focused CBT and EMDR therapies.
My heart and passion are helping those who have experienced a traumatic event and to help them navigate through this challenging life period. As we reflect on our past, present, and future, empowerment and resiliency are our greatest strengths. I like to work from a strength-based approach to help individuals see how they can overcome and heal from their difficult life experiences. I want to help individuals navigate through this process while fostering a healthier and happier life. I am also open to helping those who experience mood and behavior-related disorders.
In my free time, I enjoy being outdoors and connecting with nature. I believe in taking the time to slow down, reflect, and appreciate the simple pleasures in our lives. I also enjoy other activities which allow a creative outlet, such as photography and art. Most weekends, you’ll find me hiking on a mountain, camping, or taking photos of the beautiful wildlife. I also have the travel bug, as I enjoy exploring new places and adventures. These are among my favorite things for de-stressing and resetting, so I can continue helping and supporting those who need it the most.