Shawna Sunday, LMHC

Hello, my name is Shawna Sunday, and I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC), Substance Use Disorder Professional (SUDP) and National Board-Certified and Registered Clinical Hypnotherapist (C.HT). 

Prior to joining Simply Thrive Psychotherapy, I worked in the community work releases in Seattle and Tacoma, Nativity House community shelter as well as the state mental health inpatient hospital, Western State Hospital in Lakewood. I am trained and experienced in doing mental health and substance use treatment and evaluations for individuals as well as group therapy with adolescents and adults (15 years and over). 

I was born in Washington State, where I enjoy the weather and interesting people. My credentials are multilayered starting with an Associates degree in electronics, a Bachelor’s degree in business management which led to a Masters degree in Counseling Psychology. I completed an internship in counseling psychology at Good Samaritan Behavioral Outpatient Services in Puyallup, WA. 

My approach is based primarily on humanistic psychotherapy in an integrative holistic framework. I utilize aspects of Rogerian, cognitive behavioral and existential approaches to treatment to help my clients overcome the negative emotional, cognitive, physical, and spiritual experiences they have had in the past. I believe that the relationship between therapist and client is the first key to therapeutic change. The therapeutic relationship serves as a vehicle in which the process of psychological growth is fostered. I have found that the central problems people face is embedded in anxiety over loneliness, isolation, despair, and ultimately death. Together, we will work by systematically considering the whole person – mind, body, and spirit. The most central idea in my work is to help you access your inner resources to resolve the issues that originally brought you to therapy. The goals of my treatment are to help my clients unfreeze frozen harmful patterns and move toward more freedom, more choice, and more joy in their life. I believe in the inherent strength of every individual. 

As a humanistic therapist, I do the best possible to create a therapeutic relationship that is warm and accepting and that trusts that the client's inner drive is to change in a healthy direction with the absence of telling you what is best for you. I encourage the emphasis of the client’s freedom of choice and potential for meaningful change. My style is to initiate openness, empathy and honesty, reflective listening in an authentic manner via acceptance, genuineness, and deep understanding of the issues from the client’s point of view. 

The therapeutic process doesn’t have to be complicated. In the first appointment we’ll discuss why you’ve come into the office and depending on circumstances; you’ll be encouraged to identify strengths and solutions. Treatment options will be covered, and you can decide what fits. We’ll begin by tackling the problem and end with a solution together. My specialty areas include PTSD, Trauma, ADHD, anxiety, behavioral issues, depression, and relationship concerns. I have experience with victims and perpetrators of abuse. If you need assistance and peace of mind, you've come to the right place. I look forward to working with you on your goals.