For over twenty years, I have been 
providing therapy to adults, adolescents,
children and families, successfully helping
 them discover their strengths and create
 more meaningful lives.

In 1987, I earned a Bachelor’s degree 
in Education from Pacific Lutheran 
University. In 1995, I completed a 
Master’s degree in Marriage, Family 
and Child Counseling from the 
University of San Diego.  In my career 
I have worked with many different 
systems: foster care, juvenile probation,
inner city schools, remote rural villages 
and community mental health agencies.
I was licensed in Alaska until 2001. I 
then moved to Washington and became
a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in
this state and a National Certified Counselor.  

I have continued my training in areas specific to children and teens, mood disorders, expressive arts therapy and trauma recovery.  The combination of my education and work experience enables me to use a wide variety of creative and helpful approaches that fit the specific needs of my clients.

I am a member of several professional associations that keep me up to date with new developments in research and counseling.  These associations enable me to build on the best insights of national and international mental health communities: 

  • American Counseling Association
  • Washington State Coalition of Mental Health Counselors 
  • National Board for Certified Counselors

I believe that good therapy is based on a positive relationship between client and counselor. Even more important than my academic qualifications is my ability to connect with my clients.  Unless you  want to spend time with me, therapy will be of no use.  My clients usually look forward to our counseling sessions so if you've tried therapy before and found the experience to be less than positive, I encourage you to use your caution as an advantage and carefully select a therapist with whom you feel a connection.  

I hope that you'll call me and let me introduce myself to you.  
About your therapist
For a long time it had seemed to me that life was about to begin -- real life. But there was always some obstacle in the way. Something to be got through first, some unfinished business, time still to be served, a debt to be paid. Then life would begin. At last it dawned on me that these obstacles were my life. 
Fr. Alfred D'Souza 
Carlin Harris, M.A., LMHC