Our Counselors

Matt Tiemeyer

Matt Tiemeyer

I took a unique path to becoming a therapist, having spent nearly eight years developing software in the heart of the Midwest. I earned my Master of Arts in Counseling from the Seattle School of Theology and Psychology in 2004. This crossover experience allows me to bridge from the world of therapy to the nine-to-five (seven-to-seven?) business world.

Just as my past is part of me today, I believe that the same is true for my clients. The most powerful changes we can make for the future come within the context of understanding our pasts. Some of our adaptations to past events in our lives work well in the short term, but less so over time. Our work often involves understanding these ways of being and finding new solutions, paving the way for a future free of old obstacles.

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Above all, I recognize that the relationship between client and therapist must be safe, honest, and trustworthy. I take active steps to monitor the process with my clients and maintain the kind of relationship that allows and encourages healing. In addition, our interpersonal interactions often provide insight into ways in which you respond to others and how they may respond to you. Our relationship is the ground for healing, growth, and transformation.

Training and Focus

I gained my internship experience with Sea Mar Behavioral Health in Tacoma, Washington. There I worked with individuals struggling with poverty, depression, anxiety, medical problems, and various forms of abuse.

Since 2009, I have been a facilitator for a number of individual and marital workshops, offering guidance as attendees seek healing in their lives and relationships.

I am a licensed mental health counselor (LMHC) in the state of Washington. I work with individual adults, teens 15 and older, and couples. In addition to talk therapy, I offer Lifespan Integration to individuals as a tool to deal with traumas of various kinds.

 

Shelly Tiemeyer

Shelly Tiemeyer

There may be places in your heart that you are afraid to go. Feelings you don’t want to acknowledge. Struggles you don’t want to face. Brokenness you don’t want to experience.

You may be surprised at the strength, beauty, and courage that you find inside. And, you don’t have to do it alone.

You will find that meaning and purpose—a sense of self—are created by being where you are, feeling what you feel, without judgment or evaluation. And in this surrender, in the place of your greatest need, you will find movement toward what you desire most.

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Our unending human poverty is our greatest innate treasure.

– Johannes Baptist Metz, Poverty of Spirit

My belief is that a heart at rest is where change happens. My main hope is to provide a spacious place for you to discover who you were created to be—to learn to love and be loved. I am most concerned with who you are and are becoming in your significant relationships. My hope is for movement toward more freedom, vulnerability, authenticity, and love for yourself and others.

I work with a wide variety of issues; however, my special interests include spiritual issues, grief and loss, life transitions, codependency, anxiety, and women’s issues. My priority is that our work together will feel safe, restful, soulful, empowering, and hopeful.

I offer individual counseling for adults, spiritual direction, Lifespan Integration therapy, and couple and pre-marital counseling.

Background

I have always enjoyed helping people see their own goodness and beauty. For eleven years I was a social worker in Kansas.  My purpose was to inspire and bring hope to the people with whom I worked – people with epilepsy and people with severe mental illness. In 2002, I came to the Pacific Northwest and received my Masters in Counseling from The Seattle School of Theology and Psychology.

During this time I did an internship at Seattle Pacific University, where I worked with college students dealing with depression, anxiety, eating disorders, grief, abuse issues, and relational difficulties. I am currently a licensed social worker in private practice in the state of Washington and work with individuals and couples. I am registered as a Lifespan Integration counselor and have a certificate in Spiritual Direction. My hope is for people to know the love and freedom for which they are made.