Carla Preiss MA, LMHCA
Adults, anxiety, depression, trauma, life transitions, grief and loss
My approach to therapy is person-centered, collaborative, and trauma-informed. I integrate a variety of therapeutic modalities to ensure that we can work together in a way that best supports your unique needs and goals.
First and foremost, I am here to be present with you, to listen fully, and to support you as you engage in self-exploration. Together we will slow down in order to better understand what brought you to therapy. We may spend some time looking at behaviors, beliefs, and narratives that at one point served you well, but are now causing you to feel stuck, dissatisfied or disconnected, thus preventing you from living life more fully and authentically. We may also spend some time acknowledging and cultivating acceptance for the parts of you that have been neglected, pushed away, or ignored. Last, but not least, we will most likely spend some time identifying what matters most to you, what’s missing in your life, and how you might move forward in a way that honors you and your future.
As your therapist, I make it my priority to engage in continued reflection and learning, and frequently elicit client’s feedback in order to create a therapeutic space that is safe and trustworthy, because I believe that this is a necessary prerequisite for exploration, healing, and growth. This means that my counseling approach is culturally humble, and welcoming to people from all walks of life.
I look forward to hearing your story, and embarking on this journey of self-discovery and healing with you.
Carla graduated from Bastyr University in June 2021 with a Masters in Counseling Psychology, and is currently working towards earning full licensure as an LMHC-A. She received her BA in Ecopsychology & Equine-Guided Education and Therapy from Fairhaven College at Western Washington University, and over the past seven years she has gained experience working with youth and adults experiencing anxiety, depression, traumatic stress (including C-PTSD and PTSD), substance use disorders, grief and loss, major life transitions, and relational struggles. Some therapeutic models that guide Carla’s work as a therapist include Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Humanistic and Existential Psychotherapy, and Experiential/Somatic Therapy.
In her free time, Carla enjoys going on walks with her horse and dog, connecting with friends, and getting cozy with a good book or show.
Availability (Telehealth Only):
Tuesday: 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Wednesday: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Thursday: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Friday: 8:00 am – 3:00 pm