Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Are you accepting new clients?

A: Yes we are accepting new clients and would welcome the opportunity to work with you. To learn more about the range of counseling and comprehensive mental health care services we offer at our Tacoma location, please click here. To learn more about our doctoral psychologists, mental health counselors and nurse practitioner (ARNP) please visit the Meet Our Providers Page, which includes links to their individual profiles.

Q: Do your therapists see children or adolescents?

A: Yes, we have multiple counselors on staff who specialize in working with children and adolescents. Our front office staff members are trained to help match your child or teenager with the counselor who is likely to be the best fit for them. We offer a wide range of evaluation and counseling services for children and their families. To learn more, we encourage you to visit the Child Counseling, Childhood Disorders, and Family Counseling pages of this website.

Q: How do I schedule an appointment?

Allenmore Psychological Associates Counseling Practice in Tacoma Blue Suite SignA:You can call our main office number (253-752-7320) and one of our front office professionals will be more than happy to answer your questions. If you are ready to schedule an appointment, our staff will help determine which provider is the best fit for you, and then set up your initial session. Our phone lines are open from 8:30 AM to 8:00 PM Monday through Thursday, and 8:30 AM to 6:00 PM on Fridays.

Q: What is the difference between a psychologist and a psychiatrist?

A: A psychologist has a doctorate in psychology and training in diagnosing and treating mental illnesses and disorders. Psychologists typically specialize in psychological assessment and in counseling and psychotherapy treatments for a wide range of disorders and concerns. A psychiatrist is a physician with a medical degree and residency training in diagnosing and treating mental illness and disorders. Most psychiatrists specialize in prescribing medications to treat mental illnesses and disorders. While some psychiatrists are trained in counseling and psychotherapy, most focus on medication prescription and do not provide counseling or psychotherapy.

Q: What is the difference between a master’s and doctoral level therapist?

A: Doctoral level therapists have earned a doctoral degree (most commonly a Ph.D. or a Psy.D.) within the field of psychology. Master’s level therapists possess a master’s degree in a social science discipline such as psychology, counseling, or social work. Here at APA we have both doctoral level psychologists and master’s level counselors who are licensed or certified to practice in the State of Washington (our staff).

Q: What if the therapist I see is not a good match for me? Can I see someone else?

APA Counseling Center Client Check in Counter with Insurance Sign - Tacoma, WAA: Many years of research and experience have shown us that the quality of the relationship between a client and their therapist plays a significant role in how successful their treatment will be. We have a highly trained front office staff who are well acquainted with each of our counselors and thoroughly understand their areas of clinical specialty. These staff members will take the time to listen to you and understand your concerns. One of their primary job responsibilities is to help connect you with the APA counselor who is the right fit for you. It is rare that our staff does not succeed in finding the right match for one of our clients. However, if you do not feel comfortable with your counselor, or are concerned that your counselor is not the right person to help you, we will be more than happy to arrange for you to see another one of our counselors. We will also be glad to provider a referral to another counselor outside of our practice if you feel like that would be in your best interest.

Q: Can your therapists prescribe medication?

A: Medications are prescribed by our staff’s Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP). She is the only member of our clinical team here at Allenmore Psychological Associates who is licensed to prescribe medication. Her practice is exclusively limited to prescribing and managing medications for our patients, so she does not provide counseling or psychotherapy services.