Client Services

Allenmore Psychological Associates (APA) was created by a group of psychologists out of a shared desire to provide the highest quality counseling and evaluation services to individuals, couples, and families residing in Tacoma, Puyallup, Gig Harbor, University Place, Lakewood and the surrounding communities of South Puget Sound. It was apparent to us that the increasing stresses and pressures people commonly faced were Word Cloud Of Counseling Services Offered At APA In the Olympia - Tacoma Area adversely affecting their health, well-being and quality of life. Our response at APA has been to provide accessible, professional and effective evaluation and treatment services to our clients. In the 30 years that we have been in practice, we have come to understand that the residents of our community have a wide variety of different problems, needs and concerns. To properly and effectively respond to those needs, we have intentionally gathered together a group of providers with a diverse range of skills, talents and clinical expertize (to learn more about APA’s psychologists, counselors, and ARNPs please click here). Below is a brief summary of each of the types of services that we at APA provide our clients. To learn more about a particular service, please click on the associated link and it will take you to a page describing that service in greater detail.

Individual Counseling

Individual counseling is a therapeutic process in which a therapist provides counseling services aimed at changing patterns of thinking, feeling and behaving which are currently causing problems in the person’s life. The counselor meets individually with the client, and tailors the counseling approach to address the client’s needs and meet their goals. At APA our psychologists and counselors are trained in a wide range of counseling approaches to provide truly individualized, effective treatment for each person that we have the opportunity to serve. For instance, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a specialized type of counseling which has been shown by research to have a powerful impact on reducing and eliminating Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) symptoms and behaviors. Another unique type of mental health treatment offered at APA is Acceptance and Commitment Therapy or ACT. In this type of treatment, the counselor utilizes mindfulness and value-based behavior change techniques to address problems such as anxiety and depression that interfere with a person living a more vital life.  (To learn more about Individual Counseling services at APA, please click here. For more information on EMDR.)

Child Counseling

Child Adolescent Counselors APA Tacoma Play Therapist With Little Girl Children and adolescents are commonly confronted with a variety of stresses and pressures as they grow up. At times that level of stress can become overwhelming, leaving the child or adolescent unable to cope. This can result in many different kinds of behavioral and emotional problems including depression and other mood disorders, worry and anxiety, anger and frustration, or aggressiveness and acting out behaviors. Any of these problems can impair the child’s ability to function in a satisfying and successful manner at home, school or in social situations. The counselors at APA employ a variety of techniques to help clients overcome these problems, including play therapy for younger clients and cognitive behavioral therapy for older adolescents. Working with parents to answer questions regarding their child’s emotional and behavioral problems, and providing coaching to deal with challenging behaviors are other counseling approaches which we have also found to be effective. (Please click here to learn more about Child Counseling services at APA.)

Family Counseling

Family therapy is based upon family systems theory which hypothesizes that individual emotional and behavioral problems can best be explained by understanding the family, environmental and social systems in which the individual belongs. Family therapy focuses on altering family and social interaction patterns to relieve symptoms and behavioral problems experienced by members of the family. Through years of experience the family therapists at APA have found that changing habitual negative patterns of relating can reduce conflict and destructive fighting, and improve communication and problem solving within the family. This results in reduction in a wide range of symptoms of emotional distress, and improves the health and well-being of family members. Family counseling has proven to be helpful with a variety of challenges facing families including changes in family structure (such as adding new family members), external stresses (such as military deployments and family relocation due to new employment) and divorce and child custody/visitation conflicts. (To learn more about Family Counseling services at APA please click here.)

Marriage Counseling

Sign For Allenmore Counseling Tacoma OfficeWhile a significant crisis usually precipitates couples reaching out to us for help, the goals of marriage counseling at APA typically go beyond fixing the current negative problems in the marriage. Rather than focus on simply removing a problem, marital therapy at APA aims to reestablish connection and intimacy, and chart a course for the couple’s future characterized by closeness, happiness and satisfaction. The marital counselors at APA accomplish this by helping the couple to develop effective communication and problem solving skills, and to reestablish “honey moon” types of behaviors that initially characterized the intimacy in the relationship. Imago Therapy is a specialized form of marital therapy offered at APA. Imago Therapy can be helpful when more intensive marital intervention is required as a result of the damage created by physical or emotional abuse within the marriage, or extra-marital affairs. This type of therapy explores the manner in which early relationships with parents and influential adults have shaped the current marital relationship. The goal of Imago Therapy is to help the couple re-establish themselves as a functional unit with a shared feeling of trust and intimacy and a commitment to a shared and valued future. (To learn more about Marriage Counseling click here, and to learn more about Imago Therapy click here.)

Career Counseling

Most adults engage in work more frequently than any other activity. As such, work has a major impact on many aspects of our life and is a strong determinant on the overall quality of our life. Job or career dissatisfaction or a mismatch between one’s ability and interests, and one’s current job or career can be a major source of life stress. This type of life stress often contributes powerfully to many types of emotional and mental health concerns. Career counseling is the process of considering all the aspects of the whole person (such as abilities, skills, interests, past employment experiences, personality factors and personal preferences) and identifying jobs and careers which promise the best fit. Career coaching involves a variety of activities including narrowing job and career choices, searching for a job and learning to interview effectively. For those already employed, job coaching can help in learning how to function more effectively at work, how to advance in one’s career and how to improve one’s earning capacity. (To learn more about Career Counseling and Coaching at APA, please click here.)

Psychological Evaluations

Psychologists are uniquely trained to complete psychological evaluations. At Allenmore Psychological Associates, we are pleased to offer a variety of psychological evaluations to meet the needs of our Psychological Assessment Testing Servicesclients and the community that we serve. Both clinical interviews and the administration of standardized psychological tests are typically included in a comprehensive psychological evaluation. Psychological evaluations involve an objective assessment of an individual’s personality, intellectual, behavioral and mental health functioning to answer specific referral questions. The psychologists at APA provide a variety of types of psychological assessments including evaluations of children, adolescents and adults, neuropsychological evaluations, forensic evaluations, academic and career assessments and disability evaluations. (To learn more about Psychological Evaluation services at APA, please click here.)

Medication Management

Psychotropic medications are medications that are used to treat a wide variety of mental health conditions including depression, anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder and psychotic disorders. At APA we understand and respect that many people do not want to take these types of medications, and are able to reach their treatment goals without psychotropic medication. However, for other individuals, an effective treatment plan does include psychotropic medications. We have found that having an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP) as a member of our clinical staff allows for close collaboration with our Psychologists and enhancesMedication Management Services Prescription Pad Allenmore treatment outcomes for our clients. Our ARNP provides an initial assessment for psychotropic medication and prescribes medications when indicated. Clients for whom medication is prescribed are then seen for ongoing medication monitoring appointments to determine the clinical effectiveness of medication, assess for side effects and adjust dosage and type of medication as required. (To learn more about Medication Management services at APA, please click here.)