Ed Park, M.Div., LMHCA
Washington State law requires licensed therapists to provide the following information to clients/parents
License Number: State of Washington, Mental Health Counselor License: LH60789532
Education/Training: B.A. (Philosophy) University of Washington; M.Div., Western Seminary.
Type of Therapy Provided: Adult, adolescent, and child psychotherapy, couples/marital counseling
Methods/Techniques: Adult psychotherapy, as I practice it, is based on the observation that individuals are often unaware of the factors that determine their feelings and actions, and that this restricts their abilities to fully understand or work through the difficulties they are experiencing. Psychotherapy is a partnership through which the client becomes aware of the underlying sources of his or her difficulties which can remove symptoms, ease cramped and stuck life patterns and expand the freedom to work, love, form meaningful relationships and be happy and productive.
Likewise, child and adolescent psychotherapy, as I practice it, helps restore a child’s normal path of continuing psychological development and maturity which distresses can affect and help the child/adolescent develop coping mechanisms which promote healthy development.
Couples/marital counseling, as I practice it, is based on the observation that couples are often unaware of many of the factors that contribute to their relationship unhappiness and to their difficulties in resolving it. Counseling is an opportunity for the couple to learn more about the sources of their conflicts as well as more fully understand the feelings and experiences associated with their conflicts. Over time, the couple can learn valuable insights about themselves and their partners in the course of which the relationship can find expression with less interference.
RCW 71-05-390 Confidential Communications: All communications with your therapist are confidential with the following exceptions: 1) you have given written consent; 2) there is clear and concrete evidence of planned or committed acts of violence; 3) if you are a minor and have been the victim of a crime; 4) you bring charges against your therapist; 5) your therapist is required to report child or dependent adult abuse or neglect. In addition, many personal insurance plans require clients to give permission for access to their clinical record as a condition of applying insurance benefits.
WAC 246-809-710 Therapists must be registered (minimum) or licensed with the Department of Health for the protection of the public health and safety. This does not imply recognition of any practice standards nor imply the effectiveness of any treatment. Clients have the right to refuse treatment and the right to choose a provider and treatment modality which best suits their needs.
RCW 18-130-180 Regulation of Health Professions Uniform Disciplinary Act: The State of Washington provides a complaint process against those therapists who would commit acts of unprofessional conduct. For more information, contact Washington State Department of Health, Business and Professional Administration, PO Box 9012, Olympia WA, 98504-8001, (360) 236-4700.