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Desiree M. Gaffney MA - Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Click to find out more about Desiree M. Gaffney MA - Licensed Mental Health Counselor Desiree M. Gaffney, MA, LMHC, is a licensed mental health counselor and child mental health specialist in Washington State (License #LH60373141). She graduated from the University of Washington with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Self and Society and earned her Master of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology from Saint Martin’s University. Desiree completed her internship at Greater Lakes Mental Health Care in Lakewood, Washington.

Prior to joining the Family Center for Behavioral Health, Desiree worked and continues to work in community mental health at Comprehensive Life Resources in Tacoma, Washington. There, she works as a therapist in foster care programs which provide mental health care to children with serious mental health and behavioral challenges that require placement in therapeutic foster homes. Due to this experience, Desiree is highly familiar with working in conjunction with social workers, case managers, schools, and the legal system.

The theoretical orientations guiding Desiree’s therapy include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Developmental Theory, Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy, and Existential Therapy. Desiree works in collaboration with each client to develop a treatment plan based on their unique, individual needs and strengths. She believes that every individual’s experience in life and through therapy is unique and requires a tailored approach. She enjoys the use of humor, art, play, and other activities to promote insight and movement toward personal goals.

Desiree specializes in the treatment of adolescents, but also treats children and young adults. She is experienced with a variety of issues that children and adolescents encounter including AD/HD, depression, anxiety, complex trauma, sexual identity, oppositional and defiant behavior, self-harming behavior, interpersonal challenges, social skills, and anger management.

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Alesia A. Black, MS, ARNP - Adult Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner | Anna B. McDonald, Psy.D., Licensed Psychologist | Desiree M. Gaffney MA - Licensed Mental Health Counselor | Gregg Karle, MSW, Licensed Social Worker | Janis L. Peterson, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist | Mark F. Lins, M.S., NCC, Licensed Mental Health Counselor | Richard F. Jensen, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist | Sara Boelman, MS, LMFT- Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist |

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