"We do not see things as they are. We see things as we are."
– ANIAS NIN
Bethany Bylsma, MACP, LMHC
I grew up in Alaska, spending many warm summers in Washington State. I moved with my family to East Africa when I was ten years old. It was there I learned what it means to be different, to be sunburned, to be an adventurer and how to pack my whole world in a few suitcases. I moved back to the United States at eighteen and continued exploring who I was going to be as an adult, as a woman, and as an artist.
My background in Media Communications eventually took me to Southern California where I worked for a media-based non-profit traveling the United States and working in Uganda with people of all cultures, walks of life, and backgrounds.
The arts, the nonprofit world, and my travels have caused me to fall in love with story. I am enamored by the subtle differences that make each of us unique, wild, and entirely our own. The setting, the characters, and the pages yet to be written...I love it all.
As I continued meeting men and women, mentoring high school and college-aged philanthropists, and working alongside many men and women who had brave but difficult stories of trauma, I knew I wanted to understand more of how our stories shape who we are, and who we become. I moved to Seattle in 2012 and earned my Masters of Arts in Counseling Psychology. My clinical internship was working with low-income youth and individuals in north Seattle. I now work with families, teens, and individuals in Seattle. I am a member of the American Counseling Association (ACA), and the Association for Spiritual, Ethical, and Religious Values in Counseling (ASERVIC). You can find out more about my clinical work and beliefs in my disclosure statement.
At the end of my days I am me. A daughter, sister, aunt, and friend. I still very much enjoy the arts community, the healing and gifts that nature in the Northwest offers, and I can often be found in my kitchen preparing meals for a company of friends or experimenting with a new pie recipe.
I said it before, and I will continue to say it. Welcome. I look forward to meeting you.
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