Elaina Tingley, MA LMHC

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Phone:     253-566-5559

Fax:          253-565-0274 

Family Foundations

2002 65th Ave West

Fircrest, WA  98466


Licensed Mental Health Counselor
     Washington State
Master of Arts, Counseling Psychology

     Saint Martin's University
Bachelor of Science, Psychology

     Pacific Lutheran University

Areas of Clinical Experience and Interest

Adoption and AD/HD Coaching & Consultation
Resource Referral, Coordination, Assessment & Advocacy

Insurances Accepted

Blue Cross
Blue Shield
First Choice Health
Group Health Options
Premera / Lifewise
(Please ask about others)


$160             Intake / First Session

$ 95 - 145    Therapy Session

Biographical Information

My specialty is working with children, adolescents and parents. I have always had a passion and dedication to helping children with the restoration of their mental health and to provide parents the support and effective tools to achieve their goal with success. My education and experience has focused on working with children’s issues in various contexts and settings including teaching science to children K-12, classes for prospective foster care and adoption parents, and psychology as a adjunct professor at a local community college. In addition, I have worked as a counselor, case manager, and social worker at three agencies providing services for domestic, private,

and international adoption as well as for children and teens in regular and therapeutic foster care. My experience includes working with abuse, trauma, AD/HD, attachment problems, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, depression, oppositional defiance, drug and alcohol addiction, neglect, drug effects and other related issues. I have served as a child/family advocate and have been a voice for many children/parents in juvenile court and in the school system. I have placed and completed hundreds of adoptions and have co-facilitated adoption support groups. I am a trainer for the National Council For Adoption and Infant Adoption Awareness Program. I provide pre-adoption and post adoption counseling.

Therapeutic Style

My approach involves working together with the client to identify personal goals, assessment, coaching and psycho-educational counseling/consultation. I give guidance, support, hope, encouragement, and a provide a directional map (so to speak) to sort through complex issues in a safe environment that promotes personal growth whether that is spiritually, psychologically, educationally . Counseling/Coaching involves solution focused,

cognitive-behavioral and art/play therapy modalities. Since children are not always able to communicate what they feel, play therapy is best to address and work through issues. I usually meet with parent(s) for the remaining, 10-15 minutes, of the session for younger aged children. Resource and referral coordination is provided to help equip the client in any way that would benefit their overall mental health and meet their goals.

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