Cultivating Hope & Strength to Improve Lives

Tessa Sands, MA LMHCA

Phone:     253-566-5559

Fax:          253-565-0274

Family Foundations

2002 65th Ave West

Fircrest, WA  98466


Master of Arts, Clinical Mental Health Counseling
      Liberty University
Bachelor of Science, Psychology
      California Baptist University

Areas of Clinical Experience and Interest

Individual, Child, & Family Therapy
Depression, Anxiety
Adolescent Therapy
Stress Management

Insurances Accepted

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$165             Intake / First Session

$ 95 - 145    Therapy Session


          I grew up in Southern California. My interest in counseling was sparked by my parents who I saw invest in others while they worked for many nonprofit ministries and churches. Over the years, I have spent much of my time serving in local churches, creating and overseeing mentorship programs for pre-teen and teenage girls as well as coaching competitive swim teams. As a student-athlete, I learned many life lessons including perseverance, resilience, and goal-setting.

          My life motto is, “Everyone has a story.” I desire to help others understand themselves while assisting them as they write the next chapters in their personal journey. I strive to bring hope and support to those who want to make positive changes in their lives.

          I earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from California Baptist University. I concentrated in Life Span Development and minored in Business Administration. I also have a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Liberty University.

          Before moving to the beautiful Pacific Northwest, I, and my husband who serves in the Army, lived in Alabama. I enjoy running, hiking, swimming, drawing, and cooking as well as spending time with family and close friends.

Therapeutic Style

          I have a passion to help clients achieve their goals and move toward positive change. My approach to counseling is to create a safe and warm therapeutic environment that builds on the client’s strengths and resilience. I have training in a variety of therapies that include working with attachment, marriage, family, and crisis intervention. In addition to my counseling work, I have worked extensively with children, youth, and their parents as an athletic coach, operating a mentor program, serving as teacher’s assistant, and tutor. I strive to understand each person in order to meet their individual needs and to bring hope to those struggling through difficult circumstances.

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