Cultivating Hope & Strength to Improve Lives

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

Individual and Adolescent Counseling
Depression, Anxiety
Stress Management
Adult ADHD
Adoption and ADHD 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)


$165             Intake / First Session

$ 95 - 145    Therapy Session

Biographical Information

            My specialty is working with children, adolescents and parents. I have always had a passion to work with families for the restoration of their mental health and to provide individuals, children, and parents the support and effective tools to achieve their goals.

            My initial education and experience focused on working with children’s issues in various settings. 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, ADHD, 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 as well as in the school system. While working as a social worker, I 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.

            As an educator, I taught science to students K-12, classes for prospective foster care and adoption parents, and psychology at a local community college.

Therapeutic Style

            My approach involves working together with the client to assess and identify personal goals. I view my role as counselor, coach, educator, and consultant.

            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 spiritually, psychologically, and/or educationally.

            My theoretical approach and techniques are drawn from family systems, cognitive-behavioral, solution focused, and art/play therapy. When working with younger children, I may meet with parent(s) for the remaining 10-15 minutes of the session. When needed, I give resources and coordinate referrals to help equip my clients in any way that would benefit their mental health and meet their goals.

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