Cultivating Hope & Strength to Improve Lives
Darren Wenz, MSW LISCW
2002 65th Ave West
Fircrest, WA 98466
Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker
Master of Social Work
University of Washington
Bachelor of Arts, Physical Education
Pacific Lutheran University
Areas of Clinical Experience and Interest
Individual, Couple, & Family Therapy
Grief and Loss
Aspergers / Autism
Children & Adolescents
Group Health Options
(Please ask about others)
$165 Intake / First Session
$ 95 - 145 Therapy Session
I was born and raised in the Northwest. I grew up in a family that experienced both its share of joys and sorrows. My parents were educators and I learned early in life the importance of education. I was also involved in athletics and learned both the joy of sport as well the value of hard work, perseverance, and competition. As I got older, sports gave me the opportunity to coach and mentor children and adolescents. In college, I worked as a summer-camp counselor and high school basketball coach.
I was mentored early in my life by a youth pastor and coach who supported me during the challenges of my adolescent years as well as helping me learn about Jesus Christ. This relationship gave me the opportunity to volunteer, in college, as a Young Life leader helping mentor middle school students.
After college, I spent a year working overseas at an international school and then began a brief teaching career. Through teaching, my passion for helping families was refined. My desire to do more counseling work led me to youth ministry and a non-profit that offered support for children as well as their families.
In addition to counseling, I am also employed as a social worker providing grief and loss support to children and their families. I have had numerous opportunities to share with schools, other counselors, and work places the importance of having support through challenging life circumstances.
I have been married nearly 15 years and have three boys. I love spending time with my wife and kids! We are an active family who enjoys sports. We love days when we can go outside and enjoy hiking or playing a family baseball game. To relax, I enjoy reading, an early morning run, and watching the Mariners.
I approach counseling as an alliance with you to help work on areas of life where you are seeking change. I provide a safe, judgment free space for you to compassionately be heard as well as provide ideas, skills or strategies for you to consider. My hope is to help you discover greater insight into whom you are as well as recognize strengths and abilities you possess which will help you bring more fullness to your life.
My work with children will incorporate elements of play as we form a bond of trust. I will gently facilitate the processing of emotions as well as implement strategies to help each child better understand themselves. We will incorporate the parents/adults into the counseling session if applicable.