Arista Dechant, LMHC, was born and raised in Kansas, where she attended Fort Hays State University. She graduated in 2011 with a master’s degree (MA) in counseling and became a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) soon thereafter.
Ms. Dechant has treated both youth and adults experiencing complex mood and behavioral challenges, including depression, anxiety, psychosis, and personality disorders. In addition, she has received forensic training at the Center of Counseling and Consultation. In this capacity, Ms. Dechant receiving training in administering psychological evaluations, working on parenting and custody evaluations, as well as competency evaluations for Barton County Superior Court.
Following this experience, Ms. Dechant relocated to Washington in 2014, at which time she became a Child Mental Health Professional. Since this time, she has worked as a court mandated psychotherapist for Peninsula Behavioral Healthcare and the Juvenile Justice Authority. In 2016 , Ms. Dechant transitioned to Discovery Behavioral Healthcare, where she received additional training with intake assessments.
Ms. Dechant has returned to Discovery Behavioral Healthcare and is now the Assistant Clinical Director of that agency. Ms. Dechant is currently working on obtaining her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and will graduate with a specialty in clinical forensic psychology in the near future. Ms. Dechant will be splitting her time between psychological testing and counseling. She is available in both the Silverdale and Port Townsend offices.