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Tonia holds a Master of Science (MS) Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She is a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC) practicing in Washington as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) while continuing to practice telehealth in her previous state of license as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC).
Tonia pursued her high school love of counseling after raising her two daughters. She has life experience dealing with a family history of death, divorce, terminal illness, and alcoholism. Tonia loves facilitating psycho-educational groups and has taught Theft Diversion, Life Skills, Money Management, and a Mental Health Supportive Outpatient Program (SOP) for probation requirements. She also worked on staff with the Denton County Mental Health Treatment Court in Texas as a counselor for clients whose arrests were due in part to symptoms related to personality disorders.
Tonia also has experience working with anxiety and depression, boundary issues, chronic pain, codependence, divorce, narcissism, neurocognitive disorders, relationship conflict, schizophrenia, shame, and suicidal ideation. She expresses to those she works with that our past does not define us; it is what we do with our circumstances that molds our character.
Her passion is to provide counseling through an existential approach by finding meaning in life from suffering and increasing awareness and potential for choice. Tonia models her approaches after psychiatrists and anchors in the existential field of mental health Viktor Frankl and Irvin Yalom who believe purpose and authenticity are at the root of human behavior. Tonia believes as Nietzsche that “He who has a why to live can bear with almost any how.” We are all doing life together and it can be difficult. Her heart is to provide a non-judgmental and compassionate safe place to hear her clients’ stories and help them find their authentic selves by integrating spiritual, emotional, physical and social aspects of their beings and thereby live a more fulfilling life.
Tonia’s current projects include writing books entitled “What Does It Look Like to be Me?” and “Why I Don’t Need Anyone.” Tonia is taking new on-site clients in Silverdale as well as telehealth clients for those who meet the requirements following an initial consultation. Day, evening, and some weekend appointments are currently available.