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Individual Therapy
In-Person and Telehealth

Therapy is the first step towards bettering yourself as an individual. Bright Future Counseling aims to create a safe, caring, and confidential environment for you to heal from your past, learn practical coping skills, find new ways of thinking and behaving, and feel better.

What is Individual Therapy?

Defined by the American Counseling Association (ACA), individual counseling - also known as individual therapy - is a “personal opportunity to receive support and experience growth during challenging times in life.”

By meeting one-on-one with a licensed mental health professional, you will talk through the challenges you’re facing and learn about your moods, feelings, thoughts, and behaviors.

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How Does Therapy Work?

Therapy can help you take control of your life and respond to difficult situations with healthy coping skills. Overall, therapy can lead to an improvement in mood, satisfaction, confidence, and emotional management.

Together we can create a plan to meet your personal therapeutic goals. Let’s work together towards positive change. Bright Future Counseling offers in-person or online therapy in Vancouver, Washington.

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Some areas we can focus on in individual counseling include

1. Anxiety-stress: Nervousness, Worry, Overthinking, Social Anxiety
2. Depression-grief: Feeling stuck, Low Energy, Generalized or Excessive Sadness, Mood Swings
3. Recovery for Sexual Abuse
4. Sexual Issues & Concerns
5. Relationship issues: Boundary setting, Codependency, Intimacy, Attachment, Trust, Jealousy, Past Hurt
6. Personality Assessments, such as Enneagram Coaching
7. Spiritual Issues, Religious Trauma or Abuse

* If you experience thoughts of suicide or self-harm, you should contact the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline by dialing/texting 988 or using their online chat. These resources are operated by trained crisis counselors and available nationwide 24/7 for anyone experiencing a mental or emotional crisis. In the event of a true emergency, you should call 911.

How to Get the Most Out of Individual Therapy

Therapy is most effective when you are an active participant. Once we establish your major hurdles and agree about how to overcome them, we can set goals and measure progress over time.

Success in therapy will involve sharing your thoughts, feelings, and experiences. Being open and honest is key to the most effective help possible. This allows the conversation to consider new insights, ideas, and ways of doing things.

It’s understandable to feel emotionally apprehensive or uncomfortable in exploring painful feelings and experiences. However, risks are minimized by working with a professional counselor who will adjust and adapt to you. If you’re reluctant to discuss certain concerns out of pain, embarrassment, or fear, please let me know so we can work through it together.

More Therapy Options Offered at Bright Future Counseling

Support for couples to improve sexual/romantic relationships and resolve interpersonal conflicts.

Sexuality or gender-affirming counseling for LGBTQIA individuals.

Counseling for religious and spiritual abuse.

Resources for Improving Well-Being

What’s Your Personality Type? | An Introduction to the Enneagram

What’s Your Personality Type? | An Introduction to the Enneagram

The Enneagram of Personality is a system used by numerous mental health professionals to get more insight into one’s character, and as a method for self-development. The Enneagram consists of nine personality archetypes that are interconnected in different ways. Some say that the Enneagram is liberating compared to the conventional methodology of mental health disorders because none of the archetypes are inferior or defective in themselves. Nevertheless, as it focuses as much on negative traits as on positive traits, it isn’t an ‘ego-flattering’ tool either. The Enneagram leaves room for overlap between and within different personality types. Also, it acknowledges that nobody is purely ‘one type’, but rather a ‘basic type’ that transforms within its own range of characteristics and also corresponds with types that it’s connected to. This video is an introduction to the Enneagram of Personality. Links for further learning: The Enneagram Institute: Frank James on the Enneagram: Dr Tom LaHue: Enneagram Explained: Support the channel: ✔️ PayPal: ✔️ Patreon: ✔️ Bitcoin: 3HQnEz1LQ4G6dqN2LdZgzc7qoJjJCyWjTC (Donated BTC and want in the credits? Send me an email with the amount/address) Purchase my book (affiliate links): 📘 Paperback: 💻 Ebook: Merchandise: 🛍️ Shop: 🛍️ Merchandise design by Punksthetic Art: Music used: The Tides - Dream Escape Unicorn Heads - Dreaming in 432Hz Puddle of Infinity - Open Sea Morning Fair use: Oscar: Creative Commons (attributions): Enneagram in Greece: Polygon: Three aspect existence: Pythagoras: Philo: Tree of Life (1): Tree of Life (2): Claudio: Gurdjieff: Sufi dervishes: #selfdevelopment #enneagram #personalitytypes 00:00 - Intro 01:11 - Short history 02:13 - The setup/structure 04:10 - The Perfectionist (1) 04:56 - The Helper (2) 05:41 - The Achiever (3) 06:24 - The Individualist (4) 07:14 - The Observer (5) 08:01 - The Loyalist (6) 08:49 - The Enthusiast (7) 09:47 - The Challenger (8) 10:41 - The Peacemaker (9) 11:32 - The Basic Archetype 13:23 - Centers 14:18 - Wings 15:01 - Lines of integration 16:12 - Wrap-up
The power of vulnerability | Brené Brown | TED

The power of vulnerability | Brené Brown | TED

Visit to get our entire library of TED Talks, transcripts, translations, personalized talk recommendations and more. Brené Brown studies human connection -- our ability to empathize, belong, love. In a poignant, funny talk at TEDxHouston, she shares a deep insight from her research, one that sent her on a personal quest to know herself as well as to understand humanity. A talk to share. The TED Talks channel features the best talks and performances from the TED Conference, where the world's leading thinkers and doers give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes (or less). Look for talks on Technology, Entertainment and Design -- plus science, business, global issues, the arts and more. You're welcome to link to or embed these videos, forward them to others and share these ideas with people you know. Follow TED on Twitter: Like TED on Facebook: Subscribe to our channel: TED's videos may be used for non-commercial purposes under a Creative Commons License, Attribution–Non Commercial–No Derivatives (or the CC BY – NC – ND 4.0 International) and in accordance with our TED Talks Usage Policy ( For more information on using TED for commercial purposes (e.g. employee learning, in a film or online course), please submit a Media Request at
What is Anxiety?

What is Anxiety?

What is #anxiety? Although anxiety is a common reaction, learn about the symptoms and types of anxiety and how it can become a problem and when diagnosed as a disorder. Expand the description to find a list of free, 24/7 hotlines and text lines below. #MentalHealth __ Follow and subscribe to Psych Hub:  Learning about mental health is crucial for us all to imagine a better future for everyone. Psych Hub's Mental Health Ally Certification learning hubs will help you become an important steward of your wellbeing and that of your loved ones. Start learning here: __ Psych Hub is an educational service, and the information in this video is not a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis, or treatment. If you or someone you know are experiencing what you believe are mental health symptoms, please consult with a trained medical professional or a licensed mental health provider. We recommend consulting with a licensed behavioral health provider before trying any of the strategies mentioned in our materials. If you or someone you know is in immediate danger, please call 911. For information on how to find support and treatment, and hotlines for specific issues and audiences, visit If you or someone you know are having thoughts of suicide or self-harm or are experiencing a mental health crisis, please call a national 24/7 hotline. For United States residents, those are: National Suicide Prevention Lifeline For anyone experiencing a mental health crisis. AVAILABILITY: 24/7/365 PHONE NUMBERS: Primary line: 1-800-273-8255 Ayuda en Español: 1-888-628-9454 Video relay service: 800-273-8255 TTY: 800-799-4889 Voice/Caption Phone: 800-273-8255 ONLINE CHAT: WEBSITE: Crisis Text Line For anyone experiencing a mental health crisis. AVAILABILITY: 24/7/365 TEXT NUMBER: US & Canada: Text HOME to 741741 UK: Text 85258 Ireland: Text 086 1800 280 WEBSITE: © 2021 Psych Hub, LLC. All Rights Reserved.
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"I’ve known Valinda for years! She was of great help and counsel during one of the toughest times of my life. She’s gracious, safe, and honest. I still cling to much of her wisdom. I highly recommend her!"

Vanessa Stern

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