Mandy parida, MA, LMHC

About ME

I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) and Expressive Arts Therapist.  I received a Masters of Arts in Expressive Therapies and Mental Health Counseling from Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. I recently moved back to the Pacific Northwest. I enjoy spending time with my family, the beach, the mountains, traveling, learning new things, writing, singing, concerts, and exploring all the outdoor opportunities the Northwest has to offer.


EXPERIENCE

I work with individuals (ages 13+), families, and couples and have supported clients with a wide variety of developmental and emotional concerns including, but not limited to, anxiety, depression, cultural concerns and sensitivity, LGBTQ sexual identity and orientation, gender non-conforming, nontraditional relationships, postpartum depression, relationship issues, general social and life skills, bereavement and grief processing, existential concerns, self-esteem, trauma, PTSD, and women's issues.  I have counseled individuals with a wide variety of mental health concerns. 

MY Approach

I believe therapy should be a collaborative process between client and clinician.  As your therapist, I will help you answer questions or concerns you may have about your own life by guiding you on a journey inward and exploring with you the thoughts and feelings that may arise in the process.  I will always encourage you to find and listen to your own voice and will help you sift through difficult themes that may arise on your path to wellbeing.


My therapeutic approach blends traditional psychodynamic work with body-oriented psychotherapy, mindfulness practices, existential, and cognitive behavioral techniques.  In addition to traditional talk therapy, I also practice Expressive Arts Therapy when appropriate and if the client is interested.  Please click here for more information about this type of work.