Michelle Jaquish, MSW, LICSW

Michelle Jaquish, MSW, LICSW
Additional credentials: MSW, LICSW (WA), LCSW (OR)
Other Mental Health Related Services: Clinical Supervision, Consultation, Letters of Readiness & Support for Gender Affirmation Surgery, Public Speaking
Services (Cultural Healing): Energy Work, Speaking Engagements
Religions & Spirituality: Spirituality
Ethnicity Counselor Identifies As: Asian American, Asian Pacific Islander, Filipino
Qualifications:: 1, LW61115906, UW School of Social Work, 2016
Payments Accepted: Mastercard, Visa
Cost per Session: $100-150, Sliding Scale
Accepted Insurance Plans: Aetna, Anthem, Blue Cross, Blue Shield, BlueCross and BlueShield, Cigna, First Choice Health, Kaiser In-Network, LifeWise, Medicare, Optum, Out of Network, PacificSource, Premera, Regence, UnitedHealthcare
Communities Served: Bisexual Allied, Gay Allied, Lesbian Allied, Non-Binary Allied, Open Relationships Non-Monogamy, Queer Allied, Racial Justice Allied, Transgender Allied
Age Specialty: Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19), Adults, Preteens / Tweens (11 to 13)
Types of Therapy: Anti-Racist, Cognitive Behavioral (CBT), Dialectical (DBT), Eclectic, Emotionally Focused, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Feminist, Humanistic, Interpersonal, Multicultural, Narrative, Person-Centered, Strength-Based, Systemic, Trauma Focused
Modality: Individuals
Sexuality Speciality: Asexual, Bisexual, Gay, Lesbian, Nonbinary, Pansexual, Provider also identifies as LGBTQIA+ and/or QTPOC, Queer, Transgender
Mental Health Specialties: Anxiety Disorders, Depressive Disorders, Mood Disorders, Racial Trauma, Trauma- and Stressor-Related Disorders
Systemic Specialties: Anxiety, Grief, LGBTQIA, Racial Trauma, Stress

I believe that therapy, change, and healing all occur on spectrums. There is no “one size fits” all approach to this work, and that is the beauty of the therapeutic relationship. It’s an alliance and a partnership that can adapt and change based on the current support you need. I see therapy as an extension of my commitment to activism; it’s an opportunity to collaborate around examining, dismantling, and healing some of the damage caused by oppressive systems. As your therapist, I will learn with and alongside you in real time about what that means for your healing journey, honoring your inner wisdom, while supporting you with offerings of relevant ideas, experiences, and skills.

I don’t consider myself a very traditional therapist. I work very collaboratively with my clients, bringing my authentic self into the room while letting my clients take the lead in their lives. I work really actively with clients to facilitate a co-created healing space that allows for all aspects of a client’s identity and experience. I understand that trauma, pain, fear, and stagnation are stored and experienced in the body. Therefore, I support my clients in healing and creating a greater alignment with their authentic selves and life dreams by developing awareness of and strengthening their connection to what’s happening in their bodies and minds. For me, this is the essence of somatic work. I also support my clients with integrating their spiritual beliefs, values, and practices where applicable. In my work with clients, I integrate my anti-oppression, feminist, and social justice frameworks into this work. When co-creating these spaces, I recognize that I am bringing my own humanity to the table as well, which includes aspects of privilege from my own intersectional identities. I am committed to continuing my own work to examine and minimize any potential for harm, and I use my own journey as opportunities to refine my ability to support my clients in theirs. My goal is to create a safe and supportive space for learning, growth, and transformation. I enjoy working with queer people of color, especially queer-identified Asian Pacific-Islander folks.I also have a particular interest in working with those in the helping professions such as essential workers, therapists, and those who identify as community organizers/activists. I identify as an 1st generation, bi-racial, woman of color. As a first generation Filipina, I have a unique experience regarding power, privilege and oppression from a non-Westernized perspective. For self-care, I enjoy daily tarot journal reflections, salt baths, altering clothing and creating jewelry.

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