Our lives are comprised of constant – and often simultaneous – transitions that involve relationship issues, job changes, residential moves, raising children, and caring for aging parents. It can be difficult to manage these situations, much less hold onto your own hopes and dreams. Over time, this struggle can be overwhelming and cause you to feel anxious, confused, or depressed. In these times, we often turn to our network of family and friends for support and advice. However, while these people care for us, they’re not always objective and may speak from their own best interests rather than ours.

As a mental health counselor, your goals, interests, and passions are the most important ingredients in my relationship with you. I believe the answer is inside you – and that my job is to help you find it. To do so, I will work with you to identify patterns, thoughts, and behaviors that keep you from coping effectively, making decisions, and moving forward in your life. I then help you develop skills that allow you to not only cope with change, but make choices in your life each day that honor the integrity of who you are and help you create the life you want – and deserve.

One-on-one

  • Adults
    Many life situations and events – even those that are positive, such as marriage, the birth of a child, or a new career – can cause frustration, confusion, anger, fear, and/or sadness. In these times, it’s helpful to obtain an outside perspective to help you gain clarity or direction. As a skilled therapist, I focus on your strengths to help you find more peace in your life. As a trained Mental Health Counselor, I can also identify and treat more serious issues related to mental illness to help you achieve recovery and resiliency.

  • Adolescents
    Although it can be hard to believe, the most difficult times in your life provide the greatest opportunities for growth. During adolescence, you struggle with who you are and who you’d like to become. Those around you will have their own ideas of who they think you should be, however their judgments and closeness to you can make it difficult to determine the solution that works best for you. During these times, it’s helpful to have someone work with you to shape your life in accordance with your vision. I provide a safe haven to discover who you are and who you want to be, and help you look at all angles of a situation in order to identify the ideal next steps. I will listen and connect with you to provide the guidance, freedom, and respect that are so critical at this important time in your life.

Couples

Being part of a couple is one of life’s greatest pleasures – and greatest challenges. Even when you’re coupled with someone who makes your life feel more complete and joyous, without constant care and attention, your relationship can suffer the effects of miscommunication, misunderstandings, and general life wear-and-tear. Most communication is non-verbal and, given the hectic pace of modern life, many couples rarely slow down to understand the intention of the relationship. I’ll work with you to create a structured, safe, and secure environment in which we can delve beneath the obvious issues in your relationship to discover what’s really missing, and help you move forward to create the life you desire – together.

Areas of specialty:

  • Couples
  • Mental disorders
  • ADHD/ADD
  • Life transitions
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
 

Peggie Dickens, M.A., LMHC
Solution-oriented Counseling & Coaching
Seattle * Bainbridge Island

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