My name is Sharmayne. I'm a therapist. I'd love to tell you a little about my work and what I hope to provide for you.
I hold a personal commitment to offer caring and open therapy.
I focus on creating a time and place unique for you, so we can connect the dots of your life and let it speak back to you in true, transforming ways.
Education & Expereince
This is my life’s work and I love it.
I was born and raised in Las Vegas and always found myself longing for the rain and forests of the Pacific Northwest (and the rivers, and the ocean and the mountains!) In 1997, that longing was fulfilled when I moved to a small seminary in the Cascade foothills to study Theology. After my education, I served in amazing communities such as the United Indians of All Tribes Foundation and the Atlantic Street Center in Rainier Valley working with a diverse population including Muslim refugees from the Ethiopian-Eritrean wars. I also served at University United Methodist Church in Las Vegas where I worked as a Minister. I worked at this church right after the September 11th attacks, and it was during this time that I decided to become a therapist. I graduated from the Seattle School of Theology and Psychology with a Masters in Counseling in 2006. Today, I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, a Children’s Mental Health Specialist, and an Ethnic Minority Mental Health Specialist and a Clinical Supervisor. I am certified as a Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapist through the Harborview Center for Sexual Assault, and Reactive Attachment Disorder Therapy through the Annie M. Casey Foundation. If you would like to know more about my professional background, feel free to learn more by clicking here .
As a therapist, my own experiences of pain and loss bring understanding to my work with my clients. My own path has had a fair share of triumphs and mistakes. + I know what it is to lose a parent to addiction, chronic illness and untimely death. I have lost beautiful friends to violent relationships. I've responded to the meanness and cruelty of the world by putting walls around my heart only to later feel trapped in my attempts to try and let good people in. I know both the joy and terror that loved ones can bring, especially when addiction and abuse are involved. I’ve lost my faith only to find it again in very, VERY unexpected places.
Today, I have a loving home & family and I'm doing work that I love in my longed for Pacific Northwest. I know that I came alive as I grounded myself in my spirituality and let true, good people enter my life. I seek to bring that experience to each of my clients.
Just like mine... ...your experiences are unique and they are ever speaking to you. + Press A few years ago, while doing non-profit work, I was fortunate enough to be featured in the Seattle Times alongside one of my clients. Feel free to read about our work together here: The Seattle Times
Additional Skills Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (through Harborview Center for Sexual Assault and Trauma) The Disruptive Behavioral Intervention Model for Attachment Challenged Children (through the Casey Foundation) Alternatives For Families-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy aka AF-CBT (through Harborview Center for Sexual Assault and Trauma) Group Therapy for Domestic Violence Survivors (through Domestic Abuse Women’s Network or D.A.W.N.) Level I Sensorimotor Psychotherapist through the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute
Community Outreach 2005 Trinity Lutheran College: The Causes and Implications of Homelessness among Women and Children 2007 Sound Mental Health: Using Expressive Therapy for PTSD Survivors 2008 Sound Mental Health: Art Therapy for Severe and Persistent Anxiety and Depression 2010 Franklin High School Youth Summit: “What are You?” Being Multiracial in the New Millennium 2012 & 2013 (S)ending Retreat, Seattle School of Theology and Psychology 2012 Garfield High School: How to Recognize, Prevent & Stop Dating Violence for Teen Girls 2011-2014 Alumni Quad Member, Seattle School of Theology and Psychology 2015 Peace Community Center:Panelist - Youth Vocational Workshop 2015 Alumni/ Faculty Core Curriculum Workshop - Seattle School of Theology and Psychology 2016 Annie Wright Schools - Anxiety and Transitioning into College 2016 Pacific Lutheran University - Understanding and Treating Borderline Personality Disorder 2018 You Grow Girl!!- Beyond White Guilt: Becoming a True Ally in an Age of Change
_ Volunteer Work Emerald City Outreach summer school teacher Winner of the National Upward Bound Composition Award for Fiction E.S.L. volunteer (1999-2001) Seattle Urban Academy Volunteer Tutor (1999-2001) I am also proud to say that I was an Americorp-Vista service worker in Americorp’s first year of inception and through it developed “The Girls Club” which focused on self-esteem and leadership building for middle school girls living in the heart of Las Vegas, NV.
I have always loved working with people. I look forward to working with you!
~ (253) 397-9535 ~
Sharmayne Arrington, LMHC
My office is located in Tacoma, WA. and my address will given after our phone consult.