My name is Sharmayne and I'm a therapist. Here's where I tell you a little about my work and what I hope to provide for you.
I hold a personal commitment to offer therapy that focus both on internal and external structures of harm and how we may maneuver out of them.
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.
A little about my Education & Expereince
This is my life’s work and I love it.
I was born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada (Southern Paiute, Mojave territory) and always found myself longing for the lushness of the rainy Pacific Northwest. 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 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, 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 and as Level I Sensorimotor Psychotherapist through the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute.
That all means I am trained & experienced to work with people and their nervous systems who have survived multiple traumas including chronic marginalization and yet continue to seek peace.
Life Experience I am a cis-het, light-skinned black woman with an invisible disability. My family has been on this continent for hundreds of years and yet it has never really felt like home. Thus, I have sought to find peace within my Body and Soul so that I may feel settled while living in such an unsettling place. Most people I work with feel & seek something of the like.
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 have lost one parent to addiction, and the other to chronic illness and untimely death. I have lost beautiful friends to violent relationships. I know what it means to be un-housed, and to have that lingering worry that it might happen again. As a light-skinned phenotypical black woman I know what it is to never really have any sense of place or belonging and how to create a sense of home that comes from within. 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 physical abuse are involved. I’ve lost my faith only to find it again in very, VERY unexpected places.
Yet today, I have a loving home & family and I'm doing the work that I love and was made forin 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 (With Paula Womack) 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 (with Caroline Plummer) 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!!- Becoming a True Ally in an Age of Change 2020-2021 Rest & Resilience: A BIPOC space to help navigate Covid-19 and the popularization of the BLM movement (with Shariah Hunt & Piya Banarjee) _ 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 an after school program 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 (253) 397-9535
My address will be given after our phone consult. I work mostly using Telehealth at this time.