Schedule with Leah

Leah Elliott, MA, LMHCA, LMFTA

Licensed Mental Health Counselor Associate
(253) 238-9235   |   leahe@tacomachristiancounseling.com

God wants us to experience abundant life and peace in Him. As a child of God, you possess incredible worth and beauty. Through our sessions, I want you to see and believe that truth for yourself. I offer a compassionate, listening ear and a safe place for you to work through your struggles. As a result of our time together, you’ll be equipped with effective therapeutic techniques to help you process and overcome whatever challenges you may be facing. I look forward to helping you find lasting joy and fulfillment in Him.

Puyallup – Sun, Mon & Wed
Lacey – Tue & Thu

As your counselor, I offer a comfortable atmosphere where you can feel supported and not judged. My goal is for you to leave our sessions feeling confident that you have the tools you need to take control of your life. I adapt each session to meet you at your point of need and provide practical steps you can take to reach your desired goals. Whether you’re dealing with anxiety, depression, marriage problems, other relationship issues, or a different concern, I’m here to help you find hope and healing.

My Goal as a Christian Counselor

My goal as your counselor is to provide encouragement and support, and to build your confidence in the truth that with God’s help, you are able to succeed and overcome your struggles. As we work together, I hope that you’ll see your worth and beauty as you grow into your healthiest self.

What I Offer in Christian Counseling

In our counseling sessions, I give you the opportunity to talk openly and freely. Walking alongside you at your pace, I will encourage you to go deeper and challenge you toward growth. I often use creativity in session and love the occasional laid back session where we can sip coffee, listen to music in the background, and have a comfortable environment for talking about life.

My Approach to Christian Counseling

At times, people feel stuck in life, not knowing which direction to go or what purpose their life contains. God can give us those answers and provide a sense of peace and joy like nothing else in this world can. As a Christian counselor, if my client wants their faith to be a part of their sessions and growth, I will make that happen. However, I understand that each individual is different and respect the needs and desires of all of my clients. I look forward to learning about how we can work together to make your goals become reality.

Qualifications & Experience

I received my Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Troy University, and my Master of Arts degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Mobile.

My Call to Christian Counseling

As a teenager, I spent much of my time helping friends solve problems and work through their issues. It was at this point in my life that I realized that God had given me a heart for people and a desire to be a cheerleader and listening ear for others.

More About Me/On a Personal Note

I’m from the South and recently moved to Seattle with my husband, who is in the Air Force. We enjoy traveling, staying active, and being outdoors. I love creativity and getting my hands messy. My husband and I have two dogs: a boxer mix named Riley and a pit named Lacey.

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Marriage Counseling
  • Individual Counseling
  • Family Counseling
  • Counseling for Teens
  • Body Image Issues

Anxiety

A person suffering with anxiety can often feel overwhelmed by the tiniest tasks in their day. Choices can become impossible, and patience can run extremely thin. As your therapist, I will work with you to develop healthy coping skills that can decrease your anxiety as you learn to gain control over your life.

Depression

Depression can leave you feeling hopeless and helpless, with no motivation to get out of bed. This feeling can start a cycle of ongoing negative emotions, making it seem impossible to stop. As your counselor, it is my desire to help you find joy again, by identifying the triggers that get you stuck in this downward spiral and helping you see your worth. Together we will find practical, effective ways to get out of these negative cycles as we implement healthy coping skills that will improve your way of life.

Counseling for Teens

Being a teen is hard. You are figuring out who you are and what you believe, not to mention your emotions are running high, constantly making things more difficult. As a therapist, I understand that there are so many things you are faced with. Maybe you feel you don’t know who you can talk to about these things. I desire to offer you encouragement, support, and a listening ear. I know talking about your problems can be uncomfortable or awkward sometimes, but don’t worry—therapy is not always just talking. Creativity is a big part of my sessions with teens. My goal is to make you feel comfortable and to provide the support you need.

Family Counseling

Family counseling—these two words can seem intimidating to clients. Family therapy is not something to be fearful of, but rather seen as a means to change the negative dynamics within your family. I believe that you cannot fix a problem in the family if you don’t know the role everyone plays in that problem.

The goal of family therapy is not to point fingers, but to identify how everyone is affected and how to get the family where it needs to be. Family therapy gives an opportunity for each individual to feel heard and to identify problems that need to be fixed. In family therapy, I will guide family members to express themselves, provide an environment to be heard, and encourage and teach healthy communication with one another.

Marriage Counseling

Marriage is bringing two people together as one. This can often get complex, since each individual does not think or act in the same way. Communication can become difficult, which can eventually affect other areas of your marriage.

In marriage counseling, we will discuss your personality types and how this blends with your spouse. We will explore the way you think and the way your partner thinks to see the best and most effective ways of communication. We will provide solutions to conflicts and encourage healthy coping skills. The goal of marriage therapy is to understand your partner’s needs and desires and to feel respected and cherished in your marital partnership.

Sessions: I offer 53-minute sessions. Sessions can be held more than once per week, weekly, or every other week. Scheduling options are discussed in greater detail during your Risk-Free Initial Session.

Availability (by office location):

  • Puyallup – Sunday, Monday and Wednesday
  • Lacey – Tuesday and Thursday

Fees: I offer a Risk-Free Initial Session for Individuals, Couples, and Families looking to pursue counseling with me. Please note that there is a fee for the Risk-Free Initial Session as it is a clinical hour and reimbursable to most insurance companies, but if you choose not to reschedule and continue therapy after the initial session the entire fee for the session will be waived. For ongoing treatment the full fee per session is required at the time of service. For more information regarding standard session fees, please contact me directly at leahe@seattlechristiancounseling.com or (253) 238-9235.

Insurance: As a Licensed Mental Health Counselor Associate a majority of insurance companies will reimburse for a portion of my services (as an Out of Network Provider). Please consult with your insurance provider as to whether they specifically cover Individuals, Couples, Adults, Families, or Adolescents.

Receipts/Statements: In the event you require a printed or digital receipt, I will provide receipts for personal use, insurance reimbursement, Flex Spending Accounts (FSA), and Health Savings Accounts (HSA).

Payment options: Cash, Check, or Credit Card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, & American Express). A fee of up to 3.7% plus $0.15 per transaction will be added for credit card payments

Focus Areas

  • ADHD

  • Aging and Geriatric Issues

  • Anger Management

  • Anxiety

  • Counseling for Children

  • Counseling for Teens

  • Coaching

  • Codependency

  • Christian Couples Counseling

  • Depression

  • Family Counseling

  • Grief Counseling

  • Group Counseling

  • Individual Counseling

  • Infidelity and Affairs

  • Marriage Counseling

  • Men’s Issues

  • OCD

  • Personal Development

  • Premarital Counseling

  • Professional Development

  • Relationship Issues

  • Sex And Porn Addiction

  • Spiritual Development

  • Weight Loss

  • Women’s Issues