Schedule with Tressa

Tressa Borchardt, MA, LMHC

Licensed Mental Health Counselor
(425) 381-4829   |   tressab@seattlechristiancounseling.com

As your counselor, I will encourage you to find your voice and feel empowered to embrace the next chapter in your story. I will work with you to gain confidence in God’s promises for your life as you seek to identify and understand His role in your journey. I will see you as a person made in the image of God, and will offer you the same grace and acceptance that God the Father offers to us as His beloved, chosen people. I look forward to seeing how He will work in your life through our time together.

Kent – Wed, Thu & Fri

As a Christian counselor, I understand that growth and healing take time. With empathy and patience, I offer you a safe space to process your struggles and concerns. To the best of my ability, I will sit with you in your story, identify with your pain, and help you climb out of darkness toward the light. During our time together, you’ll have ample opportunity to share what’s on your heart as we work toward the changes necessary for you to find the hope and peace you desire.

My Goal as a Christian Counselor

My goals as a counselor are to support, validate, and encourage my clients to find their voice, to feel empowered, and to explore and move through life challenges with hope. I work with my clients to witness and see who they really are and connect with their stories. My clients will gain confidence and understanding, and know they have a space to feel safe while they journey through life’s transitions.

What I Offer in Christian Counseling

I want to hear who you are, what is important to you, and what you desire to gain from our time together. I want to be a partner alongside you during your healing journey. I will accept you without judgment wherever you are in your life, just as God the Father loves and accepts us exactly where we are.

I will work with you to identify the deeper hurts, beliefs, thoughts, or systems that may be playing into your current issue. From there, I will provide an objective voice to help you sort through your circumstances as you move forward in your journey.

No matter how complex, messy, or perfect … your story matters.

My Approach to Christian Counseling

I believe that in a truly holistic approach, Christianity and faith bring a depth to one’s counseling experience where people can better embrace their own beliefs and feel accepted for their truth. There is a unique spiritual aspect to counseling that when explored through a Christian lens, can allow room for the Holy Spirit to work as well as help us better understand the entirety of one’s story.

Through God, there is no limit to how much a person can grow. With God being included in the counseling process, there is greater potential to find and hold onto hope.

Qualifications & Experience

I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Child, Adult and Family Services, a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, and a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology. I completed my training at Northwest University and participated in my clinical internship through Northwest University Wellness Center, where I worked with the undergraduate population. Prior to my internship, I spent a year working as a social worker for the state children’s administration department. I have been counseling since 2015, including my practicums, internships, training, and informal counseling.

My Call to Christian Counseling

As I grew up, I often found myself naturally filling the role of listener and advisor in the lives of my family, friends, and acquaintances. People seemed comfortable sharing and processing their experiences with me, and I enjoy being able to serve and minister in that way.

Through times of personal struggle and challenge, a counselor was a huge resource for me. After graduate school, I was planning to be a social worker, but as I traveled and connected with people from across the world, the Lord impressed upon me the calling to be a counsellor.

More About Me/On a Personal Note

Afer my college graduation, I spent a year doing mission work, backpacking across continents to connect, live with, and work alongside local ministries and organizations in whatever capacity they needed.

In my spare time, I am active with Krav Maga, and I enjoy trying new foods and exploring the scenic views that the PNW has to offer. I am active in a local church and volunteer as part of the media team.

I relate well to people in life transitions and those going through adjustments because I have had to do so when coming back home from so many countries, moving to a new part of this country, and transitioning from being a full-time student to being a full-time professional. As a transplant from the Midwest, I can also relate to those who are away from family.

  • Individuals
  • Couples
  • Premarital
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Personal Development
  • Relationship Issues
  • Anger Management
  • Trauma

Depression

If you battle with depression, you are not alone. It is a common struggle, and one that can be overcome with the right help and treatment. If you have symptoms of depression, I would love to meet with you to assess your situation, discuss your symptoms and their origin, and ultimately introduce healthy coping skills to help you overcome the darkness of depression.

Anxiety

Anxiety is another common issue in our society. During our time together, we’ll discuss what anxiety is, and how it can affect us physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. Understanding these components goes along way when we then learn to implement anxiety-reducing strategies.

Relationship Issues

We all live among some type of community. We are constantly learning how to interact with new people and further developing relationships. If you’re experiencing difficulty, tension, or frustration in one or more of your personal relationships, counseling can help. In our sessions, we’ll work through the root of the presenting problem, as well as some tips on how to set effective boundaries that will give you the freedom and peace you seek in your relationships.

Sessions: I offer 53-minute. 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):

  • Kent – Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

Fees: I offer a Risk-Free Initial Session for Individuals, Couples, Marriage and Groups 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 (425) 381-4829 or tressab@seattlechristiancounseling.com

Insurance: As a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) 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, families, and groups.

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

  • Bipolar Disorder

  • Coaching

  • Codependency

  • Depression

  • Grief Counseling

  • Group Counseling

  • Individual Counseling

  • OCD

  • Personal Development

  • Premarital Counseling

  • Professional Development

  • Relationship Issues

  • Sexual Abuse

  • Spiritual Development

  • Trauma

  • Weight Loss

  • Women’s Issues