Sometimes you need an objective outsider to help you process particular challenges in your life. Perhaps you have struggled with forming healthy relationships, or you suffer from anxiety or depression—or maybe you just want to identify ways to live a healthy, happy life in community with others. Finding a safe environment to talk about the issues you face every day can be an important step toward empowering you to live fully. As a counselor with a heart for helping others to better understand themselves, I can support you as you explore who you are and who you want to become. As a husband and an expert in marital and family therapy, I can provide you with insight about forming fruitful, lasting relationships with others. And as a Christian committed to furthering the kingdom of God, I am delighted to work with you as you discern God’s great purposes for your life.
Being a Christian counselor allows me to be open with my dependency on the hand of God in the therapy room. I approach counseling through the lens of my Christian faith, and I consider my practice of counseling a response to God’s call for me to love others. With this in mind, my primary goal as a Christian counselor is to equip you to overcome the issues in your life that prevent you from growing in relationships with God and with others. By working together to identify your gifts and talents, I also aim to empower you to face future circumstances with confidence and a renewed sense of your identity in Christ. Ultimately, our purpose together is to help you build a vitalized relationship with yourself, God and your loved ones.
As a therapist, I can help you increase awareness of yourself—your strengths, weaknesses, desires, and goals. The more you know about yourself, the better prepared you will be to make healthy decisions and solve problems. Understanding how you affect others, as well as how others affect you, enables you to engage important conversations, grow in relationships, and work toward living out God’s command that we love one another.
I can offer you a safe, neutral space to process problems and find solutions. Together we will strive to understand what makes you who you are. We will explore your family history and dynamics, assess your strengths and weaknesses, and identify your goals for the future. Our work together will help you understand how you can grow in your gifts and talents, and will provide you with resources to make sound judgment in the future.
As a certified Marriage and Family Therapist, I offer particular expertise in couples, marriage, and pre-marital counseling. I am licensed to work with complex family situations and to use the PREPARE/ENRICH tools for marital and premarital therapy.
I also offer individual counseling in many areas, including:
Please don’t hesitate to give me a call and come in for a risk-free initial session.
I do look forward to meeting you and would be honored to be part of your healing journey.
I received my BA in Psychology from Seattle Pacific University, and later returned to SPU to earn my Masters of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy. I also became certified through SPU to practice MDFT (a holistic approach to counseling treatment), and I am fully qualified to use the PREPARE/ENRICH tools in pre-marital and marital counseling. During my Masters training, I worked as Residence Life Advisor for one of the four residence halls at SPU; in this position, I acted as informal counselor and mentor to many students. In my therapeutic experience, I have worked as a mental health counselor to addicts and alcoholics; worked as a therapeutic team leader; and counseled children, teens and their families in a variety of contexts.
I have been drawn to counseling all my life. At age ten, I discovered that some people make a career out of working with marriages—and at that moment, something in me clicked. When I read the phrase “Marriage and Family Therapy” in a course during my first year at SPU, I knew that I had found my calling. At the same time, I felt the strong desire to serve in a specifically Christian context. My current position at Seattle Christian Counseling, PLLC suits my personality and calling so closely that I sometimes feel as though I am “getting away with something” by practicing therapy for a living.
I spent the first years of my life in rural Montana before moving to a small town in Oregon with my two sisters and both parents. My family on both sides has a history in the ministry, as well as a love for family. I met my wife while I was at graduate school, and we have been married for almost four years now. We are looking forward to raising a family together in the future. I love storytelling, listening to music, taking on home improvement projects, and spending time in nature.
I work with clients on a one-to-one basis to increase self-awareness, encourage personal growth, set goals, and adopt a holistic approach to life. Increasing your awareness allows you to increase your options: when you know who you are and what you do, you can decide if that’s who you want to be. My goal as a Christian counselor is to empower you to overcome obstacles and equip you to better navigate your future. By working together to understand who you are and what you want to be, we can begin to discern God’s purposes for your life.
In addition to these areas, I offer specialized treatment for:
As Christians, we know that being called into relationship with one another is not necessarily easy. In marriage, we are called to love God and each other more than we love ourselves, which is truly an enormous challenge! Being married myself, my work as a marriage and premarital counselor draws from my personal experience of the challenges and joys found in Christian marriage. How can you build a vitalized and vitalizing relationship in your marriage—a relationship that fuels both you and your spouse in your love for one another and for God? Whether you are just beginning to plan your wedding or you have just celebrated your 40th anniversary, if you are looking to foster a healthier relationship with your spouse, I am here to help.
Families can be a source of enormous joy and support, but they also can be the cause of much anxiety. It can be especially difficult to be understand all the layers of family-related issues—stories and rules, hurts and strengths, etc.—that are often stored deep inside you. Many families believe it is easier to ignore or suppress these issues rather than face them. However, it is important that families develop trust, openness, and empathy in order to grow together as a unit.
In family therapy, individuals come together in an intimate, safe setting to openly and sensitively address the issues that prevent relationships from developing in a healthy, Godly way. As an objective mediator for this therapy, I will foster a safe and positive atmosphere, facilitating conversation according to your family needs. With my expertise as a family therapist, I feel confident that I can help your family to nurture positive, fruitful relationships.
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Andrew Engstrom is fantastic! He is a great listener, and provides a safe and comfortable place to share. My wife and I used him for pre-marital counseling and it saved us from a lot of stress and heartache. We highly recommend Andrew!
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):
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 (425) 354-5472 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Insurance: As a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) 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 and families.
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.