Vanessa Steffny (she/her)

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You are not broken, you are simply human. I hope to guide you in your journey of healing, growth, and self discovery.

Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in Bellevue, WA

About My Clients

My therapeutic work focuses on disordered eating and body image which I approach from a HAES/IE lens. I also work with clients who struggle with anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, relationship concerns, personal growth/identity, life transitions, trauma, codependency, boundary setting, emotional regulation, grief, and more. I also offer couples counseling to folks who want to address relationship concerns including communication, trust, emotional security, and life transitions/adjustments.

My Background and Approach

I work with adult individuals and couples in Washington as both a licensed mental health counselor (LMHC) and certified nutritionist (CN). I graduated from Bastyr University with a MS in nutrition and a MA in counseling psychology. I received my BS in physiology/biology from the University of Washington. Overall, I gravitate towards a humanistic and existential approach which aim to gain a deeper understanding the function of your thoughts, emotions, and behavior without judgment. I also integrate Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Internal Family Systems (IFS), attachment theory, relational theories, and somatic based theories in my work. My work as a counselor and nutritionist is integrative and collaborative to explore how your past and present experiences have shaped your thoughts, feelings, emotions, behavior, and relationships. With empathy, directness, and a touch of gentle humor, I hope to be a guide in your path of self-awareness, acceptance, and empowerment.

My Personal Beliefs and Interests

As a life-long athlete and outdoor enthusiast, I believe that nature, movement, and nutrition can be a benefit to our overall health, as long as they are motivated from an intrinsic and flexible perspective. In a world that actively promotes perfection, diet-culture, and fatphobia, it can be tricky to have a relationship with food, body, and movement that feels in support of us and our health (both mental and physical)in the long term. My hope is for us to explore your past and current relationship with food, body, and movement and find what parts are serving you and which parts may not in order to help you feel more empowered and authentic. My therapeutic philosophy does not pathologize mental health concerns, instead I view symptoms and forms of coping as resilient ways in which we have overcome adversity and learned to survive in an imperfect world. My hope for our work together is to explore which of these forms of resiliency are serving you and which may not be needed anymore.

I offer online counseling in the following states:

At A Glance

  • Experience: 3 years of practice
  • Languages: English, Deutsch
  • Rate: $130 - 140/session


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1380 112th Ave NE, Suite 101
Bellevue, WA 98004

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