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Connie Vandergriff, M.S., is a master-level counselor, and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Vocational Home Economics and Psychology and a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Eastern Washington University.  She has been working as a counselor in the Tri-Cities since 1985 and has been a private-practice clinician since 1987.  Her work experience includes 1 ½ years as an individual, marriage, and family therapist at Lutheran Social Services in Kennewick.  Her methods and techniques are varied, depending on the client’s needs and goals.  She primarily does family-of-origin work, ego-state work, energy release, and cognitive restructuring.  She promotes a problem-focused and goal-oriented approach to treatment and facilitates clients in playing an active role in treatment.

 

Connie provides professional counseling and educational services to individuals, couples, and families.  The purpose of counseling is to help people help themselves.  It is based on the belief that we all have or can find the necessary resources with which to cope with life’s problems.  Sometimes, however, we don’t know what to do and with the help of another person, a group, or other family members, we can explore alternative ways of behaving and experiment with new patterns of living.  Whether or not counseling is successful may depend on a number of factors including: a willingness to change, the nature of the desired change, trust between your counselor and you, and outside influences.

 

Connie is a Certified Mental Health Counselor with the Washington State Department of Licensing (WA License 993).  (Counselors practicing counseling for a fee must be registered or certified with the Department of Licensing for the protection of the public health and safety.  It should be noted that registration does not include a recognition of any practice standards nor necessarily implies the effectiveness of the treatment.)

 

The course of therapy depends on the client’s needs and issues, and ranges from one session to months or years of sessions.  The client is responsible for making choices about the frequency and duration of counseling, and may at any point, discuss this with the counselor.  A number of insurance companies will cover part of the cost of counseling.  Your counselor will provide you with a signed form to submit to your insurance company.  You are responsible for any amount which is not covered by the insurance company.  Connie does not accept Medical Coupons.

 

In terms of after-hour or emergency coverage, the office is available from 8:00am to 5:00pm (Monday through Friday) and voicemail the remainder of the time.  Feel free to leave a message whenever you want.  In case of emergency, the Crisis Response Unit (509-783-0500) or Dial Help (509-946-HELP) are available 24 hours a day if Connie is unavailable.

 

Again, the therapeutic orientation of this counseling practice is a focus on wellness and on helping people help themselves.  Connie is pleased you have chosen to participate in these counseling services.  Her hope is that the positive growth and changes you seek will be assisted by your efforts together.


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