Our mental and emotional well being affect every part of our lives-- our relationships, our physical health, our academics, and our goals for the future. Finding the right counselor can make a huge difference. As a young person, it is particularly important to find a counselor who is going to be an advocate for you and help you learn ways to advocate for yourself. Working with a therapist you trust and feel valued by, can make counseling more enjoyable, rewarding, and effective.
Breona Mendoza, LMHC
Breona Mendoza, MA, LMHC
M.A. in Community Counseling, Licensed Mental Health Counselor
I received my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Gender Studies from Pacific Lutheran University and went on to complete my Master’s degree in Community Counseling at Seattle University. As a clinician in an ever changing world, I value lifelong education. I have received specialized trainings in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Art Therapy, Suicide Intervention & Prevention, Crisis Management & Intervention, Play Therapy, EMDR, Diversity/Cultural Competency, Sex Therapy, and Gender/Transgender Counseling.
I am a strong advocate for mental health and for young people's rights. I have over 9 years of experience working with young people and their families in many different capacities through organizations such as The Center for Human Services, The NW Network, Youth Eastside Services, Teen Link, Camp Ten Trees, and Youth Care. I believe that we can learn a lot from young people if we just take the time to listen and genuinely care. The youth I have worked with have taught me a great deal. I value their ability to see life and our society in new ways. I believe that young people can be responsible and take care of themselves if we treat them with respect and involve them in the decision making process.
Counseling has helped me to actually like myself. The world is never going to be fair and there are always going to be people trying to break me down, but I have control over how I react to these things and how I see myself. They don't get to decide who I am. Only I can do that.
The happiness of my life depends on the quality of my thoughts.
Loving ourselves through the process of owning our story is the bravest thing we'll ever do.