Randy C. Scott, MAEd., NCC, LMHCA
My entire life has involved stories.
As a broadcaster, I spent two decades telling my stories and helping others to tell their stories. It was on the radio that I learned about the power and healing that comes with sharing stories with others. Later as an educator at both the high school and the college level, I became interested in helping others experience feelings of empowerment from telling their stories. Though born in the Midwest, I have called the Pacific Northwest home for many years. I love our mountains, our water, our trees, our values, and our way of life that is uniquely PNW. I am passionate about helping couples find new ways to nurture their relationship and grow stronger as a team.
About My Work
As a counselor, I practice what is called 'narrative therapy.' Unlike many traditional couples counseling approaches that often see people as "broken, damaged, or sick and in need of fixing," I believe as narrative therapist Michael White did that "people are not problems... PROBLEMS are problems." Too often people are told that they are their problems, and when you hear it enough, you start to believe it. I believe that couples have problems that keep them from living the preferred story they want to live. It is my job to work with you to figure out what the problem is that is causing you trouble. Together, once we name it, we work together to deconstruct it. Finally, we work together to co-construct a new, more helpful story that you want for your relationship.
About My Credentials
I have a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree from George Fox University in Social and Behavioral Studies. I earned my Master of Arts in Education (MAEd.) in Community Counseling from Seattle University, a fully accredited program recognized by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). My education at Seattle University focused on how to work with individuals and couples with an emphasis on cultural diversity and issues pertaining to equity and social justice. I completed my counseling internship and externship at the Snohomish County YWCA working with men, women, and couples, and have attended continuing education training at the Vancouver School for Narrative Therapy, further developing my social constructionist counselling framework. In addition to being an Licensed Mental Health Counselor Associate (LMHCA, License Number: MC60691890) I am also a National Certified Counselor (NCC, Certification ID: 756176) certified by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) as well as a member of the American Counseling Association (ACA, Member Number: 6379394). I have a particular interest in working with couples, individuals, and families to improve relationships and address issues related to disability, sexual orientation, race, and gender.