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253 . 651 . 3752

Helping people bring structure and calm to chaos

Deanne Carter, LMHC

253 . 651 . 3752

Helping people bring structure and calm to chaos

Deanne Carter, LMHC


Therapy and Coaching since 1996

In office and Virtual hourly, intensive, or retreat appointments available 

How can you help me?

People come in for a variety of issues: struggling with managing emotions, not feeling fulfilled despite accomplishments, getting in their own way,  making the same mistakes despite "knowing better", having a hard time navigating relationships, tired of having the same arguments with loved ones, and even therapists who are seeking their own growth. 


My clients tend to be successful in their life (outward presentation), but feel not good enough or hyperalert on the inside. It's hard to change old coping skills like pleasing, looking for approval, or staying busy. Change happens when you clear out the old programming that drives you on auto pilot. 


Feel like you don’t know who you are or don't like who you are?

Do you experience invasive thoughts, flashbacks, or interrupted sleep?

Are you struggling in relationships or finding meaning in life? 

I specialize in EMDR trauma clearing Intensives and Retreats, Spiritual Growth sessions and Relationship Intensives for couples on the brink of separation. ​

Shift the root of the issue, gain confidence and trust within yourself, and improve interpersonal relationships. Do weekly or as a retreat. 

“Why do the work in longer sessions rather than an hour?” 
Longer sessions (3 or 6 hours) allow the work to unfold deeply. Research shows that intensive sessions allow clients to achieve their therapeutic goals in nearly half the time. This is cost effective and very satisfying to clients to overcome those trigger reactions and behaviors in a shorter period of time. When doing spiritual exploration, longer sessions allow for us to follow the flow available. 

Most people notice changes in how they manage emotional situations and an improved sense of boundary setting within the first 3-4 Intensives. They tend to be more calm and able to make decisions with more ease. Others report not explaining or defending themselves, or getting hooked as easily. Clearing out old templates/stories we live by, can give you more ease of experiencing emotions and give your adult self the perspective to update strategies you are using in current life situations. People with complex trauma may complete 25-35 hours to establish a felt sense of safety, and integrate resourcing to experience the same results. (click here for more info)

It is important to work with someone who is a good fit for you. I can support you in gaining clarity about where you would like to be in your life.

Experience I'll bring:

Masters of Education, University of Puget Sound
Certified Brain Health Coach, Amen University
State Licensed and Nationally Certified Counselor since 1996
20+ years of Mindfulness Practice and shamanic journeying and healing experience taught primarily by the Foundation for Shamanic Studies
Gottman Seven Principles Leader
Enlightenment Intensive Facilitator
Certified NeuroLeader and NeuroCoach, Optimind Neuroscience Coaching & Training Institute
Proficiency with Everything DISC Profile and the MBTI

For therapists seeking in virtual licensure supervision, I am a Washington State Clinical Supervisor for LMHCAs. (currently full)

How do I get started? 

I currently have openings -

for individual (click here) or couples intensives (click here), as well as a limited number of traditional weekly 55 minute sessions

Don’t just survive – thrive.

Get strong through the struggle.

Call 253.651.3752 to get started.

Or fill out the contact form here.

If you do not receive an email reply within 24 hours Monday - Friday, please text or call. 

What clients say:​

"I stepped into the challenger role and practiced some big time distress tolerance this past week. It was perhaps the hardest thing I have ever done. But it really transformed me; it was incredible. I feel like a whole new person, like I can say anything (fully be myself) from this new space… and the tension in my body just kind of melted away.  Nicole, Washington


"I don't avoid and I just get it over with. I have more tolerance for emotion...I don't have to fight to be heard. I'm more calm instead of emotionally reactive." Olivia, Tacoma

"I'm not afraid to have difficult conversations. I'm speaking up for myself in my relationships." Michael, WA


"I feel more oneness with nature and that I belong here." Beverly, Kent


"I no longer feel guilt for my abundance. No more imposter syndrome. I deserve good things." Marilyn, Lake City

"I'm asking for help and I know I can do the hard....I'm focusing on the issue and it feels less draining." Tara, Gig Harbor

"Trying to be perfect doesn't work. I have permission to experiment and I've been proactive." Tim, CO

"I am loving life. No more drama. I finally have patience and compassion for myself. I am so happy. I have fulfillment like never before." Laura, FL

"Deanne Carter is an amazing therapist and healer.  I started working with Deanne in June 2018 after years of struggling with Complex PTSD, unresolved childhood trauma, depression and the laundry list of struggles that comes with those issues.  I had been in group therapy, individual counseling and recovery programs for years, but still felt stuck, misunderstood and that the tools provided were not effective for me for long term healing from my C-PTSD.  


When my therapist retired and my group therapy ended, I approached Deanne as I found that she was trained in EMDR, a methodology I hadn't tried yet.  As we started on my therapy journey we did, and continue to, use EMDR but also so many other tools that Deanne brought to the table.  I soon gained a high level of trust with Deanne, something that doesn't come easy to me as a person that has a background of trauma.  Since we have started, I continue to see significant progress with healing my anxiety, depression, hypervigilance, childhood trauma issues and most importantly, my relationships with friends, family and the world at large.  


In addition, my effectiveness in my outside recovery programs have much improved as well, as I am beginning to recognize and understand the root of addiction and how to use the solutions presented in those programs.  In conjunction with this, I have been able to find a spiritual path for myself that is mine and I am beginning to trust.  In short, I have learned to trust myself as part of this process and our work together has been, and continues to be, effective in a profound way for me.  


Deanne is very professional and current with the most cutting edge therapy but also exhibits deep empathy, understanding and insight that comes with experience healing people who tend to resist looking inside themselves to find their healing path.  She has provided me with a safe environment to delve into, understand and heal my inner depths.  Considering where I started and where I am now, the above accolades don't due justice to how grateful I am to have found Deanne as my therapist.  I have recommended her to many of my recovery friends who were searching for a trauma therapist and highly recommend Deanne as a therapist, relationship counselor or spiritual coach.  Thank you Deanne for your commitment to this work and my recovery!"


~Brad, Tacoma WA


I encourage you to read over my website and schedule an intake meeting. If you decide within the first 15 minutes we are not a good match, you owe nothing. Otherwise, we’ll take time to carefully assess how to turn your concerns into goals and your pain into wisdom.

253.651.3752 or

email me to schedule an appointment

Emails and voicemails are typically returned

within 8 hours Monday through Thursday.

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