Charlene  Ray

Charlene Ray

Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, LICSW

Accepting new clients for afternoon & daytime appointments in Langley practice (updated December 05, 2019)


Specialties & Expertise

  • Loss and grief
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Life transitions
  • Mindfulness
  • Self-esteem
  • Highly sensitive individuals

Professional statement

Charlene Ray is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker in Langley, WA who sees clients both in-person and remotely. She has been specializing in grief and loss for over three decades. She also specializes in life transitions, including end-of-life issues, depression, mindfulness and spirituality, and anxiety disorders. She enjoys working with adults and teens. She also works with many people who identify as highly sensitive—who tend to be caregivers, who absorb the emotional state of others around them, and who can feel easily overwhelmed in the process. Charlene's practice is open and safe for clients of all genders, sexualities, racial, and cultural backgrounds.

When working with clients who are experiencing grief and loss, Charlene is a guide who sits with clients in their grief and allows them space to share their story and their feelings. She helps them acknowledge the presence of the loss and the feelings that come up. She frequently utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), mindfulness and self-compassion practices to help individuals learn how to sit with their emotions and develop healthy coping strategies.

Charlene has worked with many adolescents and adults who are exploring their identity and/or are interested in transitioning. She works to empower LGBTQIA clients to navigate relationships and life transitions and to live an authentic life.

Charlene frequently utilizes both traditional psychotherapy and alternative methods including guided imagery, voice dialogue, mindfulness-based therapy, and nature-based soul work. She makes an effort to stay up-to-date with the latest therapeutic treatments to ensure she is providing her clients with top-notch care. She splits her time between WA and Ireland. In addition to offering talk therapy, Charlene offers personalized itineraries for those looking to explore Ireland and all it has to offer. She looks forward to meeting you either at her office or via video.


Message to clients

My guess is you’ve landed on this page for a reason. Perhaps you’re looking for a counselor or guide to help you navigate some rocky terrain.
Quite possibly you landed here because you’re in search of therapist who employs a not-so-traditional approach to therapy — one that is steeped in mindfulness, nature, and a whole lot of soul.
I am here to listen to your story with an open heart, to serve you with compassion. I have studied with many teachers and learned many tools and techniques along the way — from traditional psychotherapy to alternative methods like alchemical healing, guided imagery, voice dialogue, mindfulness-based therapy, nature-based soul work, and vision quest.
I blend all of these traditions and techniques together, along with my intuitive and Spirit-led work, to create an individualized and powerful experience for each of my clients. I look forward to working with you!


Specialties

Loss and grief - Emotionally preparing for the anticipated passing of a loved one; managing feelings and reactions to a death or loss of significance; support during the process of healing and acceptance

Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)

Depression - Providing support and promoting healing of hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life

Life transitions - Coping with difficult or impactful life changes, such as moving to a new area, relationship transitions, child rearing, or career changes; learning self-care to better manage resulting stress

Mindfulness - Bringing one's attention to experiences occurring in the present moment

Self-esteem - Cultivating self-compassion, assertiveness, and confidence; developing ways to reduce suffering, anxiety, social withdrawal, and self-neglect

Highly sensitive individuals - Helping highly sensitive individuals understand their strengths and challenges to feel more connected and comfortable in their own skin


General expertise



Out-of-pocket fees

  • Ongoing sessions: $130 (50min)
  • Sliding scale: $80 - $130
  • Initial session: $130 (50min)

Therapist's note

Charlene can provide you with paperwork for your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement.


Location(s)

Langley practice

5611 Bayview Road

Langley, WA 98260

Hours
  • Mon 8:00am-7:00pm
  • Tue 8:00am-7:00pm
  • Wed 8:00am-7:00pm
  • Thu 8:00am-7:00pm
  • Fri 8:00am-7:00pm
  • Sat 8:00am-7:00pm
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Private Practice, 2010 - Present

Interfaith Minister, 2014 - Present

Island County, Mental Health Supervisor, 2008 - 2018

One Spirit Interfaith Seminary, Ordained Minister, 2012 - 2014

Private Practice, Part Time, 1994 - 2010

University of Illinois, Chicago, BSW, MSW, 1985


Languages

  • English

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