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Mags Aleks(She/Her/Hers)

(She/Her/Hers)
Licensed Mental Health Counselor, LMHC
Washington
Anxiety - Depression- Existential crisis & challenges- Work stress-Burnout-Climate anxiety-
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Professional statement

Mags Aleks is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) in Seattle, Washington. She enjoys working with folks (ages 14+) who are feeling overwhelmed, distressed, or burned out because of their careers, because of societal and cultural expectations, and because of the state of the world, whether due to politics, the climate crisis, or how some people dehumanize others (by taking away rights or via state-sanctioned violence). Mags’ clients often struggle with feelings of grief for intangible losses–like loss of an internalized vision, an identity, or a place to which they felt connected–anxiety or worry, despair, disillusionment, or demoralization.

Mags collaborates with folks to examine the overlapping (and often oppressive) systems in which they live as well as their pasts to help them understand inner experiences that may leave them feeling isolated, helpless, or depleted. She draws from a variety of therapeutic approaches to encourage folks to reconnect to themselves, to stabilize their nervous systems, and to identify and prioritize their values as they find purpose and practice radical hope to move forward in their lives.

A career changer herself, who has graduate degrees in law and political science in addition to counseling, Mags is well-suited to work with individuals who feel impacted by or sensitive to the world around them. Her style is warm and sincere while also direct and pragmatic. She welcomes clients to be authentically human in session and invites rage, tears, swearing, laughter, and curiosity into the therapy space.


Message to clients

I fully agree that living in today’s world is hard. As a millennial, I understand that you may feel like you were “sold a bag of goods” that included an image of life being a certain way once you got your education and found that stable job, and you’re instead finding yourself challenged to be okay with an alternative experience. I also get it’s hard to keep yourself going when you see those in power not use their status for good or in a way that validates your and others’ humanity. (Or in a way that continues to push today’s problems onto future generations to solve.)

We'll sit together during sessions, and we’ll struggle with what’s going on in your life and for our world together. I won’t pretend I know all the answers, but I’ll use my educational and professional training to ask insightful questions and challenge you to explore different directions and identify your own truths. One of my primary goals is to help folks realize they’re not alone in what they’re holding; we live and work in an individualist culture, but community and connection exists and helps us to thrive.

I approach therapy from a justice-oriented and culturally-humble framework. I acknowledge my privilege and where I’m part of systems, and I hold myself accountable to provide the best care I’m able in our therapeutic/medicalized system.


Work and Education

Years of Experience: 12 years

Mags Aleks, LMHC, Therapist in private practice
University of Washington, Gender-based violence & harassment-related positions
Sound (Mental Health), Crisis clinician & Intake specialist
Crisis Connections, Crisis-line supervisor & Inpatient hospital authorizer
Columbia College Counseling Center, Clinical intern
The Family Institute, Student clinician

Northwestern University, MA, Counseling Psychology, 2012
University of California, Berkeley, MA, Political Science, 2008
University of California College of the Law, San Francisco, JD, 2006
Middlebury College, BA, Psychology (minor in Women's & Gender Studies), 2003

Licensure

Washington: LH60525845

Languages

English

Specialties

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

Existential crisis & challenges - Supportive exploration of meaning and purpose in one’s life; finding one’s path in the face of existential anxiety, dread, and feelings of meaninglessness

Work stress - Managing overwhelming stress and expectations; increasing effective ways of restoring and maintaining emotional stability and health; addressing challenging relationships with coworkers and bosses

Burnout - Managing and recovering from stressors that lead to feelings of decreased motivation and disconnection from the self; practicing effective self-care and finding ways to relax both physically and mentally

Climate anxiety - Coping with the unique stress created by climate change, including managing any overwhelming feelings of impending disaster and finding outlets for advocacy




Clientele

  • Adults (24+)
  • Teenagers (13-18)
  • Young adults (18-24)

Locations & Hours


Insurance

  • Lyra Health
  • Premera Blue Cross

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions:$175 (55min)
  • Initial session:$200 (75min)

Additional session information

Out-of-network billing options

This provider can support you in getting reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement. Here are the out-of-network billing options they provide:

  • Super billing
Payment options
  • Credit Card
Session frequency

Frequency of sessions this provider offers to see clients once you are an established client.

  • Weekly
  • Every other week

Book a Free Initial Consultation

The practice will call you for a free 10min phone call to discuss your needs and ensure a match!

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