“Since 2006, I have been working with clients in a wide variety of settings, and I hope that with whomever I meet, we travel a path of ever increasing self-awareness, self-compassion, and healing. I love that the word psychotherapy comes from two greek words that mean ‘soul healing’. My hope is that counseling is a healing journey that counselor and client(s) travel together. In my work with individuals, couples, and families, my counseling approach will vary, but I primarily utilize two modalities: Internal Family Systems and Emotionally Focused Therapy.” – Josh Ensley

Josh works with clients ages 8+, adults, couples and families in our Issaquah Office.


Depending on your needs and the problems you want to work on, my therapeutic approach may include elements of Psychodynamic, Cognitive Behavioral, Family Systems, and/or Developmental Theory. The two therapeutic modalities I rely on most are called Internal Family Systems (IFS) and Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT).

Have you ever said, “Part of me wants this, and part of me wants that?” With IFS therapy, I view each person as having an internal family made up of many parts. Parts of you are in pain, and parts try to avoid or extinguish pain. Many times, these parts are in conflict, and in therapy by nurturing a healthy inner relationship, we can better address the other external relationships in our lives. IFS is also an evidence based practice, which means it has undergone rigorous research to verify its efficacy.

Emotionally Focused Therapy is an experiential therapy that helps couples and families deescalate disconnecting patterns and form healthy attachment bonds in their relationships. Josh helps couples prepare for marriage or enrich their relationship utilizing the principles and assessments developed by Prepare and Enrich.


THERAPEUTIC APPROACHES:


LICENSURE:

  • LMHC: Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Washington State.

EDUCATION:

  • M.A., Counseling Psychology, The Seattle School, Seattle, WA.
  • B.A., Pastoral Studies, Moody Bible Institute, Chicago, IL.

ADDITIONAL TRAINING & CERTIFICATIONS:

  • Prepare & Enrich Facilitator
  • Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) for Couples

AREAS OF FOCUS:

  • Adjustment Disorder
  • Adoption
  • Anxiety
  • Anger Management
  • Child Abuse
  • Co-dependency
  • Co-occurring mental health and substance use disorder
  • Depression
  • Divorce
  • Domestic Violence
  • Eating Disorder
  • Grief & Loss
  • Life Transitions
  • OCD
  • Parenting Skills
  • Personality Disorder
  • Phobias
  • Physical Abuse/Violence
  • PTSD & Trauma
  • Relationship Issues
  • Sexual Abuse/Violence
  • Substance Use Disorder