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John Baumann

John Baumann, MDiv, LMHC
Licensed Mental Health Counselor (WA #LH 60515341)

Voice Mail: 206-527-2266 X385  
Email: jbaumann@samaritanps.org 

Office Locations:
Federal Way:        St. Vincent de Paul Parish, 30525 8th Ave S.
                              Monday
West Seattle:        Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish, 7000 35th Ave SW
                              Tuesday
Kent:                      Washington Baptist Convention, 409 3rd Ave S
                               Wednesday 

Experience:
Samaritan Center since 2015
Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish, Seattle, (Externship) 2010 – 2015
Anam Curam Counseling, Kent (Externship) 2009                       

Professional Interests and Specialties:
Individuals:  Working through experiences and stressors that make room for depression, anxiety, grief, or anger to enter.  These experiences may include trauma, loss, relational problems and transitions.
Couples:  Deepening relationships that may have become frayed.  Exploring ways to rebuild and reclaim the relationship you desire.
Chronic Illness:  A chronic illness typically says “no” to what used to be possible.  It can be experienced as defining who we are.  Finding the way to still claim who we are is a way to say to “no” to the illness and “yes” to us.
Spirituality:  Spiritual companioning, many times called spiritual direction, is simply joining someone on their faith journey and reflecting back to them what I see, hear, and experience in them.   
Marriage Preparation:  The decision to say yes to another person through marriage is filled with wonder and excitement.  Marriage preparation can help identify the strengths and skills that each of you bring to marriage and draw on them to blend your individual and unique styles.  It is also safe place to explore any areas of relationship that might need more attention.  Click here for more information. 

I work with adults, young adults, and couples who feel stuck, or even paralyzed, by life challenges.  These challenges make room for depression, anxiety, anger, or grief to enter.  They may lead to broken marriages or fractured relationships.  I strive to create a safe place where these challenges can be explored and for clients to identify potential response that will lead to healing.
I believe that therapy is about discovering what is already within you that can help with this healing process.  Each persons or couple brings certain and specific strengths and talents that can be rediscovered to sustain healing.
There is a reflective nature to this work in terms of identifying what has happened, recognizing how this relates to other experiences, and letting it shape the changes and healing you are seeking.  I may draw from several therapeutic methods to assist in this work, including cognitive behavioral and narrative therapies. 
Should you wish to draw from or incorporate practices or teachings from a particular spiritual, religious, or philosophical tradition we can weave this into our work together.

Education:
Certificate in Post-Masters Studies in Pastoral Counseling, Seattle University
Master of Divinity (MDiv), Seattle University
BS in Education, Indiana University

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