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Christopher Forward, LICSW

Therapist

"I try to never under estimate the power of listening with respect." - Christopher Forward

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Hello and welcome!

When working with clients I usually start off using solution-focused brief therapy especially when creating the treatment plan. Solution-focused brief therapy (SFBT) is a future-oriented, goal-directed approach to solving human problems of living. The focus is on the client’s health rather than the problem(s), on strengths rather than weaknesses or deficits, and on skills, resources and coping abilities that would help in reaching future goals.

Clients describe what they want to happen in their lives (solutions), and how they will use personal resources to create their solutions. Clients are encouraged to believe that positive changes are always possible, and clients are encouraged to increase the frequency of current useful behaviors. I think that solution-focused brief therapy has the respect I treat everyone with at its core. However, specifically in the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder I use Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) to treat clients, because CPT has been shown to be very helpful in the process of overcoming the negative symptoms associated with PTSD.

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • PTSD
  • Grief & Loss
  • Living with Chronic Health Conditions

MENTAL HEALTH + WELLNESS RESOURCES
(MY FAVORITE RECOMMENDATIONS)

"This American Life" podcast on CPT "Ten Sessions

CPT Coach, VAMobile phone app

BIO

Christopher is a licensed independent clinical social worker in Washington State. He provides mental health therapy for those living with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Generalized Anxiety Disorder, issues related to grief and loss, and issues related to living with chronic health conditions. Specifically, Christopher provides therapy using Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) for the treatment of PTSD, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT)

CLINICAL EXCELLENCE.

Christopher's focus is on the client’s health rather than the problem(s), on strengths rather than weaknesses or deficits, and on skills, resources and coping abilities that would help in reaching future goals.

Education

  • Master's, Social Work - University of Washington, Tacoma
  • Bachelor's, Business Administration - University of Washington, Tacoma
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Awards

  • Certified Grief Treatment Provider
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Affiliations

  • National Association of Social Workers