John Buscher, LMHC, MHP, NCC
Licensed Mental Health Counselor
John's specialty areas:
- Premarital Counseling
- Male-identified individuals (often referred to as "men's issues")
- Anxiety & Depression
- Stress/Burnout, especially in the tech field
- High-Functioning Autism
When I engage with clients in therapy I create a safe, open and non-judgmental space where you can explore the past and the present in order to shape the future you wish to create. Individuals and couples who work with me are seen, heard, validated, and valued for who they are and for where they are in life.
My work with couples is informed by over 45 years of research conducted by the Gottman Institute and focuses on communication, conflict resolution, emotional connection, and trust-building (or rebuilding). A sizable portion of the approximate 2,300 hours spent helping clients during my years at Sound Mental Health in Seattle has empowered me to help couples to practice honest and respectful ways of communicating that result in feelings of togetherness, deep friendship, trust, and passion. Together I help partners to facilitate connection and authentic communication, resolve gridlocked issues, decrease negative conflict, and deepen their emotional and sexual intimacy.
Relationships are surely a challenge, but also a source of growth and renewal. Each of our relationships is an assignment in our life and has something to teach us, to help us evolve and grow as a person. When a relationship is difficult, that person or situation is actually our mentor, helping us to learn an important lesson. When we realize this, we can begin to feel grateful not only for the opportunity to evolve as a person, but also for the individual or situation that guided us to this lesson. I enjoy helping couples and individuals improve their relationships; whether that be to one’s partner, our relationship to ourselves, to our work, or to other aspects of life.
If there is one constant in life, it's change; a new child, a new job, a new relationship, marriage, or a change in one any of those. I enjoy helping people navigate uncertain times, helping them to find a way through, take a new tact, or tap into hidden strengths. Sometimes we can change the situation; sometimes we must change ourselves, tearing down limiting beliefs and narratives to create new beliefs and narratives that honor our true self, our true values, and our goals. And yet other times we must learn to make peace with what we cannot change. I can help you to distinguish between what can and cannot be changed so that you can reduce struggle and be more empowered and equipped to move forward in your life.
I bring to my work as a therapist a wide range of life experiences, including my 19 years of working in the IT field for Ameridata and Microsoft. I understand the challenges of working in competitive high-tech workplaces; stress, long hours, looming deadlines, politics, and high pressure that can lead to burn out. Often the first casualty of working in this field is a healthy life outside of work, our relationships, and a sense of joy and engagement in one’s work. I would love to share with you some of the strategies I have used with others to put LIFE back into work-life balance. Let’s turn living to work into working to LIVE.
Other areas of specialty include: working with male-identified individuals of all sexual orientations and gender expressions to improve their emotional literacy and improve relational acumen; helping individuals with ADD or high-functioning Autism to navigate life, relationships, and work; grief, whether the loss of a life, a love, or a career; and overcoming trauma, such as childhood abuse, near-death experiences, military service, first responders, or any life experience that continues to intrude on our life.
I have a Masters Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Antioch University and am a National Board Certified Counselor (NBCC). I work in a variety of therapeutic styles customized to the needs of my client and have received advanced training in Trauma-Focused CBT+ for sexual abuse, Exposure Therapy, Grief Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing.
Outside of the therapy office I enjoy live music, hiking, fishing, poetry, and board gaming.
Let’s summit your challenges and find new vistas! I look forward to working with you - feel free to sign up using my schedule.