Svetlana Shjerven (She/Her)

Accepting Clients

In this space to heal, we can foster resiliency and explore being.

Associate Clinical Social Worker in Seattle, WA
Supervised by Zane Behnke, LICSW, CDP

About My Clients

I specialize in working with those who are experiencing anxiety, depression, agoraphobia, trauma, life transitions, self-esteem issues, grief and chronic pain, among other issues. I am LGBTQIA+, gender- and poly-affirming and enjoy working with clients along the spectrum of neurodiversity and disability. As a clinician who is part of the queer community, I understand firsthand how difficult it can be to access a provider who is understanding and affirming.

My Background and Approach

I utilize evidence-based techniques and an eclectic approach in practice, combining elements from multiple areas to suit your needs. In particular, I often draw from humanistic psychology, systems theory, and existentialism in the exploration of self-actualization and addressing barriers. I also draw from CBT, MI, Narrative, strengths-based, attachment theory, somatic and mindfulness approaches. I have experience working in community mobile intervention and group practice settings. There, I served individuals and families – often in marginalized or underserved communities – experiencing crises related to mental health, substance abuse, domestic violence, complex medical/caregiving needs, hoarding, and advocacy needs.

My Personal Beliefs and Interests

I believe strongly in the importance of feeling connected in relationships, to our environment, and to ourselves. Addressing the “here and now” that arises during therapy allows our sessions to adapt and work with the difficult emotions or thoughts that come up, in an environment that is judgment free and safe. I prioritize empathy, establishing safety, compassion, and building a strong rapport and therapeutic relationship to facilitate positive change. I endeavor to explore with you your unique experiences, contexts, connections with others and the world around us. In this space to heal, we can foster resiliency, promote healing, and achieve self-discovery.

Insurance Plans Accepted
  • Kaiser
  • LifeWise
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS)
  • Regence Blue Shield
  • Premera Blue Cross
I offer online counseling in the following states:

At A Glance

  • Experience: 2 years of practice
  • Languages: English
  • Rate: $85 - 135/session


253-649-6010 Email Svetlana
506 2nd Avenue
Suite 1400
Seattle, WA 98104

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