“... find freedom, aliveness, and power not from what contains, locates, or protects us, but from what dissolves, reveals, and expands us”

Eve Ensler

Foggy Pier

DeAnza J Spaulding, PhD, MA, LMHC


Hello! The journey to find a therapist is personal and important. I understand how valuable it is to find the right connection. I am a queer, brown therapist who incorporates an anti-oppression, human rights approach in therapy. I am passionate about finding tools that will help you move toward your hopes and goals.  


My therapy approach can be described as curious, compassionate, collaborative, mindful, holistic, empowering and client-centered.  My background in International Psychology and Trauma has equipped me to understand the intersections of our individual identity within broader cultural contexts.  


You are the expert of your story. I join you in pursuing your goals. I use humor, honesty, and compassion to build acceptance in the therapeutic process and relationship.  


My Background

  • PhD, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, International Psychology

  • MA, Counseling Psychology, Western Seminary of Seattle

  • BS, Sociology, Central Washington University

    • Fellow, The Center of Multicultural and Diversity Studies

    • American Psychological Association, Division 52 Video Winner

    • Inductee, Edward Alexander Bouchet Graduate Society, Yale

    • Inhabit Enterprise Challenge Winner, Inhabit Conference

  • Adjunct instructor at The Seattle Institute of East Asian Medicine, Present

  • Researcher, Michigan State University, 2017-2018

  • Specialized Populations Consultant, The Emily Program, 2013-2015

  • Justice & Compassion Pastor, Quest, 2003-2012

  • Case Manager, The Church Council of Greater Seattle, 2003-2005

  • Case Manager, Friends of Youth, 2002-2003


Guidance on Your Path to Self-Healing

Perhaps you're down or anxious - maybe you're unsure about the future of a relationship, or just feel that you aren't living the life you were meant to lead. Whatever your needs may be, I am here to offer support. Therapy is a process of growth and self-discovery, and in my sessions I promote behavioral transformation by encouraging a positive outlook and the adoption of new attitudes and reactions. I have the tools and professional experience to help you get back on track.


I work with:



  • Domestic Violence / Sexual Assault Survivors

  • Trauma / PTSD

  • Spiritual Abuse

  • Multi-cultural & Acculturation Dynamics






In my therapy sessions, we’ll work to solve current problems and improve positive thinking and behavior. I will help you “re-frame” your reactions and provide you with valuable tools to cope with life’s obstacles. I’m confident you’ll find my personalized Individual Therapy beneficial and inspirational. Get in touch to book an appointment.


  • Depression / Anxiety

  • Trauma

  • Sexuality

  • Identity 

  • Life Transitions 

  • Body Relationship / Mindful Eating

  • Grief / Loss

  • Adapting to a new culture

Therapies Offered:

  • Psychodynamic Processing

  • Embodied/Somatic 

  • Integrative (Mind,Body,Soul)

  • Cross-Cultural / Multi-cultural

  • EMDR

Ducks Over the Lake


If you’re looking for quality Couples Therapy sessions with a trained Mental Health Service Provider that cares, then you’ve come to the right place. I guide my patients every step of the way and implement various methods to help them develop new attitudes towards all of life’s most complex matters. Schedule an appointment today and see what I can do for you.


  • Premarital counseling

  • Life Transitions

  • Becoming & Reconnecting 


  • Blended Family Systems

  • Multi-cultural Family

  • Family Transitions 

Dandelion Parachute Seed

DeAnza was an amazing counselor. She helped me greatly with our sessions together and was incredibly attentive to what I had to say. She made it very easy to open up and you felt immediately comfortable having her help you with your current situations. I highly recommend DeAnza!

Seattle, WA

Flower in Sunlight

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