I recently retired from a 20+ year career as a police officer, detective, and lieutenant. I have a deep desire to assist police officers, fire-fighters, nurses, other first responders, public safety personnel, military heros, and their families to overcome the cumulative trauma that they experience. Day after day, first responders (and those on the list above) are exposed not only to traumatic scenes, but they are also in constant contact with the negative, abusive, and violent side of humanity. These experiences change most of us in ways we never envisioned when we first started serving the public. Many first responders believe that a therapist will not understand what they go through on a daily basis. After 22 years, I get it! Being a first-responder is a tough job that only a few are courageous enough to face every day. The experiences can leave wounds that bleed over into our personal and professional lives. Wounds heal better when some kind of treatment is applied, don’t they? Counseling is an effective way to treat these types of injuries.
I have a passion for being part of the healing of survivors of sexual abuse, child abuse and neglect, domestic violence and other crimes. As a detective, I specialized in child sexual and physical abuse and domestic violence. I realized during my career the devastation these types of injustices can cause a person. But the human spirit is resilient! I believe each human being has the ability to live a productive, fulfilling, and joyful life, no matter how tragic their past has been. Often we need someone to partner with us and believe in us as we confront experiences that tend to rob us of our joy, peace, and freedom. I would be honored to be that partner.
I believe that by integrating the health of the mind, body, and spirit we have the best opportunity to live full, satisfying and fulfilling lives. By freeing ourselves of unnecessary burdens, negative thoughts, and triggers caused by trauma, we can find the freedom to soar. To me this means that we get all out of life that our Creator planned for us. I believe spirituality is an important component of humanity that sometimes is not nurtured. Depending on what you as an individual want from your counseling experience, I would be glad to integrate your faith, or whatever gives you hope in life, into your therapy sessions. I am a Christian and enjoy integrating the Christian faith into therapy, if that is what you want. I am also quite comfortable with the expression of other faiths and belief systems. The most important thing to remember is, this is your therapy, and you have the right to decide whether you want spirituality included or not.
I use a variety of evidence-based practices (EBP), which includes Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy. I like using EBPs because they have been researched and shown to effectively help people improve their lives. I use a variety of other techniques as well based on the unique person you are. Therapy is not one-size fits all; it must be tailored to your individual needs, with a focus on positive results!
I am licensed by the State of Washington (#LH60450981). I am a member of the American Counseling Association (ACA), American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA), and the Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing International Association (EMDRIA).
I would consider it an honor and privilege to get to know you and assist you with whatever life issues you are struggling with.
Call for an appointment or to ask any questions you may have.
Blessings and Be Well,
Sandy Tudor, MA
Licensed Mental Health Counselor
EMDRIA Certified Therapist
258 SW 43rd St., Blg. #3, Suite #C
Renton, WA 98057
Master of Arts, Counseling Psychology: 2011 Northwest University, Kirkland, WA
Bachelor of Arts, Ministry Leadership: 2007 Northwest University, Kirkland, WA