About DeAnza

DeAnza is a native Washingtonian.  She grew up, studied and established herself in Washington.  The diverse landscape of Seattle is home.  The familiar sights, sounds and smells of mountains, water, green, coffee, original home of the Super Sonics— are all reminders of her love for Seattle.  Born to a Filipina mother and Norweigen father, DeAnza is familiar with multicultural dynamics.  The joy in diversity that multicultural families share is rich.  DeAnza believes that families can find ways to tap into this well of delight with the right guide and assistance in the process.  Being one of the few mixed-race individuals in various contexts has made her acutely aware of the role that multicultural sensitivity and competency can have when working with minorities and other marginalized populations.

DeAnza studied at Central Washington University where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology.  From there she attended The School of Theology and Psychology and received a Master's in Counseling Psychology.

Her professional career began as a case manager for Friends of Youth, where she provided supportive services for displaced young women who were pregnant or parenting.  For 10 years, she was on staff at Quest church as the Justice and Compassion Pastor.  During her time as a pastor she provided support and pastoral counseling to a congregation of 400+ people.  In this role, she led the efforts of outreach to homeless communities and started The Bridge Care Center, a day drop- in center for men and women who are homeless in Ballard.  This experience utilized DeAnza’s passion for counseling, poverty and outreach.  It’s through these experiences where her understanding regarding the oppressive nature of poverty & displacement broadened and informed her work. 

Curriculum Vitae 

She currently counsels in Greenlake and specializes in trauma, depression, anxiety, transitions, disordered eating and couples. 

DeAnza is particularly passionate about the discovery and freedom of the female voice.  Women who are exploring their identity, going through major transitions like separation & divorce and who are survivors of trauma & abuse find an ally and advocate in DeAnza.  She is knowledgeable in the area of eating disorders/disordered eating patterns and self-harm.  DeAnza is currently a Specialized Populations (Asian-American) Therapist for the Emily Program (Intensive Outpatient Eating Disorder Program) in Seattle.  In addition, she is a faculty member at the Seattle Institute of Oriental Medicine, which allows her to explore holistic techniques in healing. 

DeAnza is doctoral candidate in International Psychology at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology.  Her focus is women and trauma.  She occupies a fellowship with The Center of Multicultural and Diversity Studies at TCSPP. 

Current Licenses and Affiliations:

Associate Licensed Mental Health Counselor, MC 60304201

Faculty at The Seattle Institute of Oriental Medicine 

Specialized Populations Therapist The Emily Program

License of Specialized Ministries Evangelical Covenant Church

 Trainings & Speaking Information