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Education & Clinical Focus

Sala is a licensed professional mental health counselor that runs an exclusively online private practice while also currently pursuing her doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology at Northwest University. Sala earned her master’s degree in counseling psychology from Northwest University. Her undergraduate focus was on social work, in which she earned her bachelor's degree from the University of Washington. Her clinical experience is working with adolescents and adults to address anxiety disorders, complex trauma, life transitions and relationship concerns.

My Approach with clients

I believe every person is unique and different which is why I tailor my approach to fit my clients. My theoretical orientation employs a combination of Person Centered Therapy, an existential approach, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Exposure Response Prevention and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing.

Based on my clinical experience, one strategy may not work for all clients. Therefore, I take the time to sit down with you, listen to your story, and assess which of the several strategies I've been trained in will work best for you.

Let's work together

I value my therapeutic relationship with clients and understands each individual’s sacredness and healing process. I am committed to helping my clients and firmly believes in their success.

My Associations

Meet Sala Tauanu'u Afalava

I know that the process of finding a therapist that is right for you can be overwhelming. I believe that finding the right therapist you can connect with is important and helpful in your therapeutic process.

With this in mind, I am offering a one time FREE 15 min. phone consultation for new clients. A discounted fee for initial video consult sessions is also an option. This will hopefully provide you with the opportunity to determine if I will be the right fit for you as a therapist.

I am looking forward to connecting with you soon!

A little more about me

  • I am a mother of two boys. I am also a wife to an amazing husband of 17 years. I am also a dog mom to two pit bulls Chief and Lulu. 
  • I served in the military for 15 years. 
  • I am among the very few therapists of Samoan nationality in Washington state. I am also fluent in the Samoan language.

Hope is important because it can make the present moment less difficult to bear. If we believe that tomorrow will be better, we can bear a hardship today

Reach Out Today

If you are ready to move forward, then your next step is to complete the Appointment Request. If you'd like to ask some questions or need clarification, then send me a message using the Contact form below. Looking forward to hearing from you soon.