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Ronald Lopes, MA, LHMC, CDP, SAP

Ronald Lopes, M.A., LMHC, CDP, CCMHC, NCC, MAC, SAP is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and a Chemical Dependency Counselor in Washington State.  He has a Master’s Degree in Applied Behavioral Sciences/Systems Counseling from Bastyr University. He is a National Certified Counselor, a Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor and Certified Substance Abuse Counselor.  His undergraduate degree is in Music and Theatre from New Jersey State University. Ron also has certifications and training in Holistic massage, hypnotherapy, theology, energy psychology and Reiki.

Locally, Ron has worked as a counselor at Western Washington University, the Lummi Tribe, SeaMar Community Health and Compass Health. He also worked as a Marriage and Family Therapist Intern and Alcohol and Drug specialist at Santa Barbara City College and Full Spectrum Recovery and Counseling Services in Santa Barbara, CA. Ron has maintained a private practice. He teaches the WA State eight hour Alcohol and Drug Information School curriculum. He taught at the middle high and senior high academic levels.

Ron has worked in a myriad of settings: individual, couples, families, groups and presentations.  Ron brings a unique perspective to life challenges. He has worked with a diverse population which include support and counseling for adolescents, young adults, Native American and Alaska Natives, college population, and the LGBTQ community.  He is dedicated to a holistic approach to life issues and problems. No two people are the same hence no two sessions are the same. Ron meets people where they are at. His sessions are client centered and strength based. He believes that people generally know what they want and need but may need guidance, counseling and/or coaching at times to help them become successful and self-sufficient in reaching their goals. 

Ron’s WA State license is LH60248381 and certification is CP00006432.

It is an honor and privilege to work with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures. There is a richness and beauty that every person has within them. My work and life is enriched by every person I meet. We all strive to be the best person we can be – to reach our potential. Life can be challenging and difficult at times and present surmountable challenges.  I am always impressed by the inner strengths people have in dealing with adversity and problematic issues and to bring about the change they dream is possible. Coaching offers direction in our jobs, careers, academic pursuits, relationships and helps us sharpen our communication skills with others. Counseling can give us a new perspective and understanding about ourselves and an acceptance and appreciation of ourselves and others. It is this diversity that makes the work challenging and enjoyable.-- Ron. 
      
    “Ron is an excellent counselor who genuinely cares.  I was apprehensive about coming in to deal with depression and anxiety issues, but I found I was treated as a person, not a patient.  Words cannot express my thanks."  -Anonymous client