Angela Fernandes, MA

Angela_beach_playground.jpg

Angela Fernandes, MA, LMHCA is a psychotherapist in private practice in the Seattle area with a focus on severe and chronic mental illness, trauma and addictions. She is a native of Durham, NC and moved to Seattle in 2007 to live by the salty waters of Puget Sound.

She earned an MA in Psychology from Seattle University and has a degree in Theater from Duke University. She was a media professional for 15 years prior to entering the field of mental health and still dives into professional creative writing and editing projects. She has written storylines and character dialogue for video games for several game studios and enjoys playtesting new technology. She has worked for many companies in the Seattle area including Nintendo, Microsoft, Amazon, Nordstrom, and Zulily.

She trained with her good friend and mentor, Gregory McBride, a veteran Seattle marriage and family counselor who specialized in alcoholism and addiction recovery. Before succumbing to lung cancer in March 2015, he made it his final project to teach her all that he knew about relationships and human behavior. Together they had an uncanny knack for puzzling through the human psyche with understanding and an irreverent sense of humor. In honor of his last request,  she delivered the eulogy at his funeral service.

She has also received training through the Cabrini Ministry Program of the Seattle Archdiocese, which trains people to offer guidance, support, and comfort to those in hospitals, prisons, and at home with the elderly, sick, and dying.

Angela has worked with many people in all stages of mental health recovery in community mental health, local churches, and through sponsorship in 12-step groups. She completed her clinical internship in an outpatient psychiatric clinic providing mental health and substance abuse counseling.

Her special interests include issues of faith and spirituality, 12-step recovery, the role of creative arts in therapy, and how technology influences culture and relationships.

She enjoys offering talks on the topics of faith, religion, and psychology.

Endorsements...

Everything that Angela is has prepared her well for the vocation of counseling. I think you’ll readily see that too.

Many DO counseling as a career choice. What they DO and how they DO it displays appropriate proficiency. However, now and then, comes one who has been blessed with the gifts of their nature — granted, too, the grace of the Holy Spirit, to BE a counselor. A career based on what one DOES, versus a vocation expressive of all one IS.

Angela has a graciousness and sincerity of person — a strength too — of character and integrity. Warmth framed with boundaries. Compassion and respectful accountability.

Ms. Fernandes certainly demonstrates an uncanny sense of others. A psychological tossed salad of sorts. This sense in her seems to reflect the outcome of a good, gut-feel based intuition, mixed too, with a proportionate degree of intelligent, calculating assessment from a common sense perspective, as well as that insight one has forged out of personal experience. Three decades ago, I had a psychology professor, Fr. James Royce, one of Seattle University’s beloved Jesuits, say to us, “You cannot be an effective counselor without some belief, yourself, in God. No matter their pain, you MUST possess the capacity to see the strength of Spirit within their soul.” No truer words than those could a teacher express to any novice clinician. Angela’s love for Christ, her devotion to the Church, inspires me. Just as she has seen mine, she’ll see your soul too. She’s quite gifted at seeing the strength of Spirit in another.
— Gregory McBride, Clinical Counselor (1954-2015)

Angela is a particularly intelligent, warm, generous, and giving individual. I have especially noticed this with regard to her work with the homebound, mostly elderly, and her ability to adapt to complicated situations that often involve delicate family dynamics.

She is deeply committed to her Catholic faith. She adheres to Church teachings, yet she is open and sensitive to the complexities of life. I can certainly attest to Angela’s integrity and suitability as a student of psychology, especially one that stresses the lived experience of patients in a caring, pastoral environment.
— Fr. Daniel Syverstad, OP