Angela Fruehner LMHC, MSNCHP, MA

Philosophy of Care

Angela is fascinated by the synergistic relationships amongst mental, emotional, physical, spiritual, and environmental health. She aims to help people improve these elements of their lives holistically with mental health and nutrition counseling. By meeting people where they are at, she collaborates with clients to create individualized, achievable goals to incrementally work towards healing and attend to underlying needs. Utilizing narrative therapy, active listening, open-ended questions, and empathy, Angela learns about clients’ experiences. She offers education about physiology, psychology, and nutritional science and research to help clients better understand their symptoms. Angela teaches coping skills to manage stressors in day-to-day life and targets the roots of presenting concerns by providing the techniques and space to process traumas, resolving symptoms and shifting personal core beliefs in the long-term. Angela also incorporates Mindful/Intuitive Eating and Health at Every Size principles, balanced whole-food meal plans, and nutrition education to help clients’ improve their relationships with food and their bodies and to address their specific nutritional needs. She helps clients appreciate all that food can offer, including nourishment, pride, comfort, and a medium for self-expression, intuition, gratitude, celebration, and tradition. By using self-compassion (rather than shame or guilt) as motivators for change, Angela aspires to help others honor their personal healing process and achieve overall well being and connection to their bodies, brains, food, communities, environment, and sense of meaning and purpose in life.

Education and Licensure

LMHC Licensed Mental Health Counselor (2019 – present)
LMHCA Licensed Mental Health Counselor Associate (2017 – 2019)
CN Certified Nutritionist (2017 – present)
MSNCHP Master of Science in Nutrition & Clinical Health Psychology, Bastyr University, WA (2017)
BS Bachelor of Science in Dietetics & Food Administration, option in Nutrition & Dietetics, minor in Dance,
California State University Long Beach, CA (2014)

Certifications, Special Skills, and Professional Associations

Matrix Reimprinting Training 6/1/2019 – 6/2/2019
EFT Level 1 & 2 Workshop by AAMET 4/26/2019 – 4/28/2019
EMDR Part II Training by Trauma Recovery/HAP 3/29/2019 – 3/31/2019
EMDR Part I Training by Trauma Recovery/HAP 12/14/2018 – 12/16/2018
Spanish Tutoring (for nutrition counseling) with Kathya Figueroa 10/2018 – 3/2019
Conscientious Eating: Mental Health, Inflammation, and the Aging Brain by Angelo Pezzote 9/26/2018
Washington State Foodworker Card 12/2017 – present
Sea Mar Community Health Centers Cultural Competency Training by Sarah Dailey 2017
American Counseling Association member 2015 – present
Dependable Strengths by Susan Farley 2014
Health of Business, Business of Health by Dick Thom and Andre Belanger 2014
Washington Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics member 2014 – present
ServSafe Food Protection Manager 4/2011 – present
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics member 2010 – present
California Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics member 2010 – 2014
Dance & Yoga: 24 years dance training (ballet, modern, jazz, tap, hip-hop); 12 years practicing yoga

Clinical Experience

Angela’s interest in psychology started in her high school psychology class and was amplified by her love for dance. She decided to study nutrition and dance at California State University Long Beach (CSULB) to better understand how nutrition impacts movement and physical performance. During her undergraduate program, Angela worked at Morrison Healthcare at Fountain Valley Regional Hospital as a catering associate, volunteered for Meals on Wheels, and was a nutrition counselor at the Student Wellness and Recreation Center. In her nutrition counseling course, Angela was introduced to the concepts of motivational interviewing, a counseling technique to help clients achieve their nutritional goals, and her interest in psychology resurfaced. She then decided to do her Master's in Nutrition and Clinical Health Psychology degree at Bastyr University, the only program to integrate both fields of study. While in her graduate program, she gained a total of 900 supervised hours in nutrition and mental health counseling. 132 of those hours came from one year of clinical training at Bastyr Center for Natural Health with rotations in counseling, nutrition, and the "Way-to-Go" program (an integrative individual and group counseling program for nutritional and behavioral lifestyle changes). The remainder of her hours were completed during a year-long internship at Sea Mar Behavioral Health in Bellevue where she facilitated individual therapy and nutrition sessions, as well as Dialectical Behavior Therapy and "Food and Well-being" groups for adults. Angela has also volunteered for booths for Bastyr’s National Eating Disorders Awareness Weeks and Herb and Food Fair and has served homeless youth with Teen Feed. After graduating from Bastyr, Angela continued to work at Sea Mar Behavioral Health in Bellevue as a full-time Licensed Mental Health Counselor Associate and Certified Nutritionist in the state of Washington for about two years. Angela completed her supervised hours and became a fully Licensed Mental Health Counselor in May 2019. She was also recently accepted to complete her dietetic internship with Sea Mar Community Health Centers from October 2019 to June 2020 to continue her training to become a nationally recognized Registered Dietitian Nutritionist. Angela was newly brought on board with Eastside Counseling Center to continue offering mental health and nutrition counseling services part-time while she finishes her dietetic internship. Angela’s future goals include finishing her Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) license, working full-time as mental health counselor and RDN, continuing trainings in trauma-informed care techniques, yoga/dance/movement therapies, and Integrative and Functional Medicine, and leading wellness retreats. In her spare time, Angela enjoys doing yoga, hiking, running, backpacking, traveling, snowboarding, cooking, and spending time with friends and family.

Areas of Specialty

Individual, Couples, and Group Counseling
Food and Body Image Issues
Relationship and Communication Skills
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Panic Disorder
Suicidal Ideations
Bipolar Disorder
Gender Dysphoria
Grief/Bereavement & Loss
Life Meaning and Purpose

Primary Modalities

Person Centered/Rogerian Therapy
Existential Therapy
Motivational Interviewing
Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR)
Solution Focused Therapy
Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT)
Matrix Reimprinting
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)