LaFaye Tapper

MA

Treatment Issues: Depression, Anxiety or Fear, Sexual Abuse, Grief and Loss, Parenting, Family Systems, Relationship Issues (Marital & Family), Eating Disorders (Disordered Eating), Spiritual Formation Issues, Women’s Issues, Children & Adolescents, Spiritual Abuse, Pastoral Trauma, Life Transitions, Pre-Marital (Symbis Assessment), Mid-Life Issues, Empty-Nesting, Obsessive Compulsivity, Trauma, Shame

Education and Training: LaFaye is in her last year achieving her masters in counseling and psychology at The Seattle School. Her education and training include the following: Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology, The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology. Certified Biblical Counselor, Light University & The American Association of Christian Counselors. Licensed & Ordained Minister/Pastor, Assemblies of God. Certified Pre-Marital Counselor, Saving Your Marriage Before it Starts (SYMBIS-Drs. Les and Leslie Parrott), Certified Couples Therapy, Level 1 – Gottman Method Couples Therapy, Shame Shields: Power of Vulnerability – Course by Brene Brown. LaFaye is in her last year achieving her masters in counseling and psychology at The Seattle School,

Background and Experience: LaFaye has served alongside her husband in full-time ministry for 35 years ministering to children, teens, women, couples, and families in providing a wide range of pastoral care and counseling. She has also served on the board for the Modesto Pregnancy Center counseling teens and women experiencing unwanted pregnancies for four years. LaFaye is an ordained pastor/certified biblical counselor who co/pastors alongside her husband and teaches weekly group Bible studies and spiritual formation groups. LaFaye supports ongoing growth and development in women and mentors female leaders to equip them to be more effective in ministry roles. LaFaye provides mentorship and emotional development support for couples working on their marriages. She has facilitated women’s intimate issues groups in Celebrate Recovery.

Special Interests and Services: LaFaye works with children, teens, couples, families, and adults for a wide range of issues. She is especially interested in helping individuals, couples, and families work through transitions, grief & loss, and trauma. LaFaye describes her therapeutic style as psychodynamic, narrative, relational, and interpersonal. Her therapeutic approach is grounded in faith while integrating Biblical principles. LaFaye draws on attachment theory and Emotionally Focused Therapy. She also works with emotion and affects while providing a holistic treatment approach (physical, emotional, mental, relational, and spiritual). Relational psychotherapy is a collaborative model, and together she will work to address unique needs. Time is a significant factor in treatment and the required length of treatment needs to be taken seriously. LaFaye believes treatment that happens within a therapeutic relationship requires time, patience, and cooperation for lasting change to occur. She particularly offers care to pastors and their families. With over 35 years of experience in Christian ministry, she has been uniquely equipped to understand and relate to the challenges of ministry life. As a pastor/pastor’s wife, LaFaye is familiar with the difficult and traumatic experiences pastors and their families face while serving in ministry.

Additional Information: LaFaye is a contributing author for the book “Daughters of Heaven devotional for young women: Lessons in Life for Young Women” (Rentz, 2003). LaFaye started and organized Rock the Block, an annual community event that supplies school supplies, food, and clothing to children and families in need. Additionally, LaFaye has recently established a blessing box for her community in which people can give and receive anonymously. She currently serves as a pastoral leader in her church alongside her husband of 36 years. She is a devoted wife, mother of five, and currently has eight grandchildren. She enjoys long walks, riding her bike, reading, baking, sewing, and spending time with her family.

She is available for speaking engagements to church and public organizations.