Vermeda M. Fred


Educational and Professional Background:

Vermeda M. Fred, MA, LMFT, is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in WA State. She received her BA in Social Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin in 1975 and her MA in Counseling Psychology from the University of Iowa in 1982. Vermeda utilizes her training as a family systems therapist, completing a post-graduate fellowship at the Houston-Galveston Family Institute, as well as training in cognitive behavioral therapy and eating disorders treatment.

Treatment Approach:

Vermeda helps clients learn how their thoughts and feelings affect their behaviors, as well as how their past and present family systems influence their choices. Her approach is positive, holding faith for the client, while this person steps toward a healthier lifestyle, even when the client may be awash with anxiety, depression, a sense of hopelessness and being fresh out of ideas. Whether with eating disorders or other types of obsessive behaviors or recurring emotional patterns, Vermeda and the client together create new approaches, which they test for effectiveness, so that the client can see in measurable terms, the progress he/she is making.

Areas of Special Interest:

Vermeda works primarily with teenagers, young adults and adults, and sees children as young as eight (8) years old, as well as women with post-partum depression. Vermeda is particularly adept in helping parents with parenting issues, spanning all phases of childhood development, and with couples, in improving their communication and problem-solving behaviors. Additionally, she joins well with teenagers and young adults, as they face problems at home or at school, or transition issues in college or their career. She provides individual, couples and family therapy, and group therapy:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders
  • Eating Disorders
  • Bereavement/Grief Issues
  • Adjustment Disorders
  • Adolescent Issues
  • Couples Issues
  • Parenting Issues
  • LBGTQ Issues
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