Angela Irelan, Counseling Intern

Hello, my name is Angie. Welcome to this most significant step you are taking to create balance, purpose and meaning in your life! I’m a graduate student and intern at Western Washington University and am pursuing a master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling with a focus towards licensure as a mental health counselor. I practice person centered, humanistic therapy and I seek to meet people where they are while knowing that every person has the desire self-actualization, and that they possess unique strengths to achieve their goals. Through an empathetic alliance between myself and my clients, I offer empowerment and vision on the pathway forward through client driven, solution focused change techniques.

My journey to becoming a counselor has developed over the many years that I have been privileged to support diverse populations to embrace their worthiness, dreams and hopes for a fulfilling quality of life. I have lived in Snohomish County since 1988 after growing up in the Washington DC area in a big family. My parents were active with civil rights and social justice, and I earned my BS Degree in Political Science, from Shepherd University in West Virginia. I was also raised knowing that service to one another is a worthwhile and powerful gift rooted in gratitude and grace. I have been blessed in many ways and know how empowering the gift of understanding, empathy and acceptance can be so that personal growth can take place.

My graduate studies include coursework in vocational and career planning, assistive technology, ADA rights and accommodations, and medical aspects of disabilities. I feel the variety of situations and systems that I have helped individuals navigate over the years has enriched my capacity to shed light on the many options for people to reach the level of wellness they desire.