Stephen Annest


I am passionate about helping others find healing and wholeness.  It is my heartfelt privilege to join with people to facilitate mental health.   For the past four years I have worked as a counselor to help people to get past their past, realize and develop healthy relationships with self and others, and find meaningful actions to soothe, connect, guide, and grow. 

I work with children, adolescents, adults, couples and families experiencing a variety of concerns including: depression and anxiety, trauma/PTSD, substance abuse, relationship/family issues, ODD, and ADHD. I am also comfortable with incorporating faith and/or spiritually into treatment. 

I am a licensed masters level social worker/counselor (LMSW).  I received my degree from Northwest Nazarene University with honors. I have been trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Gottman Couples Counseling, and in treating children and adolescents dealing with trauma and/or oppositional/conduct/impulse control issues.  

My theoretical approach is trauma-informed and centers on Rogerian, CBT/ACT, EMDR, MI, and Play Therapies.  I also incorporate mindfulness-based, other somatic, and IFS type approaches into therapy. 

I am happily married to my wife Cynthia and love spending time with family and friends while sharing a meal or movie, playing/singing or listening to music, practicing meditation and prayer, and hiking/walking or otherwise being close to and in touch with nature.

Education: Stephen earned a master’s degree in from Northwest Nazarene University. He’s also trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), as well as Gottman Couples Counseling. Stephen also uses Play Therapy with his younger patients.