Hello and Welcome!

My name is Shawnda Brese and I am here to help you find your smile again!


I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Mental Health Professional and Child Specialist. I have a Masters of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from Chapman University and a Bachelors Degree in general psychology from Saint Martin’s University with training in Women’s Studies. I specialize in treating depression, anxiety, relationship matters, stress and grief, but have experience in a wide variety of life struggles as well. I am most comfortable working with teens and adults, but can work well with preteens and younger children if needed. I can provide individual services or family therapy sessions or a combination depending on the needs of your situation. I also provide couples / marriage therapy.


My therapeutic approach is person-centered, meaning that treatment is based on individual and family needs. My techniques are generally pulled from the Structural Family Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Models. I am also trained in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT).


I have a passion for working with children and believe that all children and families should have the opportunity to be happy and thriving. My goal is to make your life easier and more peaceful by giving you and your child tools to get through the more difficult circumstances that inevitably happen in life such as: anxiety, behavioral issues, coping skills, peer relationships, self-esteem, depression, anger management, stress management, career counseling, family conflict, loss or grief, relationship issues, spirituality, etc.


On a Personal Note

I am a native to the Pacific Northwest, so naturally I enjoy coffee, splashing in mud puddles and hiking. I get outside as much as I can to enjoy nature and keep in shape. I also enjoy reading, watching Netflix and cooking. I have several hobbies including crocheting scarves for the homeless, learning to speak Spanish and learning to play the keyboard. I am not very good at these hobbies, but enjoy the effort just the same!

  • Faith Based Counseling

As a Christian counselor, I firmly believe the Holy Spirit is the true Counselor and the provider of both redemption and healing.

John 14:26

"But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you.”

I work with both Christian and non-Christian clients. It is up to my clients to decide whether they want to include aspects of faith and spirituality into our time together. Wherever you are on your faith journey, I am here as a compassionate and respectful listener who is ready to join you in wrestling with difficult questions.


601 Valley Ave NE, Suite F

Puyallup, WA  98372

(253) 961-0552

*Located next to Daffodil Storage


24-hour Pierce County Crisis Line: 
(800) 576-7764


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Please note that it may take at least 24 business hours for me to reply. I appreciate your patience!


Site Address:

601 Valley Ave NE, Suite F

Puyallup, WA 98372

Email: shawnda@koalasmiles.com

Tel: 1-253-961-0552

Mailing Address:

10715 Valley Ave E #260

Puyallup, WA 98372

24-hour Pierce County Crisis Line: 1-800-576-7764

Office Hours:

Mon & Tue: 10am - 5:30pm

Wed: 10:30am - 6pm

Thu: 11am - 6:30pm 

​​Fri: 10am - 3:30pm

Sat & Sun: Closed


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