Jonathan Aderhold, MA, LMHCA
Owner at Silver Skies Counseling
Hello, my name is Jonathan. This page is here to help you get to know a little more about me (For info about my approach to therapy look under the “my approach” tab). If you’re curious to see if I might be a good fit as your therapist I invite you to contact me at the number listed at the bottom of the page.
I grew up in Great Falls, MT and although it is technically a city (a small one) I was never far from the peace and quite of nature. I originally intended to follow in my father’s footsteps and study biology, since I love animals and care a great deal about the environment. However, taking a course in psychology during my senior year in high school opened up new possibilities I hadn’t before considered. My natural talent for empathy, an ability to consider many viewpoints, and a desire to help others helped me decide that psychology was a good fit for me.
I sought out my undergraduate education in psychology from Brigham Young University in Provo, UT. In between my freshman and sophomore years, I left the country and volunteered two years as a full-time missionary for my church in Mexico City. During that time I learned to speak Spanish fluently, and met hundreds of individuals and families. I learned a lot of life lessons from those two years living out of my home country and away from my family and friends. Probably, most noteworthy I learned to be less rigid about my faith and beliefs and to be more open to paradox and admit what I don’t know.
Upon returning to the USA I finished up my studies and graduated from BYU. From there I moved to Salt Lake City, UT where I worked in community mental health for one and a half years. I became certified as a case manager and worked in three separate facilities that housed mentally ill patients. Many had experienced significant trauma in their lives along with homelessness and addictions as well as their primary diagnoses (bipolar, schizophrenia, etc.). There was only so much I could do with my bachelors degree and case manager certification so I applied to continue my education in Graduate school. I was accepted into Seattle University’s Masters of arts in psychology program which is what brought me to Seattle. During my second year of my graduate program I interned at NAVOS as a child and family therapist. Some time after graduating I founded Silver Skies Counseling, now located in the Capitol hill neighborhood.
I currently live south of Seattle with my spouse, our dog, two cats, and three chickens. We hope to add a kid to that mix someday. I am a geek at heart and I enjoy video games, board games, tabletop RPGs, and geek culture in general.