Marianne Esterly MA, LMHC

Marianne is the founder of Thrive Counseling Kirkland and is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) in Washington State. My approach to counseling is to provide a safe and healing place in order for my clients to know their story and the impact that they have on their world.  It takes courage to live authentically, to come to where you are today. My goal is to work with you, to help you live the life that you were meant to live - using your voice, your gifts, and who you are, to honor where you have come from to be the person you are today. I view my work as a privilege, to come alongside you, to help guide you towards wholeness.  By looking at how you relate to yourself and others, we can gain insight about how to move towards who you are uniquely created to be.  I believe that each person deserves respect, compassion, empathy and love.

Education and Training:

  • Masters of Arts in Counseling Psychology from The Seattle School of Theology and Psychology, 2006

  • Bachelors of Arts from Western Washington University, 2003

  • Certified Lifespan Integration Therapist

  • Trained in EMDR Therapy

  • Marriage Therapy trained by Milan and Kay Yerkovich (How We Love)


Areas of Focus:

  • EMDR

  • Certified Lifespan Integration Therapist

  • Abuse (Emotional, Spiritual, Sexual, Physical)

  • Perinatal/Postnatal

  • Anxiety and Depression

  • Trauma and PTSD

  • Family of Origin

  • Attachment repair


I am currently an in-network provider for:

  • First Choice

  • Kaiser Permanente

  • I am an out-of-network for all other insurance providers. Often times insurance plans will reimburse out-of-network care at almost the in-network rate.