individual psychotherapy

in person

In depth healing work in my office in beautiful Seattle, WA.

 

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My therapeutic philosophy

When we enter the world, we enter as someone’s child. We are often defined by our relationships: as so-and-so’s spouse, brother, sister, daughter, son, etc. Our families, sometimes the most intimate relationships we have, impact us and set us on course for future relationships.

It is within the context of relationships we are harmed, and it is within the context of relationship we find profound healing and transformation.

Thus, I believe that the therapeutic relationship, the relationship between therapist and client is of the utmost importance. My practice as a counselor is arranged in a way that helps the relationship become strong, secure, and safe for the hard work of counseling to be done. I believe, and am honored, that my job is to work alongside these courageous humans as they seek wholeness and healing from past or current pain and heartache.

While I work with individuals from mainly all walks of life, I specialize in working with women and adolescent girls struggling with issues related to sexual trauma or domestic violence, lack of self-confidence, food/body concerns, and developing a strong sense of self.

I pull from many therapeutic orientations, but mostly I would describe my practice as being trauma-informed, empowerment-based, attachment-based, relational, feminist psychodynamic psychotherapy utilizing skills from cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), and paying particular attention to how the issues are being manifested within the body.

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Issues/struggles I specialize in…

  • relationship issues
    • relationship violence
    • communication struggles
    • infidelity
    • conflict management
    • intimacy and passion
  • trauma or abuse
    • relationship/domestic violence
    • sexual assault/rape
    • childhood abuse (sexual, physical, emotional, spiritual) and neglect
  • anxiety : panic attacks
  • depression
  • self-esteem : self-harm
  • identity : sense of self
  • food : disordered eating
  • body : self-image
  • lgbtq issues
  • life transitions
  • grief & loss
  • spirituality questions & concerns
  • vicarious trauma : care for helping professionals

 

 I’m Interested…now what?

It is natural to have questions and/or concerns when thinking about starting therapy with someone, whether it is the first time or the zillionth time. That is why I offer a free 20 minute phone consult for us to chat and I can answer any questions you may have. This will allow you to get a feel for myself as a clinician and see if I may be the right therapist for you. If after the conversation we decide to continue working together, I will send you some emails with a whole bunch of information! This includes the specific details on my office location, initial forms that I’ll need you to complete (all online of course!), and other logistical things.

For my psychotherapy clients, I typically recommend meeting at least once per week. This allows us to develop a trusting relationship and for us to really get into a rhythm with each other. I find that meeting every other week or less results in just check-ins, which I don’t find to have a whole lot of therapeutic value, at least for the first few years of working together.

 

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