Michael Baker
Marriage & Family Therapist, LCMFT, LMFT Verified
Redmond, WA 98052
Offers online therapy
Therapy helps to often examine old patterns and revise these patterns to create new solutions to reduce couples and family conflict.
Thanks for your interest in my profile. As a marriage and family therapist, I am specifically trained to see couples and families, but work with individuals as well. Developing insight towards learning how to love others and be loved by others is the key to building healthy, connected relationships. If you are finding that you are struggling in maintaining or developing relationships with others, if you have experienced betrayal, or if you struggle to maintain connection with others, especially your partners, then I am the therapist you are looking for.
(425) 528-8944
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Redmond, WA 98052
Offers online therapy
Therapy helps to often examine old patterns and revise these patterns to create new solutions to reduce couples and family conflict.
Thanks for your interest in my profile. As a marriage and family therapist, I am specifically trained to see couples and families, but work with individuals as well. Developing insight towards learning how to love others and be loved by others is the key to building healthy, connected relationships. If you are finding that you are struggling in maintaining or developing relationships with others, if you have experienced betrayal, or if you struggle to maintain connection with others, especially your partners, then I am the therapist you are looking for.
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Bina Bakhtiar
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSWA, MHP Verified
Redmond, WA 98052
Offers online therapy
Not accepting new clients
Sometimes we encounter hardships that seem too overwhelming or painful to manage. These struggles may occur in marriage, family relationships, parenting, at work, or coping with every-day life. They can be destabilizing, leaving us feeling hopeless and helpless. I believe these uncomfortable emotions can often be a window of opportunity to look deeper into what has happened, our role in it, and our reaction to it. Within these moments, we can unravel our own inner wisdom to help us heal and grow.
(206) 745-0960
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Redmond, WA 98052
Offers online therapy
Not accepting new clients
Sometimes we encounter hardships that seem too overwhelming or painful to manage. These struggles may occur in marriage, family relationships, parenting, at work, or coping with every-day life. They can be destabilizing, leaving us feeling hopeless and helpless. I believe these uncomfortable emotions can often be a window of opportunity to look deeper into what has happened, our role in it, and our reaction to it. Within these moments, we can unravel our own inner wisdom to help us heal and grow.
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Ryan Mebust, MA, LMFT
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT Verified
Redmond, WA 98052
My approach is to find areas of strength within a individual, couple, or family that will assist in motivating towards growth.
We all experience obstacles in life that keep us from feeling and being whole. Many have found counseling as a way to invest in themselves, their relationships, or their families in order to support a better or new meaning on life. My goal will be to help you, your relationship, or your family to navigate and uncover areas that are holding you back from your true potential and a healthy life. While we can't change difficult issues situations of the past, we can work together to better understand and resolve the past challenges so you can move forward towards better place.
(425) 409-2536
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Redmond, WA 98052
My approach is to find areas of strength within a individual, couple, or family that will assist in motivating towards growth.
We all experience obstacles in life that keep us from feeling and being whole. Many have found counseling as a way to invest in themselves, their relationships, or their families in order to support a better or new meaning on life. My goal will be to help you, your relationship, or your family to navigate and uncover areas that are holding you back from your true potential and a healthy life. While we can't change difficult issues situations of the past, we can work together to better understand and resolve the past challenges so you can move forward towards better place.
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Vicki Adams
Counselor, MA, LMHC Verified
Redmond, WA 98052
Offers online therapy
Family issues.
If you have found my profile then you are likely seeking help. I provide guidance in defining more clearly your areas of difficulty and challenge; so they become more manageable. From there we identify therapy goals. I want you to feel progress as quickly as possible. I offer expertise and knowledge in developing tools and action steps towards success. Success we will define together and work hard towards achieving. There are no judgments or expectations regarding where you are in life or where you should be. I meet you where you are. Be proactive - it dramatically increases your success.
(425) 880-4333
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Redmond, WA 98052
Offers online therapy
Family issues.
If you have found my profile then you are likely seeking help. I provide guidance in defining more clearly your areas of difficulty and challenge; so they become more manageable. From there we identify therapy goals. I want you to feel progress as quickly as possible. I offer expertise and knowledge in developing tools and action steps towards success. Success we will define together and work hard towards achieving. There are no judgments or expectations regarding where you are in life or where you should be. I meet you where you are. Be proactive - it dramatically increases your success.
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Wensi (Macy) Dong
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT, MHP Verified
Redmond, WA 98052
Offers online therapy
When you wish you could have someone with whom you can share your pain, doubts and questions, I am here to listen with completely non-biased and non-judgmental support. God blessed me with a compassionate heart enabling me to genuinely listen, to care and to love. I truly believe every soul will recover when given genuine care, love and understanding. With years of mental health experience as an ABA therapist and child, youth and family therapist at NAVOS, plus HR experience, I am building a solid reputation for providing standout quality child, youth, adult and family counseling.
(425) 215-0955
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Redmond, WA 98052
Offers online therapy
When you wish you could have someone with whom you can share your pain, doubts and questions, I am here to listen with completely non-biased and non-judgmental support. God blessed me with a compassionate heart enabling me to genuinely listen, to care and to love. I truly believe every soul will recover when given genuine care, love and understanding. With years of mental health experience as an ABA therapist and child, youth and family therapist at NAVOS, plus HR experience, I am building a solid reputation for providing standout quality child, youth, adult and family counseling.
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Christie Driskell
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW Verified
Redmond, WA 98052
Offers online therapy
I use CBT, Feminist Therapy, Family Systems, Group Psychotherapy, Solution Focused Therapy and Positive Psychology.
I have 30 years of experience helping clients to identify and heal the sources of discomfort that bring them to counseling. Whether their concerning issues are situational, biochemical, or a long standing pattern of behavior, my approach is to always start with where the client is and what they are wanting out of counseling. I have extensive experience working with late teens and adults, both men and women. My practice includes individuals and couples work which also includes the LGBTQ community.
(425) 274-2963
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Redmond, WA 98052
Offers online therapy
I use CBT, Feminist Therapy, Family Systems, Group Psychotherapy, Solution Focused Therapy and Positive Psychology.
I have 30 years of experience helping clients to identify and heal the sources of discomfort that bring them to counseling. Whether their concerning issues are situational, biochemical, or a long standing pattern of behavior, my approach is to always start with where the client is and what they are wanting out of counseling. I have extensive experience working with late teens and adults, both men and women. My practice includes individuals and couples work which also includes the LGBTQ community.
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Matthew David Markell
Counselor, MA, LMHC Verified
Redmond, WA 98052
I also utilize principles from Internal Family Systems therapy, Emotionally Focused Therapy, Depth Psychology and Mindfulness practices.
My areas of focus for therapy include the treatment of Anxiety, Depression, grief and loss, stress management, parenting skills, life transitions, personal growth, spiritual exploration and healing from religious trauma. I provide an LGBTQIA-friendly environment for individual and family therapy treatment.
(425) 518-2059
Verified

Redmond, WA 98052
I also utilize principles from Internal Family Systems therapy, Emotionally Focused Therapy, Depth Psychology and Mindfulness practices.
My areas of focus for therapy include the treatment of Anxiety, Depression, grief and loss, stress management, parenting skills, life transitions, personal growth, spiritual exploration and healing from religious trauma. I provide an LGBTQIA-friendly environment for individual and family therapy treatment.
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April Jones- Marriage And Family Therapist
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, MA Verified
Redmond, WA 98053
Offers online therapy
Not accepting new clients
I am a marriage and family therapist that helps individuals and couples navigate the challenges of modern life. We explore how roles in family, relational, social, and cultural networks influence the whole person. The client is the expert on their story and my role is to help translate that narrative through our combined knowledge. Clients I work with often feel they have all the outside elements for a happy life, but still struggle with stress, relational problems, self-esteem, and work issues. Something is missing or preventing fulfillment and it is our collaborative efforts that help us discover and remove those barriers.
(425) 399-5171
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Redmond, WA 98053
Offers online therapy
Not accepting new clients
I am a marriage and family therapist that helps individuals and couples navigate the challenges of modern life. We explore how roles in family, relational, social, and cultural networks influence the whole person. The client is the expert on their story and my role is to help translate that narrative through our combined knowledge. Clients I work with often feel they have all the outside elements for a happy life, but still struggle with stress, relational problems, self-esteem, and work issues. Something is missing or preventing fulfillment and it is our collaborative efforts that help us discover and remove those barriers.
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Laura Larkin
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT Verified
Redmond, WA 98052
Compassionate, Intuitive, Relevant. Hi, I'm Laura. A Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LF 60944497) who is passionate about helping clients foster more satisfying relationships, heal from past hurt, and find practical and meaningful ways to live with more freedom. To me, therapy is a place of deep listening. Of curiosity, attunement and courage. A place of learning and unlearning, of holding and letting go. Most clients come to me to work on relational issues, eating and body image concerns, anxiety, grief, identity and difficulty in life transitions.
(425) 243-1908
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Redmond, WA 98052
Compassionate, Intuitive, Relevant. Hi, I'm Laura. A Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LF 60944497) who is passionate about helping clients foster more satisfying relationships, heal from past hurt, and find practical and meaningful ways to live with more freedom. To me, therapy is a place of deep listening. Of curiosity, attunement and courage. A place of learning and unlearning, of holding and letting go. Most clients come to me to work on relational issues, eating and body image concerns, anxiety, grief, identity and difficulty in life transitions.
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Clare Batley
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT, CCTP Verified
Redmond, WA 98052
I'm committed to improving the quality of life of each of my clients. I'm a relational-focused marriage and family therapist and certified clinical trauma professional working with trauma (childhood, developmental and single-incident), anxiety, ADHD and OCD. In my work with clients, I utilize interventions which are best-suited and efficacious based on each client, their personality, history and what has historically worked best for them. These interventions derive from both psychoanalytic and evidence-based approaches, including Jungian, Bowen/family systems, CBT, behavioral, and attachment based interventions, just to name a few.
(206) 279-1187
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Redmond, WA 98052
I'm committed to improving the quality of life of each of my clients. I'm a relational-focused marriage and family therapist and certified clinical trauma professional working with trauma (childhood, developmental and single-incident), anxiety, ADHD and OCD. In my work with clients, I utilize interventions which are best-suited and efficacious based on each client, their personality, history and what has historically worked best for them. These interventions derive from both psychoanalytic and evidence-based approaches, including Jungian, Bowen/family systems, CBT, behavioral, and attachment based interventions, just to name a few.
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Redmond Youth Counseling
LMHC, LMFT, LICSW, LMHCA, LICSWA Verified
Redmond, WA 98052
Offers online therapy
In this relaxed atmosphere, clients are more able to deal with concerning issues such as low self-esteem, anxiety, depression, self-harm, eating disorders, divorce recovery, peer & family conflicts, and behavioral issues.
Practitioners at Redmond Youth Counseling are committed to providing compassionate, evidence-based behavioral health care to the younger members of our community and their families. Meeting clients where they are emotionally, providers help each individual to discover their best self and best life. The goal of mental health counseling is to gently assist in acknowledging and removing the mental and emotional roadblocks to a successful, happy, and productive life. The environment at Redmond Youth Counseling was created with clients ages 4 years - late 20's in mind.
(425) 414-7211
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Redmond, WA 98052
Offers online therapy
In this relaxed atmosphere, clients are more able to deal with concerning issues such as low self-esteem, anxiety, depression, self-harm, eating disorders, divorce recovery, peer & family conflicts, and behavioral issues.
Practitioners at Redmond Youth Counseling are committed to providing compassionate, evidence-based behavioral health care to the younger members of our community and their families. Meeting clients where they are emotionally, providers help each individual to discover their best self and best life. The goal of mental health counseling is to gently assist in acknowledging and removing the mental and emotional roadblocks to a successful, happy, and productive life. The environment at Redmond Youth Counseling was created with clients ages 4 years - late 20's in mind.
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Sar Surmick
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFTA Verified
Redmond, WA 98052
Offers online therapy
My name is Sar, I'm a Marriage and Family Therapist in Redmond, WA. I love helping people explore who they are, what they want, and how to get past the hurdles that get in their way. I support people around all issues of identity: how they see themselves, what parts are hidden, and how these things affect their interactions with others. I find that issues of identity are often at the core of both personal dissatisfaction and conflicts with others, and so I help people explore what those are and how to work with them.
(425) 318-8783
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Redmond, WA 98052
Offers online therapy
My name is Sar, I'm a Marriage and Family Therapist in Redmond, WA. I love helping people explore who they are, what they want, and how to get past the hurdles that get in their way. I support people around all issues of identity: how they see themselves, what parts are hidden, and how these things affect their interactions with others. I find that issues of identity are often at the core of both personal dissatisfaction and conflicts with others, and so I help people explore what those are and how to work with them.
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LightHeart Psychological Associates
Psychologist, PsyD Verified
Redmond, WA 98052
Offers online therapy
We are experienced with CBT, mindfulness-based therapy, narrative therapy, family systems therapy, as well as inter-subjective psychodynamic theory, DBT, and self psychology.
/// Securely request an appointment via this link: https://intakeq.com/new/blqMSU /// LightHeart provides therapy, medication management & assessment for children, adolescents & adults. We provide individual, family, and couples therapy. We work with all variety of concerns, including acute and chronic depression and anxiety, abuse & trauma, LGBTQ issues, conflicted relationships, & personality disorders. We also have experience working successfully with child behavioral problems.
(425) 996-8592
Verified

Redmond, WA 98052
Offers online therapy
We are experienced with CBT, mindfulness-based therapy, narrative therapy, family systems therapy, as well as inter-subjective psychodynamic theory, DBT, and self psychology.
/// Securely request an appointment via this link: https://intakeq.com/new/blqMSU /// LightHeart provides therapy, medication management & assessment for children, adolescents & adults. We provide individual, family, and couples therapy. We work with all variety of concerns, including acute and chronic depression and anxiety, abuse & trauma, LGBTQ issues, conflicted relationships, & personality disorders. We also have experience working successfully with child behavioral problems.
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Greg Kiper
Counselor, MA, CDP, LMHC Verified
Redmond, WA 98052
Offers online therapy
There are times in life we all need help and understanding. I am here to guide you to find the answers you seek within yourself and your relationships. My focus is relational and attachment based, client centered, and solution-focused. I work with individuals, couple and families – pre-teens to adults who are seeking development in their internal life as well as in relationships, specializing in helping to improve emotional connection, communication and conflict resolution between couples and among family members.
(425) 598-0384
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Redmond, WA 98052
Offers online therapy
There are times in life we all need help and understanding. I am here to guide you to find the answers you seek within yourself and your relationships. My focus is relational and attachment based, client centered, and solution-focused. I work with individuals, couple and families – pre-teens to adults who are seeking development in their internal life as well as in relationships, specializing in helping to improve emotional connection, communication and conflict resolution between couples and among family members.
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Kids and Family Counseling PLLC.
Counselor, MS, MA, LMHC, BCBA, MHP Verified
Office is near:
Redmond, WA 98052
Offers online therapy
Empowering children, teens and adults to overcome challenges in their everyday life and help them rediscover their strengths and interpersonal competencies is the focus of my practice. Are you or someone you know, experiencing lack of motivation, facing friendship and self worth challenges, are defiant, aggressive, anxious, depressed, moody and lonely? Is your family in crisis? If so, do give me a call. People come to me for help with mood/ anxiety issues, Autism, ADHD, Anger problems, depression, OCD, PTSD , stress., multicultural and relational issues, social skills support and behavioral, parenting and school based challenges.
(425) 549-9710
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Office is near:
Redmond, WA 98052
Offers online therapy
Empowering children, teens and adults to overcome challenges in their everyday life and help them rediscover their strengths and interpersonal competencies is the focus of my practice. Are you or someone you know, experiencing lack of motivation, facing friendship and self worth challenges, are defiant, aggressive, anxious, depressed, moody and lonely? Is your family in crisis? If so, do give me a call. People come to me for help with mood/ anxiety issues, Autism, ADHD, Anger problems, depression, OCD, PTSD , stress., multicultural and relational issues, social skills support and behavioral, parenting and school based challenges.
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Leslie B Savage
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT, MdFT, FOT Verified
Office is near:
Redmond, WA 98052
Offers online therapy
I have discovered that a sense of belonging, security, and peace are found within our own Being. I am a certified Focusing-Oriented psychotherapist with a Master of Marriage and Family Therapy and a specialization in Medical Family Therapy. I work with an integrative psycho-spiritual approach that incorporates Internal Family Systems Therapy, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Contemplative Spirituality, and Mindfulness to access the innate wisdom of the body-mind-spirit to heal. If you are suffering from family of origin issues, trauma, betrayal, depression, anxiety, physical pain, or an inability to feel connected, I can help.
(425) 358-3374
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Office is near:
Redmond, WA 98052
Offers online therapy
I have discovered that a sense of belonging, security, and peace are found within our own Being. I am a certified Focusing-Oriented psychotherapist with a Master of Marriage and Family Therapy and a specialization in Medical Family Therapy. I work with an integrative psycho-spiritual approach that incorporates Internal Family Systems Therapy, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Contemplative Spirituality, and Mindfulness to access the innate wisdom of the body-mind-spirit to heal. If you are suffering from family of origin issues, trauma, betrayal, depression, anxiety, physical pain, or an inability to feel connected, I can help.
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Debiruth Stanford
Counselor, MAABS, LMHC Verified
Office is near:
Redmond, WA 98052
Offers online therapy
*All* marital and family arrangements are welcome and respected.
Welcoming the Smart and Unusual - Counseling and coaching services tailored to people who are ready for "Life, Version 2.0." Tired of the doldrums? Together we can discover and extinguish patterns that keep you from moving forward in life. Feeling stuck? Out of sync? Let's resolve issues of self-esteem and life purpose and neutralize traumatic experiences that hold you back from having the life you want and deserve. Want to retool so that you can take your next steps towards personal stardom? Why not rewrite the outdated scripts and programs that keep you from moving forward and getting great results?
(425) 329-8249
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Office is near:
Redmond, WA 98052
Offers online therapy
*All* marital and family arrangements are welcome and respected.
Welcoming the Smart and Unusual - Counseling and coaching services tailored to people who are ready for "Life, Version 2.0." Tired of the doldrums? Together we can discover and extinguish patterns that keep you from moving forward in life. Feeling stuck? Out of sync? Let's resolve issues of self-esteem and life purpose and neutralize traumatic experiences that hold you back from having the life you want and deserve. Want to retool so that you can take your next steps towards personal stardom? Why not rewrite the outdated scripts and programs that keep you from moving forward and getting great results?
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Susan E Cohen
Marriage & Family Therapist, MSW, ACSW, LICSW, LMFT Verified
Office is near:
Redmond, WA 98052
Offers online therapy
After viewing all these profiles, how does one make a decision? Interview us! Call us! Come in to meet us to see if you think we'd work well together. I have been practicing for 41 years. I am licensed as both a clinical social worker and marriage and family therapist,working with individuals, adolescents, couples, and families. Drawing on extensive professional knowledge and deep personal experiences, I'm committed to helping you achieve CHANGE. Let’s talk and SEE if you believe I can help and then we'll move on and work well together.It IS your move to feeling better!!!
(425) 417-1111
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Office is near:
Redmond, WA 98052
Offers online therapy
After viewing all these profiles, how does one make a decision? Interview us! Call us! Come in to meet us to see if you think we'd work well together. I have been practicing for 41 years. I am licensed as both a clinical social worker and marriage and family therapist,working with individuals, adolescents, couples, and families. Drawing on extensive professional knowledge and deep personal experiences, I'm committed to helping you achieve CHANGE. Let’s talk and SEE if you believe I can help and then we'll move on and work well together.It IS your move to feeling better!!!
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Misty DeClark
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT, CMHS Verified
Office is near:
Redmond, WA 98073
Offers online therapy
As a marriage and family therapist, I use behavioral, narrative and bowenian techniques as I work with adults, children, and adolescents dealing with issues including codependency, marital/family conflict, ADHD, bipolar, depression, oppositional defiant disorder, and anxiety.
Are you struggling with chaos, family conflict, anxiety, depression, or feelings that you have no way to get control of your life back? Are you looking for a way to begin moving forward again? You deserve a life without the of cycle of problems, reactions, and pain. I would love to help you find that life. I believe that therapy is a collaborative process that respects and involves the client, adapting techniques to the needs of the individual. Whether you are dealing with divorce, mental illness, or a rough patch in your life, I believe we can overcome it.
(425) 374-0701
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Office is near:
Redmond, WA 98073
Offers online therapy
As a marriage and family therapist, I use behavioral, narrative and bowenian techniques as I work with adults, children, and adolescents dealing with issues including codependency, marital/family conflict, ADHD, bipolar, depression, oppositional defiant disorder, and anxiety.
Are you struggling with chaos, family conflict, anxiety, depression, or feelings that you have no way to get control of your life back? Are you looking for a way to begin moving forward again? You deserve a life without the of cycle of problems, reactions, and pain. I would love to help you find that life. I believe that therapy is a collaborative process that respects and involves the client, adapting techniques to the needs of the individual. Whether you are dealing with divorce, mental illness, or a rough patch in your life, I believe we can overcome it.
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Kelley Nay
Counselor, MS, LMHC Verified
Office is near:
Redmond, WA 98052
Offers online therapy
I hold a Master's degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from California State University Northridge, and a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from the University of California Los Angeles.
Welcome. I work with adolescents and adults dealing with depression, anxiety, difficulties managing emotions, dissatisfaction with life, or resolving trauma. I have additional training working with infertility, adoption, eating disorders, and self-harm. I work with couples using an approach called Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy. EFT is a relatively short-term (8-20 sessions), structured approach to couples therapy that is designed to help you work through relationship or communication problems and create emotional closeness. I help couples understand the emotional needs of each partner, learn tools to negotiate differences, problem solve, and work through conflicts in a healthy way.
(425) 357-7891
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Office is near:
Redmond, WA 98052
Offers online therapy
I hold a Master's degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from California State University Northridge, and a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from the University of California Los Angeles.
Welcome. I work with adolescents and adults dealing with depression, anxiety, difficulties managing emotions, dissatisfaction with life, or resolving trauma. I have additional training working with infertility, adoption, eating disorders, and self-harm. I work with couples using an approach called Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy. EFT is a relatively short-term (8-20 sessions), structured approach to couples therapy that is designed to help you work through relationship or communication problems and create emotional closeness. I help couples understand the emotional needs of each partner, learn tools to negotiate differences, problem solve, and work through conflicts in a healthy way.

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Family Therapy
If you're looking for family therapy in Redmond or for a Redmond family therapist these professionals provide family therapy services and structural family therapy services. They include family therapists and marriage family therapists. Therapists in Redmond using the techniques of 'family therapy' (also referred to as marriage and family therapy and family counseling) view change in terms of the systems of interaction between family members.

Family relationships often affect psychological well-being and, regardless of the origin of an issue, or whether it may be the "individual" or "family" who is presenting it, involving the family in the solution can be of great benefit. Families participate directly in sessions during which the family therapist helps conversations in a way that draws upon and builds the strengths, wisdom and support of the wider family unit.