Childhood and adolescence are sacred times yet our children are facing many challenges and choices as they try to navigate growing into the best and healthiest version of themselves. I provide support and a safe place for parents to be real about their hopes and fears and work with children and adolescents in a way that celebrates their strengths. In our sessions together I will bring over 25 yrs of experience as a counselor serving children and families (outpatient & in schools) and 21 yrs of learning and personal growth raising two children. I have hand-picked each item in my therapy office to help meet the needs of my clients
I believe that our deepest wounds occur in the context of relationships; so too does our healing. Therapy is a collaborative process - I am committed to bringing both my clinical expertise and my humanity to our work together and my aim is to create a safe-enough space for you to bring your whole self as well. Together we will listen to what brought you here, prioritizing curiosity and support over judgment with the goal of moving from stuck places and hopelessness toward possibility, more authentic living and agency.
Everyone has the capacity to change no matter what their present difficulty, and adversity can offer a new chance for growth. I am an experienced, non-judgmental clinical therapist devoted to helping my clients improve their quality of life.
While my initial focus was concerns of young people through early adulthood, over the years I have extended my range, and presently work with all ages and development. I deal with problems from normal developmental issues to serious psychological disorders. My interests also include developmental disabilities, parenting, and the special concerns of very able individuals. I work with individuals, families, and groups. As appropriate, I employ a variety of treatment modalities, including behavioral, cognitive, and insight-oriented, with emphasis on understanding clearly clients' needs, collecting useful information, and coming up with positively-oriented plans that fit them as well as being most likely to work.
Do you see your life as overwhelming, feel more anxious than calm, or feel disconnected and depressed? I enjoy working with individuals and couples struggling with old or current trauma, difficulty managing life transitions, and relationship problems. I am a goal-centered, compassionate, strength-based therapist who will help you explore all areas of your life in search of lasting change. LGBTQ+, poly and kink friendly.
The problems and desires you bring to therapy are invitations to heal and grow. I'll help you respond to those invitations with creativity, vitality, and hope. Jung wrote that "The greatest and most important problems in life can never be solved, only outgrown." Such problems, he continued, "fade when confronted with a new and stronger life urge." I'll help you find those new, stronger, deeper, more authentic parts of yourself, and bring them to life.
I am a licensed Marriage (Couple) and Family Therapist and an American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Clinical Fellow and Approved Supervisor with over 30 years of experience helping individuals, couples, and families from a broad range of ethnic, cultural, physical health, gender, socio-economic and sexual diversity. My experience includes many persons and families challenged by high conflict and multiple interlaced problems. I have extensive experience helping children, teens, and adults struggling with anxiety, depression, and the impact of grief, trauma and challenging relationships and/or a family member's chemical dependency.
I believe that when you have compassion for yourself, a better understanding of your motivations, and a safe place to process your feelings, you can make positive changes and reclaim your mental and physical health. I was trained as a therapist and a dietitian. My training and experience equips me to help you achieve your health goals.
In psychotherapy much depends upon the rapport. You must feel comfortable with the therapist and hopeful about the therapy. When you feel this way, therapy is more likely to be helpful to you. I have been practicing clinical psychology since 1977. I focus on the interplay between our internal world and our relations with others. Not restricted to one approach, I integrate a range of useful change strategies including interpersonal and cognitive-behavioral. Psychotherapy is both an educational process and an interpersonal process. Each person’s experience is unique. I have special interest in eating disorders, relationship disturbances, depression, and stress.
*Full and not taking clients at this time*Welcome! I am a licensed therapist with a practice dedicated to women coping with stress and anxiety. Issues I work with include parenting, pregnancy and fertility, social anxiety, grief and loss and life transitions. Clients who come to me may struggle with perfectionism and self-criticism and may identify with patterns of being emotionally sensitive and highly attuned to others. Clients who come to me are motivated to learn more about themselves and are open to therapy as a process.
Are you looking for support as a whole person on your journey to wellness? Mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual health are all vital aspects of wellness- when one area suffers, the others often do too. Seeing you as a whole person rather than just a diagnosis, I can support underlying concerns rather than masking symptoms. I enjoying working with clients on eating disorders, athletic injury recovery, and living with a chronic health diagnosis. I also have 9 years of experience providing support to college-aged students, including the transition to college, career counseling, and student success counseling.
What is the goal of life? It is to be happy and to build a life worth living. We become happy when we are able to develop true, authentic life, self-connected with others, and undefeated by our circumstances. When we work hard to reach our goals, we feel a sense of accomplishment and pride. In turn, this spurs a stronger desire and commitment to continue to make progress and deepen our personal mission in life. I believe the purpose of counseling is to support and encourage this lifelong journey.
My therapeutic approach is compassionate, down-to-earth, relational, trauma-informed, and depth-focused. I support youth and adults of all-genders, sexual orientations, and their families who are seeking hope and individual, interpersonal, and intergenerational healing.
I view therapy as a collaborative relationship. By providing a respectful, judgment-free atmosphere, I hope you will feel comfortable sharing the thoughts, feelings and behaviors that are concerning to you. Through this cooperative and supportive process, my goal is that you will better understand and have compassion for yourself. It is my privilege to work with couples, individuals, and those in nontraditional relationships to help navigate life's challenges. I believe in a holistic approach to therapy and I use a variety of techniques from biological, psychosocial and spiritual perspectives.
Though change is often outside our control, I believe growth happens best when we have authentic support. My approach to counseling is largely based in part through believing in the power of connection. The therapeutic relationship provides a space of sincere empathy, positive regard, and acceptance.
Sometimes we move through life without a deep sense of who we are and how our story has shaped us. Together, we will work to help you find awareness and a deep understanding of your life and relationships up to this point. Our work will be to befriend the known and unknown parts of yourself, listening to the stories and pain they hold. We will work to restore trust in your own inner resilience and knowing. I approach therapy with the belief that our minds and bodies are extremely intuitive and that at our core, we know how to heal.
While I have my licenses in mental health & chemical dependency, I have switched my focus to Recovery Coaching. What this entails is future focused modalities to help keep you sober versus Formal Diagnostic Therapy. I work with sober moms outside of what is considered traditional, make sure to convey a plan that revolves around implementing filling their cup before they pour into the family. We work on this by finding gray areas, instead of black and white thinking, making sure we are taking care of our bodies with proper supplements, and using essential oils to release trauma and build confidence with affirmations.
Current Appts. Avail: I offer support to children, teens, young adults & parents as they navigate their feelings, relationships, and their place in their community, school & family. Families are facing feelings of anxiety & isolation in these unprecedented times, challenging their sense of wellness in creating safety resilience and peace. Adjusting to new situations within one's life include finding coping skills to lessen the impact on your mental & physical well-being. I promote the balance of mind, body & spirit utilizing compassionate holistic interventions, honoring inner strength, individuality & respecting multiculturalism.
What type of mental health professional is right for me?
Some of the most common types of mental health providers in Lake Forest Park are psychologists, licensed counselors, therapists, psychotherapists, and licensed clinical social workers, all of whom diagnose mental health conditions and provide individualized treatment.
Services offered, education and credentials vary by type of mental health professional. Each professional in Lake Forest Park then may specialize in certain areas, such as depression, marriage counseling, or anxiety. Although many mental health providers are not licensed to prescribe medication, they may coordinate with a provider who can.
Both in-person and online therapy sessions are available from most psychologists.
How to find a specialist?
You can refine your search using the filters on this page. There are several categories you can filter by to find mental health professionals with the experience you are looking for. You may want to filter for CBT Psychologists in Lake Forest Park, or Child Psychologists in Lake Forest Park.
Many find it useful to use filters to view only psychologists that have experience working with certain issues, like Lake Forest Park psychologists specializing in EMDR.
What method of therapy is right for me?
When it comes to treatment methods, there's no 'right way.’ Each method of therapy can be beneficial for a variety of issues. Psychologists in Lake Forest Park specialize in therapeutic approaches such as CBT, EMDR, and Interpersonal Therapy (IPT), among others. Finding a psychologist or therapist who is a good fit for you is the most important step to discovering what type of therapy, or combination of therapeutic approaches, will meet your individual needs. Learn what to expect from different types of therapy and how they work.
How to use my insurance?
Many therapists accept health insurance. Check to see if your insurance is covered. Feel free to discuss this when you contact the therapist.