Before therapy, most people have identified emotions and behaviors that they have tried to change. When these efforts are not successful, there are often blind spots or important ties to unresolved, and sometime unrecognized, issues from the past. I work collaboratively to define the problem, identify patterns and their sources, and then to uncover new options.
Since my former practice was in Harvard Square in Cambridge, MA, I have worked extensively with students and young adults. Often I use family theory in working with an individuals to increase awareness of options within relationships and with his/her family.
I work with teens and adults who are navigating life transitions, searching for direction, or who are struggling with the effects of depression, anxiety, or trauma. As a queer and genderqueer second-generation Chinese American, I offer an affirming environment for LGBTQ, BIPOC, and QTPOC folks, and people with other marginalized identities.
Welcome to Alpenglow Therapy. I am so glad that you are here, and I look forward to the possibility of working together. My goal as a therapist is to create a safe, trusting, and authentic space where you can be yourself. It is a space for you to process, to grow, to learn, and to succeed. My commitment to you is to accompany you on this journey without judgement or pressure; I will support you in your time of need, teach you new skills, and gently challenge you.
In my current practice I focus on eating disorders, disordered eating, your relationship with food, and body image concerns. You may also be going through a life transition of some kind and/or be feeling overly stressed or anxious. I have worked with these issues for over two decades and know how valuable seeking support and prioritizing your well-being can be. I love helping people find ways to trust themselves, be more authentic, and build up their resilience. It brings me joy to see my clients make positive changes.
You’re tired of being on autopilot, pretending that everything’s fine because you know it’s not. You feel like you’re sinking into quicksand with no way out. You’re overwhelmed, worried, and exhausted. You know that what you’re currently doing isn’t working, but you feel helpless and unsure of what to do differently.
"OWNING OUR STORY CAN BE HARD BUT NOT NEARLY AS DIFFICULT AS SPENDING OUR LIVES RUNNING FROM IT. EMBRACING OUR VULNERABILITIES IS RISKY BUT NOT NEARLY AS DIFFICULT AS GIVING UP ON LOVE, BELONGING AND JOY." BRENE BROWN - I love helping people move from a state of Discouragement, Confusion, Frustration, a sense of feeling Lost, towards less of this and more inner knowledge, agency, grace, self compassion, hope and wholeness. --RELATIONSHIP ISSUES, FAMILY AND FAITH OF ORIGIN, EVANGELICAL (RELIGIOUS) HISTORY/UPBRINGING, DISCOURAGEMENT, ANXIETY ABOUT LIFE, LEARNING AND VOCATIONAL WONDERINGS, PURSUIT OF ART/PASSION,
I love working with clients who are seeking greater connection and meaning in their lives. You may be unsure of your next step, grappling with uncertainty, or finding areas of life where you feel hungry for more freedom or belonging. I'm a good fit for teens and adults who are looking for a non-judgmental space to explore experiences of anxiety, stress, relationships, body image, gender identity, oppression, and life transitions. Sometimes we can lose touch with our inner voice, leaving us unable to trust ourselves, and therapy is a courageous choice toward connection and agency.
As a proud gamer & geek, I believe geek culture to be a rich resource for personal and relational empowerment, growth, and healing. I offer a place where others in the geek community can come to speak a common language with someone who shares your interests & who understands. In my practice, I work with adults, couples, adolescents, and children to help heal emotional wounds, break through painful and repeated patterns, develop healthy coping strategies, build better communication dynamics, and create meaningful change.
I specialize in working with children, teens, and adults who might be struggling to make sense of the complicated world that we live in. Despite our connectivity, it seems that we live in a time in which individuals and families are more isolated than ever before. I truly believe that we all need and desire a village — a network of support and care to help us when needed. It is my aim to be that extra form of support. I am here to help individuals and families navigate the more difficult hurdles and to find ways to work towards creating more peaceful, authentic, and connected lives.
We are a collective group of health professionals seeking to support the collective healing of our community. Mental Health is our focus and we are committed to providing holistic services that attend to the mind, body, and soul, including individual therapy, family therapy, couples therapy, and group therapy. In addition to these traditional forms of treatment, we also offer adjunct services that further support meaningful healing and whole-hearted living. Just like you, our helping professionals are human. We lead with authenticity and use our imperfections as a guide to cultivate hope and inspire change.
Are you burnt out from late-stage capitalism, White supremacy, and rampant misogyny? Same. Rest and relationships are essential. I provide a relationship that supports your growth, holds space for discomfort and grief, and inspires you to create joy and pleasure in everything you do. I specialize in working with people experiencing anxiety and depression, gender and sexual issues, trauma, attachment-based challenges, relationship stress, and folks looking to heal through mind-body integration.
I am a licensed Mental Health therapist ( WA license number: 00010994) with twenty years of experience counseling individuals, couples, families, and adolescents. I have a special interest in neuroscience and attachment theory in the context of helping individuals cope and heal from stress, trauma, and grief. I am also passionate about assisting people in developing healthy, authentic relationships, and in carving out their own unique life course. I believe that the relationship that is built between client and therapist is an important part of therapeutic growth and change.
Do you feel cut off from your sense of self or innate wisdom? Are you sabotaging your progress by clinging to old patterns that aren't working for you? Maybe you’ve tried talk therapy in the past and thought that it was helpful, but didn’t really get to the heart of the matter. You crave a healing journey that incorporates your mind, body, and spirit. Hi! I’m Dez. I am a holistic therapist who blends talk therapy with body-centered practices to help children, teens, adults, and women in leadership heal complex trauma, manage anxiety and perfectionism, cultivate meaningful relationships, and truly embody health and wellbeing.
'Normal is nothing more than a cycle on a washing machine' It can be so tempting to get stuck comparing ourselves to others, focusing on our flaws and feeling like a failure. That's why I find it important to create a non-judgmental, affirming space where we can explore the landscape and terrain of your heart to find what has kept you from flourishing as your authentic self. I am passionate about working with adults and adolescents struggling with relationships, ongoing emotional disturbance, feelings of depression and/or anxiety, trauma (past or present), and difficult life transitions.
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LICSWA, SUDPT
Do you feel stuck but also don’t quite know where to start to make positive changes in your life? Most of us have been there. In this increasingly complex world it can be difficult to create moments of peace and contentment, and listen to our inner voice. We are constantly bombarded by different types of stimuli. Despite so many ways to communicate with people, sometimes it feels like no one is really listening to what we have to say. How are we supposed to foster joy, gratitude, have satisfying and meaningful relationships like this? If you have had these thoughts a little too often, maybe it is time for us to work together.
You are not alone. Maybe you're needing support in preparation for marriage, pregnancy, and baby's arrival. Or maybe these issues bring about pain and challenge, such as infertility, pregnancy loss, perinatal anxiety/depression, or childbirth trauma. Are you feeling stuck in a relationship or your career? Has your partnership hit some bumps while facing life transitions, is parenting feeling overwhelming, or are you in the midst of a difficult chapter of life? I provide a safe and non-judgemental space to address such life issues and meet my clients where they're at. I am direct, yet compassionate and affirming.
We all experiences challenges. We might feel stuck or overwhelmed and sometimes we need additional support. Therapy creates opportunities for you to explore your thoughts and feelings so you can better understand and change what's getting in the way of you living as your fullest self. I work with adults and expectant and new parents to address anxiety, depression, self criticism, anger, loneliness, or feeling numb or shut down. Our work together strengthens your sense of self, your relationships, and your capacity to best respond to life's inevitable changes and challenges.
Therapy to me is a process of discovery and rediscovery, reworking patterns of behavior, or beginning to change thoughts or beliefs that are no longer relevant or useful for our current self and life. It's engaging thoughtfully in your life, taking an active role in your relationship with yourself and others, and fostering the type of self and change that you desire. My role in your process lies around engaging in thoughtful discovery, working through challenges and resistance that comes inherently with the onset of change.
I strive to provide a warm, supportive, and nonjudgmental space to explore what may be at the root of your distress. While each of us has a natural capacity to heal, my role is to help you identify and remove the obstacles that stand in the way of your health, coping, growth, and well-being. I help with a range of concerns such as depression, anxiety, PTSD, or chronic pain/illness. I specialize in trauma, single events or the kind that can be more complex, ongoing, or occurred repeatedly over longer periods of time.
Not accepting new clients currently, please check back in as this changes frequently. I believe therapy offers a profound opportunity for growth and change. I'll be curious about your experience, and we'll pay attention to what feels most important to you as we talk together about your thoughts and feelings. Through this process you'll gain a deeper understanding of yourself. You'll also come to better know your own strengths and resiliency. I am warm, thoughtful, and engaging in my approach and believe that a safe and supportive therapy relationship is essential in easing feelings of discomfort that normally accompany change.
What type of mental health professional is right for me?
Some of the most common types of mental health providers in Ballard, Seattle 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 Ballard, Seattle 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 Ballard, Seattle, or Child Psychologists in Ballard, Seattle.
Many find it useful to use filters to view only psychologists that have experience working with certain issues, like Ballard, Seattle 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 Ballard, Seattle 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.