I love working with clients who strive for growth and healing through a collaborative process of self-discovery. When the stories you believe about your life and about your self begin to hold you back, it is time to examine deeply where those messages come from, whether they serve your greater good, or if they are even accurate. I strive to work with clients to re-imagine their lives and their identity that is in alignment with their authentic self and truth(s). My clients learn how to integrate their past with their present in a way that creates wholeness and a sense of new purpose and meaning.
I primarily provide individual therapy to adults (ages 18-45) who wish to address acute or long-term trauma, specifically childhood sexual abuse/sexual assault but other traumas as well. I approach each client through a developmental lens, understanding that concerns manifest differently depending on one's age and developmental stage at the time of the trauma as well as at the time of treatment. I also am available to work with parents, many who are navigating challenges associated with helping a child who has been traumatized, who wish to explore more positive discipline strategies.
Throughout life's most interesting or challenging journeys, it is helpful to walk with and share your experiences with someone. I would love to work with you and your family! My goal is to provide an environment of safety, trust and respect, where you feel comfortable expressing your thoughts and feelings.
You have taken a courageous step to consider counseling! It is my privilege to create a safe, nurturing space for you to breathe... to concentrate on self-care. There is rest, here. There is room for you to BE you. Room to step back, to consider, to contemplate. Room to grow in understanding, practical skills, and a fresh perspective. There is room for hope. My practice focuses on strengthening marriages, couples' relationships, and on individual counseling for a variety of issues. My approach is attachment based, client focused, interactive, and is grounded in Biblical principles of love, gratitude and grace.
Bring gritty emotional honesty, a kind, sharp eye for themes in your life and your sense of humor. We'll work to understand nuances of your unique situation, utilize insights from your relationship history and symptoms and experiment with patterns that hold you back. I love to assist mid-life adults in life transition. My French Bulldog joins us! We are both GLBTQ friendly. Most people tend to get stuck analyzing problems and are slow to take action OR they leap to action before gaining insight. I'll help you strike the right balance, so you create lasting change. Pursuing therapy is a little brave and it pays off in profound ways.
Have trouble saying 'No"? Wondering why you feel scared when everyone else seem fine? Are you avoiding things, feeling guilty and overwhelmed? Are you facing divorce and have no idea of what to do or where to turn? I help adults and older children with anxiety, establishing boundaries, managing ADHD and learning differences, depression and coping with major life changes and transitions. I also offer parenting and child inclusive or focused support for families in the divorce process. My office is located in Seattle's Magnolia Neighborhood (Details given upon request).
At times, we may lose our ability to trust our intuition. We may feel like imposters in our relationships, jobs or within ourselves. Therapy can offer a bridge back to understanding your authentic needs. I work with adults of all genders, races and sexual orientations experiencing anxiety, self-doubt and perfectionism. Symptoms related to these issues can manifest as feeling cut off from emotions, overwhelm, stress and burnout. I also provide services to athletes and performing artists who may be experiencing life transitions, performance anxiety or injury.
How do you know it is time for therapy? You can't get traction. You have unmanageable stress. Relationships aren't working. You need different, but don't know what or how. You can't make changes stick. You need answers***Come explore your situation through a different lens and let's work to find REAL solutions. My approach is direct, honest, and curious. You are the expert in your life but I am there to support and shine the light on your path so you can create lifelong change, using all of the tools and resources available to you. The first step can be hard, but together, we'll walk, create insight, and empower you on your journey.
I use a blend of effective elements from several approaches to therapy, customized to suit your particular need, ability and issues addressed. I draw from the disciplines of cognitive behavioral, rational-emotive, bio-energetic and Gestalt therapies to ensure the approach we take has the flexibility to address your concerns as they appear in your own unique life and experience. Conditions successfully treated during fourteen years experience working with individuals, couples and families include depression, anxiety, procrastination and achievement issues relative to work, school or creativity ; alienation, relationship and intimacy issues, addiction and compulsive behavior, life satisfaction and identity.
“How can I reconnect intimately with my partner?” “How do we navigate having different levels of sexual desire?” “How do we rebuild trust after it’s been broken?” “Who am I and what does that mean?” These are all questions I have heard many iterations of in my therapy office, so if you’ve found yourself asking some of these same questions, you’re not alone. Whether you're tackling rebuilding trust, cultivating intimacy, exploring sexuality, deconstructing harmful self-narratives, or developing communication skills, it is an honor to walk alongside you during this journey, as you invest in yourself and your relationships.
If you are looking for support in dealing with your own changing life situation I offer individual counseling specializing in issues around aging and transitions. Consultation is available for the adult child who may be a caregiver or is wondering what the next steps could be or what community resources are available for an aging parent. Many adult children do not live near their parents or do not have the time to manage their parent's care. Having a local Geriatric Care Manager can ease some of the burden and worry around safety, care and placement concerns.
Whether you are struggling with major life changes, acute emotional distress or just wanting to address some problematic or troublesome behavior patterns, we can help you work through these issues with reflective, empathic and non-judgmental therapy. We at ECS have a strong belief in the healing power of the therapeutic relationship so we strive to create a space of trust, safety and mutual respect.
Many times when people find themselves in challenging circumstances, they are able to find solutions on their own. This innovation and resourcefulness in people excites me and gives me hope. Other times, the difficulties life throws one's way may seem too overwhelming, complicated or scary to deal with. Sometimes people come up with temporary solutions to problems so they can cope in the meantime. All of these responses to adversity and challenges are normal and, in my experience, people seek out therapy when their options or their “stories” feel stuck.
Evidence-based practice helping individuals, couples, and families get "unstuck", navigate the challenges of modern life and relationships, and lead more satisfying lives. The goal is that through counseling you will gain insight into your unhelpful thinking patterns and change them, have healthier relationships, and become equipped with the skills to generate a greater sense of control and empowerment in your life. I have 2 office locations in Seattle: Downtown (901Boren Ave) and in the Magnolia neighborhood (2303 W Commodore Way). On Mondays I practice in the suburb of Edmonds (300 Admiral Way). .
You are a high performer who is stuck & looking for outside help. You want to have a secure & loving relationship. You want to heal from past hurts, connect with your inner compass & shift towards healthier ways of living. In couples counseling, my husband & I work as a team to help couples grow together. As former high tech & legal professionals, we understand how work demands can impact your quality of life. As parents, we get how children are both a joy & a stressor in relationships. As an intercultural couple, we recognize the challenges in bridging different world views.
Stuck? Life not going your way? Fighting with your partner rather than enjoying the relationship? Maybe I can help. As a licensed psychologist for over 25 years, I offer multicultural services for stressed, anxious and depressed individuals. We will focus together on your issues, assess why you're stuck, develop a plan for change and take the necessary action. You can expect to learn skills to manage your life and reach your goals and to get back on track.
I work with people who struggle with mood disorders. Often when people struggle with their relationships and experiences, or have been diagnosed with a mental health problem, a kind of fracture occurs between themselves and their real experience. Together we host the best expression of your authenticity--in spite of the labels that would diminish your unique experience. We discover meaning and make decisions about what you want.
I believe it is important to listen carefully and develop an understanding of your concerns and difficulties. After getting a clear picture of what is happening, we can begin to work on and explore areas of your life that are significantly impacting you. I strive to ensure a safe, collaborative and caring environment that allows for your growth and change. My therapeutic orientation is a combination of humanistic, cognitive-behavioral, psychoeducation, and emotion-focused therapy.
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.
You may hear a calling to forge a new path toward a more meaningful life, one free of old patterns that no longer serve you or your relationships. The calling inspires you to go deeper within. You long to live life more fully with greater aliveness, creativity, and life purpose.
What type of mental health professional is right for me?
Some of the most common types of mental health providers in Magnolia, 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 Magnolia, 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 Magnolia, Seattle, or Child Psychologists in Magnolia, Seattle.
Many find it useful to use filters to view only psychologists that have experience working with certain issues, like Magnolia, 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 Magnolia, 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.