My Approach to Helping
Are you struggling? Send me an email, I'd love to help. I believe the most important part of therapy is finding a good match between the therapist's skills and your individual needs. I am passionate about helping people find their inner strengths and build resilience to stress. I take an active approach in therapy; I ask questions, offer new perspectives, and provide opportunities to learn and practice new skills.
I firmly believe that each person is the expert on their own life. You are the only person in charge of deciding what is right for you. My goal in therapy is to provide emotional support and create a safe space that allows you to rest, reflect, and decide whether and how you need to make changes in your own life. I believe in working together as a team to help you create a life that you feel good about.
More Info About My Practice
I provide services in my office, located in downtown Fremont in Seattle, on Saturdays, Sundays, and Mondays. Free parking for clients is available and my office is easy to access for everyone, including people with limited mobility. I also provide services via telephone and secure video sessions. I am flexible for scheduling video/phone sessions, so if you have an alternative schedule or need more flexibility, just ask!
How Psychotherapy Can Help
Life often happens so fast, we sometimes feel we can just barely keep up. Especially when things get stressful, you can easily end up in a survival mode, feeling like you are barely keeping your head above water. I think of therapy sessions as your own personal reserved space for you to pause and catch your breath.
Making the time and commitment to therapy for an hour each week is creating a safe space for yourself. You can use this time to reflect, learn new skills, make some repairs, and map out a new path if needed. Then you can head out again with a clearer head, more confidence, and better equipped to handle life.
My Role as a Therapist
As your therapist, I don't care what you do. This might sound shocking, but I mean this in the best way possible. Have you ever tried to talk out a difficult decision with someone, but then they end up trying to convince you about their own viewpoint? Often times the things we feel most conflicted about, our deepest concerns, also impact other people in our lives. This makes it hard for friends, family, and loved ones to listen without judgement. A therapist is able to focus on what is best for you, end of story.
As your therapist, I do not carry any preconceived notions about what is best for you. I have no personal investment in what decisions you make.
I believe that my role as a therapist is to listen without judgement and help you sort out what you feel is best for you. I can offer different viewpoints, but ultimately, I am only interested in helping you live a life that you are happy with.
My Guiding Ethical Principles
I believe that you are the expert on your own life. I work to support your individual choice and control over yourself and your life. While I may offer different perspectives and may gently challenge you, I accept and encourage you to make your own choices based on what you feel is best for you.
As a PhD, I am also a scientist. I constantly review the latest research articles relating to treatment options for depression, anxiety, pain management, and stress reduction. I have formal training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and other modes of therapy. I draw on that knowledge and experience to tailor sessions to what is most likely to be helpful to you as an individual person.