My Approach to Helping
In some way or another, we are all trying to find our way home again. To that place of being where we feel deeply peaceful, vibrantly alive, and connected in kinship and love. We feel a deep longing for this place yet struggle to make sense of how to close the gap between here and there. Unresolved trauma, troublesome childhood environments, and a host of other factors may be causing us never-ending stress and hardship. We have tried to fix things yet we have failed and bit by bit, we lose faith that we can realize our heart’s calling. The chaos and unrest in our lives take their toll day by day and we feel stuck and hopeless.
I work with clients to uncover new avenues of healing and change. We each have a vast set of inner resources and a natural capacity for healing, if only we are able to tap into them and foster their growth. I offer body-centered talk therapy and fully legal psychedelic-assisted therapy to revitalize these resources and catalyze natural healing processes.
I bring playfulness, curiosity, acceptance, and empathy to my work and value the wisdom within each of my clients. I tailor my services using an evidence-based client feedback tool to help us find what works best while also being efficient with time and resources.
If you want to get to a better place yet are struggling to find a way there, please reach out.
More Info About My Practice
Currently I am offering all talk therapy exclusively via telehealth while I am establishing a physical location in the Greater Seattle Area. Psychedelic-assisted therapy (currently just ketamine-assisted therapy) is offered in-person in conjunction with an anesthesiologist at an office in Mountlake Terrace.
My Role as a Therapist
My role is as collaborator, guide, coach and empathetic listener. Together we will work to explore your goals and how I can best support your journey there. I believe clients can become the heroes of their lives and help them tap into their own wisdom and healing capacity. I employ an ultra-brief but regular survey-based feedback process to help me tailor my approach to fit you, identify my mistakes, and help us make the best use of your time and resources.
Importance of the Client-Therapist Alliance
Over 1,000 studies show that the quality of the alliance is the single biggest predictor of successful therapeutic outcomes and has about a 3x greater influence than particular therapeutic techniques (from "The Great Psychotherapy Debate: The Evidence for What Makes Psychotherapy Work", 2015). For these reasons, I place my focus on measuring the quality of the alliance and making efforts to improve it wherever possible. Outside of session, I work on improving my skills in both building and maintaining a quality alliance.
Therapist opinion has been shown to be an inaccurate gauges of the alliance and so a more objective measurement is needed. I use an evidence-based, ultra-brief survey called the Outcome Rating Scale that asks clients to rate each session on a sliding scale in each the following dimensions:
- I felt heard, understood, and respected.
- We worked on and talked about what I wanted to work on and talk about.
- The therapist's approach is a good fit for me.
- Overall, today's session was right for me.
After the rating process we review whatever affected those scores in a negative way. Even small issues affecting those ratings should be raised so we can work best together - negative feedback is always welcomed and treated respectfully.