My Approach to Helping
For 30 years I've had the good fortune to help adults feel better about themselves & their relationships. My style is warm, straight-forward & collaborative. I use a strength-based approach and have had success helping with a broad range of life's problems.
Issues I enjoy working with include: changing relationship patterns, mid-life issues, women's issues, boundaries and "people-pleasing", assertiveness & self-confidence, and grief & loss.
I love to work with family-of origin issues, and help to re-work faulty beliefs rooted in childhood.
I work collaboratively with each of my clients to create a specific plan based on strengths, needs, and goals. Depending on what your needs are we may:
1. work psychodynamically: The goals of psychodynamic therapy are to increase self-awareness and understanding of how the past has influenced current life. From there you are freed up to experiment with new ways of being. When you take a risk and do something differently it becomes part of who you are. Old patterns are interrupted and new ways of living are created.
2. work cognitive- behaviorally: The goals of CBT are to explore how distorted beliefs may be affecting your current feelings & behavior. By exploring and challenging negative or distorted thoughts, you are then challenged to change related feelings and behavior.
3. work to resolve abuse by weaving back and forth between the "here & now" and the past.
I also have several women's Interpersonal groups and believe strongly in the power of groups. I'm a seasoned group psychotherapist and am a Certified Group Psychotherapist through the American Group Psychotherapy Association.
Midlife Women's Group-- Alternate Wednesday eves 4:15-5:30pm. (75 minutes)
Midlife Women's Group--Alternate Tuesday eves 5:15-6:30pm. (75 minutes)
$55 per session
Group often becomes a highlight & touchstone in the week of group members. It becomes a place to learn more about oneself, as well as a place to have meaningful, growthful conversations.
Women in my groups tend to be self-aware, supportive of one another, and content in most areas of life. Groups are designed to be supportive & growth enhancing, and are not designed to treat mental illness or crisis situations.
I'm also privileged to be a WA State Certified Clinical Supervisor, and enjoy supervising
new therapist associates as they work toward licensure.
* Monthly Clinical Consultation Group *
This group of congenial, licensed clinicians begins in Fall 2023 and meets monthly on the second Friday of the month..
Time: second Friday 12pm-1:30pm
Fee: $70 per month
The group provides support for clinical and practice issues. More information is available on my website "Women's Therapy Groups Seattle". Members commit to six sessions at a time.