My Approach to Helping
Just seeking assistance, we start the change process. Whether it's self-improvement or communications at home or work, personal growth work leads to better connections and a more engaged life. We find deeper sides of ourselves & a store of wisdom we don't always recognize we have. I offer 44 years experience and a straightforward approach. along with a free 20-minute consultation, for discussing personal concerns.
My counseling method is personal, interactive and well-researched; it respects what already is working and catalyzes efforts in more challenged areas. Most describe my work as sensitive, yet incisive and direct _ an active, empowering process.
More Info About My Practice
I am located in Downtown Seattle's beautiful Pioneer Square, in the historic Pioneer Building at 1st & James.
Fees are affordable, by percentage of income, capping at $155hours for individuals and $175 for couples. Fees are due at time of service. Blue Cross & Blue Shield reimburse, recognizing me as an "out-of-network" provider; however most people prefer the cash scale. No notes are kept; by client request, this arrangement is legal in the state of Washington and maximizes your privacy completely.
Email me with what your concerns are; a free twenty-minute meeting will be set. Should you choose to continue that session for a whole hour, then a fee will be charged.
Please feel welcome to contact me. I am glad to help.
My Role as a Therapist
The therapist's job requires a strong peer relationship to the client, who ultimately knows what he or she needs, to go forward.
My Therapy Focus
My therapy orientation includes sharpening self-awareness; but each client's direction differs, depending on their values and needs. My own path included work on relational issues with Gestalt and Feminist-influenced therapists & some years processing my dreams with Jungian & group-process oriented professionals. I have offered Dream Retreats since 1986 & CE Dream Workshops since 2014 in Port Townsend, WA.
My Guiding Ethical Principles
Therapists or counselors, like those who see me professionally, benefit from ongoing human development efforts. I would not refer to a professional that does not engage actively in looking at their own issues.
What I Say to People Concerned about the Therapy Process
Effective self-expression, in particular, is a skill we take for granted. It is one well worth developing & refining, as it affects both our personal and work lives. In addition to finding humor and balance, such efforts maximize our relationships, both to our own self and to others.