My Approach to Helping
I work with couples, families, and individuals of all ages in West Seattle. My psychotherapy practice is based on a relational, psychodynamic modality that believes it is in relationships that we find both harm and healing. Thus, through the authentic and unique therapeutic relationship, it is my desire to create a safe space of non-judgment, respect, and care so that you may explore aspects of yourself that are not yet fully known and live life with a better sense of choice and opportunity. My hope is that you will find your voice and learn how to use it in a kind and loving way for yourself and your relationships.
Had a Negative Therapy Experience?
Let's talk about it! What wasn't helpful? What was helpful? I'm not here to gossip about your previous therapist, but learning about your previous therapeutic relationship can better inform me on what might come up in our work together. If we find ourselves engaging in similar patterns, we can explore what's really going on here. If we find that it's a completely different experience, we can explore what is different and how that may relate to your attachment and communication styles. Every relationship takes two, and the more we explore, the more we'll learn and provide you with more information to help you live your life fully.
Importance of the Client-Therapist Alliance
It is my belief that the relational dynamics that you experience outside of the therapeutic space will make themselves known within it. Therefore, the client-therapist relationship is so important to the work of therapy. This includes experiences of conflict. We are two humans in a shared space, and we are bound to stir up a little conflict on occasion (e.g., I say something that reminds you of an unpleasant experience and puts you off). It is vital that we face this conflict together and work through it. Although this is can feel quite uncomfortable to some, I've found this to be the real meat of therapy. As we learn to face each other in a kind in loving way, this will extend to your relationships outside of the therapy hour.