My Approach to Helping
I am Thea Shire and I am an EMDR and DBT-trained therapist with Northwest DBT Seattle whose passion is healing both "capital T" Traumas, as well as deep-rooted developmental traumas. In my private practice, T. Shire Counseling, I work with individuals, couples, families, and groups. I am strongly influenced by Attachment theory, family systems theory, mindfulness, art therapy, and play therapy (for all ages). I am also a queer counselor and a counselor of the queer! I believe in building lasting bonds with my clients and sharing in their journeys of self-discovery and healing.
If you are looking to get through your pain and find peace and playfulness in your life again, I may be a good fit for you. Feel free to call or email me to set up a FREE 30-minute consultation! I love getting to know people in both short-term and long-term relationships. I believe it is possible to heal even our most sacred attachment wounds and free ourselves from the binds of trauma. By caring for our relationships with ourselves and others, we can learn to build strong, secure, lasting bonds with each other, all the while feeling heard, seen, and loved.
I look forward to getting to know you!
More Info About My Practice
The journey to recovery from Trauma can be an isolating and terrifying thing to endure. Our bodies carry the wounds of the past into our present form, and glimpses of that pain can appear unexpectedly. We feel our hearts race, become dizzy, and the world closes in around us. It may feel as though we are no longer in control of our own lives and being led or held captive by the parts of us who are still afraid, hurt, angry, or disgusted. We may act out and hurt those around us in an attempt to protect ourselves from repeats of the past. But we do not have to be prisoners to our histories. With looks into our first attachments to caregivers and other pre-verbal experiences, as well as the major events where our lives were in danger, we may find hints of the residual energy that remains in our bodies. We may discover patterns of behavior that indicate our most painful responses. And, if we learn to release this pent-up energy; to soothe our inner children that have experienced so much suffering, and coach them through finding safety, worthiness, and love in the world as it is right now, we can learn to walk through our lives as our own leaders, no longer prisoners of our past traumas.
Although it is often a slow, painful, and intimate process; every time I find myself on the other side of solid boundaries, open communication, and the unconditional positive regard that can come from forming secure attachments, my faith in the therapeutic process grows stronger. I truly believe that if a person is able to get the support they need from even one person in their life, so they can truly know what it is like to experience a healthy bond with another human being, the doors to healing even the most complex, deeply rooted, and un-examined traumas can be opened.
My Role as a Therapist
To be a playful companion to you and your loved ones as you embark on this unique and ever-changing quest through your vast inner world;
To facilitate growth and encourage exploration of your individual existence as a human being in the great outer-world;
Whenever you request it, to be a stable presence to your heart through the uncovering of the sacred truths that unfold in the depths of your underworld;
And eventually, to walk alongside you in The Middle Path, ensuring that you know each step of the way that you are heard, seen, and loved.