Humans are social creators and thrive within healthy connections. When we feel heard and understood, we feel accepted and loved. However, this isn’t always the case. Maybe we did not get our attachment needs met in childhood and we unconsciously bring those wounds into our adult relationships; maybe our wounds are blocking us from being the parents we want to be; maybe our wounds show up as debilitating anxiety and/or depression. However your attachment style shows up for you, we will work towards bringing an awareness of your own vulnerabilities, fears and unhelpful patterns in order to cultivate healing, contentment, forgiveness, hope and simple joy - individually or within a relationship.
I am a LMFTA (licensed marriage/couples and family therapist associate) who works with individuals and couples. I am mindful of each client’s unique set of needs and comfort level and will work with you to achieve your goals. My approach is looking through the lens of Attachment Theory in combination with Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) and Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT).
I also helped clients/couples take a deeper dive into unconscious triggers using "Parts Work". This is based on modern neuroscience’s understanding of how our intricate personalities are developed. It is a way of understanding our sense of self as being complex and multifaceted. Different parts of oneself can be triggered depending on what we are going through, which is why sometimes it can feel like different versions of ourselves are "driving the car" at any given time..
We tend to judge ourselves when we don’t act in a way that is congruent with who we know ourselves to be or how we want to show up for others. We know that we have the capacity to be confident, calm, clear, assertive, or motivated, but in some moments just can’t seem to get there. That can bring on painful feelings of self-blame, guilt and even shame.
Parts work is helpful when we feel stuck in a pattern of behavior that feels unhealthy or harmful in some way. I will guide you through this creative path to help you understand your underlying narrative and patterns more.
With couples, I utilize aspects of Gottman Method and Emotional Focused Therapy, and "Parts Work" to help manage conflict, deepen intimacy and create shared meaning. Day/evening appts available.
I DO NOT ACCEPT INSURANCE AT THIS TIME
Cost per 60/65 minute session:
$135 for individual and $165 for couples.
License: WA MG 61087332
University of Washington
Antioch University Seattle
Supervisor: Betty Kellow, LICSW
License: WA 00007116