Dr. Katharine Joo

Accepting Clients

My practice is focused on providing psychoanalytic treatment for those ages 18 and over.

Psychiatrist in Seattle, WA

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About My Clients

You may be curious about how unconscious mechanisms have shaped your life. You may have persistent physical symptoms that have not responded to biomedical approaches. You may be dissatisfied or alienated by short term "evidence-based" psychotherapy. You may wonder why unwanted patterns of behavior repeat despite your conscious endeavoring toward health and well-being. You may have been on psychiatric medications for many years and want to explore the possibility of tapering or discontinuation.

My Background and Approach

I am a psychiatrist, which means that I completed medical school and a four-year psychiatric residency at an accredited hospital. My approach to psychoanalytic treatment is based on Freud and Lacan’s conceptualization of the unconscious. However, there may be times when I briefly utilize a psychotherapeutic or biomedical orientation, which will be based on my clinical assessment of your presentation. We will work together to determine the frequency of sessions and discuss factors that influence the duration of treatment.

My Personal Beliefs and Interests

Psychoanalysis refrains from moral evaluations of whether a symptom is “good” or “bad” and thus does not put itself in a conflictual stance towards what attempts speak an unconscious knowledge. This allows for a deeper exploration of how you have come to suffer from your symptom and affords you the opportunity to eventually decide how to transform it in a way that creates a life of your own choosing. The history of mental health treatments is littered with examples of unethical approaches to eliminating pathology and returning an individual to a state of wellness, which is determined as such by social, cultural, historical norms. Ultimately, what psychoanalysis affirms is that there is no “normal” way to exist in the world. It returns the decision of what it means to live freely and ethically to the subject.

At A Glance

  • Experience: 9 years of practice
  • Languages: English
  • Rate: $140 - 250/session

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