Do you want more authenticity in your life? I enjoy supporting the personal growth and emotional development of clients.
Marriage & Family Therapist in Seattle, WA
My training and experience are rooted in relational conflict resolution. I am comfortable with the whole family in the room, or with individuals needing support through asserting different boundaries with family. The theoretical perspectives that influence my work most are Structural Family Therapy, Bowenian Family Therapy, and Emotionally-Focused Therapy.
I've worked with multiple couples to distill conflict into tangible goals. The relationship is my primary client, and I press each person toward relational health while balancing each individual's needs. Using elements of Differentiation-Based Sex and Relationship Therapy, Gottman's research-based approach, and Emotionally-Focused Therapy, I help couples see the ways they need to grow in order to achieve the harmony they desire. I am very good at not taking sides!
I use both a relational and CBT approach to resolving anxiety. I work collaboratively with clients to uncover the roots of anxiety. Often these roots lie in the fear of falling apart in the face of overwhelming challenges or in the fear of rejection in close relationships. I use components of Bowenian theory and a strengths-based approach to inform my work. I will train in Brainspotting (a brain-based model) in the spring of 2021 to address anxiety with deeper, faster results.
Family systems theory is the foundation of my education and training. For all clients, including individuals, I look for relational patterns that often inform the direction of therapy.
All my clients bring to therapy the desire to improve relationship functioning. I address issues such as gaining the courage to set stronger boundaries with a difficult person, resolving anxiety from relational trauma, or taking ownership for resolving marital conflict. I serve clients who want to understand and grow in the context of important relationships. I create authentic, trusting therapeutic experiences with clients that they can build on in their everyday lives.
Improving intimate relationships requires that each partner access inner resources and grow the ability to stay grounded during difficult times. I use concepts from Crucible Therapy, the Gottman method, and Emotionally-Focused therapy to help couples address and manage their emotions in more effective ways. The reward for this work is more relaxed, authentic interactions and reduced stress during conflict.
Often we look to others to give us validation and encouragement, only to find it lacking. I assist clients in increasing resilience and finding a more solid sense of self that is deeply connected to others, yet less dependent on their approval. Clients who stay with this process find greater life satisfaction and decreased relational stress. For clients experiencing the effects of trauma, I often use Brainspotting to facilitate healing and remove emotional roadblocks.
I am a Certified Brainspotting Therapist. Brainspotting is a brain-based, highly effective tool for processing and relieving trauma and other persistent negative emotional states.
Some of the deepest and most impactful work I do is with clients wanting to heal trauma from their families of origin. Clients receive an individualized approach. I use emotionally-focused talk therapy, principles of structural family therapy, and Brainspotting therapy to target intergenerational trauma. Clients often make huge strides in self-awareness and in the ability to participate more fully and authentically in their present lives.