In addition to the standard therapisty stuff you look for, I'm pretty casual, transparent, and like to laugh. In person and telehealth!
Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Seattle, WA
I am formally trained as an addictions counselor and have spent a good percentage of my time as a therapist treating substance use disorders in a more intensive setting. I tend to want to explore a client's own values around this issue rather than imposing my own. Once goals are established, my instinct is usually to experiment with what works and what doesn't along the path to recovery (however recovery looks for you).
I very much enjoy sitting with people who have no idea what to do or even what they want. This often manifests as depression, anxiety, or relational conflict. These can be intensely difficult periods in one's life, even though the "answers" may seem easy on the surface. My role in these times is often to reflect without judgement and gently push/reframe when I see you butting up against something you're finding difficult to accept.
I am queer. I tend to present very queer myself and deeply value experimentation with one's identity and expression. If you're struggling with an identity-related issue, I believe it's important to deeply explore what you want out of life, including and distinct from societal norms. I will always approach these conversations with the assumption that society and culture set a tremendous weight on anyone who does not easily conform.
I tend to rely on CBT approaches when clients could use better skills to navigate the issues they are having. It is often helpful to rely on something more practical and organized when people feel entirely lost or unable to make progress.
I am formally trained in treating substance use disorder. This means incorporating traditional, "old school" addictions approaches with more modern psychological techniques. I think of this work as throwing everything at the wall and seeing what sticks; after all everyone's path to recovery will be unique and evolving. In support of this approach, I try to stay well informed of all the different treatment and support options as you navigate what will work for you.
When we talk about "general therapy" I tend to align most strongly as an existentialist. This means a core belief that we are all free agents in the world, doing our best to navigate impossible circumstances. I view "the world" as both helpful and harmful in that we will be simultaneously empowered and oppressed (in different degrees for different people). Ultimately, contentment comes through a sense of self-efficacy in one's own life and from making meaning out of your experiences.