Experienced, calm, caring, strategic & good humored Seattle therapist at intersection of South Lake Union, Belltown, Downtown, & Queen Anne.
Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Seattle, WA
8 years experience providing innovative PTSD treatments to 100s of trauma survivors at Harborview Center for Sexual Assault & Traumatic Stress. Trauma incidents include: childhood physical & sexual abuse, sexual assaults, physical assaults, domestic violence, car accidents, crime victimization, combat violence, witnessing violence, state-sponsored violence experienced as refugees, and repeated exposure to trauma as first responders. Please try trauma treatment which can be very effective!
Depression can be so difficult to shake. The symptoms tend to feed each other in a vicious way (ex. social isolation results in negative thoughts about how others view you and therefore propensity to continue isolation). I am experienced utilizing evidence-based strategies to help you break the cycle and change your actions and thoughts for the better. I also help you sort out challenging situations and history that may have contributed to the initial onset of Depression. Therapy can help!
Anxiety impacts your ability to enjoy and function in life. Often people feel it in their body (ex. muscle tension, heart beating fast, jittery legs, and even panic). It results in avoidance of stressors which ultimately increases the anxiety by reinforcing the belief that you are better off avoiding! I am experienced helping clients cope with symptoms and ultimately overcome their avoidance and modify their beliefs so they feel more calm and reengage more fully in life.
8 years experience counseling trauma survivors at Harborview Center for Sexual Assault and Traumatic Stress. Highly trained in evidence-based treatments for post traumatic stress including Prolonged Exposure, Cognitive Processing Therapy, and Common Elements Treatment Approach (A trauma-focused modular Cognitive Behavioral Treatment- CBT). Therapies help clients overcome avoidance of trauma memories and trauma reminders, and help them modify critical beliefs to be more realistic and helpful.
8 years intensive training and experience offering CBT treatments for trauma, depression, and anxiety while working at Harborview Center for Sexual Assault and Traumatic Stress. 3 years of intensive training and experience delivering Cognitive Behavioral Therapy interventions to parents whose children exhibited especially challenging behaviors at home, in school, and in the community. CBT helps clients modify thoughts, beliefs, and behaviors to improve their emotions and life.
Trained in Psychodynamic Therapy in graduate school as basis for working with clients. Therapist helps client to recognize and change their patterns of thoughts and beliefs. Therapist also helps client by noticing dynamics between client and counselor.