“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Individual therapy can help you sort out your feelings or problem solve an issue. It may be focused on managing a mental health issue, a relationship struggle or a family concern. My goal is to meet you where you are, really hear what is going on for you and collaborate on identifying your goals to help you understand yourself better, take the steps you wish, and move forward.
It is important for you to feel heard, understood and respected. This contributes to us developing good rapport, and it is very important in therapy. Individual therapy can help you develop awareness into your patterns and what happens for you when you feel stuck. I seek to listen respectfully to your thoughts and feelings and encourage you to accept your reactions with a sense of compassion. I can offer approaches that help you take action if you want to make changes – internal shifts in thinking, changes in your relationships, use of skills, behavioral steps to change dysfunctional patterns (to name a few). It can be helpful to follow up about how the process is going, and to meet as long as it is helpful towards your goals.
I work with clients of all ages, including children and adolescents. Often I will involve parents and/or other family members when working with children and adolescents. I tend to use a variety of approaches – Narrative therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT) and Mindfulness based approaches. I am happy to talk about the approaches commonly used in therapy and welcome your questions.
Issues I work with:
Anxiety and stress
Generalized anxiety disorder
Obsessive compulsive symptoms/OCD
Depression and mood disorders
Self harm behavior and suicidal thoughts
Interpersonal communication and assertiveness
Dating and break-ups
Adjustment to college and/or graduate school
Body image concerns
Binge eating or compulsive overeating
LGBTQ specific issues
Asperger’s/High functioning autism
Grief and loss
Family of origin issues
11711 SE 8th St., Suite 315
Bellevue, WA 98005