I am married to a wonderful man and we live in Seattle with our young daughter. I enjoy relaxing with yoga, connecting with friends and roaming Seattle's many parks and playgrounds.
I view therapy as a partnership and a relationship between therapist and patient; both working together to address the issues which brought the individual to therapy. I prefer to begin therapy with a focus on the current feelings of unhappiness and how to provide some immediate relief. From there we will examine past hurts that, often times, without being grieved, continue to cause deep pain. As we examine these pieces together I continually work to encourage individuals to listen to their authentic, personal inner voice. I believe this internal voice is all too often silenced by the many obligations, pressures and responsibilities of our day-to-day life. The importance of learning to listen to one's own heart cannot be overstated. Another vital piece of therapy comes as we examine feelings created during the therapist/patient interaction. Learning how to deal with these feeling in a healthy, constructive way in a safe, controlled environment often provides the patient an example to use in improving relationships outside of the therapy setting. Employing these steps with space, kindness and each person's unique process allows individuals the opportunity to grieve losses, gain confidence and open up to the possibility of a happier future.