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Therapy in Bellevue

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This is a space for you to be heard, understood, and known. It is an opportunity to explore who you are and what you experience in a relationship that is collaborative and safe. The goals of psychotherapy are unique to the individual: relieving distress, processing trauma, gaining insight or clarity, feeling supported, developing strategies or solutions, or experiencing a new relational dynamic.

The timeline and process of growth in psychotherapy are also unique to the individual; while some people decide to attend only a few sessions, other people continue gaining value from years of the work. Oftentimes, people feel worse before they feel better. Sometimes, it takes a few different therapists to find the right fit. If we work together, these will be some of the things we discuss in the first few sessions.

My office in Bellevue is ideally located for anyone living or working on the Eastside. In Bellevue, I typically see working professionals and young adults. We will reflect on who you are and give you space to explore who you want to be.


Specialties

  • Relationships, boundaries, and attatchment issues
  • Personal growth
  • Men's issues
  • Relationship with money
  • Trauma

Psychodynamic Therapy

It is my belief that while your current issues are contributing to your current distress, it is unlikely that they are completely separate from other experiences you’ve had throughout your life. Psychodynamic psychotherapy is an evidenced-based treatment approach that focuses on experiencing emotions, being known in relationships, and developing insight of past experiences. While a result of psychodynamic psychotherapy can be symptom reduction, the work prioritizes increased self-understanding, emotional capacity, satisfaction in relationships, integrated sense of self, and psychological strengths. While I have been trained in many theoretical orientations (e.g., DBT, EFT, & CBT), I primarily utilize psychodynamic theory and interventions because this approach has facilitated the greatest and longest-lasting change in my experiences as a therapist.

Learn more about psychodynamic and psychoanalytic psychotherapy.


Typical Process of Therapy

1

Initial consultation (Phone or in-person)

Free of charge | 15 minutes

It is vulnerable to begin therapy. During our initial contact, we will briefly discuss what you are experiencing and what you are looking for in treatment. I will consider how my style and expertise may fit with you and I will provide my initial recommendations for treatment.

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2

Intake

Standard rate | 45 minutes

Optional: 90-minute meeting + assessment | Standard rate + assessment materials

At our second meeting, I will gather information about your background. I may also recommend completing a few empirically supported assessment instruments. This is optional and will help me adapt my approach to therapy to your specific concerns and personality functioning. We can discuss the results together, incorporating them into our work, and I can also provide you with a formal report for an additional fee.

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3

Additional sessions

Standard rate | 45 minutes

I typically recommend meeting at least once a week in order to maintain consistency and focus. Any less frequent, and our time can be spent too often in “catch up” mode and less focused on attending to the issues you came to therapy for. Sometimes, I may recommend scheduling sessions more frequently than once a week. This could be to provide more support or to facilitate greater depth in the work. Infrequently, we may decide to meet biweekly.

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4

Termination

Standard rate | 45 minutes

Depending on the length of time we’ve worked together, the termination process may range from 1 session to several months. I believe it is important to reflect on the progress you’ve made and be intentional about saying goodbye. It is often that people who come in for therapy have poor experiences with ending relationships and I believe the termination process can be extremely healing and empowering.


Take your time healing, as long as you want. Nobody else knows what you’ve been through. How could they know how long it will take to heal you?
— Abertoli