Therapist and psychologist and Queen Anne

Therapy in Queen Anne

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You might be seeking therapy because you are struggling with your stage in life, your feelings, or your relationships. You may feel as though you should be happy but you keep getting stuck in feelings of isolation, worry, or guilt. This experience may be weird or unsettling because you never used to be this way, or maybe you’ve been experiencing this way too long and you’re numb to your own suffering.

Psychodynamic psychotherapy can help because it is a space for you to be heard, understood, and known. It is an opportunity to explore these parts of yourself and your life that are confusing or dissatisfying. Goals in psychotherapy are different for each individual: relieving distress, processing trauma, gaining insight or clarity, feeling supported, developing strategies or solutions, or experiencing a new relational dynamic.

At my office in Lower Queen Anne (a neighborhood in Seattle), I specialize in working with young adults: Millennial’s/Gen Z, college students, recent graduates, and young professionals. 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
  • Women's issues
  • Food and wellness
  • 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 | Assessment 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.


Out of your vulnerability will come your strength.
— Sigmund Freud