Washington State licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Associate at Strive Therapy PLLC. Welcoming new clients for telehealth appointments.
Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Washington
Supervised by Jane Johnson LH60839100
Adolescence is a strange and awkward time. You're dealing with schoolwork, friend/family drama, and all sorts of personal changes. You want freedom, you want to make your own choices, and you want to be heard. Yet, this can be a difficult change for those around you (especially adults) to understand. As a baby-faced millennial, I help tweens and teens overcome these issues, by empowering them and providing them with a safe space to be unequivocally themselves.
Depression is rough. You feel like you can't do anything. It's hard to get out of bed, to eat, and sometimes, it's hard to feel feelings. So, what can you do when you're stuck here? The answer: show yourself love. I know this is corny. You probably don't love yourself right now and you yearn to be productive/feel accomplished. But, I like to focus on/build upon your strengths (I know you have some). What are you already doing for yourself? (hint: searching for a therapist is already one!)
What does your anxiety keep you from? Are you unable to complete school/work assignments because you're worried about them being perfect? Are you unable to make friends or set boundaries because you're worried about how you'll be perceived? Do you ever feel like your life is constantly overrun by anxious thoughts? I can help challenge and rewrite those thoughts. They aren't helpful and don't deserve a spot in your busy life.
Did you know that your thoughts, emotions, and behaviors are all connected? So, for example, you may avoid making friends, because you're scared that others will think you're weird. The thought of "I'm weird", keeps you from making lasting friendships. But, what if you could change that "I'm weird" thought into "I'm funny." Maybe, if you thought you were funny, you'd feel excited or confident, which would help you break out of your shell and connect with others.
"Eclectic Therapy" is basically a mix of a bunch of different therapy models. For me, it means that I don't try and use one specific model with all clients. Instead, I ground myself in various models and find which one fits you best. I understand that everyone is different and that the therapeutic process will look different for each person. That's why my work is collaborative and person-centered. I'm never going to put you in a box or expect you to conform to one therapy model.
A family is a system. If one part of this system is changed, the rest of the system will be affected. In other words, if something is going on for one family member, that will create change for the entire family. My job is to help your family navigate these changes. In my office, everyone is invited to therapy, the more voices the better (this is why family work is so impactful)! I'll help you communicate/understand one another better while you adapt and overcome any changes.