I am a couples and family therapist, specializing in working with individuals and families through natural life transitions.
Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Shoreline, WA
Supervised by Sandra Roscoe, PHD LMFT Supervisor
I joke that I've felt led to Narrative work because my mother was an English major. The main focus of this work is to help an individual or family re-tell the story of the problems they are having in a way that helps them take more control and agency over them. My role in the process is to ask questions and support the client(s) in identifying places where they are successful already in their struggle against the problem, and to expand those successes.
I completed an externship in Emotionally Focused Therapy for couples in 2017. Since then, I have been using it working with couples whose conflicts tend to end up in predictable patterns. This might be a good fit for you if you feel like you have the same fight over and over again, and aren't getting anywhere. We can work together to understand the feelings underlying your reactions to each other, and help you both to turn towards each other rather than away.
Anxiety is such a beast. It can reveal itself in obvious ways, like panic attacks, or it can be subtler, presenting with physical symptoms or in "freezing" or procrastination. But when it gets in your way, it's important to work to address it. I collaborate with my clients to identify what strategies to address it may be the most helpful (whether standard cognitive-behavior therapy or a more playful, narrative approach), what they've tried already, and what's already working for them.
When they're at their best, relationships are positive and life-affirming. Our primary attachment relationships, often to a spouse or partner, are at their best when they are a safe base to grow from, when we can come home and rely on a safe person to complain to, to work through anxieties with, or to simply relax and be ourselves. But sometimes those attachments are strained or injured, and I love working with relationships to find a way to heal the wounded places together.
So often, we have been getting along fine, until something changes in our life or relationships. It could be something big, like getting married or having a kid, or a death or breakup. Or it could be something seemingly small, like someone's work schedule changes, or someone in the family gets a bit older. Either way, our old ways of being and getting along suddenly don't always work exactly the same. Therapy can be a great way to help grow into the new stage of life you're in now.