Authentic counseling and coaching to realize sustainable change and self-compassion when anxiety, depression, anger, or ADHD make life hard.
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Seattle, WA
In IFS, we take a look at the different parts of you - even the parts that can be challenging, like parts that feel worried or depressed or angry. The goal is not actually to get rid of these parts. Instead, we seek to understand the parts: how they are trying to help, what they are afraid of, and what they are communicating. Much like a relationship with a person, you develop a relationship with your parts, which allows them to naturally and easily quiet down or take on new roles.
Especially useful for young adults and for those who may not be completely ready to make changes, Motivational Interviewing is a non-confrontational and empathetic technique to help you move from considering change to acting on and maintaining desired behaviors.
I am currently engaged in the Level 2 Hakomi training. I like to try out small experiments in mindfulness to take a look at the thoughts, memories, feelings, and sensations that arise in relation to symptoms or struggles. In Hakomi, we accept these symptoms as sources of valuable information. Mindfulness and compassion for oneself allows old patterns to be seen and updated.
It might seem that your anger takes control - and sometimes it does. Rather than try to push the anger away by force, there is a way to actually listen to what it has to say. Turns out, anger - like all strong emotions - really wants to be heard. When we do that, it opens up new ways to work with the anger and leads to a new relationship with the angry parts of you. As this relationship develops, the anger quiets down and it gets easier and easier for you to work with it, not against it.
As a trained Hallowell ADHD Coach and Therapist, I know that the ADHD brain has very real strengths, including creativity, empathy, curiosity, and big picture thinking. There are also some difficult challenges like inattention, impulsivity, and hyperactivity. I help you to recognize what your brain needs so that your strengths can take center stage. Most likely, your brain needs higher stimulation to get the same activation of dopamine and norepinephrine.
I have experience working with people with generalized anxiety, social anxiety, phobias, and panic attacks.