I am a psychotherapist specializing in Existential and Self Psychology techniques. What exactly does Existentialism have to do with therapy, and what is Self Psychology, you might ask?
As an Existential therapist, I focus on the most pressing concerns that we face as humans: finding meaning in life, attaining fulfilling connections with others, freedom, and death anxiety.
One of the key aspects of Self Psychology is the presence of empathy, which any therapist will tell you is one of the most important parts of therapy. Self Psychology also focuses on some important aspects of childhood development, like identifying with a parent, and being loved and “mirrored” by a parent as well.
One of my specialties is working with individuals and couples who are polyamourous. Not sure what this word means? Polyamory is defined as “the practice, desire, or acceptance of having more than one intimate relationship at a time with the knowledge and consent of everyone involved.”
Polyamory, often abbreviated to poly, is sometimes described as consensual, ethical, or responsible non-monogamy. The word is occasionally used more broadly to refer to any sexual or romantic relationships that are not sexually exclusive, though there is disagreement on how broadly it applies; an emphasis on ethics, honesty, and transparency all around is widely regarded as the crucial defining characteristic.(look for the full article on Wikipedia.org: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polyamory).
I also specialize in working with clients who identify as kinky, which is defined as “a term used to refer to a playful usage of sexual concepts in an accentuated, and unambiguously expressive form.” (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kink_(sexual)
Aside from working with the Sex-Positive community, I also with gender minorities: transgendered, non-gendered, or gender queer people.
I want therapy to be a place that people can feel they can communicate openly and be themselves, not feel judged, and find support and understanding around things that client’s families and society might judge them on.
My intention as a therapist is to act as a catalyst for my clients to make changes in their life to enable growth, to move forward on a path towards satisfaction in their lives and relationships. I believe that we all have the power to change our world, but only once we understand the responsibility that this freedom brings. I aim to be as genuine as I can be during the therapy hour, and often use humor and wit to connect with my clients.
I received my Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University, Seattle, and my Bachelor of Arts from the Evergreen State College. Go Geoducks! I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the State of Washington.
As a dating coach, I use my own experiences in dating, as well as my bigger picture understanding of how people relate, to give people easy tips and guidance for making connections. I believe everyone can be successful in flirting and dating, and have been very pleased to see my students and clients gain confidence, and improved skills in communicating.