About Simcha

2016_headshot_bwI am a psychotherapist, running a private practice in the Queen Anne neighborhood of Seattle, with an expertise in couples and relationship work.  I hold a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology, and am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LH-60288715) in the State of Washington.

After earlier careers in education, museum work and new media, I turned to psychotherapy, an avenue where I hoped to contribute in even a modest way to alleviating human suffering and distress.  I have come to believe deeply in the resilience of people — in their ability to courageously examine painful histories and ineffective behaviors, heal old wounds, and create healthier and more satisfying relationships.

Most influential in my own development as a therapist has been the work of Alfred Adler, the Austrian psychotherapist (1870-1937) who founded the school known as Individual (or Humanistic) Psychotherapy.  Central to his thinking were the following concepts:

  • the emphasis on individual potential;
  • the notion of “discouraged,” rather than neurotic, individuals;
  • the belief in the power of encouragement;
  • the essential role of belief and perception in shaping human emotional experience; and
  • the importance of the trusting, non-judgmental, therapeutic relationship to instill faith in the possibility for change.

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If you would like to explore individual, couples or family therapy, please visit my general professional website or contact me directly by email.

If you are interested specifically in premarital or early-stage couples counseling, please visit Premarital Seattle.

 

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