I 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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