Therapy & counseling can be very emotional & growth-determined, impacting many areas of your life. Communication is key throughout our process; it is healthy & helpful to express disagreement or your need to be redirected, and it is productive when concerns are expressed respectfully. I view all language expression as pertinent and valuable as long as negative, derogatory or otherwise offensive use of language is not personally directed.
My personal & professional 'philosophy of care' is holistic, looking at the body-mind-spirit and other systems that impact your experience (systemic).
Several styles of therapy may be utilized and oftentimes combined depending on your receptivity, need, and their effectiveness with you. Your comfort level & nature of concern(s) you bring will likely encourage your full range of emotions. My intention is based on your needs and goals we will identify together and as time passes and things change for you. Some therapy styles I may draw upon with you include:
Vital associations and "direct address" within context
Family of origin (FOO) / Culture of origin (COO) exploration
Structural Family Therapy (SFT)
Change / re-organization within personal system of influence
Re-telling experiences claiming ownership of dialogue & experiences while shifting perspective, value, meaning
Solution Family Focused Therapy (SFFT)
Focus on individual & family strengths & solutions instead of problem(s)
Strategic, interventive; communication toward changing negatives
Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT)
Re-structure irrational beliefs & perceptual distortions
Motivational Interviewing (MI)
Personal movement toward expressed goals
EMDR (attachment focused, L. Parnell, PhD)
(Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing)
Used with individuals with poor attachment and trauma experiences.
Addresses the natural need to feel seen, safe, soothed, and secure―the foundation for a healthy mind by integrating memory + internal & external personal narrative + states of being + bilateral stimulation.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Pairing thoughts & understandings with behavior & change
Use of topic-specific "media"
Interactions using art, toys, games, music, movement
The use of Gestalt psychology, holistic & western practices of body-mind integration & processes, and your faith or religious practices heavily influence my style with you.
There exist many styles of therapy & counseling, and based on your 'need' a good 'fit' will be determined in your best interest. "Good fit" means several things ... you feel a connection with your therapist & your therapist senses a good connection with you; and, the style(s) utilized with you are effective. Does this mean you will always feel emotionally comfortable? No. Sometimes during the therapy/counseling process the very problem that brings you in begins the un-comfortableness you need to address ... this is healthy, it's a start. Your therapist should be competent to create a 'safe space' for you during your process as you will experience change, which is not always 'comfortable' yet requires trust.
Your needs are paramount in your therapy experience and I highly recommend you talk & ask questions with any therapist you are curious to work with prior to enlisting them. If you or I experience a significant "dis-connect" after engaging therapy, that will be addressed immediately so we can determine how best to proceed.
When working with children 18 years old or younger, I require both parent permission and parent/family involvement. This a therapeutic philosophy, not a punitive process as children oftentimes present as more 'symptomatic' of needs a family may have more than as the actual 'problem' they are oftentimes mistaken for. Sometimes the two go hand in hand. (Although WA state allows for children 13+ years old to receive healthcare services without parental permission, I utilize this option in rare or under dire circumstances of the child, as the law intended.)