I am a psychotherapist, running a private practice in the Queen Anne neighborhood of Seattle, serving individuals, couples and families. 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, wanting an avenue where I might 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 explore painful histories and experiences in order to heal old wounds and to create healthier relationships with themselves and others.
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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