"The past is supposed to be a cheat sheet, not a binding contract with your mistakes and regrets." PBO
Struggling with the past? Having a hard time moving on from things that have happened in your childhood? You are not alone. Many of us don't realize how things that happened years ago can show up in our lives and interactions today. If you are ready to explore this and make some change, you are in the right place!
What To Expect As A New Client
A quick walk-through of the therapy process
The process of working with me as your therapist starts with a free 15-minute consultation where we explore whether we would be a good fit. Not all therapists are going to be a good fit for you based on their expertise and personality. I am DEFINITELY your person if you are looking for a therapist who is WARM, STRAIGHT-FORWARD and approaches therapy from a CULTURALLY SENSITIVE place. A great SENSE OF HUMOR is an added bonus.
It is helpful to come with some questions for me during this time.
If we are a good fit, you will receive an intake packet from my practice which will need to be completed before your initial session - The Intake.
Your scheduled session will either be online on a secure HIPAA-compliant platform or in-person at my office located at 2603 Bridgeport Way W, Suite D, University Place, WA, 98466.
One of the most important things I share during this first visit is that the therapeutic space is a SAFE PLACE.
We get to talking and healing from here on!
With You Every Step of the Way
My work as a therapist is centered on holding space for you as you learn and develop new ways to love, see and value yourself. This involves exploring your thoughts, emotions and how they are connected to the ways in which you show up in YOUR world.
Couples can benefit from couples therapy no matter how long they have been together. Therapists will typically see couples when they are on the brink of separation or divorce because couples therapy is usually seen as a last resort. You don't have to wait until that point. Sessions can be an opportunity for couples to learn new skills, improve the health of their relationship and be able to reimagine their relationship in a new way.
If you are feeling stuck and have a desire to grow and heal individually, individual therapy is for you. This individualized time is a place for you to put your feet up and explore yourself, your world and the lens through which you view the struggles that have brought you to therapy. My title as a Marriage and Family Therapist does not mean I cannot support you and your individual goals. What that means is that we will be looking at what is going on with you, beyond yourself. We will be looking at how your culture, family and society have influenced the struggles you face and how you cope with it.
As a marriage and family therapist, the family is the heart of my work. Family therapy is an opportunity for the family unit to do their work collectively with the help of a therapist. It's an opportunity for everyone in the family to be heard.
My role in family therapy is to interrupt the patterns that may not be working for the family unit and provide a platform for all the members of the family to have a voice.