Are you struggling to show up in the present? Do you ever feel 'haunted' by past experiences that foreclose your way toward the future you want? I have met such roadblocks myself and believe that building a healthy interpersonal relationship in therapy paves the road to unlocking your goals & desires. I have specialties working with queer women & femmes in addressing anxiety, t/Trauma processing & recovery, sexual assault, and identity exploration.
To schedule a free consultation with Gretchen, contact us today at 206-603-0053 or use our online portal to book it yourself!
I moved to Seattle in 2014 from Bloomington, Indiana and love living in the Pacific Northwest. Outside of my work as a therapist, I enjoy consuming all types of media: music, movies, television/animation/anime, comics, memes--I generally love pop culture--and I primarily spend my leisure time walking and hiking, cooking, laughing with friends, and playing video games.
I believe every individual has the right to a joyous, fulfilling life. For many of us, life is also met with experiences of loss, mistreatment, neglect, t/Trauma, and systemic oppression that make us believe otherwise. I want to help change that. I am committed to anti-racism and dismantling white supremacy, especially examining the intersections of how misogyny, misogynoir, ableism, fatphobia/body shame, cis/het norms, and capitalism continue to tread over the marginalized global majority; and exacerbate our disconnections from ourselves and one another to increase our profitability. You are infinitely more than that.
Gestalt therapy is oriented around building awareness: of ourselves, of our thoughts & behaviors, of our choices, and of our physical systems that are constantly sending us invaluable data about our experiences. I believe that for each of us to increase this awareness brings us more fully into the present; and the present is the only place in which we have true agency & choice.
My training in interpersonal psychodynamic therapy informs the way I'm observing the therapeutic relationship we build together. Not only will I listen to the content you share with me, but I'm also listening for the 'music' behind it--the 'why' of choices, the 'how' of events, and the 'why now' of what comes up in our co-created space. I offer the associations and images that come up for me so we can examine the in-between of our dynamic and be curious together.
Therapy is a dialogue. I describe my approach as 'experiential' because I integrate many perspectives into my practice, and I believe that myself as a human with thoughts and emotions can provide us much more insight than the traditional “blank slate therapist.” Together we can build the skills & practices you need to take authority over your life, including increased confidence & self-esteem, maintaining healthy interpersonal boundaries, and building new neural pathways that concretize the change you want to see & be.
I tend to work with LGBTQAI+ adults on addressing anxiety, t/Trauma processing & recovery, sexual assault recovery, and identity exploration & formation.
I studied East Asian Languages & Cultures with a focus in Mandarin at Indiana University. I received my Masters in Counseling Psychology from The Seattle School of Theology and Psychology in 2018. I continue enriching my education and practice through various workshops, seminars/webinars, and focused trainings.
I began my work as a therapist at Seattle Counseling Service, the nation’s first and oldest LGBTQ+ counseling center. My work at SCS included gender & sexual orientation exploration, healthcare support & advocacy, case management, and crisis response.
$120-150 per session payable via credit, debit, FSA, or HSA account. I am currently unable to bill insurance, but can provide a superbill which you can submit for reimbursement through your insurance provider.