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Grief and loss drastically alter your mental health, contributing to increased depression, anxiety, hopelessness, and disconnection. Facing these problems alone becomes a profoundly isolating and uphill battle. I can provide the support you need to express those feelings and provide the tools and perspective to manage the pain of grief.
I was trained in Relational Psychodynamic Therapy, a kind of therapy that emphasizes the relationships you have with others as well as yourself. I believe as we build a strong relationship, therapy becomes an open, organic, and collaborative playfield or lab for self-transformation and fuller, healthier self-expression.
From the therapeutic relationship you can:
· Deepen insight into your self, your beliefs, experiences, and habits
· Explore how social systems, trauma, oppression, and other past experiences impact your self
· Investigate patterns in your life, especially attachment styles, that impact your living
· Create goals for yourself and your relationships
· Orient yourself towards and add upon your strengths
· Reduce shame
· Access your feelings and the wisdom they can offer
· Expand your capacity for distressing feelings and experiences
· Change ways you relate to yourself and interacting the world
In my personal work, I have familiarized myself with some of the techniques and ideas of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. For clients looking to introduce some structure or homework into their work, DBT can help improve mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotional regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness. We will discuss how we can use these tools to achieve your goals.
Our work together will be centered on and driven by you, and together we can create the environment from which you can create a more fulfilled and proactive life.
I am a non-binary (they/them pronouns), queer, Filipino-American, POC therapist. I am a child of immigrants, an American citizen, and was raised and reside in Coast Salish, Duwamish, and Muckleshoot land. I am able-bodied and allistic. I believe these identities (and others) can contribute to our work in ways that absolutely need safe and open expression with each other.
I am also an unabashed geek who loves playing tabletop and video games, cartoons and anime, sci-fi/fantasy, comics and the classics.
I graduated from Seattle University with degrees in Humanities and Religious Studies. I went on to get my master’s in counseling psychology at The Seattle School, after which I worked as a therapist and case manager at Seattle Counseling Service, the nation’s oldest LGBTQ-focused counseling agency. My work also included coordination for SCS’s Needle and Sex Education Outreach Network, a HIV-prevention and harm reduction program. In my practice, I also have worked with people in non-monogamous relationships, sex workers, and intersex people.
My therapeutic experience includes depression, anxiety, trauma, PTSD, suicidal thoughts, self-harming behavior, relationship and attachment issues, relational trauma, intimacy issues, grief and loss, and transitional issues.
$125-140 per hourly session, payable via credit, debit, FSA, or HSA account, or to be discussed in our initial consult. I am currently unable to bill insurance. I encourage clients with the means to do so to pay full fee so that others may access treatment and support.