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Helping empower individuals, couples, families and teens to discover solutions to life’s challenges.

The greatest benefit of asking for help is that your burden can be shared and hope renewed.

Open a door and start a dialogue

Opening a door to a warm and confidential environment and starting a dialogue with an understanding therapist can be an invaluable experience. As a marriage and family therapist, I welcome the opportunity to provide a comfortable space to examine the challenges you are facing and create effective, lasting solutions.  

Individuals

Life is full of hardships, yet human resilience has always amazed me. All individuals possess unique strengths and resources; however, they can become overshadowed by self-doubt, anger, sadness or anxiety during difficult times. I have extensive experience helping individuals activate strengths to successfully navigate a wide range of mental health concerns and life stressors including:

  • Anxiety/Depression/Mood Disorders
  • Stress Management
  • Relationship Issues
  • Life transitions
  • Grief and Loss

Couples

Along the way, it is common for couples to experience challenges. Couples may seek therapy when struggling with a particular conflict or after long periods of distress. I assist by establishing a safe environment where both partners can be heard and work to increase mutual respect and understanding.  I frequently work with couples to achieve the following goals:

  • Enhance communication
  • Change patterns of chronic conflict
  • Navigate the pain of infidelity
  • Increase intimacy and connection
  • Improve relationship success

Family

Modern day challenges can leave parents and families overwhelmed, frustrated and depleted.  Without the right support, parents often feel ineffective and helpless. I encourage parenting from a confident, positive and mindful approach to reduce conflict and increase family harmony. I love working with parents and families to tackle common issues such as:

  • Family conflict
  • Behavior Issues
  • Academic pressure and Learning disabilities
  • Social media/Internet education
  • Social skills and Peer relationships

Adolescents

Adolescence is an exciting journey but one that can be stressful and complex. Navigating academic demands and peer dynamics during intense neurological and developmental change can be overwhelming. Teaching emotional regulation and cognitive behavioral techniques can be helpful at this stage. I have a breadth of experience treating the following adolescent diagnoses and issues:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Stress (including post-traumatic)
  • Social Anxiety
  • Self Esteem issues

About Amy

I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a M.S. from Seattle Pacific University. I am very fortunate that I love my chosen profession! Since 2009, I have been working as a psychotherapist with adults, couples, families and adolescents. I have extensive experience supporting clients struggling with anxiety, depression, relational conflicts and difficult life transitions.

I have worked in a mental health setting, as a school based counselor and as a facilitator for parenting groups. My style is warm, authentic and interactive. I have a private practice on Mercer Island, WA where I provide a relaxed and non-judgmental environment. My greatest gifts and teachers are my husband, two children, and my therapy dog, Murphy.



Approach

I utilize an integrative approach to therapy based on a client’s needs. This model responds to the behavioral, cognitive, physiological and spiritual aspects of each individual. My work draws predominantly from solution-focused, family systems, and cognitive-behavioral therapy and integrates mindfulness and strengths-based treatment and interventions.

More important than any specific modality is the relationship between therapist and client. Research has repeatedly shown that a strong therapeutic alliance is the single most important predictor in successful treatment outcome. Most clients say I have a refreshingly warm and down-to-earth style that makes them feel at ease even when discussing the most difficult issues. I take life’s challenges very seriously but also have a good sense of humor and often laugh with my clients as we sort through problems that seem so overwhelming at first. This connection is an essential ingredient to therapeutic change.

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