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Specialties

Communication

If you feel your mate is preparing for a rebuttal instead of listening to what you have to say or you are beginning to see the same scenery when you argue, your relationship may be stuck in a negative feedback loop. These negative feedback loops need to be broken in order for problem resolution and change to occur.

Intimacy

Many couples that complain about a lack of intimacy in their lives are often struggling with either the inherent closeness associated with intimacy or a desire to be too close. Intimacy involves a mutual sharing of one’s self in open, honest vulverable ways. Balancing the struggles between engulfment and enmeshment, and maintaining an identity as an individual as well as a couple, is critical to the success of the relationship.

Self-Esteem

How a person feels about and perceives him/herself affects not only their interpersonal relationships with partners, children and family, but their friendships, religious, business and academic relationships as well. Often, low self-esteem issues are rooted in our early life experiences. Locating and healing these issues can transform a person’s worldview.

Parenting

Since children come without instructions, having an objective perspective and trained guidance often remove the mystery and guesswork from parenting. We can also be the help needed when you’ve tried everything else.

Depression

Although there are a number of reasons for its onset, depression is fueled by negative interpretations of events and can range from a mild feeling of unhappiness to debilitating despair. Isolating and re-recording these interpretations (and drug therapy where applicable) is the first step in recovery.

Anxiety

The fight or flight response is normal part of being human. It is an exquisite system the body has in place in order to protect from danger. Anxiety often includes somatic, emotional, cognitive, and behavioral components. At its worst, it is called panic and a person can feel like they are dying. We offer supportive psychotherapy addressing individual and interpersonal issues associated with anxiety and panic.

Sexuality Issues

Sexuality and its expression thereof can be complex and inextricably linked to seemingly unrelated issues. This puzzle affects how desirable we feel and our willingness to get physically close to our partners. Breaking the silence in a safe environment is crucial to piecing together the picture and getting both parties back on the same team.

Conflict/Managing of Differences

Most conflict is about differences. Many times the flip side of a quality that attracted us to our mates at the beginning of the relationship ends up being a source of conflict. Differences are a normal part of being a couple, but how we handle these differences will either help us become closer to our beloved or further apart.

Premarital

Important elements for entering into marriage are how to become a “we” without losing the “I,” negotiating wants and needs, and knowing what “inventory” we bring to our union. Additionally, identifying our communication style and making subtle shifts can be the difference that makes a difference for a successful start to life as a couple.

PTSD/EMDR

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a condition that is triggered by a terrifying event or trauma. Symptoms may include flashbacks, nightmares and severe anxiety, as well as uncontrollable thoughts about the event. Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing is an integrative psychotherapy approach that has been extensively researched and proven effective for the treatment of trauma. EMDR has a direct effect on the way that the brain processes information. To date, EMDR has helped an estimated two million people of all ages relieve many types of psychological stress.

 

What Clients Say

I went to visit Kathryn for severe anxiety and emotional blockages surrounding old issues from my ex-husband. Kathryn helped me so completely overcome these problems by using the EMDR method that recently, I was able to attend my son’s wedding and sit across from my ex-husband without panicking! ~DG


11417 – 124th Ave NE, Suite 204
Kirkland, Washington 98033
(425) 889-0832