Lifespan Integration is a gentle, somatic modality that helps your body learn what your mind already knows: that whatever hardships you have faced, they are in the past and you are safe now. LI creates new neural pathways that help you find access to more joy and ease, while lessening reactivity and triggers. If you've been feeling like you're stuck because no matter how many times you tell yourself to get over something, you're still overwhelmed by it and can't force yourself to move on, LI is a great option to create lasting change.
Lifespan integration is great for PTSD, complex PTSD from childhood abuse and neglect, anxiety, suicidal ideation, existential dread, gestational and birth trauma, questions about identity and meaning of life, and even traumatic brain injuries. LI can be used with people of all ages, and children respond very well to it, often dramatically lessening anxiety, behavior issues, and aggression after only a few sessions.
Click here to read more about LI and to watch a video from the founder, Peggy Pace.
I work with couples, throuples, polycules, and families. I focus on relational attunement, attachment, and how trauma histories and neurodivergence might be impacting relationships. I use an eclectic mix of modalities and tools, and mostly orient around Gottman relationship research, Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT), family systems, nervous system regulation, and attachment theory. Navigating neurodiversity within relationships, so everyone's needs can be met, is my passion. I am a proponent of enthusiastic informed consent in all things relational. I am sex and kink positive, poly-friendly, and LGBTQIA+ affirming.
A big part of my work is recognizing how culture and environment shape our internal experiences. I strive to recognize the impact of each client's unique combination of marginilizaed identity categories and how that relates to their mental health and their ability to access joy, love, abundance, and ease in their relationships, whether personal or professional.
I am a Seattle-based neurodiversity affirming and trauma focused therapist (License number MC60930985), specializing in Autism, PDA, ADHD, complex PTSD, chronic illness, and the queer, trans, and non-binary community. I work with individuals, couples, polycules, and families of all genders and sexual orientations.
My philosophy on trauma healing is that it must be gentle to be effective. Trauma is forceful and violent. In order to heal, you need to experience safety, not more unnecessary pain. Trauma work that is forceful runs the risk of making things worse. You do not need to suffer more to heal from traumatic experiences. Instead, we can focus on comfort, ease, and nervous system regulation. It may seem counterintuitive at first, as most of us grew up with the "no pain, no gain" mentality, but working as gently as possible is actually the most efficient and sustainable way to heal trauma.
Areas of Focus
PTSD and Complex PTSD
Attachment Wounds and Disorganized Attachment Style
History of Gaslighting and Scapegoating
Neurodivergence - specifically Autism, ADHD, Pathological Demand Avoidance, Sensory Processing Disorder, Auditory Processing Disorder, etc.
Neurodiversity Affirming Communication Skill Building
Highly Sensitive People (HSP)
Gender Identity and the Transition Process (One-session surgery letters available)
The LGBTQIA+ Community
Parenting and Co-Parenting - Attachment and Connection focused
Helping people make profound and sustainable changes in their quality of life is my passion and I am so grateful that I get to do this work. I love watching people reclaim their power and re-center themselves in their own lives. Being neurodiversity affirming, trauma informed, and social justice focused is important to me, both in and out of the office. My goal is to create a therapeutic container where you feel safe, seen, heard, and accepted. If you think you are too weird or broken to be loved and accepted, I might be the right therapist for you.
I use an intuitive and eclectic mix of therapy models to customize sessions based on a client's individual needs. Besides Lifespan Integration, Treating Internalized Oppression, The Polyvagal Theory, Brainspotting, Collaborative and Proactive Solutions, and The Gottman Method, the modalities and theories I lean on most are depth psychology, narrative therapy, internal family systems, emotion focused therapy, existentialism, Gestalt, complexity theory, attachment theory, distress tolerance skills, and solution focused therapy. I am adamantly opposed to ableist compliance based behavioral therapies and instead focus on which supports each individual client needs in order to thrive.