Areas of Expertise
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, 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 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, and attachment theory. I am a proponent of enthusiastic informed consent in all things relational. I am sex and kink positive, poly-friendly, and LGBTQIA+ informed.
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 use a specific Internalized Oppression modality taught by my clinical supervisor, Heidi Stauber, MA, LMFT (License number LF60777051).
Safe and Sound Protocol
Dr. Steven Porges, the developer of the Polyvagal Theory, created the Safe and Sound Protocol to help people experience physiological safety, and train the vagus nerve to make the calm and relaxed state more accessible. The Safe and Sound Protocol (SSP) is a five-day intervention designed to reduce stress and auditory sensitivity while enhancing social engagement and resilience. The intervention uses prosodic vocal music that has been filtered to train the middle ear muscles to focus in on the frequency envelope of human speech. Once human speech is properly perceived, the portal to social engagement has been opened. You’ll find you are (or your child is) better able to interpret not only the meaning, but also the intent in conversations. And the sense of safety that is achieved by better understanding the fluctuations in human voice calms your (or your child’s) physiological state. Once your system has been primed and your state is calm, further therapy is enhanced and behavioral regulation is improved.
To learn more, visit the Integrated Learning Systems website: https://integratedlistening.com/
I am a Seattle-based trauma focused therapist (License number MC60930985), specializing in Lifespan Integration, internalized oppression, neruodivergence, complex PTSD, and the queer, trans, and non-binary community. I work with individuals, couples, throuples, quads, polycules, and families of all ages, genders, and sexual orientations.
Areas of Focus
PTSD and Complex PTSD
Attachment Wounds and Disorganized Attachment Style
History of Gaslighting and Scapegoating
Neurodivergence - autism, ADHD, Pathological Demand Avoidance, Sensory Processing Disorder, Auditory Processing Disorder, etc.
Social and Communication Skill Building for All Ages
Highly Sensitive People (HSP)
Gender Identity and the Transition Process (One-session surgery letters available)
Sexual Orientation and the Coming Out Process
Parenting and Co-Parenting - Attachment and Connection focused
I have worked in both public and private elementary schools and have experience working with people of all ages and in all stages of life. 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 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 evidence based therapy models to customize sessions based on a client's individual needs. Besides Lifespan Integration, Treating Internalized Oppression, The Polyvagal Theory, The Safe and Sound Protocol, and The Gottman Method, the modalities and theories I lean on most are depth psychology, narrative therapy, family systems, emotion focused therapy, existentialism, Gestalt, complexity theory, attachment theory, DBT, and solution focused therapy.