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Person-centered therapy in Seattle for the unconventional millennial

The “nothing is ever good enough” feeling won’t go away by doing more.

It's something I notice all the time working with millennials. We tend to approach our challenges by doing more rather than slowing down and noticing what’s going on inside of ourselves. Whether you're single or partnered, starting a family or wondering about life without kids, frustrated about where you are now, or just hung up on what the heck comes next, I want you to know – I hear you. 

 

The truth is, this stage of life is really freaking hard. And our brains and environment don't make it any easier on us. This gets compounded for those of us who don't fit the mold – our gender expression, sexuality, relationship constellation, body size, neurodivergence, or simply feel like we don't quite fit with the society around us.

 

You know better than anyone that there’s no one way to be. You can think of therapy with me as a safe environment where  you can start showing up more fully for yourself.

Hey - I'm Allison...

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And I’m a therapist in Seattle (LICSW, PMH-C) that works with millennial women, mothers, and couples who don't always have their sh*t together. Spoiler: that’s everyone.

 

As a millennial myself, the basis of my work is not just clinical – it’s the shared perspective and lived experiences that have completely shaped our generation. If you're a millennial looking for support as you navigate perinatal mental health, women's issues, or body image, that's where I can help.

 

Too many people suffer alone when they really don’t have to. I believe everyone – regardless of identity or expression – has the capacity to heal and change. Access to non-judgmental, affirming care can be the thing that helps you get there.  

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Therapy for Millennial Women

 

When we are socialized as women, we internalize so much. Thoughts and beliefs about perfectionism, self-worth, our bodies, politeness (I could go on...) can take a lifetime to unlearn! Add to that the particularly tough circumstances we’ve lived through as millennials, and it’s no wonder we feel tired—all the damn time. 

 

The truth is, we need to pour into our own cup before we can pour into others. My approach to therapy for millennial women is to build your capacity for self-compassion and slow things down so you can notice what’s really going on inside of you.  

 

With support, you can start to truly know yourself and all your many layers to more authentically enjoy your life. 

Therapy for Couples

 

We’re going there! Is your relationship where you’d like it to be?

 

Most of us didn’t grow up with the best relationship models, and the more non-traditional our families are, the harder it is to find a playbook for what life could look like for us.

 

The bottom line – it takes work to co-create a life with someone else when things are going well. Now, try it when you’re feeling distant or distracted. Add in some differing ideas about parenthood, repetitive disagreements, communication breakdowns, losing “the spark” – it’s no wonder our relationships have such a huge impact on our well-being.

 

Informed and trained in the Gottman method, couple’s therapy will help you understand yourself in the context of a committed relationship, communicate needs, notice communication challenges, and cultivate the skills to overcome this. Through this process, you create more intimacy (and moments for intimacy) to create a healthier, more adaptable relationship.

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Perinatal Therapy

 

The choice to start a family can bring a lot to the surface. And that’s true whether you’re exploring the idea of kids with your partner, currently pregnant or expecting, parenting a young child, undergoing fertility treatments, or coming to terms with having children in a non-traditional way.

 

It’s a big transition! And one you shouldn’t have to navigate without support.

 

As a Perinatal Mental Health certified therapist, we can talk through anything that falls within this period of “the baby decision”. This can be what raising kids looks like for your family, conception, loss, pregnancy, changes to your body, the postpartum period – you name it. I’ll provide a space for support and skills you can use to navigate this change better.

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What's Person-Centered Therapy?

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The most important relationship you’ll ever have is the one you have with yourself. Person-centered therapy acknowledges that you are the expert in you. Period.

 

With this approach, you’ll get a space for safe processing and non-judgmental listening. You get to take the lead on what needs repair with the ultimate goal of self-discovery (that doesn’t mean I sit back asking “how does that make you feel?”, by the way).

 

But what makes this method effective is a foundation of trust and comfort with your therapist. So, I’ll level with you – I’m not the kind of therapist that meditates all day, and I don’t expect you to either. I believe in sharing memes, video games as a coping skill, and RuPaul’s Drag Race as a kind of art. I also believe in anti-oppressive care and the validity of all identities and expressions. 

 

If any of this resonates with you and you’re looking for a therapist in Seattle area or Washington state, book a consultation to explore some of the ways we can work together. 

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