I am a licensed psychotherapist, serving clients in Seattle, Washington. I have private practice hours in an easy-to-find office on Lower Queen Anne. My “specialty” is working with what I like to call “sex and gender outlaws.” This is my way of affectionately describing those of us who live on the fringes of gender and sexuality, in whatever ways we might do so. This includes (but is not limited to) those who identify as queer, kinky, poly/non-monogamous/swingers, sex workers and those who use their services, and gender variant.
I am ready and eager to work with my clients on the issues they present, whether they are directly related to sex and/or gender or not. My training has prepared me for an array of issues, from “mainstream” to “alternative,” and my greatest interest is in working with you to free yourself to be all you are and can be.
phone: (206) 779-9178
I return calls and respond to emails just as soon as I’m able during regular business hours. If you are in crisis, anyone is welcome to call the Crisis Line 24 hours a day, every day of the year, at (206) 461-3222. If you are having an emergency, please call 911.
office: 200 1st Ave West, suite 400, Seattle (Queen Anne). Please note the WEST part of the address, as 1st Ave North is just two blocks away, but you will only find me on 1st Ave WEST. Have a seat in the waiting area of the suite, and I’ll come out to get you at our appointed time. If you arrive to the office building at 6pm or later, you may find the doors locked. I will be down to let you in for our appointment, if someone else doesn’t let you in first.
I am happy to give you 20min of my time at no charge, so I encourage you to call or email me with any specific questions or concerns you might have about working with me before making a first appointment. For example, you might want me to know that while the fact that you are living an “alternative lifestyle” of some kind has repercussions in your daily life, it is not the source of your problem. It is understandable to me that you would want to ensure that I could sit with you and your issues without a) needing to be educated on your lifestyle, or b) trying to make your lifestyle the focus of your problems. If, after our initial technological contact, you would like to take the next step toward discovering whether or not I’m the therapist for you, we can set a paid appointment to further explore your questions, concerns, and goals toward better mental health. If we decide to work together, appointments will be scheduled for 50min hours at a rate that varies depending on the number in your party (see Fees page). Please see the entry “Disclosure Statement” for details regarding cancellations and payment. If, however, we decide working together would not be of benefit to you, I will be happy to offer you a referral to another qualified therapist who might be better able to serve your needs.
My approach to therapy incorporates elements of object relations and cognitive-behavioral theory. That is to say that I conceptualize your problems systemically, relationally, and practically. I am interested in how your issues are affecting and affected by all aspects of your life, particularly as they relate to your early childhood relationships. Therapy with me usually begins by collecting information on your view of the issues that brought you to therapy, then moves into a look at your childhood relationships. Together, we will make connections between the two, and use here-and-now techniques that enable you to rewrite your current thinking patterns and subsequent choices, such as cognitive reframing, awareness exercises, self-monitoring experiments, visualization, journal-keeping, and reading books. I am also open to the possibility that biological factors may play a role in your symptoms. If this seems likely to me, I will offer you a referral to a provider qualified to discuss medication options with you.
For a full disclosure statement regarding my practice, please see the entry entitled “Disclosure Statement” above. I suggest all clients review that document in full before our first session.