Taking a step towards healing is a radical act of courage. 

Seeking help and greater understanding isn’t easy. Being in transition is uncomfortable but being unseen by the world is damaging. Let me help you navigate this time in your life so that you may reclaim your life force, your vitality and sense of self.  

A Little Bit About You:

You live at the multiple intersections of identities and often feel like you have to choose between them to feel safe.

 

You are in a relationship that started with promise but you now notice this relationship is echoing the patterns of previous relationships in creating more hurt and disconnection. 

 

You have endured trauma in your life and you are noticing that it’s hard to know what you want or even what you’re feeling. 

If any or all of this is you, I want you to know that you are not broken. I want you to know that feelings of worry and fear are exacerbated when we live and love under oppressive systems that privilege certain identities.  No matter our background or whether or not we have privilege, this system hurts all of us and hurts our ability to connect. It’s not sustainable to go through life masking who we truly are and amputating parts of ourselves to fit in. 

 

Maybe you have hoped that time will ease this sense of despair that comes from trying to find yourself. Maybe you have sought out the help of family members - while they have the best intentions they have either offered unhelpful advice or shamed you for feeling this in the first place. Maybe you have even sought the help of a professional but felt they just didn’t get the cultural values that inform your being. 

 

I applaud your resilience and strength for continuing to move towards healing. 

I want you to know you do not have to choose between the parts of you - integration is possible. It is your body’s natural desire to heal that has led you here.

 
 

About

My Approach

My desire is to help people find their center. I see therapy as a collaborative process where you and I work together to find your most authentic expression of yourself. I want to know your story and what it feels like for you to move in this world. I am systemically grounded and view the work of therapy through an anti-oppressive lens, drawing from various theoretical frameworks when considering the needs of each client.

With me you will get someone who is compassionate, warm, direct and collaborative. I will be attuned to you and will also gently challenge you to expand the ways you understand our world.  Always, our work together will be something we co-create. 

Modalities and Fields that Inform my Work:

  • Intersectional Feminism

  • Anti Racist Scholarship

  • Mindfulness

  • Attachment theories

  • Emotionally Focused Therapies

  • Gottman

  • EMDR 

  • Cultural Somatics

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

  • Anthropology

  • Yoga   

My counseling practice acknowledges that  we are on the traditional land of the first people of Seattle, the Duwamish People past and present and honor with gratitude the land itself and the Duwamish Tribe.

 

    © 2020 by Jaya Ramesh