206-363-9601 hope@nwfamilylife.org

Ava Swift, MA, LMHCA

Ava Swift Counseling
5227 Ballard Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98107

Phone: 425-835-3189

“There is no house like the house of belonging.” – David Whyte

Therapeutic Approach

As a therapist, I begin with the hope of creating a welcoming space for you to be.  In an atmosphere that is both empathic and curious, we can begin to explore the nature of your struggles. Attending to your beliefs, fears, and desires will allow us to paint a picture of your world. Whether it be colored by trauma, anxiety, fear, or confusion, therapy creates a space where pain can be acknowledged, understood, and over time, processed, rather than denied, avoided, or feared.

In working together, we will explore the issues that bring you to seek therapy with the goal of deeply listening to you, strengthening your awareness and compassion. My hope for therapy is not only the reduction of painful symptoms in your life, but a growing capacity for authenticity, creativity, and trust in yourself, leading to a life more deeply connected—to yourself, to others, and to your experience in the world.

Working from a psychodynamic orientation, I am influenced by relational psychoanalysis, attachment theory, object relations, and feminist psychologies. Seeing an interconnection of the body and soul, I work with mindful attention to somatic experiences and current research in neuroscience.

Areas of Focus:

  •  Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Relational difficulties
  • Self-esteem
  • Body concerns
  • Grief and loss
  • Transitions
  • Eating disorders
  • Identity and sense of self
  • Trauma
  • Physical, emotional, sexual abuse
  • Abandonment and neglect
  • Spirituality
  • Gender and sexuality
  • Vocational questions
  • Creative blocks
  • Women’s psychology & development

Educational Background:

I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor Associate in the state of Washington working with adolescents, adults, couples and groups.  Graduating from The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology in Seattle, WA, I hold a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology. My education included a yearlong internship at Seattle Therapy Alliance, an organization focusing on training counselors in feminist psychotherapy and offering affordable counseling to women. Furthering my education with classes and consultation throughout the year, I am also a member of The American Counseling Association, The Center for Object Relations and the Northwest Alliance for Psychoanalytic Study.

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