Office: Greenlake Wellness Group 7900 E. Green Lake Dr. N. – Suite 202 Seattle, WA 98103
Helloooo! I’m Zoë. I’m the woman behind this whole operation and it is so nice to virtually meet you! I’m a psychotherapist, interpersonal violence advocate, educator, speaker, and lover of life.
I’m a tall woman with a whole lotta passion and a double side of sass. My biggest passion in life is to help women, children, and men find healing and restoration from the pain they’ve experienced in their life. When people are able to get out of the muck of powerlessness, the daze and fog of depression, or grounded from the skies of anxiety, I have hope. My biggest goal is to help you find your voice, your agency, and your own sense of empowerment. After all, you only have one wild and precious life, so what do you plan on doing with it?
My hope is that by working together, you can move from a life of shame and heartache to one of vivacity, passion, and something I like to call “freedom living”.
I found psychology and decided I wanted to become a therapist when I was just fifteen years old. I began diving into research around trauma and the cultural systems that trauma exists in. Eventually, I’d get my B.S. in Psychology and then shortly thereafter I’d move to Seattle, WA so I could go to graduate school. Because I always do things differently, one graduate degree wasn’t enough so I ended up with two: a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology and a Master of Arts in Theology & Culture (emphasis in Social & Global Partnership) from The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology.
While I lived in Seattle, I focused most of my time learning about trauma-informed holistic healing. I became entrenched in theories of social justice, feminist psychotherapy, and feminist/womanist theologies. All of these theories and practices stem from advocacy and empowerment for victims and survivors. They have proven to be vital for my own healing and research continues to show that trauma-informed healing must be client-centered and holistic. Thus, most of my work–no matter the format–comes from a very diverse background of subjects and theories. I am by nature a very eclectic human, and I believe that having a very diverse source of practices, traditions, and theories to work from is not only wise, but true to who I am as a clinician and a professional.
Rest assured, I have done my own deep soul, gut wrenching work. I have been in my own psychotherapy multiple times throughout my life. The most recent, I saw my therapist multiple times a week for almost five years. I do not ask my clients to go anywhere I have not been willing to go myself.
When I’m not working, you can typically find me taking a nap with my dog, joking around with my people, reading a book, riding my bike, or salivating over delicious vegan & gluten-free food.
My therapeutic philosophy
When we enter the world, we enter as someone’s child. We are often defined by our relationships: as so-and-so’s spouse, brother, sister, daughter, son, etc. Our families, sometimes the most intimate relationships we have, impact us and set us on course for future relationships.
It is within the context of relationships we are harmed,
and it is within the context of relationship we find profound healing and transformation.
Thus, I believe that the therapeutic relationship, the relationship between therapist and client is of the utmost importance. My practice as a counselor is arranged in a way that helps the relationship become strong, secure, and safe for the hard work of counseling to be done. I believe, and am honored, that my job is to work alongside these courageous humans as they seek wholeness and healing from past or current pain and heartache.
While I work with individuals from mainly all walks of life, I specialize in working with women and adolescent girls struggling with issues related to sexual trauma or domestic violence, lack of self-confidence, food/body concerns, and developing a strong sense of self.
I pull from many therapeutic orientations, but mostly I would describe my practice as being trauma-informed, empowerment-based, attachment-based, relational, feminist psychodynamic psychotherapy utilizing skills from cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), and paying particular attention to how the issues are being manifested within the body.
Issues/struggles I specialize in…
- relationship issues
- relationship violence
- communication struggles
- conflict management
- intimacy and passion
- trauma or abuse
- relationship/domestic violence
- sexual assault/rape
- childhood abuse (sexual, physical, emotional, spiritual) and neglect
- anxiety : panic attacks
- self-esteem : self-harm
- identity : sense of self
- food : disordered eating
- body : self-image
- lgbtq issues
- life transitions
- grief & loss
- spirituality questions & concerns
- vicarious trauma : care for helping professionals
- WA State Licensed Mental Health Counselor (# LH60701110)
- Texas Licensed Professional Counselor (#78126)
- Northwest Family Life Affiliate Counselor
- Texas Association Against Sexual Assault
- Washingtion Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs
- Coalition to End Gender Based Violence
- A Home Within: Pro Bono Psychotherapy for Foster Youth
- Northwest Alliance for Psychoanalytic Study
- SAFE Alliance
- Allies Against Slavery
I am not currently in network with insurance companies, but can bill out-of-network for you and am happy to check on your mental health out-of-network benefits on your behalf. I will soon be able to bill as an in-network provider for Cigna, Premera, and Aetna insurance plans.