Melanie UkosakulMA, LMHC
“The ache for home lives in all of us, the safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned.” – Maya Angelou
The ache for a place to belong is a very human experience. Maybe your life looks fine on the outside but you feel uprooted, isolated, lonely, misunderstood or disconnected inside and to relationships in your life. It may be due to a stressful transition, a death or loss of a relationship, past trauma, or a feeling that you find hard to name. Perhaps you are yearning for a space to show up as you are with all the messiness and complexities you feel.
I’m here to provide a safe space where you get to give voice to what is holding you back from finding a sense of connection and home within your mind, soul, body and community. Together we pay attention to how your current and past relationships (attachment theory & family systems) and the culture we live in (social justice & multicultural orientation) have influenced the way you now relate to others today. We gain a better picture of how these complexities have formed you. I believe that through this process you deepen your capacity to love others and love yourself and feel empowered to live a healthier, more connected life. There is no shame in asking for help or giving yourself the chance and space to process the hard feelings that are within you. It actually takes a lot of courage.
I counsel from a multicultural perspective. As a Thai-Singaporean who grew up in Thailand and migrated to the US as a young adult, I have understood the heartache and beauty of transition, familiar with the feelings of being displaced and disconnected.
I am a graduate of the Seattle School of Theology and Psychology with a Masters of Counseling Psychology. I completed my clinical internship at a women’s recovery program where I had training and experience with specific issues such as trauma, abuse, anxiety, depression, life transitions, and cultural identity development. I have also have training in Lifespan Integration, a body-based therapy that engages past trauma, while drawing on your own internal resources and strengths.
- Anxiety & Stress
- Expatriate & Repatriate Adjustment/TCK
- Ethnoracial Identity formation
- Family & Relationship Issues
- Life Transitions