About: Me The Therapist
Hi, I’m Hannah!
I’m a psychotherapist. But you can also call me a toxic-shame slayer, wannabe fantasy novelist, and a fierce ally to every person I work with.
I compassionately help young professionals in the tech world who struggle with people pleasing, social anxiety, and chronic self-doubt, become their own hero by slaying the shame dragon and finding new ways to relate to their feelings.
You’re looking for a therapist who gets it and will walk by your side for as long as you need. I will push you to dig deep, feel the feels, and start taking action to live a full and meaningful life.
I know you want to connect with the people in your life.
Yet there’s this belief that others wouldn’t know how to connect with you, or worse, they’d judge the real you and you’d be phased out of their lives.
Here’s one thing I know for sure:
No one has their shit together.
By now, your inner critic has likely piped up saying, “Sure, people say they’re a hot mess, but really they’ve got it all figured out. You, on the other hand…you’re different.” Heard that one before, and guess what? It’s a lie.
I want you to know that you’re not alone in this.
I’ve worked with countless of people ranging from CEO’s, lawyers, managers at the biggest tech companies, artists, and students. The common thread in all of them was a belief that a) they were frauds and b) they weren’t good enough as themselves.
The belief that “I should be happy by now; have it all figured out” is serving to only making you feel worse, even though it feels like tough love. My sense, is that this belief is ready to be retired.
Here’s where I come in:
As a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, I help you make sense of your origin story, where your beliefs got started, and how you can take deliberate action toward doing the scary shit.
I want to hear your story and I want you to tell it as many times as you need. Our work is not about “fixing” you or changing some fundamental part of you, it’s about unlearning the ways you were taught to relate to yourself.
As a therapist, I incorporate a lot of tools into my session, but the one thing I care about the most is our relationship and how safe you feel with me. For people pleasers, this gets tricky.
You’ve learned to take care of other peoples needs above your own. I will call you out (gently) on that when it shows up in our relationship so that I don’t become yet another person with whom you feel you can’t reveal yourself to.
At first, sharing your feelings and deepest darkest secrets feels scary as hell! It will go against everything you think you should be doing in any relationship. Over time, you’ll discover that this becomes easier and in fact, you may notice yourself becoming more curious, compassionate, and connected with yourself.
This is the place to make sense.
Not only will you experience feedback from me that your feelings, reactions, and behaviors make sense, you will have the opportunity to make sense of your internal world. You’ll learn ways to support yourself when you’re feeling overwhelmed, scared or vulnerable, and understand how to approach difficult thoughts and beliefs with “optimistic skepticism”, essentially rendering them more neutral and malleable.
When you’re ready to work with me, I’ll be here welcoming you with open arms.
Your Next Steps:
Whether you’re just a little curious, totally committed, unsure, or have questions it’s always good to have a consultation before you begin.
Some more stuff about me that you’re dying to know.
What’s your message?
I believe in going slow, giving ourselves patience, and practicing self-compassion on a daily basis. I believe that there is no "right" way of being and that each of us brings a unique gift to the world and it's up to us to nourish that gift.
What would be the title of your Top 5 list?
My top 5 favorite self-compassion mantras
1) Ow, this (statement, experience, self-talk) hurts. I know I can get through it and I also know it's okay if I need to take a break.
2) What can I do to support and honor myself in this moment?
3) This is a moment of suffering. May I honor the part of me that's hurting and move forward with grace.
4) It's okay for me to say no.
5) I am allowed to focus on my needs.
What passions do you share with your clients?
Cats. Reading. City Life. Movies. Eye rolling the brunch crowd (but also really wanting to be one of "those" people too). Being out in nature. Laughing hysterically at a ridiculous inside joke. Dark humor. 90's fashion.
What would be the title of your other Top 5 list?
The Top 5 Things an Introvert Loves To Hear and/or Say
1) I'd love to do that! Let me get back to you.
2) I'm so sorry, but I won't be able to make it tonight. Have fun without me!
3) Ah, shoot, I'll be out of town, but definitely next time!
4) The training/meeting/luncheon is cancelled (not really a mantra, but a statement we love)
5) I'm all booked this weekend (ahem, watching netflix and hanging out with my cat)
What are your business values?
Unconditoinal Positive Regard
(If you’re interested in reading my expanded business values, check it out here)
Education, Training and License
Alright, this is the boring but necessary shit that will give you a sense of my mad skills.
I graduated from Brandman University with a masters degree in psychology with an emphasis in marriage and family therapy.
After graduation, I did my internship at a non-profit community mental health agency in Washington state. Upon completing my internship, I then continued working for several years as a therapist and clinical case manager in the non-profit, community mental health world and in my own private practice.
I am a certified holistic health coach and received this credential from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition in New York, NY.
I have been trained in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, Nonviolent Communication Intervention, Seeking Safety, Suicide Prevention, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Hakomi-Based Therapy, Family Systems Therapy, Dynamic Emotion Focused Therapy, and Psychodynamic Psychotherapy.
I am certified in Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), an empirically supported treatment for anxiety, PTSD, chronic pain, bipolar, and depression.
I have completed a one year certification course in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
I am level 2 certified Dynamic Emotion Focused Therapist, a practice that is shame-sensitive, emotions focused (and I like to say, “emotions positive”, as all emotions are important), and deeply caring towards the self.
I am a level 1 certified WIEBGE (Will I Ever Be Good Enough) Therapist in the treatment of Adult Children of Narcissists.
I am certified in TeleMental Health and Digital Ethics
In 2020 I will be getting trained in Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Therapy with an emphasis on attachment trauma.
I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC #LH60876137) in the state of Washington.