420 5th AVE S
420 5th AVE S
Fax: (425) 672-3201
I use an interactive approach to therapy for adults, children, couples and families in a warm and friendly environment. The adults I see are often struggling with anxiety, depression, an unhealthy relationship with food, challenges in the work place, marriage and in parenting. Sometimes clients come in for extra support during times of grief and loss. I see children who are having a difficult time in life. We often think of childhood as a carefree time but for many children there is a lot of stress and they are not equipped to deal with it. This can because of social skills deficits, being emotionally overwhelmed, bullying, parent's divorce, a recent move or the addition of a new baby to the family. Some children are just more anxious than others and need coping skills to help them relax, sleep and concentrate on school work. Couples are often working on their communication, trust and level of intimacy. Discovering what brought them together, assessing their feelings and expectations for each other and their willingness to overcome obstacles are all part of the work we do here.
When working with parents I provide education and support. That often involves the basic elements of parenting that are needed for stability, emotional well-being and to help raise healthy, well-adjusted kids. We look at expectations, boundaries, rules, consequences, rewards, affection and fun. I also specialize in working with clients struggling with eating disorders. I see eating disorders as an coping strategy to deal with overwhelming emotions. Food is used in almost every social situation and celebration, but when it is used to cope with feelings of boredom, anxiety, fear and sadness it can become a problem. I help clients increase their emotional intelligence, understand themselves better and find a variety of ways to cope with emotions other then too much or too little food. I think of eating disorders as problems with feelings not necessarily about food.
We all have our own personalities, strengths and weakness. Finding the right therapist is important to your emotional health. I can tell you that I am a straight forward person who is honest, hard-working and sensitive. I'm friendly and warm, intuitive and insightful. I tend to do well with kids because of my spunky spirit and playfulness and because I am clear and direct. Having worked on an inpatient Eating Disorders Unit for several years gave me a deep understanding of what clients experience when faced with anorexia, bulimia and compulsive overeating. I use a combination of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Transactional Analysis, Narrative Therapy and art along with journaling if the client is open to it. The recovery process is in the hands of the client. I am here to help.
Call or email Colleen Holbrook for your free phone consultation now - (206) 550-3502.
Also Addressed in My Practice:
Years in Practice: 21 Years
School: University of Washington
Year Graduated: 1994
License No. and State: LW00005296 WA
Sliding Scale: Yes
Initial Free Face to Face Consulation: No
Free Telephone Consulation: Yes
Accepted Payment Methods: Cash, Check, Other
Insurance Plans Accepted:
First Choice Health, LifeWise, Premera BlueCross, Regence BlueShield, Other: Wellspring EAP