Counseling is about understanding what makes you tick. We live in a culture of trying to be everything to everyone. Whether it be in work, lifestyle, family, or friends, we live in an age of expectations. Trying to live up to all of the expectations is not only exhausting, it can also feel defeating and disconnecting. You can reclaim yourself. Discovering who you really are may be the most valuable challenge you have undertaken.
The stress of daily life can be overwhelming. Trying to constantly meet the needs of your partner(s), family, friends, and workplace can feel never ending. From my previous work in the tech industry and as an ER social worker, I have seen firsthand how stress can impact the work life balance we are all striving to achieve. When balancing things feels impossible, sometimes your mental health takes the toll. Learning to manage anxiety in a way that works for you can not only make the hard times easier to navigate, but also liberate you from the daily grind.
Culture has taught us that our self-worth can be quantified through unreasonable expectations. Whether it be in people, things, experiences, appearance, or jobs, the search for worth and fulfillment is a mainstay in the modern world. Maybe you, like so many people, feel like you only deserve to show yourself kindness when you have achieved everything on your list. But if you fail to meet these extremely high expectations you have set for yourself, or if you simply aren’t there yet, don’t you still deserve to extend yourself grace? No one is perfect. Through exploring what you perceive as failures and building the skill of self-compassion, you can simultaneously be on a path to achievement and also enjoy life along the way.
When you find the right counselor, you feel comfortable exploring who you are and what you really want. I want to come alongside you to help you become the best version of yourself — not for anyone else, but for YOU. You can find satisfaction within yourself as you show up at work, home, and with friends. You can trust yourself and focus on the things that matter to you. I would be honored to join you on your journey.
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker Associate with the State of Washington (#SC60713376). I regularly seek consultation from colleagues as well as my licensed supervisor, Katherine Walter, MSW, LICSW, CSW-G (LICSW #LW 60136151).
Tuesdays, 2:30 to 9pm
Wednesdays, 2:30 to 9pm
Thursdays, 7:30 to 2pm
Fridays, 2:30 to 9pm
Allison offers individual counseling (not couples). She sees adults 18+.
Important: If this is a crisis or you need immediate support, please call the Crisis Clinic at (206) 461-3222 or go to your nearest emergency room. Catalyst Counseling cannot provide emergency services.