Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Associate
Thank you for being brave. Choosing to attend therapy, more than anything, is a sign that you value yourself.
I have been a lifelong stutterer. For me, I have a mild stutter that affects my ability to communicate in large crowds but never affected my ability to communicate in smaller settings. I know firsthand the way that having a fluency disorder can affect an individual's mental health, friendships, and path in school. Sometimes having a stutter can make someone feel like they don't have a place in the world of speech. This feeling of not belonging can cause anxiety or selective mutism; in some cases it can be emotionally paralyzing. Life is a series of transitions, and I have learned that it is important at each stage of my journey to find support and feedback as I try to seek my truth. Through strategies and developing coping mechanisms that promote a greater sense of self-efficacy, a person can finally reach their full potential.
My goal is to assist you in recognizing your inherent strengths that have been developed as a result of your unique experiences. Everyone comes to this moment with their own set of beliefs, values, morals, and expectations. You are stronger than you think. You are more capable than you think. Often times individuals, couples, and families may not recognize their own resilience and their ability to break toxic cycles that may exist within relationships.
Sometimes experiences can overwhelm us, and make us feel that we don’t know the way forward. The process of therapy is turning those overwhelming feelings into a road map. If you’re able to look at the experience from a distance, and think about the values and beliefs you want to carry you forward, you will see your path with greater clarity.
I've seen America. I've seen Arlington, Washington and I've see the south side of Chicago. I grew up in a loving African American family in mostly white suburbia. That experience helped me understand the nuances of income inequality, cross-cultural relationships, and how they impact relationships. As much as I honor the experiences that shaped who I am, I also take the time to hear and understand your experiences and how they shape you. Cultural competency means that I have the ability to relate to specific cultural nuances with a sense of humility and respect. Sometimes if you have spent a lot of time code switching, you can feel you don't have a baseline. Learning more about yourself, your values, and your foundation can help you navigate new experiences and take in new information.
My therapeutic approach is to facilitate a collaborative process that actively works with you to establish your goals. Once we know where you want to go, we can more closely examine what options are available and what might be standing in your way. Although my approach is integrative in nature, I most frequently use Emotionally Focused Therapy, Narrative Based Therapy, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapy Associate with the State of Washington (CG60823575). I regularly seek consultation from colleagues as well as my licensed supervisor, Gemma Drouhard Stilley (LF60746842).
Charles works with teens 13+ and adults for individual therapy. For family therapy, he works with participants who are 13+.
Tuesdays 2:30pm to 9pm
Wednesdays 2:30pm to 9pm
Saturdays 10am to 3pm
Contact us to request your complimentary 30 minute initial consultation to determine if I’m the right fit for you.
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