Does counseling work? Yes, it liberates you from the inside out. It’s a space where you don’t have to worry about being rejected or hurt. You can let out what you’ve been keeping in.
Loneliness sets in when you have thoughts and feelings you can’t share with anyone. It’s scary to be alone with them. But when there’s someone sitting with you, you’re trying things out together, thinking, feeling together.
I became a therapist because I genuinely care about people. Because life is a journey, some parts are fun and other parts are hard and scary. Having been through my own journey, I sought help to get where I am today and I know how to help others get where they want to go.
Inside of you is a strength that you don’t know you have. Inside of you is the knowledge that maybe has been buried under all the fear and negative thoughts. Counseling allows you to know how to use your strength to ride out the waves of life. It allows you to say what you need without feeling afraid.
I specialize in helping adults and couples with trauma, anxiety, identity questions and life transitions. I grew up in Lima, Peru, and offer counseling in both English and Spanish. I view counseling as a collaborative process in which the client and therapist work as a mutually invested team to define present problems, develop goals, and work toward realizing them. I approach counseling from a perspective that includes aspects of EMDR, Mindfulness, Cognitive Behavioral, and Emotionally Focused Therapy. In counseling clients, I endeavor to help individuals find their own beliefs, identify their emotions, and express themselves in healthy and meaningful ways. In working with couples my goals are to identify patterns of behavior, recognize strengths, and to potentially suggest modifications that encourage interactions within the relationship to be healthy and adaptive. I am LGBTQ affirming and welcome clients from all backgrounds.
I am a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker with the State of Washington (#LW61191172).
*****Please note: The sign “@” in the Spanish version has been used to hold inclusive spaces for all identities of gender.
Chris offers individual counseling and couples counseling. 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.