Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker
It can be scary to share your vulnerability, whether you are an individual seeking therapy or people in relationships seeking counseling.
I recognize this and honor the strength it takes to make the first appointment. It can be helpful to speak with someone who is not involved in your personal life. Friends and family may have their own opinions and biases about the direction of your life or your relationship, which is why I acknowledge that I am not here to tell you what to do, but instead to help you explore your options.
It is important to me that you be the guiding voice in your therapeutic journey. You are the expert in your own life or relationship, so I will follow your lead and provide the support and guidance you need to do the difficult work.
I will work hard to create a space that is nonjudgmental and welcoming. This means honoring your personal struggles, the oppression you may have faced, and the uniqueness of your identities. Our identities shape our lives, how we experience the world, and the stories we tell ourselves. If you identify as BIPOC, multi-racial, LGBT+, neurodivergent, disabled, or plus sized, the way you show up in the world and the way other people might interact or react to you can have a profound impact on how easy or hard life can be. I want to collaborate with you in the retelling of your personal story in a way that is more empowering. I want to acknowledge the discrimination you may have faced and honor the strength you have gained through your experiences.
I work with individuals as well as couples and polycules. I see great strength in those individuals who have come to the conclusion that they need relationship counseling. This tells me that they are willing to work hard because the relationships are worth fighting for. I do not believe that there are villains or heroes in a relationship. It takes everyone involved to create the strife that exists, which is why it takes everyone involved to repair the attachment and connection.
I am a licensed independent clinical social worker (#LW61102423). Please note that I offer teletherapy (video counseling) only.
Esther offers individual and couples counseling. She works with adults.
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.