Licensed Mental Health Counselor Associate
We are wired to connect - we thrive on our connections with our spouses, children, friends and coworkers. The quality of these relationships makes a huge impact on our overall well being.
My expertise is in working with individuals and couples who experience strained or stressful relationships. I believe that a deeper understanding and connection is possible - we can work together to make your relationships feel more fulfilling.
In close relationships, feeling understood is something we all desire. When this is a missed experience, we long for what was or what could be. I want to help you bridge these gaps. I especially enjoy working with individuals and couples from different cultural backgrounds. There is hope for better communication and a harmonious family.
Something unique to our region is the abundance of highly gifted folks working in the tech industry. Intellectually taxing work in a competitive work environment adds stress to our relationships. Whether it’s dealing with difficult colleagues draining your energy, your personal relationships taking a backseat, prioritizing and managing time, or imposter syndrome, I can help you. Together we will work to clarify your values, understand your motivations and behaviors, and implement healthier patterns within your relationships. I can help you discover and move towards what truly matters to you.
When you have gone through something unimaginable, it is understandable that our interactions with others can begin to suffer. Trauma can show up in various forms, whether from dramatic events or life long microaggressions that make you feel less than human. I can help you identify and process its impact on your relationships. I believe it is possible to emerge from trauma with a renewed understanding of self and others, and that understanding can help you find a new sense of power and voice.
Finding the right therapist can be daunting and an important decision. It is important to me that you feel safe, confident and comfortable in our sessions together. I draw from both my academic training and my life experiences as a former campaigner, adjunct faculty, and project manager. My experiences have taught me that life is not about avoiding struggle, but instead about learning how to struggle. It is about learning how to be seen when we are imperfect, when we aren’t a finished product.
When the rest of life feels like chaos, therapy is the one space where you can just talk and be yourself. I believe that when people are provided a safe, non-judgmental and caring environment, they can examine what matters most. I approach our work together from an attachment, trauma-informed and anti-oppressive lens. It would be my honor to support you and on your journey to reclaim your life force, vitality, sense of self and be the best you in your relationships!
Life is full of possibility. We don’t have to be trapped by the stories of our families, our past, our current circumstances, or our culture. We can find a better version of ourselves--the version you’ve dreamed of or maybe even the version you never knew existed.
I am bilingual in English and Tamil.
I have Masters Degrees in Psychology with a specialization in Counseling from Saybrook University and in Environmental Anthropology from the University of Washington.
I strongly believe in continuing education and as such have sought training in Gottman Couples Therapy (level 1), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR level 1), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cultural Somatics to support healing racial trauma, and Emotionally Focused Therapy for couples.
I am a Licensed Mental Health Associate with the State of Washington (#60864288). I regularly seek consultation from colleagues as well as my licensed supervisor, Katherine Walter, MSW, LICSW, CSW-G (LICSW #LW 60136151.
Jaya works with adults 18+ for individual therapy. For family therapy, she works with participants who are 13+.
Mondays 7:30am to 2pm
Tuesdays 2:30 to 9pm
Wednesdays 8:30am to 2pm
Thursdays 2:30 to 9pm
Contact us to request your complimentary 30 minute initial consultation to determine if I’m the right fit for you.
You can also call our office to schedule your first appointment: 425-998-9769.
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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.