Janette Brown, MA, LMFT (info-link)
600 1st Ave. N.E. Seattle, WA. 98104 (206) 524-3645
COUNSELING / PSYCHOTHERAPY
Relationship concerns are opportunities for intimacy and connection, whether to another person, or to our own self.
How you relate to self, partner and family can determine how satisfying life feels. Certainly counseling sessions are a place where ”be the change you want to see” is the challenge of the moment.
You are likely realizing strained times give a chance for honesty and an opportunity for responding differently. There is no familiarity without finding where it is we differ with our own old views or with a friend or loved one; and you are right to think that avoidance, or finding “ways around the problem” will lead to indirectness and lots of room for misunderstandings.
Individual, or family and couples sessions (somewhat more intimidating initially than individual sessions) are all safe places to put relational issues into perspective and notice your own patterns that carry over from personal time into friend and work relationships. If self-knowledge is power for change, then psychotherapy and personal counseling is one place we can find it.
Taking good care of self and relationships
Some resources that can help include:
o things that have inspired us
o persons who have.
o places where we made important connections
o stories written by people who know death or change*
John C Lily http://www.elliottbaybook.com/search/apachesolr_search/Center+of+the+Cyclone
Clark E Moustakas http//www.amazon.com/Loneliness-Love-Clark-E-Moustakas/dp/0135403863
The author of the best on the topic of death writes here about living life fully:
Elizabeth Kubler-Ross http://www.amazon.com/Wheel-Life-Memoir-Living-Dying/dp/0684846314/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1274927952&sr=1-5