Erika Straus-Bowers
MA, LMHC

Location: 
Rainier Avenue South Seattle
Counsels: 
Adults
Practice Focus: 
Relationship/Attachment
Trauma
Anxiety
Depression
Grief/Loss/Transition
Identity
LGBTQ+

Finding a therapist can be a daunting process, and is largely an intuitive search for what feels right for this particular time in your life. I hope to give you a sense of who I am and how I work, to help you with your search.

I believe that we all have deep basic needs for safety and growth, which can become interrupted or threatened in traumatic and subtle ways. This can lead to feelings of anxiety, depression, and disconnection from others or ourselves.

I also believe in the healing, reintegrating process of paying attention to yourself in partnership with a therapist who can help you see your complexity with increasing compassion and clarity, and with a combination of acceptance and openness to change. This focused and supported way of relating to yourself can deepen your capacity to respond to your own needs, connect with others, and feel steadier even amidst challenging life events.

My approach is relational and focused on exploring your here-and-now emotional experience while listening for how it connects to beliefs stored from the past in your body, mind, and patterns of responding to others. I draw from psychodynamic understandings of early attachment, as well as from teachings on mindfulness, interpersonal neurobiology, and multicultural context.

I offer help in working through the effects of past trauma, difficulties in relationships, loss and grief, questions of identity and belonging, and the overwhelm of anxiety and depression. If you would like to see what it’s like to meet, I look forward to beginning to hear what matters most to you, what you’re struggling with, and how else you hope to feel.