Ask about Jennifer Kittleson
Jennifer Kittleson, MA, LMHC
I am a licensed therapist and received my masters degree counseling in 1999 from Seattle University. My roles have included outpatient therapist in a variety of treatment settings with adults and children. Additionally, I have experience in research and alternative education. I work with individuals on issues including parenting, anxiety, trauma, depression, relationships, and grief and loss.
My interest in therapy began early and was informed by observing some of my own family members as they struggled with anxiety and depression. Seeking to understand what I was experiencing in my family, I was drawn to the field of psychology. I received my B.A. in psychology from the University of Oregon with a focus on child development and went on to receive a masters degree in counseling from Seattle University. I enjoy working with individuals to build healthy attachment relationships and to better cope with anxiety, life transitions, and separation issues. I have always been fascinated by the impact of the parent-child relationship on people’s lives. Having children of my own has deepened this interest and understanding of the challenges involved. I aim to be an ally for both parents struggling to find their way through the maze of parenthood, as well as individuals seeking to address family of origin issues. Greater self-understanding can enhance our ability to attend to and nurture ourselves in beneficial ways. This is a foundation for being able to interact in beneficial ways with our children and loved ones. When not in the office, you will find me outside enjoying walks in nature, learning about fermentation and healing foods, and spending time with my family.
My approach is primarily Psychodynamic (an exploration of your history and how this impacts your current life situation) and Cognitive Behavioral (an approach that changes patterns of thinking and behavior that may be causing you difficulties). I will use these as well as other approaches as needed. My extensive background with children and using a developmental framework both help me to effectively address family of origin issues. Though having a theoretical framework is helpful, I ultimately see therapy as an organic and artful process and believe that we will discover what works best for you as we get to know one another. I will be interested in your life story and will be tracking on your inherent strengths and abilities. I will offer insights in a warm and collaborative manor and may be directive when needed.
For more in-depth information about my practice, please visit my website: www.respirecounseling.com