Jen Kollasch, MA, LMHC
Hello and welcome! It takes a lot of courage to seek and improve your well-being and you do not have to do it alone. I will foster an environment of safety and hold space for you to process and connect the patterns in your life, as this is your work! I will work holistically honoring your individual needs, desires and goals. I look forward to meeting with you.
AREAS OF FOCUS
There are many reasons to seek therapy, here are a few areas of focus you may be experiencing: trauma, PTSD, past sexual abuse, emotional abuse/neglect, narcissist abuse recovery, caregiver burnout, feeling down, exhausted, depressed, anxious or overwhelmed. I will go at the pace and depth that your are willing and ready to work with.
I pull from a variety of approaches to met your needs and where you are at in the therapeutic process. The main theories I pull from are Attachment Theory, Mindfulness, Trauma-Informed, Humanistic, and Anti-Oppression. In short, Attachment Theory focuses on relationships and how you connect in the world. Mindfulness helps you learn how to balance your thoughts and connections to them in addition to bringing focus to your body and how to care for it. Trauma-informed means I will provide psycho education around how trauma affects your perspective in and on the world. I use eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) to help people recover from flashbacks, toxic memories, and dreams. Humanistic relates to the human connection and the intention that you, the client, knows yourself best and I have tools, objective insight, and education to share with you so you can do your work in a safe and nurturing environment. Anti-Oppression work is contraction work on the stories you have been told and/or have adopted about yourself that make you feel and act less than human. Many social constructs are based on oppressing another and those subtle and not so subtle beliefs and ways of being in the world may come between your true self and who you are taught to be.
Professionally, I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC), a Developmental Disabilities Mental Health Specialist (DDMHS), trained in Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). I graduated from Antioch University Seattle, a CACREP accredited university with my Masters in Mental Health Counseling. I have volunteered for 4 years in a homeless and transitional housing shelter for women and kids. I have worked at Sound Health in the Community Networks Program supporting individuals and support staff and family members of people with intellectual disabilities and mental health concerns for 4 years. Conjointly, I have grown my private practice business.