Jamie Posthuma, PhD, Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Mountlake Terrace Location

Mountlake Terrace Location

Jamie Posthuma, PhD, Licensed Clinical Psychologist

I believe that awareness is the gate to change. By engaging in the process of psychotherapy, within the context of a trusting therapeutic relationship, you can become aware of the complex interworking of our human experience and begin to feel transformative and lasting change that extends into your environment. I am passionate about creating a holistic, aligned approach to life by developing balance in the most important areas, such as family, friends, personal and professional development, the emotional and mental experience, physical health, culture and spirituality. Lifelong balance can be achieved by exploring functioning in all these areas and gaining an understanding of how past patterns or traumas can affect responses in the present. By identifying and working through barriers, new patterns can be learned, and healing experiences can be found. Through all of this, resources can be gained and emotional resilience can be improved. I believe that the answer to present suffering is found through understanding the whole system and learning how to strengthen the connection between our mind and body with intentional living.

Training and Professional Experience

I am a Licensed Psychologist in Washington and Colorado with a Doctorate of Philosophy (Ph.D) in Clinical Psychology from APA accredited, Alliant International University, California School of Professional Psychology with an emphasis on marriage and family therapy. I have over a decade of experience within the mental health field and have provided individual, couples, family, and group therapy to adults, adolescents, and children in outpatient and in-home settings within non-profit organizations, community mental health settings, and group private practice. I developed and managed a program within a large community mental health organization where I provided clinical supervision for a team specialized in treating complex trauma in children, adolescents, and families using Trauma Systems Therapy. I have also completed an externship in Emotion Focused Therapy concepts where I studied theories of relationships and adult attachment. Furthermore, I am a trained Love and Logic facilitator and utilize this model of teaching parenting skills through hosting classes and utilizing concepts through parent coaching.

Therapeutic Approach

I provide therapy to individuals, including school-age children, adolescents, and adults with a wide range of issues and diagnoses as well as couples therapy and family therapy including parent training support. I consider myself a systemic focused practitioner and enjoy working with relational and interpersonal issues. Overall, my approach to therapy is integrative and is informed by many evidenced based practices and theoretical orientations including attachment and Psychodynamic theories, mindfulness-based practices, systemic modalities, body-focused approaches, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Emotion Focused Therapy, Trauma Systems Therapy, and Interpersonal Neurobiology. Beyond the wide breadth of theory, I believe the most important element of therapy is a relationship where you and/or your family feel safe and comfortable. I tailor my therapeutic approach to meet the specific needs of clients by creating a unique treatment plan that is based on individual needs. I work from a supportive and inclusive position which allows for continual improvement by working together to design goals and encourage feedback to help you and/or your family achieve success. Whatever brings you in, my goal is to help you grow toward living a more balanced and fulfilling life. I look forward to meeting you.

Find out more about Dr. Posthuma at: www.dynamicimpactservices.com