Mary Loudon, PhD
Address: 3245 Fairview Ave E, Suite 210 | Seattle, WA 98102
My therapeutic approach arises from the integration of two overlapping viewpoints on human experience and suffering: the empirically-driven functional contextual science that has been changing the landscape of psychology over the past 20 years, and perhaps the more human wisdom - now substantiated by science - that powerful, authentic therapist-client relationships are keystones to healing and change.
What comes through when I sit with you in a session is a synthesis of head and heart: techniques and treatment methods that have been shown effective for treating specific problems, as well as my complete presence, empathy, compassion, emotions, and humanity. You will not be interacting with a professional veneer, instead you will be invited to to risk with me in developing a mutually vulnerable and real relationship. It's reasonable to ask why we would do this considering that historically and still in the present day so many therapeutic approaches leave the therapist herself or himself out of the equation. There are a variety of answers already available, and more constantly emerging from the field of interpersonal neurobiology: our minds, emotions, immune systems, bodies and brains are all heavily influenced and shaped in the short term and long term by the relationships and attachments we enter, and the extent to which we experience attunement and empathy in those relationships.
I place emphasis on the genuine, authentic relationship I create with each client and work within the relationship, in every session, to help my clients move away from old habits into new, more effective behaviors that bring them into closer alignment with their chosen values. This means that instead of therapy feeling like a series of "pre-fab" interventions, my clients tell me they experience therapy as dynamic, energetic, personal, and collaborative. Session time is typically balanced between a focus on the problems you've been encountering "out there" during the week between our sessions, and a focus on the behaviors that are happening in the moment between us. When your in-session behaviors or experiences relate to struggles you've had in your outside life, we'll use the opportunity to try out new ways of being and relating.
NEW CLIENT INQUIRIES:
My practice is currently full but occasionally new spaces open up. If you are interested in working with me in the future, you may provide more information about yourself and the reasons you are seeking therapy. If it appears that you would be a good fit for a spot that opens up in the future, I will contact you at that time to discuss our options.