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Marriage & Family Therapy Intern
-Adolescents & Adults (age 3+)
-Couple Nurturance & Repair
-Sex & Body Positive (Kink & NM inclusive)
-Teenage Support & Increased Agency
-Trans and Non-Binary Affirming
-Communication, Boundaries, & Social Skills
-Sensory Integration Issue Informed
-Depression & Anxiety
-Developmental Trauma & Attachment Repair
-Intimate Partner Violence & Abuse Survivors
-Spirituality & Esoteric Practices
In person in West Seattle & Telehealth
James Knowlton, Clinical Intern
“Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.” -Rumi
If you are new to therapy, I know it can be a daunting and confusing space to enter. If you are not– it may be a boring or uneventful place, or a comfortable space you know well, or an exhausting or enlivening place, all the things. It can be a lot of things for a lot of different people. I believe therapy is an exchange and as such, we will join in the practice of creating and vocalizing healthy boundaries from the start. This will be our first collaborative step toward learning about you and building trust together.
In therapy, the therapist and client are collaborators, but ultimately, you are the expert of your truth. I am interested in your stories and how you experience them. I believe therapy is incredibly productive when a person feels heard and affirmed by a neutral positioned party in a safer space. I believe that validation is paramount and goes far in healing. I also believe that occasional challenges, poignant critiques, and tension can do a lot for growth and if you are willing to go to those places, we can. I do encourage it in the doses you feel comfortable with, and at your pace! Humor is an excellent tool to help with that process, but it is certainly not required. The only real requirement of therapy, I think, is to show up.
Via therapy, one can learn how to be confident in their capacity to be present with themselves and the world. Sharing space with others is a complex sensorial experience, negotiating perception and reality. With this in body-heart-mind, I hope to hold a non-judgemental and attentive container for you– one in which you are comfortable to explore yourself, your experiences, and your path.
I enjoy working with people of all ages from 3 years to elders, individuals and families. I have a particular affinity for working with adolescents and teenagers as well as couples.
I feel that a balance between the mental, emotional, and physical body is integral to the sustainability and health of a person. I utilize cognitive modalities such as DBT and Solution-Focused therapy, emotion centered therapies such as Emotion-Focused Therapy and Attachment, and body-centered approaches such as Somatic Therapy and Polyvagal exercises. Foundationally, I have a person-centered and humanistic approach utilizing aspects of Narrative and Gestalt Therapy as well as spiritual components, at your request.
I would like to witness and validate you and or your system where it is at and attune to your specific needs. I work from an anti-oppressive lens and it is my goal to be present with your intersectional identities and cultural influences, as we grow and learn together. My approach is influenced by the privileges provided by my whiteness and the hardships of a below the poverty line generational lineage. I identify as queer, via my non-binary gender and my sexuality. My work is trauma-informed and I have experience with serving those in many different crisis and suffering scenarios. If this is you, I hope to cultivate a space of non-judgement for you to express and heal. I also recognize some people simply come to therapy for smaller dilemmas and there are those who need help with daily maintenance and emotional regulation, I am willing to help create those new ways of being.
I am happy to work with people on many spectrums and those who are at different points in their process. Together we will work and play towards the change you want and need.
Professional training & memberships...
James does not accept insurance. Their fees are on a sliding scale.
50-minute session for individuals: $35-$100
50-minute session for families and relationships: $35-$100;
80-minute session for families and relationships: $50-$150.
I have completed all necessary coursework for a Master of Arts in Couples and Family Therapy at Antioch University Seattle, which is a requirement to begin my Internship. I am currently pursuing Sex Therapy Certification from Antioch as well.
I have completed a 33-hr. Paraprofessional Intimate Partner Violence & Anti-Oppression training with Safehouse Progressive Alliance for Non-Violence. I have worked with couples in IPV as well as seeking reproductive support, additionally I have assisted at-risk teens and their parents. I worked as a preschool teacher for four years and studied Early Childhood Development. Prior to my current educational journey, I received a Masters of Fine Arts in Visual Studies. My Bachelor’s degree is in Contemplative Psychology from Naropa University, with a minor in Early Education.