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-Children, Adolescents, & Adults (age 3+)
-Kink & Polyam Affirming
-Sex & Body Positive
-Grief & Loss
-Trans and Non-Binary Affirming
-Attachment/Family of Origin
-Anxiety & Mood Disorders
-Suicidal Ideation & Self-Harm
*Couples & Family Therapist
In person West Seattle, Auburn & Telehealth
Nat Herridge, LMFTA
Navigating life and relationships while experiencing painful emotions, anxiety, and shame can feel overwhelming, lonely, and even hopeless. Therapy can provide a powerful opportunity to experience safety and acceptance within the therapeutic relationship.
The sense of safety and trust we build together can make it easier to tend to past and present challenges and find a way toward greater wellness.
We will work together to define your goals for therapy and agree upon a plan to work toward those goals. You will bring your extensive knowledge of your own life, experiences, and desires, and I will bring warmth, curiosity, and my professional knowledge and experience of the many possible paths to wellness.
When it might seem impossible to move forward, I strive to illuminate multiple possible paths and to highlight your unique strengths and resources that empower to you to choose a way forward that works for you and helps you to create lasting change in your life.
My approach to therapy is both integrative and collaborative. I draw from multiple theoretical orientations including internal family systems (IFS), attachment theory, polyvagal theory, experiential/emotionally focused therapies, and solution focused brief therapy (SFBT). I also view the problems clients bring into therapy through a systemic lens, meaning that I consider the multiple contextual factors (at the individual, interpersonal, community, and societal levels) that may be shaping their experience of the problem.
Anti-oppression values are central to my practice as I believe that treating psychological symptoms or relationship challenges without considering the intersectional impact of our society on a client's identities can lead to further harm and replication of oppressive dynamics in the therapeutic relationship. Similarly, I work from a trauma-informed perspective and recognize that experiences of trauma and adversity can have a profound impact on the development of symptoms and relational dysfunction.
I strive to work collaboratively in sessions which means that I will involve you in making decisions about the focus and direction of your treatment. I will regularly invite your feedback about how sessions are going and adjust my approach as needed. I am also fairly transparent about many aspects of the therapeutic process and I welcome your questions!
As an art therapist, I frequently invite clients to engage in creative processes that can allow for deeper exploration of their challenges and strengths. You do not need to consider yourself an artist or possess any artistic skills to participate in, and benefit from, art therapy. The use of different art materials and techniques can assist in emotional regulation and stress-relief. The artwork you make during a session offers a tangible and external artifact connected to your experience.
For some people, it feels safer or more effective to communicate through images rather than words, and images can contain valuable information that helps the therapeutic process. My job as an art therapist is not to assign meaning to your artwork, rather, it is to empower you to name what has emerged in your work and determine its significance for you.
Professional training & memberships...
Nat is in-network with Premera, Cigna, First Choice, LifeWise, Regence, Anthem and some other Blue Cross plans and can also bill in network with Kaiser for transgender clients. Please be aware that Protea Wellness cannot accept insurance for couple's therapy.
50-minute session for individuals: $175
50-minute session for couples: $175
80-minute session for couples: $260
I am a master's level student in the Couple and Family Therapy and Art Therapy program at Antioch University Seattle. Prior to studying at Antioch, I earned a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies (Concentration title: Youth and Community Empowerment through the Arts) from Western Washington University.
I am a member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) and American Art Therapy Association (AATA), as well as the local chapters for each organization. I am also a member of Antioch University Seattle’s Alpha Zeta chapter of the Delta Kappa honor society for Marriage and Family Therapists.