Do you struggle with being your authentic self, knowing what you want and making decisions for yourself and in relationship?
Have you been labeled too emotional, too sensitive, and do you feel misunderstood?
Do you experience a negative self-image, feel shame, and low self-worth for who you are?
Are you having issues in your relationship with your partner, family, friends, or co-workers?
Do you feel stuck and unable to make progress with unhealthy patterns of behavior or thinking?
Are you suffering from the symptoms of past trauma, depression, anxiety, or mood disorders?
Are you going through a dark night of the soul or a difficult life transition filled with loss?
Do you feel like you don’t belong in your body or in this world?
If any of these questions are leading you to seek guidance, I may be the right fit for you. My name is Michelle Bloom and I am a Seattle based psychotherapist and teacher offering soul-centered psychotherapy and workshops.
I work with individuals and couples. I welcome all ethnicities, religions, genders, and sexual preferences, including non-heteronormative/monogamous/gender-binary lifestyles or identities.
I integrate intuitive guidance and healing on a soul level with depth psychology and other therapeutic modalities, addressing your heart mind, body, and spirit. We will integrate all aspects of who you are and heal issues at the core, allowing your true self to live in the world.
True self is your authentic soul essence. Much of your true self gets pushed down into the shadow by your ego which naturally seeks to be accepted, liked, and valued by your family, peers, and culture. As children our egos deny any aspect of who we are that we feel won’t bring acceptance. It’s simply how ego functions and not good or bad. We all need our egos to be part of society as functioning individuals.
Your shadow is simply the unconscious place in your mind where all that is denied collects like a secret piggy bank, saving up all of who you are until you are ready to meet and integrate the aspects of self stored away. You may feel conflicted, depleted, torn, fragmented, confused, insecure, and lost from the psychic split between your ego self living in the world and your true self living in the shadow. Anxiety, stagnation and suffering grows the longer we ignore what is in the shadow.
Unprocessed trauma and wounds from our individual and multigenerational past also live in our shadow. Therapy is a sacred space to allow these painful experiences to emerge and be integrated back into wholeness.
Transformative healing is the process of becoming whole. When we are whole we are fully present. Integration happens naturally when you become aware, give voice, and expression to the feelings and aspects of the self that have been forgotten in the shadow.
Becoming aware of the stories your ego tells about the self is also a part of the healing journey. Learning how to recognize and not buy into negative mental stories is vital for developing well-being. As a part of the therapeutic process, we will work on re-writing the story you tell yourself about painful experiences and who you are.
Suffering may be turned into gold.
I offer a free consultation in person or by phone to see if we are a good fit.
Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (503)686-8101