We are, today, an accumulation of our live experience. Defensive adaptations developed when young are repeated in our adult years. Some promote a lifetime of growth, other are repeated in a circular pattern people describe as being stuck. Counseling therapy is for those who would seek freedom from repeated dysfunction to discover how to grow into life and develop rich relationships.
Paradigm Counseling employs psychodynamic and emotionally focused therapy principles to discover and redirect one into a life giving journey.
The goal of Paradigm Counseling of Puget Sound is to provide quality therapeutic care to clients from an Psychodynamic and Emotional Regualtiory orientation. This means therapy is less about advice and more about discovering what derails progress in client's efforts to feel and function successfully.
My name is Bent Meyer. I have two offices, one in Kirkland and the other in the Northgate area of Seattle.
I provide counseling in the following areas:
Crisis/Trauma: sexual, physical, emotional abuse
Mood: depression and anxiety related
Boundary: control excess or lack of
Intimacy as understood as more than sex
Domestic Violence prevention - Develop skills to control emotional out burst and conflict resolution without the employment of power and control.
Adult survivors of childhood abuse.
Relationship to Self:
"Who am I?" This question often painfully surfaces during long periods of depression, powerlessness, helplessness or despair. The search of the real self seems to lead into empty spaces, or severe self-contempt.
Therapy is a process of exploring and experiencing the real you that has been hidden and confusing. It is a journey you do not do alone, but in the presence of one who is experienced to journey with you toward an outcome of finding the real you.
The journey is one where you receive benefit through experiencing relationship and exploring your internal world in the context of safety. The journey is experienced differently, since you are not alone.
Relationhips with others:
relationships are fundamental to human growth. Without them, growth is stunted.. All of us form attachments, some to things like substitutes for real relationships, some to surrogate fantasies rather than real relationships. Each of these occurs because of relationship fractures, trauma, early childhood neglect, social abuses, or physical injury.
I expect and encourage you to obtain knowledge of the procedures, goals, and possible side-effects of counseling. I expect the experience to be one where you receive the maximum benefit. Counseling may be tremendously beneficial for some individuals while, at the same time, there are some risks. The risks may include the experience of intense and unwanted feelings, including: sadness, anger, fear, guilt, or anxiety. It is important to remember that these feelings may be natural. They are an important part of the counseling process. Other risks of counseling may include: recalling of feelings, experiences, and alterations of an individual's ability or desire to deal effectively and harmoniously with others in relationships.
In counseling, major life decisions are sometimes made, including: decisions involving separation within families, development of other types of relationships, changing employment settings, and changing lifestyles. These decisions are a legitimate outcome of the counseling experience as a result of an individual's calling into question many of their beliefs and values. As your therapist, I will be available to explore any of your assumptions, problems, or possible negative side effects of our work together.
My fee is $130.00 for a 55 minute session.
Insurance Coverage & Payments: Insurance carriers, plans, coverage and provider contracts are so varied in regards to mental health benefits that there is no way of guaranteeing that your insurance plan will cover my services for your diagnosis and counseling. I STRONGLY advise you to call your insurance company for an estimate of what coverage may apply, and the deductible, for an out of network providers before entering into therapy. Prestige Medical Billing is employed for the purpose of passing on billing information to your insurance company, so you do not have to negotiate informing the insurance company yourself. You will be reimbursed directly from the insurance company, if it is part of your contract with them. Insurance companies require a formal diagnosis to determine eligibility for payment.
615 Market Street, Suite D
Kirkland, WA 98033
12360 Lake City Way, Suite 420
Seattle, WA 98125
Mondays 12 PM to 9 PM
Sundays 4 PM to 9 PM
Tuesdays Noon to 9 PM
Wednesdays Noon to 9 PM