Anya Kirshbaum, MA, LMHC
Psychotherapy & Counseling




“There’s a vitality, a life force, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you, in all time, this expression is unique.  And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and be lost.  The world will not have it”


-Martha Graham

Individual therapy offers time that is just for you, to explore and connect with the deeper layers of yourself within the container of the therapy relationship. Together we have the opportunity to study how you have been living your life, to explore the parts that are not working as well as they could, and to create new possibilities. 


This process is about becoming clear, turning down the outside noise so that you can hear the inside voice.  So that you can learn to better follow your healthy impulses.  Therapy is a reach out of and into yourself all at once.  It is a place to slow down, to get real, to be heard.  It is sacred space.


I will help you learn to listen to your actual experience; what is true within— the uncomfortable parts and the joyful parts.  My work emphasizes discovering and building on the strengths you have, while resolving old hurt and learning to better navigate the difficult parts of life.  This work can help you reconnect with your natural aliveness and bring this aliveness into the world. 


Often people do not know how to digest deep emotions, we try so many ways to avoid our pain.  It can be hard to imagine that freedom might come from looking gently into the places in ourselves that we often avoid, the pain or discomfort or unknown parts of ourselves.  In these less traveled places, we can sometimes find deep riches and truths.  You might discover that you are already much stronger than you know.


I work with a wide variety of issues, including:


  • Anxiety or stress
  • Depression or low self-esteem
  • Family and interpersonal relationships
  • Couples therapy
  • Eating disorders or struggles with body image
  • Developing healthy sexuality
  • Gay, lesbian, and transgender issues
  • Physical illness/pain
  • Trauma (sexual, physical, emotional) and PTSD
  • Loneliness or isolation
  • Shyness or social anxiety
  • Grief and loss (such as breakups or death of loved one)
  • Blocked Creativity
  • Navigating life transitions 


People sometimes have a belief that being in therapy means they are crazy or weak, but this is not so.  Many of the happiest healthiest people seek therapy at some point in their lives. Starting therapy is a sign of strength, a true investment in you.  What else could be more important?


For more information about my Seattle counseling services, please visit the Approach section.

Anya Kirshbaum, MA, LMHC
3417 Evanston Ave N, Suite 426, Seattle, WA 98103