“Loving ourselves through the process of owning our story is the bravest thing we’ll ever do.”
— Brene Brown

Wendy A. Naiman, LMFT

Background

I entered into this work in a roundabout way.  As a young child, I realized that I wanted to help people. I think that stems from watching what happened to my large Chicago family in the aftermath of  childhood abuse, addiction, infidelity, domestic violence, divorce, and  other traumatic events. My family dealt with these issues in various ways, none of which included therapy.  I wonder what it would have been like to have someone to help sort out the feelings and the thoughts about these incidents. My father, in particular, had an extremely difficult childhood.  I attempted to interview him for a class project.  I asked him to tell me about his childhood. He became silent and then ended the interview.  My father could not speak about growing up without experiencing extreme emotional pain.  

When I decided that I wanted to be in the helping profession, therapy wasn't my first choice. I wanted to teach on the elementary level but my father didn't approve, so engineering school is what I pursued.  After failing out, I entered the ranks of Corporate America in sales and management.  The work was not fulfilling. I was blessed enough to find Antioch University Seattle where I completed my BA and found an amazing Couple and Family Therapy program.  I found the best fit. I believe that I am now doing what I am called to do. 

Here is a video that will give you more information about me and my practice:

Bio Video

Clinical Experience and Education

I received my Masters in Couple and Family Therapy from Antioch University Seattle in 2011.  I was licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist in Washington State in 2013.

My clinical experience has allowed me the privilege of working with children, teens and adults in individual, couple and family settings.  

I offer services for a wide range of mental health, emotional, behavioral, and relationship issues in a comfortable and safe environment, which will allow you to explore the complexities of life, find your inner strength, and begin your journey to wellness.  

I provide counseling/therapy services for Individual Adults, Children and Adolescents, Couples and Families.

Common Areas of Focus Include:

  • Anxiety and Depression
  • Life Transitions
  • Relationship Issues
  • Identity 
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Parenting

Therapeutic Modalites include but are not limited to the following:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
  • Gottman Couples Therapy 
  • Creative and Expressive Arts Therapy
  • Family Systems Therapy
  • Solution Focused Therapy

Additional practice details are available here:

http://www.mindfultherapygroup.com/wendy-naiman-ma-lmft

Supervision

I am currently an American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) supervisor candidate pursuing the designation of AAMFT Approved Supervisor.  I am working under an AAMFT Supervisor Mentor and completing my 30 hours of required coursework.  
I am offering low cost supervision and am currently accepting new supervisees. Please contact me to set up a time to discuss the benefits of supervision, fees and responsibilities via email at wendy@wnaimanlmft.com