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I view mental and behavioral health in the context of human relationships. I know oppression and injustice in society hurt families as a whole, often with effects that last generations. Therefore, issues of belonging, safety, agency, hope, and other basic human rights are at the core of my work. To meet my clients’ unique needs, I draw on an eclectic mix of interventions taken from some of the best traditions in systemic family therapy, including narrative, humanist-experiential, cognitive-behavioral, and more. My counseling style is warm, playful, and collaborative. I believe people of all ages need to feel heard, understood, and cared about, so I strive to bring thoughtfulness and whole-heartedness to my work with clients. I specialize in using play and other developmentally appropriate and strengths-based counseling approaches with children to transform anxiety and aggression into confidence and security. I aim to help people of all ages understand themselves better and have specialized training in Child-Centered Play Therapy, Synergetic Play Therapy, and Child-Parent Psychotherapy. As a certified instructor of Hand in Hand Parenting, I support parents with good developmental information, helpful perspectives, and connection-based parenting tools grounded in the latest developmental neuroscience and attachment research. I want to help strengthen relationships, bring fun to family life, and furnish both children and parents with access to the emotional support they need to recover from past hurts and emerge from rigid behaviors.
Professional Background and Qualifications
Professional Qualifications -- Washington State Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Associate (MG61164985), May 2021 -- Hand in Hand Parenting, Certified Instructor, September 2019 Experience -- Blake Adams Counseling & Consulting PLLC, Owner, April 2021-Present -- Hand in Hand Parenting, Certified Instructor September 2019-Present -- North Seattle College, Parent Education Faculty, August 2021-June 2022 -- Navos Infant and Early Childhood Program, Intern Therapist, July 2019-June 2020 -- Program for Early Parent Support (PEPS), Group Facilitator, February 2016-April 2016 -- Holy Names Academy High School, Choir Teacher & Music Director, July 2011-June 2013 Selected Presentations -- A Very Special (Time) Event. Co-presented with Hand in Hand Instructor Kirsten Nottleson for Hand in Hand Parenting, May 2021. -- Healing children’s fears in and out of the playroom: Heart-centered tools to help children release fear and rebuild confidence. Co-presented with Priya Raghav, LICSW, RPT-S for the Washington Association for Play Therapy Annual Conference, March 2021. Professional Memberships -- Washington Association for Play Therapy -- American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy -- Washington Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Education -- Antioch University Seattle, Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy, March 2021 -- Western Washington University, Master of Music in Choral Conducting, June 2004 -- Whitman College, Bachelor of Arts in Music, May 2002