Mary-lynn Ballew, MA, LMFTA
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Associate
Mary-lynn's specialty areas:
- Relationships / Marriage / Dating
- Sex / Sexuality / Intimacy
- Premarital-Commitment Preparation / Relationship Skill Building
- Conflict / Communication / Boundaries
- Affair Recovery
- Female-identified Individuals (often referred to as "women’s issues")
- Male-identified Individuals (often referred to as "men's issues")
- Life Transitions (new baby, empty nest, divorce)
- Personal Resolutions (weight, exercise, emotional resiliency)
What I love about being a therapist is helping couples and individuals of all sexual orientations and gender expressions to create positive changes in their lives. My practice focuses on areas of relationship dynamics, sexuality, life transitions, personal development, and emotional resiliency. Some of the issues that get addressed include enhancing intimacy and communication, healing a broken heart, dating, navigating life transitions, finding balance after an affair or divorce, and relieving depression. Intended outcomes of the therapeutic process include personal growth, self-compassion, reduced shame, and the ability to live with more clarity, authenticity, lightness, and joy.
In therapy sessions I use a collaborative and transparent process that builds awareness around thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. Together we will examine how cultural messages, past events, family, and other influences have had an impact on your life. We will identify strengths, set goals, and emphasize your preferred outcome over the problem. I take a biological, psychological, and social approach to healing. This integrated framework helps clients to build awareness around their problems, adapt new strategies, and relieve discomfort. Much of the work that we will do together will be focused on the present and the future. However, we will also look to your past to gain information, which will help you take steps forward.
Engaging in therapy can be challenging, requiring vulnerability and discomfort. I try to bring humor and lightness into the process, and hope that you will find personal satisfaction and moments of celebration within the hard work. I will assist you as you navigate motivation and adapt to the variable pace of change. At times I will provide simple homework assignments that can be worked on between sessions, and offer reading suggestions or other resources when appropriate. I will work with you to stay accountable and compassionate with yourself as you move toward growth, find more balance, and practice the art of being human.
I received my Marriage and Family Therapist Associate (LMFTA) degree from Antioch University, in Seattle, WA. I have done clinical work at Sound Mental Health in child and family services. I have been trained in the Gottman approach to couples therapy through the Gottman Institute, and I am a leader of the Bringing Baby Home Program and the Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work Couples Program. I am a member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) and the Washington State Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (WAMFT). Currently, I am finishing my training for sex therapy at Antioch University, Seattle. I value staying current in the field of relationship therapy and continue to stay informed through education and academic research.
My hobbies and interests include hiking, gardening, reading, design, cooking, yoga, and spending time with family and friends.
Currently, as a safety precaution due to the risk of Covid-19, therapy is being done online. While I miss meeting clients face to face in the comforting environment of my office, I have found that online therapy is an engaging and effective alternative.
I look forward working with you - please feel free to sign up using my schedule.