Ambree Kartes, M.A. LMFTA

Portrait of Ambree Forsell

I strive to provide therapy services that are quality and holistic. The heart of my work is empowering you to live your life to the fullest and to feel your best self. I do so by creating a safe holding environment to compassionately listen to your story in order to find healing solutions for lifelong change. For couples, I can work with you and your partner to rekindle the trust, intimacy, and the connection you may be longing for.

There is an immense amount of suffering and pain that comes with the human condition. Along with life and love, there are many uncertainties, relational difficulties, and loss. I believe that every person encounters challenges within their journey. And yet, there is something to be said about the inherent teachings that come with these experiences, the power of human resiliency, and the healing effects that relationships can have.

Similar to you, I balance many roles within my life as a mother, wife, sister, daughter, and friend. The relationships that are associated with these roles influence the person I am and what I have to offer as a therapist. They have taught me the gift of memories, cherishing those special moments of connection, the beauty of a lifelong growth, and the significance of self-care practices. I believe a healthy sense of well-being stems from a deeply felt love for yourself and having relationships that are centered on trust, connection, and growth. They have inspired my passion of working with couples with growing families by strengthening bonds between partners during their major life transition.

Below are a few ways of how I work:

  • Empathetically listen, validate, and respond to the realness of hardships, pain, and challenges you face.
  • Facilitate conversations to explore unconscious roots of problems by pulling from your inner thoughts and feelings.
  • Promote your growth through increasing self-reflection, awareness, and insight to generate sustainable solutions.
  • Consider all aspects of your life and relationships.
  • Draw from your strengths to empower, highlight times of courage, and build hopeful outcomes.
  • Encourage the use of self-care practices and alternative coping strategies.

I have a Master’s Degree in Couple and Family Therapy and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology. I am an AAMFT clinical member. I am a Mental Health Professional (MHP) and Certified Child Mental Health Specialist (CMHS) by Washington State.  I utilize techniques from mindfulness-based practices, neuroscience, and other methods from the developmental model.