Crystal Cressey, M.A., LMFT

Crystal Cressey

Fees

$150 for 60 minute session

$175 for 90 minute session

My Philosophy:
One of the most important things in life are relationships, not only with others but with ourselves. These relationships can often be some of the most rewarding, and also difficult, aspects of life. The joy and comfort they bring feels satisfying and enhances our life. The challenges they present can also create feelings of overwhelm and dissatisfaction.

I assist clients in identifying the changes which need to be made within themselves and/or within their relationships so that they can experience the level of satisfaction that they are seeking. I work with couples and individuals to obtain an understanding of, and a balance, in their lives. I use research-based couple’s therapy techniques (https://www.gottman.com/) that grounds each partner even when they are experiencing turbulence. These evidence-based techniques also help couples to find connection with each other. I help individuals maximize their personal strengths and fullest potential.

I work with both couples and individuals in my practice. I believe that each person’s perspective is meaningful, and I provide a safe space to explore who my client currently is, and who they wish to become. I focus on helping clients restore a sense of stability and connection, to feel rejuvenated in their lives again. I am here to hold the hope for clients when they are not able to do it for themselves.

My approach includes:

  • The use of a strength-based approach based on the research of John Gottman.
  • A belief in a personal evolution, which strengthens people over time as they grow and change.
  • A belief that everyone has unique strengths and inner goodness.
  • Helping others to re-discover the good within themselves even when life becomes difficult.
  • Helping clients see that they are powerful and can create a more purposeful meaningful life.
  • A belief that clients are the experts of their own lives; I am just there to help them navigate their path so that they can reach a level of balance and a new awareness of the strengths that already exist within them.

My Education, Training and Experience:

    1. The Developmental Model for Couples (https://www.couplesinstitute.com/ )
    2. John Gottman’s work which is a research-based approach to relationships.
      (https://www.gottman.com/professionals/training/level-3/)
  • I received a Masters Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Pacific Lutheran University.
  • I have a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from Gonzaga University.
  • I have experience working with couples, families, and adolescents struggling with relationships, peer socialization, emotional regulation, connection, and issues such as depression and anxiety.
  • I am a professional member of both the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy and the Washington Association of Marriage and Family Therapy. I hold a license as a Marriage and Family Therapist.