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Chaela Stewart, LMFT98110
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Feel free to read the biographies of myself and my fellow therapists here as you search for a therapist to support you.  If you need help deciding on who would be a good fit, feel free to give us a call to discuss availabilities, rates, and therapy orientations.

When I was a teen and beginning to envision the life I wanted,  I took note of the marriages, divorces, and families around me.  I began to have the dream of helping couples create more beautiful, lasting, and loving relationships.  I know first-hand how challenging relationships can be, especially after the transition a marriage undertakes when kids enter the picture.  And I have great respect for the couples I see who put in the hard work to really make their relationship what they want it to be.  I couldn't be happier doing the work I know I was meant to do.

I attended the University of Washington for my undergraduate work and then in 2006 I earned a Master's of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy from Seattle Pacific University, (SPU).  During this time I held a graduate assistantship facilitating an undergraduate course for Dr. Les Parrott, international speaker and New York Times #1 bestselling author.  I worked in a broad range of settings before becoming a licenced therapist.  I worked in a university counseling center with individuals, and engaged and married couples; in a public school setting with "severely emotionally disturbed" (SED) children; in a residential group home with at-risk foster youth; and as a leader of a new parent support group for mothers and their new borns.  In 2011, I decided to go into private practice and focus on my passion, working primarily with couples.

In graduate school I studied Family Systems theories and focused my work on Experiential Therapy, specifically, Dr. Sue Johnson's Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples (EFT).  EFT is a clear, short-term, structured approach based on clarifying and identifying relational distress and improving adult primary attachment.  EFT has over 20 years of empirical research, showing it's effectiveness, with nearly 90% of couples showing dramatic improvement. Dr. Sue Johnson is the author of the book, "Hold me Tight". 

I am a certified Level 2  Clinicial with Dr. Stan Tatkin, author of "Wired for Love," in PACT (Psychobiological Approach to Couples Therapy).  This methodology looks at early childhood attachment and focuses on how that effects both the brain and the nervous system of partners.  Using the PACT approach, I work in the moment, noticing the slight changes in affect and arousal that constantly occur within a couple, and placing a high value on experience, rather than on the cognition or analysis of events.

Since 2011, I have attended two professional trainings with Dr. Gordon Neufeld, "The Attachment Puzzle: Putting the Pieces Together" live with Dr. Neufeld, and "Neufeld Intensive Level 1: Making Sense of Kids" via distance learning facilitated by Transformative Parenting.  Neufeld is one of the world's leading attachment theorists and experts on child development.  The author of "Hold onto your Kids," Neufeld, uses attachment theory and the belief that the relationship IS the cure, as the basis for helping parents work through behavioral stuckness in their children.  Because of the parallels between the parent-child relational needs and the primary-love relationship needs, I often make references to Dr. Neufeld in my work with couples, as well as when working with parents.

My work is also influenced by the ideas of David Deida, author of "The Way of the Superior Man," Nicole Daedone, author of "Slow Sex," and the Authentic SF movement.  I utilize the concept of the energy of masculine-feminine polarity, the need for emotional containment, real intimacy and vulnerability, and a spiritual healing that comes from being more seen and more fully present within a couple relationship.  I help couples experience a deeper connection through facilitating an increase in body awareness, eye-contact, and touch.

About Ingrid:

Ingrid Redding, AMFT109689
Associate Marriage and Family Therapist
Supervised by Chaela Stewart, LMFT 98110

We all want to lead a life in which our life dreams and inner potential are fulfilled. Sometimes life and we, ourselves, get in the way of pursuing these dreams and potentials. As a marriage and family therapist, I can help with these challenges whether they are within your relationships, career or your inner self. I am a client-focused therapist. I work in an engaged, supportive and relational manner. I use an integrative and holistic style in my therapeutic approach and take into consideration attachment, somatic, psychodynamic and mindfulness modalities. I view the client as a whole person and pay attention to influencing factors including trauma, spirituality, sexual orientation, gender expression and identity.

After a life working in the corporate realm and public sector, I decided to switch gears and become a therapist to really make a difference in people’s lives. My aim is to support you to reach your personal goals and development whatever they may be. And if you are not sure, we can work together to figure your goals out. It takes so much courage to seek help. Thank you for taking the first step towards healing your inner self.

About Brittnee:

Brittnee Berry, AMFT127448, APCC10016
Associate Marriage and Family Therapy, Associate Professional Clinical Counselor 
Supervised by Chaela Stewart, LMFT 98110

I believe the most important thing in life is the relationships we have with others. Harvard's longest longitudinal study supports this stating that the quality of relationships you have with people has the greatest impact on happiness. With the stresses of modern life, it's easy for those relationships to erode. I enjoy helping people repair those relationships and find more happiness in their lives.  I am trained in EMDR and use this modality to support clients in working through trauma, stuck parts and overwhelming memories that hold people back.

When working with couples I use an emotionally focused approach to look at the deeper meaning of things. It is easy to get caught up in surface level issues, but what's the feeling behind that? We'll work together to uncover what's beneath the surface and bring to light the true problems you're experiencing. I am a PACT level 1 trained therapist (Stan Tatkin, PsyD’s Psychobiological Approach to Couples Therapy)Additionally, I use attachment theory to help couples uncover their attachment styles and move closer to a secure attachment.

I've been studying psychology for over 15 years and received my master's degree in clinical mental health counseling from Sonoma State University where I graduated with a 4.0. While at SSU I completed coursework that qualified me to pursue dual licensure as a marriage and family therapist and a professional clinical counselor. Additionally, I hold a bachelors and associates degree in psychology. I completed my clinical internship with Petaluma City Schools working with teens who have experienced complex trauma. While working with these teens I gained experience treating anxiety, depression, attachment disorders, PTSD, and eating disorders. After completing my internship, I worked at a dual diagnosis residential treatment facility. At the facility I used a family systems approach to uncover and begin to heal the root cause of the client's substance abuse and mental health disorders.

I have experience working with Individuals, couples, families, and groups. I'm LGBTQ+ and kink friendly.

About Rebecca:

Rebecca Sweeney, AMFT127352, APCC10076
Associate Marriage and Family Therapy, Associate Professional Clinical Counselor 
Supervised by Chaela Stewart, LMFT 98110

Entering therapy can be a challenging step, so my primary focus is to meet my clients where they are in order to effect change in a sustainable way. I received my Master of Science in Counseling Psychology from Dominican University of California, where I completed my qualifications as both an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist and an Associate Professional Clinical Counselor. I have experience working with children, adults, and groups in Equine Assisted Psychotherapy, Attachment Theory (which forms the foundation of my work with couples), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Existential/Humanistic Therapy, and Trauma-Informed Therapy. I believe that making space for one’s own needs is the key to establishing productive relationships with others, whether those are romantic partners or platonic connections, and I care deeply about removing the barriers around mental health care, both internal and external. 

About Chaela:
"It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye."
-Antoine De Saint-Exupery