JANNIE DRIVER, PhD
If you are visiting my website, you have already begun the process of change. Whether it is interpersonal relationships, parenting, or trauma, you want something different. My goal as a psychologist is to support you and challenge you toward those changes.
My therapeutic approach is evidence-based and client-centered. This means that I bring the research and science of psychology into each session, while maintaining compassion and empathy for my client. My clinical practice is divided into three specialties: Anxiety & Stress, Parenting, and Trauma.
Anxiety & Stress
Life is difficult. Unfortunately, Anxiety refuses to acknowledge this concept and pressures us to make everything perfect. This pressure creates a strange feedback loop of more anxiety more perfection more anxiety.
Instead, we as humans need to accept both happiness and difficulty with flexibility and purpose. Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (or “Act”) is an evidence-based approach designed to create this psychological flexibility. Rather than focus on perfection, ACT focuses on living life and pursuing dreams in with anxiety in tow.
Parenting the Challenging Child (ages 4 to 9)
Parenting is difficult. Do you privately wonder if your child is more difficult than others? If so, you likely have a challenging child who needs a very specialized approach to parenting. I am a leading expert in the Seattle area in working with parents of challenging children. I begin with an intense parenting training using The Incredible Years program and tailor this to your specific child. This parenting style works well with all children, so parents do not need to parent siblings differently.
Trauma is haunting. The emotional brain does not keep track of time, so traumatic memories feel present and threatening. Using Lifespan Integration Therapy, we use your own timeline to show the emotional brain that time has passed. As a result, you feel the trauma in the past and can leave behind.
If you are struggling with depression, it is important to find a therapist who specializes in that area. Depression is not my area of expertise.