Jaya Ramesh, LMHCA
Description of Counselor/Practice
If you identify as an underdog, if you feel unheard, if you experience life on the margins, then I want to work with you.
Life can wound. Even the strongest among us have times of feeling fragile or unprepared. Life can throw us into roles and responsibilities that can make us feel trapped or stuck. We love so deeply that sometimes we collapse into a cycle of not caring enough for ourselves. The excitement for me is helping someone peel back the layers and re-imagine a different narrative.
In my practice, I am drawn to working with people who live in the in between spaces. That can look like losing a job, leaving a marriage, having a baby, and the day to day transitions of doing one thing and transitioning to the next. For people who are constantly navigating between cultural spaces, the transitions are even bigger. Transitions can make people worried that they don’t know where they’re going to land, “I don’t know what I’m doing or where I’m going or even who I am.” That uncertainty can lead some people to despair and others to act impulsively or angrily.
Therapy can be a place of settling in, resolving, and learning to get more centered and be more comfortable in the in-between. How can you find your safe space where you can be entirely yourself? We inherently want to have answers, and in-between spaces are intrinsically about not knowing. I can help you learn to find your center as you navigate your way.
There is hope. Life is full of possibility. We don’t have to be trapped by the stories of our families, our past, our current circumstances, or our culture. We can find a better version of ourselves--maybe the version you’ve dreamed of or even the version you never knew existed.
Sometimes we need a space to just dream and play with the possibilities of what the future could look like. When the rest of life seems overwhelmed with complicated relationships, therapy is the one space where you can just talk and be yourself.
I am bilingual in English and Tamil.
I hold two Masters Degrees, one in Environmental Anthropology from the University of Washington and one in Psychology with a specialization in Counseling from Saybrook University. I am a Licensed Mental Health Associate with the State of Washington (#60864288). I regularly seek consultation from colleagues as well as my licensed supervisor, Katherine Walter, MSW, LICSW, CSW-G (LICSW #LW 60136151).