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Kelly Pastori

M.A. Psychotherapist

I received my Masters of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology at the Seattle School of Psychology and Theology, as well as a Bachelors of Arts in International Affairs from Florida State University. I have spent several years working with adolescents and women in multiple capacities. As part of my education, I completed a year-long internship with Seattle Therapy Alliance, an organization that provides low-cost counseling for women and couples. At STA, I trained in practicing therapy through a holistic, anti-oppression, social justice framework. Recently my research is focused around women, regarding our bodies, as they pertain to culture, sexuality, religion, oppression and body image. Additionally, I own a body-positive photography business, helping people work through shame in regards to their body and sexuality, which heavily informs my therapeutic work. My commitment to this work is ongoing, both personally and professionally. In my work with clients, I have focused on anxiety, depression, abuse and trauma, spiritual development, mind/body connection, chronic illness, relationship issues, and identity issues concerning race, gender, and sexuality. 

At the heart of my work, I approach therapy from a relational, psychodynamic therapy model, which means I believe the relationship between the client and therapist can be a transformative component in the growth process. However, I draw from approaches of narrative psychotherapy, feminist psychotherapy, internal family systems, CBT, DBT, somatic experiencing, and mindfulness. My therapeutic process also draws from my personality, which integrates playfulness, authenticity and creativity. I believe that once we are able to know ourselves we can connect more fully with one’s body, life and relationships. When I’m not in the office, I am usually taking photos, spending time by the water, yoga, traveling or enjoying time with friends and family over good food and drink.