Does something seem “off” about your life?

Are you frustrated by your relationship or sad because you aren’t in one?

Are you worried about your teen, tween, or child or unhappy with the communication in your family?

Are you ready for change, but unsure of the next step?

I help people with these problems.

Through my practice, I support clients to make meaningful change in their lives. I listen, explore, reinforce and challenge them to move toward healing. I believe that everyone deserves to be happy…yet there are times that happiness is obscured by stressors, stuckness, messages from the past or unhelpful patterns of behavior. I guide individuals, couples and families to identify and move through their own blocks to happiness…and to build more compassion for themselves along the way.

It’s normal to seek help.

Life can be stressful and confusing. Sometimes it’s not enough to talk through your struggles with friends or family, and ignoring problems doesn’t usually make them go away. I help clients to deal with the issues they’ve been avoiding…issues which can cause anxiety, depression, irritability, sleeplessness and a host of other symptoms.

Not sure you’re ready for counseling?

That’s understandable, especially if you’ve never talked to a therapist before. I would love to speak with you by email marydericksonma@yahoo.com or phone 206-390-6998 to discuss your concerns and answer your questions. I also offer a free 50-minute in-person Meet-and-Greet in my Bellevue office with you, you and your partner, or you and your teen or family.


There are two basic motivating forces: fear and love. When we are afraid, we pull back from life. When we are in love, we open to all that life has to offer with passion, excitement, and acceptance. We need to learn to love ourselves first, in all our glory and our imperfections. If we cannot love ourselves, we cannot fully open to our ability to love others or our potential to create. Evolution and all hopes for a better world rest in the fearlessness and open-hearted vision of people who embrace life.

— John Lennon