Hi! My name is Caitlin Hendricks and I am here to help. When working with my clients, I am curious, collaborative and empathetic. While I believe in being honest, I do so gently and with a dose of humor. Through our work together I will help you and your partner communicate with less defensiveness and criticism. You will learn how to bring up issues you are having in your relationship with a soft approach. This is done by exploring and talking about what you actually need in your relationship, instead of what you don’t. My goal is to show you the importance of creating positive experiences with one another and build up your emotional bank account. This in turn will help you move through times of conflict more quickly and with less damaging communication. I am a queer and trans-affirming therapist I create a safe and judgment free environment to promote self-exploration. All people are welcomed and respected.
I am passionate about emotions. All of us are full of them. The emotions we carry with us as individuals, as well as, what we bring into relationships can be powerful and challenging. I also understand that each of us carries with us an emotional heritage that is unique and has served as a means to support, protect, and empower each of us.
I provide therapy for men by partnering with adolescents, men, husbands, and fathers to open up and develop emotional flexibility. You might call it emotional yoga! Feelings and emotions are not an easy topic of conversation. Especially for males, as we don’t always express them. Or when we do, they can come out sideways. I appreciate the opportunity to work with men of all ages as a resource to deconstruct false presumptions about “how a man should act” while also providing support to enable men of all ages to become who they authentically want to be.
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Associate who works with couples and families. I help couples who feel “stuck” in their patterns within the relationship find new ways of interacting with each other that promote and restore connection, empathy, and intimacy. I have been told that my style is “gentle yet firm”- I take a strengths-based approach, but also believe it is important to intervene when I observe unhelpful positions and behaviors in sessions. I invite clients to take a collaborative approach when working with me, as I believe therapy is most successful when clients have an active role in setting their own goals. Some of the issues I work with when seeing couples and partnerships include concerns about trust, intimacy, parenting, infidelity, sexuality, grief, preparation for marriage and life transitions.
My passion and focus is relationships. I provide couples counseling and marriage therapy here in Seattle, WA.
Empathy, understanding and validation do not always come naturally to us, yet those are the things we need the most of, especially in relationships. I provide these skills to each of you in our sessions together. You will also be encouraged to do the same for the people you are in relationships with. I am honest and direct, yet gentle in my approach with couples. Couples counseling is most effective when negative communication patterns are called out as they happen in session. This allows you to work towards developing more effective communication skills and healthier patterns. I am in your corner and want to support you in your goals during therapy. My hope is that you and your partner can learn to manage conflict, form a deeper more fulfilling emotional connection, learn to have open communication in all areas of your relationship including sex, have kisses that last 6 seconds and laugh with each other daily.
My experience as a couples therapist has shown me that relationships come in all forms. What is foundational in all partnerships is a shared understanding of one another. There is a willingness to give one another the benefit of the doubt and the ability to show empathy. Being able to deeply feel what another is experiencing is not something that comes naturally or easily. It takes practice and it starts with small, intimate moments of healing and repair. This often begins with one’s self. I often find that repairing the relationship with one’s self and reconciling past trauma in your family of origin is often an integral and powerful piece of therapy.