Find out more about Dianah Jackson

I grew up in Iowa City, Iowa and attended college and graduate school at the University of Iowa in French and Comparative Literature.  I completed my doctoral studies at the University of Minnesota and moved to Bainbridge Island, Washington to become an Assistant Professor of French Studies at the University of Washington.

After the birth of my daughter, I opted for a career change and resigned from academics. I taught at West Sound Academy as a high school English and French teacher before pursuing a career as a therapist.  I am a graduate of the LIOS Graduate College of Saybrook University with a masters degree in Systems Counseling.  I completed my internship at Seattle Therapy Alliance, an all women, low-cost psychotherapy practice.  I opened my private practice in 2013, where I am committed to bringing my skills as a deep and compassionate listener to individuals, couples and families from a variety of socio-economic backgrounds.

Experience and Training

My background in systems counseling allows me to see my patients as full and whole persons of dignity and worth.  I appreciate the rich variety of family, culture, religion, ethnicity, race, gender, sexual orientation and physical ability that make up who someone is and who they are becoming. My practice draws primarily on the strengths of narrative therapy while integrating EMDR therapy, and my training in mindful self-compassion. It is from narrative therapy that I derive a commitment to listening to patients’ expertise as they seek to free themselves from the themes, roles and settings that impede change or well-being.  The enduring stories and characters that are part of depth therapy complement my attention to the connections that we all share in the human family.

Some the issues that families face today stem from or result in physical conditions, or may be neurological in nature. I may therefore advise medical consultation. I believe that because the body is intimately connected to the mind and soul, when one part of a member of our family suffers, all areas in our relational lives are affected.

Dianah Jackson