Dr. Kirk J. Honda, PsyD, LMFT

I practice psychotherapy in Shoreline (just north of Seattle) working with individuals, couples and families. If you would like to make an appointment or ask a question, feel free to email me at kirkhonda@gmail.com.

Qualifications

  • Practicing Psychotherapist – since 1996

  • Chair of the Couple and Family Therapy Program – Antioch University Seattle – since 2015

  • Faculty in the Couple and Family Therapy Program – Antioch University Seattle – since 1998

  • License in Marriage and Family Therapist in Washington State (Lic#: LF00001679) – since 1999

  • Clinical Supervisor – since 1999

  • Clinical Fellow of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) – since 2009

  • AAMFT Approved Supervisor – since 2011

  • Doctorate in Psychology – Antioch University Seattle – 2014

  • Master's in Psychology - Antioch University Seattle - 1997

I have experience with individuals, couples, and families on the following issues: relationship issues, personality disorders, trauma recovery, teen issues, couples, families, mood disorders, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, anger management, domestic violence, substance addiction, sex addiction, parenting, sexuality, spirituality (I am religion friendly), and sexual orientation issues (I am LGBTQ-friendly and poly-friendly).

Therapeutic Approach

My practice involves working with individuals, couples, and families.  The goal of psychotherapy is to help you reach your goals.  Examples of possible improvements include: improving relationships, reducing depression or anxiety, reducing conflict, feeling better, improving life satisfaction, grieving a loss, finding clarity, discovering parts of the self, etc.

In my approach to therapy, rather than adhering to one specific school of thought, I utilize an integrative approach that carefully and thoughtfully selects from several useful models:

  • Relational psychodynamic theory and attachment theory states that people are affected by their early attachment figures.

  • Experiential therapies involve helping individuals and families emote more freely and healthily.

  • Humanistic psychology focuses on the good in people and their growth potential.

  • Systems theory states that individuals are a part of an interconnected whole.

  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy is a practical approach to helping in which the therapist helps the client find solutions by changing the way the client thinks and behaves.

  • Feminist theory that questions our cultural understandings and advocates for fairness.

This integrative model provides many methods to achieve one’s goals in therapy: emotional work, improved communication, personal exploration, psychological awareness, support, psychoeducation, cognitive changes, behavioral changes, and system adjustment.

Social Justice

As a person of color and an advocate of social justice I understand the importance of culture, privilege, racism, heterosexism, oppression, classism, ageism, etc.  These contextual elements play an important role in our lives and are considered when determining goals and strengths

Awards

  • Family Advocate Award, Changes Parenting Support Network, 2009
  • Educator of the Year, Washington Association of Marriage and Family Therapy, 2012
  • Board of Trustees’ Catalysts of Collaboration Award, Antioch University, 2014
  • Provost’s Recognition Award, Antioch University, 2016