Marsha Hahn received her MA in Social Service Administration (Social Work) from the University of Chicago in 2005. She is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker in the State of Washington.
Marsha works with adults, couples and teens.
I believe that all of us have an innate desire to live full and satisfying lives. For a variety of reasons, most of us will experience times of struggle, feeling overwhelmed, or feeling unable to move forward. When this happens, therapy can be a way to clarify what is confusing, expand our sense of what is possible, and find healing and restoration. I believe that healing and change can come in a variety of ways, but that attachment, connection, and experiencing ourselves in different and expanded ways are essential.
I join with my clients as a partner in their journey by providing a safe space where we can explore what is difficult, and identify and experience positive change using a client-centered approach. I draw from orientations and techniques that include psychodynamic, DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy), EFT (Emotionally Focused Therapy), attachment theory, neurobiology, and body-centered (somatic) work. I am interested in how our experience of our bodies is connected to our sense of emotional well-being, and how current research in neuroscience informs our understanding of trauma and therapy.
EDUCATION, SPECIALIZED TRAINING & EXPERIENCE:
2015 Completion of Executive Leadership Program, National Council for Behavioral Health, Washington DC
2008 Specialized training in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Chicago, IL
2005 MA in Social Work, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
1991 BA in Humanities, Mundelein College, Chicago, IL
Ongoing Continuing Education: Actively studying Emotionally-Focused Couples Therapy and EMDR
From 2005-2017 I worked in a community mental health center in the Chicago suburb of Skokie, Illinois. In that setting, I worked as a therapist with a diverse group of clients, teenagers through seniors, with a wide variety of life experiences. From 2012-2017, I served as Chief Financial Officer of the organization, while continuing work as a therapist.
Prior to my training and work as a therapist I worked in an administrative and leadership capacity in small business and the nonprofit sector, including five years as principal of a Montessori school in Chicago. My nonprofit work included seven years living and working in Kenya, Malaysia, and Hong Kong.