Individual Psychotherapy

As a licensed clinical psychologist Dr. Tanzy meets with older adults to provide supportive psychotherapy. She utilizes an integrative and holistic approach to treatment drawing upon a variety of evidence-based modalities. Dr. Tanzy works from a strength-based model of therapy and seeks to help older adults identify and build on capacities they already have, and to set goals together that support healing and growth.

Supportive and Compassionate

She offers a compassionate and caring presence. Attuned to the challenges of growing older, Dr. Tanzy understands that grief and loss come with the territory of the aging process. She accompanies individuals in their experience of loss and holds a space for the exploration of one’s spirituality. She offers support in an individual’s search for meaning and purpose.

With a background in clinical neuropsychology, she is aware of cognitive issues that can occur in an older adult population. She encourages people in finding healthy ways to compensate for challenges, engaging in new learning, maintaining socialization, and partaking in creative activities in order to enrich brain functioning and enhance their sense of resilience and strength.

Dr. Tanzy’s supportive therapy also includes teaching individuals how to utilize mindfulness and self-compassion in approaching both the challenges and joys of life.

Dr. Tanzy’s areas of specialty include:

  • Mood and anxiety disorders
  • Chronic illness / health psychology
  • Life transitions
  • Grief and loss
  • End of Life support
  • Caregiver support

Treatment modalities include:

  • Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT)
  • Mindfulness meditation

“In the middle of winter I at last discovered that there was in me an invincible summer.” 

-Albert Camus

Aging With Creativity, LLC
Karen Tanzy, PhD
WA License #1866
Seattle area