Rose Gilman, Graduate Intern
Rose Gilman’s Therapist Disclosure Statement <<< (Clickable)
I believe the pursuit of therapy is a brave decision to prioritize self-exploration and understanding. So much of life is focused on the external parts of ourselves while therapy can lead to a deeper understanding of our internal drivers (feelings, emotions and beliefs).
As a counselor, I believe in building a truly co-creative and collaborative partnership with the goal of understanding, awareness, and transformation. I seek to make an environment that is safe, non-judgmental, and conducive to growth. My intention is to work with you to help you recognize and understand your capabilities, your strengths, validate your struggles, and support you in accessing your own tools as you move toward your desired goals. Sometimes, despite our best efforts, life has plans for us that we didn’t ask for or understand. Sometimes our relationships challenge us, hurt us, confuse us, or require us to develop a new understanding of ourselves. A therapeutic relationship can be a safe space to navigate these situations, and do so knowing you are not alone.
The role of relationship is essential to a productive counseling experience and my goal is to ensure that you are the focus of the session. My intention is to approach our time together with curiosity, empathy, and to learn from you as the expert in your own life.
My therapeutic approach is informed by the theory of the family system. I see our lives as influenced by larger systems which impact how we understand ourselves and our place in the world through the lens of those bigger societal and familial frameworks of interconnected relationships. I am currently working toward obtaining my Masters of Arts in Marriage and Family Counseling from Gonzaga University. As such, I do not currently have my certification but am a student pursuing my degree.
When I’m not seeing clients, I spend time with my two kids, and love to cook and try new recipes.
Specialties and areas of focus
- Life Transitions
- Relationship Issues
Q&A with Rose
1.) Some therapists are more comfortable addressing the immediate problem, while others want to focus on the deeper issue. Which are you?
Often the immediate problem is the tip of the iceberg/deeper issue. I want my clients to feel successful and build confidence in the process therefore the presenting problem will be addressed and then the deeper issue when it feels right.
2.) Do you tend to lead the session, or follow my lead?
I tend to trust the client to know what they want to focus on and also incorporate a collaborative mindset where my training and experience can be guideposts along the way.
3.) What are your strengths as a therapist?
Empathy, genuine care, sense of humor.
4.) If you had one superpower, what would it be and why?
I would have the ability to speak and understand every language. We all seek to understand and be understood. I’d love to have the ability to remove the language barrier and be able to talk with anyone.
5.) What makes you laugh?
My kids crack me up all the time.
6.) Who would you have dinner with, dead or alive?
Dolly Parton. She’s a national treasure.