As a systemic therapist, Isak thinks people are a little bit like nesting dolls: each going through life as the little one in the middle, whole and independent, yet undeniably embedded in larger contextual structures. In the therapy space, Isak holds this bigger picture in mind and works with you collaboratively to integrate the realities of your context with the realities of your heart. He meets you with compassion, humor, non-judgment, and space for all parts of you to be welcomed and held.
Isak brings years of experience working with children and adolescents in inpatient and day treatment settings. His clinical work is attachment-based and trauma-informed, drawing from a number of frameworks including Internal Family Systems, narrative, contextual, somatic, and play therapies. He is skilled at working with concerns around attachment, trauma, “big behavior,” suicidal ideation and self-injury, and neurodiversity. Isak is a queer-identifying provider and welcomes the opportunity to support clients navigating their own LGBTQ+ identities.
In and out of the therapy room, Isak is oriented towards social justice work. He is committed to anti-racist practice, allied with sex workers, and operates from a body-neutral, food-neutral, health at every size perspective. Isak has undergone training through the Minnesota Coalition Against Sexual Assault (MNCASA), and has specialty experience counseling victim/survivors of sexual violence. Isak holds a BA in Child Psychology and an MA in Marriage and Family Therapy. He is a member of the AAMFT, MAMFT, and WPATH.
Outside of LynLake, Isak is a singer, a pianist, an avid traveler and language-learner, and an all-around curious person. He loves being outside, especially by the ocean, and has a pipe dream that someday he and his dog Oscar will live on a house boat on Puget Sound (and maybe make friends with their giant octopus neighbors).
Isak is working under the licensed supervision of Alexis Bartholomew, MA, LMFT while he pursues clinical licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist.