has been a clinical psychologist in private practice since 1984. She specializes in cognitive/behavioral therapy, an approach that emphasizes problem-solving though changes in thought and behavior patterns. Problems she addresses with this approach include depression, self image, self destructiveness, anger, anxiety, stress reactions, codependence, and relationship difficulties.
Dr. Bristow works with adults, children, and adolescents, as well as couples, and families, using a combination of cognitive/behavioral and family systems therapies. Dr. Bristow offers an evaluation and treatment program to families whose children are demonstrating behavioral problems, such as noncompliance, aggressiveness, and poor school conduct, and emotional problems, such as depression, anxiety, and social withdrawal. She does limited psychological testing, including intelligence and personality. She specializes in the assessment and treatment of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder in children and adults.
Dr. Bristow has a special interest in psychological issues related to pregnancy, fertility, labor, and childbirth. She works with individuals, couples, and groups on coping with difficult and challenging pregnancy/childbirth circumstances.
Dr. Bristow completed her doctoral training at the University of Delaware, where her dissertation research focused on cognitive distortions related to depression. She trained for two years with Dr. Aaron Beck at the Center for Cognitive Therapy in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She completed APA-approved internships at the VA Medical Center in Perry Point, Maryland and at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. She opened her practice in Redmond in 1990. She is an active member of the Washington State Psychological Association, the American Psychological Association, and the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies. She also is a Founding Fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy.