About Carla Bradshaw


Carla Bradshaw spent her early childhood growing up near Tokyo, Japan in the mid 1950's. Her early life and friendships in Japan as well as her friendships with expatriates from various other countries, has created an appreciation in her for the translational experience of being both part of and outside of any group. After a number of years living in several cities across the West Coast and Mid Western United States, her college years were spent near Chicago, Illinois attending Northwestern University and majoring in Psychology. Longing for the ocean, she welcomed the opportunity to move to Seattle to attend the University of Washington for Clinical Psychology Graduate School. Carla earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology in 1987.

Pursuing her interest in trauma and recovery, Dr. Bradshaw also earned a license in Massage Therapy and Bodywork. Though she does not provide massage therapy, this training allows her to understand how traumatic experiences, which can be difficult to express verbally, can be stored and expressed through the body. This knowledge informs the psychotherapy she offers. She is also a student of Rinzai style zazen, a form of Japanese meditation, which helps her to know herself better.

Psychotherapy practice and professional activities

In private practice since 1984, Carla's focus has ranged widely. Beginning with an early focus on autism, children's trauma, domestic violence and women's trauma, over time Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, addictions of various sorts, depression and anxiety followed naturally. Dr. Bradshaw's primary interest for the past 14 years has been a systemic/ecological approach to relationship therapy. To her this is a culmination and integration of all her interests over her career.

Dr. Bradshaw served as President of the Washington State Psychological Association (WSPA) in 2007 and as WSPA Past President in 2008. She has also served as the Chair of the Committee on Ethnic Minority Concerns from 2008-2010, as the Chair of the WSPA Task Force on The Evolving Identity of Psychology from 2007-2010, as the Diversity Officer on the Executive Board of WSPA from 2010 through 2011, and is on the Advisory Committee to the Board of Directors of WSPA. She also has had an appointment as adjunct clinical faculty at the University of Washington in the Department of Clinical Psychology and currently supervises psychology interns for the Fremont Community Therapy Project.

Selected publications

For a complete list of Dr. Bradshaw's publications and professional activities please download her Curriculum Vita.