About Us

Puget Sound Psychotherapy & Psychiatry is a group of therapists based in Seattle, Washington. Our therapists have extensive training and many years of experience in counseling for individuals, couples, children and teens. We look forward to working with you.

 

Therapist Kelly O'Brien Seattle
Joe Nelson Kelsey Wallach Gabe Gomez Emilie Zuckerman
       
Therapist Christina Cantwell Seattle
Sarah Frey Eli Hastings Jonathan Ehlinger Christina Cantwell
       
Therapist Kelly O'Brien Seattle Geoff Fong
Kelly O'Brien Evonne Noble Brien Wood Geoffrey Fong
       

 

 

JOE NELSON

Therapist Joe Nelson Seattle

My intention is to help couples and individuals with communication and intimacy in their relationships with others and within themselves.

My attitude is one of curiosity about my client's experiences. Working from a process model, I am interested in helping clients discover what they do and how they do it. This happens through dialogue in the here-and-now, which helps clients raise awareness of their habits and patterns that cause challenges or disconnection. I hope to bring empowerment and greater capacity for choice by creating space for clients to overcome difficulties and become who they want to be.

I received my M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Seattle University. I am in an ongoing post-graduate training program in couples and individual counseling with Gestalt Associates Training Los Angeles, and just completed a year of training in the body based psychotherapy approach of Focusing.

I am committed to lifelong learning and continually push myself to stay current in the field of psychotherapy by attending workshops, trainings, and readings. 

 

My clinical interests include:

  • Relationship Counseling

  • Couples Counseling

  • Family Counseling

  • Anxiety/Fear

  • Depression

  • Process Groups

  • Sexual Difficulties

  • Intimacy

  • Trauma/PTSD

  • Emotional Regulation and Emotional Intelligence

  • Addiction/Substance Use and Abuse

  •  Anger Management

  • Loneliness/Existential Despair

  • Grief and Loss

  • Life Transitions/Changes

  • Adoption/Abandonment Issues

 

Additional Trainings:

  • Focusing Level 1, 2, 3, 4, & 5 Training Program
  • Mindfulness, Seattle University
  • Nonviolent Communication
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) Training, Valley Cities
  • Motivational Interviewing, Valley Cities
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Ongoing Post-Graduate Training in Individual and Couples Counseling with Gestalt Associates Training Los Angeles

  • Emotion Focused Therapy in process

  • Gottman Method Couples Therapy, Level 1 and Level 2 in process

 

JONATHAN EHLINGER

Therapist Gabe Gomez Seattle

I believe relationships are critical to creating meaning and value in our lives. As we move through life, we are challenged not only by our relationships with others, but also our relationship with ourselves. My practice centers on these relationships, and I enjoy working with couples, individuals, and athletes through a process of exploration, insight, and change.

My work with clients is a combination of many theoretical approaches including: cognitive-behavioral, existential, and Gottman relationship principles. I value evidence based practice as well as transparency in the counseling process. What this means for my clients is that I am open to discussing my approach to counseling, why I have chosen this approach, and how it is supported by current research and practice.

Beyond the application of theory and technique, I believe the relationship I cultivate with my clients to be the most important factor in my work. You can expect a compassionate, understanding, and engaged relationship focused on your needs and goals. I regularly hear from my clients that my calm and accepting presence quickly puts them at ease, creating a safe space in which to share their concerns.

I hold a Master of Science degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from The University of Akron, and have pursued training and supervision in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Existential Therapy, Couples/Marriage Counseling, Substance Use and Recovery, and Crisis Intervention. Learn more about me at my website: www.jonathanehlinger.com.

 

SARAH FREY

Therapist Evonne Noble Seattle

I provide psychotherapy for individuals, couples, and expecting and new parents. Many of my clients are seeking support and insight as they navigate transitional life experiences and challenges in relationships with partners, family members, friends or coworkers. My approach is direct, active and empathetic, and I tailor the work to the style, goals and comfort level of each client.

I appreciate the power of exploring interpersonal patterns across life settings, and the courage it takes to do so. For those who are interested, I may incorporate the concept and practice of mindfulness into therapy as a pathway for inviting curiosity and compassion into the work of inter-relational and inner healing.

My education includes a Master of Social Work (University of Washington), graduate coursework in Contemplative Psychotherapy (Naropa University), and a Bachelor of Arts in English and American Literature and Language (Harvard University). I have worked in a variety of counseling and therapeutic roles in Seattle since 1999, and am licensed in Washington as an independent clinical social worker (LICSW).

I have completed the Level 1 and Level 2 Gottman Method Couples Therapy training (Gottman Institute), and Interpersonal Psychotherapy Level A training (Interpersonal Therapy Institute). My work is influenced by background and coursework in Attachment Theory, Psychodynamic Theory and Practice, Emotionally Focused Therapy, Mindfulness Based Therapy, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. I regularly supplement my knowledge with continuing education, and my work and life are informed by a longstanding mindfulness meditation (Vipassana) practice.  To learn more, visit my website at www.sarahfreyseattle.com.

 

GABE GOMEZ

Therapist Gabe Gomez Seattle

Gabe has worked for over 35 years as a therapist and consultant (and trainer and consultant to other therapists).

 

He specializes in helping his clients as they go through transitions like divorce, death, trauma and loss, adoption, and other life changes (going to college, adjusting to new work/school/city, adjusting to a new life stage, etc.). Gabe also provides services to adults and young adults looking for support around anger, anxiety, depression, individuation, and establishing better relationships with oneself and better relationships one's partner, family, school, and work.


Gabe also supports individuals and families to better understand diagnoses like ASD, PTSD, and ADHD. If the client is a child, Gabe has expertise helping parents interact more effectively with their children around those needs (as well as helping parents advocate for services in systems like the school).   

 

Gabe's interest in and understanding of healthy development and health relationships informs how he supports clients of all ages. His focus is on helping his clients to better cope, care for, and support themselves whatever the situation.

 

Gabe's clinical areas of focus include:

 

  • Anxiety and depression in children, youth and adults
  • Understanding the impact of trauma across the lifespan and across the family
  • Fostering attachment through healthy relationships for individuals of all ages
  • Co-parenting
  • Grief and Loss
  • Interpersonal neurobiology: Our Brains in Relationship
  • Brain development and trauma

Click to learn more about Gabe's specialization helping in children and families.

 

KELLY O'BRIEN

Therapist Kelly O'Brien SeattleMy goal is to provide support to individuals, couples, and familes who struggle in their relationships. I enjoy helping people to repair their relationships and to learn the skills that are essential to building a well-balanced and stable relationship. 

My clinical interests include:

  • Individuals Struggling with Relationships
  • Couples
  • Blended Families
  • Collaborative Divorce
  • Co-parenting
  • Depression
  • Anxiety (including Social Anxiety and Panic Disorders)
  • Trauma and Sexual Abuse

 

My education includes a M.A. in Applied Psychology with an emphasis on Couple and Family Therapy (Antioch University) and a B.A. in English (University of Washington). From 2010-2014, I was a King County Crisis Line volunteer and Crisis Intervention Specialist. My training includes continuing education events such as Attachment and Psychotherapy with David Wallin and Collaborative Coaching with Collaborative Law Group of Seattle.  I have completed Level 1 training in Couples Therapy from the Gottman Institute and I am currently training in individual and couples therapy through the Gestalt Associates Training of Los Angeles. I am is a member of the Washington Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.

Additionally, I am influenced by Internal Family Systems, Attachment Theory, Emotionally Focused Therapy, John Gottman’s research, Gestalt Therapy, and Existentialism.

 

CHRISTINA CANTWELL

Therapist Christina Cantwell Seattle

I work with individuals and couples who are going through transitions, or who have become unhappy or dissatisfied in some aspect of their lives.  I believe that people are doing the best they can, but that we get stuck in old ways of relating to ourselves and others; these patterns can hold us back from having the life and relationships that we want.

 

Some of my specialities include working with anxiety, depression, relationships, queer issues, and trauma.  I  provide an affirming environment for members of the LGBTQIA community to explore sexual and gender identities.

 

Whether working with you individually or with you as a couple, I will help you with your relationship struggles by improving your ability to communicate and maintain your individuality while being in relationship with another.

 

Together we will examine the causes of your anxiety and depression and how old patterns may be keeping you from living a full and satisfying life.  Through this awareness, you will have more choice over your current patterns of thought, feeling, and behavior.

 

I have extensive experience working with individuals who have experienced past trauma from childhood or another difficult time in their life.  From a place of collaboration and warmth, I will work with you toward growth and change.


Educational and Training Background:

  • Masters in Counseling from Seattle University, 2012
  • Gestalt Associates Training Los Angeles-Seattle Training Group, 2010-Present
  • Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from Seattle University, 2006
  • Level One training in Gottman Method Couples Therapy (Gottman Institute)
  • Chemical Dependency Professional Trainee Certification Number: CO6031765
  • National Certified Counselor Number: 300784
  • Mental Health Counselor License Number: LH60434423

 

EMILIE ZUCKERMAN

I'm fascinated by the art of storytelling and collaborative exploration as a tool for transformation. I believe we each hold a unique story, of who we are, and how we fit into the world. The stories we tell ourselves influence how we live our day-to-day life, and shapes how we imagine our future. By inviting each client to share what has gone untold, I want to hold the space for you to discover your own sensibility and meaning. I deeply support my clients taking initiative and agency in their own lived experience and well-being.
Sensitive to the pain, and isolation that can cut us off from what we need, I believe that by building a strong alliance, and by engaging all the resources and creativity at our disposal, clients can test their footing and expand that story anew. Knowing that it takes courage to ask the questions that can foster change, therapy can offer safe shelter to find one's grounding and a place to land.

Area of focus and questions include:

  • Anxiety and depression: self-doubt, stress, and scarcity, thought patterns, panic attacks
  • Transitions: personal, relationships, sexuality, work, vocation
  • Culture: how does culture foster and hinder your own experience?
  • Relationship and sexual identity formation: who do you want to be in your relationships?
  • Trauma: traumatic life experiences and abuse
  • Loss and grief: allowing the space to get back in touch with a fuller range of emotions
  • Feminist psychotherapy: discovering your agency as the lead in your own story and life
  • Culture: how does culture foster and hinder your own experience?
  • Where do you find yourself stuck and alone?
  • How can you find your strength and resiliency?
  • How can you pay attention and be curious about your own needs and wants?
  • How are you inspired to engage in this world?
  • Where do you find your place to land?

I received my Bachelors of Arts from Temple University in Film and Media Arts, with a minor in Theater. I graduated with honors from Seattle University's Master of Arts in existential phenomenological therapeutic psychology program. At its core is the belief that we all come with unique backgrounds, experiences and challenges to the therapeutic relationship. As part of my education I completed a rigorous one year internship at Seattle Therapy Alliance where I worked with women on a variety of issues and challenges, including depression, addiction, past traumas, personal and interpersonal growth. As part of my internship I completed an in depth training in women's issues and feminist psychotherapy.

 

ELI HASTINGS

Therapist Eli Hastings SeattleI believe in the therapist-client relationship as a foundation to reflect, integrate, heal and re-story.

My areas of experience and interest include (but are not limited to):

  • T/trauma (big T or little t and we can talk about what that means)
  • EMDR
  • Spirituality
  • Grief and loss
  • Identity disturbance/crisis
  • Insight and meaningfulness (exploration)
  • Anger/rage
  • Anything related to the struggles of teens and young adults, no matter what age the client is!
  • Family crisis intervention

I am trained in EMDR. I also use a selective combination of techniques from Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Trauma-Informed CBT, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Family of Origin, Psychodynamic Therapy, Structural Therapy and, of course, Narrative Therapy.  I am certified in the foundational training of DBT and work weekly with a consult group.

I hold an MFA in creative nonfiction, an MA in Psychology/Marriage and Family Therapy, a certification in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, training in TF-CBT and have attended various continuing education events.  As staff at Pongo Publishing, I have worked with distressed youth and adults in many contexts, from domestic violence shelters to high schools to King County Juvenile Detention for many years in addition to my two years of clinical work at Youth Eastside Services and one as a private practitioner.  I am fluent in Spanish.

I am an (actual) native Seattleite (ok, so I arrived at age 3) who has left many times but always returned, I have a wildly imaginative kiddo, I write dark literature, ride a motorcycle mindfully and try to father the same way. 

 

EVONNE NOBLE

Therapist Evonne Noble SeattleI am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LH.60649659). My education includes a M.A. in Clinical Psychology (Seattle University), a B.A. in Mathematics (Boston University), and a B.A. in Philosophy (Boston University). Additionally, I have completed Level 1, Level 2, and Level 3 Practicum Training in Gottman Method Couples Therapy, ongoing post-graduate training in individual and couples counseling with Gestalt Associates Training of Los Angeles since 2011, and over 15 years of training and personal experience with mindfulness and meditation. Since 2010 I have led Gottman Relationship workshops for couples and parents as a Bringing Baby Home and 7 Principles Educator.

I am a member of the American and Washington Mental Health Counselors Associations. In addition to my formal training, I am currently researching and have presented papers on the experience of parenting a child with anxiety and other issues related to parenting and parenthood. I am interested in understanding and supporting the development of healthy relationships and healthy families.

In our sessions you can expect to be treated with respect and care. I customize therapy for each person in response to her/his values and needs. I use evidence-based approaches. This means that, whenever possible, I will use methods to help you that research has shown to be effective for the goal you are addressing. I will explain the rationale for the approaches that I suggest we take. If you are curious about the research behind what we are doing, please ask me and I’m happy to discuss it.

I am primarily a process-focused and experiential therapist. This means that I will work with you to: (a) explore the process of what you are doing and how you are doing it, (b) raise awareness about your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, (c) explore the benefits and limitations of your habitual ways of responding to the environment, and (d) experiment with choices to facilitate deeper and more meaningful interactions with yourself and others.

Learn more about my background and services here.

 

KELSEY WALLACH

Therapist Kelsey Wallach Seattle

I offer compassionate counseling to adolescents, adults and couples. 

My motivation for doing this work comes from a drive to help others find meaning in their life, but even more so, from a desire to accompany people on life journeys that feel too difficult to tackle alone. I offer myself as a willing and knowledgeable companion, another human that is eager to help others engage in their lives more fully, more powerfully and more meaningfully. 

I am experiential in my approach to therapy, meaning that I focus treatment on exploring how my clients engage with and process their life experiences. Often times this means teaching clients how to move out of the past and towards engaging with how the past is affecting them in the present. My overarching goal for each therapy session is to provide awareness and support for my clients and, in the process of doing so, strengthen their ability to support themselves. I help clients to develop new understandings about their selves and the worlds they live in and, consequently, take advantage of the freedom, choice and change which naturally arises. My style of practice is engaged, warm and affirming although I adjust my approach to fit the comfort, needs and goals of each client. 

 

My education includes a M.A. in Psychology from Seattle University and a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Washington. I am in on-going training for individuals and couples counseling with Gestalt Associates Training of Los Angeles as well as Level 1 and Level 2 of the Gottman Method Couples Therapy. I am trained in Focusing Oriented Therapy, a means of doing therapy which accesses the understandings and traumas that we hold in our physical body. In addition to a daily personal practice, I have completed coursework in the use of mindfulness techniques and meditation in psychotherapy. My past working experience includes over 8 years in Equine Facilitated Therapies and the use of play therapy as a means of connecting with clients under the age of 13. 

 

BRIEN WOOD

I am a relationship specialist. I enjoy helping individuals and couples to learn the art and science of how to connect rather than to fight and or disengage. I also work with individuals who suffer from minor to severe anxiety, and people who are grappling with the aftereffect of a difficult childhood. 

Learn more about me at www.brienwood.com

 

Therapist Brien Wood SeattleProfessional Experience

Gestalt Associates Training Los Angeles, Faculty

Private Practice Psychotherapist, since 2005

Private Practice Clinical Supervisor to Licensure Associates 

Certified Gottman Bringing Baby Home Educator

Ruth Dykeman Youth & Family Services Family Services Therapist

Trainings and Workshops:

  • Clinical Supervision: Becoming an Approved Supervisor (Antioch University)
  • Certified Gottman Bringing Baby Home Educator (Gottman Institute)
  • Emotion Focused Therapy: Love as an Attachment Bond (ICEEFT)
  • Level One & Two training in Gottman Method Couples Therapy (Gottman Institute)
  • Emotion Focused Therapy Externship (ICEEFT)
  • The Heart of the Matter: A Clinicians Guide to Attachment Theory (ICEEFT)

Professional License:

Washington State Licensed Mental Health Counselor # LH 60071756

Washington State Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist # LF 60354195

Education:

Gestalt Associates Training, Los Angeles, 2005 - present

Antioch University Seattle, MA in Applied Psychology, 2005

The Evergreen State College, Olympia, WA BA in Anthropology, 2000