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.
|Jonathan Ehlinger||Sarah Frey||Gabe Gomez||Lea Kennedy|
|Emilie Zuckerman||Eli Hastings||Jeremy Allen||Christina Cantwell|
|Kelly O'Brien||Evonne Noble||Brien Wood||Geoffrey Fong|
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.
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 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.
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:
Click to learn more about Gabe's specialization helping in children and families.
My 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:
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.
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:
Relationships can be complicated. They are also a critical ingredient in our quality of life. My deep appreciation for the importance of healthy connections is what draws me to work with people on their relationships. I work with individuals, couples and other family configurations including blended and non-traditional families, across a variety of areas including but not limited to communication and conflict management, intimacy, infidelity, anxiety and depression and career and life transition.
After more than twenty years as a marketer and communications specialist in businesses large and small, I decided I wanted a change. I completed a master’s degree program in Marriage and Family Therapy at Antioch University Seattle and am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Associate in the state of Washington. I have experience working in crisis and community mental health settings as well as private practice. I have completed Levels I and II in Gottman Method Couples Therapy (GMCT) and use GMCT in my work, as well as family systems, Bowen theory or the influence of family patterns, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
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:
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.
I 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):
I 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.
The focus of my practice is working with couples and adults by helping them understand their relationship dynamics that have steadily increased over time (dealing with anxiety, grief/loss, trauma, life transitions, identity, relationship issues, etc.). I have completed Level 1 and Level 2 Training in Gottman Method Couples Therapy.
As a therapist, I believe healing and growth happens through awareness. My therapeutic approach focuses on the present moment while engaging each individual in a healing dialogue that is appropriate and specific. This relates to us understanding the process through which you respond to the world and how you perceive your experiences. I specialize in helping people cope with anxiety, depression, sexual addiction, and helping men cope with men's issues.
In my practice I work with individuals who feel disconnected from their own life or from their family. The therapeutic interventions I employ are rooted in Jungian, psychoanalytic, gestalt therapy, dream work, and person-centered therapy. This means you direct each session with support in a non-judgmental empathetic atmosphere.
Through our interaction, you are invited to attune to the here-and-now. Oftentimes, individuals undergo struggles and cannot see their strengths, allowing negative aspects to overpower. The therapeutic process can help regain strength and trust in oneself. Together we can increase your strengths and resiliency through self-awareness.
I 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.
I am a therapist specializing in counseling young adults, children, and adolescents.
I also work with women (and their partners) facing reproductive health issues.
Psychotherapy is an engaging, thought-provoking process, an emotion-focused dialogue. In our sessions, I will be respectful and kind; I will listen to you with empathy and compassion. We will explore your responses to the world around you and you will be encouraged to look within your self for strengths and answers to your problems. I often incorporate play, art, and writing to get to the heart of the matter.
Education and Trainings:
I am a relationship specialiist. 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
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:
Washington State Licensed Mental Health Counselor # LH 60071756
Washington State Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist # LF 60354195
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