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
Kelsey Wallach Joe Nelson 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

Process Group Therapy is a passion of mine. In addition to an ongoing weekly Friday night group, more groups will soon be available around relationships, anger/emotion regulation, self-actualizing and becoming. I will also offer a men's emotion/vulnerability group. My intention is to help couples and individuals with communication and intimacy in their relationships with others and within themselves.

I have an attitude of curiosity about myclients’ experiences. Working from a process model, I am interested in helping clients discover the underlying patterns around 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 training program in couples and individual counseling with Gestalt Associates Training Los Angeles, and just completed advanced training towards certification in the body-based psychotherapy approach of Focusing. I enjoy working with complex trauma. 

 

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:

  • Advanced Focusing  - Levels 1, 2, 3, 4, & 5 Training Programs
  • 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

 

JONATHAN EHLINGER

Therapist Gabe Gomez Seattle

I offer psychotherapy and support for late adolescents, adults, and couples with a focus on relationship, communication, and developmental struggles. As we move through life, we are challenged not only buy our relationships with others, but also our relationship with ourselves. When working with me, you can expect a compassionate but direct approach tailored to your goals and expectations for your counseling experience.

 

My Areas of Focus:

  • Couples/Marriage counseling
  • Grief and loss
  • Struggles with performance/focus
  • Life transitions and phase of life problems
  • Existential and identity concerns
  • Depression
  • Anxiety and Fear
  • Men’s Issues
  • Athletes struggling with injury
  • Career and life goals
  • Recovery from addiction
  • Suicidal thoughts

When working with individuals and couples, I draw on many theoretical approaches including: cognitive-behavioral, existential, and Gottman relationship principles. The relationship I have with my clients is one of the most important considerations in my approach, and I regularly hear from my clients that my calm and accepting presence quickly puts them at ease, creating a safe space in which to begin the counseling process.

 

I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the State of Washington (LH60737388). I hold a Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of Akron, and have pursued supervision and ongoing training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational interviewing, Substance use and recovery, and Crisis intervention. I have also completed level I and II Gottman Method Couples Therapy training. Learn more about me at my website: www.jonathanehlinger.com.

 

SARAH FREY

Therapist Sarah Frey Seattle

I offer counseling to individual adults and older adolescents (14 and up), expecting and new mothers, and couples. As a counselor and social worker, I am committed and honored to work with people across racial, ethnic, cultural and immigration backgrounds, belief systems, gender identifications, and sexual orientations. My style is direct, active, and non-judgmental, and my approach is humanistic and process oriented.

The people I see are primarily seeking understanding, a sense of meaning and personal growth - and a way forward - through a difficult life experience or relationship. If this resonates with you, I invite you to engage with me in a compassionate, curious exploration of who you are, what you want, and how you might better go about getting it.

I believe that exploring patterns in relationship with self and others across life settings can uncover meaningful information about deep/old beliefs and needs that may have unwanted effects that are out of awareness. I often incorporate the concept and practice of mindfulness (being awake to the present moment), as one way to invite the qualities of curiosity, acceptance and compassion into the pain and joy of being human.  

When we find the courage to engage authentically with another, change can happen. I view therapy as a process and a respectful partnership involving connection through ongoing, imperfect attempts at clear and honest communication. Therapy offers a protected space for holding and witnessing even those challenges that seem too big or painful to bear. An effective therapeutic relationship invites acceptance and compassion, which then allows for new choices in the direction of desires and dreams – and toward a greater sense of agency, fulfillment, and peace.

My education includes a Master of Social Work (University of Washington), graduate coursework in Contemplative Psychotherapy (Naropa University), and a BA 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 I am licensed in Washington as an independent clinical social worker (LICSW).

My work is influenced by Rogerian humanism, Attachment Theory, Psychodynamic Theory, and Interpersonal Therapy; a lifelong mindfulness meditation practice in the tradition of Vipassana informs my work and life. Currently, I am participating in a yearlong post-graduate training program in individual and couples counseling with Gestalt Associates Training of Los Angeles, and I have completed Levels 1 and 2 of Gottman Method Couples Therapy training.

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 Seattle

"Let me fall if I must, the one I will become will catch me."  - Baal Shem Tov


I help clients with:

 - T/trauma (psychological and emotional, fresh or dated, especially sexual abuse and assault.)

- grief and loss (not just due to death, but due to change, end of relationships, etc.)

- family crises (families with children 14 and older)

- anger/rage (targeted/acute or general)

- family of origin wounds/unfinished business/attachment issues

- sexuality, kink and gender exploration

- individual discernment work (do I stay or do I go?)

- socio-political anxiety/dread

- the impact of racism, bigotry and hatred

 

What's Your Story?

Throughout my adult life, first as a writer and writing instructor and now as a psychotherapist, I have found that stories have the power to liberate and heal as well as to oppress and wound.  Underpinning all therapeutic exploration and work, to my mind, is the question of what our core stories are and how they may need to be edited or revised for more power, more freedom.  Often, at the root, is T/traumas, from which stem the majority of "mental health issues," and therefore where the work awaits.

 

Training and Experience

I spent many years working with trauma and grief in the form of creative nonfiction and poetry writing with young people, from the University of North Carolina to King County Juvenile Detention Center.  I am certified in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (but do not provide "gold standard" DBT); trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), which I use extensively with T/trauma; a member of Gestalt Associates Training Program, which most informs my therapeutic stance; I utilize concepts from all of the above as well as Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Somatic Experiencing, Bowenian Family Therapy, Four Directional traditions, Narrative Therapy, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and more.  Also, I survived my own youth.

 

I am passionate about justice in every form -- sociopolitical and personal while remaining highly aware of my privilege as a cisgender heterosexual white American male.  I prefer reading novels at my neighborhood bar.  I motorcycle mindfully and try to parent and practice therapy that way.  

Puppies are the reason. Learn more about me at: http://changingstoriescounseling.com/

 

EVONNE NOBLE

Therapist Evonne Noble SeattleI offer counseling services to adults, teens, couples, and families of all backgrounds and all constellations. I also offer business consulting and clinical supervision services to other mental health professionals. 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 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).  I have completed Level 1, Level 2, and Level 3 Training in Gottman Method Couples Therapy, and I am completing my final Gottman Certification in 2018. I have been participating in annual post-graduate training in individual and couples counseling with Gestalt Associates Training of Los Angeles since 2011. To better serve my clients with trauma and attachment needs, I recently completed the AEDP (Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy) Immersion Training which focuses on treating trauma from an attachment and neurobiologial model.  I have over 15 years of training and personal experience with mindfulness and meditation that I also bring to my work. Since 2010 I have led Gottman Relationship workshops for couples and new/expecting 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 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.

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 specialize in relationship counseling and in treating anxiety and trauma.

 

I enjoy supporting people to learn how to develop and maintain a connection rather than fighting and or walling off. I also work with individuals who suffer from minor to severe anxiety, and people who are grappling with the aftereffect of a difficult childhood. 

 

In addition to my psychotherapy practice, I am faculty at GATLA, a post graduate training program for psychotherapists. I also supervise licensure associates working toward their full licesnse. 

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)
  • AEDP Immersion Course

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