Alex Contrades

Alex Contrades Puget Sound Psychotherapy & Psychiatry

Alex Contrades

Insurances Accepted:

BlueCross (Premera), BlueShield (Regence), First Choice Health, Kaiser HMO, Kaiser PPO, Lifewise, Premera, Regence


Private Pay: Individual $150

Office Location:

Private Office
12515 Meridian E, Suite 204
Puyallup, WA 98373
Main Office
2719 E Madison St
Seattle, WA 98112

Alex Contrades


Alex's clients characterize her as caring, open, and sincere.

Her approach to therapy is responsive, adaptive, and nonjudgemental.

I love to help people live more authentic, fuller lives by celebrating the things that make you unique, and helping you identify what you need to live a more values-driven life. I often work with folks who want to feel less trapped in worry, sadness, anger, or feelings of worthlessness and loneliness. Many come to me with traumatic or painful past experiences, and they want to better navigate relationships with others or manage their emotions in healthier ways. They want to find meaning in their lives, and be more confident in who they are as an individual.

If this sounds like you, I would love the opportunity to chat and see if we are a good fit for each other.

I utilize a combination of cognitive (thought-based) therapies and somatic (body-based) therapies in order to address how trauma and emotional dysregulation affects both our brains and our bodies. This means that we may address your deeply held beliefs about yourself, while also exploring ways to identify where that tension lies in your body and how to release it. I am also trained to use Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy with those who are interested.

I have experience not only with supporting others in their mental health journey, but navigating my own as well. I understand how nerve-wracking it can be to meet someone new and share such intimate information about yourself (heads up, therapists can get a little nervous about meeting new clients too, even those of us who have been working for many years!).

Please know that I welcome working with persons of all races, ethnicities, sexual orientations, gender identities, neurotypes, religions, abilities, body types, and socioeconomic statuses. I try sincerely to recognize the dynamics of intersectionality in my work with clients.

When I’m not working, I enjoy exploring the outdoors with my husband and son; curling up with a good book and a cat (or two…or more!); listening to nerdy podcasts; and purchasing craft supplies that may or may not be used one day.


BA in Humanities, Seattle University, 2008
Bachelor of Social Work, Seattle University, 2008
Master of Social Work, Arizona State University, 2012

Continuing Education & Certifications:

Autistic-Centered Therapy
ADHD Assessment
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
EMDR Trained Clinician (in progress)
Psychodynamic Therapy
Dialectical Behavior Therapy
Neurodiversity-Affirming Care
Certification in Traumatic Stress Studies, Trauma Research Foundation
Infant/Family Clinical Practice Certificate, Harris Institute