Puget Sound Psychotherapy & Psychiatry (PSP) is a collective of independent therapists based in Seattle, Washington, offering counseling for individuals, couples, children, families, and teens. PSP contracts with therapists who are dedicated to rigorous ongoing personal and professional growth so that you receive the best of care. Read more about each clinician below.
|Alex Contrades||Claire Biringer||Jennifer Olson||Ross Kling|
|Cherry McKinstry||Barbara Gorham||Becka Shaw||Nicholas Coniaris|
|Jeremy Gear||Lena Bailey||Molly Cvetovac||Nadene Reichert|
|Sean Duncan||Amiee Burtoft||David Coxon|
|Joe Nelson||Jonathan Gjerset||Larry Richards||C. John Hall|
|Brittany Bacon||Gabe Gomez||Brien Wood||Evonne Noble|
Alex is in-network with Premera and Lifewise
Private pay rate: $150 for individuals
I offer counseling services to adult individuals and I feel honored to partner with people in their healing journey. I am passionate about supporting my clients through difficult life transitions like a divorce, the death of a loved one, a disability, an illness, or any stressful life event. I also enjoy helping people heal from the injuries of painful relationships and/or adverse childhood experiences.
Additionally, I support and coach parents and caregivers who suffer from guilt and or anxiety about their parenting. I have a special love for helping parents chart a path towards healthy attachment, security, and stability with their children especially when they are determined not to repeat the parenting mistakes that their own parents made.
Modalities and philosophies that influence my work include:
Private pay rate: $150 for individuals, $200 for couples and families
In-network with Premera and Lifewise
I offer counseling services to teenagers, adults, couples, and families.
I am passionate about working with couples. Working from an Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy model I help couples heal from relationship injuries and build a stronger and deeper connection. This work is deeply satisfying to me and I feel honored to be part of a couple’s healing process.
I am also a certified Somatic Experiencing practitioner (SEP) with an interest in treating individuals suffering from anxiety, depression, and trauma. My goal is to create a safe and healing environment where my clients can physically experience and process difficult emotions.
As an empathetic, open, and understanding therapist I have dedicated my academic and working career to be in service. I honor how people’s experiences shape their stories and how their stories shape their experiences. I help these stories be heard, untangled, and retold from a new perspective, and from a voice of empowerment.
Therapy takes bravery and encourages healing through open and honest dialogue. Together we will embark on a journey of empowerment to expand your potential towards betterment and wellbeing. I am here to guide and support you.
I have an M.A. in Couple and Family Therapy from Antioch University in Seattle. I completed Gottman Level 1 and Somatic Experience Training. I received an M.S. in Education from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland and a B.A. in Cultural Anthropology from Western Washington University. I obtained an A.A. in Psychology from Bellevue Community College, and I am a certified Health Coach, Yoga Teacher, and an Ayurvedic Counselor.
Private pay rate: $175
Does not accept insurance
When your personal struggles and relationship issues sometimes become too difficult to bear alone, I offer counseling to help you heal, reconnect with yourself, and rediscover your connection with others.
Support for individuals:Therapy can help us cope with our life challenges and find deeper understandings about what generates our thoughts and feelings. With these insights into our internal stories, I help individuals develop healthier thoughts and create new actions that lead to a more fulfilling life.
Help with relationships: Sometimes relationships become difficult, uncomfortable, or unhealthy. My approach to couples therapy is two-fold. Improving communication within the relationship can help each person deepen their expressions and feel seen and heard. And I believe that an increased sense of individuality within the relationship can lead to healthier intimate connections. For those couples on the brink, I can offer a type of therapy called Discernment Counseling which is designed to help couples make conscious choices about the future of their relationship.
Experiencing grief & loss: Working with grieving people for over 25 years, as a funeral director and now as a therapist, I am witness to people in intense vulnerability. With empathy, understanding, and insight, I provide a therapeutic presence for individuals and families to process their thoughts and feelings in ways that are affirming and clarifying. My approach to grief therapy encompasses helping people cope with their grief so that they can achieve their everyday living and supporting people to adapt to grief so that they can realize a life forward.
About me: With empathy and understanding developed over 25 years as an independent funeral director, I have helped thousands of individuals and families navigate deeply distressing feelings of vulnerability and emotion. This informs my approach as a therapist. I embrace a welcoming openness for the human experience and a desire to deeply listen to another. I utilize solution based and narrative therapies as well as Gottman based practices to help people better understand themselves and one another.
Education and Credentials:
Currently, all services will be provided via telehealth.
Becka is in-network with Premera, Lifewise, Kaiser, Regence, and First Choice Network
Private pay rate: $200 per session
Healing is a gift you give yourself. Sometimes you need some support on the journey to get there. That’s where I can help. My job is to support you in moving towards the life that makes you feel confident, capable, and whole. It’s a collaborative and creative effort where we work to increase your ability to manage feelings, improve acceptance of self, expand knowledge about your body and mind, and heal past wounds.
Therapy can be hard work but there are big rewards to be had. At first, you may notice that you can better manage daily feelings and situations or challenge old patterns of behaviors and beliefs making way for different choices. This often leads to feeling more centered or calm and seeing yourself and others more clearly, as well as spending more time in the present moment with the people and activities that are important to you. The growth that comes with this process of change is what therapy is about.
The main therapeutic tool I rely on for sessions is EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy). This type of therapy utilizes a particular protocol to help your brain develop new connections to decrease your distress and ongoing symptoms. It’s particularly helpful for trauma, but can be helpful for many types of concerns.
I have been a therapist for 22 years and was EMDRIA trained in EMDR 6 years ago and have found it to be the most powerful technique I have used for supporting change. EMDR is versatile and works well with other therapies that I tend to utilize, such as mindfulness, somatic therapy, Internal Family Systems, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Together we will explore what works for you so you can get the most from your therapy experience.
My style as a therapist is warm and engaging. I have big compassion for the human experience as well as the trials and tribulations experienced by the individual. Speak your truth and I will listen without judgment. I do my best to be knowledgeable, as I am continually working to expand my knowledge in different aspects of psychology, the mind and body, and therapeutic techniques as my curiosity abounds and I love to share the wealth. I am always honest and kind, supportive, and occasionally even humorous!
I provide individual therapy for adults of all ages, as well as adolescents age 13 and up. Issues that I gravitate toward include:
I graduated with my Masters of Counseling Psychology from Gonzaga University in 2000. My experience has been largely in community mental health where I was able to begin to comprehend the breadth and depth of the impact that trauma can impress upon a person, as well as the body and mind’s natural movement towards healing and balance. I am a trauma-informed therapist. My experiences have included individual work, children, and adolescents, creating and running groups for a variety of goals and individuals, as well as providing short-term treatment at a medical clinic.
Nick is in-network with First Choice Health and Kaiser PPO
Private pay rate: $200 per session
We are all in this together, and therapy is one place where we have the chance to live this fact. I think therapy at its best is a collaborative process of exploration and experimentation leading to new ways of engaging with ourselves, the people around us, and the world as a whole. By learning how our past has shaped our survival skills and beliefs, we create the possibility of acceptance, change and growth.
I believe in recognizing the impact of unequal power structures around gender, class, race and ethnicity and taking care not to pathologize these. Our society is sick in many ways that impact us as individuals, and therapy is a place for us to take stock of this, try a different approach, and plant the seeds of a heathier and more supportive culture.
I have over 20 years of experience in mental health, with a focus on EMDR, Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Internal Family Systems. I have an extensive background in community mental health, serving active duty Iraq/Afghanistan service members, homeless adults, and people with severe mental illness and substance abuse.
I earned a Bachelor's Degree from Columbia University and a Master's degree in Psychiatric Rehabilitation from Boston University. I completed a Psychosocial Rehabilitation Fellowship at the Veteran's Administration in San Diego in 2012, with a focus on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and trauma. I completed basic training in EMDR in 2018, and I am a clinical trainer in Motivational Interviewing.
In my free time, I am a cellist and outdoor enthusiast with a yoga practice that I do every single day, 90% of the time. Along with the skills listed above, I believe in the simple power of exercise, meditation, breath and art to move emotion and build something positive out of our hardest experiences. We have this time – let's make the best of it.
My office is located at:
1812 28th Ave S
Seattle, WA 98144
Cherry is in network with Premera and Lifewise
Private pay rate:$150 for individuals and $200 for couples
Approach to Therapy
I specialize in working with couples, families, and adult individuals. I am passionate about exploring and strengthening romantic relationships, your relationships with yourself, relationships with others, including relationships with your co-workers, boss, and/or colleagues. As your therapist, I walk with you through the complexities of your life so you may curate more choices and awareness to foster the type of relationship that gives you peace and satisfaction.
I am inspired by Esther Perel, the Gottman’s, Adam Grant, Adler, Yalom, Bowen, and Minuchin. I like to utilize Prepare and Enrich with couples at any stage of the relationship (dating, engaged, married). I approach the therapy process through an attachment and schemas lens. I integrate different theories as well as consideration of cultural recognition to fit your unique experiences. I believe that you are the expert your life. However, stress, anxiety, resentments, grief, and other factors may be disorienting and there may be a momentary loss in clarity for you. I will walk with you to explore the complexities of your relationships and life to help you realign with your values and visions.
During the first weeks of therapy, you can expect a lot of questions as I work to get to know who you are, where you’ve been, who you’d like to become, and what relationships you’d like to have. I encourage that my clients do the “work” between sessions—whether it is contemplation or utilizing specified communication skills/strategies— as experiences have taught us that we cannot cultivate change without a change in habit.
Education and Credentials:
Master of Arts, Clinical Psychology, MFT – Azusa Pacific University
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Associate – Washington/California
Level One – Gottman Method Couples Therapy
Certified Facilitator – Prepare and Enrich
I used to solo-travel and found a lot of wisdom in that process. During those years, I met my husband, now my favorite traveling partner. Our last exploration was in Nepal where we saw Mount Everest. We have an American Akita— named Lukla, after a town in Nepal— who thinks she rules the roost. My professional life began in higher education where I supported students in the envisioning and planning of their future. I always knew my calling was to be a therapist; in working with students, my interest always circled back to the exploration of the “why” behind their interests, the “how” in which their past, present, and future impact who they are, and “where” they’d like to go from here.
I enjoy reading poems, listening to podcasts, studying comedians, and hanging out by the lake with my girl, Lukla.
Nadene is in-network with Premera and Lifewise
Private pay rate: $150 for individuals, $200 for couples, $225 for co-parenting
I offer therapy to individuals and couples. I am a client-centered therapist, specializing in the healing and repair of distressed relationships with yourself and others. By creating a safe and nonjudgmental environment that focuses upon the individual's experience in the present moment trust and hope are created. The therapist–client relationship, the environmental and social contexts of a person's life, and the self-regulating adjustments people make as a result of their overall situation are vital keys to successful therapeutic outcomes that last outside of the therapy room.
My therapy weaves together a spiritual, contemplative foundation with traditional and nontraditional therapeutic methodology. I believe in therapy as the process of a person's unfolding the innate wisdom they hold within them as the key to their healing. I see my role in the therapeutic process as a combination of guide and collaborator in your journey towards well-being, integrating mind, body, and spirit towards mental health and wellbeing.
I have a background in consulting, organization development, training, and technology. I studied in two separate yet connected masters programs, Organizational Consulting & Coaching through Applied Behavioral Science - the Leadership Institute of Seattle (LIOS) in 2005, and Marriage and Family Therapy - Alaska Pacific University in 2013, when I made the decision to become a full time therapist.
In addition, I have enjoyed working with and learning from many eastern philosophy, spiritual, and nontraditional healers outside of the US.
Jeremy is in network with Kaiser, Lifewise, Premera, Regence, Aetna, and First Choice Health.
Private Pay rate is $150/session for individuals, $175/session for couples.
You are on a unique Journey. Your struggle matters. Sometimes we find ourselves struggling in a particular area of life, with a relationship, or with patterns of feeling, thinking, and behaving that are no longer serving our deeper intentions. When we are no longer aligned with our deeper intentions we can start to feel distress, our relationships can suffer. We may struggle to get our needs met in a healthy way or lack healthy boundaries. Often outdated modes of coping learned throughout life can become counterproductive.
Whether you are an individual or a couple coming to therapy, I offer an accepting and non-judgmental atmosphere where you can explore those parts of yourself or your relationship that you may be struggling to deal with on your own. It takes courage to come to therapy and seek support. I honor your courage in taking this first step. My overall approach to therapy is humanistic and person centered. While I offer both my personal and professional experience, you are the expert on your unique experience. My job is to seek to understand your particular concerns and guide the healing process in a way that fits your needs.
I see therapy as a process of increasing awareness, particularly of those parts of ourselves and our relationships that may be causing distress. While increasing insight and awareness, I help clients increase their capacity to be with and make sense of their experience. This often involves identifying unhelpful coping strategies and replacing these strategies with more effective skills. I help clients understand what’s happening in their bodies and offer strategies for grounding, stress reduction, and emotional regulation. I also support clients to work with the thoughts associated with feelings. When we can increase positive coping, better regulate our emotions, and understand what our emotions are trying to tell us, we have increased success in navigating the everyday challenges of life.
For couples, I utilize an Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) framework. I help couples bring awareness to their emotional experience to facilitate more effective communication and connection. I help couples identify unhelpful patterns leading to distress and facilitate the development of more effective strategies for getting needs met based on safety and trust. I also offer skills based on the Gottman couples method.
As a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional. I am sensitive and attuned to the effects of trauma and how this impacts our life and our relationships. I offer education and skills for those effected by trauma and believe we can learn to live lives more aligned with our deeper intentions and values regardless of what we have been through. My approach is also strength based. Often we can forget about the strengths that got us this far in life, so accessing and utilizing these strengths can aid in therapy.
If you think we may be a good fit, feel free to schedule an appointment. I look forward to supporting you on your healing journey.
Education and Credentials
Areas of focus:
Lena is in network with Premera and Lifewise.
Private Pay rate is $130/session.
Sliding scale rate: I have several sliding scale spots based on income/need. Please contact me to discuss.
In therapy, we'll explore your hopes, dreams, and goals. I will help you navigate, and walk by your side, until you reach them or are confident enough to do it alone. My practice is grounded in the belief that we all have answers within us, but we sometimes need a little help to get re-connected to that wise self.
Therapy can be an incredibly gratifying and healing experience, but it can also be really hard. I believe sometimes we need to work through things in order to come out on the other side. I want to help people with this often scary and challenging process because I believe through it we can find peace. My approach to therapy is compassionate, engaging and honest. I utilize cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, attachment theory and mindfulness in my practice.
I am a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Work Associate (LICSWA) and therapist. I have over ten years of experience working in social services with a wide range of populations. I received my masters of Social Work from The University of Washington where I specialized in children, youth and families. I received my bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Gender Studies from Seattle University.
I provide counseling services to all ages, with a primary focus on children, adolescents and young adults. Areas of focus include:
At this time all of my sessions are done via telehealth.
Brittany is not in-network with any insurance panels, but we can provide superbills to you monthly for any OON coverage you can get from your insurance company.
Private pay rate is $250/hr for couples and $200/hr for individuals.
I am a relational psychotherapist who specializes in working with couples and adult individuals. I work to facilitate awareness and provide support that is specific to the unique needs of each individual or relationship. I use an eclectic approach that draws from many different schools of thought, but I am primarily a process-based therapist. This means that I am primarily interested in the process by which my clients interpret, communicate, and make meaning out of their experiences.
I have a special interest in helping my clients have fulfilling relationships, as I believe that well-functioning relationships reduce the negative effects of stress and hardship. I am interested in facilitating my client’s self-knowledge both individually and in relationships; knowing yourself is imperative to making satisfying choices and building meaningful connections with others. While I have dedicated my post-graduate training towards specializing in working with couples and individuals struggling in relationships, I also very much enjoy working with individuals who are going through major life transitions, who are struggling in relationships, or who experience depression or anxiety.
I enjoy working with individuals who are seeking to broaden their understanding of themselves and deepen their personal sense of intentionality and connection with themselves and others. I work with relationships of all configurations, including the LGBTQ community and non-monogomous styles.
Education and Professional Experience
In network with Premera, Lifewise, Kaiser CORE and PPO, First Choice Health,Regence, Aetna, and BCBS plans.
Private pay rate is $150 for 55 min sessions and $200 for 85 minute sessions.
I provide counseling services to all ages, with a primary focus on children, adolescents, and young adults. My counseling philosophy is client-centered, existential, and trauma-informed. I approach my clients with compassion and curiosity. I believe that each person’s thoughts, feelings, and behaviors make sense in the context of their particular history and present environment. As the client, you are first and foremost the expert on your experience and my goal is to support you in finding your unique path towards recovery.
I received both my bachelor’s and master’s degrees in psychology at Seattle University. I have training and experience with Child-centered Play Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). I have five years of experience working as a therapist in a community mental health setting and prior to this I was a therapeutic childcare worker at Childhaven, a specialized daycare for children who have experienced abuse and neglect. I am a LGBTQIA-identified provider and have experience working with both youth and adults of various sexual orientations and gender identities.
My areas of focus include:
Mondays and Tuesdays: Telehealth only
Wednesdays and Thursdays: Telehealth or in-person
My office is located at:
2719 E Madison
Seattle, WA 98112
Private pay rate: Individuals $200 Couples $250
I see clients facing a wide range of psychological difficulties. I work with individuals and couples.
My style as a therapist is warm and interactive. I’m a thoughtful observer as well as an active voice in our discussions. I use an integrated therapeutic approach to explore areas of concern, recognize patterns, connect dots, and illuminate areas within you that are often too difficult to figure out alone.
Our time together is collaborative and designed to foster a growing capacity to navigate your own way, healthily, now and whatever the circumstances to come. You will benefit from expertise based on years of practice, research, study, and real-life experience. The power of our relationship is rooted in connecting as human beings....I show up as myself with curiosity, candor, and humor.
Additionally, I specialize in helping folks understand and manage ADHD.
ADHD is often misunderstood and viewed as a set of narrow behaviors, such as misplacing keys and forgetting appointments. What is true is that ADHD can be much more complex, often presenting as high levels of anxiety, emotional outbursts, relationship discord, mood swings, anger, fear/panic, sense of worthlessness, and depressive symptoms in addition to impulsivity, distractibility, disorganization, and lack of concentration.
Targets of treatment:
Education and Professional Experience
M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Seattle University, Seattle WA
B.S. in Human Services Counseling w/ Psychology Minor from University of Nevada, Las Vegas NV
Washington: Licensed Mental Health Counselor #LH60561542
Nevada: Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor #CP0199
Virginia: Licensed Professional Counselor #10701008298
In network with Premera and Lifewise
Private pay rate: $150
Hello, and welcome. As your therapist, I will approach our sessions with warmth, acceptance, and the idea that you are the expert on your own life and experience. One of my core beliefs about the therapeutic relationship is that we meet each other as human beings — I will always show up as myself, bringing empathy, compassion, and humor along with professional experience. I work to create a non-judgmental and collaborative atmosphere based on trust and openness. Together, we will build awareness around your patterns and processes, bring curiosity to their purpose and origin, and use the therapeutic relationship to deepen insights, strengthen self-awareness, and nurture your most authentic life.
My past professional experience includes providing individual and group therapy at a community mental health clinic and an outpatient eating disorder facility. I use an integrated style, primarily informed by Gestalt and humanistic principles, with theories and skills from existential, emotion-focused, mindfulness-based, cognitive behavioral, and dialectical behavioral therapies.
I earned my BA in Music and Psychology from Macalester College and also hold a Masters degree from the University of Washington in Music History. I attended Seattle University for my clinical education, resulting in an MA in Psychology; my program fostered an existential-phenomenological approach, which serves as the foundation of my therapeutic work. I continue to deepen my practice through ongoing trainings with the Seattle chapter of Gestalt Associates Training Los Angeles.
I provide counseling to adults of all ages, and welcome all genders and identities. Areas of clinical focus include the following:
Currently, all services will be provided via telehealth.
In network with Premera, Lifewise, Kaiser, Aetna, Regence and some out of state BCBS plans
Private pay rate is $150
I work primarily with adult individuals, and am glad to work one-on-one with adolescents (13+) depending on fit.
My philosophy about therapy has three basic tenets. First, I want clients to feel accepted, welcome, and heard. Second, I work to help clients improve their own sense of self-worth. Third, I want to help them find their own power and agency to change the parts of their world that they can, while also working to let go of the places that are out of their control.
I like to think of therapy as a practice space for life, so many of the dynamics that cause distress outside the therapy room can be addressed in the therapy room. We can work on new ways to exist in the world, experiment with new perspectives and processes in your life, and continuously readjust our techniques until it fits for you.
My areas of focus include:
I earned my MA in Psychology from Seattle University and a BA in Holistic Psychology from Lesley University.
In network with Premera, Lifewise, Kaiser, Aenta,and some out of state BCBS plans.
Private pay rates: $150 for individual therapy
What makes therapy work is trust and safety, in my experience. No matter what you're carrying, you can walk into my office and have a space to work through your stuff without criticism or judgement. I help people through all sorts of issues, and I have found that I work best with folks struggling with demons that they feel like they have to fight, who have aches in their chest. Whether this comes up as anxiety, PTSD or relationship difficulties, we can shine a therapeutic light into those places of darkness and open an invitation to healing.
My practice is founded on the tenets of Existential philosophy, which I put into practice by encouraging my clients to become aware of the breadth of choice they have at their disposal. We often have a plethora of choices before us, but only see a select few due to: childhood experiences, gender, deeply held beliefs, trauma, etc. Our perceptions are filtered, but through awareness we can shift our perspective and increasingly seize power over our lives. I am trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) trauma therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), which are both about enabling choice through awareness. In addition to these modalities, I'm also familiar with and frequently draw from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Internal Family Systems (IFS), and mindfulness/somatic awareness.
In addition to my practice, I have over six years of professional mental health experience with individuals and groups working in varying capacities, including a psychiatric hospital, a community mental health center, a neighborhood recovery center, and a crisis and suicide prevention hotline. It has been my passion to support individuals with trauma and difficult mental health struggles, and to help destigmatize the taboos around mental illness. I have my MA in Psychology from Seattle University, and my BA from the University of Washington.
Areas of clinical focus:
Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays: Telehealth or in-person
My office is located at:
2410 Thackery Pl NE
Seattle, WA 98105
For more information about me and the way I practice, please visit www.cascadiancs.com
In network with Premera, Lifewise, and BCBS plans.
Private pay rate is $130
Background and approach to therapy:
I work with individuals ages 16 and up. I have expertise in working with depression, addictions, life transitions, identity, stress, grief and loss, and trauma. My approach to counseling is collaborative, supportive, and humanistic. I enjoy being supportive and compassionate while helping people learn new ways of relating to themselves as well as reduce the symptoms that negatively impact their lives. I encourage growth and overall health and vitality.
I was trained in Humanistic and Existential theory and use these within my sessions. This means that we would work together to explore how you interpret the world around, paying special attention to the relationships in your life. I also utilize cognitive-behavioral techniques to help increase awareness about behaviors and thoughts between sessions when it applies. We would explore the systems and cultures that you were shaped by and examine their relationship to your current lifestyle and values. I hope to help you examine all this and more so that you can replace or rearrange the puzzle pieces of your life toward whatever goal you’ve set for yourself.
I graduated with a Bachelors in Science in both Biology and Psychology from the University of Washington. I moved on to receive a Master’s degree in Psychology from Seattle University. I have worked with several diverse communities including adults with a mental health diagnosis and an IDD (Intellectually and Developmentally Disabled) diagnosis, Veterans, youth who have experienced trauma and have behavioral challenges, and individuals in residential facilities. Most recently, I supported individuals at a local community mental health center where I provided therapy and case management services for adults of all ages and diagnosis. Within this role, I also facilitated therapeutic and psychoeducational groups and conducted outreaches to clients’ homes and hospitals for emergency evaluations.
In network with Premera, Lifewise, some out of state BCBS plans.
Private pay rates: individuals $150
I offer therapy for adults who are looking to grow and learn through their challenges. I approach therapy with a deep respect for the unique experiences of each person. While I rely heavily on my training and professional experience in the field, I also believe that each person is the greatest expert about themselves. My intention is to bring power and awareness of your own knowledge and capabilities as we work together.
In my work, I draw upon several therapeutic modalities including: Existential, Cognitive Behavioral, Gestalt, and Gottman relationship principles. I believe a variety of theoretical understandings allows for excellent therapy and provides the opportunity for me to tailor my approach to what is most effective for you. I bring my heart to our sessions and you can expect an approach that demonstrates dignity, compassion, and a genuine care from me towards your own healing and growth. My approach can also be characterized by curiosity that arises out of care and interest.
I received my M.A. in clinical psychology at Seattle University and my B.A. in psychology from Lewis and Clark College. I am engaged in ongoing training with Gestalt Associates Training Los Angeles. I have also received training in Focusing Oriented Therapy, which can provide a useful opportunity to learn from the wisdom of the body and the creative, unformed wisdom in the mind. Professionally, I have worked with a variety of populations since 2011.
In-network with Premera, Lifewise, Regence, First Choice Health, some BCBS, and Aetna.
Private pay rates: $225 for relationship therapy, $150 for individual therapy
I have over 10 years of experience providing counseling services across diverse populations. I feel enriched to work in this capacity and I value a collaborative and genuine approach. I often work with individuals and couples to help find clarity, gain insight, discover new strategies, and support healing. My work with couples is heavily influenced by the Gottman method, of which I’ve completed levels 1, 2 and 3 of training.
My influence is informed by evidence-based practice and the following modalities: cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), motivational interviewing, mindfulness, eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), and dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT).
Areas of clinical focus:
November 2017 – December 2018
The Gottman Institute - Seattle, WA
Practicum in Gottman Couples Therapy: Levels 1-3
University of Washington – Seattle, WA
Certificate in Guardianship
Robert Douglas and Associates – Seattle, WA
EAP Critical Incident Response 3
Humanitarian Assistance Programs – Seattle, WA
Eye Movement and Desensitization Rehabilitation (EMDR): Phase I and Phase II
University of Washington – Seattle, WA
Geriatric Mental Health Specialist Certificate
October 2011 - June 2012
Seattle Central Community College – Seattle, WA
Completed recommended coursework towards chemical dependency professional license
In network with Premera, Lifewise, some out of state BCBS plans.
Private pay rates: $175 for relationship therapy, $150 for individual therapy
I work with individuals ages 18 and up, as well as couples and parents. I believe symptoms are a request from the psyche to grow -- whether this manifests as depression, anxiety, or just a feeling that you want more from your life or your relationships. Or you may be experiencing a transition, grief, or loss and need support to navigate this change. Therapy creates a space in which healing and growth can happen. I believe humans have a natural, inherent tendency toward health and self-actualization. We are hard-wired to live good and meaningful lives, but sometimes need support to do so. Therapy helps clients feel “safe and seen,” which helps them feel better, but it also helps them think better and make important changes and adjustments to their lives.
I use an eclectic variety of humanistic modalities with individual clients, including Mindfulness, Narrative Therapy, the Emotional Freedom Technique, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. With couples, I use Emotionally Focused Therapy, Contextual Therapy, and Gottman principles.
I also love working with parents, supporting them as they navigate the hardest job in the world. My work with parents is informed by Structural Family Therapy, attachment research, and the work of Dan Siegel, John Gottman, Wendy Mogel, and others. I am also trained to treat pregnant and postpartum women and their partners, helping them take care of themselves as they adjust to life with babies and young children.
I am a frequent presenter on stress management and work/life balance for the Washington State Bar Association. I love working with busy professionals, helping them improve their wellness – physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually – so they can find greater satisfaction and happiness, both at home and at work.
Before becoming a therapist, I worked in law and public policy, with a focus on improving safety net programs for families and vulnerable populations. I enjoy nature, meditation, exercise, fiction, and cooking large quantities of food for my three adolescent children and their friends. I am committed to health and wellness for individuals, families, society, and the planet.
Education and Credentials:
Thursdays: Telehealth or in-person
Madison Valley Main Office location:
2719 E Madison St
Seattle, WA 98112
Joe is not in-network with any insurance panels, but we can provide superbills to you monthly for any OON coverage you can get from your insurance company.
Private pay rate is $250/hr for couples
Please inquire about Joe's rate for couples intensives.
I specialize in couple therapy. My focus is on helping couples and adult individuals with communication, connection, vulnerability, and intimacy in their relationships. We experience the most fulfillment in life through satisfying relationships.
I orientate from a collaborative approach, which is experiential and process based. With curiosity and compassion, 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 can cause disconnection and unsatisfying relationships. I hope to bring awareness and greater capacity for choice by creating space for clients to overcome difficulties and access who they truly are.
My background, training and therapeutic approach comes from Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy and Gestalt therapy. My education was in existential-phenomenological psychology.
**Inquire about my weekly process groups for a special and unique growth, awareness, and healing opportunity!
** Please inquire about couples intensives for a deep dive into restoring your relationship!
Clinical areas of focus include:
Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays: Telehealth or in-person
My office is located at:
2711 E Madison St
In network with Premera, Lifewise, First Choice Health, Regence, Aetna, and some BCBS.
Private pay rates: $175 per session
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:
Gabe offers in-person appointments on Wednesdays at the Madison Valley Main Office location: 2719 E Madison St, Suite 301, Seattle, WA 98112
Private pay rates: $250 individual therapy per hour, $350 relationship/family therapy per hour
(does not take insurance)
I offer counseling services to adults, couples, and families of all constellations. I also offer business consulting and clinical supervision services to other mental health professionals.
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 a Certified Gottman Therapist. 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 completed the AEDP (Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy) Immersion Training which focuses on treating trauma from an attachment and neurobiological model. To expand my skills to support couples, I am also actively training in EFT (Emotionally Focused Therapy) which also uses a neurobiological model of attachment. The goal of EFT is to repair bonds, increase resiliency and promote secure attachment to help create emotionally fulfilling relationships.
I also have over 20 years of training and personal experience with mindfulness and meditation that I also bring to my work.
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.
I work with couples of all configurations, including LGBTQi+ couples as well as couples in non-monogamous relationships.
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Private pay rates: $250 individual therapy per hour, $350 relationship/family therapy per hour (does not take insurance)
For 15 plus years I have had a special focus and love for relationship counseling.
I am an Emotionally Focused Couples Therapist. I specialize in relationship counseling and trauma, i.e. helping individuals heal from the wounds of a difficult childhood. My goal is to help my clients feel at home within themselves while having deliberate, fulfilling, and connected relationships.
When working with couples and families I work collaboratively to de-escalate negative cycles of disconnection, develop relationship stability, and construct new patterns that result in connected and satisfying relationships. I teach relationship skills and a relational philosophy for maintaining both a vibrant sense of self and a loving and connected relationship.
I work with relationships of all configurations and sexual orientations, including LGBTQ and straight relationships, non-monogamy, monogamy, married, unmarried, together for decades, newly connecting, with or without children, and blended families.
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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
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
Learn more about me at my website at www.brienwood.com