Jack M. Ringel, MA, LICSW, PLLC
Individual & Group Psychotherapist | Consultant
Welcome to the website for my private psychotherapy practice, located in South Lake Union (near downtown Seattle). You will find here some basic information about the services I offer, as well as something about my background, credentials, and qualifications. If you are interested in beginning therapy or are a colleague wishing to refer or to consult, feel free to contact me. I normally respond within 24 hours
Jack M Ringel
For Prospective Patients:
Due to the pandemic, I currently offer phone and video sessions. I will return to in-person sessions once it is safe enough to do so.
A brief reflection on getting started:
In a nutshell, I begin with this assumption about anyone seeking help: that they’ve tried the best they can with what they know; that, of course, there are things they don’t know (including about themselves); and that, if those areas can be brought to further awareness, and worked through in some meaningful way, new possibilities will emerge. My job is largely to help people know more about themself and about their ways of relating both to themself and to others (the two often being intimately related). There is much that we can never control as human beings, and that will never change. But one thing we can do is to tap into ever larger conceptions and awareness of our experience—which, wherever we go, and whatever we do comes with us. Therapy can widen our conception of what is possible and empower us to achieve new things, while also allowing us to mourn what may not be able to change. Psychoanalytic therapeutic approaches are vehicles for that kind of psychological growth.
Although the specific reasons a person seeks therapy are as infinitely varied as individuals themselves, I do believe there are some common threads among people seeking this form of help. One such common thread is that a person has sought to grow psychologically in some way, and thus far has not been able to manage it alone, nor with their usual systems of support and guidance (including, perhaps, previous encounters with formal therapy). Many people make it to the office of a therapist or analyst knowing on some level that something is “off,” that there is pain and suffering that may feel unremitting or at least doesn’t seem to be transforming into something useful. They are a bit (or much more than a bit) at a loss of what to do next. In my view and that of contemporary psychoanalytic thought, what often blocks a person from healing and growing is, indeed, that which evades their usual consciousness; that which is on the fringes of, or sometimes completely outside of, standard and well-worn routes of thinking and feeling. In itself, it can feel disturbing to sense the unconscious basis of some suffering. But such painful places can also be liberated when brought to light. This process is based in an ongoing, earnest commitment and partnership on behalf of patient and therapist, a catalyst for ongoing transformation.
Issues I help people with include:
"When we are no longer able to change a situation - we are challenged to change ourselves." - Victor Frankl
While I’ve had training and experience in a variety of therapeutic modalities and techniques (including cognitive-behavioral, humanistic, and integrative approaches), I am most rooted in contemporary psychoanalysis. To deepen those roots, I’ve been a student at the Northwest Psychoanalytic Society and Institute (NPSI), which is a rigorous, internationally accredited post-graduate program for fully licensed professionals who strive to be full-fledged psychoanalysts.
Psychoanalysis has come a very long way since Sigmund Freud, incorporating over the last 100+ years modern neuroscience, as well as innumerable advances in process, technique, and theory. To my mind, it remains one of the most powerful ways to understand and work through some of life’s most challenging mental struggles, while doing justice to the individuality and the immensity of every mind. It is a profound honor and privilege to take part in this ever-evolving work.
I’m fully licensed in Washington State to conduct psychotherapy. I have many thousands of hours of professional experience. I currently practice out of my private office in Seattle, Washington. My graduate training was completed at the University Of Chicago where, in addition to my masters degree in social work, I earned two additional certificates in programs of study. During that time I completed my field work in a community mental health clinic, which gave me invaluable experience in working with a highly diverse, urban population frequently suffering with multiple bio-psycho-social stressors on top of often severe mental and emotional suffering as a result of particularly complex childhood and adult trauma histories. Upon receiving my graduate degree I was accepted into a full-time fellowship at the VA Puget Sound, working to provide for veterans from multiple combat eras individual and group psychotherapy, care coordination, as well as developing programs that included cohort-based and immersive continuing education for our inter-professional team. Once again, my work centered around helping suffering people to see what still may be possible in the midst of sometimes great life struggles. After the fellowship I was hired on as a full-time, permanent VA employee, carrying on much of my previous work in a more long-term role, while serving another highly diverse population, that included patients who had served combat tours, and very often, also struggled with effects of difficult early beginnings in their life. Wishing to have greater control of my work, and to serve a smaller number of people but at greater depth, I went from the VA hospital into private practice, which is what I now do full-time, and how I expect to spend the remainder of my career. Many of my current patients are working professionals, parents, and students. I also continue to work with military veterans and their families. My patients vary with regard to race, ethnicity, sex, gender, sexual orientation, and abilities.
Degrees and Other Credentials:
Analytic candidate, Northwest Psychoanalytic Society & Institute (NPSI)
Master's of Arts, Social Work (AM/MSW), University Of Chicago
Credential of Readiness, HBX- Harvard Business School
Fellowship, Centers For Excellence In Substance Abuse Treatment and Education, VA Puget Sound
Evidence Based Practice Program of Study, University of Chicago
Advanced Training for Addictions Counselors Program of Study, University Of Chicago
Bachelors of Arts (BA), University Of Colorado
Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) , # LW60654067, State of Washington (the highest level of licensure granted in the state to social workers)
Active Duty & Military Veterans:
"When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you, till it seems as though you could not hang on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn." - Harriet Beecher Stowe
I have special interest and experience in working with military veterans and their families. If you are a veteran or active duty military service member I gladly welcome you to contact me. I have multiple years’ experience specifically serving vets, including those who served in combat operations overseas and from multiple eras.
I’ll start from a position of respect for you. We can always find personal strengths to work from, proceeding at a pace that fits you, with an eye toward long-term growth and healing, not just short-term symptom relief.
Currently serving adults in the greater Seattle area
Feel free to contact me if you're interested in starting individual psychotherapy, and I'll work to find you an initial appointment. The first few visits provide an opportunity for you to begin speaking about your life, to get an initial feel for the type of help that I offer, and for us to begin discussing a plan together to address your therapeutic needs and desires. At the end of that period I'll offer a recommendation either for ongoing appointments with me, or if needed, to a trusted referral source.
Consultation, Training, & Teaching:
I provide consultation and/or training to individual clients, providers, and organizations regarding a variety of issues, including on topics such as trauma, group dynamics/functioning, stigma, diversity, self-care, veteran-specific issues, and cultivating healthy work cultures in both for-profit and not-for-profit settings. A consultation may be one time or via periodic or ongoing visits. I have also taught in graduate-level classes as a guest lecturer at Bastyr University and at the University of Washington. I'd be glad to tell you more about these services.
Fees and Insurance Information:
My standard fee for individual therapy is $140 per 50 minute session. I offer a limited number of sliding scale slots for those who cannot afford my full fee. Group and organization level consultation fees are determined based on the scope of the work involved. If you have questions about this, I'd be glad to discuss my fees and billing practices further.
Payment is by cash or check.
To protect your privacy and to solidify the partnership as being one between you and me, I have chosen to not contract directly with insurance. This means that you pay me directly each month. Depending on your insurance, your plan may allow you to submit receipts for out-of-network coverage, in which case your insurance may reimburse you directly for some of the costs. These details are further laid out in my consent form. We can discuss this further if you wish.
Below are some professional organizations I am an active member of:
Northwest Psychoanalytic Society and Institute (NPSI; current analytic candidate)
Society For The Exploration Of Psychotherapy Integration (SEPI)
Center For Object Relations (COR)
Seattle Psychoanalytic Society and Institute (SPSI)
International Psychoanalytical Association (IPA)
National Association of Social Workers (NASW)
Puget Sound Group Psychotherapy Network (PSGPN; previous board member)
Northwest Alliance For Psychoanalytic Study (NWAPS)
American Group Psychotherapy Association (AGPA)
Washington State Society For Clinical Social Work (WSSCSW)
1200 Westlake Ave N, Suite 901, Seattle, WA 98109
Because of the pandemic I am currently offering phone and video sessions.
My office is located in South Lake Union, on the ninth floor of the AGC Building. It is a quiet, ADA accessible place, offering views of Queen Anne and downtown Seattle. Parking can usually be found along Westlake Ave N or on site for a nominal fee.
DBA: I do business under my name and as Bristlecone Psychotherapy & Wellness, PLLC
(Photo to right was taken from my office during Winter)
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