About My Practice:
Jack M. Ringel, MA, LICSW
Individual & Group Psychotherapist | Consultant
Thank you for visiting the website for my private psychotherapy practice.
I currently offer individual psychotherapy for adults at my office in South Lake Union (near downtown Seattle), as well as consultation and training to individuals, groups, and organizations (both large and small).
Psychotherapy can lead to many kinds of growth, including coming to know yourself in a deeper way and connecting more wholly with others. It is an unfolding and collaborative process that can nurture profound and lasting transformation, well beyond short-term relief or passing comfort.
I seek to help people with a variety of goals and issues, including many working professionals, students, and military veterans. Some common issues and goals brought to my practice include: to deepen and enhance relationships, to work through various traumas and losses, to work through pervasive anxiety, depression and other difficult states, to confront persistent and damaging habits, to further explore and cultivate personal identity (including meaning of life issues therein), and to navigate significant life transitions. My experience has been with diverse populations, both in terms of demographics, life experience, and issues brought to therapy.
Degrees & Other Credentials:
Analytic candidate, Northwest Psychoanalytic Society & Institute (NPSI)
Master's Of Arts (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
"When we are no longer able to change a situation - we are challenged to change ourselves." - Victor Frankl
Many different paths lead people to therapy, but common among them is a desire to be listened to by another human being with deep curiosity, compassion, and patience— and indeed, a major part of providing helpful therapy is the ability to listen in this way. Much like a musician honing their instrument throughout their life time, a therapist's listening ear can be developed through similar discipline and artistry. My ongoing immersion in contemporary psychoanalytic psychotherapy and psychoanalysis (including as a candidate in an IPA-accredited institute, the Northwest Psychoanalytic Society and Institute) has been an excellent way to continually tune my instrument in hopes of striking useful chords with each individual I serve.
I help people to be more present and connected with themselves, with others, and with their world. This includes, but also goes beyond, increasing mindfulness and self-awareness. Within the present moment are legacies of the past—both personal (our own unique stories) and collective (the intersecting cultures, societies, and environments we live in). At the same time, within the present moment are also seeds awaiting birth towards a new and unknown future; one that is unpredictable, but that you may be able to influence in important ways. In my experience, therapy is often a long-term and in-depth process that requires courage and effort from both therapist and patient. Profound change can ensue from this way of working.
Liberation from a past that keeps repeating itself may be possible through enhanced awareness and a growing ability to make new choices. By working in the present moment together—and yet also respecting, exploring, and attuning to the influence of past history as well as hopes and fears about the future—a more fulfilling, peaceful, and passionate life may be possible.
To be more specific, below are some further areas that I specialize in:
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.
It takes courage to reach out for help. I’ll start from a position of respect for you, and can always find personal strengths to work from. We’ll work at a pace that fits for you, with an eye towards long-term growth and healing, not just short-term symptom relief.
Currently serving adults in the greater Seattle area
Please 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.
Consultation & Training:
I provide consultation and/or training to individual clients, providers, and organizations regarding a variety of issues. This can take a number of different forms, including one time, ongoing, or periodic visits. I'd be glad to tell you more about this service. For organizations, I have special interest and expertise in helping to cultivate healthy work cultures in both for profit and non profit settings. I also have presented on topics related to trauma, group psychotherapy, somatic focused interventions, veteran-specific issues, stigma, and more.
Group therapy can be a powerful healing experience, both as a stand-alone commitment or in tandem with individual therapy/analysis. I co-facilitate a psychotherapy group with my seasoned colleague Kavita Avula, PsyD in the Ravenna neighborhood of Seattle on Tuesday nights.
If you're interested in joining the group or have a potential referral, please contact myself or Dr. Avula for more information.
Fees and Insurance Information:
Cash and check accepted
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. 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.
To further protect your privacy and to solidify the partnership as being one between you and I, I have chosen to not contract directly with insurance. This means that we work out a plan together, and you pay me directly each month. Depending on your insurance and your preferences therein, your plan may allow for 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, and we can also discuss this further if you wish.
Northwest Psychoanalytic Society and Institute (NPSI; current analytic candidate)
Society For The Exploration Of Psychotherapy Integration (SEPI)
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)
I am a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) in the State Of Washington, which is the highest level of licensure granted in the state to social workers (requires over 4000 hours of supervised experience, in addition to other requirements). I participate in ongoing expert consultation to continually evolve my work.
1200 Westlake Ave N, Suite 901, Seattle, WA 98109
My office is located in South Lake Union, on the ninth floor of the AGC Building. The office is quiet, ADA accessible, and offers views of Queen Anne and downtown Seattle. Parking can usually be found along Westlake Ave N and 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 in Dec 2016)
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