Jack M. Ringel, MA, LICSW, PLLC
Individual & Group Psychotherapist | Consultant
Welcome to the website for my private practice, located in South Lake Union (near downtown Seattle). This site provides some basic information about the services I offer, as well as some of my background, credentials, and qualifications for offering them. If you are interested in beginning therapy, or are a colleague wishing to refer or to consult, feel free to try contacting me if you'd like discuss further. I normally respond within 24 hours.
Jack M Ringel
For Prospective Patients:
Given the current pandemic, please note that I currently offer phone and video sessions
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, but—of course—there are things they don’t know (including about themselves), and if those areas can be brought to further awareness, and worked through in some meaningful way, that new possibilities emerge. Along those lines, my job, then, is largely to help people to know more, most of all, about themselves and about their ways of relating (both to one's self 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 invest in is to try to tap into ever larger conceptions and awareness of our experience— which is the one common denominator wherever we go, and whatever we do. Doing so can widen and empower what is still possible, and allow for mourning of what may not be. Much of this work is attuning emotionally and intuitively to your experience—and this is a major bedrock of my approach, setting the stage for new connections and growth, from the inside out.
Furthermore, although the specific reasons for why someone seeks out therapy are as varied as individuals themselves (and as such, present an infinite variety), I do believe that there are some common threads amongst anyone seeking this form of help. One such common thread, I assume, is that a person has often found themselves trying to grow psychologically in some way, and thus far has not been able to manage it alone, or with the usual systems of support and guidance they’ve sought out up until now (including, perhaps, other forms of 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 of some kind that perhaps seems unremitting or at least that doesn’t seem to be transforming into something useful, and are often a bit (or much more than a bit) at a loss of what to do next. By my view and that of contemporary psychoanalytic thought, what often blocks a person from healing and growing is, indeed, that which evades one's usual consciousness; that which is on the fringes of, or sometimes completely outside of, standard and well-worn routes of thinking and feeling. This, in itself, can feel disturbing to recognize, but also potentially liberating. What may be needed is the help of someone well-trained to help people break out of such ruts, habits of mind, and repetitions to find new (and sometimes, renewed) paths towards greater aliveness, well-being, and connectedness. In my experience, this involves an ongoing and earnest commitment and partnership on behalf of therapist and patient, and can be the catalyst to an ongoing transformation that can potentially go far beyond symptom relief or mere passing comfort, and into the territory of that which could be aptly be called "life-changing".
To be more specific, below are some specific areas of specialization:
"When we are no longer able to change a situation - we are challenged to change ourselves." - Victor Frankl
While I’ve indeed had training and experience in a variety of therapeutic modalities and techniques (including cognitive-behavioral, humanistic, and integrative approaches), I am by far most rooted in contemporary psychoanalysis. To deepen those roots in an ongoing fashion, I’m a candidate at the Northwest Psychoanalytic Society and Institute (NPSI), which is an internationally accredited and highly rigorous post-graduate program for fully licensed professionals who wish to dually reach the distinction of being full-fledged psychoanalysts. A general theme of my career has been to “do more with less people”, meaning that my main clinical aim is to focus intensely on helping a relatively small number of patients in my practice, but in such a way that their lives can be changed in a lasting, and truly transformative way. Psychoanalysis has come a very long way since Sigmund Freud, including interfacing in recent decades with findings in neuroscience and innumerable advances in process, technique, and theory over the last 100+ years—to my mind, it remains one of the most powerful ways to understand and work through some of life’s most challenging mental struggles, where individuality and the immensity of every mind is respected. 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, with many thousands of hours of professional experience, and currently do so out of my private office in Seattle, Washington. My graduate training was completed at the University Of Chicago, where in addition to my degree I also earned two additional program of study certificates. 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, and often-times quite severe mental and emotional suffering, including the effects of particularly complex childhood and adult trauma histories. From my graduate degree I was accepted into a full-time fellowship at the VA Puget Sound working with Veterans from multiple combat eras, providing individual and group psychotherapy, care coordination, and program development along with cohort-based and immersive continuing education as part of an inter-professional team. Once again, my work centered around helping people with their suffering, and seeing what still may be possible yet in the midst of sometimes great life struggles. From that fellowship I was then hired full-time as a permanent employee, carrying on much of that work in a more long-term role, and continuing to develop experience with another highly diverse population, including helping patients who had served in combat tours, and very often, were also struggling 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 which I plan to do for the remainder of my career. Many of my current patients are working professionals, parents (including new fathers), and students. I also continue to work with military Veterans and their families. My patients vary with regard to age, sex, gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, differing abilities, and other aspects of identity and life experience.
Degrees and 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
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.
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
As mentioned above, 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, 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. 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:
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.
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.
Below are some professional organizations of which I'm in good standing:
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)
1200 Westlake Ave N, Suite 901, Seattle, WA 98109
Currently offering phone and video sessions
My physical 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 during Winter)
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