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ROSS FARR
COUNSELING &
PSYCHOTHERAPY

WELCOME.

I offer psychotherapy and psychoanalysis to individuals.  

Some of the issues I help clients address include:

  • Depression

  • Feelings of loss of meaning

  • Anxiety

  • Anger

  • Loneliness

  • Stress

  • Grief & loss

  • Career changes, including retirement

  • Self-esteem

  • Relationship issues

  • Trauma

  • Issues around sexual orientation 

  • Issues around gender identity

  • Feelings of spiritual emptiness

  • Mindfulness-based counseling

If you would like to learn more about me and my approach to therapy and psychoanalysis, you can use the menu at the top of the page or continue to scroll down.

If you feel at risk of suicide or self harm right now, or just need immediate support, you can call the 24-hour crisis line: 988. You can also text "HOME"to 741741 and someone who is trained to help will respond. If you are in immediate risk of physical harm, call 911.

ABOUT THERAPY & PSYCHOANALYSIS

Therapy

Therapy offers insight into previously unseen or misunderstood themes in our thoughts, behavior, and feelings. A therapist brings attunement, compassion, and insight to those parts of ourselves that may be difficult to explore on our own. Therapy usually involves meeting once a week.

Psychoanalysis

When we struggle with persistent depression, anxiety, loneliness, trouble in relationships, problematic habitual patterns and other symptoms, deeper more sustained work can help. Psychoanalysis is a specialized form of therapy that involves meeting 3-4 times per week. You are encouraged to talk about whatever is on your mind, including daily life, the past, and dreams. You may find that you need to process the emotional impact of something experienced earlier. This can be poignant work. Sometimes it does not feel linear. With time, meaningful change can result in seeing new solutions to problems, alleviation of symptoms, and a renewed fuller sense of yourself in the world.

For more on psychoanalysis and its effectiveness, you can explore these pages from Seattle Psychoanalytic Society and Institute (SPSI) and Toronto Psychoanalytic Society and Institute.

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MY APPROACH

I provide both weekly therapy and psychoanalysis to individuals from a psychodynamic perspective informed by relational theory and Self Psychology. In general terms, this means that I listen with curiosity and compassion for deep thematic threads that may run through your past and present experiences of yourself – as an individual but especially in relationships with others. I do not have off-the-shelf therapeutic techniques that I use for every client. I do have training and experience that helps me offer insight into what may feel confusing or problematic. Together we can explore whether my insight feels accurate and what meaning may emerge from it.  

Within the context of our work, I may suggest that we use mindfulness/grounding exercises, which can help address immediate symptoms of anxiety. I may also use elements of other modalities.  

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MY STORY

I became a therapist after practicing law for about 15 years. I enjoyed many aspects of practicing law, but I also saw a lot of suffering. On all sides of a legal dispute, people can feel wronged, hurt, misunderstood, and afraid. Often resolving the legal issues does not make people feel better. I thought that there must be a way to help people that did not reinforce a binary narrative of winners and losers and instead affirmed a wider spectrum of human experience. 

Then, someone I knew from law school died by suicide. This reinforced my decision to make a career shift and find a way to help. I went back to school and got a masters degree in counseling psychology from Bastyr University, which included a 12-month internship at Seattle Counseling Service, where I provided therapy to primarily LGBTQIA+ individuals.  This allowed me to bring my particular intersection of identities, which includes being a cis (I identify as the gender I was assigned at birth), gay man, directly to bear on my work in a new way.   

I am a licensed mental health counselor in Washington State, license number LH61190298. I am a Clinical Associate (Candidate) at Seattle Psychoanalytic Society and Institute (SPSI). I am a member of the Northwest Alliance for Psychoanalytic Study and the Society for Psychoanalysis and Psychoanalytic Psychology (Division 39) of the American Psychological Association.

DETAILS

FREE 20-MINUTE CONSULTATION

Finding a therapist who is a good fit is important.  I offer a free 20-minute phone consultation, during which you can ask about me and I can learn a little about you and what you are looking for in counseling or therapy.

FEES & INSURANCE

Fee & Payment

Sessions are 50-55 minutes and are usually scheduled at least weekly and sometimes more frequently.  My fee per session is $143.  I accept online payment by credit/debit and FSA/HSA cards.

Insurance

I accept insurance from the following companies:

  • Premera Blue Cross

  • Lifewise

  • First Choice Health Network

  • Kaiser PPO

  • Providence

  • Wellfleet (Student Health Insurance Plan PPO)

Contact your insurance company to make sure that I am part of your insurance plan's network.  If I am not, I am happy to provide bills suitable for you to submit to your insurance company if they offer reimbursement for out-of-network providers. Please let me know if you intend to do this.

Sliding Scale/Reduced Fee

For those without any insurance coverage and without the ability to pay my hourly rate, I offer a limited number of reduced-fee sessions through Open Path.

Good Faith Estimate of Charges

Under the No Surprises Act, you have the right to a good faith estimate of charges.

CANCELLATIONS

Your scheduled appointments are reserved just for you. Insurance plans do not cover the cost of missed sessions, so even if you otherwise use insurance, sessions cancelled with less than 48-hours notice will result in your responsibility for my full fee.

IN-PERSON OR TELEHEALTH (VIDEO) SESSIONS

We can discuss whether in-person sessions or telehealth (video) sessions make sense for our work together, taking into account the most up-to-date public health guidance.

EXISTING CLIENTS

Existing clients can click here to log into their account and access invoices and statements, make payments, and change their payment card.

CONTACT

ross@rossfarrcounseling.com

(Email is best only to ask to schedule an initial consultation.  Please do not include any confidential or personal information.)

Phone: 425-375-0370

Office Location:

1904 Third Avenue, Suite 423
Seattle, WA 98101

Email or call for fax number.

If you feel at risk of suicide or self harm right now, or just need immediate support, you can call the 24-hour crisis line: 988. You can also text "HOME"to 741741 and someone who is trained to help will respond. If you are in immediate risk of physical harm, call 911.