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Seattle Couples Counseling

& Group Therapy Seattle

A full-service counseling and coaching practice

serving the needs of Individuals, Couples and Groups.

Please call: 206-367-0756 or email:

forrasmcdonald@comcast.net

Experience counts! Over 40 years of sensible, sensitive & caring help, 
joyfully serving the people of Seattle and nearby communities

 

    COUPLES: Our combined experience spans more than six decades yet we continue to remain excited & feel privileged in working with our clients. We are especially skilled in and love working with relationship issues. Our own wonderful, continually growing marriage of 35+ years serves as our inspiration and grounds our work in solid reality. This, along with our many years of training with top relationship experts, provides for our innovative and very successful approach.


    We begin with a thorough assessment which help couples better understand and accept themselves and each other as we invite them toward their own “securely attached” status.  Our assessment instruments and skills training help guide them to more satisfying, and more intimate communication and conflict resolution, and more stable, higher-level functioning.


  We recognize that an evolving, intimate marriage/relationship requires individual courage, commitment & hard work. We want our couples to be proud of their relationship & the effort they put forth in creating its long-term success. Creating a “monument to marriage” can be one of the most satisfying accomplishments for any human being and a real gift to the next generation.


    We work with couples in all stages of development - including premarital assessment & preparation for marriage with our own methods along with the excellent Prepare/Enrich Program.  We have over 40 years of experience teaching couples’ classes and workshops, such as the popular and very useful Essential Marriage Skills™ & Marriage Makers/Marriage Breakers™. We also have many years experience working with gay and lesbian couples.


  GROUPS: We recognize the importance of interpersonal skills & “emotional intelligence” to both personal and career success. We have been co-leading exciting, challenging and joyous personal development groups for the past 30 years, where everyone learns from everyone else, and where the opportunities to acquire the art of intimate, authentic communication is unrivaled. These high functioning co-ed groups consist of the two of us as co-leaders and men and women, matched by issues, life stage and educational level. The group's acceptance, over time, can heal the many attachment wounds so common among those with difficult relationship histories and adult children of divorce. Creating a secure attachment with the group becomes a stepping stone to creating a secure and lasting attachment with a significant other.


Some of the other benefits include:


        Overcoming the burden of low self-esteem

        Establishing your appropriate boundaries

        Forming a clear & confident identity

        Living your deepest values & principles

        Solving problems & developing skills for healthy, happy living

        Creating both intimacy & independence in your romantic relationships

        Discovering & establishing a committed career direction

        Managing your thinking, moods, & behavior

        Learning excellent communication skills

        Alleviating social anxiety & resolving self-defeating behaviors

        Experiencing the joy of teamwork & a supportive community

        Developing more passion, courage, & commitment

        Growing trust in yourself, others and in life


    INDIVIDUALS: Alternatively, the above goals can be part of individual work, and we are happy to work individually with those of you who want more personal attention or cannot attend a bi-monthly evening group. Our long experience enables us to fit our work to each person’s needs, and we would be happy to speak with you about how we might approach your particular issues. For many people, the coaching model, where we take a very proactive, encouraging, and educational role, works best. Since therapist/client fit is crucial to your success, we gladly offer a free initial telephone consult as well as the opportunity to review our curriculums vitae.


    Since there are two of us and we are involved in a full-service practice that includes groups, classes and weekend retreats, we have greater flexibility in finding the best fit, method and cost to do the needed therapeutic work. We use a very thorough, over 40 page intake history, which is a cost and time saving step and helps us answer such important questions as: What is changeable and what is not? Why do I choose the kind of partners I choose? Why do I have problems in relationships? The testing also clarifies strengths and problem areas, and helps us design treatment plans and make appropriate referrals, if needed. We understand that sometimes biological or medical issues need to be handled concurrently, as they can be major contributors to life and relationship problems. Most people find comfort in this level of thoroughness and appreciate their life issues being addressed from multiple viewpoints.


    We accept a number of insurance plans for issues considered “medical necessity”, where your fiscal responsibility consists of paying your deductible and your co-pay.  We also accept direct pay, where it is applicable for an “Out of Network” provider, or from those who do not wish to involve their insurers. Evening hours, telephone, and long distance sessions via Skype are also available. We work in our warm, comfortable, very private home office, where your confidentiality is assured.  Let’s talk!

     


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Relationships define our lives and our happiness. If you are a couple and your relationship is hurting, we can help. If you are single and want better relationships,

join one of our co-ed personal development groups.


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