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Ellen M Rugg, MA, MSW, LICSW Therapist in Seattle

Ellen M Rugg, MA, MSW, LICSW

Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW)

(206) 547-7844

Ellen M Rugg, MA, MSW, LICSW
4511 Densmore Avenue N
Suite B
Seattle, WA

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Ellen M Rugg, MA, MSW, LICSW
4511 Densmore Avenue N
Suite B
Seattle, WA
(206) 547-7844

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(206) 547-7844

Ellen M Rugg, MA, MSW, LICSW

Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW)

For over 25 years I've had the privilege of helping people to have better relationships with themselves and others. When beginning with a new client, my first priority is to create a safe, nonjudgemental space where anything can be comfortably discussed. In time, our relationship itself will become an agent of change. My style is warm and interactive, and often I'm considered easy to talk to. I have a deep respect for the strengths that you'll be bringing to our work, and will help you to build on them in order to achieve your goals— whether your goals are personal, professional, or relationship-related. Some reasons people pursue therapy include: to deepen self-awareness, to enhance coping skills, to work through loss, to move through life transitions, and to change behaviors standing in the way of greater life enjoyment.

I work with individuals and groups. Problems I've been helpful with include: exploring and enhancing relationships, learning to use one's voice effectively and assertively, changing boundaries with family/friends, increasing self-confidence, working through life transitions, and issues of importance to women. I love helping people to explore how family-of-origin messages have shaped them, and then helping them to decide whether out-dated beliefs could be holding them back. Therapy involves learning more about yourself, and then deciding whether you want to make changes based on that new information. It can be very powerful to learn to respond differently to a situation, or person, in your life. I'm a life-long learner, and regularly seek advanced clinical training. I also seek regular consultation from other seasoned psychotherapists. I am also a Certified Clinical Supervisor, and enjoy supervising psychotherapy associates who are seeking licensure.

I'm a strong believer in the power of group work. I currently facilitate three Women's Supportive Therapy Groups. Participating in group provides a wonderful opportunity to experience the wisdom, caring & camaraderie of other women. My role is to maintain a safe frame, and to bring women together who can be good learning partners for each other. Often things will come up in group that don't come up in individual therapy, and insights and changes will crystallize due to feedback and observations of supportive group members. Making changes within a women's group can be a powerful experience. For many members, group becomes a touchstone and important part of the week. If you feel that you & I may be a "good fit" for individual or group work, feel free to contact me~

Call or email Ellen M Rugg, MA, MSW, LICSW for your free phone consultation now - (206) 547-7844.

Treatment approaches used:

Treatment orientation:

  • Cognitive Behavioral (CBT)
  • Jungian
  • Eclectic Therapy
  • Patient-Centered
  • Psychodynamic with feminist lens

Professional Memberships:

  • American Group Psychotherapy Association

Client Focus:

Age Specialty:

  • Adults
  • Elderly (65+)

Religious Orientation:

  • Buddhist
  • Jewish

Niche Specialty:

  • Womens Issues

Education Supporting Specialty:

I've been a feminist since college, and love helping women to live more fully and happily.

Also Addressed in My Practice:

  • Codependency
  • Depression
  • Grief & Loss
  • LGBT
  • Life Changes
  • Peer Relationships
  • Relationship Issues
  • Self-Esteem
  • Sleep or Insomnia
  • Womens Issues

My Qualifications:

Years in Practice: 30+ Years
Highest Degree: MA, MSW
School: University at Buffalo
Year Graduated: 1987
License No. and State: LW00004447 WA

Additional Credentials:
  • Group Psychotherapist


    Sliding Scale: No
    Initial Free Face to Face Consulation: No
    Free Telephone Consulation: Yes
    Accepted Payment Methods: Cash, Check, Visa, Mastercard, Other
    Insurance Plans Accepted:
    First Choice Health, LifeWise, Premera BlueCross, Group Health Options, Other: Cigna