We support couples and individuals in creating the change they seek in their lives and relationships

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Couples Counseling

There are few gifts a couple can give each other greater than the joy that comes from feeling known and understood.

John Gottman

Romantic partnerships are the greatest source of support, love and encouragement that adults can experience. When they are disconnected by emotional distance, betrayal, wounding or patterns of gridlocked issues that cannot be shifted, we can feel at our most despairing and hopeless. We believe that a good relationship is the base from which we feel accepted, seen, heard and loved. From this strong base, we may grow and flourish in all other areas of our lives; parenting, personal goals and dreams, career, creativity and connections to friends and family.

Working with the Gottman Method, and Emotionally Focused Therapy, we help couples to strengthen their connection, heal wounds and re-discover or develop for the first time, a strong bond. We endeavor to understand the uniqueness of the individuals we are working with, so that we may explore the dynamics of the relationship they have created together.

Individual Therapy

If we climb high enough, we will reach a height from which tragedy ceases to look tragic.

Dr. Irvin Yalom

People seek counseling and psychotherapy for many reasons and with a variety of expectations and concerns. One of the first things we will do is explore your reasons for being here, and your hopes for therapy. This discussion will be an ongoing process that we will return to throughout our time together. We provide you the opportunity to talk with someone who is trained, learned, compassionate, and dedicated to understanding you and your unique needs. We believe that individuals are more than a diagnosis, and that therapy should focus on the uniqueness of each person, and their life circumstances.

Emily Grogan, M.A., LMHCA

Psychotherapist / Couples Counselor

I strive to create a supportive, non judgemental and open space for individuals and couples to work through the emotional challenges that life inevitably produces. I believe in holding any diagnosis lightly in service of getting to know the complete uniqueness of the individual(s) with whom I am working. I engage in exploring the client’s goals and working with those goals in mind.

I am an ally to the LGBTQ community, and I work to uncover and be cognizant of power and privilege dynamics that may hinder meaningful therapeutic work. I work with cultural humility and endeavor to create a therapeutic experience that is free from assumptions about, or and ignorance of racial, ethnic and gender identities.

  • Licensed Mental Health Counselor Associate
  • Master of Arts in Psychology from Seattle University
  • Level III Gottman Method trained couples’ therapist

Chris Paredes, M.A., LMHCA

Psychotherapist / Couples Counselor

I work with both individuals and couples seeking change, support, and growth in their personal lives. In my sessions with couples I work to repair and strengthen connection between romantic partners. I have completed level 3 training in Gottman Method Couples Counseling, and have also received training in Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy (EFT). Using these approaches I work with couples to help better understand their unresolveable conflict patterns, and to change these cycles through increasing intimacy and improving communication. While it is often said that relationships take "work", I believe they call for intention and care. In my work with couples I focus on repairing and building a healthy relational dynamic that supports deeper connection between partners.

My approach to individual psychotherapy is predominantly influenced by Relational Psychotherapy, which focuses on the connection between healthy relationships and emotional well being. I had the opportunity to do an in-depth study of the relational approach to therapy when I assisted Dr. Roy Barsness in the research for his book Core Competencies of Relational Psychoanalysis. This experience shapes the way I work with individuals facing depression, anxiety, grief and loss, life transitions, relationship issues, and addiction recovery.


Session Fees / Insurance / Payments


The relationship between therapist and client is an important component of successful therapy, therefore we offer a free 20 minute phone consultation prior to booking first appointments.


Couple Sessions (80 minutes): $150
Couple Sessions (50 minutes): $125
Individual Sessions (50 minutes): $100

Sliding Scale

We believe therapy should be as accessible as possible, and therefore offer sliding scale sessions on a limited basis. For more information, please contact us to discuss if this is a possibility for you.


We do not bill insurance directly, however many insurance plans accept out-of-network providers and will reimburse some fees for mental health services. We are happy to provide you with a monthly statement that can be submitted to your insurance provider for reimbursement. Please verify your insurance provider's coverage beforehand.


Cash, check, and all major credit cards are accepted (Visa, Mastercard, Discover, American Express). Payment is due at the end of each session.


Seattle Therapy & Counseling

511 28th Ave East
Seattle, WA

Emily: 206-717-5747
Chris: 206-717-5002

Emily: emily@seattletherapyandcounseling.com
Chris: chris@seattletherapyandcounseling.com