Mary Kelleher, Ph.D., MedFT

Mary Kelleher, Ph.D., MedFT

Professions: Counseling, Marriage & Family Therapy, Psychotherapy
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: LMFT - LF60533314
Secondary Credential: LMFT - 166.000844
Verified Credentials
1-800-651-8085 ext. 29836
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Office 1
901 Boren Ave, Suite 1300
Seattle, WA
Seattle, Washington 98109
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Billing and Insurance

I am an in-network provider for:

  • LifeWise
  • Premera Blue Cross
  • Tricare

Fees: Office-based session fees $155-$190.

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Whether in my office or online, I help individuals & couples overcome challenges, learn more skillful patterns of living, and heal relationships. I work with your feelings, thoughts, body, spirit -- the complete You -- to help you heal and grow. I work with adults to overcome depression, anxiety, childhood trauma, and relationship challenges. I work with all sorts of couples: engaged, loving couples wanting to deepen their love, struggling couples wanting to save their relationships, and divorcing couples with children. My work is based in the latest psychological and medical research.
I don't blame or shame in couple therapy -- I help you & your partner identify unhealthy patterns and change them permanently. I work with communication and conflict problems, infidelity, life challenges, and problems with emotional and sexual intimacy.
I do Discernment Counseling with couples or individuals on the brink of breaking up. With Discernment, couples who proceed to couple therapy have a better chance of saving their relationship. And those who proceed to divorce often leave with few angry feelings and a better ability to co parent.

Email or Call Mary Kelleher, Ph.D., MedFT at 1-800-651-8085 ext. 29836

More Info About My Practice

Contact me for a free 20 minute consultation.

While I work with many different problems, I concentrate on these therapy areas:
* Relationships: dating, premarital, healthy marriage, relationship challenges, couples on the brink of breakup, divorce, & post divorce. I also help individuals maximize their potential for healthy relationships.
* Anxiety, trauma, and depression.
* Medical Issues: individuals, couples, parents, families.

I am LGBT and multiculturally friendly. At this time, I do not work directly with young children, although I can assist you with parenting issues.

I have weekend office hours. During the week, I can work with you in your home for an extra fee. I offer flexible Internet-based therapy for those who are interested.

Fees are based upon type and location of service (for example, office- and Internet-based sessions are less expensive than home visits), and on session length. The average office-based 55 minute session is $145. I am out of network for insurance. I take HSA payments. I offer electronic claim filing for your insurance.

Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With

Ever wonder about the stories of couples who are thinking of divorce, go in for marriage therapy, and have it turn out badly?

The main reason that happens is not that it is too late for them, or that their marriage was doomed. It was that they got the wrong type of therapy.

Marriage therapy is great when you are still committed to your marriage, no matter how big the problems are. But if one person is almost out the door, regular marriage therapy can be a disaster. That's why those couples need Discernment Counseling. Discernment Counseling doesn't try to fix the problems that got you there. Instead, it slows down the runaway train of your marriage, calms you both down so you can think clearly, and examines what the real issues were that brought you to the brink. When tempers are cooled and fears are calmed so that people can think clearly, it allows hope to break through.

Discernment Counseling was developed 10 years ago at the University of Minnesota. I was one of the first in the nation to train in it, and have treated many couples since then. I would be glad to talk with you about it.

What I Love about Being a Psychotherapist

Being a therapist is important to me in a lot of ways. I didn't start out as a therapist: at different times in my life I was a full time mom, a writer, a chemist, a neuroscientist, a university professor. But the last 15 years of doing this work has been the happiest and most fulfilling in my life.

Not that it's not hard sometimes, or sad. Last week, a couple I had worked with for 6 months decided to end their marriage. When they cried, I cried too.

But there is also great joy and meaningfulness being a therapist. The two parts that stand out the most are being a healer and making ripples.

To be a healer is to ease suffering on a deep level. It is not fixing someone. It is being present, giving assistance in the right way and at the right time, loving someone when they cannot love themselves, holding hope for them when they have none. It is believing in them very, very deeply. Seeing the good in them and coaxing it out. Helping them to know peace. And joy. And love. And their place in the world. It leaves me feeling humbled.

Making ripples is knowing that when change happens in someone's life, that change ripples out (just like dropping a stone in a pond). It impacts the people they love, their community, and all of us. By being a therapist, this is my way of making our world a better place.

How can you not love a job like that? :)

Services I Provide

  • Consultation
  • Family Therapy
  • Home-Based Therapy
  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling
  • Online Counseling / Phone Therapy

Ages I Work With

  • Adults
  • Elders


  • English

Groups I Work With

    Couples on the Brink of Divorce/Breakup, High Conflict Couples, Mixed Culture Couples, LGBT Couples & Individuals, Blended Families, Childhood Trauma Survivors, Refugees, Individuals & Families with Medical Issues, Trauma Survivors, Graduate Students

Client Concerns Within Your Scope of Practice

  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Breakup
  • Chronic Illness / Disability
  • Chronic Pain
  • Communication Problems
  • Depression
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Forgiveness
  • Health / Illness / Medical Issues
  • Infidelity / Affair Recovery
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Pre-Marital Counseling
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Self-Compassion
  • Self-Esteem
  • Shame
  • Somatization
  • Stress

Types of Therapy

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
  • Breathwork
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
  • Emotion Focused Couples Therapy
  • Emotion Focused Therapy
  • Family Systems Therapy
  • Gottman Method
  • Integration of different therapy models
  • Internal Family Systems
  • Mindfulness Based Interventions
  • Person Centered / Rogerian

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