Ellen Rugg MA, MSW, LICSW, Clinical Social Work in Seattle, Washington, 98103

Ellen Rugg


Ellen Rugg


Professions: Clinical Social Worker, Psychotherapist
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: LICSW
Billing and Insurance:
I am an in-network provider for:
  • Cigna
  • First Choice Health
  • Kaiser
  • LifeWise
  • Premera Blue Cross
Fees: My fees are: $125 for an individual session
$45-50 for a group therapy session
Accepting New Clients


4511 Densmore Avenue N, Suite B
Seattle, Washington 98103

My Approach to Helping

For over 25 years I've had the good fortune to help adults feel better about themselves & their relationships. My style is warm, straight-forward & collaborative. I use a strength-based approach and have had success helping with a broad range of life's problems.

Issues I enjoy working with include: changing relationship patterns, mid-life issues, women's issues, boundaries and "people-pleasing", assertiveness & self-confidence, and grief & loss.

I love to work with family-of origin issues, and help to re-work faulty beliefs rooted in childhood.

I work collaboratively with each of my clients to create a specific plan based on strengths, needs, and goals. Depending on what your needs are we may:

1. work psychodynamically (explore your history to learn how it is affecting your current life),
2. work cognitive- behaviorally (explore how distorted beliefs may be affecting your current feelings & behavior),
3. work to resolve traumaabuse by weaving back and forth between the "here & now" and the past.

I also have several women's therapy groups and believe strongly in the power of groups.

Group Offerings:

Midlife Women's Groups--

There are two sections of this group; the Wednesday eve section will have one opening each in May 2018.

Younger Women's Group:

This group meets once monthly, usually on the fourth Friday, from 3pm until 4:45pm.
Group fee is $50 per session. In May 2018 this group will have one opening for a new member.

Group often becomes a highlight & touchstone in the week of group members. It becomes a place to learn more about oneself, as well as a place to have meaningful, growthful conversations.

Women in my groups tend to be self-aware, supportive of one another, and content in most areas of life. Groups are designed to be supportive & growth enhancing, and are not designed to treat mental illness.

I'm also privileged to be a WA State Certified Clinical Supervisor, and enjoy supervising
new therapist associates as they work toward licensure.

*Monthly Clinical Consultation Group*

This group of congenial, licensed clinicians meets monthly on the second Friday of the month..
Time: second Friday 1pm-2:30pm
Fee: $50 per month
The group provides support for clinical and practice issues. More information is available on my website "Women's Therapy Groups Seattle". Members commit to six sessions at a time. There will be one opening for a new member in May 2018.

More Info About My Practice

$125 per individual session
$45 per group session ($50 for groups meeting once monthly)

Preferred Provider: Cigna, Premera, Lifewise, First Choice, Anthem & GHC Access PPO & Options plans.

I am out-of-network with: Regence, Aetna, and UnitedHealthcare, and will be happy to provide you
with an invoice you can submit for out-of-network reimbursement.

Because my groups are designed for self-growth and support, they do not meet the "medically necessary"
criteria in order to be covered by insurance.

I love my work and consider it a privilege to be a part of therapeutic change process.

Feel free to contact me if you feel that you & I may be a good therapeutic "fit".


Ellen M Rugg

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

Relationship issues.
Family-of-origin issues.
Mid-life issues.
Women's issues.
Self-esteem & self-confidence.
Assertiveness awarenesstraining.
Life transitions.
Grief & loss.
Group therapy
Group consultation for licensed clinicians.

Services I Provide

  • Clinical Supervision
  • Coaching
  • Consultation
  • Group Therapy
  • Individual Therapy & Counseling

Ages I Work With

  • Adults
  • Elders


  • English

Groups I Work With

    Adults: Well- functioning women.

    Women's Therapy Groups:

    Mid-Life Women's Group (Two sections of this group)
    Younger Women's Group

    Clinical Supervision Groups

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Abortion / Post Abortion Issues
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Adoption / Reunion Issues
  • Anxiety
  • Caregiver Issues / Stress
  • Codependency / Dependency
  • Communication Problems
  • Depression
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Habits
  • Inadequacy
  • Individuation
  • Isolation
  • LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) Issues
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Midlife Crisis / Midlife Transition
  • Physical Abuse
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Self-Care
  • Self-Confidence
  • Self-Criticism
  • Self-Doubt
  • Self-Esteem
  • Sexual Assault / Abuse
  • Shame
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Social Anxiety / Phobia
  • Stress
  • Women's Issues
  • Worry

Types of Therapy

  • Client-Directed Outcome-Informed Therapy (CDOI)
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Existential Psychotherapy
  • Feminist Therapy
  • Gestalt Therapy
  • Guided Therapeutic Imagery
  • Humanistic Psychology (humanism)
  • Interpersonal Neurobiology (IPNB)
  • Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT)
  • Process Oriented Psychology
  • Psychodynamic
  • Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)
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