Ellen Rugg


Ellen Rugg


Telehealth Available
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
  • Lyra Health
Fees: My fees are: $150 for an individual session
$55-75 for a group therapy session
I accept checks, cash or secure bank-to-bank transfers through Zelle.
I am in-network with Lyra, with some Cigna plans (for Cigna I'd need to see your card to verify).
A 15 minute phone consult (no charge) is offered to discuss what you're looking for and whether we are a good fit to work together.
Free Initial Phone Consultation
Accepting New Clients


Seattle, Washington 98103

My Approach to Helping

For 30 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: The goals of psychodynamic therapy are to increase self-awareness and understanding of how the past has influenced current life. From there you are freed up to experiment with new ways of being. When you take a risk and do something differently it becomes part of who you are. Old patterns are interrupted and new ways of living are created.

2. work cognitive- behaviorally: The goals of CBT are to explore how distorted beliefs may be affecting your current feelings & behavior. By exploring and challenging negative or distorted thoughts, you are then challenged to change related feelings and behavior.

3. work to resolve abuse by weaving back and forth between the "here & now" and the past.

I also have several women's Interpersonal groups and believe strongly in the power of groups. I'm a seasoned group psychotherapist and am a Certified Group Psychotherapist through the American Group Psychotherapy Association.

Group Offerings:

Midlife Women's Group-- Alternate Wednesday eves 4:15-5:30pm. (75 minutes)
$55 per session

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 or crisis situations.

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: $70 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.

More Info About My Practice

$150 per individual session
$55-70 per group session

I am a preferred provider for Lyra.

I am out-of-network with all other plans and will be happy to provide you
with an invoice you can submit for out-of-network reimbursement.
Please verify with your plan whether you have out-of-network benefits and what they are.

Because my groups are designed for self-growth and support, they do not meet the "medical necessity"
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.

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Services I Provide

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

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 Monthly Connection & Clinical Consultation 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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