Ellen Rugg,Ellen M Rugg, MA, MSW, LICSW, CPG, PLLC

Ellen Rugg,Ellen M Rugg, MA, MSW, LICSW, CPG, PLLC

Telehealth Available
Professions: Clinical Social Worker, Psychotherapist
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Billing and Insurance:
I am an in-network provider for:
  • Cigna
  • Lyra Health
Fees: My fees are: $160 for an individual session
$60-80 for a group therapy session
I accept checks 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 the front & back of your card to verify).
A 20 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

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My Approach to Helping

For 35 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, work-life balance, 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 Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (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) $60 per session
Midlife Women's Group-- Alternate Tuesday eves 5:15-6:30pm. (75 minutes) $60 per session

Younger ("30 Something) Women's Connection: meets monthly on fourth Friday 12:30-2:15pm (105 min). $80 per session
Younger ("30 Something) Women's Connection: meets monthly on fourth Friday 3:00-3:45pm (105 min). $80 per session

Group often becomes a highlight & touchstone in the week of group members. It's a unique place to learn more about yourself in the company of other women, 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.
As of 12024 three of the four groups listed above has one opening. Feel free to contact me for more information
if are curious about a group experience.

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, fully licensed clinicians begins in Fall 2024 and meets monthly on the second Friday of the month..
Time: second Friday 12pm-1:30pm
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

$160 per individual session
$60-80 per group session

I am a preferred provider for Lyra and some Cigna plans.

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.

How Psychotherapy Can Help

Group therapy is a powerful modality for change. (And, research suggests it may be more effective than individual work!)

For many years I have facilitated virtual groups for Midlife Women, and for Younger Women. Group provides an opportunity to
give and receive feedback with other women working on similar issues. You?ll learn about yourself by interacting
and by reflecting on interactions that take place in group. I put a group together by asking myself which clients would be good learning partners for each other.

The goal of group therapy is to raise awareness of the issues impacting you and to help you move forward in life. Group is a place to fine tune your life for greater satisfaction.

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Services I Provide

Ages I Work With

  • Adults
  • Elders


  • English

Groups I Work With

    Adults: High- functioning women Women's Therapy Groups Mid-Life Women's Group (Two sections of this group)
    Younger Women's Monthly Connection (Two sections of this group) & Clinical Consultation Groups

Industries & Communities Served

  • Education
  • LGBTQ+
  • Self-Employed and Freelance Professionals

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

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