Gary Seeman Ph.D., Psychologist in Vancouver, Washington, 98685

Gary Seeman

Ph.D.

Gary Seeman

Ph.D.

Professions: Marriage & Family Therapist, Psychologist, Psychotherapist
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: Psychologist - PY60478357
Billing and Insurance:
I am an in-network provider for:
  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS)
  • BridgeSpan
  • Coventry
  • Health Net
  • Medicare
  • Optum Health
  • United Behavioral Health

Offices

9901 NE 7th AVE
STE B231
Vancouver, Washington 98685

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My Approach to Helping

Thank you for your interest in my practice. My counseling style is non-judgmental and practical. I'm gentle and engaged and respect your intelligence. There are times I believe it's important to quietly listen while you explore issues in depth. At other times, I think with you to help you grow and solve problems. I'll also encourage you to apply what you learn in your daily life. In general, I've found that the people who connect with me and persist to achieve good results are actively engaged in their healing process. Many like to read and learn and enjoy my teaching approach.

My theoretical orientation is integrative, combing different approaches, including.

1. Depth therapy including dreamwork, object relations, transpersonal, psychodynamic and Jungian
2). Biopsychosocial + spiritual
3. Brief therapy, including cognitive-behavioral and solution-focused therapy.
4. EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) to heal mild to moderate PTSD and emotional trauma
5. Social learning theory
6. Psychoeducation

Although experienced with emergencies, my practice focuses on people who can reliably and safely cope with their needs, are not in crisis, who do not have thoughts of self-harm, and who want to make psychotherapy a priority so they can achieve results.

More Info About My Practice

People often find me through my writing, including some articles published here. Please see my mobile-friendly website for additional articles.

I see clients in my private office in Vancouver, WA and am licensed in WA state.

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How My Own Struggles Made Me a Better Therapist

Absolutely! Life experience is an opportunity to learn or become more isolated and defended. And learning goes deep if someone has had their own struggles. I know what it was like to sit in front of an older person with all those credentials. It took courage to open up areas where I felt most ashamed, helpless or vulnerable. For those of you who want to know more about my personal background and past struggles, please see the About page on my full web site.

Services I Provide

  • Consultation
  • Family Therapy
  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling

Ages I Work With

  • Adults
  • Elders

Languages

  • English

Groups I Work With

    I work with adult individuals and couples who are sufficiently resilient that they can work with emotional challenges without losing the will to live or the ability to take care of themselves or dependent others. I help people face intense emotional challenges and stressors but do not take new clients in crisis. People may seek my services because they want a therapist with life experience. My clients include people from all walks of life, including writers, artists, musicians, professionals, executives, couples, spiritual seekers, ordinary folks, elders facing loss or health challenges, and people high intelligence or unique talents who may feel isolated by those abilities.

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Academic Concerns
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Aging and Geriatric Issues
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Blended Family Issues
  • Cancer
  • Career Choice
  • Caregiver Issues / Stress
  • Chronic Pain
  • Codependency / Dependency
  • Communication Problems
  • Compulsive Spending / Shopping
  • Creative Blocks
  • Depression
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Family Problems
  • Forgiveness
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Health / Illness / Medical Issues
  • Identity Issues
  • Inadequacy
  • Infidelity / Affair Recovery
  • Irritability
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Men's Issues
  • Midlife Crisis / Midlife Transition
  • Mood Swings / Mood Disturbance
  • Narcissism
  • Other - Not Listed Here
  • Phobias
  • Pre-Marital Counseling
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Religious Issues
  • Self-Confidence
  • Self-Criticism
  • Self-Doubt
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self-Love
  • Sensitivity to Criticism
  • Sexual Assault / Abuse
  • Shame
  • Social Anxiety / Phobia
  • Spirituality
  • Stress
  • Trust Issues
  • Values Clarification
  • Workplace Issues
  • Worry
  • Young Adult Issues

Types of Therapy

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Depth Therapy
  • Dreamwork
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR)
  • Focusing
  • Gottman Method
  • Holistic Psychotherapy
  • Integration of different therapy models
  • Jungian Psychotherapy
  • Mindfulness-Based Interventions
  • Object Relations
  • Psychodynamic
  • Self Psychology
  • Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT)
  • Transpersonal Psychotherapy
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