Michael Butler


Michael Butler


Professions: Marriage & Family Therapist, Psychotherapist
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: LMHC - LH00009298


1511 Third Ave.
Suite 1000
Seattle, Washington 98101
Full Circle Wellness Center
18017 Vashon Highway SW
Vashon, Washington 98070

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My Approach to Helping

I am an analytically informed therapist interested in depth psychotherapy. I view personal therapy as a vital tool for living authentically and fully, for improved life satisfaction, relationships and a fulfilling work life.
I became interested in becoming a psychotherapist while working as a parent educator. I could see how the process of raising children evoked early issues that parents then struggled with. I could see the intergenerational legacies that created such pain in the lives of individuals and families.
My approach is psychodynamic, while being very focused on the here and now, especially what happens between us or if I am working with a couples and families, how relationships are dealt with during the session. I listen carefully and am skilled in helping you to broaden your awareness and understanding of your patterns of being in the world. Increasing awareness promotes both self-acceptance and the possibility of change.
In both individual and relationship work I look for patterns of attachment, difficulties with intimacy and coping mechanisms that challenge you. Often these patterns and ways of coping have been important and creative survival techniques in early life. They developed because you were strong enough to adapt in needed ways. But adaptations as a child , made from a child's perspective,can become habits that do not serve us well as adults. I work to create a sense of safety in our relationship so that you feel supported in doing the challenging and sometimes painful working through of these issues. I am deeply rewarded by the experience of working with clients as they begin to experience an increased capacity for joy and connection.

More Info About My Practice

My fee is $125 for a 55 minute session and $185 for a 75 minute session (recommended for couples therapy). I am networked with Aetna and First Choice, for other insurance plans I ask to be paid directly and I give you a monthly statement with the needed insurance codes so that you may be reimbursed. If the fee presents a problem for you please fill free to discuss this with me.

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

I am very experienced helping those with long term struggles with depression and anxiety. I am able to help you identify the patterns of thought and behavior that contribute to your symptoms. As we identify these and work through them you will experience increased authenticity and aliveness in your life. I am also skilled at helping families ans couples. Like untangling then yarn a kitten has played with we will sort through the tangled relationship dynamics, figuring out how each person can take ownership of their role and become a stronger individual in the relationship.

Services I Provide

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

Ages I Work With

  • Children
  • Adults
  • Elders


  • English

Groups I Work With

    Gay and lesbian families, multiple scleroses diagnosis

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Abuse / Abuse Survivor Issues
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Bipolar
  • Blended Family Issues
  • Cancer
  • Career Choice
  • Caregiver Issues / Stress
  • Child and/or Adolescent Issues
  • Codependency / Dependency
  • Communication Problems
  • Creative Blocks
  • Depression
  • Dissociation
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Drug and Alcohol Addiction
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • Emptiness
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Family Problems
  • Fear
  • Forgiveness
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Habits
  • Health / Illness / Medical Issues
  • HIV / AIDS
  • Inadequacy
  • Individuation
  • Infidelity / Affair Recovery
  • Irritability
  • Isolation
  • LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) Issues
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Midlife Crisis / Midlife Transition
  • Mood Swings / Mood Disturbance
  • Parenting
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Pre-Marital Counseling
  • Rejection
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Self-Actualization
  • Self-Care
  • Self-Compassion
  • Self-Confidence
  • Self-Criticism
  • Self-Doubt
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self-Harm
  • Self-Love
  • Sensitivity to Criticism
  • Sexual Assault / Abuse
  • Shame
  • Social Anxiety / Phobia
  • Stress
  • Suicidal Ideation and Behavior
  • Suspiciousness / Paranoia
  • Trust Issues
  • Values Clarification
  • Women's Issues
  • Workplace Issues
  • Worry
  • Worthlessness

Types of Therapy

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Depth Therapy
  • Depth-Oriented Brief Therapy
  • Emotion Focused Therapy
  • Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy
  • Existential Psychotherapy
  • Family Systems Therapy
  • Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT)
  • Mindfulness-Based Interventions
  • Object Relations
  • Parent Work
  • Play Therapy
  • Psychodynamic
  • Relational Psychotherapy
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