Providing comprehensive family counseling services for all ages and incomes
Unexpected events, traumatic experiences, medical problems, stresses at work or difficulties in family relationships can limit your ability to live your life to the fullest.
Located between Belltown and South Lake Union, the Community Clinic at Antioch University Seattle offers support for you and your family on a sliding fee basis.
By meeting individually, as a couple, with your children or family, or as part of a group, our counselors can help with:
- Families going through divorce, chronic or acute illness, bereavement, or trauma
- Understanding yourself and how you relate to the world
- Improving your interpersonal skills at home and on the job
- Enriching your relationship with your partner or family
- Overcoming problems like depression or anxiety
- Finding answer for your child's difficulties at home or in school including:
- Testing, assessment, and school recommendations for learning issues
- Group and individual training in friendship skills and dealing with peer bullying
- The challenges of Attention Deficit and Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD)
Trained in a variety of clinical psychology and counseling techniques, our staff consult with you to identify the best approach for your situation. In partnership with seasoned, licensed psychologists and counselors, the Clinic provides supervised learning opportunities for graduate students, with special attention to understanding multicultural differences.
There are no limits to the number of sessions which are held in a safe and supportive setting. Sessions are recorded for educational and training purposes and are kept confidential in compliance with Federal and state privacy regulations.
Who is going to know I am in therapy? (Confidentiality)
In accordance with ethical principles of various mental health professions and federal and state law, all sessions are kept strictly confidential between client and therapist. Confidentiality may be broken when a therapist believes there may be abuse of dependent individuals or believes you may physically harm yourself or someone else. Your student therapist will discuss this with you before any information is released to anyone. Videotaped sessions are used exclusively for supervision, training, and educational purposes.
What is the fee/cost?
The full fee for a 50-minute session is $100. The Clinic offers a generous sliding-fee scale that ranges from $20 to $100 based on annual income and family size. Assessments are also available for children and adults and range from $250 to $2,000.
Do you take insurance?
The Clinic is unable to bill insurance but is happy to provide you with necessary paperwork to submit to your insurance company. Please be aware that most insurance companies will not reimburse you for treatment provided by students in training. However, the discounted sliding fee scale still makes treatment at the clinic very affordable.
What can I expect during my first session?
For your first session, you should plan to arrive about 15 minutes early to complete paperwork. Your therapist will go over the paperwork with you and discuss what brings you into therapy at this time. Sessions usually last 50 minutes unless otherwise arranged by your student therapist.
What are the cameras for?
Because AUS is an educational institution, all sessions are digitally recorded for supervision training and educational purposes. The recorded sessions are kept for three months and then destroyed.
Who are the therapists?
Because the Clinic is part of Antioch University Seattle and the psychology department, the therapists are students enrolled in either a master's degree program or the doctoral program.
What is the theoretical background of the student therapists?
The theoretical background of Clinic therapists is unique and specific to their area of training. Master's students in the Couple and Family Therapy program hold family/systems orientations, and master's students in the Mental Health Counseling program hold more varied theoretical orientations. Similarly, doctoral students may have a specific theoretical orientation. If you would like, you can ask your therapist about his/her ideas about therapy on your first meeting.
How much experience do the student therapists have?
Student therapists have a range of experience working with different populations, varying from beginner to many years of experience. All students are supervised by experienced licensed mental health professionals.
Will therapy work for me?
People seek therapy for different reasons, and therapy works differently for different people. Coming in to talk to a therapist is a good starting point in seeing if therapy is something you want to pursue.
How do I make an appointment or contact my therapist?
You can contact the Clinic at 206-268-4840. You will be asked a few brief questions and an intake session will be scheduled for you.
Here is a glimpse at the talented and experienced staff of Antioch University Seattle's Community Counseling and Psychology Clinic.
Douglas M. Wear, Ph.D., Clinic Director
Doug Wear is President of Wear & Associates, Inc., Executive Director of the Washington State Psychological Association and Director of Antioch University Seattle Psychology and Community Counseling Clinic. Currently, he is the past Chair of the APA Council of Executive Directors of State and Provincial Psychological Associations (CESPPA), past Chair of the APA's Continuing Education Committee (CEC), and has served in multiple volunteer state and national leadership roles including two state psychological associations, the American Psychological Association (APA), and for the accounting franchise, Fiducial, Inc. He has been an agency and hospital senior manager, a solo practitioner, and developed and sold his own large group practice. He currently owns a management services company and coaches as and consults with business owners and professionals. Wear is a past APA Heiser Advocacy Award and Washington State Psychological Association G. Andrew Benjamin Award winner, as well as former Wyoming Psychological Association Psychologist of the Year.
Theresa Halsell, Program Associate
Theresa Halsell is a graduate of the University of Washington. She has formerly held administrative assistant positions at the University of Washington and Carnegie Mellon University. Theresa coordinates daily clinic operations at the direction of the Clinic Director.
Kathy Cox, Program Associate
Graduate assistants staff the front desk of the Clinic, provide assistance to clients and student therapists, and assist with daily operations of the Clinic. Graduate assistants work 10 hours a week for the Clinic while taking a full course load in a master's or doctoral clinical psychology program at Antioch University Seattle.
Contact Information & Appointments
Monday to Friday:
10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
To make an appointment
Call (206)268-4840 during office hours Monday through Saturday, or leave a voice message and your call will be returned by the next business day.
2326 Sixth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98121
(the clinic has a private entrance on Sixth near Bell Street)