Justin Pere, MA, LMHC, CGT
Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Owner
*Justin is currently unable to accept new clients, however his January 14th couples group is accepting couples (please read below)
Justin's specialty areas:
- Group Therapy for Couples experiencing low or no sexual desire AND couples wanting to make their good sex great
- Men's Issues
- Low sexual desire/No sexual desire/Desire discrepancy between partners
- Anxiety & Depression
As an intimacy, sex, and relationship therapist, I have been working with both couples and individual men & women since 2003. I currently sit on the Board of The Northwest Institute on Intimacy and am a past Board member of the Seattle Counselors Association.
Most recently I've become an international collaborator for sexual studies through the University of Ottawa and offer a unique and powerful resource for couples struggling with low sexual desire, no sexual desire, discrepancy in sexual desire, and also for couples who want to turn good sex into great sex. You can read more here.
Less than 5% of therapists have advanced training in the areas of individual, couples, sex, and spiritual (non-religious) intimacy therapy, despite this being a critical part of the human experience. I am currently pursuing advanced training in sex therapy and intimacy through the Northwest Institute on Intimacy (NWIOI). Additionally, I am a Certified Gottman Therapist (CGT) through the Gottman Institute, I have extensive training in Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT), have completed EMDR training through the EMDR Institute and EMDRIA (EMDR International Association), regularly attend workshops and conferences on Mindfulness and EMDR, and meet regularly with specialists for consultation.
I bring a diverse perspective to my work, informed by a broad base of experience providing services for a wide range of mental health, emotional, behavioral, and relationship issues. A previous career in Information Technology assists me in helping those in the tech field who may experience a particular set of challenges in that work setting.
My years of experience working with men, women, and couples have occurred within a decade of private practice and in a variety of other professional settings prior to starting my own practice in 2010. I regularly attend a variety of professional conferences throughout the year, and am a member of professional organizations, all of which help me stay on top of the latest research and developments.
In 1996 I earned my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Sociology from Western Washington University. I continued my education in 2003 at Seattle University, earning my Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology.
When I am not in session with a client I can likely be found spending time with my family, meditating, paddle boarding on Lake Union, running around Greenlake or Alki, or capturing the beauty of the Pacific Northwest through photography.