Justin Pere, MA, LMHC, CGT
Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Owner
*Justin is currently unable to accept new clients
I have always worked very hard in session for and with my clients, but because I love what I do it's never a challenge to find the motivation, energy, and passion needed to sustain this. Good therapy really does require that the therapist truly love this field, and I have been working with both couples and individual men & women for nearly a decade, helping them to reach their goals and enact the changes they expect to gain from therapy.
Only about 5% of therapists in the country have done training to treat sex and intimacy issues – even though this is 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. I have served on the Board of the Seattle Counselors Association, 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.
My work as a psychotherapist at Seattle Counseling Services and Navos Mental Health Solutions centered around providing therapy for adults who experienced a number of challenges. With a goal of promoting well-being and mental health, I have worked with people to diagnose and address challenges while finding solutions through clinical assessment, ongoing one-on-one support, and crisis management. Additionally, my work experience includes creating and leading a number of groups, including men's groups and groups focused on grief & loss.
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.