Clarity Counseling Seattle

Meet the Team at Clarity Counseling Seattle

We have a qualified team of individual, couple, and family therapists to help you...please take a moment to meet us!

Lisa Stewart | Clarity Counseling Seattle

Lisa Stewart, MSW, MJ, LSWAIC, SUDPT

Independent Clinical Social Worker Associate

(she/her pronouns)

Lisa's specialty areas:

  • Individual Adults
  • Children (age 13 and above)
  • Relationships / Marriage / Premarital / Dating
  • Anxiety and Panic
  • Depression
  • Trauma
  • Parenting Challenges
  • Stress/Burnout
  • Life Transitions (new baby, empty nest, divorce)
  • Grief and Loss
  • Substance Use
  • Living with Serious Illness

Lisa's therapy hour rate:  $160  *Lisa is happy to provide you with an insurance invoice for reimbursement of out-of-network benefits when applicable.

When I'm helping someone, I really partner with them, and together we work to achieve the goals they enter into therapy with. My approach is best described as client-centered, solution-focused, and pragmatic, with clients often seeking me out to learn to tolerate stress, manage strong emotions, or make their personal and professional relationships more effective. Together we discover the hopes and dreams that make their lives fulfilling, identify obstacles, and select strategies that will help them to live their best lives. The people I help will learn skills to navigate current situations and my goal is always for individuals and couples to leave therapy prepared to address future challenges. If a therapist makes themselves obsolete by empowering their clients to no longer need our help, we have done our job!

My professional studies include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy through the Beck Institute and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) through Behavioral Tech, a subsidiary of the Linehan Institute. My couples therapy training is in the Gottman Method through the Gottman Institute. Additionally, I have used the Common Elements Treatment Approach at the Harborview Center for Sexual Assault and Traumatic Stress.

I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Washington, a Master of Jurisprudence degree from the University of Washington School of Law, and a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Washington School of Social Work.

When not working I can found listening to music, attending the theater, reading, taking walks, and spending time with family, friends, and pets.

I would love to be the one to help you so I welcome you using my schedule to request an appointment with me.

John Buscher | Clarity Counseling Seattle

John Buscher, LMHC, MHP, NCC

Licensed Mental Health Counselor

(he/him pronouns)

John's specialty areas:

  • Relationships / Marriage / Premarital / Dating
  • Premarital Counseling
  • Male-identified individuals (often referred to as "men's issues" or "men's health")
  • Trauma
  • Anxiety & Depression
  • Stress/Burnout, especially in the tech field
  • ADD
  • High-Functioning Autism

John's therapy hour rate:  $160  *John is happy to provide you with an insurance invoice for reimbursement of out-of-network benefits when applicable.

When I engage with clients in therapy I create a safe, open and non-judgmental space where you can explore the past and the present in order to shape the future you wish to create. Individuals and couples who work with me are seen, heard, validated, and valued for who they are and for where they are in life.

My work with couples is informed by over 45 years of research conducted by the Gottman Institute and focuses on communication, conflict resolution, emotional connection, and trust-building (or rebuilding). A sizable portion of the approximate 2,300 hours spent helping clients during my years at Sound Mental Health in Seattle has empowered me to help couples to practice honest and respectful ways of communicating that result in feelings of togetherness, deep friendship, trust, and passion. Together I help partners to facilitate connection and authentic communication, resolve gridlocked issues, decrease negative conflict, and deepen their emotional and sexual intimacy.

Relationships are surely a challenge, but also a source of growth and renewal. Each of our relationships is an assignment in our life and has something to teach us, to help us evolve and grow as a person. When a relationship is difficult, that person or situation is actually our mentor, helping us to learn an important lesson. When we realize this, we can begin to feel grateful not only for the opportunity to evolve as a person, but also for the individual or situation that guided us to this lesson. I enjoy helping couples and individuals improve their relationships; whether that be to one’s partner, our relationship to ourselves, to our work, or to other aspects of life.

If there is one constant in life, it's change; a new child, a new job, a new relationship, marriage, or a change in one any of those. I enjoy helping people navigate uncertain times, helping them to find a way through, take a new tact, or tap into hidden strengths. Sometimes we can change the situation; sometimes we must change ourselves, tearing down limiting beliefs and narratives to create new beliefs and narratives that honor our true self, our true values, and our goals. And yet other times we must learn to make peace with what we cannot change. I can help you to distinguish between what can and cannot be changed so that you can reduce struggle and be more empowered and equipped to move forward in your life.

I bring to my work as a therapist a wide range of life experiences, including my 19 years of working in the IT field for Ameridata and Microsoft. I understand the challenges of working in competitive high-tech workplaces; stress, long hours, looming deadlines, politics, and high pressure that can lead to burn out. Often the first casualty of working in this field is a healthy life outside of work, our relationships, and a sense of joy and engagement in one’s work. I would love to share with you some of the strategies I have used with others to put LIFE back into work-life balance. Let’s turn living to work into working to LIVE.

Other areas of specialty include: working with male-identified individuals of all sexual orientations and gender expressions to improve their emotional literacy and improve relational acumen; helping individuals with ADD or high-functioning Autism to navigate life, relationships, and work; grief, whether the loss of a life, a love, or a career; and overcoming trauma, such as childhood abuse, near-death experiences, military service, first responders, or any life experience that continues to intrude on our life.

I have a Masters Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Antioch University and am a National Board Certified Counselor (NBCC). I work in a variety of therapeutic styles customized to the needs of my client and have received advanced training in Trauma-Focused CBT+ for sexual abuse, Exposure Therapy, Grief Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing. 

Outside of the therapy office I enjoy live music, hiking, fishing, poetry, and board gaming.

Let’s summit your challenges and find new vistas! I look forward to working with you - feel free to sign up using my schedule.

Dan Fajans | Clarity Counseling Seattle

Dan Fajans, MA, LMHCA, CDPT

Licensed Mental Health Counselor Associate

(he/him pronouns)

Dan's specialty areas:

  • Relationships / Marriage / Premarital / Dating
  • Male-identified Individuals (often referred to as "men's issues" or "men's health")
  • Trauma (using Lifespan Integration)
  • Anxiety/Panic
  • Depression
  • Stress
  • Adults with ADHD

Dan's therapy hour rate:  $160  *Dan is happy to provide you with an insurance invoice for reimbursement of out-of-network benefits when applicable.

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. Quality therapy really does require that the therapist truly love this field, and any client or colleague of mine can attest to my desire to be in the role of therapist to individuals and couples of all gender expressions and sexual orientations.

People often seek me out specifically for help moving from stressed and anxious to more relaxed and at peace. Sometimes healthy relationships are a mystery so I'm sought out to help you get more skilled at being the partner you want to be. Perhaps you experience depression and want to get back to engaging in your life in meaningful ways.

Relationship Counseling in Seattle

Your relationship may seem near the end of its life, or it may be thriving and you want to keep it that way, or most likely something in-between. It's never too early, or too late, for relationship therapy and I love guiding couples through whatever situation they find themselves in, using the experience and expertise I have as a qualified therapist. I use various relationship therapy approaches, including the Gottman Therapy approach through the Gottman Institute, to assist couples in communication, conflict-management skills, emotional connection, and many of the other lovely challenges us couples face. Relationships are tough, even great ones, but a trained and competent couples therapist can help.

Let me use the skills and training I have as a therapist for couples and individuals to help get you where you want to go. Whatever challenges you're facing, working with a qualified therapist opens new possibilities for hope, and creates changes that last!

Other specialties I offer include adults with ADHD, transitioning from boyhood to manhood, parents of children with behavior problems, and problematic technology use.

Education and Experience

I have a Master of Psychology (Counseling Specialization) from the Leadership Institute of Seattle (LIOS) program of Saybrook University. Though I have training in a number of therapeutic disciplines, I have received specialized advanced training in Lifespan Integration (LI), and Cognitive Behavior Therapy Plus (CBT+).

Some non-therapy passions include travel, playing music, and enjoying obscure board games with family & friends.

Feel free to sign up for any opening shown in my schedule - I welcome working with you!


Mary-lynn Ballew - Therapist

Mary-lynn Ballew, MA, LMFTA

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Associate

(she/her pronouns)

Mary-lynn's specialty areas:

  • Relationships / Marriage / Premarital / Dating
  • Sex / Sexuality / Intimacy
  • Affair Recovery
  • Male-identified Individuals (often referred to as "men's issues" or "men's health")
  • Life Transitions (new baby, empty nest, divorce)
  • Personal Resolutions (weight, exercise, emotional resiliency)

Mary-lynn's therapy hour rate:  $160  *Mary-lynn is happy to provide you with an insurance invoice for reimbursement of out-of-network benefits when applicable.

What I love about being a therapist is helping couples and individuals of all sexual orientations and gender expressions to create positive changes in their lives. My practice focuses on areas of relationship dynamics, sexuality, life transitions, personal development, and emotional resiliency. Some of the issues that get addressed include enhancing intimacy and communication, healing a broken heart, dating, navigating life transitions, finding balance after an affair or divorce, and relieving depression. Intended outcomes of the therapeutic process include personal growth, self-compassion, reduced shame, and the ability to live with more clarity, authenticity, lightness, and joy.

In therapy sessions I use a collaborative and transparent process that builds awareness around thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. Together we will examine how cultural messages, past events, family, and other influences have had an impact on your life. We will identify strengths, set goals, and emphasize your preferred outcome over the problem. I take a biological, psychological, and social approach to healing. This integrated framework helps clients to build awareness around their problems, adapt new strategies, and relieve discomfort. Much of the work that we will do together will be focused on the present and the future. However, we will also look to your past to gain information, which will help you take steps forward.

Engaging in therapy can be challenging, requiring vulnerability and discomfort. I try to bring humor and lightness into the process, and hope that you will find personal satisfaction and moments of celebration within the hard work. I will assist you as you navigate motivation and adapt to the variable pace of change. At times I will provide simple homework assignments that can be worked on between sessions, and offer reading suggestions or other resources when appropriate. I will work with you to stay accountable and compassionate with yourself as you move toward growth, find more balance, and practice the art of being human.

I received my Marriage and Family Therapist Associate (LMFTA) degree from Antioch University, in Seattle, WA. I have done clinical work at Sound Mental Health in child and family services. I have been trained in the Gottman approach to couples therapy through the Gottman Institute, and I am a leader of the Bringing Baby Home Program and the Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work Couples Program. I am a member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) and the Washington State Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (WAMFT). Currently, I am finishing my training for sex therapy at Antioch University, Seattle. I value staying current in the field of relationship therapy and continue to stay informed through education and academic research.

My hobbies and interests include hiking, gardening, reading, design, cooking, yoga, and spending time with family and friends.

Currently, as a safety precaution due to the risk of Covid-19, therapy is being done online. While I miss meeting clients face to face in the comforting environment of my office, I have found that online therapy is an engaging and effective alternative.

I look forward working with you - please feel free to sign up using my schedule.

Justin Pere , LMHC, CST, CGT

Justin Pere, LMHC, CST, CGT

Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Owner

(he/him pronouns)

Justin's specialty areas:

  • Intimacy / Sex / Sexuality / Sexual Dysfunctions
  • Low sexual desire / No sexual desire / Desire discrepancy between partners
  • Relationships / Marriage / Premarital / Dating
  • Male-identified Individuals (often referred to as "men's issues" or "men's health")
  • Affair Recovery
  • Group Therapy for Couples experiencing low/no sexual desire or sexual frequency *January 2021 is our next group!
  • Anxiety & Depression
  • Stress
  • Trauma (using EMDR)

Justin's therapy hour rate:  $195  *Justin is happy to provide you with an insurance invoice for reimbursement of out-of-network benefits when applicable.

*Justin is currently unable to accept new clients, however please inquire about Justin's wait list or about working with one of our trusted colleagues.


As an intimacy, sex, and relationship therapist, I have been working with both couples and individuals of all gender expressions and sexual orientations 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. As an AASECT Certified Sex Therapist (CST) and a Certified Gottman Therapist (CGT), I am sometimes hired by The Gottman Institute to consult on sex and sexuality.

As an international collaborator for sexual studies through the University of Ottawa, I am excited to be starting our next group for up to 6 couples struggling with low sexual desire, no sexual desire, discrepancy in sexual desire, low sexual frequency on Tuesday January 19th, 2021 at 7pm (on Zoom). We are currently in the midst of our fall group (which is going amazingly!). These groups are a unique and powerful resource for couples who need help with sex & intimacy.  You can read more here, including signing up for our September 2020 group.

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. In addition to Sex Therapy Certification and Gottman Therapist Certification, I have extensive training in Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT). My experience also includes having completed EMDR training through the EMDR Institute and EMDRIA (EMDR International Association) and I regularly attend workshops and conferences on Mindfulness and EMDR, meeting regularly with specialists for consultation.

My years of experience working with individuals 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, I am a member of professional organizations and I sit on boards of therapy-related institutions, 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 not in session with a client I can likely be found running our group practice, spending time with family, paddle boarding on Lake Union, running around Greenlake or Alki, meditating, or capturing the beauty of the Pacific Northwest through photography.

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Depth & Knowledge

Dan brought a depth and knowledge that let him know when to listen and when to offer input or ask questions. He helped me see things about myself I might otherwise would never have. - S.T.

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