Justin Pere, LMHC, CST, CGT
Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Owner
Please note: When we are able to safely resume in-person appointments for those who want them, Justin will offer both online/telehealth and in-person appointments.
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 mental health")
- Affair Recovery
- Group Therapy for Couples experiencing low/no sexual desire or sexual frequency *April 2022 is our next group!
- Anxiety & Depression
- Trauma (using EMDR)
As an AASECT Certified 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, where I am also a Certified Integrated Intimacy Practitioner, 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 run group therapy for couples struggling with low sexual desire, no sexual desire, discrepancy in sexual desire, low sexual frequency. 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 January 2022 group.
Less than 5% of therapists in the country have advanced training in all of these areas: individual, couples, family, sex, spiritual (non-religious) intimacy (ie: religious sexual shame), and collaboration with relevant physicians and care team members. *I should add - each of us who are affiliated with the Northwest Institute on Intimacy all have these qualifications. 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 clients I can likely be found being CEO of this group practice (being a clinician at-heart, this isn't my favorite way to spend my time!), being with family, travelling internationally, or capturing the beauty of the Pacific Northwest through photography.