Justin Pere, MA, LMHC, CGT
Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Owner
Justin's specialty areas:
- Intimacy/Sex/Sexuality/Sexual Dysfunctions
- Low sexual desire/No sexual desire/Desire discrepancy between partners
- Premarital Counseling
- Male-identified Individuals (often referred to as "men's issues")
- Affair Recovery
- Group Therapy for Couples experiencing low/no sexual desire or sexual frequency
- Anxiety & Depression
*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 a Certified Gottman Therapist (CGT) and Sex Therapist, I am sometimes hired by The Gottman Institute to consult on sex and sexuality.
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, low sexual frequency. 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.
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.