Lesley Joy Ritchie MA, LMHCA

Appointments available in Northgate:

10550 Lake City Way NE

Seattle, WA 98125

To make an appointment call: 425-408-3270

email:  lritchie@nwtraumacounseling.org

Therapeutic Approach

My understanding of relational healing in the counseling context has been informed by my professional experience, my education, my own experiences of brokenness, my faith as a Christian, as well as my own journey as a foster/adoptive parent. My approach is centered on the understanding that what is broken in relationship is healed in relationship. I respect and deeply value the personal beliefs of each of my clients and am committed to addressing each person’s journey of emotional/mental healing and spiritual growth without judgment. My theoretical orientation is an integrative approach that includes solution-focused trauma therapy that builds interpersonal attunement and connectedness.


M.A., Counseling Psychology, The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology, 2013

B.A., Philosophy and minor in Religion, Central Washington University, 2002


§    Trauma and Filial Play Therapy (PATCH model, see www.nwtraumcounseling.org)

§    Family-systems therapy and Art therapy under qualified supervision

§    Early adolescents and family therapy at Center for Human Services, 2012-13

§    Support groups, trauma/adoption, Identity and self-esteem, spiritual mentoring

§    College ministry, mentoring women, small groups, at University of Oregon 2003-05

§    Teen mom mentor

§    Licensed Foster parent

§    Specialized training/coursework: Group Therapy, Marriage and Family Therapy, Counseling Children and Adolescents, Advocacy for Victims of Domestic Violence.


 Personal Interests

 I love being in the outdoors, walking and hiking along trails with my pug, Sampson, my husband and my two sons. I enjoy reading and writing and discovering cozy coffee shops around the Seattle area. I am a life-long learner and I love getting to know new people and seeing the world in a new way.

Insurances Accepted: Adoption support, DSHS (social worker referral), Premera Blue Cross, Lifewise, First Choice, MHN, Optum, United Behavioral Health, Group Health, Sliding fee scale for out of pocket payers