Women's Therapy Groups of Seattle

 About Ellen Rugg

Credentials & Affiliations

  MSW: University at Buffalo - 1987

  MA Psychology: University at Buffalo - 1994

  Doctoral Studies:  University of Washington -          1996-97

  Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker

  WA State Certified Clinical Supervisor

  American Group Psychotherapy Association -        member

  Puget Sound Group Psychotherapy Association -former board member, frequent presenter & member

  Seattle Counselors Association - member

  WA State Society of Clinical Social Workers -member

  Clinical Social Workers Association - member

  WA State Coalition of Mental Health    Professionals  & Consumers - member

Over the years I've lead a variety of groups including:

Women's Supportive Therapy Groups, Interpersonal Psychotherapy groups, Grief Groups, Healing from  Sexual Abuse Groups, Single Women's Groups, Adult Children of Alcoholics/Addicts Groups, Women-in-Transition Groups, and more.

In addition to leading groups, I provide supervision to psychotherapists seeking licensure, and consultation toother licensed clinicians interested in developing or enhancing their own group skills.

  My Journey to Group Work

      As a young Psychotherapist working toward licensure,  I sought out the supervision & tutelage of an wonderfully talented Group Specialist— Yvonne C Smith, LMFT.  I quickly fell in love with group work, and after a few years, began facilitating my own groups.  Yvonne, sadly, has been gone for years, but her influence & teachings are still with me 25+ years later.

      Now, as a seasoned clinician, and life-long learner,  I participate in continuing education through the American Group Psychotherapy Association and its affiliates.  

      I love working in group, and consider it a privilege to be a part of the change & growth process.