Women’s Interpersonal Groups of Seattle

Ellen M. Rugg, MA, MSW, LICSW, CPG is passionate about group psychotherapy and has been facilitating groups for more than 30 years. Currently, Ellen leads four long-term women’s interpersonal process groups in her Seattle, WA practice. 

As a field instructor for SUNY Buffalo School of Social Work, Ellen supervised and mentored graduate students in the art and science of group work. Currently, as a Washington State Approved Supervisor, and Certified Group Psychotherapist, she provides group and individual supervision to associate therapists working toward clinical licensure. 

Sometimes, at the end of a group Ellen’s been known to say to herself, “And, I get paid for this?”

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

  Washington State Certified Clinical Supervisor

  Certified Group Psychotherapist (CPG) - International Board for Certification of Group Psychotherapists

  American Group Psychotherapy Association -                 Member

Association for Specialists in Group Work - Member

  American Psychological Association- Division 35 Society for the Psychology of Women - member

  WMHCA - Member

  Clinical Social Work Circle of WA - Steering Committee Member




           Ellen M Rugg, MA, MSW, LICSW, CPG Group Psychotherapist

  My Journey to Group Work

      As a young psychotherapist working toward licensure, I sought out the supervision and tutelage of a 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 and teachings are still with me 30 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.