Women’s Therapy Groups of Seattle

Ellen M. Rugg, MA, MSW, LICSW 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, 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

  American Group Psychotherapy Association -                 member

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

  Seattle Counselors Association - member

  Washington State Society of Clinical Social            Workers - member

  Clinical Social Workers Association - member

  Washington State Coalition of Mental Health    Professionals  & Consumers - member

  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.