Counseling Services

Gary Bloom, MS, LMFT
Mariner Plaza
114 2nd Ave S, Suite 109
Edmonds, WA 98020
425.876.0675
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I am licensed in the State of Washington as a Marriage and Family Therapist, LF00000896, and I am a Clinical Fellow of the American Association of Marriage & Family Therapy (AAMFT) and a Child Mental Health Specialist. I am also a state-qualified supervisor for counselors and therapists.

Education

I have a M.S. in clinical psychology from San Francisco State University, and three years additional education and training from the Wright Institute in Berkeley, California, in psychology and education.

Counseling

My current practice is limited to issues of couples. This includes marital, pre-marital, and divorce prevention. I work with any couple that recognizes themselves to be in a romantic relationship (and of any sexual orientation). If your spouse or partner does not wish to take part in the sessions, I can work with individuals who wish to improve or rescue their relationship.

I have trained in multiple modes of psychotherapy, however, my specialty is brief therapy. Brief therapy is not crisis intervention (see below*), it's a form of therapy that can enhance people's lives over the long term. Rather than focus on past problems, whether in childhood, or past and current relationships, my focus in counseling sessions will be on solutions. Though, occasionally, there may be fewer or more, sessions typically number between 5 – 10.

Coaching and Mentoring

In addition to brief therapy, I am available for several forms of coaching and mentoring. Rather than on immediate concerns, mentoring is a focus on (typically vocational) goals, short and long term. I can assist counselors and psychotherapists in developing their clinical skills, students in making career decisions, and homeschooling families in making learning plans (my children were homeschooled until college, and both have college degrees and professional careers).

Emergencies

If you fear for your health or safety, or the health or safety of others, call 911. Otherwise, you can call the 24-hour Care Crisis line at 1.800.584.3578. If you live in King County, you can call the Crisis Line at 206.461.3222.

*Crisis counseling is usually a pragmatic-focused intervention to prevent injury to self or others, emotional as well as physical, and to set a plan for an appropriate future course of action — whether it be a form of counseling or otherwise. Brief Therapy is not crisis intervention.

Payment

My charge is $120 for a 50–minute session, and is due at the beginning of each session, unless other arrangements have been made. I do not take insurance or accept insurance reimbursement. Nevertheless, my brief therapy approach will often result in less of a financial investment in your well being than with other approaches, and you will not have a diagnosis of mental illness in your medical records. With rare exceptions, health insurance does not cover couple counseling. It covers only a diagnosis of mental illness.

To learn more about my counseling approach, read my articles.

Contact

Because, for reasons of confidentiality, I can't answer my phone when in public and can't leave voice messages with more than name and phone number, and find phone tag exasperating, You may e-mail for the initial contact. However, if you send e-mail, you are accepting that e-mail is inherently insecure, and that your message cannot be guarenteed to remain private.

Download Disclosure Form and Intake Form, and bring the filled forms to the first appointment. Please wait to sign them in person.

Office Location

Mariner Plaza
114 2nd Ave S, Suite 109
Edmonds, WA 98020
425.876.0675
E-Mail