LGBTQ+ Couples Counseling & Therapy in Seattle

Anchor Light Therapy is not just LQBTQ+ friendly, we are LGBTQ+ informed and LGBTQ+ affirmative. We offer an atmosphere free from homophobia, cisexism, prejudice, fear, and ignorance. 

  • As someone who has been a client of multiple therapists over the years, I can highly recommend Miche... read more

    Katherine T.
    10/04/2020

    Laura is an excellent couple's therapist. She knows how to help couples improve communication and ge... read more

    Denise J.
    10/03/2020

    Michelle Mooney, a clinician at Anchor Light, has a presence and a way of assuring everyone that thi... read more

    Hannah D.
    8/19/2020
  • I am not a client. I am a provider and have worked with Michelle previously. I believe Michelle prov... read more

    David L.
    8/18/2020

    Laura Richer’s counseling, life coaching, and hypnotherapy practices changed my life. With her ther... read more

    Joanna N.
    12/29/2019

    After going to multiple therapists since 10 years old, I finally found the best one when I turned 41... read more

    Jamie K.
    7/10/2019
  • It was a pleasure working with Laura! What a wonderful and life changing experience! She is very eas... read more

    Megan L.
    7/10/2018

    Laura is a kind-hearted and passionate coach who will work hard to meet you where you are at while a... read more

    Leah
    7/10/2018

    It is with much care, support and enthusiasm that Laura helps her clients facilitate their hypnother... read more

    Lauren H.
    7/10/2018

Open up in a Safe, Private Space

The therapists at Anchor Light Therapy support the sex-positive community. We are Poly and Kink friendly, LGBTQ+ friendly. We offer an inclusive and safe space for those that may have felt judged or misunderstood in other therapeutic relationships. promoting the recognition of sexuality (in the countless forms of expression) as a natural and healthy part of the human experience.

Gottman Method Certified

Anchor Light Therapy Collective therapists are trained in the Gottman Method of couples therapy. Through this approach, we apply proven assessment techniques and intervention strategies to support you in learning how to navigate conflict, improve communication, strengthen friendship, deepen intimacy, build trust, and share your life’s purpose and dreams with your partner.

LGBTQ+ Issues We Can Help With

  • Trauma and PTSD Involving
    • attachment and prior relationships
    • societal misunderstandings and stigmas around relationships that are not heterosexual or monogamous
    • Sexual abuse/assault
  • Coming Out & Openness
  • Sexual Health & Satisfaction
  • Family planning and fertility obstacles
  • Outsider’s perceptions of your relationship
  • Family rejection
  • medical, social, or legal transition
  • Gender roles

Polyamory, Open Relationships, and Consensual Non-monogamy

If you are considering opening your relationship, you might want some guidance on setting ground rules. Whether you are considering exploring these types of relationships or have long-established partnerships, couples therapy can help. Relationship therapy can be a great place to explore the needs that aren’t being met, and open up lines of communication between you.

Seattle LGBTQ+ Couples Therapists

Laura Richer

My therapeutic method is designed to help you let go of what’s holding you back and create a more authentic version of who you are. My approach is about building confidence; it’s about supporting people as they learn how to trust themselves, their own instincts and intuition. My clients often tell me that I’m very grounded and down-to-earth but ultimately, I’m inspired by them.

Michelle Mooney

I’ve spent the last four years inside community mental health settings with many different kinds of people from all walks of life, and what I know is that we can find an integrated and holistic approach that is just right for you. No matter what brings you to my practice, I meet you exactly where you are and adapt our time together to include art therapy, meditation instruction, EMDR, and any number of other modalities.

EMDR Therapy Seattle

What Is Couples Counseling?

Going into your first session of couples counseling can feel intimidating at first. Couples therapy differs from individual therapy in that your therapist is treating you and your partner as a couple. Therapy is focused on the best interest of the couple, it is not focused on the interest of one of the partners.

However, couples therapy does include individual therapy at times so that your therapist can get to know you and learn your history and perspective as an individual as it pertains to your relationship. You do not need to be married or monogamous to go to couples therapy, any type of relationship or partnership can benefit from doing couples counseling.

When To Get Couples Counseling/Therapy?

Couples often head to couples counseling when they are unsure how to improve and repair the relationship. People often come to couples counseling when things get “bad enough” that they are thinking about ending the relationship. But couples counseling also works for partners who want to “tune-up” their relationship and remain on a healthy path – before a major relationship breakdown.

Gay and Lesbian Couples Counseling

Many same-sex pairs may experience extreme stress if every day supports are lacking in their lives—for example, familial, legal, religious, economic, and social support. Members of same-sex couples have experienced societal prejudice in different ways and have dealt with it internally in their own ways, but the effect of “minority stress,” or the effects of living with often negative social conditions, always exists to some extent.

Transgender Couples Counseling

When we talk about the issue of gender-related to transitioning or couples with one or both partners identifying as transgender, gender nonconforming, gender-neutral, etc., it’s important to have a couples therapist that understands these experiences. Couples counseling for transgender couples can be effective when one or both of you are thinking about, planning or are in the process of transitioning.

Couples Therapy Pricing

Therapy creates a space for you to experience healing and progress in a way that can change your life. But of course, it’s also an investment of both time and finances. When you’re ready to commit to healing and transformation, here is what you can expect.

Initial intake appointment
(85 minutes) $175

Standard individual session
(85 minutes) $175

Extended sessions
(per every 30 minutes) $50

Insurance

We do not participate with any insurance panels. Anchor Light Therapy Collective is considered an out-of-network provider. We have chosen to not panel with any insurance companies and instead focus on providing the best care to our clients. Bypassing insurance allows us to create treatment plans that are not influenced by criteria dictated by insurance companies and offer the utmost privacy to our clients.

As a courtesy to any individual clients who wish to utilize their insurance benefits, I am happy to verify your out-of-network plan benefits to tell you what portion, if any, may be covered by your health insurance provider.

The client will pay for their session at the time of service. We will then file an electronic claim on your behalf, as well as submit any additional documentation required by your insurance company.

If your plan offers out of network coverage, they will reimburse you directly by mailing you a check.

Out of network insurance coverage varies. Most insurance plans offer out of network coverage that reimburses at 40-70% once you have met the out of network deductible.

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