Joey Pickering (he/him)


Hi, I'm Joey. Thank you considering me as your therapist. I work with youth and adults, online and live, and accept some insurances.

Mental Health Counselor in Seattle, WA

  • Free Initial Consultation
  • Contact
  • Individual
  • Family
  • Child
  • Adolescent/Teen

About My Clients

I provide therapy services to adults and teens with a special focus in LGBTQ+/gender concerns and individually defined relationship styles. Whether it be a shift in family dynamics, discovering gender expression, extinguishing challenging behaviors, or lifting a depressed mood - talking with a therapist can help increase one's flexibility while staying grounded through the process.

My Background and Approach

I have over a decade of experience working with youth and their families in capacities ranging from: teaching, summer programming, crisis response, school-based counseling, community mental health, and designing a transgender competent care program within a large regional health center. I'm a member of GLMA, WPATH, NAMI, WCA, and a verified counselor with Psychology Today and I use a mixture of modalities that look at our behaviors in relation to the meanings we assign events (whether helpful or hurtful); my background being in Adlerian/Individual Psychology. ACT (Acceptance & Commitment Therapy) is present in most sessions. I find it resonates with many clients in its ability to learn to observe our painful/distressing thoughts rather than identify with them as truth, while striving towards more value-based life. I've found that ACT has been useful with Gender Transitions to ease anxiety and maintain momentum.

My Personal Beliefs and Interests

I welcome all genders, all sexualities, all relationship styles. That has been the foundation of my practice since I opened the doors many years ago. I enjoy working with youth ages 9 and up as well as adults, plus the accompanying families/partners of. I believe in creating small wrap-around support systems for clients is a key piece of the work. This may include a coworker, friend, spouse, or school staff member - it's up to the client on who feels safe. ACT and the Matrix model help explain how we get stuck and also provide a map for moving out of that towards the goals and values we want to live within. I was drawn to this work out of noticing a need for safe spaces to discuss desires as well as opportunities for clients to include all of their partners & relationship challenges without shame. I am proudly part of and work within the communities I serve.

Insurance Plans Accepted
  • Cigna
  • Kaiser
  • First Choice Health
  • LifeWise
  • Premera Blue Cross

At A Glance

  • Experience: 15 years of practice
  • Languages: English


206-550-3830 Email Joey
Georgetown neighborhood
Seattle, WA 98108

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