© 2017 by Counseling West Seattle

Elliot Grossman, MSW, LICSW

I’m Elliot Grossman and I’ve been a Mental Health Professional for over 25 years.  I’ve worked in both inpatient and outpatient settings and in both large public agencies and small private practices.  I’ve worked with well over a thousand clients of all ages and felt it and honor and privilege to work with each. I work out of the main Counseling West Seattle office.

There are relatively few Mental Health challenges that I have not worked with in the span of my career as a therapist.  And while every individual, couple, or family has unique needs I approach every case through the lens of an agent of change. I view therapy as a collaboration between the client and the therapist to first identify and clarify things that need to change and then to develop and implement a plan to affect that change.

I am primarily a cognitive behavioral therapist.  This means that I focus largely on the role one’s thoughts and behaviors contribute to their mental health.  I try to help clients identify and change the types of thoughts that can leave them feeling anxious, pessimistic, and dis-empowered and replace them with thoughts that promote hope, inner peace, and a sense of well being.

Therapy will often involve me challenging one’s perceptions and beliefs and discussing alternative ideas, explanations, and frames of reference. Therapy could include relaxation training, motivational work, basic problem solving, systematic desensitization, and the use of art and/or play (especially with younger clients).

I am also strongly of the belief that some mental health problems cannot be solved satisfactorily without the involvement of family and/or significant others. For this reason I will often suggest that family or couples work be part of the treatment.  And because I recognize some mental health problems as having strong biological underpinnings, I may suggest that a medical doctor, often a psychiatrist, be involved in one’s treatment.

Lastly, I recognize that mental health therapy is an extremely personal endeavor and that each individual, couple, or families’ needs are unique.  For this reason I try to be as flexible in my approach as possible without going outside my areas of strength and competency.