Here at Modern Therapy Seattle, our focus is helping adolescents and adults from an acceptance-based orientation.
We work with a variety of issues: Sexuality and sexual expression, communication, gender concerns, dating coaching, depression and anxiety.
We are proud to support the Sex Positive community and the Sex Workers community in Seattle. We are Poly and Kink friendly, LGBTQ-friendly, and welcome relationship and religious minorities. Modern Therapy Seattle was created as an inclusive space to serve clients who may have felt judged or misunderstood in other therapeutic settings.
We enjoy working with people who are making a transition in their lives, sometimes this transition is the ending or beginning of a relationship, moving to a new city, or finding a better job. We like to see transitions as opportunities for people to fulfill personal greatness; although they can be very difficult, but they are also opportunities for growth.
One of our specializations is helping people date. What does this mean? We help people do the work necessary to start a great relationship, from helping people flirt, to preparing themselves for the relationship, to tools for finding “the one”. On the other side, we also guide people through the feelings of grief, loss, and sometimes anger that accompany a break up. For more information about dating coaching, please check the Services page.
Meet our team
Kristen Schaer, MA LMHCA
The therapeutic process asks us to call upon radical vulnerability, self-compassion, our traumas, our relationships with ourselves and others, and our strengths to craft a hopeful future. As a therapist, I understand that electing to seek out therapy is an enormous step for many people. My role as a therapist is to meet clients where they are at with empathy, open-mindedness, and non-judgment.
Relationships are the cornerstone of how we see ourselves, our place in the world, and our sense of feeling secure and loved. Love comes in a diverse array of formations, and as a therapist I welcome people from a variety of backgrounds: LGBTQIA, the entire gender spectrum, all manner of non-traditional relationships, and people who represent a rich tapestry of ethnic/cultural/non-ableist representation.
I attained my Master's in Mental Health Counseling from Cambridge College in Cambridge, Massachusetts and my Bachelor of Arts in Writing, Literature and Publishing from Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts. I believe art and self-expression in various modes can be instrumental in self-discovery, creating a meaningful, mindful life, and pondering complex emotions in a productive way.
In addition to utilizing self-expression in my practice, I also like to employ Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Narrative Therapy, theories of attachment, Trauma Informed Therapy, exploration of how families of origin inform our relationships, Emotion Focused Couples Therapy, and how chosen families can play a reparative role in our lives.
I am very conscious that my clients are the experts of their own lives. I believe that my role as a counselor is to hold space for others to be themselves, provide a toolkit for the challenges of life, and to be client-focused in my orientation. Therapy is a collaborative process and I think powerful change can come from navigating that space together.
Idil LEvitas, MA LMFTA
I work with couples, individual adults and teens, and families from a client-centered, relational, and strengths-based approach. I welcome clients who are seeking couples therapy to address any of a variety of issues, including relational distress, perpetual conflicts, communication difficulties, decreased emotional or sexual intimacy, and navigating through life transitions.
Other clinical issues I address with individuals, couples, and families include anxiety, depression, substance use and addiction recovery, grief and loss, shame, reducing stress, and healing and growth related to sexuality and gender identity. Supporting clients as they cope with vulvovaginal pain conditions is a focus of mine, as well as supporting girls and young women and their families as they come of age. I work with LGBTQ+, gender queer, and gender non-conforming clients, and am poly and kink friendly.
I believe it’s important to honor the cultural identities of my clients--age, race, class, nationality, gender, ethnicity--and to empower clients to utilize cultural strengths in our work towards their goals in therapy. I also strive to be attentive to how systemic oppression, privilege, and power impact my clients’ lives and intersect with the issues that we address together. I hold a Master’s degree in Couple and Family Therapy from Antioch University-Seattle, and a Bachelor’s degree from Wesleyan University, Connecticut.
Jess Flynn, MA LMFTA
My clients often come to therapy with anxiety, sadness, feeling disconnected from their partners, and confusion about next steps for their relationship due to disagreements, damaged trust, and big life changes. They often find it difficult to access self-compassion, compassion for one another, and to express their needs in their relationships without it leading to conflict or feeling rejected.
I see long-term relationships, relationships “on the brink” and exploring options before making separation-related decisions, couples working toward ethically opening their relationship, couples with desire discrepancies, separating couples looking to do so respectfully, early relationships examining compatibility for a long-term commitment, and premarital couples wanting to establish positive patterns.
I also see individuals struggling with loneliness, self-consciousness, trauma, self-doubt, low mood, identity formation issues, uncomfortable spiritual or philosophical ambiguity, career stress, or who, at times, feel unworthy of taking care of themselves.
I enjoy working with romantic relationships and people of all kinds. All relationship configurations are welcome. I am LGBTQIA, kink, poly, all genders, post/null-gender, and religion/spiritual friendly. No topic or difficulty is taboo in therapy.
I specialize in working with one’s inner child, building upon my client’s strengths, mindfulness, and increasing self-compassion and confidence. I received a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Antioch University Seattle and my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Western Washington University.
Michele Scoleri, MA LMHC
Because one size does not fit all, I practice integrative psychotherapy, drawing on techniques from various modalities. I favor a Humanistic, person-centered approach. This means that I will work collaboratively with you, focusing on what is happening in your life now, how the past has shaped your current situation, and the choices you will make to empower yourself to find solutions and/or acceptance.
During our sessions together, I will be attending to your thoughts, feelings, body language, somatic experience and the relationship between us. From time to time I may suggest particular exercises, if useful and appropriate, such as mindfulness meditation, journaling or writing, or specific books. You are the authority on your life and our work together will nurture your capacity to make choices and lead the life you want to live.
I received my Masters of Arts in Counseling Psychology from Bastyr University and my Bachelor of Science in Communications from Emerson College. I also hold a 200-hour level yoga teacher certification.
I work with individuals as well as couples. Some of the issues I see clients for include:
Depression Life Transitions
Work/Life balance Sexuality (sex positive approach) Oppression
Relationship issues Personal identity Spirituality
Cultural concerns Creativity
Christy Forrester, MA LMFTA
My approach is centered on helping you reach your goals. I offer a non-judgmental safe space to be open and vulnerable about your struggle and compassionately explore how your life can improve in ways that are meaningful for you. I believe in the idea of the wounded healer and it is through our common humanity that I relate to my clients, however unique. I also believe our problems don’t exist in a bubble, but the struggles we face also occur embedded in the larger systems of race, class, gender, sexuality, age, ability, religion, and national identity.
I work with individuals, couples, and families and children with a variety of concerns such as anxiety, depression, trauma recovery, PTSD, attachment, grief, loss, miscarriage, food and body issues, anger, self-harm, mood disorders, life transitions, relationship issues, teen issues, parenting, domestic violence, and healing after sexual abuse and assault. I have expertise in the trauma of the legal processes around the prosecution of sexual violence. I am LGBTQIA, kink, and poly friendly and have a focus on transgender issues.
My approach is integrative of several models including: Psychodynamic theory, Family systems, Humanistic psychology, Internal Family Systems, Experiential Theory, Emotion Focused Therapy, Narrative Therapy, CBT, DBT, and Feminist Theory.
I received my Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy at Antioch University in Seattle and I was awarded Student of the Year from the Washington Association of Marriage and Family Therapy. I received my Bachelor of Arts in Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies at the UW.
Kate L Stewart, MA LMHC
Kate Stewart has worked in private practice since 2008, focusing on working with the Sex Positive population as well as other gender and sexual minorities, offering psychotherapy and dating coaching. She has taught Flirting 101 and Everything You Need to Know About Sex at the Experimental College of the University of Washington.
Kate completed her Masters in Counseling at Antioch University and her Bachelor of Arts at the Evergreen State College. Her training is in Existential therapy, and offers individual, relationship, and sex therapy.
"Being a counselor and dating coach is definitely my calling in life. I am able to witness some of the most amazing growth and change in people's lives, and I couldn't ask for more out of a job!
I'm honored to serve clients and follow my personal values at the same time, by helping clients embrace all aspects of their identity, specifically things that are misunderstood or stigmatized by others. Radical authenticity and unconditional support are the main themes in my work. The relationships I create with clients as they build self-esteem, improve their relationship, and lead the lives they want are incredible satisfying."