Christopher Stevens, PhD
 
 

Choosing to start therapy is a very personal decision. Whether you are interested in improving your relationships, seeking relief from depression or anxiety, trying to understand yourself better or improve your life, therapy can be a powerful tool to help you achieve your goals.


For therapy to be most effective, it is important to find a therapist who is a good match for your personal needs and style. This website is designed to give you some information about who I am as a therapist, and to help you decide if making an appointment with me is right for you. If you still feel uncertain after reading through the site, we can arrange for a 20 minute phone consultation that is free of charge. 


I work with individuals and couples from all walks of life and I will be happy to talk with you about any questions or concerns you may have.



About Me


My name is Dr. Christopher Stevens. I am a clinical psychologist licensed in the state of Washington (PY60156501) and California  (PSY21900) with over ten years of practice in the field. In addition to my private practice in the Fremont area of Seattle, I am also an adjunct faculty member at Bastyr University where I provide clinical supervision and teach, and a guest facilitator at the University of Washington Counseling Center where I conduct a seminar in short-term psychotherapy.


Education


I graduated with a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the New School for Social Research in New York, NY in 2002.


I also received specialized training in couples and family therapy at the Ackerman Institute for the Family. 


Professional Experience


I worked for four years at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York where I was a supervising psychologist and private practitioner, working with adults, families, couples and children. I spent a year with Doctors Without Borders, which included providing trauma therapy with individuals and families in the Gaza strip. After moving to the west coast, I worked as a psychologist and Behavioral Health Coordinator for the University of California in Davis, CA, where I specialized in health, stress and wellness Issues and coordinated care with medical professionals.


Theoretical Orientation


I take an integrative approach to therapy. My original training was in psychodynamic psychotherapy, but I use Interpersonal, Cognitive Behavioral, Family Systems and Mindfulness based therapeutic approaches. The combination of these styles allows me to take a very flexible approach to my work. I believe it is essential to understand the person as a whole, including their family and personal history, racial/cultural background, religious and spiritual life, sexual orientation, and other cultural identities. I work collaboratively with my clients to determine what approach will best fit their individual and cultural style and needs.



Training and Supervision


A great deal of my work over the past 10 years has been in training and supervision of psychologists at the predoctoral and postdoctoral level. I have extensive experience in individual and small group supervision, providing live supervision with one-way mirrors and videotape, and facilitating training seminars. I also work providing consultations to psychologists in practice. I have supervised and trained psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, counselors and marriage and family therapists. I currently facilitate a seminar in psychotherapy theory and technique at the University of Washington Counseling Center, and provide supervision for the Fremont Community Therapy Project.


Areas of Interest and Specialization


I was trained as a generalist, which has provided me with extensive experience dealing with a broad range of presenting issues.  However, I specialize in couples issues, supervision, and providing therapy to other therapists.






 

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