Modern Mindfulness-Based Psychotherapy Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

People visit my private counseling and psychotherapy practice for solutions to a variety of psychological difficulties.

Life must be lived . . . forward!

~ Soren Kierkegaard

Patrick J. Hart Psy.D.
Psychotherapist | Seattle Mental Health Counseling

Practical Solutions to Your Most Personal Problems using cognitive behavioral therapy

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Counseling | Specifically Tailored to Your Specific Needs!

Learn to Get Out of Your Mind and Into Your Life!

206-547-HELP (4357)

People visit my private counseling and psychotherapy practice for solutions to a variety of psychological difficulties. The atmosphere at The Hart Center Mental Health offers a quiet and relaxed setting to safely explore and resolve your most perplexing personal challenges using cognitive behavioral therapy.

Entirely Private | Evaluation & Treatment

Clients find themselves at ease with my clinical style as we discover and explore the therapeutic approaches that work best for them. Each case requires that we skillfully tailor solutions and develop strategies that have been chosen with intention and specifically tailored for you. Careful treatment planning is imperative. Different strokes for different folks –– I will help you integrate divergent treatment options and therapeutic models to assure that you learn individualized coping strategies –– respectfully crafted especially for you!

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Enhance and Sustain Your Mental Health | Counseling & Psychotherapy

My clinical work includes evaluation and psychotherapy for problems like depression, bipolar disorder, generalized anxiety, and post traumatic stress. My goal is for our therapeutic work to readily transcend these mundane diagnostic labels and that you find yourself masterfully acting upon the life you wish to live.

Careful Clinical Collaboration :: Treatment Recommendations

Careful collaboration with you will allow me to make those treatment recommendations that are most likely to prove most beneficial for your specific needs. From borderline personality disorder to manic depressive illness, and from social anxiety to schizophrenia, we will seek -- and find – the approaches that will serve you best!

Contemporary Cognitive Behavioral ::
:: Behavior Analytic Approaches to Psychotherapy ::

These three approaches are the foundational models or methods that inform my practice of psychotherapy. I aim to help you foster and sustain the growth that you desire – in whatever direction is most meaningful for you. I'm dedicated to helping you persevere toward the vital life you want to live. We shall seek every means available as we collaborate and head out deliberately in the direction of your values.

Remarkably effective personal psychological resources can be effectively learned through enhanced awareness, dedicated rehearsal, and adaptive learning. "Third Wave" Cognitive Behavioral Counseling teaches you the skillful personal means to take charge and adapt to the various contexts of your personal life. We must earnestly explore what will work for you and risk vital actions that will serve to enrich the vitality of your life.

Skillful Means ::
:: Learn Personal Coping and Psychological Competency

As a psychotherapist, I endeavor to help my clients gain clarity and awareness of their most vital life values. Together, we will effectively explore the nature of your particular challenges. We will carefully specify tangible personal-therapeutic goals – treatment outcomes – that are ultimately selected and valued by you. The therapeutic learning that we accomplish will require dedicated rehearsal on your part to help you sustain and persevere with the personal psychological lifestyle practices and coping skills that work for you — thus reinforcing your efforts to assure lasting personal change.

Do Your Moods and Habits Seem to be Managing You?

We may not live in the past . . .
. . . yet the past lives in our learning history.

Frequently people visit my practice with challenges that involve various forms of situational or behavioral avoidance, complaints of social anxiety, self-regulation, poor impulse control, unwanted habits, and all manner of typically human compulsive behaviors. I'll help you discover "tailor-made" self-regulation and relapse-prevention strategies to gain control over. . . smoking, eating, alcohol, drug abuse, sex, spending . . . whatever unwanted behavior it is that you intend to resolve.

My behavioral health counseling practice is founded upon contemporary behavior analytic psychotherapeutic approaches. By exploring this webpage, you can discover much more about contemporary “Third Wave" Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. I am proud that my clinical work is guided by an amalgamation of Functional Analytic Psychotherapy (FAP), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT). Each of these approaches has been rigorously investigated academically and clinical psychological research continues to demonstrate and enhance the efficacy of such approaches.

Personal Behavioral Health ::
:: Manage Your Self-Limiting Habits

Behavioral counseling services for self-regulation and adjustment to the complexities of your life. I aim to help you resolve unwanted, life-defeating habits – patterns of unwanted behavior — that you have decided do not work for you. Behavior therapy can help you resolve bewildering compulsions like gambling, pornography, chat rooms, internet role play games, shopping, hoarding, and the like. Such "clean" non-drug addictions have been termed "process addictions." You can learn more about the process addiction model by exploring this website.

I sustain an extensive referral base and provide treatment recommendations across the broad range of mental health professionals who can serve you best: social workers, psychotherapists, psychologists, psychiatrists, addictionologists, and the like.

Perhaps you seek personal skills development for the management of unwanted habits and compulsive behaviors? Cognitive behavioral therapy can help you remedy problems of mood and emotions, such as anxiety and worry, frustration and anger management, phobia and fear. Behavioral problems involving various forms of avoidance, procrastination, perfectionism, and similar self-defeating tendencies may also be resolved.

Treatment Matching ::
:: Referral to Therapists & Psychologists

My services include therapist matching and counselor referral recommendations to help you select psychologists and other mental health practitioners. If you come to my private practice with difficulties that are beyond the scope of my practice, we may determine that you will be best served by referrals to psychiatrists (for evaluation for medicines), or to medical doctors, chiropractors, or specialists like naturopathic physicians, acupuncturists, or massage therapists. I maintain a referral base of clinical neuropsychologists and forensic psychologists for clients who require psychological tests and measures and empirically-based psychological assessment inventories.

Maintain Your Mental Health!

My practice offers a relaxed and entirely private setting for anyone wishing to explore personal growth or deal with compromised mental health. As a practicing psychotherapist and mental health counselor, I enjoy working with people who are feeling perplexed or overwhelmed by the complexities of their psychological lives. As a licensed therapist and counselor, I also treat individuals who have experienced trauma, abuse, or domestic violence. Couples seeking marital counseling and individuals struggling with relationships are welcome to speak safely with me about their options for renewal and change. I maintain a large referral network of marriage counselors, marital therapists, clinical psychologists, psychiatrists, and other mental health professionals.

The Hart Center is convenient to Interstate Five, Bellevue, Redmond, Kirkland, and Mercer Island, Washington.

Couples and Marital Counseling ::
:: Harmonize Your Relationships

My counseling practice provides solution-focused psychotherapy and collaborative couples behavioral counseling for couples in conflict. Working as a relationship counselor, I enjoy helping committed couples develop coping strategies to resolve relationship problems. I help couples adjust to the changes, challenges, and stress that are implicit in living in vital relationship. I also work as a counselor and therapist for “recovering couples” who are rebounding from “codependency” and addictive relationship roles.

Psychologically Based Additionsand Alternatives ::
:: To Enhance Twelve-Step and Other Self Help Programs

Empirical Behavior Analytic Research has illuminated numerous psychological learning principles and generated useful evidence-based therapy methods that enhance personal competency through skills-development. These competencies help you rehearse and maintain your mental and behavioral well being.

As an alternative or addition to “twelve-step” programs such as Alcoholics Anonymous, Alanon, Narcotics Anonymous or Codependents Anonymous, I offer my clients contemporary “cognitive behavioral therapy” and skills-based counseling approaches for learning “self-regulation." I aim to help you enhance, manage and adjust to the complexities that challenge your personal well-being.

Through the application of behavior analytic counseling methods, I assist people in changing life-defeating habits or “compulsions” like internet gaming, chat rooms, gambling, binge eating, sex addiction, internet pornography, and the like. I teach various behavioral self-management coping-skills that target problems with diminished impulse control, and teach self-regulation and avoidance reduction strategies to enhance goal-directed outcomes that clients wish to achieve in their lives.

Personal Equilibrium is Your Key to Vital Living!

Cautious Individuals Seeking Private Help are Welcome:

  • Health professionals and other wary individuals of public profile
  • Principals and executives of professional organizations or groups
  • Vigilant associates and friends of compromised-defensive individuals
  • Private and confidential evaluation and treatment recommendations
  • Counseling for defendants arrested for drunk driving DUI.

Telephone Conference Options: Explore Your Mental Health!

Consultation services are readily available by means of telephone conference. If you prefer this form of contact with me, we can schedule a convenient time. Many clients have found satisfaction in this form of communication – substantial gains may be accomplished – even by telephone.

205-547-HELP (4357)

Evaluation for co-occurring disorders and Addiction Treatment Matching
Psychotherapy and Behavioral Health Counseling

Referrals to Psychologists, Psychiatrists and Therapists:
I will help explore your mental health challenges and assure that you find solutions for problems that are beyond the scope of my practice.

Treatment Matching:
Psychologist, Psychotherapist & Psychiatrist Referral

For Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Gestalt Therapy, Schema Focused Therapy, Somatic Therapy, EMDR, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Rational Emotive Therapy and other approaches to psychological change

Mental Health Assessment:
Explore treatment options for depression, anxiety disorders, panic attack, post traumatic stress disorder, anger management, bipolar illness and psychiatric disorders like schizophrenia. Clinical work includes mental health evaluation and psychotherapy for problems of mood: depression, generalized anxiety disorder or bipolar disorder. Solution focused counseling and therapy aims to help you resolve struggles with fear and anxiety. Find remedies to conditions like "panic attack," Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Post Traumatic Sress disorder (PTSD) or Social Anxiety and similar phobia.

Make Informed Choices about Your Mental Health Care:
For appropriate addiction treatment alternatives and drug "rehab" or addiction rehabilitation and recovery center programs for alcohol and other drug problems. You may call for recommendations to the appropriate 12 step programs. Alcoholics anonymous, narcotics anonymous, codependency anonymous and Alanon will help you get honest about substance abuse and learn if you are confronted by issues of addiction or chemical dependency.

If you seek twelve step alternatives and personal skills-based cognitive behavior counseling to enhance your 12 step work -- give me a call. 206-547-HELP

Quaint Seattle Wallingford Fremont District Location: convenient to Bellevue, Redmond, Kirkland and Mercer Island Areas.

Dr. Patrick Hart:
Private Practice
Seattle Mental Health Counselor & Psychotherapist