Education & Events

Annual Mentoring Groups

Registration is closed for the 2016-17 mentoring groups.

Intent on investing in the ongoing development of a new generation of clinicians, the Alliance offers formal mentoring groups for members who have completed school and have less than ten years of experience practicing in the field. Sponsoring up to six clinicians each, four experienced group leaders meet with participants to focus on areas of personal and professional growth, case consultation, and relevant topical study.

Mentoring groups are a 9 month commitment, to begin in September 2016 and to run through June 2017. Each group meets for 1.5 hours twice monthly. A voluntary endeavor, the only associated fee for Alliance members is a genuine commitment for regular attendance and participation through the full duration of the mentoring process. Individuals who participated in a previous year of mentoring groups are welcome to apply again. In order to serve more members, first year applicants will be prioritized. A waiting list will be opened for people as needed, based on date of registration. Please apply early!

Mentoring Groups are offered at various times and locations. We are pleased to offer the following four groups for the 2016 / 2017 term:

Cathy Henschel-McGerry, LMHC LMFT: Meets Mondays from 10:30 am—12 pm, twice a month, starting September 12th. Crown Hill Neighborhood.

Cathy has been in private practice since 1983. She earned a Master’s degree in clinical psychology in 1986 from Antioch University, Seattle. She has been an adjunct faculty member at Antioch University, Seattle’s Masters program in clinical psychology since 1995, where she teaches and supervises students in a variety of theoretical orientations. The foundation of Cathy’s work is supported and informed by the existential, humanistic and transpersonal domains of psychology.  She is also trained in depth psychotherapies, combining these with her existential approach to the human condition.  Cathy is currently in the teacher training program in the Diamond Approach, a spiritual psychology system that combines Object Relations theory with a Sufi approach to spirituality as a path to realization.

Carol Poole, LMHC: Meets First and third Wednesdays of the month, from 4:30-6pm starting September 7th. Madison Valley Neighborhood.

I’ve been in private practice for ten years, treating adults, couples and families. During the early years of my own practice I appreciated—and took full advantage of!—mentoring and consultation offered through the Alliance’s clinic, and I learned what a huge difference it makes to experience solid professional support while you’re developing your own way of practicing as a therapist. I also teach classes on the theme of rupture and repair in the therapeutic relationship. In my work I often find myself learning about two interrelated themes: healing from trauma, and developing authentic selfhood. My approach is eclectically psychoanalytic; I’ve studied for years with teachers from the respective traditions of object relations, relational psychoanalysis, and somatic psychotherapy, and my MA is from Pacifica Graduate Institute, a school with a Jungian focus. When it comes to clinical practice, I think we all need to develop our own ways of working, using our unique personalities and even our never-totally-resolved personal vulnerabilities. In this mentoring group we’ll practice meeting each other with respect and openness, to foster a safe and stimulating environment for mutual support and learning.

Helene Russ, PhD: Meets First and third Tuesdays of the month from 5:00-6:30pm starting September 20th.  Queen Anne Neighborhood.

When NWAPS was just beginning, and I newly arrived in Seattle, the first psychoanalytic person I contacted--who was actually instrumental in founding the Alliance--told me to fold up and return whence I'd come, that the psychoanalytic world was about to shrivel. Over two decades later, I want to fortify newer practitioners even more. My training in NY in school, clinics, hospitals, and street outreach programs was from a deeply relational context, and I would love to help others grapple with a perspective in which most, if not all, elements in a treatment are open to negotiation. I've leaned how to venture into psychoanalytic thought by new students--my students in the psychotherapy track at the SPSI (where I teach an occasional course in sexuality to those not pursuing psychoanalytic training), and the residents in the UW psychiatry program who come for supervision with limited exposure to psychoanalysis. But I've learned the most theory from literature and the most about treatment from the people who come to me for help. 

Michael Allison, LMHC: Meets every other Thursday from 7:15-8:45pm starting September 15th.  University District Neighborhood.

My primary theoretical orientation is psychoanalytic and is informed by attachment, mentalization, and intersubjective theory and research. My specific approach to treatment is determined by the specific needs of each individual client, and I incorporate ideas and techniques from a range of theoretical models. The most fundamental premise of my work is to foster a sense of curiosity; about the client and how they have constructed meaning from their experience, about myself and my associations, and about the relational dynamics between us. The use of that curiosity can become infectious and creatively elaborated, and this seems to me to be the heart of therapeutic action.I look forward to meeting all of you and sharing our curiosity and experience of our work with one another.

Contact: The mentoring group email address is active from May 1st through July

Other times of the year please contact Eliza Baughn at

or Will Collins at