Education & Events

Annual Mentoring Groups

The Alliance offers formal mentoring groups as a benefit to NWAPS members who are in their first 10 years of clinical practice in the field of psychotherapy. Experienced therapists and psychoanalysts in the NWAPS community meet with participants in small groups of 4-6 people to focus on areas of personal and professional growth, case consultation, and relevant topical study.

Mentoring groups are a 9-month commitment. The upcoming term begins in September 2020 and will run through June 2021. Each group meets for 1.5 hours twice monthly. Current Membership throughout the program year in the NWAPS is a requirement for participation.  Register Now!


  • COVID-19 disruption + continuity: Several of our current mentors will be continuing for a second consecutive year of mentoring. To foster continuity and cohesion after a Spring disrupted by the pandemic, currently participating mentees are also invited to continue with their 2020/19 mentor groups in the coming program year.
  • Limited Openings: We anticipate being able to offer a limited number of openings across all groups for new participants. Available spots will be provided on a first come, first served basis, so we encourage new participants to sign up soon
  • Online Groups: In response to the pandemic, all mentoring groups in the 2019-2020 program year transitioned to online this Spring. Mentor groups, held twice a month from September to June, will continue to be conducted online this coming program year, thereby removing geographical barriers and eliminating the need to commute to offices, while keeping everyone’s health and safety as a priority.
  • Membership and Fee: NWAPS has identified the need for the Mentoring Program to cover its ongoing administrative expenses. On the registration page, NWAPS members will be given the option to opt-in to help cover the true costs of running the program by paying a $40 administrative fee. We recognize that not everyone may be able to pay for the program, which historically has been a free benefit of membership. Active membership is a requirement to register and for those who can afford to cover the $40 fee, or donate more, please know your contribution has a direct impact on the sustainability of this program.
  • Social Justice: The Mentoring Group Committee is continually honing the objectives of the program. As an administrative team, we are committed to centering our admin discussions on how racism and white supremacy is embedded in the culture of psychoanalytic education. We don’t have all the answers to how we will undo racism within the institutions of this profession, but we do believe that investing in community- building represents an opportunity to disrupt oppressive systems and racist practices. Program-wide, we will encourage groups to read and study diverse voices and dissident allies within the profession -- those who are disrupting oppressive, coercive and colonizing systems through psychoanalytic thought and beyond. We hope you will join us.

The mentoring group administrative team and Registrar can be reached at

The mentoring clinicians offering groups in our current 2020-2021 program year include the following:

Robert Bergman, MD

2nd and 4th Thursdays, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm, begins on 9/10/20

I imagine our covering practical issues in practice building and administration, what to listen for and how, how we express ourselves, issues in working across cultural boundaries and anything else the group wants.  I have been working as a psychotherapist and psychoanalyst for many decades.  In the first ten years of my career I worked with Navajos and other Native Americans.  I have taught at the Universities of New Mexico and Washington and at SPSI.  I have been in private practice in Seattle since 1982.

Gila Fein, LMHC

1st and 3rd Fridays, 10:00 am - 11:30 am, begins on 9/18/20  

The bulk of my 13 years in private practice has been split evenly between working with children, adult individuals and couples. Recently, I have chosen to pivot, with my focus exclusively on couples and adults because that is where I am now getting the most joy. While I no longer see children in my practice, I continue to enjoy offering consultation to other therapists who work with children. I have advanced training in the PACT (A Psychobiological Approach to Couple Therapy) model of couples treatment - levels 1 and 2. My undergraduate degree is in Business/Accounting from the University of Washington, and my graduate degree is in Family Systems from Bastyr University. I worked for seven years at Jumping Mouse Children’s Center where the focus of treatment was child centered, anchored in attachment and trauma work through a psychodynamic lens. My experience there and the children I worked with was formative and continues to inform my work with adults. My hope for this group is to provide a safe, supportive environment where you can bring your challenges, questions and successes; be witnessed in your process, as well as witness others in theirs; and you can take in the benefits of community support and a diversity of perspectives. My own involvement in consult groups has been, and continues to be, invaluable to my growth as a therapist. It has helped me to widen my perspective with difficult clients and I am better able to see my blind spots, as well as remember my strengths when the going gets tough.

Clare Isaacson, LMHC

1st and 3rd Wednesdays, 9:30 am - 11:00 am, begins on 9/2/20

I have been in practice for over 35 years. I began my professional career working in community mental health as an intern, then as a therapist and intern supervisor, and later as a program manager. Agency work gave me a strong social justice point of view, lending a kind of creative tension to addressing frame issues and developing sustainable business practices. I have spent the last 25 years building a psychoanalytically-informed private practice, and raising a family. I love the hard work of professional and clinical development, and have long sought out consultation and mentoring as a means to deepen my understanding of psychology, and to strengthen my professional sense of myself. My training program had a focus on child and family development from a psychodynamic perspective, and I have had a psychoanalytically-trained clinical consultant for the last 20 years. I am an approved supervisor for associates seeking mental health counseling licensure. This is my third year with the Alliance Mentoring Program. As a mentor, I am committed to helping you further articulate your therapeutic approach and professional identity with greater confidence. Through discussion of clinical material and case formulation, and with respectful listening and reflection, I hope to foster a deeper appreciation of our internal world, of the psychodynamic process, and of that transformative space between therapist and client. My aim is to infuse our time together, and the work itself, with liveliness, interest and hope.

Cristine Ramsdale, LMHC

2nd and 4th Mondays, 11:30 am - 1 pm, begins on 9/14/20

I received my training in Psychology from The Seattle School of Theology and Psychology in 2009 and have been in private practice working with adult individuals ever since. My practice style is relational and I mainly work with adults seeking help with mood disorders, childhood trauma, recent trauma, and chronic illness. In recent years, I have added mindfulness self-compassion, EMDR, and sensorimotor techniques to my focus. I am hoping my group can provide both relational and concrete/practical support to therapists.

Gillian Vik, LMHC

1st and 3rd Fridays, 10:30 am - 12 noon, begins 9/18/20

I’ve been in private practice for ten years, treating individual adults and couples. I was lucky enough to be in a group offered by the Alliance in the first years of my private practice and found it enormously helpful. I'm interested in psychoanalytic psychotherapy, object relations, relational psychoanalysis, somatic, and attachment perspectives. I worked with Stan Tatkin for several years studying the Psychobiological Approach to Couple Therapy, and continue have a particular interest in couples work. I received my MA from Pacifica Graduate Institute in 2006. I hope to help group members develop their individual styles, and focus on case consultation.