Education & Events

Annual Mentoring Groups

We look forward to opening the registration window for the 2020 program year on April 15.

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. A voluntary endeavor for all involved, the only associated “fee” for Alliance members is a genuine commitment for regular attendance and participation through the full duration of the mentoring process. Current Membership throughout the program year in the NWAPS is a requirement for participation.

The mentoring group administrative team and Registrar can be reached at

The mentoring clinicians offering groups in our current 2019-2020 program year include the following:

Robert Bergman, MD

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.

Rebecca Brabo Silva, LMHC

I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and have worked in mental health since 1994.  I attended the University of California, Santa Cruz for undergrad and Seattle University for graduate school.  I interned at Sound Mental Health and spent part of my career working in the crisis department.  I started my private practice in 2002 and currently practice in lower Queen Anne, Seattle.  In addition to The Alliance, I am also involved with RPPS: Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy in Seattle where I've found a warm community of learners and fellow travelers.  In this mentoring group I invite you to bring your doubts, your struggles and your worst cases for us to ponder and support you.  Perhaps we can focus less on what we should do and more on what we are doing and why.  This group is a case consult, private practice building and/or a reading-driven group.

Gila Fein, LMHC

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.

Jenny Gardon, LICSW

If up to me, I would call this a therapy community building group.  My wish is to cultivate a troupe where we can show our work and ourselves, try things out, and reflect safely and frankly with each other.  While reading and case consultation are also rich, let’s use them in line with our priorities for our time. I find most affinity in the Relational branch of the psychoanalytic tree.  I have always used mindful attention as part of my practice; and as much as I can, I endeavor to open here-and-now experiences in a useful way. Like many, getting to where I am now has been a meandering path.  Most recently my practice has been largely through the lens of neuroscience and attachment, supported by studying with Sharon Stanley (Somatic Transformation), and couples’ work, (Susan Johnson’s Emotionally Focused Therapy and Stan Tatkin’s Psychobiological Approach to Couples Treatment).  My early training and work focused on Family Systems at the UW School of Social Work and in community mental health.  In the early 1990's, I started my exploration of psychoanalytic work through Seattle's Center for Object Relations, the Northwest Center for Psychoanalysis, and the NW Alliance for Psychoanalytic Study. 

Clare Isaacson, LMHC

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 18 years. I am an approved supervisor for associates seeking mental health counseling licensure. This is my second 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

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

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.