Education & Events

Annual Mentoring Groups

The Alliance offers formal mentoring groups as a benefit to Alliance members who are in their first 10 years of clinical practice in the field of psychotherapy. Experienced therapists and psychoanalysts in the NWAPS community mentor small groups of 4-8 participants focusing on areas of personal and professional growth, case consultation, and relevant topical study

Objectives of Alliance Mentoring Groups program include: engagement in theoretical reflection; cultivation of participants as clinicians; facilitation of collegial connectedness; entrée to the broader Alliance community and its programs; with the possibility of groups considering of the pressing concerns of our times - such as dismantling institutional racism, confronting climate reality, or expanding our understanding of gender identity & expression – as they relate to or implicate the psychoanalytic tradition and the practice of psychodynamic psychotherapy.

Mentoring groups are a nine-month commitment. The upcoming term begins in September 2021 and will run through June 2022. Each group meets for 1.5 hours twice monthly. Alliance membership, in good standing throughout the program year, is a requirement for participation.

  • Limited Openings: The intimate nature of a small group experience necessitates a cap on the number of participants. Groups are filled on a first come, first served basis, so we encourage interested participants who are ready to commit to the nine month program to sign up early. Register now!
  • Group Format(s): Group format, whether online, in-person, or hybrid, will be determined by each mentor. It is our expectation that clinicians registering for in-person groups will be fully vaccinated.
  • Membership and Fee: In addition to being an Alliance member in good standing (variable fee structure: student/pre-licensure, or full licensure), a $90 registration fee is required to help sustain the program.

The mentoring group administrative team and Registrar can be reached at

The mentoring clinicians offering groups in our current 2021-2022 program year include the following:

Robert Bergman, MD

2nd and 4th Thursdays, 7:00-8:30pm / Starting September 9th

In-Person at U Village

Capacity: 8 (one seat left as of 8/3/21)

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.

Clare Isaacson, LMHC

1st and 3rd Wednesdays, 9:00-10:30am / Starting October 6th

Zoom transitioning to In-Person in Kenmore*

Capacity: 6

I have been in practice for over 35 years, beginning my professional career as an intern at a community mental health center, where I worked for over a decade as a line staff, a program manager and a supervisor.

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 have completed the Level 1 & Level 2 PACT couple therapy curriculum with Stan Tatkin, and have worked for the last year as a virtual “coach” for therapists who are newly enrolled in the PACT training. I am also an approved supervisor for associates seeking mental health counseling licensure.

This is my fourth year with the Alliance Mentoring Program. As a mentor, I am committed to helping you 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.

*Meetings will take place on Zoom, at least through 2021. My hope is that this format will allow greater flexibility for group members, with the option in 2022 to meet in-person at my office in Kenmore.

Elana Kupor

1st and 3rd Fridays, 10:00-11:30 AM / Starting September 17th

In-Person in West Seattle

Capacity: 7

Elana graduated from Antioch University Seattle in 2007 with a MA in Psychology, and opened a full-time private practice in 2013. Born with a severe, sensorineural hearing loss and mainstreamed in school, Elana is very interested in working with clients who identify with feeling "Other" in our society. Elana's areas of focus include issues relating to hearing loss; eating and body issues; and couples therapy. In addition to case consultation and peer support, Elana hopes to make room in the mentoring group to discuss how we, as psychotherapists, grapple with larger issues such as social and political inequity, grief and mortality, and the climate crisis.

Carolyn Carlson

1st and 3rd Thursdays, 6:30-8:00 PM / Starting September 16th

In-Person in Madison Valley

Capacity: 6 (one seat left as of 8/3/21)

Carolyn’s intention is to provide a clinically supportive mentoring group that allows for deep analysis of oneself as a clinician, meaningful feedback from the group as a whole, and a place to receive lasting learning.

Carolyn Carlson is a Psychotherapist in private practice in Seattle. She works analytically with patients from age 4-84. This includes individual adults, couples, families and young folks. Most of the young people in her practice are gender variant, non-binary and trans identified. During undergrad and graduate school Carolyn served the chronically homeless through intense mental health outreach and housing services. Carolyn has participated in Groups and research with John and Julie Gottman that fully informs and supports her work with couples.