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Lynn H. Cunningham, PhD, LICSW, FIPA

Location: 2910 E. Madison St., Suite 307
Seattle, WA 98112
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Profession: Clinical Social Worker/Therapist
Services: Psychotherapy/Counseling
Telehealth (Video/Phone) Therapy

Hello, All, I have returned to my office for in-person meetings some time ago. However, I still 'see' patients on phone or video sessions. Warmly, Lynn
Session Formats: Individuals
Practice Description: I work with anxious people. Whether sad, angry, or confused, these descriptions become constant companions. As hard as you try to hide, disguise, or lie about your feelings, your body often betrays you. Why can't life work out the way it 'seems to' for other people?

I especially like to work with people who can allow themselves to be curious and are willing to believe that "'talking" can make a difference ... that life can look different with a new perspective that tilts your current lens to reveal a new view. I believe talking with another person can help resolve troubling problems that interfere with your creative aspirations, growth, and potential. I know from experience that when kept inside, anxiety tend to rumble continuously.

Today, uncertainty is a constant. We humans can't settle if too much in our life feels uncertain; it makes us feel uncontained and out of control. Our new normal, working from home at least part of the week, has eased some aspects of life but increased pressure on other areas. With less rest from parenting responsibilities, and reduced social interactions, the internal sense of unrest you previously ignored may now feel less tolerable under our current reality. So much in the world has changed.

In addition, I could be helpful to a new mother of twins, having had twins myself. Although my 'boys' are men, I have a set of experiences worth sharing. Not everything has changed over the years. Many frustrations and challenges remain the same. It's just really hard to care for two babies, and perhaps other children as well, all at the same time.

I also have empathy for people who pull their hair or experience some other troubling bodily-related behavior. Perhaps you've discovered that your 'will' alone can't overcome this compelling demand. Trichotillomania, for example is a secretive, stubborn and embarrassing symptom that I have seen respond to psychodynamic therapy and psychoanalysis. For individuals with determination, commitment, and curiosity, psychoanalysis may increase your self awareness, make sense of this troubling behavior, and be a transformative experience.
Practice Specialties or Interests:

(Strengths are
in bold text)
Relationship Issues
Adjustment Disorder
Impulse Control Disorders
Trichotillomania (hair pulling disorder)
Older generation
Age Specialties: Adolescents
Treatment Approaches: Psychoanalytic Therapy
Psychodynamic Therapy
Education: FIPA Fellow Interational Psychoanalytical Assoc.
Northwestern Psychoa. Soc. and Institute, 2023

PhD (Humanities)
University of Chicago, 2007

Loyola University Chicago, 2007
License #: LW60260211
Licensed In: Washington
Additional Licenses/ Certifications: MA (Humanities) University of Chicago 1997
MA (Soc. Sci.) University of Chicago, 1995
Professional Affiliations:
Northwestern Psychoanalytic Society and Institute (NPSI)
Confederation of Independent Psychoanalytic Societies (CIPS)
International Psychoanalytic Studies Organization (IPSO)
Northwest Alliance for Psychoanalytic Study (NWAPS)
Fee Schedule: I discuss my fee with you during our initial meetings.
Insurance and Billing Details: I don't work directly with any insurance company. To some patients, insurance companies feel like a third person eavesdropping in the consulting room and prohibits honesty and the ability to fully relax. However, I do provide a monthly statement you can use to submit to your insurance company for reimbursement, if you wish.
Office Hours: Monday through Friday morning
Driving Directions: My office is in a pale yellow three-story building opposite City's Peoples Garden Shop on E. Madison St. in Madison Valley.

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Additional Comments: Published Book: Amazon Publishing, 2023

Hair: The Symbolic Currency of Mourning

By turning our lens, I discover how the symbolic use of hair to mourn is a "rite of passage" that marks real or symbolic death. In each case, a hair ritual is usefully reconfigured to meet the demands of a changing society while remaining connected to our vanished past through this stable conduit --- hair.
Lynn H. Cunningham, PhD, LICSW, FIPA, Therapist in Seattle
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Accepting New Clients:  Yes
Free 15-minute Consult:  Yes
In Practice Since:  2008
Prescribe Medication:  No
Evening Availability:  No
Weekend Availability:  No
Wheelchair Accessible:  Yes
Near Public Transport:  Yes
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