Chad Perman, MA, LMFT
- Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Washington state (LF00002671)
- MA in Marriage & Family Therapy, 2005
- BA in English, University of Washington, 1999
- BA in Cinema Studies, University of Washington, 1999
The foundation of my approach revolves around building an authentic relationship with my clients, as this is the ground upon which all of our work is built. I believe that, as human beings, we all struggle at times—but that by telling our story to an engaged and empathetic listener, we can begin to make more sense of things, and eventually feel empowered to make important decisions and lasting changes. As a therapist, I see my role as that of a curious, active, non-judgmental guide, working with you to identify ‘stuck’ patterns or dynamics in your life, and helping to clear away the obstacles in your path towards contentment.
My theoretical orientation is mostly psychodynamic, narrative, and existential, though I also draw on mindfulness-based cognitive-behavioral approaches at times. When appropriate, I’ll also use both bibliotherapy and cinematherapy to supplement our work together.
While I tailor my approach to fit each new client I work with, a few things remain constant: curiosity, empathy, active listening, respect, and a healthy sense of humor. I work to provide a safe, comfortable, and trusting environment, so that my clients feel free to speak openly, process and explore their feelings, and more fully share their stories with me.
I’ve been working in the mental health field for over 15 years, and have extensive experience working with individuals, couples, and families. After completing my graduate school internship at Good Samaritan Hospital, I began my professional career at Friends of Youth, where I provided child, individual, and family therapy in both Issaquah and Snoqualmie. After several years at FOY, I accepted a position with Wellspring Counseling, where I worked with adolescents, adults, and couples in Bellevue for over eight years.
Over the years, I’ve worked with a wide variety of clients from various backgrounds, on issues including depression, anxiety, OCD, ADD, grief/loss, parenting, divorce, interpersonal relationships, intimacy, life transitions, trauma, self-esteem, gender identity, eating disorders, PTSD, and family dysfunction.
In my current practice, I see individual adults (18+) and couples.
Though I work with clients on many different types of issues, I specialize in working with introverts, artists & creative types, and highly-gifted adults. In addition, I have specialized training and extensive experience in the treatment of anxiety, adult ADD, and couples/relationship issues.
Outside the Office
I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember, and have done so professionally, off and on, since 2003. I’m the founder and editor-in-chief of Bright Wall/Dark Room, an online film magazine devoted to looking at movies in unique and human ways. When I’m not hanging out with my wife and kids, I can usually be found writing, reading, strumming a guitar, playing basketball, coaching soccer, or watching (way too many) films.