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laura vander black, md

therapist and psychiatrist

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Hello! I am a physician specializing in psychotherapy and medication management for adolescents, transitional age youth, and adults. My office is in South Seattle, right between Columbia City and Seward Park. I have advanced training in psychodynamic therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and dialectical behavior therapy. I am bilingual and provide services in both English and Spanish. I look forward to meeting you soon!

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Individual therapy in English or Spanish for adults, adolescents, and transitional age youth


Collaborative medication management that focuses on your personal goals

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For established patients, please connect with me via the ChARM patient portal to schedule an appointment, request prescription refills, or ask a question.

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Update for New Patients:

As of 9/26/2020, I am putting a pause on new intakes. I do not maintain a waitlist, but will be opening my books again in November 2020. 

If you are seeking care sooner than that, I'd recommend the following resources for finding a provider:

-Inclusive Therapists (network of therapists whose care centers intersectionality)

-Psychology Today (search filter allows you to find therapists and/or psychiatrists within your insurance network)

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Do you take insurance? 

I am currently an out-of-network provider. I will be in-network for Regence (effective 10/1/2020), Premera (effective 9/29/20), and First Choice (effective 9/17/20). If you have questions about billing or insurance, I am happy to connect you with my biller.

What is your approach to therapy?

Fundamentally, I see treatment as a collaboration where your goals and preferences guide what kind of therapy we do. I have advanced training and clinical experience in psychodynamic psychotherapy, CBT, and DBT and am happy to help you think through what approach would be the most helpful.

Don't psychiatrists prescribe medications, not do therapy?

This is a great question! All psychiatrists are trained to prescribe medication, and depending on their interests and training some psychiatrists primarily focus on therapy. I appreciate the role of medications and do prescribe them when needed, but the primary focus of my practice is therapy.

How can I make an appointment?

Established patients can request an appointment via the ChARM patient portal. I am not currently open for new intakes and do not maintain a waitlist, but I plan to reopen for new patients in November if you would like to check back the

The first 2-3 visits are a consultation where I will focus on getting to know you and understanding the reasons you are seeking treatment. At the final consultation visit, I will share my recommendations and we will decide whether it's the right fit to continue working together, or alternatively I will provide you with a referral who better suits your needs. 

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2711 E Madison Street, #204 Seattle, WA 98118

teléfono: 206-984-3924

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