Ava Swift Counseling

Psychotherapy for Individuals & Couples

Providing psychotherapy for Individuals and Couples in Seattle, WA.



Welcome. I am a psychotherapist providing counseling in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle, Washington. You are welcome to look around and contact me with any questions you may have. If you're ready to begin, I invite you to set up a consultation- I look forward to speaking with you!


As a psychotherapist, I begin with the hope of creating a welcoming space for you to be.  In an atmosphere that is both empathic and curious, we can begin to explore the nature of your struggles. Attending to patterns of thought, beliefs, fears, desires and behaviors, will allow us to paint a picture of your world. Whether it be colored by trauma, anxiety, fear, or confusion, psychotherapy is a relationship in which pain can be acknowledged, understood, and over time, processed, rather than denied, avoided, or feared.

In working together, we will explore the issues that bring you to seek therapy with the goal of deeply listening to you, strengthening your awareness and compassion. My hope for therapy is not only the reduction of painful symptoms in your life, but a growing capacity for authenticity, creativity, and trust in yourself, leading to a life more deeply connected—to yourself, to others, and to your experience in the world. 

Working from a psychodynamic orientation, I am influenced by relational psychoanalysis, somatic therapies, attachment theory, depth psychology, and feminist studies. Seeing an interconnection of the body and soul, I work with mindful attention to somatic experiences and current research in neuroscience.

I hold a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology. My education included a yearlong internship at Seattle Therapy Alliance, an organization focusing on training counselors in feminist psychotherapy and offering affordable counseling to women. Furthering my education with classes and consultation throughout the year, I am also a member of The Center for Object Relations and the Northwest Alliance for Psychoanalytic Study.