Located in Bellewood Office Park near downtown Bellevue

2025 112th Ave NE, Suite 300
Bellevue, WA, 98004

​​Jen Gates, MA

Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Child Mental Health Specialist


Jen graduated from Seattle University in 1992 with a BA in Psychology. While attending SU, Jen volunteered at a school for homeless children which sparked her interest in the social / emotional needs of children in transition and crisis. Jen's senior project, The Impact of Domestic Violence on Children and F
amilies, further fueled her curiosity into the mental health needs and concerns of people in her community.  Upon graduation, Jen broadened her "community" by filling her passport with adventurous world travels. Observing family customs and rituals, eating street food and hitching rides on local transport, all solidified Jen's desire to learn how people and families function. 

Jen graduated from Bastyr University in 1997 with a MA  in Counseling. She interned in a day treatment program for 3-5 yr. olds and as a Child and Family Therapist. Jen has worked as a child and family therapist in community mental health, school based mental health, home-based family therapy, private practice and as a school counselor in an international school. She has facilitated parent groups and coached many parents of children and adolescents. 

Combining her interest in various cultures and counseling, Jen completed the coursework for an Ethnic Minority Specialist certification offered through the University of Washington School of Social Work. 


CBT – Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy-"Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is one of the most commonly practiced forms of psychotherapy today. It’s focus is on helping people learn how their thoughts color and can actually change their feelings and behaviors. It is usually time-limited and goal-focused as practiced by most psychotherapists in the U.S. today." John M. Grohol, Psy.D.

DBT – Dialectical Behavioral Therapy- "​DBT emphasizes the psychosocial aspects of treatment — how a person interacts with others in different environments and relationships. The theory behind the approach is that some people are prone to react in a more intense and out-of-the-ordinary manner toward certain emotional situations, primarily those found in romantic, family and friend relationships." John M. Grohol, Psy.D.

(PCIT)-Parent-child interaction therapy- "is a behavior-based, family-oriented therapy designed to help improve the parent-child relationship through interaction. In this modality, child-directed interaction can help facilitate the development of effective parenting techniques and reductions in behavior issues and may also lead to a stronger familial relationship." Good Therapy

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