Howard Leonard, Ph.D.

A Founding Partner Clinical Psychologist 206) 329-5255 Ext 304
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Couples/Relationship therapy, Individual therapy
Anxiety disorders, Depression, Family of origin issues, Gender identity, Grief & loss, Impact of cultural bias and oppression (e.g., racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia), LGBTQ, Life transitions, Multicultural issues, Relationship and interpersonal issues, Self-esteem, Sexual orientation and sexual identity, Sexual performance, Work and/or academic stress
Acceptance-based approach, Emotion-focused therapy, Humanistic approach, Interpersonal or relational approach, Solution-focused therapy
Adults, Bisexual, Gay, HIV+ populations, Lesbian, LGBTQ, Non-traditional couples and relationships, Queer, Transgender

Dr. Leonard provides individual and couple psychotherapy for a variety of concerns including relationship problems, life transitions, issues of aging, grief, GLBTQ / sexual and gender variance, depression, anxiety, alienation, decision making, communication skills, and isolation. He has worked with adults of all ages since the late 1970's. Dr. Leonard is active in the session, providing feedback and guidance to help his client’s progress toward the goals they bring to the appointment. He believes each session should result in a feeling of support and understanding, and hopefully encouragement, insight and movement. He considers psychotherapy to be a relationship based on mutual trust and respect. He will bring commitment and organization to each session. Dr. Leonard is in the office Monday through Friday starting at 9 AM, with his last appointments being in the middle of the afternoon.

At the age of eight, Dr. Leonard decided he wanted to be a psychologist. It is not clear how he even heard of the profession. Having a defined goal certainly made it easier for him to get through college and graduate school, which he completed at the age of 25.

Dr. Leonard was raised in a suburb of Boston, and completed his schooling in Southern California. He went to college at the University of California, Irvine, where he received a B.A. in Social Ecology, followed by Masters and Doctoral degrees in Clinical Psychology at a private university in San Diego which was started by the California Psychological Association. While in graduate school, he also worked in community mental health, school psychology and in the Counseling Center at the University of California, San Diego.

Following his PhD, Dr. Leonard took a position as an Assistant Professor of Psychology at a rural campus of the State University of New York. While teaching, he also had his first exposure to private practice. In 1983, Dr. Leonard decided to dig roots in a more urban area and to focus primarily on clinical practice. While developing his practice in Seattle, he continued to teach part time, and to work in community psychology and adolescent substance abuse. In more recent years, Dr. Leonard has focused solely on clinical practice.

As the insurance industry complicated clinical practice, in 1992 along with three colleagues, Dr. Leonard formed Associates In Behavioral Health, an independent group of psychologists and psychiatrists, sharing knowledge and overhead, while maintaining complete autonomy over their own work.

In addition to his psychology practice, Dr. Leonard has participated and held leadership positions in professional, non-profit and community organizations. He has also conducted workshops for psychologists and other medical and mental health providers, and he has served on numerous boards.

On a personal level, Dr. Leonard has conducted his relationships with the same level of commitment that he has approached his work. He has friends that go back to very early childhood, and he created a family that includes two daughters, now into their early adulthood. Travel has also been a priority, having visited approximately 35 countries on five continents, and about 40 states.

In his practice, he focuses on providing individual and couple psychotherapy to adults of all ages for a variety of concerns including relationship and communication problems, life transitions, GLBTQ issues, sexual concerns, depression, anxiety, alienation, decision making, and isolation. He is an active participant in the psychotherapy session, believing that it is your job to set the goals and his to help you get there. While he recognizes that one might not always feel happier after an appointment, he strives to help people feel insight, understanding, direction and encouragement. He considers psychotherapy to be a relationship where both parties need to have mutual trust and respect, and he brings commitment and organization to each appointment.

First Choice Health Network, Medicare, Premera Blue Cross, Regence Blue Shield, Uniform Medical Plan

Dr. Leonard is able to accept payment from nearly all insurance companies, although it is good practice for you to call the number on your insurance card so that you understand the extent of your obligations prior to the first appointment. Although he is on a few managed care panels, he is not on all panels and not on Apple Care policies, UBH, UHC, Cigna, or Value Options. Some insurance policies allow you to see Dr. Leonard under their out of network benefits, but it is your responsibility to call your insurance to find out if they have such a provision. Thank you.