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Roy Barsness, PhD

Dr. Roy Barsness has been a therapist in private practice for more than 25 years. In addition to his role at The Seattle School, he teaches at the Brookhaven Institute for Psychoanalysis & Christian Theology. His primary interest is in the intersection of psychoanalytic thought and theology.

Dr. Barsness holds a PhD in Clinical Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology – Los Angeles, an MA in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, Postgraduate Certificate in Family Studies from the Los Angeles Family Institute, and has completed an intensive training program in Psychoanalytic Theory from the Northwest Alliance for Psychoanalytic Studies. Prior to coming to The Seattle School, Dr. Barsness was Director of Clinical Training at Seattle Pacific University. He has also taught at Fuller Theological Seminary, Antioch University, and the University of Washington’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.

Dr. Barsness is a member of the American Psychological Association, the Christian Association of Psychology, the Center for Object Relations, and the Northwest Alliance for Psychoanalytic Studies.



  • “The Changing Culture of Faculty Work: A Pedagogy of Cultural Dignity for Engaging the Diverse Other,” co-written with Richard Kim in Journal of Theological Education
  • “Playing Our Cards Face Up: The Positive Power of Arousal and Disclosure in the Therapeutic Setting,” co-written with Brad Strawn in Journal of Psychology and Christianity
  • “You, Me and Thee: A Look at Christian and Psychoanalysis,” in the Northwest Alliance for Psychoanalytic Study’s quarterly newsletter
  • “Surrender and Transcendence in the Analytic Encounter” in Journal of Psychology and Christianity
  • “The Relational Turn in Psychoanalytic Supervision” in Journal of Contemporary Psychoanalysis
  • “Transformed by Doubt” in Proceedings of the International Federation of Psychoanalytic Education
  • “Honor, Wonder, Awe, and Love: Sacred Moments in Relationships with Clients” in Journal of Psychology and Christianity