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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, an MA in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary, and a Postgraduate Certificate in Marriage and Family Practices from the Los Angeles Family Institute, and he 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 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. He is also the founder and director of the Relationally Focused Psychodynamic Therapy Post-Graduate Certificate.


Core Competencies of Relational Psychoanalysis

Dr. Barsness’ Publications & Presentations