Alternative Counseling

Alternative Counseling


From a business park on a suburban street 15 miles southeast of central Seattle, Alternative Counseling offers outpatient counseling services at a variety of intensities for individuals struggling with a range of mental-health and behavioral disorders, including substance use disorder. Medical detox is not available on-site.

Russian and Ukrainian are spoken at this facility, and most treatment services are available in Russian, making Alternative Counseling one of just 16 facilities in Washington State that provides language services in a foreign language other than Spanish or Native American/Alaska Native languages.


The length of treatment varies according to the individual client’s needs, and Alternative Counseling aims to offer flexible scheduling, with appointments available on evenings and weekends.

For chemical dependency, there’s an intensive outpatient program (IOP) and general outpatient care, as well as a relapse prevention program. Other specialist services for individuals struggling with substance misuse include DUI programming and marijuana awareness classes. And beyond addiction treatment, the center also offers anger-management treatment as well as mental-health and family counseling.

Treatment is offered in individual, group, couples’, and family settings. Alternative Counseling aims to provide the latest evidence-based treatment options, and focuses on behavioral treatments, holding that since behaviors are learned they can be modified or changed. And if the center doesn’t provide the kind of services you need, or you need further treatment after graduating from Alternative Counseling, the center can give you a referral to services in the community.


Alternative Counseling is staffed by chemical dependency professionals and chemical dependency professional trainees, some of them educated to master’s level. The single individual polled by to date gave the facility five stars for the level of training found in its counselors.


“Awesome,” was the appraisal of alum A.T., the single individual polled by to date, who gave the facility five stars for the overall quality of its individual and group counseling and the level of staff support provided.

Secondary review sites yield mostly positive feedback at the time of this writing, with four five-star ratings and a one-star rating spread between Google and Yelp.[1][2] The only negative reviewer complained of questionable billing practices. Only two of the four positive reviewers left comments with their ratings, and their notes were general: “This facility has helped many clients over the years. Good people,” Robert wrote on Google; “I am very happy with Alternative Counseling in Kent Washington,” added Glenn on Yelp.


Alternative Counseling accepts most private insurance plans on an out-of-network basis, and is in-network with Premera and Blue Cross Blue Shield. The center also accepts self-pay, and offers payment plans as well as some discounts, which are determined on a case-by-case basis.

[1] GoogleReviews

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  • awesome!