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Rita Simeone, MSW, LICSW, Diplomate in Social Work

Meet Rita Simeone, MSW, LICSW, Diplomate in Social Work...


Philosophy & Therapeutic Approach

It is uncommon for people to willingly seek therapy.  Misinformation, fear of stigma, prejudices abound.  How unfortunate!  By the time someone reaches out it is often because they are at a point of desperation; this is when the work can begin. My philosophy and approach have been formed through many years of working as a clinical social worker.  Though trained in psychodynamic psychotherapy, I am much more eclectic in my approach and attuned to client needs.  I see therapy as a tool.  It is hard work.  There is a saying that “only the brave go to therapy.”  In reaching out to begin the therapy process, one is choosing to become conscious, to face what is not working in one’s life, and to take action to change that.  Therapy can hold us together when we feel like we are falling apart. 

In our work together we explore you and your life.  We will find what is working for you and what is not.  Together we will look into the factors that influenced the person you are today in the place you are at in this present moment.  We will uncover your current beliefs about yourself, others, and your view of how the world works.  I can offer you compassion, a safe place, tools to help navigate life changes and transitions, and perspective. Together we will develop a treatment plan that address your unique self and through talk therapy, mindfulness techniques, cognitive behavioral therapy approaches, and dreamwork we will work towards your goals to achieve your desired outcome for therapy.

“In Japan, broken objects are often repaired with gold.  The flaw is seen as a unique piece of the objects history, which adds to its beauty.

Consider this when you feel broken.”
(author unknown)

Personal Qualifications and Education Background
  • Bachelor of Professional Studies, SUNY Institute of Technology

  • MSW, California State University, Sacramento (mental health specialty)

  • (Internship at UC Davis- - Psychiatry and Psychology Departments)

  • Continuous training through workshops in PTSD, Jungian Psychology, Grief, Death and Dying, Understanding Military Culture, Bereavement, Depression Anxiety Mindfulness, Working with Dreams.

  • On-going personal growth through Jungian Analysis, Jungian Supervision, training in Sand Play Therapy, Parent Effectiveness Training, Understanding Temperament.

Work Experience Includes:

Military and Family Life Counselor for U.S. Army, Navy and Air Force, provided counseling and education to our military men, women and their families. I’ve worked as a palliative and hospice care social worker for both adults and children, I have owned a private practice, provided work in hospitals, as well as skilled nursing facilities. I also have experience running a battered women’s shelter.  I have worked, and enjoy working, with a diverse client population. My experience includes working with people ranging in age from infancy to 103. Therapeutic modalities include individual, couples, families and group work.

Licenses, Certifications and Professional Membership

  • Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW)          Washington State (Active)

  • Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW)          Massachusetts (Active)

  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)               
    New Hampshire (Active)

  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW                               California (Active)

  • Diplomate in Social Work

  • NASW Membership

Rita Simeone, Sammamish Full Circle Counseling
Issues Addressed

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Post-Traumatic Stress

  • Problems Related to Military Life

  • Aging

  • Grief/Bereavement

  • Family Life Cycle Transitions (Birth of Child, Marriage, Divorce, Moving, Job Changes, Aging, Losses, Caregiving)

  • Parenting Issues & Concerns

  • Self-esteem Issues

  • Stress

  • Chronic Illness

Client Age Focus: Adults



I currently reside in Issaquah. I love Issaquah and the PNW, nature and being outdoors. I enjoy, hiking, kayaking, yoga, and mindfulness practice. I am grateful to spend time with family and friends, and I enjoy reading knitting, cooking, writing, playing guitar and singing.  



In network with many major insurance plans and EAP plans. Can take many plans out of network. Please call 425-409-6414 or inquire for details about your plan.




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