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Ryther is one of the most comprehensive behavioral health facilities for adolescents in the Pacific Northwest. With three locations—one in Seattle, another in Bellevue and the third in Mukilteo—children, teens and their parents are provided a range of counseling services and behavioral health education programs. In addition to substance abuse treatment, services for autism diagnostics, family therapy and home-based coaching programs for youth transitioning home after treatment are available.

The Seattle facility provides a residential program for youth between the ages of six and 14 who need a highly-structured and safe temporary living situation. Both the Bellevue and Seattle offices also provide outpatient substance abuse treatment.

Ryther began as an orphanage in 1885 when its founder Olive Ryther took charge of her deceased neighbor’s four children and vowed to take care of as many orphans as possible. In the 1950’s after helping thousands of children, Ryther evolved her services to meet the needs of the community and shifted focus to provide mental health services. Today Ryther cares for 3,000 children each year.

Treatment and Staff

After an assessment, clients and their parents are given a treatment plan that includes individual and family therapy. One-on-one sessions for substance abuse use DBT, CBT and Motivational Interviewing (MI) techniques. Ryther doesn’t require clients and their families to attend 12-step meetings, but they are encouraged to seek them out on their own.

Most clinicians are dual-certified as Master’s-level therapists (including MFTs and MSWs) with addiction counseling credentials, including chemical dependency professionals and chemical dependency professionals-in-training. Ryther has a dedicated therapy track for clients with co-occurring disorders with a psychiatrist overseeing all treatment. Additionally, clinicians who treat co-occurring disorders periodically organize groups to share techniques and ideas to improve the efficacy of treatment.


In addition to services for all facets of child and adolescent behavioral health, Ryther offers assertive parenting classes, an Empowering Young Women’s Sexuality class and an Outdoor Leadership Camp. Its Blog—Ryther Voices—offers tips on how to communicate with your child and how to spot signs of substance abuse.

Ryther has also recently launched a counseling program to provide one-time sessions with parents who suspect their child might be battling substance abuse. These sessions involve psycho-education on the effects of addiction and teach parenting strategies to help communicate and set boundaries.

In Summary

Ryther has been serving the young residents of the Seattle/Bellevue area of Washington State for nearly 150 years. Its current substance abuse counseling programs provide expert therapy and education for young people struggling with substance abuse while also teaching parents how to communicate assertively and compassionately. Ryther’s comprehensive mental health staff help to make it a premier choice for young people suffering from co-occurring disorders.

Ryther Locations

Ryther Main Campus
2400 NE 95th St
Seattle, WA 98115

Ryther East
14715 Bel-Red Rd
Bldg. G Ste. 100
Bellevue, WA 98007

Ryther Cost

Insurance and sliding scale for low-income families. Reach Ryther by phone at (206) 517-0234 or by email at [email protected]. Find Ryther on Facebook and Twitter

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