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Click here to contact our client care coordinator about working with Hunter!

Specialties Include:

    -Adolescents and Adults (age 16+)

    -Trauma Recovery

    -ADHD Coping Skills
    -Substance Use & Harm Reduction

    -Trans and Non-Binary Affirming

    -Grief & Loss
    -Life Transitions

    -Anxiety & Depression

    -Self Harm & Suicidal Ideation

*Expressive Arts Therapist in Training

In person in West Seattle & Telehealth

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Hunter is in-network with Premera, Cigna, First Choice, LifeWise, Regence, Anthem and some other Blue Cross plans and can also bill in network with Kaiser for transgender clients. Please be aware that Protea Wellness cannot accept insurance for couple's therapy.

Hunter's fees:

  • 50-minute session for individuals: $175

  • 50-minute session for couples: $175

  • 80-minute session for couples: $260

Hunter Paulson-Smith


Pronouns: they/them

Philosophers, psychologists, and scholars have linked mental health challenges to isolation. Isolation does not just mean physical distance from others; it also describes a state of disconnection from ourselves and our emotions. Although it may be intimidating, reaching out for help can be the first step to finding an elevated sense of inner peace. Through our work together, I hope that you not only reconnect more meaningfully with others but also more intimately understand yourself and your needs.

Shame is the backbone of many of the challenges we face. Throughout our lives, we are told to quiet down, hide in the shadows, and follow the status quo. I believe that the work of therapy is realizing that these narratives are not our own and that each of us can step into the light and realize our true power. You may have painful memories and challenges in your everyday life that hold you back. I believe therapy can open the door to creativity, self-love, and endless possibilities.

I identify as queer and nonbinary. I believe that each member of the LGBTQIA+ community has indescribable magic within them. I have experience working with queer and trans individuals to explore their identities and sexualities. Whether you are part of the LGBTQIA+ community or not, my office will always be a safe, supportive, and uplifting space for people of all identities.

My approach...

I believe our work together is collaborative. I am always happy to share the knowledge and tools I’ve picked up along the way, but I believe that you are the ultimate expert on your own experience. I think that trust is essential in the therapeutic relationship and I aim to create a comfortable and casual space that helps you move forward to accomplish your goals tangibly.

Therapy is a safe space to talk about your worries, fears, and challenges, and work to develop a toolbox of techniques to help you address and move through them.

Professional training & memberships...

I have 6+ years of social service experience in a variety of capacities. I have worked with adults in community mental health, adolescents at a high school, and people experiencing homelessness.


I received my Master’s of Clinical Social Work with an emphasis on mental health from The University of Washington - Seattle. I also hold a Substance Use Disorder Professional Trainee certification and I am currently training to become an Expressive Arts Therapist with the Northwest Creative and Expressive Arts Institute.

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