Donovan Bigelow


private psychotherapy


I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) and am in private psychotherapy practice in the Pioneer Square area of Seattle, Washington.

My clinical focus is on adolescent, adult, and couples therapy. I believe that therapists cannot take a patient deeper than they have been willing to go themselves.

I have been in personal psychoanalytic therapy or psychoanalysis for years and continue to explore my own mind with senior clinicians.

Beyond my psychological training and clinical experience, I like to think that I bring a unique background of athletic, military, and legal experience, as well as decades-long immersion in the study and practice of Zen Buddhism, martial arts, and the philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche to my work as a psychotherapist.

I was a tenured instructor in the community and technical college system teaching various psychology courses. I find that combining my psychotherapy practice with teaching psychology provides advantages for both my patients and my students. I have taught classes in several Seattle area colleges on the following topics: Introduction to Psychology, Developmental Psychology, The Psychology of Human Relations, as well as developing classes on Human Sexuality and Psychopathology. In addition I have taught other subjects such as: The Philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche, Terrorism: Sources and Solutions, US History, American Government, Criminology, Introduction to Law, Introduction to Business Law.
I have also developed a variant of sport psychology that I apply to athletes and those desiring more effective and efficient training programs and deeper motivation. Combining a life-long commitment to athletic achievement with my psychoanalytic research, I have developed a unique program designed to enhance competitive performance, remove inhibitions to achievement, and understand the deeper meanings of athletic participation. I hold a third-degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do. My competition in full-contact matches led to the following championships: National Champion, Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) Tae Kwon Do (1987); Four-time Georgia State Champion, United States Tae Kwon Do Union (USTU) (1986 – 1988); All-Army Tae Kwon Do Team (1990); Instructor at various schools since 1978. I have competed since childhood in a variety of other sports including gymnastics, wrestling, football, and baseball among others.

Prior to my psychological training, I was a Military Intelligence Officer in the U.S. Army. I successfully completed the Army’s most rigorous training: Airborne and Ranger schools. I had extensive training in Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical (NBC) weapons systems and counter-t
errorism with operational experience in tactical and strategic intelligence missions. I received the Army’s Funded Legal Education Program Scholarship and transferred to the JAGC where I served as both a prosecutor and public defender. I have been a private criminal defense attorney in both federal and state courts. I received my law degree from Cornell Law School, a Master of Arts degree in military law from the Judge Advocate General’s School — Army.

I have studied the works and life of Friedrich Nietzsche for over 25 years and have founded the weekly Seattle Nietzsche Reading Group.

I am the proud father of two wonderful daughters and have the great privilege to be a stepfather to a growing young boy.

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