Stephen Rowley

I became a psychotherapist after a rich and varied career in K-12 and higher education. From my earliest years, however, I held a deep interest in the field of psychology, including the science and mystery of what it is to fully become a human being. I am still on that path of deeper understanding. But now I am privileged to help clients overcome major obstacles and conflicts (both internal and external), find insight and strength from within, and help them experience personal growth, problem resolution, and healing from deep-seated wounds.

My current professional interests include trans-generational trauma, early childhood attachment issues, somatic therapy, and the role of play in helping achieve emotional regulation and self discovery. I recently developed Play Lab Northwest, which is an integral element in my work with children and teens ages 6-16. I also write a monthly blog of essays and favorite quotes: Zen-to-Go

Although raised in the Midwest, I have resided in the Puget Sound region for over 25 years. My home is on Bainbridge Island, Washington where I have lived for nearly 15 years. I have considerable experience working with children, teens, men, and women from all walks of life and from highly diverse backgrounds of ethnicity, race, religion, socio-economics, sexual orientation and gender identity. 


I earned my B.A. at the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a major in English. I have a Ph.D. in Administration and Policy Analysis from the Graduate School of Education of Stanford University and an M.A. in Counseling Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara, California. I hold a license as a Mental Health Counselor Associate (LMHCA, #MC60725268) in Washington State. I am formally trained in Mindfulness Meditation. I have completed Year One training in Somatic Transformation™ with psychotherapist and educator Sharon Stanley, Ph.D.  


Your life, all your life, is your path to awakening.
By resisting or not dealing with its challenges,
you stay asleep to Reality.
Pay attention to what life is trying to reveal to you.
Say yes to its fierce, ruthless, and loving grace.

Professional Affiliations

  • American Mental Health Counselors Association
  • Bainbridge Island Psychotherapy Guild
  • Depth Psychology Alliance
  • C.G. Jung Society, Seattle
  • Sand Play Therapists of America

  • Jungian Psychotherapists Association
  • Northwest Alliance of Psychoanalytic Study
  • Pacifica Graduate Institute Alumni Association
  • Stanford Alumni Association
  • Washington State Mental Health Counselors Association