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brave beginnings

open(ing) doors


brave beginnings

open(ing) doors

if you've stumbled upon this, i want to say a few things:


thank you.

and finally,


how brave 


you are

to be thinking about beginning therapy.


i'm quite serious.


one of my favorite analysts says that every time we enter the therapy room to wrestle and face our lives

that we are being so courageous; so bold. he also suggests that every beginning is loaded with complicated feelings.


every time.

every beginning.


so whether with me, or with someone else, i want to invite you to begin - invite you to open the door.




because i'm convinced that

this work is so important; so life-changing; so alive. 

this work is a science and an art. it's inside and outside. expressive and quiet. 

this work is simple and yet so complex. it's mind and body. surface and depths. roots and branches.

this work is an exploration

of internal/external universe of relationships and stories and meanings and

ups and downs, beginnings and ends, of you.

one-and-only you.


this work?

it's only the beginning.


about me

who i am & am becoming

about me

who i am & am becoming

My name is D. Michael Louderback 

and I'm an eclectic, analytic psychotherapist

in private practice. 


Born in midwestern Ohio, and then moving to Nashville, Tennessee in 2008, I received my Bachelors from a small University there, with a degree in psychology and communications. I graduated with my Masters in Counseling Psychology from The Seattle School—a small, relational, psychoanalytic training in Belltown—and am always continuing education through Seattle's Center for Object Relations and Seattle's Northwest Alliance for Psychoanalytic Study, both where I hold membership. I am fully licensed with an LMHC licensure through Washington State, LH60779138. 


I practice the art of psychotherapy through a mixture of lenses and techniques—through psychodynamic, object relations, attachment, interpersonal, evolutionary, sensorimotor (bodily - somatic attention) and psychoanalytic theories. Ultimately, however, it's the relational, emotional dynamic between you and I that most informs treatment.


I have sat with a wide variety of people—

   whether old or young,

   man or woman,

   married or single,

   child or adult—

with experience and expertise with various socioeconomic, theological, and sexual orientations. 


I am deeply passionate and committed to this work;

which is to say, I believe in it. 


So much so, that I am still engaged in my own psychoanalytic therapy after nine years. It is my belief that you should not see a therapist who has not experienced his/her own personal work on the couch; also, you should not see someone who is opposed to letting you know about it firsthand. After all, this is a process inviting you to the profoundly intimate paradox and freedom of your own life—shouldn't your therapist be experienced in that journey for him/herself? 


Equally as important:


I'm a man. 

I'm a brother and a son and a musician and a Partner and a best friend and a poet and a reader and a writer.

I'm obsessed with all things creative. 

I enjoy good food and good drink and the occasional ferry ride. 

I am alive for relationship. 

I am and will always be 



My expertise therapeutically include, but are not limited to:


   men's issues  



   grief & loss



   sexuality (LGBTQ+/gender issues)





   trauma & abuse   







   youth issues           

   purpose & meaning


   family of origin

   erectile dysfunction

   occupational vocation

   personality disorders

   video game addiction

My professional experience in the field include:


  • Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Washington State (LH60779138)


  • Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology, The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology (2013)

  • Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Organizational Psychology, Trevecca Nazarene University (2010)

Academic Offerings:

New York University

  • “Through the Belly of the Unconscious: A History of Psychoanalyst Michael Eigen and Dreamwork”, Presenter (2019)

The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology

  • “Using Dreamwork in Psychotherapy”, Clinical Presenter for “Therapy II” (2019)

  • “The Therapist’s Mind”, Clinical Presenter for “Practicum III” (2019)

  • “Life Cycle Group: Planning Your Clinical Future”, Leader (2018 - 2019)

  • Assistant Instructor for “Psychopathology I and II” (2015 - 2017)

  • Assistant Instructor for “Human Sexuality” (2017)

  • Assistant Instructor for “Counseling Children & Adolescents” (2016 - 2017)

  • Assistant Instructor for “Practicum III” (2016)

Northwest Alliance for Psychoanalytic Study

  • “Unconscious Process in Professional Writing: A Study of Maggie Nelson”, Student (2018)

  • “Narcissism: A New Study” Studying Psychoanalyst Neville Symington, Teacher (2017)

  • “Emotional Storm” Studying Psychoanalyst Michael Eigen, Teacher (2017)

  • “A Sensitive Self” Studying Psychoanalyst Michael Eigen, Teacher (2016 - 2017)

Center for Object Relations

  • “Walking the Tightrope: Working with All That’s Known and Unknown in Psychotherapy”, Co-Teacher with Psychoanalyst Sue N. Carlson (2020)

  • “Working with the Negative Transference”, Co-Teacher with Psychoanalyst Sue N. Carlson (2019)

  • The Middle School: Studying Independent Psychoanalysts, Student (2018)

  • British Object Relations Course I and II, Student (2014 - 2015)