Peter M. Rivera, PhD

"Committed to helping establish and maintain healthy relationships"


About Me

My desires to help others are what fuel my professional ambitions. I have a thirst for justice and desire to rewrite the wrongs that exist within our local and global society. As a marriage and family therapist, teacher, and researcher I am able to satisfy these desires in unique and gratifying ways. Ultimately, I get a great deal of satisfaction from my work by investing in others.

The majority of my free time is dedicated to my beautiful wife and five wonderful children. I have been blessed to have a committed wife who has contributed to much of my success. I receive a great deal of joy from being a husband and father, and much of what I learn from maintaining these roles informs my clinical work, research, and teaching.


As a Marriage and Family Therapist, I am qualified to work with individuals and do so from a holistic/systemic model of care. I help individuals with becoming unstuck in the way they think about their problems and solutions to those problems.
When a child/adolescent is the identified patient, my work often alternates between working with the child/adolescent (e.g., I often utilize play and art therapy with children) and working with the family system to develop sustainable systemic growth and health.
My approach to working with couples is inherently integrative, and draws on the many systemic perspectives that I have been trained in to meet the unique needs of the couples I work with, including Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy.
My work with families takes many forms, including evaluating generational legacies, assessing and improving relational boundaries, emotional coaching for affective functioning, and process coaching for instrumental functioning.
My approach to supervision is grounded in stegnth based bio-psycho-social-spiritual systems orientation. I aim to provide a context for supervisess that fosters growth, creativity, and space for self-reflection and genuine interactions.

Therapy Sessions

In the first few sessions, my clients and I invest our time into getting to know each other and the presenting issues. A primary focus of our first few sessions together will be to build a therapeutic-alliance that we can utilize to maximize the effectiveness of our time moving forward; a solid therapist-client relationship is critical to the success of therapy. Additionally, our time will be invested into completing a biological-psychological-social-spiritual assessment, which allows me to better understand how these domains shape my clients’ lives and presenting problems.


PhD in Marriage and Family Therapy
The Florida State University
Assistant Professor of Marriage and Family Therapy
Seattle Pacific University
Licencsed Marriage and Family Therapist
Since 2012
Approved Supervisor Candidate
American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
At-Large Board Member
Washington Association for Marriage and Family Therapy

Session Info


Flexible scheduling
Monday through Friday


$150/hr (currently taking sliding scale payments)


Cash, debit, and all major credit cards


Currently accepting Cigna, Regence, and Medicaid


Street and lot parking


(206) 281-2632 or
(253) 214-3142



3307 3rd AVE West Suite 120
Seattle, WA 98119


596 Industry Drive, Suite 230
Tukwila, WA 98188