Announcing the New CCT Group Series

A weekly adult CCT educational support group has been meeting in the new South Lake Union office in Seattle.  Series meet weekly for 6 weeks and are limited to 8 participants. This group is appropriate for people with issues of despair, hopelessness, and/or suicidal thinking (non-emergency).

For more information or to register for the next series, please contact us.

                             Contextual-Conceptual Therapy (CCT):

   Educational Support Groups for Despair, Hopelessness, and/or Suicidal Thinking 

"You saved my life with what you taught me – the first time I saw who I really was.”

History: CCT was developed by Fredric Matteson from being in dialogue with 16,000 suicidal persons over 25 years on the mental health unit of a major public hospital.  

Purpose: Persons who have been feeling suicidal need to understand WHY.  Nearly 80% of those who attempt suicide have attempted before, suggesting the root issue is not being addressed.  

Plan: 6 week educational support group for persons with despair and suicidal thinking - to receive ongoing group support and to understand the reasons behind feeling suicidal; to learn CCT skills set.


This group may be helpful if you are experiencing any of the following:

I’m tired of trying. No matter how hard I try it is not good enough?”

“I feel empty inside – like a shell of a person.”

“I feel trapped, stuck.”

“I feel phony, like I have a mask on.”

“I feel like I’m lost.”

“I feel there is no way out

“I don’t really know who I am.”

“I feel emotionally invisible.”

“In my life I have felt abandoned.”

“I believe there is something wrong with me.”

“I feel like I am caught in a Catch-22, a double-bind.”

“I can’t comfort myself.”

“I stuff my feelings.”

“I am constantly thinking, overanalyzing.”

“I keep trying to get rid of bad feelings.”

“I can’t look in the mirror and say ‘I love you’ to myself.”

“I have a hard time saying ‘no’”.

“I feel like life is passing me by and I am somewhere else.”

“I’m starved for love – but I keep pushing it away.”

 “I’m hard on myself.”

“I feel like I am in the way.”

“I’m stubborn. It’s important to be right and in control.”

“I feel like everyone would be better off without me.”

“I feel like I keep failing.”

“I am my own worst enemy.”

“I feel like the life I’ve been living is WORSE than death, so death looks better.”

“I can’t get rid of my pain.”

“I can see what I want (in life) – but I can never reach it.”

“I can’t see the light at the end of the tunnel.”

“I feel like I am here – but not here.”


" There has never been a therapy specifically for suicide, until today. "

                                              - David Olive, Ph.D., Lead Psychologist,

                                                National Health Service (NHS) of England


Address & Time: 1818 Westlake Avenue North, Suite 210, Seattle, WA 98109; 5:30-7:00 p.m. (Monday)

Contact: Fredric Matteson, Executive Director/ CCT Founder: 206-550-3961 [group limited to only 8]   

Group Leaders: Fredric Matteson (see above); Dr. Sunida Bintasan, Adolescent & Adult Psychiatrist

Cost: $100 initial deposit to reserve place in group; $25 payment due after each 1½  hour group. 

Start Date: Monday, June 3, 2013 [Reserve your place by Friday, May 31, 2013]; to run only 6 weeks