Consult Groups

Group Consultation was integral to the beginning of COR.  Every week, a group a clinicians would meet at someone’s house and consult with Austin Case, MD, over the phone (at the time, Dr. Case was living in London).  Consultation has continued to be profoundly important in the analytic tradition, to help hold the complexity of what can be within meeting with patients.

Each of COR’s Consult Groups meet with either Tom Saunders, MSW, a seasoned analytic clinician who has decades of experience in thinking and working analytically within the therapeutic hour, or Sean Jackson, MA, a psychoanalytically-oriented psychotherapist in practice since 2005.  Each group meets weekly, where one participant will present a session verbatim of a patient, and the group will spend the time exploring the session, gathering a picture of the inner world of the patient.

Participants are expected to commit to one year.  Groups are Limited to 5 participants maximum.

Membership is Required

Classes are held in-person at the instructor’s office, but instructors accommodate those that need to meet online via Zoom.  Classes are limited to 5 participants maximum.  Participants are expected to commit to one year.  Membership is Required.  Individual scholarships are not available for Consult Groups, as our scholarship program already facilitates the costs.

Fee: $480/year ($40/month)

Please contact instructors directly with questions and/or interest in joining a group.

Instructor Address Phone Email
Tom Saunders 16030 Bothell-Everett Hwy #295, Mill Creek, WA 98012 (425) 745-0288 Please call only.
Sean Jackson 1817 Queen Anne Ave, #409, Seattle (206) 369-4792

Thomas Saunders, MSW
Thomas Saunders, MSWPsychoanalytic Psychotherapist
Thomas C. Saunders, MSW, LICSW is a clinical social worker and analytically trained psychotherapist who sees infants, children, adolescents, and adults in his Mill Creek practice. He also teaches, consults, and supervises psychotherapists in Seattle and Portland. He is also a former board member with COR.  Tom was in the first Tavistock model Infant Observation group held here in Seattle back in 1992.
Sean Jackson, MA, LMHC
Sean Jackson, MA, LMHC
Sean Jackson, MA, LMHC is a psychoanalytically oriented psychotherapist in practice since 2005. He has worked with all ages in his time as a clinician but primarily works with adults and couples currently. Sean has a deep interest in the work of COR and has found a “therapeutic and theoretical home” with the COR community since 2013. He currently serves on the Education Committee.

If you are already a member of a Consult Group, go to this page to manage payments.


Missed classes, seminars, events are not eligible for partial refunds. Cancellations made more than 30 days prior to the first class are eligible for a full refund, less a $50 cancellation fee. Cancellations made less than 30 days in advance of the first session are nonrefundable and non-transferable unless COR is able to fill your spot with another registrant. Cancellations made on or after the start of the first session are 100% non-refundable and nontransferable. In the event of an emergency, each situation will be considered.


For purchasing an installment plan, a “Free Trial” means there will be a delay of the charge until class begins. The sign up fee is an initial charge to secure your place within the class.


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