Ryther’s residential cottages are a safe haven for children who may have never had one.

Our first priority is to make sure each child feels safe so they can build trust and strong relationships with the adults at Ryther. Our psychiatrist, psychologist, ARNP, case managers, therapists and behavioral specialists develop individualized, strength-based treatment plans focused on the particular challenges preventing success for that child. We now have a trauma informed model called ARC – Attachment, Regulation and Competency that has been shown to improve outcomes in children in similar residential treatment settings.

Where children learn to trust and believe in themselves for the very first time.

Ryther’s cottages treat children ages 6-14 who need a highly structured and safe living arrangement, while they receive intensive mental health and behavioral health services in a rich therapeutic environment. We provide assessment, psychiatry, evidence-based and experiential therapies, group therapy, family therapy, parent coaching, and an on-campus K-8 Seattle Public School self-contained special education program. With individualized, strengths-based treatment plans and a team approach with a low staff-to-child ratio of 1:2, Ryther helps children overcome the effects of complex trauma. We work with children to make meaning from their experiences and to strengthen their resiliencies while fostering growth to reduce the negative developmental impacts trauma can have. While most of the children in the cottages are referred by Washington State Department of Children, Youth and Families, an increasing number are referred by parents, pediatricians, hospitals and therapists for clients who would benefit from hospital step-down or hospital diversion care. A number of insurance providers cover the service and Ryther will check with insurance providers for coverage. Call  206.517.0292 if you are interested in referring your child for short-term treatment of 4-6 weeks. 



Volunteering enhances the lives of Ryther children as well as one’s own life.


Every day, each Ryther staff member helps children and their families find their path to healing and hope.

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