Dr. June Kramer
“What do you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”
~ Mary Oliver, poet

My Background

Even in the best of circumstances, it is still difficult to be a human being. We all suffer at times though there are of course very different kinds of suffering. Without consciously knowing it, I have always wanted to understand how to lessen our common human experience of suffering and emotional pain.

I was drawn early on to understanding emotional life. In medical school, although finding the human body amazing, I was less interested in bodily illness than in people’s emotional struggles. I therefore chose a psychiatry residency. I hoped to learn how to become an excellent therapist. Even that many years ago, however, psychiatry was already very biologically oriented. I could feel my internal objection to what seemed like the underlying premise – that all human suffering could be addressed and cured with medication. I did not want to practice general psychiatry, which meant just such a focus on evaluation and diagnosis and then medication. My residency did not teach very much at all about the practice of therapy so I on my own I sought out teachers of therapy in my community.

After a few years in private practice, consulting with various teachers and therapists, I slowly learned that psychodynamic and psychoanalytic approaches were rich and fascinating and very effective for most people. I decided I wanted to learn this deeper form of therapy and began a rigorous 5 year program at the Seattle Psychoanalytic Institute. This was a wonderful experience. It included my own personal analysis/therapy. Contemporary psychoanalytic approaches are no longer stereotypically Freudian. The therapist is more active and relational. Other methods are embraced and integrated as well, including cognitive and nowadays, mindfulness practices.

In parallel with my love of therapy came a deep interest in meditation. I began going to meditation retreats many decades ago, before it was as known and accepted as it is today. I have continued my commitment to it all along, less so time wise while raising a family, much more so now. It is another powerful way to understand and learn to work with our minds.


  • Seattle Psychoanalytic Society and Institute; five year didactic training program in psychoanalysis
  • University of Utah, psychiatric residency and child psychiatry fellowship
  • University of Miami Medical School, M.D. degree, elected to AOA, honorary medical society
  • St. Johnʼs University, B.S., cum laude
  • Board Certified in General Psychiatry and Neurology
  • Washington and California medical licenses

Clinical Experience

  • Private practice of psychiatry and psychotherapy for over 40 years
  • Clinical director and staff positions at a community mental health center, as well as an adolescent hospital treatment program
  • Clinical consultant to a therapeutic group for agoraphobics and to a child placement team


  • Seattle Psychoanalytic Society and Institute
  • American Psychoanalytic Association
  • Northwest Alliance for Psychoanalytic Study
  • Center for Object Relations, Northwest Family Development Center
  • Programs at Spirit Rock Meditation Center, Woodacre, CA; 30 years of meditation experience