Developing Families

About Dr. Hildebrandt

After receiving a doctorate in developmental psychology at University of Washington, a certificate in Infant Mental Health, and post-graduate studies at the Center for Infant Mental Health, I began my career teaching undergraduates at Seattle Pacific University for 11 years. For my research at UW and SPU, I investigated visual preferences, language perception, temperament, and attachment in infants.  It was my passion and mission to teach others how to understand the forces driving development throughout the lifespan. 

After a decade in academia, I felt the need to "practice what I teach" and decided to go back to UW to get my masters in social work. I now divide my time between my own part-time private practice; working at a non-profit organization where I specialize in the attachment and social-emotional needs of young children in the foster care system; and delighting in my own three school-aged children. 

Underlying all of my work is a deep call to social justice, respect for the huge diversity of the human condition, and an awe for our common need to be in loving relationships with others. 

I am thrilled to offer the Seattle community over 20 years of experience learning, teaching, researching, and treating infants, children, and families in need. 



My fees

I do not accept insurance at this time, but I do offer a sliding scale based on family income. My average hourly rate is $75.

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My office and classroom spaces

I share a lovely little office in a bungalow in the Ravenna neighborhood. I use this space for individual and family therapy, and for my Circle of Security groups. I use a classroomon University of Washington campus for my Bringing Baby Home workshops. 

Office: 2012 NE 65th St, Seattle, WA 98115


education and training

Ursula Hildebrandt, PhD, MSW, LSWAIC

I received my PhD in psychology from University of Washington, specializing in infant development. I did my post-doctoral training at the Center for Infant Mental Health at UW, studying the effects of postpartum depression on infants' attachment and temperament, and my masters in social work at UW, with a concentration in multi-generational practice. 



University of Chicago
BA Psychology

University of Washington
PhD Psychology

University of Washington       Masters in Social Work


  • Infant Mental Health
  • Bringing Baby Home
  • Circle of Security-Parenting
  • Promoting First Relationships


• Licensed Associate Independent Clinical Social Work, Washington State