As a licensed mental health counselor, I work with individuals looking for:
- • A fuller acceptance of self
- • More workable relations with others
- • A connection to their own inner guidance and courage
- • A sense of their own basic wholeness and goodness
- • A renewed sense of their belonging and contribution to the world
I am a licensed marriage and family therapist.
I can see couples with my wife and co-therapist, Cathy Henschel-McGerry, M.A., LMFT, LMHC. Some couples find that working with a couple rather than an individual enhances their feelings of safety and balance in doing this work. For more information, see Joint couples work.
I also see couples on my own, which some couples prefer.
Intimacy can grow when there are two people who manage to maintain their separate sense of existence and simultaneously maintain their interest in the experience of the other. Sometimes couples aren’t looking to come together but to separate with mutual respect and empowerment. It is true that even when intimacy isn’t the goal, these abilities to honor your separate identity and that of the other and to be interested in their experience as well as your own, is important.
Clinical supervision and consultation
I am an approved clinical supervisor in the state of Washington for clinicians seeking the necessary hours for licensure in Washington State. Please see my supervision disclosure statement (PDF) for further information on how this works. The supervision relationship is one that takes a great deal of trust and a good working alliance between the therapist and supervisor. I will attend to all facets of your clinical work including, but not limited to, theoretical orientation, the structure of your practice, recordkeeping, financial issues, ethics of best practices and backup plans for coverage when you are not available. Our work will also focus on the self of the therapist as a means of understanding transference concerns.
I also offer consultation for individual therapists and groups. Individual consultation is appropriate for those clinicians who are already licensed but seek more time to investigate their clinical work with another professional. My style in both supervision and consultation focuses on furthering your theoretical orientation, best ethical practices, and helping you to think about your work, and perhaps most importantly, the inner experience of the therapist.
Consultation groups are small (5-7 participants) and meet weekly. These groups are process oriented, focusing largely on the self of the therapist, using clinical issues in the work as a vehicle to more fully understand his or her own experience in the role of therapist. Addressing counter-transference in this way, the therapist can become more solid and confident in his or her approach.
If you are interested in consultation, please see my consultation disclosure statement (PDF).