Professional and Educational Background
Phil is a licensed Metal Health Counselor in the state of Washington. He earned his MS in Psychology: Mental Health Counseling, from Western Washington University. He has over ten years of experience in the mental health field. Phil emphasizes the therapeutic relationship (the relationship between the therapist and client) as the cornerstone of his approach. He believes in building strong rapport and trust with his clients; he works to understand problems within the context of their lives and helps them connect to their deep wisdom and intuition regarding how to approach life’s challenges.
Phil has been influenced strongly by mindfulness-based therapies, Archetypal Psychology in the Jungian tradition, as well as years of leadership as a process group therapist with a focus on helping people develop stronger and deeper connections to themselves and others. Phil has worked extensively with college students over the years as a staff member in Western Washington University’s Counseling Center. He works with clients from a broad range of ages (late adolescence to late adulthood), as well as clients with diverse ethnic, cultural, gender identity, and socio-economic backgrounds.
Areas of Specialization
Phil is a generalist and works with a wide range of psychological problems. A brief list of specialties and issues that Phil works with include:
- Men’s issues
- Developing mindfulness skills
- Spiritual path exploration
- Mid-life and later-life concerns
- Social and academic issues that arise in college
- Grief and loss
- Relationship problems
- Adjustment problems
- Personal and interpersonal connectedness and belonging
- Questions of meaning
- Problems with attention and focus
Phil was born and raised in the northwest. He enjoys sailing, kayaking, mountain biking and spending time with his family and friends. He loves music and is a poetry enthusiast.