Washington State law, RCW 18.9.060 , requires all mental health professionals to present their patients with written information which specifies the therapist’s “education, training, and therapeutic orientation” to counseling services, “the receipt of which shall be acknowledged in writing by the counselor and client.”
Education and Training
Masters of Science – Clinical & Counseling Psychology- Western Washington University
Bachelor of Arts – Psychology and Political Science- Seattle Pacific University
Licensure – State of Washington- Licensed Mental Health Counselor #LH00005940
Over 30 years of practice in counseling, psychotherapy, assessment and consultation. Special expertise and interests include general adult and adolescent psychotherapy, couples counseling, evaluation and treatment of Attention Deficit Disorders, depression and anxiety disorders, families with special needs children, chronic medical conditions, substance use problems, crisis intervention, critical incident debriefing, clinical program development, consultation to primary care providers, behavioral medicine, clinical supervision, grant writing/research, public speaking.
Cognitive, behavioral and neurobiology based psychotherapy. Gottman Institute researched-based approach to marriage and couples.
Professional Appointments and Boards
-School Board, President, Bellingham Public Schools
-Chair, Public Health Advisory Board, Whatcom County Public Health Department
-Academic Advisory Board, Bellingham Technical College
-Utilization Sub-committee, Board of Directors, Community Health Plan of Washington
-Provider Advisory Council, United Healthcare, Washington State Plans
-Founding Clinical Director, Critical Incident Stress Debriefing Program, Whatcom County EMS.
-Primary Care/Behavioral Health Integration Task Force, Whatcom Alliance for Health Care Access, Bellingham WA.
-Family Behavioral Health Consultant, Early Childhood Assessment Clinic, Whatcom County Public Health Department
-Debriefer/Consultant, Mobile Crisis Response Team, Bellingham Public Schools
-Vice President, Washington Association of County Designated Mental Health Professionals, Washington State
Doug is a native of Idaho and spent most of his adult life in the Pacific Northwest, mostly Bellingham. He is married and has children.