Low Cost Counseling
Individual providers in the group have partnered with the University of Washington School of Social Work to provide a practicum site for their Masters Programs. Our licensed mental health professionals are mentoring and teaching our second year masters level Interns the practical applications of the fundamentals of therapy in the clinical setting, including mental health counseling across the lifespan, psychiatric evaluation and assessment, building relationships with both clients and the community, and serving as community liaisons by providing case management and resources for clients in need.
The interns are offering these services at a very low cost, so we may reach further into our community and provide services to those who may not otherwise afford it or have access to mental health care or resources, one of the foundations and mission of the UW School of Social Work.
“Social change is inevitable, but human needs are the same from one generation to another. ”
– Arlien Johnson, Founding Director of the UW SSW
KERRY MCCARTER, MSW INTERN
I am currently earning a Master of Social Work at University of Washington with a concentration in mental health. I grew up in the Pacific Northwest and started my career as an emergency medical technician. Later I obtained a Bachelor’s degree in nursing from Northwest University and began working as a registered nurse in the cardiology unit at Virginia Mason and then the oncology and intensive care units (ICU) at UW Medical Center. In caring for my patient’s physical needs, I ultimately discovered the desire to provide more holistic care for the whole patient.
I have had extensive experience working with clients in crisis, as well as experience working at a nonprofit that serves victims of human trafficking and at-risk youth. While I am grateful for my nursing background; it has also been exciting to expand my professional role through my master’s program and my internship at Mindful Therapy Group. I am passionate about empowering others to develop healthy relationships and to engage in the self-discovery process that leads to internal freedom. Personally, I have benefited from these skills and I truly believe others can benefit too ultimately realizing their full potential.
My areas of emphasis include cognitive behavior therapy, mindfulness and strengths-based approaches to working with clients who are experiencing depression, anxiety or trauma. I have seen the remarkable power of recovery at work in patients of all kinds, despite past
suffering and trauma. I am also a Gottman “Seven Principles of Making Marriage Work” Educator, and a Gottman “Bringing Baby Home” educator. I have personally benefited from these tools by applying them to my own marriage and family, and I enjoy sharing them with others. I also enjoy running, hiking, skiing, and independent research, as well as spending time having adventures with my husband and our four children.