Tom Duke, MA, LMHC
My philosophy of counseling? Be curious. I have skills, knowledge, and experience from thirty years of client work. I tend to shape myself to individual client needs in the moment, relying on intuition, feedback, listening. I strive to emphasize the positive, acknowledging what might not be working when necessary. I tend to be very positive and encouraging.
If I was to categorize myself, I am a Rogerian ("unconditional positive regard") and strongly influenced by Process Oriented Psychology.
I began my counseling career in the early nineteen eighties as a crisis line volunteer. Following that experience I worked as a vocational rehabilitation counselor, contracting with The Department of Labor and Industries. While working as a vocational rehabilitation counselor I attended graduate school at Antioch University Seattle, graduating in 1988 with a major in clinical psychology.
I began my private practice in 1988, having a practice in Madison Park, Seattle, and in my home town of Port Townsend. I volunteered at Seattle Counseling Service seeing individual clients and facilitating a co-occurring disorder group for three years. Early on my focus was on adult children of alcoholic issues, PTSD, and the mental health problems related to chronic illness. Over the years I worked more with co-occurring disorders, anxiety disorders, depressive disorders, transitional states, relational issues, grief and loss, and aging. Counseling trends have changed over time and I continue accumulating skills and knowledge, in a large part learning from generous clients. I became a licensed mental health counselor and eventually a chemical dependency professional. Lately, I became a Washington State Approved Clinical Supervisor.
From 2008 to 2012, I took a break from private practice and was the Individual and Family Program Director at the Family Service Center of Galveston County, Texas. There I saw individual clients and couples, as well as supervising a staff of licensed mental health counselors.
BA University of Oregon, Community Service and Public Affairs School.
MA Antioch University Seattle, Clinical Psychology.
Licensed Mental Health Counselor
Chemical Dependency Counselor (ret.)
Approved Clinical Supervisor
Viet Nam Veteran.
Future Goal: EMDR training.
I look forward to serving you.