Education and Professional Background:

Margaret Manning-Shull has worked in human services for over 20 years as a former pastor, writer and speaker.  She received her undergraduate degree in psychology from Agnes Scott College in Decatur, GA. Margaret has also earned two Masters degrees; a Master of Divinity from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in South Hamilton, MA and a Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Western Washington University.  Prior to starting her private practice in 2019, Margaret completed a year-long internship as a behavioral specialist at Touchstone Health Clinic, an integrative health care clinic in Blaine, WA.

Treatment Philosophy:

I use an integrative approach to counseling drawing from facets of many different perspectives including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Trauma-Focused CBT, Mindfulness-based therapy, Existential/Person-centered therapy and Lifespan Integration therapy (www.lifespanintegration.com).

Regardless of the treatment approach, I seek to create a collaborative space in which clients feel safe, heard, and seen.  Assisting clients in listening to their own lives is where treasures of deep wisdom, true self-worth and compassion can be found.  Accessing these treasures enables the possibility for change and growth even when the circumstances and events of our lives are overwhelming.

My background as a religious professional has contributed to my interest in working with people of all faiths—particularly those who have been negatively impacted by religious institutions. Whether you have a religious faith or no faith at all, I seek to listen with you for the ways in which your unique values, beliefs and practices impact your well-being and shape the ways in which you understand your unique strengths and manage your particular challenges.

Areas of Specialty:

Margaret enjoys working with children under 12 years of age, young adults, individuals and couples who are experiencing the following types of issues:

Anxiety and trauma

Depression

Communication and relationship issues

Life transitions, grief and loss

Adjustment and interpersonal problems

Building emotional intelligence

Attentional/organizational difficulties (ADD/ADHD)

Body-mind integration and wholeness

Religious or institutional forms of betrayal

 

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