Educational and Professional Background
Rob Coiner, a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and National Certified Counselor, earned his Master of Education degree in School and Mental Health Counseling from Western Washington University in 2007. He studied Literature and Creative Writing at the University of North Carolina, earning a BA in 2003. Rob worked as a school counselor at the elementary and high school levels from 2007 to 2013. He worked as a therapist and later as a clinical supervisor for a community mental health agency in Washington, serving children, adolescents, young adults, and families from 2013 to 2020. Rob is a Child Mental Health Specialist. He joined Associates in Mental Health as an associate member in 2020 to start his private practice.
Rob counsels within a Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy framework that integrates elements of narrative, mindfulness, and creative arts and play approaches. His style is person-centered, collaborative, and strengths-based. He affirms clients’ and families’ identities, valuing their self knowledge as essential to the therapeutic relationship. Though we are shaped by our experiences and the systems in which we live, Rob believes all individuals and families possess dignity, wisdom, and the potential to direct their lives toward healing, change, and growth. He comes alongside his clients to support their chosen goals. Rob blends empathic and experiential methods with pragmatic and problem-solving approaches according to individual clients’ preferences and needs. His style also draws from his background in education, literature, and writing, as well as his passions for nature and creative arts.
Areas of Interest and Specialty:
Rob enjoys working with children, adolescents, young adults, and families to address the following types of issues:
- Past and Present Trauma, Stress, and Adjustment
- Depression, Anxiety, and Mood Challenges
- Identity, Self-Esteem, and Personal Meaning
- Communication, Problem-Solving, and Interpersonal Skills
- Family Relationships and Parenting Support
- School Success and Learning Needs
- Anger, Impulsivity, and Behavioral Concerns
- Life Transitions from Grief, Loss, Divorce, and Change