Master of Arts in Applied Behavioral Science Counseling, 1993 City University/LIOS
Master of Arts In Pastoral Counseling, 2011 Seattle University
Washington State Clinical Supervisor from 2014 to 2019
American Counseling Association Association for Sexuality Issues in Counseling Association for Spiritual, Ethical and Religious Values in Counseling American Mental Health Counselors Association Seattle Counselors Association International Assocation of Addctions and Offender Counselors Washington Mental Healh Counselors Associates Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Association for Humanistic Counseling Association for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues in Counseling
Washington State Department of Health Licensed Mental Health Counselor - LH 60104638
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Addiction / Drug /Alcohol Counseling / Adult Adjustment / Life Transitioning Counseling / Christian / Pastoral Counseling / Communication / Social Skills Counseling / Consulting / Coaching / Couples / Marriage Counseling / LGBTQ Counseling / Specialty Issues / Stress / Depression Counseling /
As an individual, My name is Mac Partlow, M.A., and I am masters prepared psychotherapist here in Seattle Washington with two graduate degrees in counseling psychology. As an individual, I draw upon both my professional training as well as my own life experiences of challenges and growth. Like any other person, I faced periods of anxiety, depression, and sometimes feeling stuck in either my personal and professional life. I'm fond of telling clients that I remind myself on a daily basis that I am not the Buddha and because of this have done many years of my own personal therapy and still have a therapist to whom I can hold myself accountable. From all of my past and current experience as a client in relationship and addiction counseling myself, I have some very strong beliefs of what I want my clients to experience in a therapy session. First, confidentiality, as defined in Washington State Law, is absolute. Since the therapeutic experience is an intimately experimental environment, you cannot be expected to practice taking risks with new behaviors if it does not feel safe. I believe very strongly in the counseling dictum that "the client always leads". That means what is most important to you in the moment is the first thing we work on. It is also my job to help remember and integrate the larger themes of your life into the "here and now". Your job is to supply the content; my job is to help you make the meaning. Secondly, this is an environment where you are encouraged to practice and refine those new behaviors and perspectives. The therapeutic environment allows you to do this before actually taking them back into your relationship as well as your work and personal life. Thirdly, it is my job to, the tools of education, reframing, coaching, and feedback. I am not a passive counselor because, as a client myself, I usually benefit most from a psychotherapist who actively engages me with these tools. I know I like walking out of a therapy session feeling like something has been accomplished and I have heard the same sentiment repeated by my own clients.
PHILOSOPHY and METHODS It is my belief that people have within themselves both the drive toward and the internal resources necessary for growth and wholeness. My role as a counselor is to help you examine and adjust whatever may be getting in the way of your growth, your ability to solve problems skillfully, and your feelings of well being. It is my belief that therapy is not just a matter of accurately and objectively observing the client. Effective therapy also requires that I actively participate with you as you work and grow. Working from a person-centered model informed by developmental and systems theories, I use techniques from these models and from the cognitive learning approaches. What this means is that we will often talk about your feelings, about experiences and relationships in your life now and in the past and about your thoughts and ideas. My selection of techniques are based upon your unique needs and circumstances here and now, upon influences from the past, which may be involved, and upon your goals for counseling Responsibility and commitment to the counseling process is shared between us. It is my responsibility to be emotionally present, honest and energetic. My primary commitment is to your health and well-being. Ultimately, though, you have the right to control your own therapy and your life. You have the right to ask questions any time you do not understand what is taking place in the session. It is your right to end or to take a break from counseling at any time, though it is best for us to discuss this should you make that choice. Clients have the right to choose counselors who best suit their needs and purposes. <
So much of what informs my style as an addiction therapist comes directly out of what I know and like as a client. As a client, I always know that the session I am walking out of from either my own therapist or a clinical consultant was a good one if I have the strong experience that "work really got done". Because of that, I tend to be very proactive. If the situation is right, I tend not to be shy offering reflections, alternative perceptions or strategies for handling situations. Above all else, my goal is to make my clients their own best therapist and I like to tell them that the first day or therapy should be the beginning of the last day of therapy. You will also see traces of the old High School teacher in my style. Since I know I only have a client for 55 minutes, every week or so, I like to send people away with behavioral homework assignments. This way we both get the maximum use out of the therapeutic process and hopefully my clients feel like that are getting maximum value for the time and money. I use a variety of techniques depending on the moment and the content at hand. At times, gentle reflective coaching is most helpful if a client is able to access deeper emotional process around a particular issue. Other times, I can really push clients to try out experimental risks between the two of us as a way of prepping new behaviors in their larger life arenas of love, work and relationship. I am fond of quoting two old maxims from my first, graduate school: "Fire ready aim" and "It's not what I do; it's what I do next". The more we practice psychological resiliency, reflection and innovation, the more we will become successfully self-assessing, self-correcting and self-initiating, which is the heart of psychological and emotional survival in 21st century America.