Parke Burgess, MA

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I am fascinated by the human condition and profoundly moved by its suffering. Everything I have ever done--whether studying a Brahms symphony, spending long hours in meditation, rigorously exploring the implications of nonviolence, or sitting with folks as they share their life stories and deepest concerns--it has all been part of my own passionate exploration of what it means to be human. The more I know, the more convinced I am that a life is a work of art, a beautiful and intimate creation of a person in a world. I feel honored to play some small part in helping each of my clients make, and take delight in, their own unique masterpiece.

I hold degrees from Yale University, Binghamton University, and the University of Washington, in addition to an M.A. in Psychology from Antioch University Seattle. Before becoming a therapist, I worked in the fields of music, sustainability, and nonviolence. I have practiced Zen since 1994, including a period of intensive monastic training in 2002. I have written columns, essays, and a book across all of these topics.

I am a fully licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) in the State of Washington, and a Certified Focusing-Oriented Therapist.

I am a member of The International Focusing Institute, the American Mental Health Counselors Association, and serve as Past President of the Pierce County Counselors Association.


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Tacoma WA