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.
Parke Burgess ReachesTacoma WA