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, which authorizes me to offer psychotherapy in the State
of Washington under the direction of a supervisor.
I am a member of the International Centre for Excellence in
Emotionally Focused Therapy (ICEEFT), the Global Association for
Interpersonal Neurobiology Studies (GAINS), the American Group Psychotherapy Association (AGPA), the Puget Sound Group Psychotherapy Network (PSGPN), the American Counseling Association (ACA), and the Seattle Counselors Association (SCA).
Parke Burgess ReachesTacoma WA