About Kirk

I am honored to help others pursue meaningful life through relationships.  Counseling and teaching are two of the best contexts for this work.  I pursue this work in a variety of contexts:  one-on-one, in a group, or teaching before large audiences.  I have done this work in the counseling office, the classroom, retreats, conferences, and seminars.  In addition, I enjoy helping therapists, students, and all people learn counseling skills and grow personally in order to help others with strength and confidence.

I work with clients who struggle with mental disorders or who find aspects of their lives and relationships dissatisfying and would like assistance growing toward a more fulfilling life.  Please click here for more information.

I am a licensed psychologist and have worked as a therapist and counselor since 1995 and have worked as a youth director and pastoral counselor to youth, families, and adults in various positions along the way.  I have a PhD in Clinical Psychology from Seattle Pacific University and a Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary.  Additionally, I hold a Master’s degree in Counseling and I am a graduate of Wake Forest University with a major in Psychology.  I have extensive training in marriage, family, and individual therapeutic intervention.

Teaching is one of my great passions.  I worked as an Instructor of Counseling at a Graduate Counseling Program in Denver and then moved to Seattle and helped found the Seattle School of Theology and Psychology (formerly Mars Hill Graduate School), a graduate program offering Master of Counseling Psychology and Master of Divinity degrees.   I worked as a professor of counseling at the Seattle School of Theology and Psychology from 1997 until 2005, and I have taught as an adjunct professor at Montreat College and Seattle University (currently).

Creation holds many lessons about the human soul and the path to maturity and thus I spend a great deal of time in and on the multi-layered forests and glorious waters of the Pacific Northwest.   I find great comfort in the Celtic Christian tradition of spiritual growth and practice and find great inspiration from Nature, contemplative spirituality, relational psychology, and the lovely depths of poetry.   I live in the magnificent Pacific Northwest and enjoy relating to the artful and progressive culture of Seattle, WA.