Counseling

By clarifying and resolving underlying dynamics that hold all surface symptoms in place (and your life as well), you can expect deeper, long term results.

I am a Washington State Certified Counselor with over thirty years of clinical experience working with men, women and couples.

Why Counseling?

People come to see me for all sorts of reasons. But as we untangle and clarify the difficult feelings, chronic negative thoughts or troublesome impulses that accompany those reasons, you will find that all human problems prove to be relational at base. You doubtless are aware already of a state of stuckness, of being mired down in an ongoing painful situation that won’t remit, and perhaps a real inability to see into the problems that bind you.

My Obligation to You

My task is to do more than merely listen to you; it is to truly understand you in a way you can feel. By making sense of all the cues you present, both verbal and physical, I can begin to assist you in becoming less embedded in your problems and more insightful about them. Then, as your situation becomes clear, we’ll identify your stuck places and their reason for being, and develop strategies for achieving realistic movement. Over time you can begin to envision a future different from the past, and enact plans to achieve a new state that is fundamentally pleasurable, more alive, and free. Thoughout our work, I will offer you a supportive, non-judgmental personal stance that makes it safe for you to really be yourself as we discuss your difficulties.

My Background

I came to this profession with an already firm sense that body and mind are not separate entities. After undergraduate degrees in Art and Anthropology, and nearly two years of post graduate study in Psychology, I embarked on about eight years of training in classical body mind psychotherapies centered around the pioneering work of Alexander Lowen, M.D. and Wilhelm Reich, M.D.. After additional training with Dr. Eric Berne, the founder of Transactional Analysis, and Dr. Eugene Gendlin, the father of Focusing, I balanced all these approaches with a year of intensive training in contemporary Psychoanalysis through the Northwest Alliance for Psychoanalytic Study. And like most seasoned clinicians, I have continuously enhanced my skills through consultation groups, supervision, and periodic course work, along with concentrated study of couples therapy through the Montlake Institute

A Note About In-Depth Counseling.

I do not treat outright mental disorders, nor do I diagnose people using the DSM IV. But with my study of the person in depth, and over 30 years of clinical experience, I can bring an unusually deep and complete awareness to your situation that should prove most helpful to you.

How Long Does It Take?

Our work may be rather brief or it can be lengthy. Counseling takes, well, as long as it takes. But with your collaboration, together we can move toward your destination as quickly as your difficulties allow.

Your First Visits.

Everyone comes to counseling with some degree of trepidation, but that usually resolves quickly once we talk face to face. More importantly, an initial meeting or two will give you a good sense of whether we’re a good match for the task at hand. I hope to hear from you.

Robert W. Hermer, M.A., Ph.C.
Phone: 206.632.9122
Email: bob@roberthermer.com