We are excited to have Kerry L. McCarter BSN, RN, MSW, LSWAIC join our team of clinicians.
Kerry considers it a true honor to walk alongside clients as they deepen their self-awareness, ponder their life values and align those values with their life goals. Kerry further believes in the strength of the human spirit, which can empower an individual to make the changes that they desire in their life. Isolation can be so painful. Having a safe, emphatic space to connect and share with someone about your inner world, inner thoughts and pain can be freeing. Learning new skills to expand one’s ability to be vulnerable within a safe relationship can deepen our feelings of connection and joy. It is human to long for love and connection and when we are fully known (our strengths and weakness) we can become our best selves, and this benefits the entire community around us.
Kerry grew up in the Pacific Northwest, climbing mountains and working as an emergency medical technician. Later Kerry obtained a Bachelor’s degree in nursing from Northwest University and worked as a registered nurse in the cardiology unit at Virginia Mason Hospital, and the oncology and intensive care units (ICU) at UW Medical Center. Later Kerry worked for at nonprofit that serves victims of human trafficking and at-risk youth.
While caring for patients’ physical needs, she witnessed the incredible strength and resiliency individuals can have, despite significant past suffering and trauma. As a result of her past work experiences she obtained a desire to explore more holistic mental health approaches to caring for patients in ways that unlock their potential to help themselves gain new skills. As a result, she attended the Master of Social Work Program at University of Washington with a concentration focus on mental health. While earning a Master of Social Work from the University of Washington, Kerry served as a social work intern at the King County Department of Public Defense and then at Mindful Therapy Group.
Kerry is a Gottman “Seven Principles of Making Marriage Work” educator, and a Gottman “Bringing Baby Home” educator. Over the years Kerry has worked with a wide range of patients across many age groups and often in states of crisis. Ultimately, she enjoys working with individuals, families and couples. Kerry’s therapeutic approach is to create a safe, empathic and authentic relationship with her clients. Kerry’s areas of emphasis include self-compassion and strengths-based, client-centered strategies. She employs techniques from several theoretical backgrounds including: Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. Kerry has taken additional trainings in Emotionally Focused Therapy and Gottman Method couples therapy.
In Kerry’s free time, she enjoys having adventures with her husband and her four children. Fun Fact: Kerry and her husband co-created the “Gottman Couples Retreat Boardgame”. Look for Kerry’s upcoming events: Gottman’s Seven Principals for Making Marriage Work Seminar co-taught with Executive Director Heather Sund, and her CBT support group for those struggling with common themes of anxiety and depression.