Author: Edward Durgan counseling and psychotherapy
I began academic study of psychology and work “in the field” after high school in the late 1980’s. Since then I have balanced my experiences between direct service, academic training, teaching, and social science research. I took a bachelor’s degree in psychology at Western Washington University in 1993 and began working professionally in Bellingham, Washington with adolescent aged youth who had been removed from their homes after experiencing sexual trauma. In 1998 I finished a master of arts in clinical psychology at Seattle University and began over 12 years of working with homeless mentally ill youth and adults in Seattle. After travelling to Belgium to take a master of arts in philosophy at the Catholic University of Leuven in the year 2000 I returned to Seattle to work as a psychotherapist in intensive family preservation in the culturally diverse Central District and Rainier Valley. I earned an interdisciplinary doctorate at the University of British Columbia in 2013 in Vancouver, Canada. During my doctoral studies I assisted in large scale research on methamphetamine psychosis and completed independent research on severe mental illness among adults living in impoverished dwellings and homelessness. I have also taught psychology and philosophy at the college level for a combined eight years. Overall, I hold a BA in Psychology, an MA in Clinical Psychology, a Masters in Philosophy, and an interdisciplinary PhD on homelessness and mental illness. I am currently a member of the Psychotherapy Co-Operative, a volunteer-run non-profit organization. Most recently I have become a licensed mental health counselor associate in Washington state: (#MC 60810372).