Whether your search for a therapist stems from

  •   a specific crisis,

  •   a chronic long-term problem,

  •   a deep desire to live life more fully,

  •   or all three  -  take a look here.

Here is the kind of therapy you want, when therapy is what you need.  I love my work, and have been doing it well 41 years now.  My skills best represent the human side of the therapist’s art - caring, flexible and open, yet competent and professional.

Take a look inside this website.  There’s a lot of information here to help you get to know me better and for your own use to enrich your life.

It represents help for you to accomplish that creative combination of

   (a)  what your heart desires, and

   (b)  what is right for you.

Bill McDonald

 

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Types of Counseling

Individuals
You may be going through a specific crisis or difficult life transition. Maybe you're suffering from a chronic long-term dysfunction and want to finally make some healthy and/or necessary changes in your life.
Couples / Marriage
Only within the last half century has couples or marital therapy become a distinct discipline of its own. (Notwithstanding, some of the secrets of good marital counseling have been around for hundreds or thousands of years.
Children / Adolescents
Counseling Children and Adolescents is a distinct therapeutic art in itself.
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The Covid-19 Crisis

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By now the entire planet is caught up in the outbreak of a new disease that has frightened, sickened and killed thousands upon thousands, that has already shaken our financial markets to the core, that has disrupted travel and travel plans of thousands, that has closed schools… And whatever it is, we are at least coming to realize that in ways previously unimaginable, we’re all in this together. It’s now officially a “pandemic.”

Personally, I had been planning for a couple months to fly to Florida for a week and a half to spend time with friends and family. Airline tickets had been purchased, and my itinerary was almost perfected. My work calendar had been reorganized and cleared.

But during the same time, there were storm clouds rumbling from far away “China.”  People were getting very ill and dying - in very large numbers. International travel was being disrupted. The word “quarantine” showed up a lot in the news. Then it moved to Europe. Then, then, then… as if somebody pushed a giant “sync” button - it hit the United States. And my own travel plans. And I now realize I’m an older citizen (therefore more vulnerable to this virus), and more-so having “an underlying medical condition” (coronary). And, and a woefully unprepared national government. Add to that a realization of how often I touch my face. (Never in my life did I ever consider that would be important!)

Within a matter of hours, I’ve had to deal with disrupted travel plans, a new awareness of my vulnerability, and mortality, an imposed “six-foot distance” personal quarantine, and a life measured in 14 and then 30 day calendar chunks - for a God-alone-might-know period of time. I look at my refrigerator differently now. I look at my house and see lots of things that need taken care of; as synonyms of ‘incarceration’ bounce around in my head. And then an epiphany…

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