Dr. Mitch Whitman holds a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Seattle Pacific University, and is in private practice at Discovery Counseling Associates in Wenatchee, Washington. He also holds a Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of British Columbia, and a graduate Diploma in Christian Studies from Regent College. He is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the State of Washington.
Mitch has worked in the mental health field for 26 years. His experience has included social work with Child Protective Services (CPS), and clinical work at Skagit Discovery with severely behaviorally disordered children and youth, the Burnaby Christian Counseling Group in British Columbia, where he developed a sexual offender/sexual addictions treatment program, and at Bayside Associates, Bellingham, where he also completed his doctoral clinical internship. He enjoys working with individuals, couples and groups, in both short-term cognitive and behavioral therapy, as well as longer-term psychodynamic therapy. Areas of specialty include marital/relational conflict and infidelity, mood disorders, childhood trauma recovery, sexual identity disorders, sexual addiction, and faith and spirituality issues.
As a psychological consultant and trainer for Arrow Leadership (www.arrowleadership.org), Mitch has been actively involved in leadership training over the last 13 years. The Arrow Leadership Program is highly regarded globally and over the past decade has graduated over 1000 Christian leaders in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, United Kingdom, and the United States.
Mitch has experience in a range of cross-cultural counseling, training and short-term missionary contexts. He offers training and consultation on child abuse & neglect, sexual offender treatment, and counseling issues. Over the past 30 years he has traveled extensively to Canada, Western and Central Europe and New Zealand for professional work with groups such as Operation Mobilization, Open Doors, Eastern European Bible Mission, Youth With A Mission, Offensive Junger Christian and Klinic Hohe Mark. He has written the book, Challenging the Darkness: Child Sexual Abuse and the Church (1994), which is in German translation as Brecht das Schweigen (1993), and co-authored the journal article, “Clergy Affairs: Emotional Investment, Longevity of Relationship and Affair Partners” (J. Thoburn & M. Whitman, Pastoral Psychology, July 2004).
Dr. Whitman works with adolescents and adults in individual, couples, family & group therapy. He specializes in:
- Relationship Issues: Marriage, Couple, Parent-Child, etc.
- Emotional, Physical and Sexual Abuse
- Sexual Addiction, Sexual Deviance and Sexual Identity Issues
- Trauma and Grief/Loss
- Psychological Testing and Assessment
- Christian Counseling, Spiritual Integration Issues