Counselor opens a new Vashon practice

Tim McTighe, a licensed marriage and family therapist who worked for 30 years in the criminal justice system, has begun a counseling and mediation practice at Courthouse Square.

In his counseling practice, he provides individual, couples, family and group therapy with youth and adults experiencing problems with depression, anxiety, divorce, loss of a job or loved one, as well as issues related to substance abuse. McTighe said he is particularly skilled in working with youth who have behavioral and attitude issues, and he also has experience working with youth and adults in anger management and men’s issues.

“I particularly enjoy working with clients who are initially seen at a low point in their lives, but as our work together progresses, they begin to find the courage, skills and resilience to gain control of their lives and happiness,” he said.

McTighe said he draws from many approaches, but his primary focus is in cognitive behavioral therapy. Fees are on a sliding scale, and he accepts insurance.

McTighe, who is also a certified mediator, offers mediation services as well, particularly in the areas of divorce and development and modification of parenting plans. Additionally, he provides mental health professional services in collaborative law matters.

In additon to his criminal justice background, McTighe has a master’s degree in clinical psychology and has worked for 13 years as an adjunct professor at Seattle University, teaching courses in addiction studies and community corrections.

In March 2011, he began work with Vashon Youth & Family Services as a volunteer mental health and substance abuse therapist,  and he continues to provide therapy services at VYFS.





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