Me and My Practice




Counseling is my passion and my calling.  I really love what I do. 


Being a therapist has enriched my life through helping and learning alongside the great people I have come to know over the years.   


I am very thankful.








     Hi, I’m Gera.  Welcome to my webpage.  Let me tell you a little about me and my practice.


     I was born and raised in Northwestern Pennsylvania near Lake Erie.  When I went to undergraduate school at Hiram College in Ohio, I wasn’t quite sure what I wanted to do.  I love learning so lots interested me – medicine, teaching, writing, sociology and of course, psychology.   My career picked me because I’ve found counseling to be a confluence of all these disciplines.  And I love it!        


     It’s been 30 years since I started as a therapist and have worked in a lot of settings and in a few different roles in the mental health continuum of services. I graduated with my master’s degree in counseling in 1994, garnering experience and training in many types of interventions, group therapy, trauma and grief work and more.  I've worked in agency, school, hospital and private practice settings.


     In addition to my graduate work, I received 3 years of post-graduate education in ecosystemic structural family therapy from Philadelphia Child Guidance (now known as the Philadelphia Child and Family Training Center) and am a "second generation Minuchin counselor."  I also obtained post-graduate training in Complicated Grief Therapy at Columbia University's Center for Complicated Grief in New York City under the founder Dr. Katherine Shear.


     Now I have a thriving solo practice located in Enumclaw, Washington, nestled in the foothills of the Cascades near Mount Rainier.  I offer in-person therapy here but also provide telemental health for those who reside in Washington State.


     I am a Nationally Certified Counselor, Washington State Licensed Mental Health Counselor, member of the American Counseling Association and a member of the Washington Mental Health Counselors Association.


     Individual, group, couples and family counseling services are available. I am able to offer some testing services so let me know if you'd like to discuss this.  In addition to counseling, I enjoy conducting workshops and presentations.  I am available for presentations on topics related to relationships, parenting, mental health topics, grief and loss, among others. Most recently, I have been a repeat presenter at Camp Widow - San Diego as well as the Seabeck Grief Retreat sponsored by King County Widowed Information and Consultation Services and The Compassionate Friends.  In the past, I offered a free grief workshop series for seniors entitled "Good Grief."  


     Additionally, I am an "Approved Supervisor" for Licensed Mental Health Counselors in Washington State.  Please contact me to discuss opportunities for your requirements.


     I work with children, adolescents, and adults.  When helping children under 13, I typically meet with parents as well so the good work can continue in the home.  


     Issues I help people with range from mild to moderate stressors to serious emotional and mental health disturbances.  Some of these include: depression and mood disorders, anxiety disorders, relationships, pre-marital counseling, divorce and blended family matters, parenting skills, behavioral concerns, trauma, sexual abuse, religious abuse, relationship abuse, health care professional burnout, educator burnout, estrangements, attachment, mid-life crisis, caregiver burnout, body image struggles, child loss, post-adoption adjustment and bonding, and life transitions.  I have experience working with children in the foster care system as well as post-adoption placements.


      One focus area of my practice niche areas is grief counseling and Prolonged Grief Disorder (the disorder formerly known as Complicated Grief).  If you believe your grief isn't subsiding or the grief you are experiencing is in relation to a serious trauma, please give me a call so we can discuss your concerns. 


     All counselors are different.  We each bring our unique collection of education, experiences and personality into our offices.  I think my approach is best described as collaborative, educational, and empathetic.  Despite the seriousness of what brings people in to see me, I try to bring some levity and smiles into our time together.  I love education and spend time keeping my professional education current. My hope is to pass along any knowledge I have that may help you.   


    On a personal note, I’m an adoptive mom of three wonderful kids and soon to be an empty-nester.  I was unexpectedly widowed at age 39.  I have 2 dogs who are my telehealth co-therapists.  My passions include music, photography, cooking/baking, writing and long-distance swimming.  I’m a novice quilter and landscaper (i.e. sticker bush hater).  Laughter is a part of my every day life and humor is a must.  As a former Girl Scout leader, I love being outdoors and to go hiking and camping and exploring.  I adore travel and learning about new cultures, anthropology and history.  I think it’s fair to say that I have a zeal for life and am a life-long learner.  Carpe diem!  My mantra and prayer for humanity is: Love.


      So enough about me.  Send me an email at so we can schedule some time to talk.  I’m looking forward to meeting you soon!



Photography and Writing


    I’m an observer.  I started taking pictures with my first camera - a Bugs Bunny camera - in Washington, D.C. when I was about 7 years old.  I fell in love with it and my first career aspiration was to be a photojournalist for National Geographic.  I would still love to do that!  So travel, exploration, observation of people, cultures, food (oh god, I enjoy food!), nature – all of that comes together in my photography and writing.


     I’m currently working on a book, Lessons from an Unexpected Life, and will be including some photos and writings from some of my experiences so far.  You can check back here about it when it’s published. 


     In the meantime, here are some fun pictures from a few adventures.  If you want to look at excerpts from my book, I’ve posted a few on my LinkedIn page for now but I’ll post some here, soon, too.


  I hope you enjoy!


This is me, age 7, trying to lure a grey squirrel for a close-up in Washington, D.C.  I had my first camera and had to take a picture of EVERYTHING!



Rivers run through Washington.  Green River



Sunset overlooking the coastline in Bandon, Oregon



Oregon coast west of Tillamook



Oregon coast




Olympic Penninsula 




Hawaiian sunset




Swimming and boarding with turtles in Hawaii




Ocean Shores, Washington




Palm trees swaying the breezes of Hawaii








Fresh flowers at Pike Place Market in Seattle




Holly in Washington 




Tidepool near Newport, Oregon




Northern Oregon coast




Forest near my home in Washington




View of Mount Rainier from Rt. 169 South




San Juan Islands




J-Pod cruising in the San Juan Islands




Turnagain Arm, Alaska




Whittier Glacier, Alaska




Oregon tidepool




Feral moa in parking lot in Hawaii




Wild dill in Washington




Lenticular clouds drifting from the peak of Mount Rainier as viewed from Enumclaw




Cliff diving vantage point in Hawaii (no we didn't...)





Palms growing out of the side of the single lane road on the cliffs on Kahekili Highway in Maui, Hawaii. 

Yes, we drove the one lane road.  We thought we were going to die.  By the grace of God, we didn't.

Yes, I can now accomplish anything.




Little bit of Heaven



Contact Me

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 44

Black Diamond, Washington 98010


Office Location:

1174 Myrtle Avenue, Suite 106

Enumclaw, Washington


Phone: 360-469-4179

Appointment Times

Monday - Thursday

8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.



8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.  



7:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m







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