Erin McKee, Therapist in Washington — Zencare
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Erin McKee

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Psychologist, PsyD
Washington Accepting Online
Updated July 7, 2022

Specialties & Expertise

  • Anxiety
  • Attachment issues
  • Existential crisis & challenges
  • Relationship issues
  • Trauma
  • Complex PTSD (C-PTSD)

Professional statement

Dr. Erin McKee Psy.D., M.A., is an experienced Clinical Psychologist, trauma expert, Certified Mindfulness Meditation teacher and military veteran. Dr. McKee’s areas of expertise include attachment disorders, traumatic stress and PTSD, veteran trauma, life transitions, relationships, Buddhist psychology, ADHD, healthcare worker work/life balance, anxiety disorders and secondary depression, and LGBTQ+ young adults.

Dr. McKee is highly skilled, with over a decade of providing compassionate, insight-oriented individual and group psychotherapy. She has coordinated several PTSD recovery groups, focusing on patients who have a history of childhood trauma or are adult survivors of violent events.

Her US Navy service background includes serving as Interim Director of PTSD Pathways Program for combat veterans, supervising and mentoring psychiatry residents, social work Ph.D. interns and psychology postdoctoral fellows. While serving in Afghanistan supporting the US Marine expeditionary force, Dr. McKee performed individual psychotherapy in the Concussion Restoration and Combat Stress Clinics and ran a Care for the Caregiver group for providers.

On the U.S.S. Nimitz air craft carrier, Dr. McKee served 5000 active-duty sailors and marines as the ship's only active duty clinical psychologist, increasing access to behavioral health services by 40 percent. Dr. McKee served as a key member of the Carrier Strike Group 11 Admiral's Counsel on Suicide and Sexual Assault Prevention, while also developing and leading a support group for transgender sailors and their partners.

Since separating from the US Navy, Dr. McKee has worked at a primary care clinic and engaged in individual and group therapies including one focused on women's recovery from trauma and one for transgender young adults; she also acts as a consultant for terra.do, an online climate school, to help students deal with climate change uncertainty through mindfulness lectures.


Message to clients

I decided to become a psychologist because I loved talking to people about their inner experiences and when I was working on my own issues, I saw a psychologist who was extremely helpful. I wanted to reduce suffering in others as she had helped me reduce mine. I was lucky enough to do most of my clinical training--externships, internship and posdoc--with the Veterans Administration in California and Louisiana. I became very interested in how trauma affects our psyches and our relationships. I have specialized in trauma and stressor-related disorders including PTSD and anxiety.

We don't yet know why some people who are traumatized develop PTSD and others do not. One theory is that protective factors--resources such as positive social support and adaptive coping--may help prevent the development of PTSD after a traumatic event. There is not a link between the number or intensity of traumas and PTSD, unexpectedly. There is some data that show that the tendency to dissociate during trauma may be a factor in the development of PTSD.

When therapy clients are asked what makes the biggest difference to them, it's not the interventions or therapeutic orientation of the therapist: it's the relationship. I personally follow the model of viewing my clients with unconditional positive regard and work to provide a completely nonjudgmental space for them to grow.


Specialties

Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)

Attachment issues - Development of effective relational and communication skills; insight into family attachment patterns;fostering healthy family relationships.

Existential crisis & challenges - Supportive exploration of meaning and purpose in one’s life; finding one’s path in the face of existential anxiety, dread, and feelings of meaninglessness

Relationship issues - Understanding one’s wants and needs in relationships; exploring patterns of interaction, addressing concerns, and strengthening satisfaction in relationships and dating

Trauma - Coping and healing after threatening or scary events, such as witnessing accidents or experiencing sexual, verbal, emotional, or physical abuse

Complex PTSD (C-PTSD) - Recovering from the impact of long-term, repeated traumatic events, such as emotional abuse and neglect




Clientele

  • Adults (24+)
  • Young adults (18-24)

Insurance

Erin McKee is not in-network with any insurances.

Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.


Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions: $250 (60min)

Location(s)

Online Sessions (Washington)
Accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 9am, 10am, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm
  • Tue 9am, 10am, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm, 5pm
  • Wed 9am, 10am, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm
  • Thu 9am, 10am, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm
  • Fri 9am, 10am, 11am
  • Sat Please inquire about hours
  • Sun Please inquire about hours

Work and Education

Years of Experience: 12 years

The Everett Clinic, clinical psychologist, 2016 - 2022
US Navy, clinical psychologist, 2011 - 2016

Alliant International University, Psy.D., 2009
University of Kansas, M.A. in cultural anthropology, 2001
University of Montana, BA in humanities, 1994


Licensure

Washington: PY 60612361


Languages

English

French