About Jim Marshall

I have a deep love for the Pacific Northwest. My family—working class with a solid work ethic—has lived in Washington State for four generations. I did my undergraduate work at the University of Washington, paying my way through with commercial fishing in the summers, and graduate work at Whitworth University in Spokane. I have sailed all over the Sound and points north.  I love walking on the beach, hiking in the mountains, and cycling.

Over the years, I have traveled extensively in the US, Europe, Asia, and India; experiencing many different cultures. I was married for 28 years, have three children and, at last count, six grandchildren. Several years ago I experienced the sudden loss of my wife from an unexpected illness.  I have now found new love in my life and am now married to an amazing woman.


Also, I have been a lifelong student and practitioner of yoga and meditation. Spirituality is the principal support and foundation of my life.


I developed an interest in mental health while I was an U of W undergraduate, and my first jobs were in social services. After working several years as a counselor, I did graduate work at Whitworth University in Spokane, where I earned an MA in Applied Behavioral Science, specializing in counseling.


During my career, I have worked as a counselor, teacher, coach, and trainer; I have worked with individuals, couples, families, and groups. I have worked with people from many cultures and from all walks of life.


Other trainings:

Levels 1, 2 & 3a of Gottman Method Couples Therapy training, The Art and Science of Love Couples Workshop; Loving Couples, Loving Children Curriculum; Solution-Focused Therapy; Co-Occurring Disorders; Treatment of Depression; Fatherhood Practitioners; Conflict Management & Confrontation; Alcohol & Drug Awareness; HIV/AIDS; group process; Bio-Energetic Therapy; therapeutic massage


July 13, 2024

Jim generously shares his humor and wisdom with compassion and respect. He creates a nurturing environment that encourages honesty, healing, and learning. Jim has supported me to accept my whole self, to connect with the good person I know myself to be, and to commit to choosing the life I want to live.

Mother and part-time student, Seattle


It’s has been great to work with Jim. He has a knack for cutting through noise and clutter to get to the heart of a matter—and then addressing whatever it is directly but with compassion. With those parts of myself I don’t like to look at, he’s been great at helping me see them and understand why they’re there. I’m making better choices now and becoming more fully the person I truly am.

—Urban planner, Seattle



Ever since moving to a new city, I'd been wanting to find a therapist, but my work schedule was so hectic that I never had the time to either make an appointment or get to one. When Jim was recommended to me as someone who could offer counseling over the phone, I finally had an option I could work with! We clicked immediately. I was surprised to find that I felt even more comfortable opening up over the phone than I normally do face-to-face. From the very start, Jim was engaged, thoughtful, and caring, and I was able to spill my thoughts to him!



—Documentary Filmmaker, New York City



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