About Us

Rick Peterson, MDiv, DMin – candidate

Rick earned his bachelor’s in biblical studies from Cascade Bible College, studied Chemical Dependence Counseling at Bellevue College and graduate level studies in Counseling Psychology at The Seattle School of Theology and Psychology. He earned his Masters of Divinity with an emphasis in Counseling and Pastoral Care from Columbia Evangelical Seminary, where he is presently completing his Doctoral Studies in Counseling and Spiritual Formation.

Rick’s journey of personal recovery began in 1992 with intensive psychotherapy and involvement in 12-Step programs. This ultimately led him to residential treatment for developmental trauma, and opened the door to work with those recovering from trauma, codependence and active addiction.

Our Care Model

We understand it takes a lot of courage to ask for help.

Life can be difficult for anyone, but for those suffering from the effects of unresolved trauma, codependence, and active addiction, life can become unmanageable, and terribly lonely. “What is wrong with me?” many people ask of themselves. And when family, friends, and even helping professionals wonder what to do with you, the felt isolation is indescribable. The good news is there is a solution. You are not terminally unique. Others have felt the anxiety, pain, and depression you are feeling, and have found it is possible to heal spiritually, emotionally, and relationally. You too, can know serenity and meaning in your daily life.

Our care model is a Christian, faith-based approach in which one’s spiritual condition is addressed in order to find emotional and relational health.

However, it is not required that you be a Christian to come under our care. Many people think they are Christians, and in the process of recovery discover they are not, and must reconsider the meaning of their faith; others who have had no profession of faith, discover the caring presence of God has always been with them, and look to us then for spiritual direction.

We have discovered three aspects of our being, the spiritual, emotional, and relational, while distinct, are nonetheless inseparable. Often, once genuine healing begins, a spiritual awakening often occurs, also. We are not here to evangelize in favor of a theological system or denomination. We are simply here to help you identify and overcome the obstacles to spiritual and emotional health.

Our process begins with addressing the coping mechanisms you are presently employing so that you become available to move into a place of discovery; meaning, discovering what is at the core of your present state.

Once you become clear as to the core issues, you can more easily develop a program of recovery. We have found toxic relationship patterns must be changed so that genuine healing can occur: it is relationship that wounds and relationship that heals. The goal of recovery therefore is to develop the maturity and skills necessary to enjoy—perhaps for the first time—loving, healthy relationships with God, the self, and others. Once you have come to enjoy this level of health, the next goal is to find your personal mission—the purpose for which God has uniquely gifted you. From coping, to discovery, into recovery, and then mission; this is the progress we look for in our care model.

For further details, please see the ERM Intake and Disclosure form.

What We Believe

Rick Peterson, MDiv, DMin – candidate

Rick earned his bachelor’s in biblical studies from Cascade Bible College, studied Chemical Dependence Counseling at Bellevue College and graduate level studies in Counseling Psychology at The Seattle School of Theology and Psychology. He earned his Masters of Divinity with an emphasis in Counseling and Pastoral Care from Columbia Evangelical Seminary, where he is presently completing his Doctoral Studies in Counseling and Spiritual Formation.

Rick’s journey of personal recovery began in 1992 with intensive psychotherapy and involvement in 12-Step programs. This ultimately led him to residential treatment for developmental trauma, and opened the door to work with those recovering from trauma, codependence and active addiction.

Our Care Model

We understand it takes a lot of courage to ask for help.

Life can be difficult for anyone, but for those suffering from the effects of unresolved trauma, codependence, and active addiction, life can become unmanageable, and terribly lonely. “What is wrong with me?” many people ask of themselves. And when family, friends, and even helping professionals wonder what to do with you, the felt isolation is indescribable. The good news is there is a solution. You are not terminally unique. Others have felt the anxiety, pain, and depression you are feeling, and have found it is possible to heal spiritually, emotionally, and relationally. You too, can know serenity and meaning in your daily life.

Our care model is a Christian, faith-based approach in which one’s spiritual condition is addressed in order to find emotional and relational health.

However, it is not required that you be a Christian to come under our care. Many people think they are Christians, and in the process of recovery discover they are not, and must reconsider the meaning of their faith; others who have had no profession of faith, discover the caring presence of God has always been with them, and look to us then for spiritual direction.

We have discovered three aspects of our being, the spiritual, emotional, and relational, while distinct, are nonetheless inseparable. Often, once genuine healing begins, a spiritual awakening often occurs, also. We are not here to evangelize in favor of a theological system or denomination. We are simply here to help you identify and overcome the obstacles to spiritual and emotional health.

Our process begins with addressing the coping mechanisms you are presently employing so that you become available to move into a place of discovery; meaning, discovering what is at the core of your present state.

Once you become clear as to the core issues, you can more easily develop a program of recovery. We have found toxic relationship patterns must be changed so that genuine healing can occur: it is relationship that wounds and relationship that heals. The goal of recovery therefore is to develop the maturity and skills necessary to enjoy—perhaps for the first time—loving, healthy relationships with God, the self, and others. Once you have come to enjoy this level of health, the next goal is to find your personal mission—the purpose for which God has uniquely gifted you. From coping, to discovery, into recovery, and then mission; this is the progress we look for in our care model.

For further details, please see the ERM Intake and Disclosure form.

What We Believe

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