I found out a long time ago that I like to be helpful.  It does not always take the form of counseling, I can help you change a tire if you need it, but because I like to help, I became a counselor.  There is always a lot of underlying motivation for a person to become a “talking cure” kind of person.  I admit, there are times in my life that I wanted someone to talk to and could not find the right person, so I wanted to be that person for others.  I experienced grief and loss early in my life and it shaped my future quite a bit.  That makes me want to help others going through crises as the “shaping” from a crisis can sometimes be awful, but always there is the potential for good changes through crisis. I am passionate for healthy families and marriages; and I value each individual and their right to being known and celebrated in life.  There is a selfish side to being a counselor. Helping people is very humbling because ultimately people make the courageous choice to help themselves and so when the counseling is successful, I get to take little credit but it still causes me great joy.

– Bob McGuire

Bob has been with Emmaus since 2013 and works with ages 16+ and families via Virtual Therapy and Bothell Office. He is a Licensed therapist in the state of Washington and holds a Masters in Family Psychology from Hardin-Simmons University, Abilene, TX.

Prior to joining Emmaus, Bob served as a counselor on the ministerial staffs in churches in Texas, Oklahoma and Washington.  Along the way he has had the opportunity to utilize his counseling skills with probation departments, free medical clinics, and in training of other Master degree students. He has worked extensively in marriage counseling and can remember a passion for strong families back to a very young age.

Since 1998, Bob has been working with individuals, couples, and families to thrive, restore and rediscover their best joy.  Trained in family systems  therapy, Bob will join you on the journey from where you are now to where you want to be.

Bob believes change is sometimes described simply as a “decision” the client makes, other times it is described as a “soul awakening”. Usually this journey is not as frightening as the person thought, but it still can be difficult.  Be assured that the rewards are often astounding! It will likely redefine how you view and approach everything. Seeking help is courageous and wise.  Good job getting started.  He is here to help you finish.

Areas of Focus

  • Adjustment disorder
  • Adoption
  • Anxiety & Panic disorders
  • Bipolar
  • Chronic Pain/Illness
  • Co-dependency
  • Co-occurring disorder
  • Depression
  • Dissociative disorder
  • Divorce
  • First Responders
  • Grief & Loss
  • Men’s Issues
  • Marriage & Couples
  • OCD
  • Opposition Defiant Disorder
  • Parenting Skills
  • PTSD & Trauma