The clinical staff at Free by the Sea is comprised of highly skilled professionals with a combination of over a century of experience in the field of addiction rehabilitation and mental health. We practice an evidence-based approach built on the tried-and-true 12-step recovery model. Clients are treated with compassion, respect, and understanding at all times.
Rather than focus solely on the client’s addictive behavior, our counseling programs are designed to promote healing of the whole person — mind, body, and spirit. This integrated approach allows us to effectively address the addiction while exploring and healing other aspects of life that may have been sacrificed for the addictive behavior. When we heal the whole person, the client is better equipped to return home with the strength they need to pursue a life free from addiction.
Dr. Kevin McGinley, Ph.D., MSW, LICSW Clinical Director
Dr. McGinley has been involved in the field of Mental Health and Chemical Dependency for more than four decades. He graduated from Gonzaga University in 1975 with a BA in Philosophy and began his doctorate in philosophy at Boston College and completed his doctorate in philosophy in January of 1985. In the fall of 1988 he began a master’s program in Theology at the Weston Jesuit School of Theology in Cambridge, MA. He completed his Master of Divinity in 1991. Dr. McGinley taught, counseled, and administered at both Gonzaga University and Seattle University. He was tenured at Gonzaga University in 1998. In 1999, Dr. McGinley began a clinical program in mental health at the George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis. He completed his program there with honors, graduating in May of 2001. In June of 2001, he moved to the Long Beach Peninsula in Washington where he began working at Willapa Behavioral Health. He worked full time at WBH until March of 2010 when he opened McGinley Counseling. Dr. McGinley joined the team as Clinical Director in early 2014.
Dr. McGinley states that his training in clinical work has been heavily influenced by dialectical and cognitive behavioral therapies (DBT & CBT). He has also been a student of Neo-Freudian and Jungian therapies. Dr. McGinley finds his work in depth psychology very helpful for the work that he does with his clients.
Susan P. Harris, Administrator
Susan Harris has worked in the counseling field for over 20 years. She has been a clinical director and a branch manager of agencies prior to coming to Free by the Sea where she currently a clinical administrator, mental health counselor and Program Director for the gambling program. She has developed prior co-occurring programs and gambling programs in her other facilities. She is a licensed mental health counselor, a chemical dependency professional and an internationally certified gambling counselor and board approved clinical consultant. She received her BA in Psychology from Walla Walla college, her Master’s Degree in Addiction Counselling from Capella University and is currently working on her doctorate in Psychology. at California, Southern. Currently in recovery herself, Susan has devoted her time to those still suffering and became aware early in her career that the co-occurring approach to treatment has proven to be most effective.
Erica R. Griffin, M.A LMHC