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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.

We limit the number of clients under our care to ensure each person receives the time and attention he or she needs along their journey to recovery. By maintaining a low client-to-counselor ratio, the quality of our service and strength of treatment outcomes are consistently outstanding.


Dr. Kevin McGinley, Ph.D.

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.

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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.

Kimber Rotchford, Clinician

J. Kimber Rotchford, M.D., M.P.H. graduated from the University of Washington’s School of Medicine in 1980 and is our new addiction medicine specialist. He practiced in Ocean Shores, WA for 15 years doing the full scope of Family Practice including Inpatient care, obstetrics, emergency medicine, etc.. After moving with his family to Port Townsend, WA his practice quickly evolved into the specialties of Addiction Medicine and Pain Management.
Dr. Rotchford is among the first physicians to be board certified in addiction medicine (Diplomate of the Board of Addiction Medicine) He has been active in addressing opioid use disorders, particularly among pain patients. He has published books as well as several professional articles on related subjects. His credentials also include Fellow of the American College of Preventive Medicine as well as Fellow of the American Academy of Medical Acupuncture. He is past president of the Washington Chapter of the American Society of Addiction Medicine.
Dr. Rotchford is passionate about assuring the best of outcomes for those with substance use disorders and behavioral addictions such as gambling.. He is a seasoned physician with relatively uncommon clinical expertise in the field of outpatient addiction medicine. He also brings distinct expertise in appreciating the strengths and weaknesses of scientific evidence. His interest in medical acupuncture dates back to 1981. He remains open to innovative and cost-effective solutions that promote well-being and longevity, both for his patients as well as for all the community.

Erica R. Griffin, M.A LMHC

Erica Griffin has worked in the mental health field for over 9 years. She received her B.A in Psychology and English from Judson College. She received her M.A in clinical psychology from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology and is currently pursuing her Ph.D in Social Psychology. She has been a counselor in a variety of clinical settings including inpatient, outpatient, private practice and community mental health. She has experience with a multitude of mental health and general life issues but also specializes in mood disorders, trauma and co-occurring diagnosis. She has experience helping individuals who experience combat trauma, and trauma as a result of loss, abuse or assault. She utilizes and is trained in Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). Her counseling philosophy is that life is a journey and sometime we get mired in its complexities that make it difficult to see a way free of the challenging places. She walks alongside you, helping you regain confidence and develop new perspectives that will help you navigate the path toward health and wellness.

Charlene Hawley, Residential Chemical Dependency Supervisor

Charlene Hawley has been in the substance abuse disorder field for 30 years. She started her career in Spokane, WA where she worked at a non profit pregnant and parenting program. She moved to the Long Beach Peninsula in 2015 where she was the chemical dependency supervisor at Willapa Behavioral Health. Charlene is currently the residential chemical dependency supervisor at Free by the Sea, she is also working on her certification to become a certified gambling counselor. She has dedicated her life to help those still in addiction to become productive members of society.