Hello, my name is Sherri Dunham. I’m a Licensed ProfessionalCounselor (LPC) providing compassionate, growth-focused, spiritual mental health counseling.
I feel very fortunate and honored to have the privilege of walking side-by-side with people, helping them to face challenging issues. People often comment on my calm demeanor and that I have an ability to remain still in seemingly chaotic situations, both of which are qualities that I have cultivated through years of my own personal and spiritual work (which is never done!) and my daily meditation practice.
I work from the perspective that counseling relationships are based on compassion, trust, and unconditional positive regard. My approach to counseling is influenced by Western Psychology, my Zen Buddhist meditation practice, and other spiritual traditions. I combine these philosophies of psychological-spiritual wellness in order to help my clients achieve relief from symptoms and suffering. Through our work together, my hope for you is to experience deep healing and peace so that you may live a more joyful, peaceful, and fulfilling life that is true to your inner self.
I began my professional life in the realm of information technology and accounting. I received a Bachelor degree in Business from St. Mary’s University of MN in Minneapolis, MN. During my time in school I knew my heart was pulling me to be towards a helping role. After graduation, I went on to complete my Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis, MN. This change in my life path has been among the best decisions of my life.
My clinical experience began with a nine month internship facilitating day treatment/group therapy for men with serious and persistent mental illness (SPMI), personality disorders, severe psycho-sexual disorders, and addiction. For two years I provided community- based therapy to individuals with SPMI and concerns relating to homelessness or severe socio-economic hardship. I now work as a professional mental health counselor, offering outpatient therapy services and support to individuals and couples of varying concerns and backgrounds.
On a more personal note, from mid 2011 to early 2012, I spent time living in Costa Rica. My experience of living in a foreign country taught me innumerable valuable lessons, particularly to remain flexible, unattached to outcomes, and to live in the present moment as much as possible. While living in Costa Rica, I had the extreme pleasure of providing healing services to attendees of a week-long, wellness retreat hosted by don Miguel Ruiz, author of The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom (A Toltec Wisdom Book), and his son don Jose Ruiz, co-author of The Fifth Agreement: A Practical Guide to Self-Mastery (Toltec Wisdom)
, at Sugar Beach Hotel in Potrero, Guanacaste, Costa Rica. Meeting the Ruiz family and the many retreat attendees was an enriching and rewarding experience that I will cherish always.