My Experience, Education and Training

"The development of the spirit of capitalism is best understood as part of the development of rationalism as a whole, and could be deduced from the fundamental position of rationalism on the basic problems of life."  - Max Weber

Professional Experience

Accounting for Small Businesses and Non-profits

As a certified public accountant in good standing for over twenty years, I have helped nearly one hundred companies and their owners in many different industries. While maintaining financial systems, I learned about the world of small business. I listened to owners talk about their dilemmas and decisions, and I observed ways that people work together in business. In many ways, becoming a therapist is a formalization and a natural extension of this calm, confidential and interested position.

Psychotherapy Private Practice 

In 2003, I graduated from Seattle University's graduate program in existential phenomenological psychology. In community mental health agencies and private practice, I have helped men and women with depression, anxiety and life transitions. I am licensed as a mental health counselor. 

Social Science Research 

During graduate school I participated in two, year-long research projects studying the human experience of despair using a qualitative approach. Along with fellow researchers, I presented papers at the International Human Science Research Conferences in Victoria and Vancouver Canada, Stockholm, Sweden and Bournemouth, England. I continue to write and research in various areas of interest.

Degrees and Certifications

MA, Psychology; Seattle University
BA, Business Administration; Seattle University
Washington State CPA License # 11156, issued October 1986
Washington State Licensed Mental Health Counselor #LH00010376, issued June 2006
Certified Divorce Financial Analyst training, January 2008

Publications

Chan-Brown, K., Douglass, A., Halling, S., Keller, J., and McNabb, M., (in Press). What is Money? A qualitative study of money as experienced. The Humanistic Psychologist

McNabb, M. (2015). The aftermath of murder. In Psychotherapy for the Other: Levinas and the Face-to-Face Relationship; Krycka, Kunz & Sayre, eds. Duquesne University Press.

Halling, S., McNabb, M., Rowe, J.O. (2006). Existential-Phenomenological Psychotherapy in the Trenches: A collaborative approach to serving the underserved. Journal of Phenomenological Psychology, 37(2), 171-196.

Beck, B., Halling, S., McNabb, M., Miller, D., Rowe, J.O., & Schulz, J. (2003). On Navigating Despair: Reports from psychotherapists. Journal of Religion and Health, 44(2), 187-205.

Beck, B., Halling, S., McNabb, M., Miller, D., Rowe, J.O., & Schulz, J. (2003). Facing up to Hopelessness: A dialogal phenomenological study. Journal of Religion and Health, 42(4), 339-354.

Selected Contributing Interviews

5 steps to overcome financial trauma (2012)   http://www.creditcards.com/credit-card-news/5-steps-overcome-financial-trauma-1267.php

Tough housing market amplifies buyer's remorse (2011) http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/realestate/2014112615_realremorse27.html

Caring for elderly parents' finances (2010) http://www.bankrate.com/finance/retirement/caring-for-elderly-parents-finances-2.aspx

Helping aging parents dig out of debt (2009) http://www.creditcards.com/credit-card-news/helping-aging-parents-credit-card-debt-1278.phpInterviews

Using Money to Self Medicate?  http://www.creditcards.com/credit-card-news/using-money-spending-to-self-medicate-1280.php