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


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)

Tough housing market amplifies buyer's remorse (2011)

Caring for elderly parents' finances (2010)

Helping aging parents dig out of debt (2009)

Using Money to Self Medicate?