About Jean

“Don’t ask yourself what the world needs, ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then go do that. Because what the world needs are people who have come alive.”   – Harold Whitman          

jean-portrait-dogJean Frinak M.Div. M.F.T.


  • Bachelor of Arts Degree, Double Major in Religion and Sociology, St. Olaf College, Northfield MN, 1978
  • Master of Divinity, Luther-Northwestern Seminary, St. Paul MN, 1983
  • Post Graduate Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy, Samaritan Center, Seattle WA, 1986
  • Washington State Certified Marriage and Family Therapist and Mental Health Counselor, 1986-present

“Let the beauty we love be what we do.
There are a thousand ways to kneel and kiss the ground” – Rumi

Advanced Professional Training and Specialization:

Acknowledging the uniqueness of each individual, Jean selects from and combines a variety of approaches in which she is trained to assist clients to reach their own goals. These include:

Couple and Marriage Therapy:

  • Dr. John Gottman’s Scientifically Based Couple’s Therapy
  • Dr. David Schnarch’s differentiation based “Passionate Marriage”
  • Dr. Harville Hendrix’s Imago Couple’s Therapy
  • Dr. Sue Johnson’s Emotionally Focused Couple’s Therapy
  • Dr. Marshall B. Rosenberg’s Nonviolent Communication

Advanced Integrative Approaches:

  • Family Systems, many contributors
  • Life Coaching, many contributors
  • Voice Dialogue, developed by Drs. Hal and Sidra Stone
  • Process Oriented Psychotherapy, developed by Dr. Arnold Mindell
  • Hakomi: A Body Centered Form of Psychotherapy, developed by Ron Kurtz
  • Jungian Dream and Archetype Work
  • Guided Imagery and Music (GIM)
  • Narrative Therapy, developed by Michael White
  • Cross Cultural Healing Practices, by Angeles Arrien


  • EMDR, and many other approaches including the above

Mindfulness and Spiritual Integration:

  • Mindfulness in Psychotherapy: taught by Daniel Siegal, Jack Kornfield, Thich Nhat Hanh, Sharon Salzberg, Stephen Levine, Pema Chodron, and many other contributors
  • Spiritual Direction, many teachers and contributors (including M.Div.)

Movement and Body Integration:

  • Movement Therapy
  • Authentic Movement
  • Interplay
  • Dance

Grief:  Stephen Levine, Sobonfu Some, many others including the above

Expressive Arts:  Developed by Jane Ross Goldenberg Ph.D., and many others

“I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.”  -Albert Einstein