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DR. MARGARETE A. CHASE, PhD, D.Min, MA Counseling, MA Education, LMHC


Dr. Chase is a licensed mental health counselor (LMHC) in the State of Washington.  
She has been a licensed clinical psychologist in Brazil for over 30 years.  During that time, she has accumulated well over 20,000 hours of counseling practice with an emphasis in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). To better understand the laws in the U.S., Dr. Chase also obtained a Master's in Counseling degree in the U.S. and graduated with 4.0 G.P.A. as a Graduate with Highest Distinction. Her approach to counseling is eclectic, and she does not confine her counseling skills solely to CBT; rather, she employs numerous counseling theories to meet the needs of a wide variety of clients including children, adolescents, adults (both men and women), couples, groups, individuals with substance abuse issues, girls with teenage pregnancies, and counseling businesses on

personal issues.    

Dr. Chase began following the research of Dr. John Gottman (professor emeritus of the University of Washington Department of Psychology) in the early 1990s.  She began applying some of his theories in her practice by the mid-1990s.  Some of these theories have enabled her to be more effective in dealing with couples' issues.  She cited Dr. Gottman’s work in her 2005 book for couples entitled “The Difficult Art of Creating Pearls... The secret is in your hands!” [rough translation of the Portuguese title “A Difícil Arte de Criar Pérolas…O segredo está em suas mãos!”]       


In addition to Dr. Chase’s background as a psychologist and counselor, she has worked as a teacher and principal for elementary, middle, and high school students in Brazil.  She also spent 4 years as a research coordinator for graduate school at UMC - the University of Mogi Das Cruzes in Mogi Das Cruzes, São Paulo, Brazil.

During the time Dr. Chase was operating her psychology clinic, she also taught law students and nursing students. While in the United States, Dr. Chase has worked as a volunteer at Wake Forest Baptist Hospital Medical Center assisting staff members in providing quality care and services to children and their families.  She also worked as a volunteer at the Wake Forest University Psychology Department, visiting Spanish-speaking families and interviewing them. Finally, she worked as a case manager for CARE in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Prior to obtaining licensure in the State of Washington, Dr. Chase has worked as a law office manager for nearly 10 years.

She loves God, her profession, and people. Throughout her life, she realized that love isn’t just about oneself and meeting one’s own needs, but rather, putting someone else’s needs, well-being, and happiness above her own, despite their vulnerabilities, flaws, and shortcomings.

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