The therapists and staff at Westminster Counseling Center are here to help you.
Trained in: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
EMDR Level II
Margaret McCray, Clinical Director and Therapist
“I am curious about discovering with each client the often hidden strengths they bring to their difficult life circumstances, and immensely respectful of the effort and courage it takes to bring those strengths to their full fruition.”
Margaret joined the clinical staff in 1994, served as therapist and Executive Director from 1999 to 2015 and is currently therapist and Clinical Director. Her practice employs the wisdom and efficacies of cognitive-behavioral therapy, systems theory and mindfulness/self-awareness. She is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, trained in Level II EMDR, and licensed to use the Prepare Inventory for pre-marital counseling. She is a Fellow in the American Association of Pastoral Counselors.
Margaret has expertise in the areas of anxiety, stress, depression, relationship issues, LGBTQ issues, and grief and loss, among others. She works with individuals, couples, families and adolescents, focusing on here-and-now issues, but with enough exploration of the past to give depth to the therapy and to learn what the client brings that enhances or complicates their life and relationships.
Margaret earned her B.A. at Vassar College, her M.Div. at McCormick Theological Seminary and her D. Min. at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary.
“My goal when working with clients is to help them identify and strengthen inner resources based upon personal values that can become powerful, permanent allies as they navigate their journey through life. As a counselor, playing a role in this journey is a pleasure and honor." Peter joined the Westminster Counseling team in 2016, and has a Bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Wisconsin, and a Master’s degree in professional studies from the University of Minnesota—a degree encompassing both substance abuse counseling and mental health counseling.
Peter believes that most individuals are much stronger than they realize, and possess an inner wisdom and resilience from which they are currently disconnected. Tremendous change and growth is often possible through adjustments in lifestyle and thinking patterns, and the tapping into inner resources that are presently underutilized. Peter enjoys collaborating with clients to identify both short-term and long-term goals, and creating methods for achieving them through the use of therapeutic approaches such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), and principles of mindfulness such as self-acceptance, self-compassion, and non-judgment.
Although trained in the treatment of a variety of emotional problems, Peter has a particularly strong interest in the treatment of anxiety, and understands how uncomfortable and often debilitating high levels of anxiety can be.
Peter is a licensed alcohol and drug counselor (LADC) and is currently working toward licensure as a professional clinical counselor (LPCC).
“I believe counseling relationships are based on compassion, trust, and unconditional acceptance. Through our work together, my hope for you is to experience deep healing and peace in order to live a meaningful and fulfilling life that is true to your authentic self."
Sherri Dunham, MA, LPC, Licensed Professional Counselor, joined Westminster Counseling Center in 2016. In her work with adults and adolescents, Sherri integrates her training in Western Psychology and practice of Eastern Spirituality. Her Zen Meditation practice informs her spiritual approach to counseling and psychotherapy which incorporates Mindfulness, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Emotion Focused Therapy techniques, and Psychodynamic theory.
Prior to joining Westminster Counseling Center, Sherri served individuals in private practice, community based services, and day treatment. Practicing since 2010, Sherri has experience working with individuals, adolescents, elderly and couples with issues surrounding: depression, anxiety, trauma, abuse, life transitions, grief and loss, spirituality concerns, and more. Additionally, Sherri has 20 years of business experience and has lived abroad in Costa Rica.
Sherri earned her Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of St. Thomas and her Bachelor’s degree in Business from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota. You can learn more about Sherri by visiting her website at: www.sherridunham.com
"Hope and healing does not mean we have escaped pain and conflict. It means we have learned our relationship to these realities, and how they contribute to who we are."
Ben joined the clinical staff in 2016, recently transferring from a faith-based therapy center in Chicago. His modalities of treatment are best exemplified by Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, existentialism, mindfulness, interpersonal dynamics, and Motivational Interviewing. Ben’s experience is diversified with training in chemical dependency treatment, inpatient & outpatient psychiatry, education, mental health crisis stabilization/triage, and traditional outpatient faith-based psychotherapy. He has been working in mental health since 2000, and has been a licensed professional counselor since 2008. Ben is certified to administer the Prepare/Enrich pre-marital counseling inventory. He is a member of the American Counseling Association and a chapter member of the Association for Spiritual and Ethical Values in Counseling. He also directs a chain of greater Minnesota behavioral health clinics and sits on the non-profit board for the Mental Health Providers Association of Minnesota.
Ben has expertise in the areas of significant or stressful life transitions, using distress tolerance and identity exploration. He enjoys working with LGBT clients in the areas of internalized homophobia and marital/partnership stressors. He enjoys working with adolescents (11y+) and worked with at-risk youth for many years. He also has an interest in working with men’s issues, specifically conflicts with the concept of masculinity and identity throughout the life cycle—adolescence thru retirement.
Ben earned his B.A. in Pastoral Studies at North Central University and his M.A. from the University of Minnesota. You may also read his website at www.minneapolismentalhealth.com
Trained in: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Integration of Psychology and Spirituality
Mindfulness and Wellness
Susan Thornton, Therapist
"I am honored to meet people where they are - with their strengths, challenges, fears, needs and questions - and to bring some support, encouragement, and resources as we journey towards their finding growth, healing, and wholeness."
Susan Thornton, MDiv, MA, LP, Licensed Psychologist and Psychotherapist, joined the Westminster Counseling Center in 2013. Susan works primarily with individuals and groups. Her areas of expertise include: grief and loss, relationship issues, anxiety, depression, wellness, transitions, coping skills, LGBTQ issues, aging, and mental health recovery. She provides premarital counseling to couples through PREPARE-ENRICH, offers women’s groups and caregiver groups, and provides consultation on pastoral care issues.
Prior to coming to Westminster Counseling Center, Susan served in a variety of medical centers as a Clinical Pastoral Education Supervisor (Educator) and Chaplain, as a Minister in congregations, and as a Pastoral Psychotherapist at the Sanctuary Center.
Susan is a Licensed Psychologist and an Ordained Minister in the United Church of Christ (UCC). She has a BA from Rhodes College, Memphis, TN, a Masters of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary, NY, NY, and an MA in Counseling Psychology from University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN. She received pastoral counseling education through the American Association of Pastoral Counselors and is certified by them as a Fellow.
Jennifer joined Westminster Counseling Center in 2013. In her duties as Business Manager she oversees all agency financials, supports the board of directors, coordinates billings activities, and serves as the organizations lead for communications and marketing. Prior to coming to the Counseling Center she worked as an Executive Assistant to a National Account Executive for 7 years. She is currently working towards her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management.