About me

My professional background

photo of Phil Prothero

A native New Englander and a former Environmental Engineer, I switched careers after taking what I thought was a sabbatical from engineering to study counseling and then discovered counseling was a true passion and calling of my heart.

I am licensed in Vermont as a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor and in Washington as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor. I have both my Masters of Arts in Counseling and my Masters of Divinity from Mars Hill Graduate School, now known as The Seattle School of Theology and Psychology. In 2005, I completed the additional training to become a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist, having studied under Dr. Patrick Carnes and the International Institute for Trauma and Addiction Professionals (IITAP). In 2012, I completed the requirements to become an EMDR trained provider. I have a clinical interest in animal assisted therapy as well as exploring the role family pets play in the family system. In 2015 I began training with psychodrama and experiential therapy modalities. I am an active member of the Vermont Mental Health Counselors Association and clinical member of the American Mental Health Counselors Association.

Occasionally, I step aside from my private practice and join with Onsite Workshops in Cumberland Furnace, Tennessee, where I lead groups for their Healthy Sexuality and Intimacy program, Healing Trauma Program, and facilitate individual and couples intensives.

In early 2018, I became the executive director for the Vermont Mental Health Counselors Association.

Personal interests

  • Spending time with my wife and cats
  • Outdoor activities, such as backpacking, hiking, snowshoeing and canoeing
  • Improving the lives of community cats by assisting with trap-neuter-return (TNR) of feral cats
  • Being creative using various mediums

Marvin, the (now retired) therapy cat

Sadly, Marvin has retired from his brief career as a therapy cat. After being rescued from the street in 2015, he occasionally spent time in my office as a therapy cat. His lineage is unknown, however, he appears to be a purebred Havana Brown, which is basically a chocolate colored Siamese. He added a playful, warm presence to the office. He’s very friendly, easygoing, personable, and loves to play fetch with his sparkle ball.

I realize some people are allergic to cats and some may prefer not to have an animal present, therefore, before bringing him into a session, I will always inquire with you regarding your preference for having him present or not. Please do not hesitate to share your preference regarding Marvin’s presence.