Cherry McKinstry

Cherry McKinstry Puget Sound Psychotherapy & Psychiatry

Cherry McKinstry


Private Pay: Individual $150
Private Pay: Couples/Families $200

Office Location:

telehealth only

Cherry McKinstry


Cherry's clients describe her as understanding, insightful, and inspiring.

Her therapy style centers on forging a path to peace and satisfaction.

I specialize in working with couples, families, and adult individuals. I am passionate about exploring and strengthening romantic relationships, your relationships with yourself, relationships with others, including relationships with your co-workers, boss, and/or colleagues. As your therapist, I walk with you through the complexities of your life so you may curate more choices and awareness to foster the type of relationship that gives you peace and satisfaction.

I am inspired by Esther Perel, the Gottman’s, Adam Grant, Adler, Yalom, Bowen, and Minuchin. I approach the therapy process through an attachment and schemas lens. I integrate different theories as well as consideration of cultural recognition to fit your unique experiences. I believe that you are the expert of your life. However, stress, anxiety, resentments, grief, and other factors may be disorienting and there may be a momentary loss in clarity for you. I will walk with you to explore the complexities of your relationships and life to help you realign with your values and visions.

During the first weeks of therapy, you can expect a lot of questions as I work to get to know who you are, where you’ve been, who you’d like to become, and what relationships you’d like to have. I encourage that my clients do the “work” between sessions—whether it is contemplation or utilizing specified communication skills/strategies— as experiences have taught us that we cannot cultivate change without a change in habit.


BA, Arizona State University, Psychology
MA, Azusa Pacific University, Clinical Psychology (MFT)


Core Skills Advanced Training in Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy – ICEEFT
Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy Externship – ICEEFT
Certified Facilitator — Prepare and Enrich
Level 1 Certified — Gottman Method Couples Therapy