Living Tree

Living Tree was established in 2004 by Rev. Dr. Denise McGuiness and serves as a ministry that offers spiritual direction and retreat leadership.  Formerly known as Living Tree Counseling Services, it has changed its name to Living Tree Ministries. Rev. Dr. McGuiness is a retired licensed psychologist and a certified spiritual director.  She practiced in the Vancouver area for 35 years. The Vancouver office was closed on June 16, 2016 and requests for records should be sent via the email link on this website.   Living Tree Ministries is now located on the second floor of the Wenatchee First United Methodist Church and is accepting new spiritual direction clients.

About Rev. Dr. McGuiness

Rev. Dr. Denise McGuiness received her B.A. from Miami University in Ohio. She received her M.S. and Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Georgia. She has been a licensed psychologist in the state of Oregon since 19
81 and in the state of Washington since 1987. She retired her licensed in 2020 and no longer provides psychotherapy. 

Rev. Dr. McGuiness was certified as a spiritual director through Shalom Prayer Center in Mt. Angel, OR in 2002. She received her Master of Divinity from Methodist Theological School in Ohio in May 2004. Her specialization is in spirituality and spiritual formation. She is an ordained minister in the United Methodist Church.

Where Does Living Tree Get Its Name?

Living Tree Counseling takes its inspiration for its name from the Tree of Life. This symbol has importance in nearly every culture. With its branches reaching into the sky, and roots deep into the earth it dwells in three worlds; a link between heaven, earth, and the underworld. It is both a feminine and masculine symbol. It has spiritual meaning for all of the world’s major religions including Christianity, Judaism, and Islam.