A little about Gary
Hi! I’m a Michigan native and grew up on the east side of the state, then migrated to Grand Rapids after college. I have a Bachelors degree in Psychology from Michigan State University and a Masters in Social Work from GVSU.
After 15 years working as a school social worker, providing counseling for teens and young children before going into private practice. I also studied Solution Focused Therapy with some of the best people in the counseling field and am passionate about helping people find solutions to problems using their own strengths and abilities.
I counsel lots of different people at my Grand Rapids office so you’ll fit right in. We all have something we’re trying to deal with and it doesn’t make you weak if you get help, instead of struggling with it on your own. After all, you could probably fix your car by yourself (eventually), but it’s easier and faster to take it to an expert who can fix it quickly.
People who come to me for counseling are regular people like you, and usually come for problems like depression, stress, relationships, parent-child problems, work related problems, or to get clarity about a big decision. I also work with a lot of teens and college students, struggling with anxiety, overload, and social situations.
What Kind of Counseling Do I Use?
Solution Focused Brief Therapy focuses on the changes you want to make in your future, not your past. I’ll help you figure out what things you’re already doing right, how to do those things more often, and apply past skills and successes to your current situation. By creating opportunities for small successes, you develop the confidence to do more and more. Since success leads to more success, you’ll soon be back on track.
It’s also important to feel at ease with your therapist. I make it a comfortable, safe environment where you can discuss your concerns freely and be treated with care and respect. It helps to have a sense of humor too, so don’t be surprised if you have a laugh or two along the way.