Hello! I’m Andee Gay, MS, NCC,LPC, CPCS, CGS with over 22 years of professional counseling experience as well as 16 years of Clinical Supervision. So what's with all this alphabet soup? MS, NCC, LPC, CPCS, CSG huh? All of this speaks to my training and certifications. My profession demands standards to insure that each individual gets the specialized care he, she, or they need. MS indicates the type of degree I have - a Master's of Science in Community Counseling. I received My National Certification as a Counselor (NCC) in 1998, which means I am board certified. I obtained my License as a Professional Counselor by the state of Georgia (LPC) in 2003. I became a Certified Professional Counselor Supervisor, CPCS, in 2014. And the last acronym refers to the training I received in April 2018 to be a Certified Grief Counselor (CGS), a subject I find demanding more time & attention as our cultures’ way of addressing grief tends to minimalize the process.
I have a varied career that has seen me start out creative, transition to the technical, then switch to the interpersonal. I graduated with a Bachelor’s of Fine Art (BFA) degree in 1981 from the University of Montevallo, Alabama, and then received another Bachelors of Science (BS) degree in Computer & Information technology in 1986 from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. The latter led to mainly computer hardware jobs with what was then BellSouth (now AT&T) where I worked for 11 years. Via a long series of events, I ended up doing a dual graduate degree program with Georgia State University (MS) & what is now Richmont Graduate University (Diploma), majoring in the Community & Christian Counseling fields, completing my studies in 1998. I was licensed as an LPC by the Georgia Composite Board of Professional Counselors, Social Workers, & Marriage & Family Therapists State Board in 2003. One of the advantages of a multi-disciplined work history is that I am able to relate to folks on many levels in counseling & LPC Supervision.
I operate initially from a Relational Aspect – as I believe that without a good therapeutic alliance, it’s difficult to establish a sense of confidence so change can take place. I seek to understand & accept folks as they are, & convey that in ways that show they matter. I use some mindfulness techniques as well as cognitive-behavioral exercises to help people manage their stressors. I rely heavily on the Adlerian concepts of our need to belong & that all of our behavior is purposeful even if we don’t know what the purpose is.
My professional practice is named Sanctuary Counseling & Supervision Services. I work with individuals aged 13 & up, couples, & families on a wide variety of concerns such as depression, anxiety, family dynamics, relationships, & grief. I offer a Sanctuary for those seeking someone who is willing to listen and to offer a different viewpoint for you to consider on the issues you bring into the safe place I strive to provide. We’ll explore what goals you want to achieve, as well as what may be keeping you from achieving those goals. My passion is for you to see new sides to your own story, for it’s in the doing so that we gain hope. “There is surely a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off” because hope is what gives us the gumption to get up when we’d rather stay in bed with the covers over our heads. Hope is what can stir the smallest spark of flame of love left in a marriage. Or hope can give a widow the opportunity to envision a life beyond her grief. Come & see how my Sanctuary can Serve you.
- Stress, Anxiety
- Relationship issues
- Parenting issues
Family conflicts , Trauma and abuse , Eating disorders , Self esteem , Bipolar disorder , Coping with life changes , Compassion fatigue , ADHD , Cancer , Caregiver Issues and Stress , Chronic Pain Illness and Disability , Communication Problems , Divorce and Separation , Family of Origin Issues , Forgiveness , Guilt and Shame , Life Purpose , Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks , Postpartum Depression , Pregnancy and Childbirth , Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) , Social Anxiety and Phobia , Women's Issues , Young Adult Issues Read more...
Jungian Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy
LPC #LPC003815 (Expires: 2022-09-30)
She’s awesome !
Andee is such a sweet soul. Talking to her is like talking to an old friend ive known for years. Instantly i felt comfortable and understood. She hears what im not always saying and provides great advice and resources. She is able to follow my adhd brain as it jumps from subject to subject like its second nature and she doesn't miss a beat, always knowing the right thing to say. Always quick to respond to messages and she always has something meaningful to say. Wonderful councilor, in the short time I've been working with her i feel like someone finally gets it.
Andee has been great. I love how quickly she responds, and has many helpful tips and exercises to help. She also seems very experienced and insightful. I am thankful for her help!
Andee's a blessing--we established rapport very quickly and my time with her has been very well spent...;o]
Don’t know a lot about how counseling should go because I have never went to counseling but I feel very very comfortable with Andee. She has been such a GREAT SUPPORT.
Andee is a great counselor! She’s understanding and gives great tips to better yourself!
Andee is the best!
I'm very thankful for Andee and the guidance she has provided.
Andee has been extremely helpful in understanding my thought processes, and training them to behave differently. I am very thankful to have met her.
Andee is super understanding and great at explaining/setting examples. Her worksheets are very helpful as well.
Andee has been a huge help. She has helped me navigate stress in my life and deal with the collapse of a long term relationship. She has been extremely supportive and I would recommend her to anyone.
She is extremely helpful. She is engaging I don't know, interesting and caring. I would definitely recommend her to anyone else that would need her services.
Very understanding and helpful! As someone who tries to work around my reasoning to where it’s what my bad thoughts want to be, Andee Gay tells me what I need to hear and doesn’t hide the facts and I am extremely grateful for that. She has awesome worksheets and articles to share and truly shows she cares.
Andee got me through a divorce and a massive change in living situations. She provided a bit of humor each week. She also provided several other coping methods and resources throughout the process. Finally, Andee helped me navigate the staggeringly large amount of emotions I experienced, and was able to point out several different ways of thinking about things that made the entire process much more workable. I can not overstate the benefit of having Andee as an external party to validate or invalidate my thoughts through all this.
Wonderful experience and very helpful in many situations.
I really enjoy speaking with Andree, and I feel confident she will continue to help me better myself.
Very kind, tolerant and very supportive and helpful. She's always full of care and always trying to cheer me up when I feel down.
Patient, attentive, compassionate and kind. I feel less like a crazy person after I talk with her.
Andee has been very good with correspondence. She is quick to respond and always check up on me if she doesn’t hear from me. We are only at the beginning of our relationship but she has already given me a couple of useful exercises to help me when I am in my own. I look forward to making more progress with Andee.