Hi there, I am Gary. My 25 years of experience includes a background in education, guidance counseling, social work, and mental health treatment. I have worked in both public and private school settings, outdoor youth treatment programs, residential youth treatment programs, and outpatient settings. I hold a Master’s degree is in Psychology, though I have several years of training, and practical experience beyond the degree. One of the best things a client can say to me is "You are not like other therapists I have worked with." I would like to think I am unconventional. I try to keep things real and down to earth, working to find practical solutions to everyday challenges. I live in a smaller community and have always lived and worked in rural settings.
I have maintained a private practice since 2006. My clinic is licensed for out-patient mental health and substance abuse treatment. Most of my clients struggle with depression and anxiety. I also work with couples and have extensive experience in working with families in conflict and working with troubled teens. My experience includes working with clients who struggle with addictions as well.
I am proud to have co-authored a book with my niece, Lacey West, RN. The book, “Living in the Light – How to fight the darkness of depression and anxiety”, was published in 2013. Throughout my life I have been actively involved in my community in several volunteer capacities. For about 14 years I have volunteered with my State’s Critical Incident Stress Management team which provides crisis debriefings and related intervention services to emergency services and first responder personnel throughout the state. I have been married for 29 years. My wife is also a clinical therapist. We have three children and enjoy traveling and spending time together. One of our recent adventures was to get our scuba certification. I love people and my life has been mostly one of service to others. I hope you will give me the opportunity to use my experience to serve you as well.
Additional areas of focus: Trauma and abuse, Intimacy-related issues, Eating disorders, Parenting issues, Anger management, Self esteem, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder, Coping with life changes, Coaching, Compassion fatigue, ADHD, Abandonment, Adoption and Foster Care, Attachment Issues, BDSM, Kink, Alternative Sex Culture, Blended Family Issues, Body Image, Caregiver Issues and Stress, Codependency, Commitment Issues, Communication Problems, Control Issues, Coping with Natural or Human-Caused Disaster, Dependent Personality, Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder (DMDD), Divorce and Separation, Domestic Violence, Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Eating and Food-Related Issues, Emptiness, Family of Origin Issues, Family Problems, Fatherhood Issues, First Responder Issues, Forgiveness, Guilt and Shame, Hoarding, Impulsivity, Infidelity, Intellectual Disability, Isolation / Loneliness, Jealousy, Life Purpose, Men's Issues, Midlife Crisis, Military and Veterans Issues, Money and Financial Issues, Mood Disorders, Narcissism, Obsessions, Compulsions, and OCD, Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks, Paranoia, Polyamory / Nonmonogamous Relationships, Post-traumatic Stress, Prejudice and Discrimination, Process addiction (porn, exercise, gambling), Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Self-Harm, Self-Love, Sex Addiction, Sexual Assault and Abuse, Sexual Dysfunction, Sexuality, Smoking/Vaping Cessation, Social Anxiety and Phobia, Traumatic Brain Injury, Workplace Issues, Young Adult Issues
Clinical approaches: Attachment-Based Therapy, Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT), Existential Therapy, Gottman Method, Jungian Therapy, Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy
UT LCMHC 378274-6004
Gary was an exceptional therapist! His appointments are relaxed and he makes it easy to talk through things. He is very open and somehow manages to help you come to decisions on your own, but with the assistance of his gentle guidance. His techniques are very empowering! I highly recommend Gary for anyone needing counseling!
Written on Jan 14, 2022 after therapy with Gary for 5 months on issues concerning relationship issues, and grief
Communicative, patient, helpful. Would recommend as a therapist to a friend.
Written on Nov 15, 2021 after therapy with Gary for 4 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues, and intimacy-related issues
Gary is great. He definitely doesn't have a cookie cutter approach as I feel he's attuned to my situation. :-)
Written on Nov 15, 2021 after therapy with Gary for 2 weeks on issues concerning lgbt, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, coaching, compassion fatigue, and adhd
I had a great experience with Gary! He gives great analogies and I learned a lot from him in the short time that we met. He is very personable and approachable - I instantly felt comfortable when I got on each call. You can tell he cares about his clients. Would recommend!
Written on Nov 09, 2021 after therapy with Gary for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, eating disorders, and adhd
I have been so deeply impressed with Gary’s ability to offer empathy, kindness, soul-searching questions, and impeccable advice. I feel honored to have the opportunity to learn from Gary, and feel like I have already made so much progress in my time spent working with him. He always responds quickly and is genuine in all he says. It is clear that he loves what he does, and he truly cares. I highly, highly recommend Gary, he is both life-changing and life-giving and has made my experience with therapy an extremely positive one.
Written on Jun 09, 2021 after therapy with Gary for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, self esteem, and coping with life changes