Part of the reason I love my work is because I love meeting new people. As a therapist, I love learning about the lives of others and helping them find the best ways to face difficult situations. I believe true progress can only be made in a place of safety and kindness; I hope all clients feel the compassion I bring to our work.
I am licensed in Virginia with four years of professional work experience.
I have worked with children, adolescents and adults who seek therapy for a variety of reasons. I have helped clients address issues relating to anxiety, depression, communication difficulties, relationship struggles and transitional life stress.
I believe in a humanistic approach to therapy; I believe the focus of therapy is and should be the client. The techniques that I use in therapy will depend specifically on need and presenting issue. I largely use techniques from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, which is founded on the belief that our thoughts impact our feelings which then impact our behavior. By addressing our thoughts thoroughly, we are able to adjust them begin changing behaviors that are unhelpful. Taking the first step to seeking a more fulfilling and happier life takes courage. I am here to support you in that process.
Additional areas of focus: LGBT, Family conflicts, Parenting issues, Anger management, Communication Problems, Process addiction (porn, exercise, gambling), Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Self-Love, Sexual Assault and Abuse, Sexual Dysfunction, Women's Issues, Young Adult Issues
Clinical approaches: Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy
VA LPC 0701010567
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A wonderful caring and patient woman!! Would recommend her to anyone.
Written on Jan 31, 2023 after therapy with Gillian for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, lgbt, relationship issues, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, parenting issues, self esteem, and adhd
This was my first experience with any type of therapy/counseling. Gillian made it so easy and comfortable. She helped me get started on addressing the issues I had and tools to correct them.
Written on Jan 02, 2023 after therapy with Gillian for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, and self esteem