Peter Girz

(LMSW, CADC)

About Me

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in both Vermont and Michigan providing client-centered therapy to teens, adults, couples, and families. I am experienced in working with a variety of individual issues and diagnoses including treating thought disorders, mood disorders, emotional dysregulation, relationship issues and addictions. I draw from a variety of interventions & constructs including cognitive behavioral therapy, emotionally focused therapy, relationship therapy and family systems theory.

I am a native Michigander born and raised in Ann Arbor, MI and now lives in Howell with his wife and three children. After earning a Bachelors degree in Child Development and Family Studies from Purdue University I pursued a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Michigan. Following my masters degree I have pursued licensure in Social Work and hold a specialty license as a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor in Vermont.

During my career as a Social Worker I have dedicated myself to on-going study and specialty training in a wide-range of therapeutic interventions including Trauma Informed interventions, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, motivational interviewing and enhancement mindfulness-based stress reduction. I lean towards strength-based interventions with clients and believes in the strength and resiliency of the individuals I works with. Typically I develop a relational approach with clients that will both meet you where you’re at and challenge you to address your core issues and needs.

I currently work for a wilderness therapy program as a parent program therapist. Throughout my career I have worked in outpatient and intensive outpatient treatment facilities providing individual, family and group therapy to both adolescents and adults.


Specialties

  • Addictions
  • Relationship issues
  • Family conflicts
  • Parenting issues
  • Depression
Also experienced in:
Stress, Anxiety , LGBT , Grief , Anger management , Self esteem , Career difficulties , Coping with life changes , ADHD

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

LMSW #6801089532 (Expires: 2022-04-01)

LICSW #089.0116603 (Expires: 2022-01-31)


Reviews

Written by E.R. on Jul 14, 2019 after counseling with Peter for 2 months on issues concerning addictions, relationship issues, and adhd

Peter has worked with me to significantly improve my health and relationships. He’s a great listener and communicator.

Written by L.Y. on Jul 02, 2019 after counseling with Peter for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, eating disorders, parenting issues, self esteem, and coping with life changes

Peter uses a gentle, direct, and intuitive approach to his session. His motivational interviewing skills are effective in directing his clients toward independent decision making.

Written by A.L. on Mar 12, 2019 after counseling with Peter for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and relationship issues

Peter has helped me more in 2 weeks than my last counsellor helped me in 3 months. The resources he provides are extremely useful and prove that he listens to me and understands my concerns. From the first session, I felt comfortable opening up and talking about myself, which I very often find difficult to do. I also see it as a plus that I was able to talk about my anxiety to him without crying -- something that I couldn't do before. To me, this signals an improvement in emotional strength and resiliency. While I don't think I'm completely cured of my anxiety just yet, I do feel hopeful for the future.