My background and approach

I have been a psychotherapist in the Pioneer Valley since I received my Masters degree in Clinical Psychology in 2007 from Westfield State University. I became independently licensed in 2009. I completed EMDR training in 2016. I have offered therapy to a wide variety of people in a number of clinical outpatient settings, including five years at a methadone clinic, four years at two Suboxone clinics, and a large agency under a state contract through the Department of Mental Health. I have helped people through their mandated treatment resulting from first and second DUI charges, and served as liaison with their probation officers and the courts. I have provided individual treatment and have developed and facilitated many, many groups over the years. I am grateful to say that I am personally in recovery from drug addiction and alcoholism and have been for decades, one day at a time. I identify as transgender and count myself as a member of the queer community. My pronouns are they/them. I am a member of WPATH (the World Professional Association for Transgender Health).

Although my background has been in traditional mental health settings, I recognize how judgmental and punishing such treatment has been historically and how it intersects with colonialism, white supremacy, racism, misogyny, homophobia, transphobia and other issues. I became increasingly motivated to open my private practice, as I could no longer endorse the discriminatory language and diagnoses, forced medication and hospitalizations, and the continued, pervasive pathologizing of conditions like suicidal thoughts and hearing voices, that I deem a natural response to disconnection and traumatizing events. The only reason I continue to diagnose is to allow people more affordable access to therapy through insurance. Someday, I hope to do away completely with the need to take insurance. 

I approach the therapeutic process believing it is one of collaboration. My role is to support you in discovering your truth through the changes you want to make. I believe it is possible for all people to make concrete, measurable change that leads to a greater sense of personal power and control. The goal is for you to increase your satisfaction with your life and to feel better day to day as you live it and move toward the goals you identify. If we work together, it is an honor to me that you allow me to witness your process. 

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Many people come to therapy feeling overwhelmed and overworked. What is often being neglected is a self-care routine that can build resilience, reduce anxiety, and increase calm, making life in general more satisfying and enjoyable. This article outlines all the details:

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Whether you hunkering down at home, or showing up at your job, work can be a big contributor to life stress. Here’s help.

By Gary McClain

MAY 05 2021 7:24 PM EDT

So here’s how the cycle works:

A hard day at work. You hit traffic on the way in. The boss is in a bad mood. A co-worker is out sick and you have to pick up the slack. Customers are acting like customers and being especially difficult. Under pressure, you crank out a rush job. And you make an error.

The result? You guessed it! Stress.

And what didn’t happen that day?

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