Gay Gragson, MSW, LCSW
Gay's goal is to provide clients with a sense of safety, confidence, and hope as they explore issues that are causing distress, keeping them "stuck", and/or preventing them from living life fully. She works with adults in all life-stages using evidence-based treatment methods that help increase self-awareness, improve communication/relationships, and strengthen coping skills. Trauma, anxiety, depression, loss, chronic illness, and complicated bereavement are her particular interests.
Gay received her Master of Social Work from the University of Georgia and she holds a Master's degree in English from the Pennsylvania State University. Gay is trained in EMDR (EMDRIA Basic Training), an approved treatment for PTSD and other trauma; and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), which teaches skills to help clients regulate their emotional responses and improve their relationships with others.
The communication theories that underpinned her previous work in technical writing and editing are also directly linked to therapeutic practices, such as DBT. Gay's undergraduate work was in anthropology at the University of Montana. Her experiences as a field research assistant with a hunter-gatherer tribe were life-changing and the beginning of her clinical interests. Gay has many years of experience with end-of-life issues through her work as a hospice social worker and patient volunteer. Gay considers it a privilege to be helping people find hope, purpose, and meaning in their lives.
Contact Ms. Gragson at GMGCounseling [at] att [dot] net (GMGCounseling@att.net).
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