Gary Brown

Gary Brown (he/his)

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

LCSW

Help with relationship difficulties, painful anxiety, depression, shame, loss and the challenges of creating a truly meaningful life.

Client Status

accepting clients

Contact

202-256-4357

19820 Village Office Court

Suite 301

Bend, 97703

At a Glance

Me

Rate: $195-$295

Provides free initial consultation

Practicing Since: 2010

Languages: English

Services

  • Individual
  • Family
  • Relationship

Insurances Accepted

My Ideal Client

I enjoy working with adults of all ages and from all backgrounds and lifestyles, and will tailor my approach to your needs. I also work extensively with couples in both traditional and non-traditional relationships. I particularly enjoy helping couples from different backgrounds overcome differences in styles and expectations. I am deeply committed to working in a way that is responsive, inclusive and affirming of age, race, culture, and orientation (LGBTQ).

My Approach to Helping

I believe we share an innate disposition for self-righting, healing, and growing that will surface under conditions of safety. My aim is to harness this innate power from our first moment of contact. Emotional safety means not being alone with disturbing, shameful, frightening, and painful experiences. Therefore, rather than a neutral observer or a mirror, you will experience me as an active, engaged, and responsive to your sense of what feels safe, caring, and empowering. Together, we can access, regulate, and process painful experiences present and past. What emerges in this safe and affirming space are the innate adaptive emotions and associated action tendencies that up to this moment may have felt prohibited, shameful, or inaccessible. Instead of shame, you can expect to feel trust and pride in yourself. Instead of making self-harming choices and experiencing symptoms, you can anticipate feeling freed up to make new choices, to expand, and to flourish.

My Personal Beliefs and Interests

My approach to healing is based in my own experiences with therapy both good and bad. An initial experience with a more passive and distant therapist left me feeling like a patient on a cold, metal gurney attended by a surgeon with a scalpel. I felt "broken", helpless, and alone. Thankfully, I left, and found a warm and responsive provider with whom I felt instantly seen, known, and understood in a way that felt distinctly affirming, accurate, and true. The impact was transformative. Now feeling securely held in the heart and mind of a trusted other, I began to see myself more accurately and compassionately. I felt capable and strong. Rather than doubting my feelings and instincts, I actively sought them out. I trusted myself. Not surprisingly, at this same time, my work and relationships flourished. My growth as a new clinician took a quantum leap. I even met the partner that I would ultimately marry. I hold hope for the transformative effects of a good therapy for you too.

Techniques I Use

Specialties

  • Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP) External link

    The AEDP ethos is to help our patients become stronger at the broken places. By working with trauma, loss, and the painful consequences of the limitations of human relatedness, we discover places that have always been strong, places that were never broken. By championing our innate healing capacities, undoing aloneness, and processing difficult experiences, we foster the emergence of new and healing experiences and with them resources, resilience and a renewed zest for life.

  • Couples Counseling External link

    Emotion focused therapy for couples (EFT) is the gold standard for empirically validated intervention in the field. It is a short term (8 to 20 sessions) structured approach based on our relational needs for connection (attachment) and autonomy (identity). EFT focuses on changing negative patterns of interaction and helping couples to stay engaged, present, and emotionally attuned to each other. It is a cutting edge, tested, and proven couple intervention.

  • Psychodynamic  External link

    Psychodynamic therapy focuses on the psychological roots of emotional suffering. Its hallmarks are self-reflection and self-examination, and the use of the relationship between therapist and patient as a window into problematic relationship patterns in the patient’s life. Its goal is not only to alleviate symptoms but to help people lead healthier lives. Scientific evidence shows that psychodynamic therapy is highly effective and that improvements continue after treatment ends.

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