Gary Bredeweg, LCSW
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Does this sound familiar?
Struggling with difficult memories or past experiences?
So anxious that you feel like you aren’t living your life fully?
Feeling down and in despair?
Grieving a loss of a loved one?
Take your first step today.
I can help.
I have over 35 years of experience as a therapist. Over the years, I have worked with clients with a variety of anxiety and mood disorders. I enjoy working collaboratively with clients to navigate life transitions, including grief and loss, relationship changes and transitional gender issues. Additionally, I have significant experience working with trauma and dissociative experiences. In recent years, I have received training in Somatic Experiencing, and my practice is informed by how trauma and difficult life experiences can influence our neurobiology.
What can you expect?
While working with me, you can except a collaborative and sensitive approach to obtain the gains that you seek. This might be relief from anxiety, stress and emotional suffering or improved functioning and interpersonal effectiveness. My hope for you is also meaningful personal growth, feeling grounded in your life, and improved relationships with those you love.
For over 35 years, I have had the privilege of working with people on diverse issues and helping them navigate a variety of life experiences. While we often share similar challenges, situations and even symptoms, each of us has a unique personal process. I understand that a therapeutic approach that is effective for one person, may not be the most effective for another. My job is to work collaboratively with you to discover how to best serve your therapeutic needs.
As a therapist, I believe our stories are important. They inform our relationships and life decisions. Every person has a unique story, and it can be helpful to understand how your story has developed over time, with its unique vulnerabilities and strengths. When objectively processed and therapeutically attended to, understanding your life story can help frame your understanding. Alternatively, if your primary need is to focus on a current situation, I can help you develop strategies that strengthen internal coping skills so that you can move through current challenges with a confidence. In my experience, developing skills to cope with current challenges while striving to understand your unique historical narrative can affect positive personal growth.
Over the years, I have worked with clients with a variety of anxiety and mood disorders. I enjoy working with clients to navigate life transitions, including grief and loss, relationship changes and transitional gender issues. Additionally, I have significant experience and training working with a variety of traumatic and dissociative experiences. In recent years, I have focused on working with neurophysiological processes, including intensive training through the Somatic Experiencing Institute. ( www.traumahealing.org )
Just as each of our stories is important and unique, so is our neurology. Trauma and difficult life experiences can influence our neurobiology. At times, the brain’s protective alert system creates activations of our physiological survival system, often referred to as fight or flight, in situations that do not call for that level of activation and response. Over time, physiological activation patterns can develop. Through therapy, we can rewire these patterns and renew your nervous system’s experience of release, relief and resolution.
I encourage you to make an appointment and together we can develop a therapeutic plan that is right for you.