Licensed Clinical Social Worker Associate
Gay is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker Associate in NC. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from North Carolina Wesleyan College and her Master of Social Work degree from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is certified as a Dementia Alliance of North Carolina Support Group Facilitator and certified in Social and Behavioral Research. Gay provides individual therapy in office and via telehealth.
She completed her specialization internship with the Duke Dementia Family Support Program, and is passionate about providing mental healthcare to adults. She has worked with leadership, therapeutic and case management in medical social work within integrated healthcare, families, caregivers and adults dealing with dementia related illness, caregiver burnout and end-of-life issues. Other areas of work include, but are not limited to those experiencing grief and bereavement issues, transitional issues, anxiety, trauma, and depression.
In therapy, Gay utilizes a person-centered approach while drawing from evidenced-based treatment models including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Mindfulness-Based therapies.
She feels everyone has the capacity for change, and serves people from all walks of life. She values compassion, authenticity and kindness, while helping clients move towards growth. Her treatment style incorporates enthusiasm, creativity, and a sense of humor into her therapy work, and offers a non-judgmental, safe space where you can unpack and heal from the painful, stressful and traumatic parts of your life so that you don’t have to carry that weight forever.
Gay practices with the philosophy that therapy is a collaborative work-in-progress between the therapist and client to formulate a plan of treatment that is best suited to individual needs and goals. Your therapeutic partnership with Gay will provide a supportive place for you to explore and express your thoughts and emotional difficulties while developing effective coping and problem solving strategies.