I work collaboratively with you to address the issues that are important to you. We do this together by exploring your concerns and developing a plan to achieve the success you desire. Although I am a Marriage and Family Therapist, I am neither for nor against marriage. In fact, I believe all sorts of relationships bring people fulfillment and a sense of well-being. My fundamental orientation is systemic therapy. Psychological problems that afflict people are often related to the context of their lives and the quality of their interpersonal relationships.
I work exclusively with adult individuals and couples (no kids!). I specialize in anger, relationships, and communication issues (which include rage, cheating, depression, anxiety, domestic violence, and substance abuse), alternate lifestyles, and career counseling.
This is a second career for me--I have lots of life experience! After 27 years in high-tech executive management, traveling all over the country while managing a marriage, I went back to school and earned my MS and PhD degrees. When I began working on substance abuse and domestic violence as an intern in 2005, I realized that all my life experiences gave me special insights into the problems that people were trying to overcome. I officially began my career as a psychotherapist in 2007.
My entire career, first in business, then in psychotherapy, has been dedicated to how individuals and groups organize and work cooperatively to achieve their goals. I am serious about psychotherapy, but I like to laugh, too. My sessions are intense, but never depressing or boring! I use several well-regarded test instruments to help me identify exactly what you are experiencing. For example, I use one test instrument that measures the quality and degree of anger. Knowing this information allows me to tailor each therapy session to your needs.
In addition to being a Florida Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (MT#2443), I hold the following certifications: Anger Resolution; Batterer's Intervention Program (BIP) Facilitator; Trauma Resolution; U.S. Dept. of Transportation Substance Abuse Professional (SAP); SMART Recovery Facilitator; Hypnotherapist; Life Coach.
I understand that you may wish to use your insurance to help pay for your therapy. Not a problem! My associate, Robin, will electronically submit all of the necessary paperwork to your insurance company for you. We do not accept Medicare or Medicaid.
Dr. Gary Forrest ReachesOakland Park FLWilton Manors FLFort Lauderdale FL