Crystal Gillery, LMFT
Being with people while they experience the stuff that hurts is what has drawn me to therapy. It is my belief that everyone deserves to feel heard no matter how challenging the circumstances are. Each time a client is able to move through a difficult patch having learned new ways to accept his/her own experience, I get drawn in more. It's like helping people at a grassroots level. A client walks into my office fearful and hesitant, and through our work together, they can eventually leave my office one last time feeling more confident and secure in his/her own abilities and strengths that we uncovered.
The opportunity to supervise new clinicians on the long journey to full licensure allows me to guide, mentor, and be curious about the self-of-therapist that is, in my view, a guiding force for our work with clients. There is an element of teaching through practice that keeps things interesting and exciting. I learn just as much from the varying perspectives of other therapists. I work collaboratively with new clinicians and value the input each offers.
My hope for new clinicians is for each of them to remain curious about how best to help clients. My goal is to help cultivate a niche for the new clinician by helping them to evaluate the focus of the work they are doing. Since we are all evolving and learning, new skills and strategies are developing and changing as well. Assisting new clinicians on this journey of self-discovery can act as the backbone of their therapist experiences throughout their times of practice.
WORDS I LIVE BY:
AAMFT Approved Supervisor-in-Training
- Grand Valley State University: BA
- Mercer University School of Medicine: MFT
- Adult Attachment
- Parent-Rooted Issues
- Emotional Regulation Within the Relationship
- Emotionally-Focused Couples Therapy (EFT)
- Internal Family Systems (IFS)
- Systems Theory