Garrett Baldwin, MA, LPC, LMFT
|Professions: Counseling Psychology, Marriage & Family Therapy, Psychotherapy|
|License Status: I'm a licensed professional.|
|Primary Credential: Licensed Professional Counselor|
|Secondary Credential: Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist - T1218|
Billing and Insurance
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Fees: $100 Per 60-Minute appointment
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My approach to counseling is based on the most recent research in neuroscience. Essentially, since our brains are wired for relationship I believe that we develop and grow in the context of relationship. If you think about it, when life is hard we often depend on those around us to be that support until we can cross the proverbial rocky river of difficult life circumstances. When we have family and friends in our lives that are safe and approachable, we're inclined to process our struggles. Sometimes these relationships in our lives don't provide that safety and approachability that allows the space to work through difficulties. Most people that come to visit me have a "bridge" that is too narrow or wobbly to safely travel to the other side. Maybe your closest relationships aren't open to hearing about your struggles, or maybe they just don't understand.
I see the counseling relationship as that bridge, or at least a helping hand in building the bridge you want. It's important for me to understand your experiences and how they have impacted you. These experiences become the lenses in which we view the world from. When I see through the client's lens and understand their world, the struggles inherent in life can begin to be organized and processed so that goals can be reached.
Symptoms that my client's express are exactly what I am looking to understand. For example, if someone comes to me with anger, my goal is not to redirect the anger or get rid of the it, but to understand how the anger serves and protects the client. In some instances, anger helps keep people and relationships at a distance because relationships have been hurtful in the past. In other situations, anger is the only way a person could get their point across. When we understand how our symptoms serve us, we can make a transformational shift in how we approach life.
Email or Call Garrett Baldwin, MA, LPC, LMFT at 1-800-651-8085 ext. 17787
More Info About My Practice
In my mind, the therapeutic relationship is going to be an essential component in helping you reach your goals. I offer a FREE, 1-hour, consultation session where we can meet at my office. This will help you get a sense of me and how I work. It will also provide me the opportunity of hearing your story and concerns to see if I am a good fit for you.
What I Love about Being a Psychotherapist
I love therapy because it is consistently humbling and often rewarding! Most people come to me at their lowest point in life. A point so low that they don't know if things will get better. I am amazed by struggles that people endure, and awed by their resiliency. For me, it is a privilege to be a person that walks alongside others when they often feel alone, and offer hope!
On the Fence About Going to Therapy?
Some of my clients have expressed feeling completely confident pursuing therapy while others have been "terrified" or anxious. For me, I would lean on the anxious side. It can be uncomfortable sharing intimate and personal details about your life while the person your sharing with says very little about their own. However, it can be incredibly rewarding if you feel safe with your therapist and if you feel/think like you will get something out of counseling. If there isn't that safety or the sense that you will reach your goal, I would encourage you to find another counselor. Some of my clients have expressed feeling completely confident pursuing therapy while others have been "terriabout attending therapy. For me, I would lean on the anxious side. It can be uncomfortable sharing intimate and personal details about your life while the person your sharing with shares very limited details about their own. However, it can be incredibly rewarding if you feel safe with your therapist and if you feel/think like you will get something out of counseling. If there isn't that safety or the sense that you will reach your goal, I would encourage you to find another counselor. You're never obligated to continue counseling if it's not a good fit or if it's not serving you!
Services I Provide
- Individual Therapy & Counseling
- Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling
- Family Therapy
Ages I Work With
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