Gary S. Brown, LICSW, Clinical Social Work in Charlottesville, Virginia, 22902

Gary S. Brown, LICSW

Gary S. Brown, LICSW

Professions: Clinical Social Worker
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: Licensed Clinical Social Worker - 0904008936
Secondary Credential: Independant Clinical Social Worker - LC50079729
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1-800-651-8085 ext. 14893
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The Wellness Center
901 Preston Ave, Suite 202
Charlottesville, Virginia 22902
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I work in an open, responsive, and highly respectful way, and will tailor my approach to your needs.

Email or Call Gary S. Brown, LICSW at 1-800-651-8085 ext. 14893

Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With

As a former university-affiliated counselor, I have considerable experience with undergraduate, graduate and international students, faculty and staff. I also have extensive experience with couples and have been part of a dedicated couples training and supervision group for several years. Finally, I have lived and worked overseas and have helped many internationally mobile adults with issues related to life abroad and the return home.

How Psychotherapy Can Help

The overwhelming majority of people participating in therapy get better, usually a lot better. According to Consumer Reports, 9 out of 10 report positive benefits and most benefit "substantially." Improvement typically continues after treatment ends.

But how does it help?

At a minimum, a consultation offers the insight of a professional who is familiar with the latest research on human development and the experiences of hundreds of individuals and couples.

That perspective alone can be immensely helpful! You come to appreciate how your choices, needs, and feelings make perfect sense in the context of human experience and your own life history. If there is shame, it is often replaced with understanding, acceptance, and new confidence.

Beyond this, I'm often able to reflect back what you say, think, and feel in a fresh way. Even when using their own words, folks often tell me that it is as if they are hearing something about themselves for the first time. In a sense, we're improving your access to your own internal compass. The result is a clearer sense of what you feel, who you are, and what you need.

Finally, at its best, the therapy relationship can offer an in-the-moment window into positive and problematic relationship patterns. By identifying these as they occur in our interactions, we are reinforcing good ones and creating space for new ways of relating in your other relationships.

Theoretical Influences that Guide My Work

My approach is interactive and relational and draws on client needs, experience, and the latest research. I trained at the University of Michigan and at The Psychological Clinic in Ann Arbor, Michigan. I work extensively with emotion-focused therapy (EFT) and its emphasis on attachment, mindfulness, and with existential, psychodynamic, and cognitive-behavioral (CBT) approaches.

The Duration and Frequency of Therapy

You can expect to feel something different or changing the very first time we meet. If that first session feels like a good fit, I advise individuals and couples to commit to at least 4 additional sessions. The average number of visits typically ranges between 16-24. Throughout this period, you should continue to experience movement. Some folks find that they continue to benefit and enjoy meeting well after this period. This works too! In all cases, how long we work together is up to you.

Services I Provide

  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling
  • Consultation
  • Online Counseling / Phone Therapy

Ages I Work With

  • Adults


  • English

Groups I Work With

    I enjoy working with couples who are in non-traditional and traditional relationships. I especially enjoy helping couples from different backgrounds overcome differences in styles and expectations.

    Another focus of my work is expatriates, including Peace Corps, students in undergraduate and graduate studies who are involved in overseas or study-abroad research programs, third culture kids, medical personnel, armed service members, business consultants, embassy personnel, and additional exchange program or humanitarian volunteer participants.

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Abandonment
  • Abuse / Abuse Survivor Issues
  • Academic Concerns
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Agoraphobia
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Career Choice
  • Caregiver Issues / Stress
  • Codependency / Dependency
  • Communication Problems
  • Control Issues
  • Depression
  • Dissociation
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • Emptiness
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Family Problems
  • Fear
  • Forgiveness
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Habits
  • Health / Illness / Medical Issues
  • Helplessness / Victimhood
  • HIV / AIDS
  • Identity Issues
  • Inadequacy
  • Individuation
  • Infidelity / Affair Recovery
  • Irritability
  • Isolation
  • LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) Issues
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Men's Issues
  • Midlife Crisis / Midlife Transition
  • Mood Swings / Mood Disturbance
  • Multicultural Concerns
  • Obsessions and Compulsions (OCD)
  • Panic
  • Phobias
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Pre-Marital Counseling
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Self-Care
  • Self-Confidence
  • Self-Criticism
  • Self-Doubt
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self-Harm
  • Self-Love
  • Sensitivity to Criticism
  • Sexuality / Sex Therapy
  • Shame
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Social Anxiety / Phobia
  • Stress
  • Trust Issues
  • Values Clarification
  • Workplace Issues
  • Worry
  • Worthlessness
  • Young Adult Issues

Types of Therapy

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy /REBT
  • Critical Incident Stress Management
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
  • Emotion Focused Couples Therapy
  • Emotion Focused Therapy
  • Gottman Method
  • Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy
  • Interpersonal Psychotherapy
  • Mindfulness Based Interventions
  • Object Relations
  • Person Centered / Rogerian
  • Positive Psychology
  • Pragmatic / Experiential Therapy for Couples
  • Psychodynamic
  • Relational Psychotherapy
  • Relationship Enhancement Therapy
  • Self Psychology
  • Solution Focused Therapy
  • Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

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