Michael Gentry

JD LCSW

Michael Gentry

JD LCSW

Telehealth Available
Professions: Clinical Social Worker, Mental Health Counselor, Psychotherapist
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: LCSW
Billing and Insurance:

I don't currently accept insurance, but I can provide documentation if clients wish to submit to an insurance company for "out of network" benefit coverage

Fees: $165hr.

Offices

8115 E. Indian Bend Rd.
Suite 119
Scottsdale, Arizona 85250
1825 E Northern
Suite 161C
Phoenix, Arizona 85020

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My Approach to Helping

I believe we all have the innate capacity to heal emotional wounds and change our problematic behaviors, and my greatest reward is to help you boost your ability to live a happy and purposeful life. My mission as a therapist is to help you find safety, security, well-being, purpose, and meaning; to live authentically, in integrity with your fellows as well as your own beliefs.

My approach integrates "top down" (mind) with "bottom up" (body) interventions; that is, I combine a cognitive or thinking-oriented focus with a somatic or body-oriented, sensory focus. I use tools from several therapeutic approaches, including developmental trauma models (i.e., The Meadows model, NeuroAffective Relational Model), Somatic Experiencing, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, bibliotherapy, mindfulness-based interventions, psycho-education based on established neuroscience, and connection with your own spiritual beliefs. If you are willing to move toward lasting change, I welcome the opportunity to serve as your guide.

Feel free to give me a call. I'm happy to give you a free phone consultation, and at that time I can also let you know if I have openings for new clients. :)

More Info About My Practice

My approach is strongly influenced by my work at The Meadows of Wickenburg using Pia Mellody's model of developmental immaturity, which examines early life experiences and how these continue to influence our current behavior and relationships.

I also use principles of Somatic Experiencing which focuses on body sensation to help clients gradually release traumatic energy stored in the nervous system, thereby improving central nervous system regulation, and leading to improved feelings of personal safety, security, worthiness, and wholeness.

In addition, my approach to relationaldevelopmental trauma is enhanced by my training in NeuroAffective Relational Model, which helps us recognize how current behavior patterns may be related to unconscious patterns of disconnection created in our formative years.

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

My practice is primarily focused on helping people address family of origin issues, relationaldevelopmental trauma, and the dysfunctional coping patterns that these create: depression, anxiety, addictionsself-medicating patterns, co-dependence and boundary problems, among many others too numerous to list. I also have significant experience as a family therapist, helping family members and other loved ones who are in relationships with addicted persons.

My View on the Nature of 'Disorders'

I prefer a client-centered approach which focuses on the thoughts, emotions, and behaviors that are getting in the way of you being fully present in your life. As such, I tend to limit the use of labels of disorders and diagnoses.

You are not a disorder. You see, I believe all behavior is purposeful. Whatever someone is doing, there is a reason for it, even though it might seem illogical and cause a lot of suffering. It's my experience that such behaviors are usually just our attempt to cope with adverse experiences we've had in the past.

My job is to try to help you find the underlying causes and conditions for the pattern you want to change, not to judge it as wrong or to pathologize your means of coping. That coping pattern probably helped you get through significant life difficulties, even if it sometimes caused worse problems. So, good on you for finding a way to survive! Now, if you've determined that old survival strategy is no longer working, or it's causing more suffering than it's worth, I can help you change.

Services I Provide

  • Family Therapy
  • Group Therapy
  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Telehealth

Ages I Work With

  • Adults

Languages

  • English

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Abuse / Abuse Survivor Issues
  • Addictions and Compulsions
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Career Choice
  • Codependency / Dependency
  • Communication Problems
  • Depression
  • Drug and Alcohol Addiction
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Family Problems
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Men's Issues
  • Physical Abuse
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Self-Esteem
  • Shame
  • Spirituality

Types of Therapy

  • Bibliotherapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Mindfulness-Based Interventions
  • Person-Centered Therapy (Rogerian Therapy)
  • Somatic Experiencing (SE)

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