• Gwen, LCSW

    Gwen, LCSW

    Gwen has worn many personal and professional hats throughout her 47 years of life. Her personal roles include being a college athlete, wife, mother, and a daughter. Gwen has been a licensed clinical social worker since 2011. Her professional roles have allowed her to work in the field of social work for the past 25 years. She has worked in the field of foster care and adoption, applying her knowledge of trauma informed care on a daily basis. Gwen has worked as a therapist in community mental health settings and has been a substance abuse and anger management counselor within the juvenile corrections systems.

    Gwen’s passion for working with individuals on their journey of family planning has led her to connecting with women facing the uncertainties of how they will achieve their goal of becoming a mother. Her work in adoption has blessed her with the opportunity to counsel many women and couples with infertility. She is committed to helping individuals process their grief associated with infant loss and the loss of their dream child.

    Gwen has a deep desire to assist women navigating the stressors of daily life, particularly those women encountering monumental changes such as divorce, career transitions, empty-nest syndrome, perimenopause/menopause, and those taking on the role of caretaker to aging parents.

    Through her experience as a collegiate athlete and course study in sports psychology, Gwen has a passion for helping athletes overcome performance anxiety and works to help athletes manage the demands associated with being a scholar athlete.

    Gwen’s practice is guided by her faith and she feels honored to walk beside her clients on their journey to wellness.  Gwen takes a solution-focused and client-centered approach when working with individuals. Gwen hopes to help her clients honor the past, while looking to the future.

    Gwen utilizes various techniques in her practice to include motivational interviewing, mental imagery, progressive relaxation, mindfulness, vision boards, journaling, positive self-talk, and reframing. She looks to have her clients answer the miracle question, “What if?” and works to create short and long-term goals to achieve those dreams.

    In her free time, Gwen enjoys being in the bleachers at her son’s baseball games or on the sidelines watching her daughter tumble for her college cheer team.  She also enjoys hiking with her husband of 22 years, having her toes in the sand, and shopping for shoes.  Gwen is also a devoted fur mama to two rescues, Jeter and Harlee.

    “She was unstoppable, not because she did not have failures or doubts, but because she continued on despite them.” ~ Beau Taplin