Gay is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Georgia, and has served in the field over fifteen years. She holds a Master’s Degree in Professional Counseling from Argosy University (2004). Gay is a Board Certified-TeleMental Health (BC-TMH) provider, allowing her to offer online counseling to clients residing in Georgia. She joins Dawning Phoenix as a veteran with multiple qualifications, offering online counseling to individuals over the age of 25 on two (2) evenings per week for 30- and 50-minute sessions (1/2 hr=$50, 1 hour (or 50 minutes) =$80). Early in her career, Gay served low-income individuals and families in the Appalachian areas of the beautiful North Georgia Mountains, by providing Homestead Therapy, Case Management, and Substance Abuse Education/Assessment. She served three years of service as the Assistant Director at Jesses House, working with girls ages 7 – 18. As a Certified Professional Counselor Supervisor (CPCS), her clinical experience allowed Gay to earn necessary requirements for providing supervision with emerging professionals in the field of professional counseling. Gay has also held or holds certifications with the Department of Behavioral Health and Disease Disabilities (DBHDD), including providing services as a Clinical Evaluator and Treatment Provider for nine years, as well as working as a certified instructor with Prime For Life since 2010. Prime for Life is a research-based curriculum, providing education to individuals legally charged with driving under the influence or possession of an illegal substance in the state of Georgia. Gay enjoys her role as the University Counselor at Brenau University, where she works with young adult college students.
Gay says: “Counseling can be an effective way to alleviate distress, to discover better ways to solve problems, to learn new ways of relating to others or to change long-term behavior problems. However, counseling may also involve the risk of remembering unpleasant events and may arouse other emotions which may affect how you relate to others. I recognize that personal change is often a difficult process. I strive to provide a supportive, respectful and collaborative therapeutic environment where you can fully explore your concerns, challenges, and values. The counseling relationship allows you to seek perspective through a mutual relationship that is accepting, empathetic, and authentic. My therapeutic orientation involves Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, specifically Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT), which is committed to promoting emotional well-being through short-term therapy with long-term results. I also utilize a variety of techniques in counseling including Reality Therapy, which focuses on problem-solving, rebuilding connections, and goal-setting.”
Ms. Baldwin is an active member of LPCA (Licensed Professional Counselors Association), ACA (American Counselor Association) and GCA (Georgia School Counselor Association). Gay enjoys singing, art, and taking long walks with her miniature dachshund, Lily.
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