Therapist Profile

Name:
Gary S. Holmes, M.S.
Professional Title:
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Email:
Location:
531 Encinitas Blvd Ste 111 Encinitas, CA 92024-3782
Phone:
(858) 880-7091
License Number
LMFT83184
Practicing Since:
2014
Additional Licenses:

Personal Statement

Personal Statement:
My name is Gary Holmes, and I graduated from the University of Central Florida with a Master’s of Science degree in Clinical and Community Psychology in 1987. I have worked in the behavioral health field for over 25 years in multiple settings including community mental health, private practice, and social services. I have held multiple positions in clinical/social service roles, as well as administrative and executive roles. For the past eight years, I have been practicing psychotherapy here in California as a Marriage and Family Therapist Intern, and since October 2014, as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, working with various populations including individuals, couples, families, young adults, adolescents and children. I believe that life is a journey that presents us with both opportunities and challenges, some anticipated, many unforeseen. One thing this journey guarantees us is change, and our ability to adapt and adjust to these changes can impact our level of happiness and ability to function. Being present and aware during this journey of twists and turns, and bumps along the way, can be difficult, especially when we are faced with multiple demands (as an employee, supervisor, spouse, parent, child, member of the community, etc.). We may find ourselves feeling disconnected from those around us and just going through the motions (depression) or experiencing a sense of feeling overwhelmed and barely being able to cope (anxiety). As a psychotherapist, I consider it an honor to join you for awhile on your life’s journey, and create a safe, non-judgmental place where you can explore life’s challenges and changes in an objective way, while increasing your presence and awareness so that you are able to reclaim your strengths and inner resources to move forward. Ultimately, through the process of psychotherapy, I hope to be able to help you adapt to the changes in your life’s journey in more effective ways, that will allow you to feel connected, involved, competent, contented and engaged in the journey.

About My Practice

Office Hours
Monday-Thursday 10 am - 4 pm. Tuesday Evenings until 7 pm.
Services
My practice focuses on individuals, couples, families, young adults, adolescents and children struggling to cope with developmental changes throughout the life span.
Insurance
No Insurance Accepted, Private Pay, Superbill provided
Credit Cards Accepted
American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Free Initial Consult
No
Offers Teletherapy
None

Education

Degrees
M.S. Clinical and Community Psychology, University of Central Florida, 1987

Area of Specialty

Specialites:
Addictions
Adolescents
Anxiety
Assertiveness Training
Career Stress and Changes
Children
CoDependant/Adult Children of Alcoholics
Communication Skills
Couples
Depression/Clinical Depression
Divorce/Dissolution
Elder/Geriatrics/Gerontology
Employment Issues
Families
Gay/Lesbian/Bi/Questioning
Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming
Grief/Loss Terminally Ill
HIV Related
Issues of Abuse (Abused)
Issues of Abuse (Trauma)
Infertility/Adoption/Pregnancy
Individual
Interracial Couples
Life Transitions/Mid-Life Issues
Obsessive/Compulsive Disorder
Parenting
Phobias
Pre-Marriage Counseling
PsychoEducational
Relationships
Self Esteem/Personal Growth
Single Parents
Step/Blended Families
Stress
Trauma

Other

Theoretical Orientation
Brief/Solution Focused Therapy
Cognitive-Behavioral
Cognitive
Communications
Eclectic (Many Therapies)
Family Systems
Gestalt
Humanistic/Existential
Process
Systems
Certifications
Languages Spoken
Ethnicity
Caucasian (Non-Hispanic)

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