"The good life is a process, not a state of being. It is a direction, not a destination." - Carl Rogers
Casey Gunther, LCSW-C
Making the decision to seek help is not always easy, but I am truly honored that you are here. I consider it a privilege to walk with you on your journey to happiness and a more fulfilling life. My first priority is to build a genuine connection with you and create an environment that allows you to feel supported and at ease throughout the therapy process.
Depression and anxiety can feel overwhelming, but together we can help you realize your strengths and utilize them to learn and grow in a meaningful way. I will provide you with a compassionate, warm, and safe space in which you will have the opportunity to share and process without the fear of judgement.
Depression may feel like sadness, lack of interest in things you once enjoyed, decreased motivation, low energy, changes in appetite, or low self-esteem. These symptoms can have a significant impact on your daily life, making it hard to function. I will help you to process the thoughts, feelings, and beliefs that may contribute to your experience. Our ultimate goal is to collaboratively discover what helps you feel better and lead a more fulfilling life.
Anxiety is often more than just feeling anxious. It can also look like second guessing yourself, overthinking everything, excessive worry, irritability, avoidance, and restlessness. Anxiety can be crippling and it can inhibit you from functioning at your full potential. I will help you to build skills and make meaningful changes that reduce anxiety, as well as help you to cope with things that are outside of your control.
You may feel overwhelmed or unable to cope when faced with unmanageable pressures. Common stressors include loss, relationship changes, familial concerns, financial obligations, employment issues, and chronic illness. No matter what you are going through, it is my hope that by honoring your experiences and helping you lean into your strengths, that you can identify healthy coping skills and become intentional about taking care of yourself physically, emotionally, mentally, socially, and spiritually.
My therapeutic approach focuses heavily on maximizing your untapped strengths, helping you to develop useful skills, and enabling you to make positive shifts in your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. I believe that you already have some of the tools needed in order to create positive change and growth. We will work collaboratively to help you achieve your goals and ultimately realize the best version of yourself.
I utilize a variety of treatment interventions that are all grounded in a person-centered and strengths-based approach. I believe that each person is unique, and I will approach your treatment in a way that is customized to meet your needs and preferences. I will use modalities such as, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Solution-Focused Therapy.
AREAS OF EXPERTISE
EDUCATION & TRAINING
Seton Hill University, Greensburg, PA - 2014 - Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
University of Maryland, Baltimore, Baltimore, MD - 2017 - Master of Social Work
Licensed Certified Social Worker - Clinical (LCSW-C) - Maryland Board of Social Work
Ferentz Institute Trauma Certificate Program - Level 1
Level 1 Theraplay and MIM Certificate
Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Certificate - Level 1
ON A PERSONAL NOTE
I was born and raised in Southern Maryland, and my parents still live in my childhood home.
I grew up spending nearly all of my time at the local pool - I was a lifeguard, certified pool operator, swim lesson instructor, swim team member, and eventually swim team coach. I still love the water to this day!
I cannot cook to save my life, but I married a man who is an amazing chef, thank goodness!
I love to read a good romance novel.