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Garren Gillum, LMHC
We will be looking at the whole you, the biological, social, emotional, and logical parts of you and how they interact with one another.

Our Team

Garren Gillum, LMHC

Location

Licensed In

NY

Approach

Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), Exposure and response prevention therapy (ERP or EXRP), Harm reduction, Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT), Motivational interviewing (MI), Solution-focused, Strengths-based

Therapy Style

Together we will review and weigh the anxious, depressive, resentful, or otherwise negative thoughts and behavioral patterns to determine their merit and usefulness and work on promoting alternative, healthy thoughts and patterns to replace them. We will be looking at the whole you, the biological, social, emotional, and logical parts of you and how they interact with one another. We will be looking at daily activities, self-care, social interaction, hopes, dreams, and more to inspire ways to begin living in a way that is closer to the life you want to be living. We will work on expressing and processing emotions through discussion of various specific stressors, as I have seen that we can more easily see patterns in how we handle reoccurring, specific situations in the past and present. All of this will be done in a nonjudgmental, supportive, and authentic space. I look forward to walking beside you at this crossroads in your life.

Education

BA - Psychology, Ball State University

MA - Counseling, Canisius College

License Number and State

NY 012565

Pronouns

he/him

Why did you become a mental health professional?

I started my mental health journey through several factors colliding at once. I took Psych 101 in college and noticed that I actually read the fascinating textbook and would not stop talking about the material, I attended counseling for myself and found it less than helpful which motivated me to do a better job than the counselor that I saw, and I took a professional career test which agreed with me that I would be good fit as a counselor. However, there is a more important factor than all of the others, the reason why I have stayed as a counselor. That factor is the ability to use what I value and love attaining most: stories, knowledge, and experience to do what I love most; which is help others make sense of their lives and begin pursuing the life that they want to be living.

What are your interests outside of work?

I love building decks in "Magic the Gathering," particularly the Commander format and have a large group of friends that I play against occasionally. I also enjoy writing daily, listening to metalcore music, and learning something new every day through watching informative videos. Additionally, I enjoy spending time with loved ones.

What is one thing you do daily that supports your well-being?

I engage in "Magic the Gathering" deck building, write in my journal, spend time with my family, work on learning two languages, and listen to music.

What book have you read more than once?

Man's Search for Meaning as I was at a new stage in my life and wanted find meaning in my life again and also better recommend the book to my clients. The Lord of the Rings because I missed a great deal the first time I read it. I also read several books of the Bible multiple times when I was religious as a daily activity.

Favorite organization/non-profit?

Jericho Road, which is a local non-profit that supports refugees coming to Buffalo, NY, from all kinds of different places. Hearing their stories of suffering, fear, desperation, and finally safety and healing have been truly inspiring.

How do you recharge?

I spend time listening to music, writing, and watch entertaining videos of people playing video games.