Christy J. Gardner, LPC
As a Spanish teacher, I enjoyed being a listening ear for my students. I’d always had a desire to help people, so in 2003 I went back to college (Augusta University) to become a counselor. I left the classroom in 2006 and spent 10 years working as a school counselor until retirement in 2015. Since retirement, I’ve been working as a therapist, pursuing my passion for helping others.
Allowing all emotions to be expressed, without judgment, criticism or analysis and listening with my heart best describe my approach to counseling. I honor my clients and their stories and focus on building a trusting relationship with them. My role is not that of the “expert,” but as a trained professional to assist the client. My beliefs are similar to Carl Rogers and that is that people are resourceful, capable of self-understanding and self-direction, able to make constructive changes and to live effective and productive lives. This inspires my person-centered approach to counseling.
I am a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist, trained to effectively help grievers recover from loss. The Grief Recovery Program was developed by someone who was going through loss himself, so the program is not just a theory, but also a method that has worked for millions of people continuously for the past 40 years. Being present to another person’s pain is not about taking away the pain. It’s about being a companion to the pain.
“We think we listen, but very rarely do we listen with real understanding, true empathy. Yet, listening of this very special kind, is also one of the most potent forces for change that I know.” Carl Rogers
I graduated from Agnes Scott College with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Spanish and from Augusta University with a Masters in Counselor Education.
"Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms ? to choose one?s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one's own way."
- Adolescents/Teenagers (ages 12 and up)
- Cognitive Behavioral