Zakk Gammon, MA, LCPC
Master of Arts, Clinical Christian Counseling
Licensed Clinical Pastoral Counselor
Certified Temperament Counselor
Ordained Minister of Pastoral Care
I guess this is the part where I’m supposed to do what every other counselor and therapist does and basically give you a copy of my resume, but honestly, right now, I sincerely doubt you care. This is about you, not me. As such, I think you’ll benefit more from understanding the type of people I work with and have the most success with helping. This way, you’ll be able to quickly determine whether or not we’ll be a good fit for each other. I’m not really what you would consider a “generalist” therapist, and so I don’t want to waste your time if we won’t be a good fit together.
The clients who find the most success with me are the ones who come to therapy ready to work. That doesn’t mean you have to have all the answers. After all, that’s part of what counseling is for. But I do hope you’ll come ready to roll up your sleeves and learn what you can do to change your life. The old adage is true, “You can’t change your life until you start changing your life.” That means making a change in your situation takes an action step on your part. Getting information about counseling services is a great first step.
A majority of my work is with couples who are struggling in their relationships. Sometimes it’s from infidelity, or lack of communication, or maybe you’ve just lost that “spark”. For some couples, it’s because they wake up one day and realize they have no idea who their partner is anymore. Maybe it’s a combination of all those things. I work with couples on communication, rebuilding their intimacy and learning to live in companionship – not opposition – with each other. When couples (even if only one comes to counseling) put effort into this process, I see a lot of success and mended relationships.
I also work with a lot of women who are struggling with feelings of low self-esteem, lacking self-worth and value, and who just feel like they have nothing else left to give. We’ll start by understanding who you are (and maybe that’s something you’re not even sure of about yourself). From there, we’ll take a look at what challenges you’re facing and how to best overcome them.
Finally, I also work with men who are having a hard time but don’t feel like they have anywhere to turn. A lot of guys struggle with sharing their emotions and feelings, because it’s not the cool thing to do, or somewhere along the way they were told they weren’t allowed to feel that way. Sometimes it’s an issue of infidelity in your relationship, an addiction to pornography, and some clients I see have wives or girlfriends who just don’t get it and need a little help in learning to explain themselves better.
I don’t claim to have a magic “therapy wand” that I can wave and make all your problems disappear. I’m also not a “bobble head” where I sit and just nod at you while you pour your heart out. Furthermore, I’m not the kind of therapist who’s going to stare at you over my clipboard and make a bunch of weird notes that you have no idea about (because I think that’s weird), and I’m not going to sit there and ask you a bunch of rhetorical questions and then follow up by saying “How do you feel about that?”. I’ve found that’s not really effective.
If you’ve made it this far, then you may actually care about the rest. This is where I tell you about my experience and education and how it can help.
I earned my degree in Clinical Christian Counseling from Cornerstone University. Additionally, I’m working on my PhD in Clinical Counseling. I’m licensed by the National Christian Counselor’s Association as a Licensed Clinical Pastoral Counselor. I also hold the designation of Certified Temperament Therapist from the Sarasota Academy of Christian Counseling. And, I’m board-certified in Marriage & Family Therapy by the National Board of Christian Therapists. Additionally, I’m an ordained minister of pastoral care.
None of that means I have all the answers. And none of those Christian or “pastoral” titles and credentials mean that I’m some up-tight, religious, “churchy” person who’s judging you or looking down on you. I’m not really interested in making you feel bad for what you’ve done or been through. I suspect the world has done enough of that on its own. I’m not so concerned about what you did as I am what got you there and how we can change it.
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