My approach is interactive and relational and draws on your needs and the latest scientific research.

Frequently asked questions
Feel free to call me with your questions at 202-256-4357

Will therapy help? How do I know if I need it?

The overwhelming majority of people participating in therapy get better—usually a lot better. According to Consumer Reports, 9 out of 10 patients report positive benefits and most benefit "substantially." Improvement typically continues after treatment ends. However, not everyone needs therapy. The first thing we should do is get together and you can decide what's best. Feel free to give me a call and we can discuss your situation.

What is your training? What style of therapy do your practice?

I completed my training at the University of Michigan and at The Psychological Clinic in Ann Arbor, Michigan. My approach is interactive and relational and draws on your needs and the latest scientific research. I work extensively with emotion-focused therapy (EFT) and its emphasis on attachment, mindfulness, and with existential, psychodynamic, and cognitive-behavioral (CBT) approaches.

My partner and I are struggling and I think that therapy might be helpful. My partner isn't quite enthused about coming to therapy. What should I do?

It's common for one person to feel uncomfortable about coming into therapy. Not a problem. Either I'm happy to talk with your partner about his or her concerns, or if it's still uncomfortable, you may want to come in alone and we can chat about your situation. This can help a lot!  So, give me a call and, if necessary, you can come in by yourself.

How long will it take?

You can expect to feel something different or changing the very first time we meet. If that first session feels like a good fit, I advise individuals and couples to commit to at least 4 additional sessions. The average number of visits typically ranges between 16-24. Throughout this period, you should continue to experience movement. Some folks find that they continue to benefit and enjoy meeting well after this period. This works too!

What's my next step?

Feel free to give me a call at 202-256-4357.  I look forward to hearing your story.

May I help you?

Gary Steven Brown, LCSW

The Wellness Center
901 Preston Ave, Ste 202
Charlottesville, VA 22903

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