Gary Schwager, LPC

Name:Gary Schwager
Gender:Male
Specialty:Counselor
Other Specialties—Substance Abuse Professional
Location:122 West Vernon Ave.
Wake Forest, NC 27587
Phone: 919-903-3182
Fax: 919-554-9232
www.westvernoncenter.com
 
Introduction:
    The heart of counseling is listening to you and arriving at the best possible understanding of your concerns.  I have worked since 2001 with adults who have abused or become dependent upon drugs and/or alcohol. Since many of my clients also suffered from depression, anxiety, and the effects of trauma, I have considerable experience working with those problems as well.  I have also worked extensively with family members and other codependents of my clients.
     Among the key elements of the work my clients do in treatment are developing and employing strategies to increase motivation for treatment and change. Often this starts with experiencing and acceptance of one’s feelings and thoughts. From this place of understanding, we can look at the changes you truly want to make.  For example, with substance abusers the work may center on motivation for abstinence (or harm reduction when applicable), management of stress (including work stress, family problems, and so on), development of support systems, relapse prevention - including identifying and dealing with triggers, mindfulness with challenging feelings and cravings, and learning how and when to ask for help.
Education:
SchoolDegreeMajorGraduation
California Institute of Integral StudiesM.A.Counseling/Psychology1996
Experience:
PositionOrganizationLocationDuration
TherapistKaiser PermanenteChemical Dependency Recovery Program2003-2013
License:
NameIssued ByDuration
Licensed Professional Counselor #10930NC Board of LPC's2014
Insurance:Blue Cross/Blue Shield Aetna Cigna Ceridian
Fee:
Sliding scale available.
Schedule:
Available Tuesday-Friday, including Tuesday and Wednesday evenings.
Language:English, Spanish

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