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Congratulations on taking the first step towards empowerment, transformation and healing. The courage it takes to seek out a therapist should not be discounted or minimized; the idea of starting therapy can be scary. At Garnering Change Psychotherapy, we don’t “fix” people because you are not broken. Rather, we are here to support you on your journey of self-discovery and healing. Our approach to therapy is not a one-size-fits-all attitude/method. Using a holistic view, we take the time to learn about you, your values, and your goals for treatment. This allows us to collaborate with you and create a treatment experience that will be meaningful, healing, and rewarding. We are excited to partner with you on your journey of healing.

Meet the Team

Heather Garner, LCSW-C

Heather Garner, LCSW-C

Founder
Heather M. Garner is a Licensed Certified Social Worker Clinical (LCSW-C) with a private psychotherapy practice in Towson, Maryland where she provides individual, family and couples’ counseling to adults and older adolescents. Heather’s primary treatment philosophy is that most of the problems that bring people to therapy stem from unresolved issues surrounding grief and loss. In addition, she specializes in providing psychotherapy to those struggling with anxiety disorders, ADHD, and difficulties with life transitions. With training in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), she has a background in working with adults and children who have been the victims of physical and sexual abuse. Heather also specializes in working with adults or couples in non-traditional relationships.

Prior to opening Garnering Change Psychotherapy, Heather gained her expertise in working with children, families, and adults in a wide variety of settings. She provided community-based psychotherapy at Catholic Charities, inpatient psychiatric services at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center and outpatient therapy at Johns Hopkins Bayview Child and Adolescent Outpatient Psychiatry, and worked with families and individuals receiving hospice care.

Heather received her Bachelors of Social Work from University of Maryland Baltimore County and her Masters in Social Work with a clinical focus on children and families from the University of Maryland School of Social Work. She completed her clinical training at the Kennedy Krieger Institute Family Center. Heather is a Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners Approved Supervisor, an active member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), and a member of The Grief Recovery Institute©.

Gabrielle Kilgore, LCSW-C

Gabrielle Kilgore, LCSW-C

Therapist
Gabrielle M. Kilgore is a Licensed Certified Social Worker Clinical (LCSW-C) who began her private psychotherapy practice with Garnering Change Psychotherapy in October of 2012. Gabrielle provides individual, family and couples’ counseling to adolescents and adults. Gabrielle believes that while no life is without some measure of pain or struggle, therapy is a transformative, healing process which can open the door for a more fulfilling relationship with one’s self and others. Her primary treatment philosophy is that clients often struggle with false beliefs and ingrained ways of thinking formulated during early childhood and it is these ways of thinking that often cause unseen damage to individual health and happiness, and romantic and familial relationships. In a safe and relaxed environment, Gabrielle promotes healing and growth for clients based on the principle that self-compassion is the foundation of all growth and all joy. She believes strongly in a mind-body-spirit connection, frequently incorporating mindfulness and meditation techniques and Jungian sand tray.

Prior to beginning her private practice, Gabrielle developed her expertise while working in inpatient psychiatric settings, primarily with adolescents and their families. With training in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), she has a background in working with children and adults who have been the victim of physical and sexual abuse and specializes in treating those struggling with depression, post-traumatic stress disorder and other anxiety disorders resulting from traumatic experiences.

Gabrielle received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Music from the University of Delaware and her Masters of Social Work at University of Maryland School of Social Work with a clinical focus on children and families. She completed her clinical training at Johns Hopkins Hospital, Outpatient Mental Health Center and Shepherd Pratt Hospital. Gabrielle is a Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners Approved Supervisor and is a certified trainer in the National Children Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) Resource Parent Curriculum.

Jill Bers, LCSW-C

Jill Bers, LCSW-C

Therapist
Jill Bers is a Licensed Certified Social Worker Clinical (LCSW-C) who began working with Garnering Change Psychotherapy in March 2016. Jill provides individual therapy to adults and older adolescents, family therapy and couple’s counseling, including pre-marital, marital, co-parenting and blended family counseling.

In her experience, Jill has found that fear is often the unrealized dynamic that gets in the way of fulfillment and happiness in many areas of life. Whether a recent adjustment or stressor has brought about pain or confusion, or whether a challenge is more longstanding, therapy is a means to uncovering existing strengths, and to gaining insights and new skills to help overcome the fears that often accompany these challenges.

Jill’s therapy approach is client center and solution-focused and she respectfully collaborates with her clients to identify goals and assists clients in achieving them. Employing a variety of clinical methods, Jill helps those struggling with anxiety, depression, life cycle transitions including adjustment to college or new employment, families undergoing separation and divorce, empty nest, caring for aging family, grief and loss She also has a background working in employee relations, counseling and coaching employees to empower and improve interpersonal relationships with colleagues and/or superiors.

Jill received her Bachelors of Arts from Tulane University and her Masters in Social Work at the University of Maryland School of Social Work where her focus was on clinical work with families and children. Her background has largely been in outpatient therapy. She has also directed clinical operations for large behavioral health care organizations where she has supervised and managed clinicians of all disciplines. Jill received specialized clinical training from the Brief Family Therapy Center in Milwaukee and is trained in Solution Focused Brief Therapy. She received a certificate in Family Mediation in 2002.

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Books & Blogs

Road to Healing!

Road to Healing!

Walk through the Self-Help section at any bookstore or do a Google search for a book on a particular subject and the options can be incredibly overwhelming. With over 180,000 choices of books on the subject of marriage and over 32,000 texts on raising children, how do you decide which book is worth your time…

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Anxious Children: Therapist Manual, Third Edition

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Anxious Children: Therapist Manual, Third Edition

I have used this workbook time and time again since I began doing therapy with clients. This research-based workbook presents the concepts of thoughts, feelings, behaviors and anxiety in terms kids can understand within their own lives, and provides empowerment. This is a required workbook for any of my child or adolescent clients struggling with…

Is It You, Me, or Adult A.D.D.? Stopping the Roller Coaster When Someone You Love Has Attention Deficit Disorder

Is It You, Me, or Adult A.D.D.? Stopping the Roller Coaster When Someone You Love Has Attention Deficit Disorder

    I’ve read twenty plus books on ADHD and this is the best, hands down. It offers a practical, non-sugarcoated blend of real-life anecdotes, science, tips and solutions all in an easy to read format. If you are challenged with ADHD and are ready to improve your relationships, get this book. If you love…

Roadmap to Resilience: A Guide for Military, Trauma Victims and Their Families

Roadmap to Resilience: A Guide for Military, Trauma Victims and Their Families

    I first heard about this book from a presenter in a training I was attending and I added it to my list of books to read. I am so glad I read this book! This book is geared           towards veterans but is a must read for anyone interested…

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy Skills Workbook

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy Skills Workbook

      This is an invaluable supplement to the work clients do with me in session. Most of the between session work I assign comes from this workbook as it encourages clients to apply the topics discussed in session to real-life situations. Using this workbook between session can help deepen the therapeutic experience. -Heather,…

Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain

Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain

    I love this book for parents and teens, read   together or separately! Doctor Dan Seigel takes you through the “E.S.S.E.N.C.E. of adolescents” by educating parents and teens on what’s happening with the brain during this sometimes trying period of development. The book also includes mindfulness and meditation exercises which both parents and teens…

The Grief Recovery Handbook, 20th Anniversary Expanded Edition: The Action Program for Moving Beyond Death, Divorce, and Other Losses including Health, Career, and Faith

The Grief Recovery Handbook, 20th Anniversary Expanded Edition: The Action Program for Moving Beyond Death, Divorce, and Other Losses including Health, Career, and Faith

  This was the required handbook for my training the Grief Recovery Institute where I became certified in the Grief Recovery Method. My experience with the Grief Recovery Method was life changing! The concepts of the Grief Recovery Method are presented in an easy to read format with real-life examples. This is a required book…

Choice Theory: A New Psychology of Personal Freedom

Choice Theory: A New Psychology of Personal Freedom

    I’ve referred this book to my friends with kids. Any parent or caregiver who wants a deeper understanding of childhood development, and to learn how to encourage healthy development of every part of a child’s brain should read this book. It’s an easy and interesting read. – Gabrielle Kilgore        …

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Reconnect in the Chaos
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