Summer Gaynor has been working in the field of mental health and recovery for over 6 years. Summer obtained her Masters in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Her initial four years of experience in the field of mental health were obtained at a residential and outpatient treatment center in Los Angeles working in a variety of roles, including Mental Health Companion, Transitional Living house manager, Life Skills Companion for clients with personality and/or psychotic disorders, and finally, as a therapist and group facilitator for the treatment center’s Family Program. Most recently, Summer worked as a primary therapist at an Intensive Out Patient treatment program assisting with young adults that struggle with substance use and mental health disorders that prevent their efforts to launch into adulthood and traditional life responsibilities. Throughout the time supporting each client, she also worked as a parent coach and family therapist, assisting family’s efforts to provide meaningful, effective support that allows their child and/or loved one to individuate. Assisting families to accomplish these skills through education on effective communication help to support their loved one’s journey through treatment, all while preventing maladaptive enabling. Over the past year, Summer has continued to gain experience in working with adolescents and young adults, along with their families, in multiple different facets, maintaining and expanding on the training and experience she has obtained over the course of her career.
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, Case Coordinator