Hello! I’m Andee Gay, MS, NCC,LPC, CPCS, CGS with over 21 years of professional counseling experience as well as 16 years of Clinical Supervision. So what's with all this alphabet soup? MS, NCC, LPC, CPCS, CSG huh? All of this speaks to my training and certifications. My profession demands standards to insure that each individual gets the specialized care he, she, or they need. MS indicates the type of degree I have - a Master's of Science in Community Counseling. I received My National Certification as a Counselor (NCC) in 1998, which means I am board certified. I obtained my License as a Professional Counselor by the state of Georgia (LPC) in 2003. I became a Certified Professional Counselor Supervisor, CPCS, in 2014. And the last acronym refers to the training I received in April 2018 to be a Certified Grief Counselor (CGS), a subject I find demanding more time & attention as our cultures’ way of addressing grief tends to minimalize the process.
I have a varied career that has seen me start out creative, transition to the technical, then switch to the interpersonal. I graduated with a Bachelor’s of Fine Art (BFA) degree in 1981 from the University of Montevallo, Alabama, and then received another Bachelors of Science (BS) degree in Computer & Information technology in 1986 from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. The latter led to mainly computer hardware jobs with what was then BellSouth (now AT&T) where I worked for 11 years. Via a long series of events, I ended up doing a dual graduate degree program with Georgia State University (MS) & what is now Richmont Graduate University (Diploma), majoring in the Community & Christian Counseling fields, completing my studies in 1998. I was licensed as an LPC by the Georgia Composite Board of Professional Counselors, Social Workers, & Marriage & Family Therapists State Board in 2003. One of the advantages of a multi-disciplined work history is that I am able to relate to folks on many levels in counseling & LPC Supervision.
I operate initially from a Relational Aspect – as I believe that without a good therapeutic alliance, it’s difficult to establish a sense of confidence so change can take place. I seek to understand & accept folks as they are, & convey that in ways that show they matter. I especially love working with adolescents - & their families, helping both the teen and the parents through these often turbulent years. I know from both personal & professional experience how difficult that can be. I kept trying to tell my kids (now grown) what an advantage they had having a counselor for a mom. Only now are they beginning to appreciate that!
My professional practice is named Sanctuary Counseling & Supervision Services. I offer a Sanctuary for those adolescents seeking someone who is willing to listen and though they may not want to hear it, to offer a different viewpoint for them to consider on the issues they bring into the safe place I strive to provide. I also work with parents to gain a better understanding of their child and themselves so that the family and it’s individuals can thrive & grow. My passion is for all is to see new sides to their own story, for it’s in the doing so that we gain hope. “There is surely a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off” because hope is what gives us the gumption to get up when we’d rather stay in bed with the covers over our heads. Come & see how my Sanctuary can Serve you.
- Stress, Anxiety
- Relationship issues
- Parenting issues
I also have experience in Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Eating disorders, Self esteem, Bipolar disorder, Coping with life changes, Compassion fatigue, ADHD
LPC #LPC003815 (Expires: 2020-09-30)
Very understanding and helpful! As someone who tries to work around my reasoning to where it’s what my bad thoughts want to be, Andee Gay tells me what I need to hear and doesn’t hide the facts and I am extremely grateful for that. She has awesome worksheets and articles to share and truly shows she cares.
Andee got me through a divorce and a massive change in living situations. She provided a bit of humor each week. She also provided several other coping methods and resources throughout the process. Finally, Andee helped me navigate the staggeringly large amount of emotions I experienced, and was able to point out several different ways of thinking about things that made the entire process much more workable. I can not overstate the benefit of having Andee as an external party to validate or invalidate my thoughts through all this.
Wonderful experience and very helpful in many situations.
My son seems to really be responding to Andre Gay, and he seems to look forward to meetings with her! He says that she is helping him and, and Ms. Gay is communicative you me as a parent when it is important. Looking forward to the future!
Andee is an incredible counselor who gives unbiased advice to us as a couple. Andee has helped us tremendously these past few months.
I couldn’t find any better counselor in my life . She completely transformed parts of my behavior I was struggling in the past. She dissolved in a very simple and easy going manner! I just adore her
I really enjoy speaking with Andree, and I feel confident she will continue to help me better myself.
Very kind, tolerant and very supportive and helpful. She's always full of care and always trying to cheer me up when I feel down.
One of the most effective counselors I’ve ever worked with.
Patient, attentive, compassionate and kind. I feel less like a crazy person after I talk with her.
Andee has been very good with correspondence. She is quick to respond and always check up on me if she doesn’t hear from me. We are only at the beginning of our relationship but she has already given me a couple of useful exercises to help me when I am in my own. I look forward to making more progress with Andee.