Gay Williamson-Grigas

(LMHC, CAP)

About Me

Hello my name is Gay Lynn Williamson-Grigas and I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, (LMHC) and a Certified Addiction Professional. I have a Master's Degree in psychology from the Michigan School of Professional Psychology, in Farmington Hills, Michigan. My first commercially published book, Transformative Rituals: Celebrations for Personal Growth, highlights my very creative approach to therapy and incorporates innovative ways to break through barriers and blocks that hold us back. I have over 20 years of experience working with individuals and groups in recovery centers and currently work with counseling teens in an educational setting.

I currently work with teens dealing with anxiety, depression, bipolar, recovery from addictions and addictive compulsive behaviors, relationship problems, codependency, self worth and self esteem, school and academic problems, and bullying.

My most recent book is Trigger-Proof: 12 Tools to Keep Your Cool and Confidence. I am working with teens to help them understand their personal triggers and buttons that get pushed. Helping teens stay centered while dealing with stressful peers pressures and situations at school that may trigger unwanted responses.

My goal is to be a positive motivator and an encouraging presence. My hope is to inspire and uplift teens who are frustrated and discouraged. My desire is to help each teen come to appreciate their unique life meaning and purpose. My commitment is to help teens live their best authentic life and pursue what makes them happy.

My style is to assist teens in understanding their unique individual patterns and self perceptions. In doing so each teen has the opportunity to change and modify their personal patterns or interrupt the unhealthy behavior patterns that are no longer supporting their success at home and school. I am currently working with teens in a school setting needing support with mental health and wellness.


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Self esteem
  • Depression
  • Coping with life changes
  • Coaching
Also experienced in:
Addictions , LGBT , Relationship issues , Family conflicts , Trauma and abuse , Grief , Intimacy-related issues , Parenting issues , Anger management , Career difficulties , Bipolar disorder , Abandonment , Adoption and Foster Care , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Existential Therapy, Jungian Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy

Years of Experience: 20

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

LMHC #MH15566 (Expires: 2021-03-31)


Reviews

Written by B.R. on Jun 11, 2020 after counseling with Gay for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, career difficulties, bipolar disorder, and coaching

Gay is very sweet, caring and attentive. After a few sessions, I am already improving on my self esteem and overall Confidence. She helped me transition with major life changes and was an awesome support system. She was honest, straightforward and always had amazing tips and advice. I love that I am able to take what I learned from her and apply it to my day to day life. Thank you Gay for all your support!:)

Written by J.E. on Jun 04, 2020 after counseling with Gay for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, and trauma and abuse

She is absolutely wonderful. She is so attentive and caring. She also pushes me when needed. I’m so grateful I got paired with her.

Written by P.A. on Jun 03, 2020 after counseling with Gay for 2 months

Love her! She is so understanding and helpful.

Written by J.U. on Jun 01, 2020 after counseling with Gay for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, and self esteem

She is one of the best therapists I have ever worked with. Her repertoire of counseling knowledge is not only impressive, more importantly, she intuitively keyed in to exactly what kind of counseling was needed to address my concerns specifically from the very beginning. She is a kind soul and a good listener, and helped me make the leap from wanting to change to making real progress. Thank you Gay!

Written by D.A. on May 28, 2020 after counseling with Gay for 2 months on issues concerning relationship

Gay Williamson-Grigas has been an amazing counselor. My wife and I spoke with her out of desperation. Our marriage had hit rock-bottom and we had tried several other marriage counselors. Unfortunately, we weren't having any luck.

But then we found Gay. Gay was able to connect with both of us as individuals and then utilize her expertise and experience to help us reconnect with each other. I can genuinely say that I'm not sure if I'd still be married today if not for Gay's help. I cannot thank her enough and I cannot recommend her enough. She's incredible at what she does.

Written by J.E. on Apr 20, 2020 after counseling with Gay for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety

We are two sessions in and I think it is going well. I feel very comfortable with her even though the process itself is uncomfortable. I also feel like I am challenged and not just agreed with which I like and respect.

Written by A.L. on Apr 08, 2020 after counseling with Gay for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and self esteem

Gay is one of the best therapists I have ever worked with. Her knowledge and expertise is very impressive. I’m so glad I was matched with her. Thank you!

Written by D.A. on Apr 06, 2020 after counseling with Gay for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, addictions, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and coping with life changes

If you're honest, she gets to the heart of it, and gets you working.

Written by L.E. on Mar 23, 2020 after counseling with Gay for 3 weeks

Gay Williamson-Grigas is a fabulous counselor. She is kind, compassionate and extremely knowledgeable. She has been extremely healing and a joy to work with. I will definitely work with her again.

Written by M.O. on Mar 15, 2020 after counseling with Gay for 3 weeks

Gay is there for my middle school aged daughter as she process issues related to a parent with an addiction, being the child of divorce with two homes and the general pains of teenage life. What a great therapist and a great way to reach young people - delivering a service in their preferred ‘language’. My daughter can choose talking, texting or video sessions based on her mood and where she is dialing in from. I’m a very pleased parent!

Written by L.I. on Mar 06, 2020 after counseling with Gay for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, self esteem, career difficulties, and coping with life changes

Gay Williamson-Grigas is a good listener. She understands what I'm saying and gives appropriate recommendations. I really like how she gets back to me quickly when I message her. I would highly recommend her.