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Lynn Gary, M.A.

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16935 West Bernardo Drive Suite 110, San Diego, CA 92127

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Phone: (858) 382-2232
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I have been practicing in San Diego for the last 13 years. I work with children (of all ages) and adults in an individual, group, couple or family setting. I offer a caring, supportive environment to clients to work through their challenges and explore options for change. I am able to tailor the treatment to your level of comfort by working WITH you; utilizing talk therapy, cognitive/behavioral approaches with or without homework, or explorative expressive art techniques. I work with many different treatment issues including a focus on cancer survivors and their families, life changes and transitions, blended familes, trauma, grief and loss. I am able to provide EMDR treatment for traumas. I offer supervision for pre-licensed MFTs and Supervision of Supervision for clinicians pursuing the AAMFT Approved Supervision designation. Sliding scale available for those clients without (or choosing not to use) insurance.

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Lynn Gary, M.A.

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