Gillian is a second year masters student at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Department of Counseling and Educational Development, working towards her licensure in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Her focus is on couple and family counseling with research in the areas of addiction, grief, and trauma among BIPOC. Prior to beginning her master’s education, Gillian worked as a domestic violence and sexual assault victim advocate and has experience working with individuals and families navigating the judicial system. Gillian has a B.F.A. in Printmaking from Guilford College and is certified as a yoga instructor.
Gillian is a trauma-informed, person-centered counselor. As a yoga practitioner, she is heavily influenced by mindfulness, and believes in the power of presence and self-regulation through breath. Still learning and growing as a graduate student, Gillian remains open and fluid in her counseling philosophy, allowing for evolution in her practice as she gains more experience and perspective. She is building her therapeutic orientation around her belief that all humans have the ability to heal, evolve, and grow as individuals. Gillian is an LGBTQIA+ affirming, anti-racist counselor. She prioritizes creating a safe, warm, and open environment and an honest, authentic therapeutic relationship.
Gillian finds joy in watching the growth of others, witnessing acts of kindness and bravery, dancing (legitimately like no one is watching), biking, swimming in big bodies of water, and running next to her dog, Gus.