Doug Gardner

The family is the environment in which we develop, grow, learn, and prepare for life. Helping a family to be as strong and stable as possible is one of the greatest services one can provide. I am honored and humbled to have a part in helping your family to be a little stronger and more stable.

 As a Registered Play Therapist, I believe in the power of art, play, sand tray, books, pretend, and creativity in helping an individual to be able to express themselves. Play therapy allows my clients to be able to explore and process difficult emotions and experiences by facilitating communication, increasing personal strengths, fostering emotional wellness, and enhancing social relationships.

In addition to providing psychotherapy services, I also provide supervision and training to social work practicum students and social work post graduate fellows at Mala

 I am accepting clients of all ages, racial, cultural, religious/spiritual backgrounds, sexualities, and sexual orientations.



In my 20+ years of clinical experience, I have worked with all types of families including adoptive families, birth families, and foster families, as well as children, teens, and adults experiencing adjustment-related disorders, anxiety disorders, attachment, crisis response, depressive disorders, grief and loss, impulse control, obsessive-compulsive disorders, self-esteem, sexual addictions, spiritual concerns, and trauma.

Treatment Approaches


Acceptance and Commitment Therapy


Cognitive Behavioral Therapy




Child-Centered Play Therapy


Solution Focused

  Specialized Training


Registered Play Therapist


Adoption Certificate

Michigan State University School of Social Work Continuing Education

Licensed Master Social Worker in Michigan (License No. 6801091525)

Licensed Independent Social Worker in Ohio (License No. I.1500231)