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.

Specialties

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, Mindfulness, Play Therapy, Solution Focused

Education

Master of Social Work—Brigham Young University; Provo, UT

Bachelor of Science in Psychology—Brigham Young University; Provo, UT

Associate of Music—Ricks College; Rexburg, ID

Specialized Training

Registered Play Therapist

Adoption Certificate—Michigan State University School of Social Work Continuing Education

Hobbies and Interests

Classical music, amateur classical pianist, musical theater, French language and culture, roller coasters (the bigger, the faster, the better!), cooking and baking, movies, travel, binge watching whatever (I have eclectic tastes in shows)

Professional Presentations

June 2005
Moderated teen adoptee panel at Families Supporting Adoption International Conference in Salt Lake City, UT

October 2010
Moderated group discussion on openness in adoption at Families Supporting Adoption Regional Conference in Kirtland, OH

August 2011
Presentation on self-esteem at Families Supporting Adoption International Conference in Layton, UT

October 2011
Presentation on Attachment Theory at Family Services North America Northeast Regional Conference in Boston, MA

October 2011
Presentation on self-esteem at Families Supporting Adoption Regional Conference in Boston, MA

October 2015
Presentation on Collaboration with Colleagues at Family Services Great Lakes Regional Conference in Chicago, IL

February 2016
Presentation on Basics of Play Therapy at Family Services Great Lakes Regional Conference in Cincinnati, OH

August 2017
Co-presenter on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy at Family Services Great Lakes Regional Conference in Sandusky, OH

April 2018
Co-presenter on Pornography Treatment: Working with Adolescents at Core Services Training for all clinical staff at Family Services

September 2018
Presentation on Psychological First Aid at combined regional training in Nashua, NH

April 2019
Co-presenter on Marriage Treatment: Consultation at Core Services Training for all clinical staff at Family Services

November 2020
Presentation of Addiction: The Brain Science at the Family Services Michigan Detroit Agency Addiction Recovery Program Annual Conference