About Gina

Gina Searle, CMHC, CGT, ACS, CCTP

As your therapist, your goals are my goals! I want to help you to address the issues that are most important to you. You have a unique situation, which also means that you have unique resources from which to draw from. My underlying goal for all my clients is for them to feel more empowered and more satisfied with their lives. Often the path to resolved issues and greater well-being will involve the uncovering of long-standing behavior patterns or negative self-perceptions. While we can’t change difficult situations of the past, we can work together to better understand and resolve how past experiences may have wounded you and held you back from moving forward in your life.

I have nearly 20 years experience in the mental health field, and have been in private clinical practice since 2003. Prior to this I have worked in a variety of settings with a broad spectrum of clients. Areas of expertise include: depression, anxiety, trauma/PTSD, substance abuse, behavioral addictions, eating disorders, women’s issues, young adult issues, midlife “crisis”, life transitions, and relationship counseling. I specialize in the use of creative and experiential techniques to assist my clients in resolving issues to connect with their healthiest and happiest selves. This may include: Sandplay, EMDR, boundary work, breathwork, movement, and art.

My professional life offers me a great deal of satisfaction. I am blessed to be able to say “I love what I do!” I truly enjoy being present with each individual I come in contact with, and I look forward to meeting and working with you.

 

Education

  • Master of Arts, Somatic Psychology, Body Psychotherapy emphasis
    Naropa University, Boulder CO 1999
  • Bachelor of Science, Recreational Therapy/Psychology
    Indiana University, Bloomington, IN 1992

Licenses, Certifications, Awards

  • Clinical Mental Health Counselor (CMHC)
    State of Utah #291591-6004
  • Recreational Therapist (TRS)
    State of Utah #291591-4002
  • Certified Gottman Method Couples Therapist
  • Certified Trauma Professional
  • Certified Integrative Body Psychotherapist (IBP)
  • Behavior Specialist of the Year, 2003, Rise, Inc.

Additional Training

  • Sandplay Therapy
  • EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing)
  • Integrative Body Stress Reduction (IBSR)

Professional Affiliations

  • American Counseling Association
  • Utah Mental Health Counselors Association