With a lifetime of community involvement, parenting, farming and supporting his farming habit with a wide variety of jobs, Gary became concerned with what he saw happening in our community, especially seeing family and individual struggles through the eyes of the kids on his school bus.
Gary began a support group for fathers that gained national recognition, developed and ran programs for special needs campers and worked with men to reduce domestic violence. This work raised huge questions about the roots of the issues that affect our community and led him to get “papered up” at university to try and figure out ways to help people in our rural community deal with life’s challenges.
Gary uses that education and his life experience as a Counsellor/Psychotherapist, operating from a “strengths based, solution focussed” perspective with considerable experience working with trauma, emotional and cognitive distress, substance use and other problematic coping behaviours.
Mental Health Counsellor