Gary Breuer, MA, LPC

Licensed Professional Counselor
Trauma Specialist
Advanced Clinical Hypnotherapist

 

BACKGROUND

I am originally from a rural farming community in southeastern Wisconsin. After I completed my master’s degree, I worked as a counselor in the Milwaukee area for many years. Then, after falling in love with the desert, I relocated to Scottsdale in 2014. I enjoy running, hiking, yoga, reading, meditation, singing and drumming.

EDUCATION AND CREDENTIALS

EDUCATION:

Doctor of Philosophy in Marriage and Family Therapy / Systemic Studies

University of Louisiana at Monroe (In Progress)

Master of Arts in Counseling/Education

Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin (2000)

Bachelor of Business Administration/General

Marian College, Fond du Lac, Wisconsin (1996)

Associate of Arts and Science

University of Wisconsin-Washington County, West Bend, Wisconsin (1993)

CREDENTIALS:

Licensed Professional Counselor

States of Arizona and Wisconsin

Certified EMDR Therapist

The EMDR International Association (EMDRIA)

Certified Brainspotting Practitioner

Brainspotting Trainings, LLC

Certified Advanced Clinical Hypnotherapist

The Wellness Institute

Certified Employee Assistance Professional

Employee Assistance Certification Commission

Licensed/Certified School Counselor

State of Arizona (Cert. Grades PK-12)

AREAS OF SPECIALTY
• Individuals
• Couples
• Families
• Children (ages 6 and older)
• Adolescents
• Adults
ISSUES/CONCERNS I HELP WITH
• Anxiety
• Depression
• Trauma and PTSD
• Behavioral Issues
• Academic Concerns
• Coping Skills
• Family Conflict
• Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
• Parenting
• Relationship Issues
• Spirituality
• Trauma Response
• LGBT Concerns
• Anger Management
• Career Issues
• Chronic Pain
• Divorce
• Grief
• Oppositional Defiance
• Peer Relationships
• Self Esteem
• EAP

Services I Provide

Brainspotting

Brainspotting is a powerful, focused treatment method that works by identifying, processing and releasing core neurophysiological sources of emotional/body pain, trauma, dissociation and a variety of other challenging symptoms. Brainspotting is a simultaneous form of diagnosis and treatment, enhanced with Biolateral sound, which is deep, direct, and powerful yet focused and containing.

Brainspotting functions as a neurobiological tool to support the clinical healing relationship. There is no replacement for a mature, nurturing therapeutic presence and the ability to engage another suffering human in a safe and trusting relationship where they feel heard, accepted, and understood.

Brainspotting gives us a tool, within this clinical relationship, to neurobiologically locate, focus, process, and release experiences and symptoms that are typically out of reach of the conscious mind and its cognitive and language capacity.

Brainspotting works with the deep brain and the body through its direct access to the autonomic and limbic systems within the body’s central nervous system. Brainspotting is accordingly a physiological tool/treatment which has profound psychological, emotional, and physical consequences.

EMDR

EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a cost-effective, non-invasive, evidence-based method of psychotherapy which was originally developed by Francine Shapiro, PhD in the late 1980’s for PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). There have been 24 randomized control studies of EMDR therapy which attest to its value and demonstrate its usefulness across all ages, genders, and cultures. Tens of thousands of clinicians have been trained all over the world in EMDR therapy and studies have supported the use of EMDR with many special populations with an assortment of conditions such as Acute Stress Disorder due to Recent Incident trauma or disasters, personality disorders, eating disorders, anxiety, panic attacks, phobias, performance anxiety, complicated grief, dissociative disorders, addictions,  chronic pain, sexual and/or physical abuse, ADHD, and body dysmorphic disorders, just to name a few.

EMDR has been accepted as an effective form of treatment by several major health organizations including most recently the WHO (World Health Organization). It is listed as an evidenced–based practice by SAMHSA (Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration) and NREPP (National Registry of Evidenced Based Practices and Programs) and the VA/DOD Clinical Practice Guidelines (2004, 2010) recognize EMDR as being a “A” category (the highest level designation) for treatment of trauma.

EMDR is an eight-phase treatment which comprehensively identifies and addresses experiences that have overwhelmed the brain’s natural resilience or coping capacity, and have thereby generated traumatic symptoms and/or harmful coping strategies.

Through EMDR therapy, patients are able to reprocess traumatic information until it is no longer psychologically disruptive. EMDR is a physiologically–based therapy that appears to be similar to what occurs naturally in REM (Rapid Eye Movement) sleep and seems to have a direct effect on the way our brain processes and stores information.

The Adaptive Information Processing Model is the guiding principle of the EMDR approach and it postulates that health and wellbeing is supported by positive and successful experiences that increasingly prepare a person to handle new challenges and that the brain is equipped to manage and process adversity. Sometimes it just needs a little help. EMDR Therapy utilizes a 3 pronged approach which includes not only a focus on past (contributory) memories, but also focused reprocessing of present situation that continue to be triggering, as well as the development of an adaptive, positive template for the future.

“EMDR therapy shows that the mind can in fact heal from psychological trauma much as the body recovers from physical trauma.  When you cut your hand, your body works to close the wound.  If a foreign object or repeated injury irritates the wound, it festers and causes pain.  Once the block is removed, healing resumes.  EMDR therapy demonstrates that a similar sequence of events occurs with mental processes.  The brain’s information processing system naturally moves toward mental health.  If the system is blocked or imbalanced by the impact of a disturbing event, the emotional wound festers and can cause intense suffering.  Once the block is removed, healing resumes.  Using the detailed protocols and procedures learned in EMDR therapy training sessions, clinicians help clients activate their natural healing processes.”  (Francine Shapiro, EMDR .com)

For more information, go to www.emdr.comwww.EMDRIA.org, www.aztrn.org (Early EMDR Intervention and Disaster response). www.emdrhap.org (International Humanitarian organization)  Shapiro’s describes EMDR therapy in a 1 hour webinar/video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lsQbzfW9txc

Transpersonal Psychotherapy

Transpersonal psychotherapy is concerned with the study of humanity’s highest potential, and with the recognition, understanding, and realization of unitive, spiritual, and transcendent states of consciousness (Lajoie and Shapiro, 1992).

The goal of transpersonal psychotherapy goes beyond healing trauma to the awakening and attainment of our highest potential. The tenets, philosophies, and practices of the world’s spiritual and wisdom traditions are integrated with Western science, philosophy, and theory to create a full-spectrum psychospiritual developmental model. This model takes us from birth and normal Western developmental phases, to the awakening of spiritual consciousness and the awareness of our interconnection to all living things through a shared energy field, as depicted in Eastern and Native spiritual traditions (Siegel, 2018).

Going beyond conventional psychology’s continuum of maladaptive to adaptive emotions and behaviors, transpersonal psychotherapy recognizes an expanded view of human wholeness, transformation and inter-connectedness via the development of higher levels of spiritual consciousness.  As consciousness shifts, the context of one’s experience shifts, insights become more profound and transformative healing occurs.  Clients transcend their egoic or personal perspectives, seeing events from an expanded state of awareness, often with new solutions and elevated understanding.

Through the use of attunement to each client’s needs, resonance with higher levels of consciousness, guided imagery, various mindfulness practices, breathwork, and tools from ancient spiritual traditions, transpersonal therapists guide clients to their own inner wisdom, facilitating shifts in consciousness, understanding, well-being and ultimately to living their fullest potential.

Mindfulness Practices

“Mindfulness” describes a mental state of nonjudgmental attention to and awareness of the present moment — along with calm acknowledgment of feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations as they arise. Mindfulness can also describe a type of meditation practice which cultivates this awareness, a quality all human beings possess.

According to Mindful.org, “mindfulness is the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us.”

Mindfulness meditation comes from early Buddhist traditions over 2500 years old, developed to foster

  • clear thinking
  • compassion
  • open-heartedness, and
  • the alleviation of suffering

Despite its Buddhist origins, mindfulness meditation requires no special religious or cultural belief system. In fact, Jon-Kabat-Zinn PhD is internationally known for bringing these practices to the West – creating a research-based program called “Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction” that has benefited people from all walks of life. This program has been a helpful ancillary form of treatment for many patients with conditions such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, depression, anxiety, psoriasis, and other chronic conditions caused or exacerbated by modifiable lifestyle factors.

As one aim of mindfulness is to take greater responsibility for one’s life choices, it may both strengthen one’s internal resources for optimizing health, and evoke greater engagement with one’s health care too.

Ample research documents effectiveness of mindfulness practices in avoiding relapse in depression, addictions, and also in many forms of anxiety. Studies of its applications in trauma survivors are underway as well. Some forms of psychotherapy which use these practices include Dialectic Behavior Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), and Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention. It is not a panacea, though. Psychiatrists and therapists keep aware of potential pitfalls with certain types of people, conditions, and timing. For instance, actively psychotic patients may worsen with long periods of silence in an extended mindfulness retreat. Once symptoms remit though, the person may be well able to participate and benefit from such programs.

Mindfulness can be taught as part of formal meditation practice, and also as integrated into everyday life situations. It isn’t about changing what you think or feel – but about becoming gradually more aware of these things in a moment-to-moment way. Through mindfulness practice, you can develop a wiser and more compassionate relationship with your own mind and body. This pays dividends not only in how you feel personally, but also in the quality of your relationships with others.

Reiki
Reiki is an alternative healing modality that addresses mind, body and spirit. The Reiki method of healing was developed by Mikao Usui.  Rei means God or Universal and Ki means life force energy.  A Reiki treatment focuses on balancing the energy centers, or chakras, of the body to promote health, healing and relaxation for body, mind and spirit.  If we are out of balance emotionally, physically, or spiritually, our chakras are likely to also be out of balance.  
 
Reiki is not meant to be a substitute for medical or psychological treatment.  Rather, Reiki is often used as a complimentary treatment to create balance, harmony and peace for mind, body and spirit.  
 
As part of his or her training, the Reiki practitioner has been given an attunement by a Reiki Master Teacher to be able to tap into this life force energy.  In a typical Reiki session, the client is laying down in a relaxed state listening to peaceful music as he or she receives the treatment.  The Reiki practitioner places his or her hands on or above the chakras and works as a channel to transmit the Reiki energy to the client.  After a Reiki session, clients often report feeling peaceful, relaxed, or rejuvenated.  Many note that they feel more clarity, and better able to access their own inner wisdom with deeper insights about their lives, purpose and meaning. 
 
Reiki can be provided to all living things including humans, animals and even plants.  Reiki sessions can be provided either in-person as well as distantly.  I welcome your contact and I look forward to being able to provide you with this amazing healing modality.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Existential Therapy
Humanistic Therapy
Family Systems Therapy
Intake Session:  $200/hour
Subsequent Sessions:  
$180  – 60 minutes
$270 – 90 minutes 
(Pro-rated for varying session lengths)
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48 hours required prior to scheduled sessions.  Failure to provide 48 hour notice would result in full session fee charge.

Mondays-Thursdays 9:00AM-7PM