Hiromi Gerety, MA, MHR, LMHC, LPC, NCC
I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC), a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), and a National Certified Counselor (NCC), with a master’s degree. I have received a Master’s degree in Community/ Clinical Counseling Psychology from Eastern University, a Master’s degree in Religion from Cairn University, a Master of Human Relations degree from the University of Oklahoma, a Gerontology Certificate from the University of Washington, and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology/Communications from the University of Maryland. I have completed an intensive three-year course of study in the theory and practice of Gestalt Therapy at the Gestalt Therapy Institute of Philadelphia. I am open to different theories and practices although my major training has been in Psychodynamic/ Psychoanalytic, Gestalt/ Mindfulness, and Cognitive Behavioral (CBT)/Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)/Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT), as well as Gottman Method.
My areas of focus include: depression, bipolar, anxiety, stress, PTSD, and other mental disorders and mental health issues; relationship and communication issues; stress management; grief and loss; adjustment issues, transitional and aging issues, identity and self esteem, academic under achievement, and existential issues.
MY THERAPEUTIC APPROACH
My therapeutic approach is holistic and eclectic, and I will approach your treatment depending on your needs by utilizing different theories and techniques. Therapy is a relationship, so I work on creating and maintaining trust with my clients. Trusting relationships help us encounter our pain, to heal, and to grow. Each person has strengths that he/she can utilize to heal and grow. I will listen to you and work with you to solve your problems and achieve your goals. We also may focus on helping you gain insight and awareness of your current situation by better understanding your relationships and past experiences. We will then apply that understanding to the present, where change occurs. I also may include mindfulness and spirituality if it is appropriate and important to my client.
I grew up in a military town near Tokyo in Japan. I have experience working with diverse populations with different ethnicities, cultures, ages, religions, and backgrounds. I previously worked as an office worker for the U.S. military in Japan, and as a Japanese language instructor at universities, high schools, and a Japanese language school and as a community college counselor in the Philadelphia area. I also worked as a professional counselor/mental health counselor at outpatient community mental health clinics as well as in private settings.
I believe that I was called to transition to become a professional mental health counselor. I continue increasing my insights and understanding of human suffering and pain as well as resilience, including my own. I feel honored to listen to the stories of my clients in trustful and respectful relationships, to assist them to recognize their own strength and resilience. I feel privileged to work with my clients in their journeys to facilitate healing, to grow to their full potential, and to find joy and hope again.