Gary Gruebnau, MA, LSW, Gerontologist

McHenry

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Personal Statement:

We all have special gifts and talents which we use to make our way in the world. It brings me no greater joy than to help you discover those special qualities that make you unique and use them to problem solve the circumstances in your life. One of my gifts is encouragement. I have used this in a wide range of circumstances and careers to bring out the best in people. Sometimes we get caught in situations that don’t allow us to utilize our gifts, or we need to remember what is supremely important in our lives. Having the opportunity to strip away the accumulation of negative events or thoughts gives you a chance to pause, reflect and refresh on what is truly important in your life and integral to your genuine self.

Who I serve:

Because I have had a wide range of experiences in life, I feel fully qualified to serve couples, individuals, students, and the aging population. I think that for anyone to serve someone in a counseling setting it requires sharing your story. Often times we don’t take the time to review our lives and remember where we were, where we are currently, and where we want to go. I believe this process applies across the age spectrum. I am prepared to listen to your story and begin to help you plan what the next steps are in your growth.

Treatment Specialties and Competencies

  • Senior Citizen issues
  • Adult Children of Aging Parents
  • Anxiety and Depression in Older Clients
  • Family Conflict
  • Divorce Support and Recovery
  • Faith-Based Problems
  • Death and Dying processes
  • Teenage concerns
  • Military and Veteran issues

Theoretical Approach

With my diverse life and work experiences I come to any situation with a wide range of approaches. Certainly understanding your experience is key. Which leads me to discuss behaviors and cognition that got a client to where they are. I am open to varying family situations and religious perspectives. As a professional, I seek to learn and implement the newest approaches to problem solving for the benefit of a client and their family. I view each client as a unique creation who is seeking to make changes to be as highly functional in our world as possible.

Education

MA in Secondary Education, Roosevelt University,
MA in Sociology/Gerontology, Roosevelt University
BS in Biology, UIC
Licensed Social Worker State of Illinois, current
Licensed Nursing Home Administrator, inactive

Experience

I have served 4 years in the US Navy as a hospital corpsman. I have worked with Kenneth Young Center of Elk Grove/Schaumburg Township as a clinician and case manager. I have worked as
grants manager for the Suburban Area Agency on Aging. I have been a therapist for Caring Counseling Center through Immanuel Lutheran Church, Palatine, IL as well as, Woodfield Counseling Center/Woodfield Church, and The Evanston Vineyard Church/Counseling Services. I have been a classroom teacher at Round Lake High School.