Jeffrey Gardere, PhD
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Jeffrey Gardere

Psychotherapy, PhD

Dr. Jeff Gardere is a sought-after clinician, academician, and television-personality who has worked with clients from all walks of life and from all over the globe. As a board certified clinical psychologist, he provides the highest level of care and utilizes the latest research and evidenced-based treatment approaches to bring about positive and productive behavior changes.
Specialties
General Mental Health
Personal Growth
Relationship Issues
Finances
Out-of-pocket
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“I made it my life’s mission to understand the inner workings of the mind and why a person would judge another by the color of their skin instead of the content of their character.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
Growing up as a Black person in America, I experienced overt and institutional racism on a daily basis. Instead of responding with anger, I made it my life’s mission to understand the inner workings of the mind and why a person would judge another by the color of their skin instead of the content of their character. This inspired me to become a clinical psychologist and help people understand and work through their emotional barriers and psychological pain.
What should someone know about working with you?
I take an active role with my clients and I like to spend the first session getting to know each other through fluid and clinical conversation. This allows for intervention and, at the same time, lets me gather personal and psychiatric histories in a more intimate manner. I do provide homework assignments that are easy to follow and truly about self-empowerment and emotional growth.
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What advice would you give to someone who is hesitant to try therapy?
There was a taboo against discussing mental health challenges in the past, but we have smashed all the stereotypes and misconceptions that kept us from engaging in therapy. Mental health, physical health, and spiritual health go hand in hand.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
The importance of cultural sensitivity and cultural competence is finally recognized as an important component of the therapeutic alliance. In order for the treating clinician to work toward effective change, they must understand the cultural context of the issue or problem and connect in a meaningful manner.
Have you done any research-based work that you found particularly exciting? How does it inform your practice today?
My research and teaching centers around the new cultural and paradigm shifts of the 21st century and how we can utilize these shifts to understand our patients and help them through culture shock and toward meaningful change.
“In order for the treating clinician to work toward effective change, they must understand the cultural context of the issue or problem and connect in a meaningful manner.”
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