Summer Gaynor has been working in the field of mental health and addiction recovery for over six years. Summer obtained her Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Her initial four years of experience was obtained at a residential and outpatient treatment center in Los Angeles working. Summer worked in a variety of roles, including: mental health companion, transitional living house manager, life skills companion for clients with personality disorders and psychotic disorders, and as a therapist and group facilitator. She gained experience working at the treatment center’s Family Program as well as in their Health and Wellness Track.
Most recently, Summer transitioned into work as a primary therapist at an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) working with young adults struggling with substance use and mental health disorders, preventing their efforts to launch into adulthood and traditional life responsibilities. While in the role of client therapist, Summer simultaneously worked as a parent coach and family therapist, assisting family’s efforts to provide meaningful and effective support allowing for their child and/or loved one to individuate. Summer helps families develop these skills by educating families on effective communication that support their loved one’s journey through treatment, all while preventing maladaptive enabling. Over the past year, Summer’s focus has been working with adolescents and young adults, along with their families in a private practice setting.