Florence Gardner, lcpc

About Me

Florence Gardner, LCPC-C

I have a Maine counseling license (LCPC #CC5034) and an MS in mental health counseling from the University of Massachusetts. In addition, I’ve been a student of Buddhism for thirty years, have two decades’ of leadership experience in organizations, and a PhD in human geography from UC Berkeley.

I’m a parent to my young adult stepdaughter and to my teenage son. I am in a long-term and deeply satisfying partnership with my husband. I have myself been a client in therapy and have found lasting healing through that work. I have a deep trust in our capacity to find wellness and stop unnecessary suffering in our lives, given the right tools and an environment of safety and compassion.

I believe there is no one-size-fits-all approach to overcoming challenges in our lives. Our stories and our needs are particular to us. I integrate a variety of evidence-based approaches in my work, including mindfulness practices, sensory awareness, motivational interviewing, compassion-based counseling, and cognitive behavioral work.

In individual sessions, we will certainly talk — but as it suits you, we can also play, make art, take a walk, sit in a garden, role-play situations, do short writing exercises, or practice guided meditations. In my experience, change happens more effectively when we combine cognitive with non-cognitive modes of counseling.

Please see the “Groups” tab for more information about joining an ongoing wellness group and the “Organizational Consulting” tab for more information about my work with organizations.