My "proper" name is "Dr. Avery-Peck" but most of my clients call me "Dr. G", "Dr. Gaby" or just "Gaby". I specialize in the treatment of anxiety and mood disorders including Social Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder, Specific Phobia, Separation Anxiety Disorder, Major Depressive Disorder and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder in children, adolescents, and adults. I emphasizes a collaborative approach, working with clients to understand their fears and encouraging them to become their own therapists over time.
I feel very strongly about using evidence-based techniques—which scientific studies have proven to be effective—in my work with clients, and I therefore work primarily from a cognitive behavioral perspective. By emphasizing the relationship between thoughts, feelings and behaviors, my clients gain greater insight into their concerns and learn techniques for managing their anxiety. To target the behavioral aspects of anxiety, I frequently incorporate exposure and response prevention (ERP) into my work, helping clients engage in exposures both in our sessions together and in real-world settings.
I received my Bachelor of Arts from Vanderbilt University, my Master of Education in Counseling and Sport Psychology from Boston University and my Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Boston University. I completed an APA Accredited predoctoral internship at Florida Atlantic University’s Counseling and Psychological Services. I was trained in cognitive behavioral therapy and exposure therapy at the McLean Anxiety Mastery Program, a division of McLean Hospital’s Child and Adolescent Services.