About me

Patrick GruganTherapy is first and foremost a healing relationship, so for that reason, I will tell you a little about me.

I did my undergraduate work at University of Pennsylvania, and did graduate work at Clark University and California State University, Long Beach, where I got my MSW. I also got an MFA in fine arts along the way.  I am licensed by the state of Pennsylvania (LCSW) and have specialized training in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and in psychodynamic psychotherapy.

Over my career I have worked both in behavioral health settings and with community-based organizations. My behavioral health work has included research on cognitive issues within university medical settings, inpatient work, and has focused on outpatient therapy in community settings.

My treatment philosophy

I believe that every person has different life experiences, issues, and ways of working towards healing. For me, there is no one-size-fits-all approach.

That said, I believe there are some commonalities too. I believe in the good in people, and that most of us, most of the time, are doing the best we can. I also believe that the society we live in is a difficult one, and often makes it harder for us than it needs to be.

I believe that change is possible. I think we each have strengths and wisdom within us that we can access toward becoming our best selves. Some conditions make accessing that strength and wisdom easier. These include having a safe, caring, non-judgmental healing relationship where we can explore what’s going on in our lives, feel it, understand it, and try out changes. They also include having a sense of compassion for ourselves – and others – as we try to make positive changes.

In broad strokes, I see the goal of therapy as helping people to unlock their best, truest, most effective selves. The ultimate goal of this process is to help us act with integrity and joy; to be connected with others in satisfying relationships; to spend our time doing things we think are meaningful; and to enjoy our lives. I would enjoy the opportunity to help you do this.