Dr. Christopher Garrison has 30 years of providing psychotherapy and clinical hypnosis in various States and settings. As a doctorate-level Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC), Dr. Garrison is well trained and competent in a number of treatment approaches: Cognitive-Behavioral, Solution-Focused, Humanistic, Psychodynamic/Object Relations and Structural Family Therapy.
Dr. Garrison is academically and clinically trained to diagnose and treat both mental health and substance abuse disorders, and he individualizes treatment based on his patients needs and best practices.
During his career, he has served as a clinical director, clinical supervisor and clinician of major behavioral-care outpatient centers and programs.
Regardless of his roles, Dr. Garrison has consistently maintained a private mental health counseling practice. .
For many years, Dr. Garrison taught full time at Capella University teaching PhD and master's level counseling students the art and science of psychotherapy. He is also a published researcher (counseling ethics and object relations therapy) in the counseling field.
Throughout the years, he has done media appearances for local cable and radio programs speaking about a host of clinical issues. Dr. Garrison has traveled extensively throughout the United States conducting various personal-growth and treatment-oriented workshops.
Dr. Garrison previously served as the President of the American Psychotherapy and Medical Hypnosis Association, a National Professional Association for licensed mental health professionals and medical providers who integrate clinical hypnosis in their practices. Dr. Garrison continues to present at professional mental health conferences.
He relocated to Maine in 2014 and maintains a busy full-time private practice. In addition to seeing patients, he also provides clinical supervision and consultation for licensed mental health providers. Dr. Garrison cares very much about people and human rights. He believes in the dignity and worth of all people. Dr. Garrison enjoys spending his free time with family, friends, nature, and traveling.
Doctor of Education in Counseling Psychology - Argosy University - Sarasota, FL. September 2001
Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology - Lesley University - Cambridge, MA. May, 1986
Bachelor of Science in Human Services - Lesley University - Cambridge, MA. May, 1985
Licensure and Clinical Certifications:
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) - State of Maine - License Number: CC1731
Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) - State of Massachusetts - License Number: 5106
Diplomate and Clinical Mental Health Specialist in Substance Abuse and Co-occurring Disorders Counseling (DCMHS) - American Mental Health Counselors Association
Diplomate and Clinical Mental Health Specialists in Trauma Counseling (DCMHS) American Mental Heath Counselors Association
National Certified Counselor (NCC) National Board for Certified Counselors, Inc. - Certification number: 35095
Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor (CCMHC) National Board for Certified Counselors, Inc. - Certification Number: 35095
Master Addictions Counselor (MAC) –National Board for Certified Counselors, Inc. - Certification Number: 35095
Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS) Center for Credentialing and Education - Certification Number: 324
Certified in Medical/Analytic Hypnosis (C.M.H) - American Psychotherapy and Medical Hypnosis Association - Certification Number: CMH # 514-239
Professional and Clinical Memberships:
American Counseling Association - Professional Member
American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA) - Clinical Member
American Psychological Association (APA) - Full Member
American Psychotherapy and Medical Hypnosis Association (APMHA) Previous President (2014 to 2016) and Board Member
Maine Mental Health Counselors Association (MMHCA) - Clinical Member