Gwendolyn Nelson-Terry

www.GwendolynNelsonTerry.com
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
8 years in practice
Accepted Insurance Plans:
  • Cigna
  • Ceridian Lifeworks EAP
  • Suite 202
  • 4080 Centre Street
  • San Diego,CA

About Gwendolyn Nelson-Terry

I know it is possible to heal, grow, and create fulfilling relationships. I also know change is scary. With the right support and the willingness to try to do things differently I know that you too can feel better. While I am able to treat many presenting concerns I specialize in working with busy moms who are struggling to find balance between caring for themselves and caring for their family. I also specialize in working with women who may be experiencing high levels of stress, anxiety, and/or depression due to a recent life transitions.

My therapeutic approach is a mix of insight oriented and evidence based practices. This means that I ask questions and encourage you to self reflect and gain insight on your feelings and behavior patterns and I also encourage you to try new coping strategies, communication skills, and to approach problems and patterns in a different and healthy way. Past client’s have described me as gentle, caring, nurturing, understanding and unshockable. There is a balance to be found in therapy and I hold space for my client’s thoughts and emotions while also creating an encouraging and safe environment to take risks and try to do things differently.

When you are ready, I’m here to help you along your path to start feeling better. Visit www.GwendolynNelsonTerry.com for more information or call (619) 383-1900 to schedule your appointment today.

Answers  (7)

Great question! You can find a counselor by doing an internet search or by asking your doctor for a referral. Once you have the name and contact information for a therapist you want to meet with, give them a call. Some therapists will provide a free 15-20 minute phone consultation. This is a... more

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It can be hard for husbands to hear that their wife is unhappy. By nature men tend to be more of the fix it type. So if they are sad, they fix it. If their wife is sad, they fix it. He may feel helpless to help you and that may be why he is saying those things to you. It's not that he doesn't... more

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I don't think you have too many issues for counseling. If a client came to me for help with the same issues that you have listed here I would first want them to meet with their doctor to get a physical to rule out any biological causes to your depression, anxiety, and insomnia. I would work with... more

The information above is intended as general information...  (more)The information above is intended as general information based on minimal information, and does not constitute health care advice. This information does not constitute communication with a counselor/therapist nor does it create a therapist-client relationship nor any of the privileges that relationship may provide. If you are currently feeling suicidal or are in crisis, call 911 or proceed to your local emergency room.

I'm sorry you lost your grandpa. Some things that may help you through this tough time are to journal or write about special memories you have of your grandpa. You could also journal about your feelings of loss and how you miss him. Another thing that might help is to talk with a friend or family... more

The information above is intended as general information...  (more)The information above is intended as general information based on minimal information, and does not constitute health care advice. This information does not constitute communication with a counselor/therapist nor does it create a therapist-client relationship nor any of the privileges that relationship may provide. If you are currently feeling suicidal or are in crisis, call 911 or proceed to your local emergency room.

Sounds like it is time to set some boundaries with your mom. You can do this by letting her know that you understand how she is feeling and you understand that she is under a tremendous amount of stress. Validate her feelings and words. After you do that, tell her how hearing about it daily is... more

The information above is intended as general information...  (more)The information above is intended as general information based on minimal information, and does not constitute health care advice. This information does not constitute communication with a counselor/therapist nor does it create a therapist-client relationship nor any of the privileges that relationship may provide. If you are currently feeling suicidal or are in crisis, call 911 or proceed to your local emergency room.

I am so sorry this is happening to you. One thought I have is for you to create a mantra or a soothing statement to say over and over to yourself as you are being bombarded with this negativity and abuse. For example you could say "Living here is temporarily, one day I will have my own place". Or... more

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Deciding to end a relationship is never easy, especially if there is not any strong reason or incident standing out to help define the unhappiness in the relationship, such as infidelity or abuse. All relationships go through low periods where one or both people may feel unhappy in the relationship... more

The information above is intended as general information...  (more)The information above is intended as general information based on minimal information, and does not constitute health care advice. This information does not constitute communication with a counselor/therapist nor does it create a therapist-client relationship nor any of the privileges that relationship may provide. If you are currently feeling suicidal or are in crisis, call 911 or proceed to your local emergency room.