Dr. Gabrielle Kaminsky-Bayer
Dr. Gabrielle Kaminsky-Bayer (she/her) is a postdoctoral therapist with several years of experience working with adolescents, families, and adults with a wide range of presenting concerns. Dr. Kaminsky-Bayer treats trauma, eating disorders, depression, anxiety, identity development, family discord, relationship challenges, sexual concerns, and life transitions. She developed a particular passion and specialty working with university and graduate students as they navigate unique career, life, and relationship transitions.
Dr. Kaminsky-Bayer’s therapeutic work is grounded in a multicultural, social justice, and anti-oppressive lens. This includes an understanding of how systems of power and privilege manifest in individuals’ lives and how these systems impact marginalized identities that individuals may carry. Additionally, her clinical approach is rooted in sex-positivity and she sees sex and sexuality as a universal human experience contributing to overall psychological health and quality of life. This approach is based on years of her clinical research and teaching graduate coursework about sex and intimate relationships, female masturbation, and hooking up culture.
Overall, Dr. Kaminsky-Bayer believes that we all have an inherent need to feel connected, understood, and seen. Her work helps patients gain a better understanding of their current struggles and identify new ways of being that are more genuine and authentic. She prescribes to a psychodynamic and interpersonal approach, which means collaborating with patients to gain an understanding of how early experiences underlie their behaviors, thoughts, feelings, and ways of connecting to themselves and others. This approach posits that sometimes old ways of being in relationships may not effectively meet current needs especially during transitions into new roles and relationships. Dr. Kaminsky-Bayer works collaboratively with patients to gain insight and develop new ways to more genuinely and authentically relate to others that align with their values and goals.
University of Denver, Denver, CO, Ph.D in Counseling Psychology
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, M.Phil.Ed in Professional Counseling and Certified School Counselor
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, M.S.Ed in Counseling and Mental Health Services
University of Minnesota-Student Counseling Services