- Licensed Marriage and Family Therapy Associate
- Board Certified Music Therapist
Gabby was born and raised in Alabama. Before moving to Western North Carolina, she had spent her years post-graduate school in the Baltimore/DC area. Gabby is an Associate Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Board-Certified Music Therapist. She completed her undergraduate degree in Music Therapy at The University of Alabama, her graduate degree in Music Therapy at Georgia College and State University, and her graduate degree in Marriage and Family Therapy/Counseling at Capella University. Gabby is also currently completing the final requirements for registration as a Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT) provider. Gabby has worked the last 16 years with children, adolescents, and adults on the autism spectrum as well as individuals with mental illness, substance use disorders, Alzheimer’s/dementia, and those with other learning and cognition disorders such as ADHD. She works from a strengths-based approach and strongly believes every person holds the potential to improve their lives if provided with the tools and support they need.
Gabby has presented on her work within the special education setting at regional and national conferences and spoke to the National Department of Special Education on behalf of the National Alliance of Specialized Instructional Support Personnel on the importance and need for individualized, interest-based and creative learning supports for those with neurodivergent learning needs. Gabby also published an article in a peer-reviewed journal on Music Therapy and the IEP Process within special education, based upon her work from her master’s thesis.
When not at work, Gabby enjoys hiking, running, and camping with her two hounds. She plays piano and guitar daily and enjoys teaching music to the young people in her life. Gabby also loves live music events and is an avid reader, known to be reading 2-3 books at the same time.