Fairfield social worker expands practice

Mari-ann Gaynes, a licensed clinical social worker with more than 22 years of experience has broadened her practice to include more diverse populations. She is now helping soldiers and veterans, seniors facing myriad economic and social pressures, and victims of domestic violence.

Mari-ann Gaynes

Mari-ann Gaynes

Gaynes, whose Fairfield office is near a bus line to accommodate clients without vehicles, provides case management, counseling and intervention services and works with numerous community resources and the court.

“Particularly, in the past five years, I’ve truly been rewarded by my work with the military and their families,” Gaynes said. “As a social worker/embedded clinician, working with returning or deploying soldiers and their spouses or families, I have counseled soldiers with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), anger management and divorce issues, as well as attempted suicides and social acceptance challenges.

“Referrals for any military counseling may only come through Military Support Personnel,” Gaynes added. “For Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder I can use individual or group sessions and specialized counseling to reduce a lot of the sticking points. And I have done work on military bases around Connecticut.”

She has also been seeing more seniors who are facing greater health and monetary challenges in a difficult economy. Gaynes said recent national statistics indicate that alcoholism and other forms of addiction are also on the rise among this population.

“In the area of domestic violence, I’ve noted an increase in clients, mostly because of long-term unemployment and debt,” she added. “A lot of people are simply at the end of their rope and due to pressure and increased use of addictive substances may turn violent behavior on a spouse or children instead of asking for help. And the abusers are not just men; many women also have the problem.”

Prior to beginning her own practice, Gaynes was a clinician for 13 years at Southwest Community Health Center in Bridgeport, where she created a domestic violence prevention program, and worked with seniors, the homeless and other clients with traditional counseling needs.

Gaynes has an master’s degree in social work from Wurzweiler School of Social Work at Yeshiva University in New York; a bachelor of science degree from the School of Human Services at Southern New Hampshire University; and an associate’s degree in dental hygiene from Community College of Philadelphia. She welcomes the opportunity to speak about mental health issues.

Gaynes, who accepts Medicare, Social Security and HUSKY clients, can be reached at 203-520-8176 or [email protected]

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