Child, Teen & Family Therapist
Office Locations: North Raleigh & Cary, NC
EXPERTISE & SPECIAL INTERESTS: child and teen therapy, family therapy, premarital counseling, Christian-based therapy, behavioral issues, anxiety, depression, self-harm, self-esteem issues, parent coaching, groups for kids and teens, DBT skills, emotional issues, family conflict, ADHD, communication issues.
Spencer Grinnell, LMFT, RPT, has a Master's degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and has experience working with children and teens ages 3-18, couples, and whole families dealing with a variety of mental health concerns. He also provides group therapy for kids, tweens, teens, young adults, and their families.
Child, Teen & Family Therapist, Cary NC
Spencer specializes in the treatment of children and teens using a variety of techniques to help establish stability of self while using the family as a support to establish healthy communication and interactions. He enjoys using structural therapy with families to help realign family subsystems as well as using Dialectical Behavioral Therapy skills and cognitive therapy for teens and children for behavioral issues, anxiety, depression, among others. Spencer is also PREPARE-ENRICH certified and is capable of helping couples enhance their relationship, working on specific areas of growth in the relationship based on the assessment and encouraging the strengths. Spencer uses specific approaches based on specific client needs and works hard to understand each presenting issues as well as its roots in order to best serve the client in working towards a place of growth and healing. Spencer also understands the importance of faith and spirituality in therapy and can offer a faith-based approach.
Social Skills & DBT Groups for Kids & Teenagers, Summer Day Camps, Raleigh & Cary NC
Spencer enjoys facilitating therapy groups and primarily has experience in groups that are Dialectical Behavioral Therapy based (DBT). Spencer has run groups for teens that involve addressing topics such as goals and values, interpersonal effectiveness, mindfulness, family dynamics, addictive and compulsive behaviors, emotion regulation, distress tolerance, and coping skills and stress management. Among the benefits of group participation include social skills, positive peer pressure, peer support, and learning how to connect interpersonally with healthy boundaries while being effective. Spencer also provides Weekly Social Skills Groups and Social Skills Summer Day Camps covering issues of self-control, anger management, respect, bullying, gossiping, teasing, shyness, communication skills, listening skills, friendships, and self-esteem.
Before obtaining his license, Spencer spent over a decade working with children and teens in various recreation type settings as well as lay teaching positions. Spencer enjoys working with this population and finds it important to help with identity formation, self-esteem, and working through the struggles that often accompany this stage of life. Equally as important is helping this population connect with their family in creating healthy, age-appropriate boundaries as well as effective communication and learning how to understand emotions. He has also spent several years as a mentor to adolescents and helping them through family struggles, identity concerns, and teaching leadership and role modeling.
As a licensed therapist, Spencer seeks to focus on the origin of the presenting problem and walking through the process with the client of connecting the dots of past experiences and present behavior. Learning how our past is affecting us now is key to understanding how we need to grow and move towards a place of growth and healing.
When Spencer is not in the office the majority of his time is spent with his wife and young daughter enjoying laughing, being silly, and having quality time. Spencer also enjoys being outside, especially in the fall, walking, bike riding, and camping. Fall is his favorite time of year and he enjoys things like the State Fair, festivals, and most importantly a wedding anniversary. Spencer also likes tasty and unique food and is willing to try just about anything. Coffee is his other love and he finds both the smell and the taste to be a great way to start any day.
Therapist Services, Child & Teen Therapy, Parenting, Social Skills Groups, Wake County NC
Spencer provides psychotherapy services for children, teenagers, college students, and adults dealing with a range of social issues, emotional issues, behavior problems, developmental disorders, and other mental health concerns. He also provides a full spectrum of group therapy services, including social skills classes and social skills summer camps for children and adolescents. Find out more about Wynns Family Psychology therapy services, child custody services, testing services, and social skills groups.