Meet Wyllie V McGruder, MS, NCC, LPC
Hi, I am Wyllie V. McGruder, a graduate of Mercer University (2012) with a Master's Degree in Clinical Mental Health filled and a passion to assist clients with increasing self awareness and facing life challenges. My last 10 years of working experience with community-based services include inpatient psychiatric hospital, career coaching for military spouses, working with children challenged with emotional and behavior disorders, providing individual and family counseling to military soldiers and their families, being an Atlanta, Ga. chapter founder of a community nonprofit, and a blood cancer survivor which led me to the development of my nonprofit Bump Cancer. It is my belief therapists can assist clients in their present moment to gain the breakthrough they seek and desire while experiencing their life journey.
In January of 2013, I joined The Bradley Center, a psychiatric hospital in Columbus, GA, as a case manager therapist providing individual, group and family therapy. My roles have also included working with military spouses to provide career-counseling, working with the Behavioral Health Link as a mobile crisis assessor, and Muscogee County School District mental health therapist. My most recent therapeutic services include working for the Airborne and Ranger Training Brigade as a Military and Family Life counselor. Previous to my professional working as a therapist, I worked within several nonprofit organizations in the Chicagoland area as well as Hall County, Ga.
My work history includes various populations including children, adolescents, adults and geriatric populations in a variety of settings for over 10 years. Those settings have ranged from inpatient crisis hospitals, residential, and virtual programs addressing several disorders and environmental factors such as employment, homelessness, probation, immigration, and career counseling. I specialize in Mood and Anxiety Disorders; Grief/Loss Issues; Women's Issues; Victims of Abuse, Psychotic Disorders, Couples Therapy, Depression, Substance Abuse, Military Life, Life Transitions, and PTSD. My preferred use of therapy emphasizes patient-centered approaches. I integrate CBT therapeutic tools and Choice Theory/Reality Therapy while meeting the patient where they are and giving them the tools they need to get where they want to be.
When not working, I enjoy visiting and volunteering time to cancer patients in several settings, spending time with my husband Chris, and dog Annabelle.