Gretchen Blake, LCSW

Gretchen Blake is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 25 years of direct clinical experience providing behavioral health care for diverse populations. She has worked with children, adolescents, adults, families, and groups in psychiatric and medical outpatient, inpatient, and crisis settings for a large health care organization. Gretchen has worked extensively assessing and treating anxiety, depression, mood disorders, substance use, and co-occurring disorders. She has helped clients cope with situational problems, parenting, school problems, postpartum issues,work stress, life changes, divorce, grief, loss, illness and end of life issues. She has worked in a palliative care program helping patients and their families cope with advanced illnesses. She is trained in a variety of treatment approaches including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical  Behavior Therapy (DBT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), and psychodynamic psychotherapeutic approaches. Gretchen uses strengths based, developmentally appropriate, and culturally sensitive approaches to her practice. She works closely with her clients to determine meaningful and attainable goals of care, and implements interventions based upon current best practices and evidenced based standards of care.

Gretchen is committed to providing a safe and accepting environment to her clients. She seeks to understand her clients in terms of their lifestyle and experiences. She focuses on helping clients build self compassion and understanding of how lived experiences, loss, grief, and relationships have effected them. Gretchen is dedicated to improving the quality of life for all her clients. 

Gretchen has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from San Francisco State University, and a Master's of Social Work, with a clinical concentration, from Sacramento State University. She completed a post-Master's clinical training fellowship at Yale University School of Medicine, Child Study Center, sponsored by the National Institute of Mental Health. Gretchen is committed to improving the health and wellness of the community, has served on local non-profit community boards. In addition to her clinical practice, Gretchen is a faculty member at Sacramento State University, Division of Social Work where she teaches Advanced Behavioral Health Practice and serves as a Field Liaison. 

Licensed Clinical Social Worker #18602