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Clay Gruber, MSW, LCSW

Clay Gruber, MSW, LCSW

Hey there, I’m Clay, a therapist who’s here to support you on your journey through life. I specialize in working with teenagers and young adults, helping them navigate the challenges that come their way. Transitioning through different phases of life can be tough, but I’m here to help make it a smoother ride.

I have a laid-back style and love to use humor to make difficult topics easier to discuss. Life can be heavy at times, but through laughter and a relaxed atmosphere, we can tackle tough conversations together. I believe that creating a non-judgmental environment is crucial for genuine exploration and personal growth.

One of my passions is working with LGBTQ+ individuals, understanding the unique obstacles they face. I provide a safe and inclusive space where you can freely express yourself and address the specific challenges you may encounter. Whether it’s coming out, finding acceptance, or exploring your identity, I’m here to guide and support you every step of the way.

Another area I specialize in is working with young men on self-expression and anger management. I understand the importance of finding healthy ways to communicate your emotions and deal with anger constructively. Together, we can develop strategies that promote self-expression, emotional intelligence, and positive coping mechanisms.

So, if you’re a teenager or young adult seeking a therapist who gets it, I might just be your guy. I’m here to provide a warm, friendly, and supportive space where you can flourish. Take that first step towards a happier, healthier future by booking a session with me, Clay. I can’t wait to embark on this journey of growth and self-discovery with you!



Clay began his career as a conservation biologist, but his passion for supporting others led him
to become a therapist. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from NC State (2015) and a
Master’s in Social Work from UNCW (2020).

During his Master’s program, Clay completed an internship at Laney High School, gaining
valuable experience working with teenagers and young adults. For the past three years, he has
been providing school-based therapy for teens and young adults at Coastal Horizons, both
within New Hanover County Schools and at a separate office.

Clay is dedicated to understanding and supporting the LGBTQ+ community. As a member of the
World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH), he has completed their
training, ensuring affirming and inclusive care for transgender individuals.

In his free time, Clay enjoys being with his cats and loved ones, crafting stained glass, and
indulging in video games and Dungeons and Dragons.

With his diverse background and compassionate approach, Clay creates a welcoming
environment for his clients. Whether you’re facing personal challenges, seeking growth, or
exploring your identity, Clay is here to support you on your journey to healing and self-discovery.

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