This conversation with Gary was recorded on May 29, 2020.
Gary Wardlaw is the founder and co-owner of The Relationship Clinic of Waco. He
holds a dual license as a Marriage and Family Therapist and as a Professional
Counselor in both Texas and Virginia. Gary’s skill development has come from an array
of clinical settings. Prior to relocating to Texas, Gary served in a Christian group
practice where he primarily provided therapy to couples and families. He also has
experience working in adolescent, adult, and geriatric psychiatric units where he
provided emergency evaluations and independent mental health exams for court
ordered patients. Additionally, he spent several years building mental health
programming within the public school systems at elementary, middle, and high school
levels. Gary graduated with a Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy. He also
earned a bachelors of science in Mass Communication: Advertising & Public Relations
with a minor in Psychology. He has recently developed a passion to combat racism
through discussion and education, while helping those who have experienced racism
outwardly or systemically through talk-therapy. And although challenging, Gary finds
great fulfillment in helping couples and families reconcile current or past hurts that have
negatively impact their relationship. He is the proud husband of super star, Brittney
Wardlaw. They have 3 gorgeous daughters Anastacia (5), Justice (2), and Mercy (1).
After 8 years of marriage, he still pinches himself to make sure he is not dreaming that he has the privilege of being married to his best friend.
The motto of TRC Waco is – I pray. I talk. I see a therapist. Gary is actively doing his part to help the African American community heal from centuries of trauma and racial fatigue in America. He is also reaching out and educating the non-Black community in how to listen and really hear when their Black friends, family, and neighbors speak about their experiences. I am incredibly thankful to have this conversation with Gary as a resource for all of us, no matter our race, current situation, or past experiences. I pray this episode moves you forward toward Jesus and justice.
Mentioned in this episode:
Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome by Dr. Joy DeGruy