Aaron Gardner

(MA, LMHC, BCC)

About Me

I am a mental health counselor licensed in Indiana with over 15 years of experience working as a psychotherapist and life coach. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, and career challenges.

My counseling style is warm and interactive. in fact clients often comment on how comfortable they are with having conversation with me. I tend to avoid being overly clinical, though conversation is deliberate and purposeful. I believe in treating anyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion, and I don't believe in stigmatizing labels. My approach combines cognitive-behavioral (CBT), dialectical-behavioral (DBT), psychodynamic and rational-emotive (REBT) counseling. Each person is unique and we will use the tools that are best for you and your situation.

It takes courage to seek for a more fulfilling and happier life and to take the first steps towards a change. If you are ready to take that step I am here to support and empower you.

I look forward to working with you!


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • LGBT
  • Depression
Also experienced in:
Self esteem , Abandonment , Dissociation , Emptiness , Expats , Family of Origin Issues , Gender Dysphoria , Guilt and Shame , Impulsivity , Isolation/Loneliness , Life Purpose , Men's Issues , Mood Disorders , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy

Years of Experience: 19

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

LMHC #39001707A (Expires: 2022-04-01)


Reviews

Written by D.E. on Jan 12, 2021 after counseling with Aaron for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, self esteem, and adhd

So far in my roughly 2.5 weeks of counselling with Aaron, Aaron has been very understanding, thoughtful, intellectually stimulating, and not too dry in his deliverance.

I've so far learned new things from him, and am beginning to explore my issues with fresh eyes.

Written by M.A. on Jan 10, 2021 after counseling with Aaron for 4 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, anger management, and adhd

Aaron is approachable, understanding and knowledgeable. He has listened and understood my issues without judgement and has been instrumental in my ongoing improvement. The variety of tools he has shared in my therapy has really helped me to understand myself and behaviour better, and we've used tools I haven't encountered before.
Aaron always has a targetted response to my concerns of the day, and helps me to reflect and evaluate.
10/10!

Written by M.A. on Jan 07, 2021 after counseling with Aaron for 4 months on issues concerning relationship issues, family conflicts, and parenting issues

You freaking rock more than an 80’s hair band

Written by A.I. on Dec 08, 2020 after counseling with Aaron for 11 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and self esteem

I came to Aaron when I was at a very dark place emotionally, as there was a lot of things that were going wrong in my life. From the first moment we started having a back and forth, I could feel that he was really listening to what I was going through, and I took each and every piece of advice that he could give to me. Never felt as though I was being judged, and always felt as though I could be open and honest about what I was going through. After almost a year of being with him, I feel like my life has a better direction, and I am able to deal with the problems that may arise if I ever reach a dark place again.

Written by P.A. on Nov 18, 2020 after counseling with Aaron for 6 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, sleeping disorders, bipolar disorder, compassion fatigue, and adhd

The idea that it’s taken me months to be ready confront the issues that brought me to counseling in the first place (read as: the place where Aaron told I was within the first session) is baffling. I’m a licensed LCSW. I do this for a living ya’ll. I help people daily.

I’m a social worker. I counsel. I assist people getting connected to resources they may otherwise have. I know these techniques. I’ve been in Aaron’s shoes as the counselor.

I’ve been afraid to confront my issues. Aaron has gently, yet, forcefully, respectfully, yet expertly led me to a place where I am uncomfortable enough to be ready to be comfortable enough to confront and move forward from the trauma and recognize it for what it was and is no longer in my life.

I know that previous sentence may not sound as though it should make sense; however, Aaron’s approach to counseling is one that doesn’t fit a mold other than that of fitting directly to the counseled person. He doesn’t follow a specific “textbook” format like some other counselors out there. As we know, BetterHelp isn’t like most other counseling formats out there either.

Aaron truly has met me where I was and has walk-virtually- along side me m, in my pocket, in my car, in my headphones. He’s encouraged, challenged, and sometimes chased after me when I didn’t reply for a couple days

Written by C.O. on Nov 10, 2020 after counseling with Aaron for 6 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, self esteem, bipolar disorder, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue

Aaron kept my head above water during a particularly difficult season of my life. I don’t know where I’d be without him. I’m so grateful for his support, guidance, and kindness.

Written by C.H. on Nov 01, 2020 after counseling with Aaron for 8 months

Always respectful and very helpful

Written by E.M. on Oct 26, 2020 after counseling with Aaron for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, parenting issues, self esteem, career difficulties, and coping with life changes

A friendly voice of reason. I've had a great experience with Aaron, he is very kind, understanding and very resourceful. Has helped me teach some goals already and was a very positive start to my therapy experience.

Written by A.D. on Sep 27, 2020 after counseling with Aaron for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, eating disorders, self esteem, career difficulties, and adhd

Aaron has been wonderful in the short time I've been with him. I had another counselor on Better Help before Aaron for a few weeks. While my previous counselor was more local, and would allow for potential in-person sessions, I am MUCH happier with Aaron. I've been with him for about two weeks and I definitely notice myself thinking back to things we have talked about and applying them to my real life.

Written by K.E. on Sep 24, 2020 after counseling with Aaron for 6 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, sleeping disorders, self esteem, career difficulties, bipolar disorder, coaching, and adhd

Aaron is a great conversationalist and is skilled at building a therapeutic relationship (I write this review as a counselor in training).

He listens well, is completely absent of any judgement, and will take therapy whichever direction you would like to go.

Written by Z.A. on Aug 11, 2020 after counseling with Aaron for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, trauma and abuse, sleeping disorders, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, and adhd

I have been speaking with Aaron Gardner with a short while now, but I can easily say he's been the best person I've had both on BetterHelp and in general to talk to. He listens well and takes everything I say to him into account, I appreciate the way he works with me.

Written by A.L. on Jul 15, 2020 after counseling with Aaron for 9 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, sleeping disorders, and self esteem

Aaron is fantastic, he is understanding, warm and kind. I feel relaxed talking with him and I wish I could share with him 24 hours a day.

Written by K.A. on Jul 07, 2020 after counseling with Aaron for 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, and coping with life changes

Aaron just gets me. From his very first message I felt understood and comfortable to open up. With his very open, positive and warm nature, Aaron finds the perfect balance between listening, asking great questions, sharing scientific explanations and telling stories from his own life. He has been a great help over the past weeks and I would absolutely love to work with him again.

Written by R.U. on Jul 03, 2020 after counseling with Aaron for 2 months on issues concerning depression, lgbt, coping with life changes, and adhd

I like his advice and that he listens to my concerns.

Written by N.A. on Jun 05, 2020 after counseling with Aaron for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, self esteem, bipolar disorder, and coping with life changes

So far Aaron has been very supportive and offered points of view I never imagined my mind going to. I look forward to continuing my sessions with him.

Written by K.I. on May 26, 2020 after counseling with Aaron for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, sleeping disorders, self esteem, and career difficulties

I like how Aaron approaches my situation. My anxiety level and also negative thoughts has been ruining my every day life. I do have work to do and I am confident that with Aaron guidance and helpful advices I will get through this and will take my life back :) Thank you Aaron!

Written by K.A. on May 23, 2020 after counseling with Aaron for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, sleeping disorders, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, bipolar disorder, and coping with life changes

So far Aaron has been wonderful. I enjoy talking with him.

Written by D.A. on Apr 27, 2020 after counseling with Aaron for 5 months

I've been seeing Dr. Gardner for about five or six months now, and he's got a very interesting method of working. Rather than telling me what my problems are, he simply helps me talk through what's going on, so that I can figure things out on my own. It seems weird, but it's very empowering to realize that I've been fully in control of my recovery the whole time, and that every part of the healing process has been composed of MY ideas and MY follow-through. Knowing the whole thing is MY responsibility is surprisingly refreshing and a huge boost to my self-esteem.

Written by A.N. on Apr 22, 2020 after counseling with Aaron for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship issues, and self esteem

It's only been a short while, but I love Aaron! He's fantastic, funny, compassionate and really makes me feel heard and seen.

Written by M.Y. on Apr 13, 2020 after counseling with Aaron for 5 months on issues concerning relationship issues, family conflicts, grief, parenting issues, and coping with life changes

Totally appreciate Aaron's candid remarks. There is a line here which has been crossed to prove it's legitimacy.

Written by G.I. on Apr 03, 2020 after counseling with Aaron for 6 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, eating disorders, self esteem, and coping with life changes

Aaron is excellent!

Written by A.L. on Mar 10, 2020 after counseling with Aaron for 2 weeks

I have only had 1 live session with Aaron thus far, but have messaged with him back and forth for a few weeks now and I can say I really enjoy speaking with him. I feel he listens to me and takes me seriously, which was a fear I had prior to coming to this site. He is very easy to open up to and share with!

Written by D.E. on Feb 24, 2020 after counseling with Aaron for 9 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety

Aaron has been a great counselor for almost a year. He's helped me navigate communication and relationship issues, become more mindful, and more recently how to manage conflict avoidance.

Aaron is a great listener and thoughtful in his responses, pulling from his own experiences to try and provide some relatable examples that have certainly helped me understand myself and certain situations better.

I have only great things to say about Aaron!

Written by A.N. on Feb 17, 2020 after counseling with Aaron for 7 months on issues concerning self esteem, career difficulties, and coaching

I’ve been working with Aaron for several months on work/life balance, goal setting & accountability, and relationship issues. Aaron is warm, friendly, and helpful. Working with him helped me to stay on track with working towards goals and staying focused!

Written by K.R. on Jan 22, 2020 after counseling with Aaron for 7 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, bipolar disorder, coping with life changes, and coaching

Aaron has been an amazing counselor. I have referred him as well as the Betterhelp service to several friends and people that I come into contact with. I had to take a quick break due to my finances but was anxious to get back involved and work with Aaron on my issues. Highly recommend!!

Written by I.V. on Jan 06, 2020 after counseling with Aaron for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, career difficulties, and coping with life changes

He is an awesome counselor! Always supportive. He has taught me a lot.

Written by J.A. on Nov 16, 2019 after counseling with Aaron for 1 month on issues concerning eating disorders

He’s been wonderful. The techniques he’s teaching me are very helpful and I’m confident we are going to beat this together.

Written by M.A. on Nov 11, 2019 after counseling with Aaron for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship issues, self esteem, and coping with life changes

Aaron has made me feel very comfortable when I've felt like my problems were too dumb to be shared or repeated over and over again. He is there to listen and uncover the real thoughts behind my anxiety. He is patient and very understanding.

Written by P.E. on Oct 28, 2019 after counseling with Aaron for 2 months on issues concerning depression, and relationship issues

Aaron is my right guy at the right time counsellor. Full of good humor he is experienced empathetic and highly skilled. We were able to make a good connection quickly and I'm sure that's not unusual for Aaron. He's been a huge practical help to me in facing some pretty significant life challenges. I'm so pleased to have reconnected with therapy and had this positive experience. We'll have an ongoing relationship I'm sure. I would recommend Aaron unreservedly.

Written by A.B. on Oct 18, 2019 after counseling with Aaron for 1 week

Aaron is amazing :)

Written by A.M. on Sep 24, 2019 after counseling with Aaron for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and relationship issues

Aaron takes time to listen and offer strategies for me to try to work on setting boundaries. He helps me empower myself. I have grown so much from working with him.

Written by A.M. on Sep 01, 2019 after counseling with Aaron for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues, self esteem, and coping with life changes

Aaron is great and is well attuned to the issues and questions raised to him. He helped me see things through and clearly within a couple of weeks which worked really well and I highly recommend him.

Written by T.I. on Aug 26, 2019 after counseling with Aaron for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, self esteem, and coping with life changes

Aaron has been very patient with me! He has given me some great techniques to manage my anxiety and it has been helping!

Written by A.L. on Jul 29, 2019 after counseling with Aaron for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, grief, self esteem, and anger management

Aaron is a fantastic counsellor. He listens, appreciates and understands and every advice and task he gives me to do is very personal and specific to me and my needs. He makes me feel comfortable and relaxed and I feel completely comfortable opening up to him.

Written by H.A. on Jul 22, 2019 after counseling with Aaron for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and self esteem

Aaron makes everything seem more manageable even having started this program very recently. He has given me hope and another side to what I am feeling. He is very willing to listen in a non judgmental fashion.

Written by A.L. on Jul 17, 2019 after counseling with Aaron for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, lgbt, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and coping with life changes

Aaron is a great analyst. I feel he is able to connect with my thought patterns and show me aspects of myself I had’t seen. He knows when to push and when to validate. I’m thankful I found him and for the work we’ve done so far.

Written by T.I. on Jul 14, 2019 after counseling with Aaron for 3 weeks on issues concerning lgbt

Great counselor.

Written by R.E. on Jul 10, 2019 after counseling with Aaron for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, intimacy-related issues, anger management, and adhd

Aaron is respectful, analytical and a good listener. While proffesional he is approachable and friendly. During our communication I could see he was paying attention and always looked for the best angle to approach a solution. I benefited from sessions with him.

Written by K.E. on Jun 21, 2019 after counseling with Aaron for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, and self esteem

He’s very genuine and wants to help out.

Written by C.A. on Jun 16, 2019 after counseling with Aaron for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, and stress, anxiety

Aaron is excellent at what he does. He offers clear steps and guidance on helping me with my problems, is always happy to talk and I couldn’t ask for more from him.

Written by A.A. on Jun 07, 2019 after counseling with Aaron for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, intimacy-related issues, bipolar disorder, and adhd

When I first spoke to Aaron I was fully at ease. He listened carefully to my concerns and we talked about my situation. As he used real time examples, it helped me relate and I was able to open up to him. Thank you!

Written by K.R. on Jun 04, 2019 after counseling with Aaron for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and sleeping disorders

I would definitely recommend Aaron as he has helped me through talking, and he gave me some worksheets that have helped me.

Written by D.E. on May 14, 2019 after counseling with Aaron for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and addictions

Aaron Gardner is comforting, understanding, and always seems to have the right questions. He does an excellent job of helping me get past the thoughts that have been weighing me down.