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: 18

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

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


Reviews

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 am a gay male, and Aaron understands and relates many of the issues that I personally face in that journey. 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 P.A. on Jul 22, 2020 after counseling with Aaron for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, sleeping disorders, bipolar disorder, compassion fatigue, and adhd

I really wasn’t sure how Aaron would work for me. I’m not the typical client. I’m a counselor and an LCSW myself. I’ve been in his shoes.

Not surprisingly, he did exactly what I thought he was going to do and turned the tables right back on me, much as I do with my clients, like any good counselor does. Knowing this was going to happen, I was prepared in the beginning, but as I’ve continued to work with Aaron, my guard has dropped completely.

Quite surprisely, I’ve made many more leaps and bounds personally and in my own practice with online therapy than I ever did in face to face. Having someone who I can speak to on my own terms, on my own time. Someone who I don’t have to “go to there office” makes all the difference.

I don’t feel ashamed to be the counseled. It’s an odd feeling. A good feeling, a great feeling, but an odd feeling.

If you think you have the answers, even if you’ve trained to work through them like me, I’d recommend Aaron any day.

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 C.O. on Jun 18, 2020 after counseling with Aaron for 1 month 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 has been a lifesaver. He’s kept my head above water during a very difficult time in life. I’ve never had anyone that I felt was genuinely interested in me or my concerns before him. I’m so grateful to him and to BetterHelp for allowing me us to connect. Thank you for all your time, care, and support, Aaron! It has meant everything to me.

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.