About Me

Hi, my name is Alvin. I have been a licensed Marriage and Family therapist since 1990. In that time, I have worked with teenagers, adults and couples in a variety of therapeutic settings. Trained as a humanistic existential therapist (HE), the work I'm invited to do with clients centers on how clients attempt to bring meaning to their lives- the choices they make and how and why they attempt to engage others in meaningful and lasting relationships. People who might benefit from humanistic existential therapy are those who seek a deeper understanding about why they continue to repeat behaviors with themselves and others that cause them unhappiness, distress and even depression. Yet, they continue to yearn for intimacy and closeness from the important people in their lives. HE therapy explores the deeper meaning of their choices and behaviors while affirming their essential human dignity. HE therapy is not brief or crisis therapy. While there may be triggering events that motivates someone to seek therapy, HE therapy attempts to uncover deeply personal intentions and motivations, often unconscious, that influences one's behavior and life choices.

I deeply respect those who choose to "dither" with the very essence of what it means to be human by entering into the therapeutic process. I'm humbled and honored if you choose me to join your personal journey of deeper self-awareness and self-fulfillment. I will come into your journey not knowing the answers but helping you to uncover the answers hidden in your heart and soul. We will explore what makes you joyful, curious, deeply moved, angry, laugh, sad, hopeful, afraid, content- all that which makes you human.

If you invite me to be your Better Help Counselor, I will be most honored and humbled to accept your invitation.

Peace,

Alvin



Specialties

  • Relationship issues
  • Grief
  • Intimacy-related issues
  • Self esteem
  • Coping with life changes
Also experienced in:
Stress, Anxiety , LGBT , Family conflicts , Trauma and abuse , Parenting issues , Anger management , Depression , Compassion fatigue , Abandonment , Aging and Geriatric Issues , Attachment Issues , Codependency , Commitment Issues , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT), Existential Therapy, Jungian Therapy, Mindfulness Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy

Years of Experience: 20

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

MFT #Mft26015 (Expires: 2022-12-31)


Reviews

These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Alvin Gilmore. We don’t pay anyone to provide their review and they are all made voluntarily. Some people's experience receiving therapy with BetterHelp might be different.

Written by T.R. on Oct 25, 2021 after therapy with Alvin for 3 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, grief, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue

Warm, caring, knowledgeable. Great therapist!

Written by K.I. on Oct 25, 2021 after therapy with Alvin for 2 months on issues concerning relationship issues, parenting issues, and anger management

Alvin is very present and understands each situation and helps you understand your part and better ways to handle it.

Written by H.A. on Aug 01, 2021 after therapy with Alvin for 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and compassion fatigue

Alvin was a great counselor for my second shot at therapy. My first experience was not so good, so I was very pleasantly surprised with how Alvin treated me, listened to me without bias, and helped me open my eyes to different sides of my life that I had never seen before. He's kind, funny, and like a mirror, he helped reflect myself to me, as we would explore down paths of philosophical conversations and observations.
I would absolutely recommend Alvin, I felt really respected by him, and when we were talking, it felt like we were the only two people on the planet in that moment.

Written by A.S. on Jul 29, 2021 after therapy with Alvin for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, and compassion fatigue

Alvin has been very helpful and I feel he truly connects well with me and takes plenty of time to listen while providing short and concise points that stick. He has been a pleasure to work with.

Written by J.E. on Jul 19, 2021 after therapy with Alvin for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, bipolar disorder,

Dr. Alvin is amazing! He is a great listener and pays attention to everything you tell him. After every session , I feel so much better and he just makes you feel so comfortable that you can TOTALLY be open about anything. Thank You, Dr. Alvin.

Written by D.Y. on Jul 09, 2021 after therapy with Alvin for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, and adhd

His tailored approach, flexible schedule and uniquely kind but challenging demeanor sets Alvin apart. He understands the Black male experience in a way others cannot because he's lived it. I've spent session after session (hundreds of dollars) explaining the Black apostate experience, but having someone share those circumstances allows for a much more efficient and therefore meaningful session. Alvin's questions penetrate my motivations & I leave with new perspective each time. I highly recommend him!

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