Gale Dollard

(LCPC, MS)

About Me

I am an experienced Maryland licensed therapist. I have many years working with adults in various stages of life. The people I have helped were living with severe trauma, grief, addiction, divorce, career indecisions, relationship, life adjustment, body image and family problems. When left unresolved, these issues can lead to depression, anxiety, panic and generalized sadness or uneasiness. Sometimes we get stuck and don't know the way out of problems and painful/uncomfortable feelings that just won't go away. That's when we need the support of someone who can help in a warm and caring environment.

You will find my approach to counseling is eclectic. What this means is, we can use a mixture of therapeutic tools based on your own needs. After all, we all have different backgrounds and have experienced different upbringings, cultures, religions, prejudices and home lives. So, after hearing your personal story and what you would like to achieve while here, you will have therapy that reflects your individual needs.

I thought you might like to know a little about the person you will be speaking with. When I'm not counseling, I'm most likely hiking with my two dogs, Baily and Emmy. I love being outdoors but not so much during the winter :) I'm married with 2 grown children and I have a grandson. Oh, and I love to cook. I find cooking for me is relaxing......it puts me in a peaceful zone!


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Addictions
  • Trauma and abuse
  • Depression

I also have experience in Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Eating disorders, Sleeping disorders, Parenting issues, Anger management, Self esteem, Career difficulties

Years of Experience: 7

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

LCPC #LC6748 (Expires: 2021-01-01)


Reviews

Written by L.E. on May 22, 2020 after counseling with Gale for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, grief, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and coaching

I have worked with Gale before and she has helped me a lot. After a break from therapy she was gracious enough to take me on again even though she has a large workload. She remembers details of my experience and was able to seamlessly continue to assist. Thanks!

Written by S.H. on May 14, 2020 after counseling with Gale for 2 years and 4 months on issues concerning addictions, and eating disorders

Gale is beyond helpful in helping me work through my thoughts and issues. She picks up on things I say that I don't even realize. She is amazing and kind and has really helped me work towards better mental health.

Written by J.E. on May 12, 2020 after counseling with Gale for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, self esteem, and compassion fatigue

Gale has been very open, positive, and very in-tune with what I share with her. I feel like she has great insights into how I’m feeling and connecting it to why. Definitely would recommend her!

Written by S.T. on May 02, 2020 after counseling with Gale for 4 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, sleeping disorders, parenting issues, self esteem, and anger management

She is very nice and friendly. I like her very much!

Written by B.A. on Mar 18, 2020 after counseling with Gale for 6 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, sleeping disorders, and self esteem

Gale is great. I feel very comfortable telling her anything. I don't feel judged and I feel like she gets me. She's quick to respond which is also great. I would highly recommend her.

Written by M.I. on Feb 05, 2020 after counseling with Gale for 9 months

Gale is, by far, the best counselor I have ever worked with. She somehow always knows how to make sense of the chaos in my head. I am thankful to have someone like her in my life.

Written by M.A. on Dec 29, 2019 after counseling with Gale for 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, and sleeping disorders

Gale has been exceptional and I will come back to use this platform just for her. I am so thankful to be connected with her. Even though I only spoke on phone with her, I felt so much more comfortable speaking with her than any other counsellors I have met in person. She is extraordinary.

Written by J.I. on Dec 28, 2019 after counseling with Gale for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, self esteem, and anger management

Brilliant, kind, and knows how to get to the core of an issue at a pace that you're comfortable with.

Written by A.M. on Dec 11, 2019 after counseling with Gale for 1 year and 5 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and self esteem

Gale is an amazing counselor. She knows that not everything works for everyone, and has helped me find coping techniques to deal with my anxiety that work for me. She's a non-judgmental realist that I feel like I can talk to about anything.

Written by M.E. on Oct 21, 2019 after counseling with Gale for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, eating disorders, and self esteem

While Gale has been my counselor for only the past few weeks, we have already built a good rapport. I feel as though I can trust her and her expertise. She not only listens well, but she also responds with thoughtful insight and recommendations. I look forward to continuing with her as my counselor.

Written by A.M. on Aug 17, 2019 after counseling with Gale for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, sleeping disorders, self esteem, and coping with life changes

Gale Dollard is a very sweet woman. Right off the bat it was like she was in my head kind of guiding me in the direction I needed, she is unbiased and just a great person to talk to. I'm glad I get to have her as my counselor:)

Written by L.I. on Apr 10, 2019 after counseling with Gale for 1 year and 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, and self esteem

She’s great!

Written by P.A. on Apr 04, 2019 after counseling with Gale for 1 year and 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, self esteem, and career difficulties

I absolutely enjoy working with Gale. She is very patient and understanding. If something is really bothering me, taking to Gale really calms me down.

Written by A.S. on Feb 28, 2019 after counseling with Gale for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, self esteem, and coping with life changes

Gale has helped me (even in this short time) we have been talking. She helped me understand my problems. She helped push through what was holding me back. I write paragraphs to her, and she always is prompt to respond.

Written by B.B. on Jan 30, 2019 after counseling with Gale for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, sleeping disorders, self esteem, anger management, and career difficulties

Gale is very supportive of her patients. She listens and helps you build confidence in yourself if your struggling with certain situations.

Written by A.B. on Oct 11, 2018 after counseling with Gale for 8 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, self esteem, and career difficulties

Gale is incredibly supportive and validating as a counselor. I look forward to our sessions and trust her advice!

Written by J.A. on Sep 14, 2018 after counseling with Gale for 4 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship, family, self esteem, and career

Gale is very helpful. She came into my life just the perfect time. I really needed professional help. She is very empathic, focused and devoted, very professional. It's very easy to talk to her. She is like a best friend or like a mother. She gives me the support I need and the help in guidance towards better mental and emotional heath.

Written by E.B. on Sep 08, 2018 after counseling with Gale for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and self esteem

Working with Gale has been extremely beneficial for me. She is both understanding and empathetic. It is evident that she chose to be a therapist because she wanted to help people. She is strategic in her approach and makes sure to work at a pace that best supports her client's needs. Her responsive, thoughtful, and kind nature has been very helpful for a client like me who came in with a little hesitation.

Written by N.I. on Aug 25, 2018 after counseling with Gale for 1 month on issues concerning trauma and abuse, and eating

Gale is so attentive and kind. She really pays attention to the things you say and truly understands how to help.

Written by J.E. on Jul 16, 2018 after counseling with Gale for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, self esteem, anger, and career

Gale is very competent in what she is doing as a counselor. I felt very relieved that from the beginning she was able to understand what my troubles were and she was able to provide me with helpful solutions to them. I’ve been very pleased with all of my interactions with Gail.

Written by K.A. on Jun 27, 2018 after counseling with Gale for 4 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and self esteem

I love Gale- seeking counseling at all was scary but after a few messages I knew I had made a good choice. She is responsive, affirming, and gentle but informative.

Written by C.H. on Jun 05, 2018 after counseling with Gale for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, family, trauma and abuse, grief, self esteem, anger, and career

I would like to take a second to talk about Gale. Having Gale on the other end of the line is like having an angel that has my back no matter what. She has been so understanding, knowledgeable, kind-hearted and professional since our first session. I can't tell you how much speaking on a regular basis to someone that has clinical training helps me deal with my corks. But enough of that I want to keep gushing about Gale. I tried a few counselors on BetterHelp and some seem to be occupied with other things and giving me the old and how did that make you feel routine. Gale is in the same place every time we speak as if I were visiting her for one-on-one sessions but we are using technology to communicate. And I'd also like to mention that I am a male and Gail is a female and she has made me feel comfortable talking about the sometimes uncomfortable subjects that come up when perusing the the inner psyche. She has taken the time to get to know me and what makes me tip and found out different ways to to help me see that things are all good. She really takes the time to plan out and attack and lets me help with the pre-planning. It has just been pay for thumbs-up experience with her so far and I am very appreciative of finding her through better help. Thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you I can't thank you enough Gale.

Written by M.A. on May 28, 2018 after counseling with Gale for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, eating, sleeping, and self esteem

I have been working with Gale for a few month now. I think it was a life transforming experience for me. She always offer guidance and support. Always listens and give me good advice using trusted scientific methods. I have been able to get a lot of the peace I needed thanks to her.

Written by A.S. on May 23, 2018 after counseling with Gale for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and self esteem

Gale is perfect! I've never felt so understood and felt so much empathy from another therapist.

Written by C.H. on May 10, 2018 after counseling with Gale for 4 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship, family, sleeping, self esteem, and career

As an expat living abroad (in a place where local options are few and far between), I have found working with Gale to be great. She listens, but isn't afraid to offer her opinion (which is an approach I appreciate, having dealt with one or two counsellors already). It's also obvious that she cares and she has a disarming approach. I would highly recommend her.

Written by N.I. on Apr 27, 2018 after counseling with Gale for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, family, grief, and self esteem

I am so happy to have found Gale. I never thought I would love having therapy. It’s such a great time and she listens to what I need.

Written by R.E. on Mar 28, 2018 after counseling with Gale for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, intimacy-related, and self esteem

I am new to counseling, and was extremely skeptical as to how much it could actually benefit me, but Gale has been such a good counselor I couldn't have asked for anything more. She's helped me through my rough times, when I felt I was alone and lost. Gale has helped me to take a step back and put all the issues I spoke to her about into perspective - Overall, I'm extremely happy that I got Gale as my first ever counselor as she's is FAB! Highly recommend her to anyone, without any hesitation.

Written by N.O. on Mar 16, 2018 after counseling with Gale for 2 months on issues concerning depression, addictions, grief, and anger

As someone who has put off therapy for a long time, due to feeling shame for going to one for some reason, this site has been very helpful for me. My counselor does not judge me in anyway, and provides me with useful short and long term advice. I am not doing perfectly, however I am doing so much better than before counseling. Who knows where I would be if I didn't take the chance to try therapy.

Written by C.A. on Feb 20, 2018 after counseling with Gale for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, eating, self esteem, and career

Gale is such a great listener and cheerleader! I am so helpful she will help me be more confident and meet my therapy goals!

Written by K.R. on Feb 05, 2018 after counseling with Gale for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship, trauma and abuse, eating, anger, and bipolar

Gale is a godsend. I feel as though I’m talking to my best friend except I know Gale is going to give me advice that isn’t based off what I want to hear. She remembers the ins and outs of my life, names, events... all of it. It’s actually amazing! I love talking with Gale- even if it’s not some breakthrough conversation. She’s someone I can converse with who gets me and is knowledgeable in the same areas. I really hit a home run being matched with her!

Written by D.O. on Jan 27, 2018 after counseling with Gale for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, self esteem, and bipolar

I’ve only had a couple of sessions with Gale so far but have been extremely pleased. She made me feel comfortable and right at home almost from the first moment that we met. She has been attentive, professional and extremely helpful and I look forward to continuing to use her experience and expertise to help me navigate through my bipolar life.

Written by S.I. on Jan 12, 2018 after counseling with Gale for 2 weeks on issues concerning lgbt

Gale is extremely sweet, has an amazing sense of humor, and is such a good listener. She is very knowledgeable in a lot of different areas and has helped me tremendously.

Written by J.O. on Jan 09, 2018 after counseling with Gale for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related, sleeping, self esteem, and career

I love the format of BetterHelp and Galye not only responds promptly she shows compassion and understanding. She has helped me with some very stressful situations I've been experiencing the last few weeks.