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Gary Nelson, LCSW

LGBT Relationship issues Parenting issues Anger management Self esteem
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About me

My name is Gary. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and have been in the field for more than 15 years. I am an associate faculty member with a major, nationally accredited university in Indiana. I have years of experience working with the LGBT community. My main focus of counseling has been with individuals and families, focusing on helping the family and the individual cope better with each other.

A great deal of my experience has been working with persons who identify at LGBT. I believe strongly in the strength of the person, and in doing so I wish to help a person pull from their own strength to improve their lives. I am a personable and laid back person who will not tell you what you want to hear, but instead help you find a voice to help you with just about any personal issues you may face. I look forward to working with you!

Professional experience

17yrs in practice

Additional areas of focus: Stress, Anxiety, Addictions, Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Sleeping disorders, Career difficulties, Depression, Coping with life changes, Coaching, Compassion fatigue, ADHD, Abandonment, Adoption and Foster Care, Attachment Issues, BDSM, Kink, Alternative Sex Culture, Blended Family Issues, Body Image, Caregiver Issues and Stress, Chronic Pain Illness and Disability, Co-morbidity, Codependency, Commitment Issues, Communication Problems, Control Issues, Divorce and Separation, Domestic Violence, Eating and Food-Related Issues, Emptiness, Expats, Family of Origin Issues, Family Problems, Fatherhood Issues, Forgiveness, Guilt and Shame, HIV / AIDS, Hospice and End of Life Counseling, Impulsivity, Infidelity, Isolation/Loneliness, Life Purpose, Men's Issues, Midlife Crisis, Money and Financial Issues, Mood Disorders, Multicultural Concerns, Narcissism, Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks, Polyamory / Nonmonogamous Relationships, Post-traumatic Stress, Pregnancy and Childbirth, Prejudice and Discrimination, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Self-Harm, Self-Love, Sex Addiction, Sexual Assault and Abuse, Sexual Dysfunction, Sexuality, Social Anxiety and Phobia, Women's Issues, Workplace Issues, Young Adult Issues

Clinical approaches: Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy

License information

IN LCSW 34006899A


These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Gary Nelson. 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.

Working with Gary has been the best thing for my mental health and well being

Written on Apr 07, 2023 after therapy with Gary for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, sleeping disorders, self esteem, anger management, coping with life changes, coaching, and adhd

I’ve been in therapy most of my adolescent life and a little into my adult years. No matter the therapist, they seemed as if they just truly didn’t care. After 5 years, I found my way to Gary, and I can not believe the contrast between him and the the past experiences I’ve had. While I haven’t known Gary long, I’ve been able to open up bottles I long thought were sealed shut. If you’re questioning, Gary is incredibly insightful, knowledgeable, and knows where to lead you. Wish I had found him years ago.

Written on Mar 08, 2023 after therapy with Gary for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, relationship issues, grief, self esteem, and coping with life changes

Working with Gary was initially anxiety inducing. I had never done therapy before. I didn’t know what to expect, but Gary put a lot of my fears and worries to rest really early.

I know he’s invested in my healing. I know he cares about my progress, my struggles. I don’t know where I’d be right now without him, but he’s helped me come up with strategies and steps to work on overcoming anxiety and negative self talk, and recovering my self esteem.

I’m endlessly glad I ended up with him as a therapist. He’s understanding, and kind, and funny. I couldn’t think of a better person to help me rediscover how good it feels to be me.

Written on Jun 02, 2021 after therapy with Gary for 2 months

Does great job. I needed help dealing with career stress. He is helping me think about managing work flow, organization, even sleep habits to lower my overall stress. Had never worked with a counselor before and not what I expected, but what I needed.

Written on Dec 05, 2020 after therapy with Gary for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, self esteem, career difficulties, and coaching

Gary is everything I could ever ask for in a therapist. He is incredibly acute and detailed when it matters. I’m new to therapy. I’ve never felt more validated than when speaking with Gary. I was iffy about BetterHelp but I “got” Gary and I’m sold. I don’t think I could ever try another therapist. Their algorithm with matching patient/professional must be state of the art. I figured therapy would be “helpful,” but I didn’t think it would be THIS helpful; the credit is all Gary’s.

Written on Oct 15, 2020 after therapy with Gary for 5 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and self esteem

I absolutely love the therapist I received. He gets me in a way nobody else has. His training has been a godsend to me. I can honestly say that if I had not found BetterHelp and set up with the therapist I was, I would not be here today. No matter how deep of hole you believe your in, therapy works!!

Written on May 27, 2020 after therapy with Gary for 10 months on issues concerning depression, relationship issues, family conflicts, grief, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and adhd