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!
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
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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
He has been essential in my healing and my sobriety.
Written on Jun 24, 2019 after therapy with Gary for 3 years and 3 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and depression
I absolutely love Gary and how kind-hearted and insightful he is! He challenges me in a gentle way. I’ve had many many therapists, and he’s one that I’ve stuck with the longest. That says a lot!
Written on Jun 06, 2019 after therapy with Gary for 2 years and 4 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, parenting issues, anger management, and career difficulties
I've only had one live session, but I felt like Mr. Nelson was in tune with what I was saying and had good insight.
Written on Jan 21, 2019 after therapy with Gary for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, anger management, and coping with life changes
I have been working with Gary for a couple years now, and I have never met a greater person than him! He has helped me work through many issues in my life, and has helped me become a stronger person, and to stick up for myself. He encouraged me to do better for myself, and helps me find the strength to keep going on through hard times/situations. I thank God every day for Gary's wisdom, caring and help. He is truly God-sent!!
Written on Dec 31, 2018 after therapy with Gary for 2 years and 4 months
Gary is empathetic, understanding and analytical. His advice is sound and rooted in the practical. He has a keen ability to hone in on a problem and cheerfully empower the client to work it out. You feel as if Gary is on your team and rooting for you. He is approachable, affable and patient. All around good guy and solid professional!
Written on Jul 02, 2018 after therapy with Gary for 4 months on issues concerning relationship, and intimacy-related
Gary changed my life! He brought me and my girls together in a way I never thought would happen. Our home is so peaceful now, and the relationship I now have with my girls I will cherish forever. Gary has been such a positive support to me and my family. He is very knowledgeable and understanding, and truly cares about every client. He is the first counsellor I have found that listens to understand, not just to reply, and genuinely understood and empathized with my situation.
I would highly recommend Gary to anyone! Fantastic Counsellor!
Written on Jun 11, 2018 after therapy with Gary for 2 years and 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety, family, eating, sleeping, self esteem, and depression
Amongst his many passions, it is obvious that counseling is more than a job for Gary, but vocation to honor the worth and potential of people of every walks of life. I like that he is kind, competent and easy to relate to, without having to sugar coat things nor abusing of the therapeutic uppercut! Even when he helps me realize those things that are harder to accept, he does so lovingly. My willingness to expose my vulnerability and what I might later come to name as unhelpful beliefs about myself and other people is always rewarded by Gary's frank support. Thank You!
Written on May 02, 2018 after therapy with Gary for 10 months on issues concerning lgbt, relationship, and intimacy-related
Gary has been extremely helpful in finding the root cause of my problems, which in turn has helped me turn around my life into an entirely different direction.
Written on Nov 20, 2017 after therapy with Gary for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and relationship
Just getting to know Gary but already feel at-home. He's wonderful!
Written on Jun 30, 2017 after therapy with Gary for 2 weeks
Gary is an incredible therapist and human being!! I have been "talking" with Gary almost 8 months, and I have come a long way from where I started in that period of time. Gary doesn't sugar-coat anything, he is very honest with me, and tells me how it is. Recently, while talking, we discovered together a deep-rooted problem and reason for my depression. We are working together on this problem, and Gary is extremely patient with me while doing this. Gary is very caring and supportive and always has encouraging words for me. Gary has been the voice of reason for me when I was ready to give up. He is very understanding and I would trust him enough to tell him anything. He has and is helping me change myself and my thinking for the better!!!
Written on May 11, 2017 after therapy with Gary for 8 months
I was looking for an accountability partner and Gary was awesome! With a large project and massive workload, I needed someone to help me cut through the clutter and stay focussed on my goals. Gary knew the right questions to ask of me, and made sure I kept to my word.
Written on Feb 21, 2017 after therapy with Gary for 1 month
So far it has been very beneficial to chat with someone on a regular basis. I prefer the video chat option as I feel I can communicate more completely being face to face, as it were. Gary is thoughtful and gentle and provides both an ear to lend helpful suggestions.
Written on Feb 21, 2017 after therapy with Gary for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, intimacy-related, and sleeping
Gary is a wonderful therapist.
He is professional, kind, compassionate, understanding, and you can tell he cares about your well-being.
I wasn't too sure about this website at first, especially when I was paired with my first therapist, but when I made the switch to Gary, it just felt right.
I'm going through a few huge transitions in my life right now, and I genuinely look forward to our weekly sessions because he's been (and continues to be) such a huge help through it all.
Written on Feb 08, 2017 after therapy with Gary for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, family, and trauma and abuse
Great person! Great counselor. Checks in often, and is super empathetic. Easy to talk to. Great with LGBTQ issues.
Written on Oct 08, 2016 after therapy with Gary for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related, and anger
Gary is a welcome change to my previous therapist. He is attentive, and checks in regularly. He asks direct questions rather than relies on prescribed questionnaires. I recommend him highly.
Written on Aug 29, 2016 after therapy with Gary for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, family, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related, sleeping, parenting, self esteem, anger, and career
Gary has been very helpful to me. He not only listens to what I really have to say, but he also makes me dig deep and encourages a lot of soul searching. He is a great asset to the BetterHelp team. I would recommend him to anyone.
Written on Jul 30, 2016 after therapy with Gary for 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship, self esteem, and depression
Gary has been so helpful for me. He works on understanding what I'm saying and what I'm saying. He asks questions to help me come up with my own solutions and better understand myself. Through his guidance I have learned to understand myself and to stay grounded and keep the right perspective. He's introduced me to a lot of great tools to learn to manage my own emotions and help me feel okay with who I am and the decisions I make. Gary as truly done a lot to help me, I'm so glad I found him.
Written on Jul 19, 2016 after therapy with Gary for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship, intimacy-related, self esteem, career, and depression
Gary has helped me change my life in the few months he has worked with me. He has kept me accountable for my emotions and actions. He has opened my mind up to so many things that I have endured and suffered and he made me feel safe to work on my issues from the root cause to who I am today.
I feel like I have a safe person who is on my team. He is honest with me and he is caring. I connected with Gary instantly and I owe him so much. He says I did the work but Gary gave me the tools to transform.
I am happier, healthier and I am not in pain anymore. Each day is a new beginning. Some days may be difficult and some days may be great but he is there for me through the good and the bad.
At my worst and most desperate he was there for a phone call and his words and his logic put my situation into perspective. I was a very broken woman when I came to BetterHelp and to Gary and today I am positive and I am in a much better place. The comfort of not going to sit on some couch in front of some person has been a godsend because I know I can send him a message and I know that he will respond and guide me.
Written on May 28, 2016 after therapy with Gary for 3 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship, and depression
Gary is an incredibly kind and open person, and in turn has helped me open up about myself and my issues. He gives great perspective on anything I bring up, and more importantly, gives genuine advice on how to deal with specific situations. Every day I look forward to hearing from Gary. Whether it's just a quick catch up or a deep conversation, it's always a pleasure to speak with him. I am looking forward to continuing our sessions!
Written on May 04, 2016 after therapy with Gary for 6 months on issues concerning lgbt, relationship, and self esteem
I love his feedback. He doesn't just listen and do the typical counseling comments like...."how did that make u feel"; or "tell me more about that". He actually gave me advice. He gave me feedback that I could apply to my life. He truly has become my life coach. I look forward to my messages from him everyday. I've been in a very dark place for a very long time. Gary has thrown a rope down to me in this deep dark hole I'm in.
Written on May 03, 2016 after therapy with Gary for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship, family, grief, sleeping, parenting, self esteem, career, and depression
Gary has been helping me to reset my perception of myself. It's challenging to follow his advice, but the rewards are there. He is the first therapist I've had that I feel truly helped by.
Written on Apr 23, 2016 after therapy with Gary for 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship, intimacy-related, self esteem, and depression
So far Gary Nelson has been extremely helpful in my goal to beat or just get rid of anxiety. He has opened my eyes and mind to new ways of thinking about different situations and different ways to go about them and to think about them which has reduced a lot of my anxiety. It's going to take me a long time and a lot of practice to be ultimately a master of controlling my thoughts and my fears but right now I feel like I'm on a very good track to reach my goal which is to be anxiety free to the most that any human person can be.
Written on Apr 06, 2016 after therapy with Gary for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, grief, sleeping, self esteem, and depression
I had no idea how this online therapy thing was going to be. But I figured 7 days free why not? Even a month paid was cheaper than seeing a therapist in person a few times so I thought I would give it a shot. If anything, money spent on my mental well being is the best possible money you could spend. I don't know if it was just luck or this app's ability to pair people but they paired me with the perfect person! Gary was patient and so nonjudgmental and understanding to talk to about some of my most inner battles. Honestly if it wasn't for him and one message he sent me that helped change my perspective to what it is now I would still be suffering from this heavy heavy issue I had lingering for years. I really appreciate him talking to me and helping me sift through my thoughts.
Written on Mar 16, 2016 after therapy with Gary for 5 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, family, trauma and abuse, eating, sleeping, self esteem, and depression
If you need a rock talk to, Gary Nelson is smart, attentive, and helpful. Five stars.
Written on Jan 25, 2016 after therapy with Gary for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, addictions, lgbt, relationship, family, trauma and abuse, self esteem, anger, career, and depression
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