Gary Nelson


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!


  • LGBT
  • Relationship
  • Parenting
  • Self esteem

I also have experience in Stress, Anxiety, Family, Trauma and abuse, Grief, Intimacy-related, Anger, Career, Depression

Years of Experience: 16


LCSW #34006899A (Expires: 2018-04-30)


Written by G.E. on Jun 30, 2017 after counseling with Gary for 2 weeks

Just getting to know Gary but already feel at-home. He's wonderful!

Written by M.Y. on Jun 21, 2017 after counseling with Gary for 3 months stress, anxiety, relationship, and depression

Gary is wonderful at helping me with my issues and holding me accountable. I know I'm not alone and that he gives me accurate and sound advice and words. My life has become so much better in 14 months and I am still a work in progress.

Written by L.A on May 11, 2017 after counseling with Gary for 8 months

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 by S.A on Feb 21, 2017 after counseling with Gary for 1 month

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 by T.A on Feb 21, 2017 after counseling with Gary for 3 weeks stress, anxiety, intimacy-related, and sleeping

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 by D.I on Feb 08, 2017 after counseling with Gary for 2 months stress, anxiety, family, and trauma and abuse

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 by F.L on Oct 08, 2016 after counseling with Gary for 1 month depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related, and anger

Great person! Great counselor. Checks in often, and is super empathetic. Easy to talk to. Great with LGBTQ issues.

Written by D.A on Aug 29, 2016 after counseling with Gary for 2 weeks depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, family, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related, sleeping, parenting, self esteem, anger, and career

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 by S.T on Jul 30, 2016 after counseling with Gary for 1 month stress, anxiety, relationship, self esteem, and depression

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 by A.A on Jul 19, 2016 after counseling with Gary for 3 weeks stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship, intimacy-related, self esteem, career, 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 by M.Y on May 28, 2016 after counseling with Gary for 3 months stress, anxiety, relationship, 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 by K.R on May 04, 2016 after counseling with Gary for 6 months lgbt, relationship, and self esteem

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 by S.T on May 03, 2016 after counseling with Gary for 2 weeks stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship, family, grief, sleeping, parenting, self esteem, career, and depression

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 by T.I on Apr 23, 2016 after counseling with Gary for 1 month stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship, intimacy-related, self esteem, 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 by K.E on Apr 06, 2016 after counseling with Gary for 3 weeks stress, anxiety, grief, sleeping, 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 by A.S on Mar 16, 2016 after counseling with Gary for 5 months stress, anxiety, family, trauma and abuse, eating, 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 by S.A on Jan 25, 2016 after counseling with Gary for 2 weeks stress, anxiety, addictions, lgbt, relationship, family, trauma and abuse, self esteem, anger, career, and depression

If you need a rock talk to, Gary Nelson is smart, attentive, and helpful. Five stars.