Greetings! I'm so glad you've taken this difficult but important first step of reaching out for help. My name is Gerry Watson, and I'm a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a mental health therapist from Alaska currently living and working in Tennessee. You can see more about my education and experience by clicking on my profile above. In the 16 years that I've been working as a mental health therapist, I've worked in a variety of settings: residential, outpatient, and online both in Alaska and Tennessee. The type of therapy I do is called Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), but to explain this more simply and clearly I call it Reality-Based Therapy. I help my clients see the truth and reality of what is actually happening around them, reject ideas that their mind makes up, stay focused on what they need to do in the present to succeed, not reliving the past or trying to predict the future, and gain the life skills that will allow them to succeed in their relationships, at work, and in life.
Over the years, I have worked with a lot of different people who have suffered from a wide variety of mental health and life challenges, and I've been able to assist them in getting better and moving forward with their lives. I am experienced in working with clients dealing with depression, anxiety and stress, grief and loss, bipolar disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), issues with past trauma and abuse, substance abuse, behavioral addictions, anger issues, life stage transitions, relationship difficulties, family problems, and career difficulties, as well as other issues. I've been able to help get through the most challenging times of their lives while healing and building a new life for themselves that is the way they really want to live.
I have a long track record of success helping people overcome a wide variety of mental health issues, relationship problems, and challenging life circumstances. I'm confident I'll be able to help you too! Let me be the person to help you clarify your personal goals and show you how to achieve them despite the very real obstacles you're facing. I can help you overcome things that are holding you back so you can become the kind of person you really want to be and have the kind of life you really want to live. Sign up for therapy with me today.
17yrs in practice
Additional areas of focus:Addictions, Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Grief, Anger management, Self esteem, Career difficulties, Coping with life changes, Coaching, Compassion fatigue, Abandonment, Aging and Geriatric Issues, Body Image, Cancer, Caregiver Issues and Stress, Chronic Pain Illness and Disability, Co-morbidity, Codependency, Commitment Issues, Communication Problems, Control Issues, Coping with Natural or Human-Caused Disaster, Divorce and Separation, Domestic Violence, Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Emptiness, Expats, Family of Origin Issues, Family Problems, Fatherhood Issues, First Responder Issues, Forgiveness, Guilt and Shame, Hospice and End of Life Counseling, Impulsivity, Infidelity, Intellectual Disability, Isolation/Loneliness, Jealousy, Life Purpose, Men's Issues, Midlife Crisis, Military and Veterans Issues, Money and Financial Issues, Mood Disorders, Multicultural Concerns, Obsessions, Compulsions, and OCD, Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks, Paranoia, Phobias, Postpartum Depression, Post-traumatic Stress, Process addiction (porn, exercise, gambling), Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Self-Harm, Self-Love, Sex Addiction, Sexual Assault and Abuse, Smoking/Vaping Cessation, Social Anxiety and Phobia, Traumatic Brain Injury, Workplace Issues, Young Adult Issues
These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Gerry Watson. 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.
Gerry is insightful and knowledgeable about the issues I struggle with on my journey to wellness and sound mental health. He’s quite compassionate and encouraging as well. I’m making progress and Gerry’s help has been invaluable.
Written on Oct 19, 2022 after therapy with Gerry for 6 years and 4 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, self esteem, career difficulties, bipolar disorder, and depression
Gerry Watson is a man who understands all kinds of people. He is patient with those who suffer from persistent mental illness and uses various tactics to properly treat his patients.
Written on Apr 15, 2021 after therapy with Gerry for 1 year and 10 months
I have been working with Gerry for about a year. He is a very experienced therapist with a wealth of knowledge. He is great at answering emails quickly which was our primary form of contact (due to my difficulty in being able to schedule a live session). However, he is also great over the phone as well and I was sorry I waited so long to schedule a "live" session. However, he also won't lie to you to make you feel better -- after he gets a good sense of your situation he is not afraid to tell advise you on some of the difficult changes you will likely need to make in your life, in order to have a positive outcome. Sometimes these things are not easy to hear as a patient but if someone doesn't point these things out, then it doesn't get your thinking about what you CAN change in your life to make things better. I think we have made good progress in the past year, and I have appreciated the chance to work with Gerry.
Written on Apr 01, 2021 after therapy with Gerry for 1 year and 10 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, self esteem, career difficulties, and coping with life changes
Gerry helps me work through difficult life circumstances and minimize my triggers in the midst of them.
Written on Jul 15, 2020 after therapy with Gerry for 2 years on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, and self esteem
I'm returning to Mr. Watson cause he really helped me last time. Good counselor
Written on Dec 26, 2019 after therapy with Gerry for 3 years and 6 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, family conflicts, eating disorders, and depression
Gerry is an excellent therapist! He is easy to talk to and is extremely knowledgeable about many aspects of mental health. I never leave a session without learning something about myself and my behaviors. Gerry is truthful and asks questions that really get to the core of issues that impact my life. I highly recommend choosing Gerry Watson as your therapist!
Written on Sep 03, 2019 after therapy with Gerry for 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, and self esteem
I really appreciate how far I've come with his help. I'm still not 100% but the effort he shows me and how he explains things work really well for me. He has various articles and techniques he shares. Gerry is really great at what he does.
Written on Aug 21, 2019 after therapy with Gerry for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, parenting issues, self esteem, and coping with life changes
Very pragmatic and intelligent. Gerry has a solidity to him that many therapists lack. He is honest and invested.
Written on Aug 14, 2019 after therapy with Gerry for 3 years and 11 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, grief, self esteem, and depression
Some of the toughest months I can remember having, Gerry helped me through. I wasn't always the best at keeping up, but he'd always check in and ask what was on my mind. That alone was enough for me to open up. I never felt like I got anything but sincerity and honesty during our conversations, some of which I still revisit as a reminder.
Written on Jul 10, 2019 after therapy with Gerry for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and intimacy-related issues
Gerry is very attentive and helpful. He is super consistent and quick with responding, and he is even proactive with checking in when I haven’t responded. It’s clear that he cares a lot!
Written on Jul 04, 2019 after therapy with Gerry for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, addictions, trauma and abuse, and self esteem
Gerry is very knowledgeable about many things. It seems as though no matter what you're going through, he will have an answer or suggestion about it.
Written on May 16, 2019 after therapy with Gerry for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, sleeping disorders, and adhd
Gerry is a great counselor who listens to what you have to say and has real practical advice that isn't sugar coated. I liked the memes and extra content he sends out. Overall, a good person to talk with.
Written on Apr 03, 2019 after therapy with Gerry for 4 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and relationship issues
Gerry sends inspirational quotes, funny memes, and helpful articles that I look forward to on a daily basis. I get nervous about scheduling counseling sessions, but he hasn’t put any pressure on me, while still letting me know he hasn’t forgotten about me. He was able to divulge new information about myself and increase my self-awareness in the first session. There is an even back and forth in communication, and it’s nice to both have a conversation along with his helpful insight.
Written on Mar 03, 2019 after therapy with Gerry for 1 month on issues concerning self esteem, and coping with life changes
I have made great progress with this counselor.
Written on Feb 01, 2019 after therapy with Gerry for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, grief, self esteem, coping with life changes, and adhd
Gerry has been exceptionally professional, knowledgeable, and caring. I have only been working with him for 3 weeks and his advice has been very beneficial. Even though it is still early in the process, his style seems likely to be a good fit long term.
Written on Nov 26, 2018 after therapy with Gerry for 2 weeks on issues concerning addictions, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, and grief
Gerry's life experiences and overall knowledge is so refreshing. He was able to provide great insight and helpful tools immediately. Even without live sessions, his impact in what he shares is very much appreciated!
Written on Aug 14, 2018 after therapy with Gerry for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, family, and parenting
I’ve found Gerry to be a thoughtful and responsive counselor. I particularly appreciate how he regularly reaches out to me, because I am such an introvert if left to my own devices. He’s encouraging me to make small, steady changes to improve my life and deepen my satisfaction with it. So far, this feels like a really good fit.
Written on Jul 22, 2018 after therapy with Gerry for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, intimacy-related, eating, and self esteem
Amazing counselor! He has truly helped me so much from the short time I have been on here! Since I have joined he has reached out to me at least once a day and sometime more than that! I was very skeptical at first, but it is well worth it!
Written on Jul 17, 2018 after therapy with Gerry for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety
I've only spoken to him a couple of times he is so supportive and understanding.
Written on Jun 29, 2018 after therapy with Gerry for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, grief, self esteem, and bipolar
I really enjoy working with Gerry. He is attentive and tries his best to assist me in any way he can. He is awesome!
Written on Jun 21, 2018 after therapy with Gerry for 1 month on issues concerning trauma and abuse, and intimacy-related
Gerry is very nice
Written on May 27, 2018 after therapy with Gerry for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship, family, grief, parenting, self esteem, and anger
When I came to BetterHelp, I was suffering with depression. I still am. With the help of my counselor Gerry Watson, I am learning how to overcome obstacles that I never thought I would overcome. I am becoming a better me.
Written on May 01, 2018 after therapy with Gerry for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, and trauma and abuse
Gerry truly understands the dynamics of domestic abuse and personality disorders. I’ve gone to a couple of local therapists who didn’t seem to “get” the depth and complexity of these types of abusers. It’s a relief to have someone to talk to who makes me feel validated.
Written on Apr 30, 2018 after therapy with Gerry for 2 weeks on issues concerning family, trauma and abuse, and self esteem
Gerry is extremely experienced in what he does, and that shows, especially in helping someone like me with ADHD. He's very persistent in keeping track of my progress and helping me, and his primary goal is always seeing me make progress in getting better; not drawing out the counseling length unnecessarily. He has a blunt, matter-of-fact coaching style in some cases, but even in the most uncomfortable heart-to-heart advice, he never comes across like he's picking on you or being blunt for no reason; it's always at a kind of tough-love moment when you need to hear someone just tell it to you the way it is, and I can appreciate that.
Written on Apr 29, 2018 after therapy with Gerry for 2 weeks
Gary has been a great help in a very short time frame. He has been very responsive, takes the time to understand, listen and provides very well thought out responses. He's been honest and direct while offering practical advice. I signed up for a month after my week trial and plan to continue using Gary and BetterHelp. In many ways, it's been a lifesaver for me. My schedule doesn't allow time for face-to-face counseling so BetterHelp is a great alternative. It's also allowed me to interact with my counselor almost daily which is something I would not get in a more traditional setting.
Written on Apr 22, 2018 after therapy with Gerry for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and self esteem
Gary makes you feel calm and shows you a completely different perspective, you may have not been seeing before. He has been very helpful.
Written on Mar 31, 2018 after therapy with Gerry for 1 year and 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, family, intimacy-related, eating, self esteem, and career
Beyond his skills and qualifications, he's very human, reflective, ready to change his perspective. Enabling you to enable yourself to find comfort in times of pain. Works with you on what you discover that can be changed, if , when and how you want it.
Written on Jan 30, 2017 after therapy with Gerry for 4 days on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, and sleeping
Gerry is a very empathetic person, a careful listener, and is very well-educated and knowledgeable both within his field and in many things beyond it. This depth of knowledge allows him to meet you at every turn, recognize the things that are important to you, and make him far more understanding than most people are capable of being. He is very accessible, and makes himself readily available for phone conversations and text chat; he is also very realistic and honest, which are qualities I especially appreciate. He is exceptionally skilled at hearing what you do not say, and seeing what you do not show him; this means that he is able to quickly recognize what your most important issues truly are, and what you most need help with, which allows him to guide you towards discovering those same things on your own. He is truly gifted. I have not trusted anyone with anything since I was a very young child, but I have found over time that I am able to trust Gerry which for me, is nothing less than a miracle. --Ellen G.
Written on Jan 13, 2017 after therapy with Gerry for 3 months on issues concerning trauma and abuse
Great help. Lovely guy.
Written on Dec 11, 2016 after therapy with Gerry for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, addictions, lgbt, relationship, family, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related, sleeping, parenting, and self esteem
Gerry's realistic and I respect that. With him I'm exploring who I am and what I believe. It's scary but it is exhilarating.
Written on Sep 22, 2016 after therapy with Gerry for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related, sleeping, self esteem, career, and bipolar
I've been in and out of therapy for most of my adult life and I never really followed through with any of my therapists to get to a point that I would consider "wellness." With the BetterHelp counseling structure, I can work with my schedule on a flexible basis and I can follow up with my therapist at convenient times for me--no worries about missed appointments, 'no show' fees, or hustling to get there in time. Additionally, I live in a rural area and access to quality mental health is hard to come by. This format allows me to work with a competent, qualified therapist without having to drive an hour and a half to the appointment.
Gerry is terrific. He pushes me to look at the things I say for their validity and usefulness in my life. He also stays after me to stay in touch with him by asking me questions and checking in with me. He encourages me to open up about the things I'm experiencing so that we can discuss my reactions and thought processes. He is competent and insightful and I am thankful to the BetterHelp website for putting me in touch with him.
Written on Sep 21, 2016 after therapy with Gerry for 3 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, family, trauma and abuse, self esteem, career, bipolar, and depression
I really enjoy working with Gerry.. He's a kind and caring individual and really thinks out-of-the-box compared to other therapists I have talked with or seen. He has been very attentive to my needs. I also had a voice chat with him that went very well and I could tell over the phone what a warm person he is!!
Written on Sep 07, 2016 after therapy with Gerry for 5 days on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship, and trauma and abuse
Gerry has been a great help to me.
Written on Aug 12, 2016 after therapy with Gerry for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, sleeping, self esteem, anger, and bipolar
Gerry is a very compassionate person who really cares about his clients and his work. I really like working with him and plan to continue the work as long as I need to get healthy. I couldn't ask for anyone any better. I would recommend him to anybody who needs help dealing or coping with issues
Written on Aug 04, 2016 after therapy with Gerry for 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship, family, grief, eating, sleeping, anger, and bipolar
It has been a significant experience to learn how to handle my ADD and Depression from a person who shows care and disposition to help. I am still taking the therapy to ensure my recovery, but I had felt heard and appreciate by Gerry. His encoragement for a person like me who is not an English native speaker and struggling with the loneliness and hardship of moving to a new country is much appreciated. He brought me hope and reminded me I am an important as person for my love ones, even in the worst circumstances.
Kuddos! We keep talking :)
Written on May 30, 2016 after therapy with Gerry for 4 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, family, grief, parenting, self esteem, career, and depression
Although I am not comfortable judging whether someone would be a good therapist for someone else, I can say that if you really need and want help, Gerry will walk that path with you and give you honest and thoughtful responses to help clear the way.
Written on Nov 23, 2015 after therapy with Gerry for 6 months on issues concerning family, and grief
Gerry was just the therapist that I needed. He knew exactly how to cut to the issue and didn't beat around the bush. He is a straight shooter and speaks from experience. I found his advice extremely helpful and encouraging. I would highly recommend Gerry as a counselor. Thank you.
Written on Jul 20, 2015 after therapy with Gerry for 1 month
Gerry is an absolute gem of a person. He is an utmost professional, always honest and full of insight. His feedback is on point, full of hope and sometimes much needed humor. He has never failed to understand my current problems and has provided great tools to balance my emotional needs with my life ones. I couldn't have asked for a better mentor! I am in his great debt and will continue to ask for his help as long as I need it. Thank you so much for this great match. And thank you, Gerry, you are truly awesome!
Written on Jun 03, 2015 after therapy with Gerry for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related, anger, and depression
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