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Gerry Watson, LCSW

Stress, Anxiety Relationship issues Bipolar disorder Depression ADHD
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About me

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.

Professional experience

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

Clinical approaches: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy

License information

TN LCSW 5704


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