Gillian Van Dien


About Me

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of Wisconsin with over 20 years of experience providing counseling and psychotherapy services in a variety of settings including residential treatment, outpatient psychotherapy, and vocational rehabilitation. I not only believe, I know, everyone has the ability to heal from past injuries, solve psychological problems, and improve their lives so that they are happier, more confident, and better able to achieve their life goals. I have worked with a wide range of people of all ages and backgrounds to help them solve the problems that brought them to therapy, learn and practice new skills, new ways of thinking, more effective ways to manage their lives to be more fulfilling, and move toward the goals they set for themselves. People come to therapy for a wide range of reasons; our first task is to identify what you want to change and need assistance with and develop a plan to achieve those goals. Some of the problems I've helped people work through include depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and complex PTSD resulting from a range of experiences (including abuse experienced as a child, domestic violence, and sexual assault), family problems, women's issues generally, various relationship problems, employment problems, and adjusting to many life changes.

A good working relationship is necessary for therapy to be successful. You are the expert on your life; this is your journey. My role is to be a guide, help you find perspective on yourself and your experiences, be a source of support and information, help you learn how to make the changes you wish to see in your life, and how to make those changes happen. I understand the importance of meeting you where you are. Therefore, our first task together is to establish that working relationship. You have to be able to trust your guide to be able to move forward, and that is a process in itself that can't be rushed. Once we've identified your goals, I use a variety of techniques drawn from different schools of psychotherapy to help you reach your them. Some of those techniques include client-centered, motivational interviewing, cognitive-behavioral, psychodynamic, internal family systems (IFS), mindfulness, and solution-focused strategies. I have also found particular energy medicine techniques (such as Emotional Freedom Technique, or EFT) to be very helpful in reducing and managing symptoms of anxiety and depression, sometimes very quickly. This can help you focus on deeper issues.

It is also important to consider how any physical health conditions and the people and environments you interact with affect you psychologically. It's important to take all of these factors into account to effectively help you heal and grow.

This is a very personal journey for everyone. I look forward to working with you!


  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Trauma and abuse
  • Self esteem
  • Career difficulties
  • Depression
Also experienced in:
Relationship issues , Family conflicts , Grief , Intimacy-related issues , Eating disorders , Parenting issues , Anger management , Coping with life changes , Coaching , Compassion fatigue , Abandonment , Attachment Issues , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Attachment-Based Therapy, Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT), Existential Therapy, Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Psychodynamic Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy

Years of Experience: 15

Services Offered

  • Messaging

  • Phone

  • Video


WI LPC 4237-125


These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Gillian Van Dien. 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.

Written on Nov 26, 2022 after therapy with Gillian for 9 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, self esteem, and compassion fatigue

I am starting up with her again because she is so good!

Written on Oct 24, 2022 after therapy with Gillian for 1 month on issues concerning career difficulties, coaching, and compassion fatigue

The sessions have been very helpful in grounding me and allowing me to feel like I have control and a healthy respect for the position I am currently in

Written on Oct 13, 2022 after therapy with Gillian for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, self esteem, anger management, compassion fatigue, and adhd

Gillian is a great listener and takes in all of the information that you give her. She will also give you advice or special techniques to help you improve with certain actions in situations. She is very understanding and she will definitely tell you if you are wrong about something and need to fix it. I love how gentle and caring she is! She will definitely get you in the right direction when you need it most.

Written on Sep 16, 2022 after therapy with Gillian for 2 weeks on issues concerning grief, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and coping with life changes

Gillian is amazing. She provides very detailed feedback that takes time and it is helpful. She has over twenty years of experience.

Written on Jul 28, 2022 after therapy with Gillian for 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, grief, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue

I feel so lucky to have been paired with Gillian. She is a wealth of knowledge, she listens and offers feedback and asks great questions. I feel very safe speaking with her and I am learning so much about myself and she provides resources and tools that are helping me cope with life challenges

Written on May 21, 2022 after therapy with Gillian for 4 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and career difficulties

She is great, very helpful and knowledgeable

Work with me!