Hello! My name is Gretchen. Thank you for taking the time to read my profile.
I believe that a counselor's role is to help support, challenge, and guide. It can take some time to build a relationship, and it's important for both parties to feel comfortable sharing information, asking questions, and identifying what tools and techniques are the most effective.
Whether this is your first experience with counseling, or you've worked with a counselor before, it's important to find someone you feel comfortable interacting with. All counselors and therapists must complete similar classes on counseling technique and theory, but everyone's style and experience is different. Some counselors have areas of specialty like trauma, anxiety, gender and sexuality issues, or anger management, or an interest in a particular age group. Others have additional training in art or music therapy or a specific counseling modality like Cognitive Behavior Therapy or Dialectic Behavioral Therapy. And, maybe most important of all, we have our own communication and counseling style; this often contributes the most to the relationships that we build.
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Pennsylvania. I received my Masters in Social Work from Temple University, and also have a Masters in Business Administration. As a clinical social worker, I am required to complete continuing education every year. Much of my ongoing training has focused on trauma, grief, LGBTQIA issues, suicide, mood disorders, and bullying (including cyber bullying). Additional treatment issues that I work with include coping with change and life transitions, self esteem, parent-child relationships, anxiety, and stress management. I utilize elements of mindfulness, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Strategic Family Therapy, solution focused brief therapy, life coaching, and psycho-education. I believe that treatment planning is a collaborative process, and work closely to develop a goal plan that is individualized and strengths based.
If you feel that my experience and style might be a good fit for your needs, I look forward to "meeting" you!
- Trauma and abuse
- Self esteem
I also have experience in Stress, Anxiety, LGBT, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Sleeping disorders, Parenting issues, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder, Coping with life changes, Compassion fatigue
LCSW #CW015911 (Expires: 2019-02-28)
Gretchen is an amazing counselor who has helped me feel very comfortable to talk about things that are hard to open up about. She has a great balance of calming worries that I may have through plain conversation and giving facts about my concerns to let me know that I am not the only person feeling these things. I strongly suggest Gretchen as a counselor to anyone who is in need of any sort of guidance.
Gretchen offers such phenomenal support. She's so responsive and she asks questions that really help me process what I'm dealing with in a way that doesn't feel pushy or critical. She's very kind and warm, and I feel that she genuinely cares about my wellbeing.
Gretchen understood me almost immediately. With empathy, warmth and humor, she made me feel comfortable to share aspects of my life that I so desperately needed to find help and understanding. It has made a huge difference in my outlook and I feel so much healthier!
Gretchen has been great! I wasn't sure how online counseling would turnout but she has been extremely helpful in providing ideas, suggestions and encouragement to help me. I would definitely recommend her to others that are in need of counseling
Gretchen has been extremely helpful in more ways than one. She has taught me new and better ways with communication, controlling my emotions or anger and getting back to basics with my own life that I can control. She is helpful with stressful situations and constantly showing me ways to think clearly and calmly.
Gretchen is a very sweet and supportive person. She has helped me to set goals and take steps small, specific, and meaningful steps to reach each one. She will encourage you to overcome your challenges as well as provide you with resources you may need to help you be successful.
I enjoy talking to Gretchen as she not only offers understanding for issues I face but also presents possible ways that I can fix the problem. When I signed up for BetterHelp.com, I mainly was looking for someone to help me COPE with my anxiety and depression as I knew that if I could cope, I could manage. She offers many suggestions and often asks the right questions that help me come to a solution without directly telling me how to address things. She informed me in the first few moments of talking when she was available to speak immediately and when she looked at her sessions. I quickly became used to answering her in the evening, reading her response in the morning, answering her in the afternoon and reading her response after work. It is a nice set up and she doesn't leave conversations unattended. I highly recommend her based on her methods and communication.
Gretchen has changed my entire perspective on counseling. She’s supportive and truly cares about her clients, and I’m very happy she’s here to help me.