Gretchen Shay


About Me

I am a licensed clinical social worker licensed in Illinois and Alabama with over 13 years of experience working as a social worker/therapist. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, parenting problems, addiction, co-dependency, interventions and family dynamic issues. I also have experience working with individuals going through various medical diagnosis as well their caregivers from diagnosis to end of life and grief and loss therapy. I have worked with children, adolescents and adults.
My therapy style is warm and interactive. I believe in treating anyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion, and I don't believe in stigmatizing labels. My approach combines cognitive-behavioral, humanistic, psychodynamic and rational-emotive therapy. I will tailor our dialog and treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs.
It takes courage to seek a more fulfilling and happier life and to take the first steps towards change. If you are ready to take that step, I am here to support and empower you.

I look forward to working with you!


  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Addictions
  • Family conflicts
  • Eating disorders
  • Depression
Also experienced in:
Relationship issues , Trauma and abuse , Grief , Parenting issues , Self esteem , Coping with life changes , Compassion fatigue , Abandonment , Attachment Issues , Blended Family Issues , Body Image , Cancer , Co-morbidity , Codependency , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT), Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy

Years of Experience: 13

Services Offered

  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video


LICSW #4865C (Expires: 2023-09-30)

LCSW #149013908 (Expires: 2023-11-30)


These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Gretchen Shay. 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 by M.A. on May 11, 2022 after therapy with Gretchen for 3 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, grief, eating disorders, career difficulties, and coping with life changes

Gretchen is attentive and encouraging. Helped immensely!

Written by M.U. on May 05, 2022 after therapy with Gretchen for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues

Thank you.

Written by A.D. on Mar 09, 2022 after therapy with Gretchen for 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, self esteem, anger management, and compassion fatigue

Gretchen is awesome! She takes the time to understand you and build a rapport prior to counseling through your concerns. She is attentive to detail and supportive of your goals. Because of Gretchen, I feel more confident and noticed significant improvement in my mental health overall. I strongly recommend her, she’s amazing!

Written by P.O. on Feb 09, 2022 after therapy with Gretchen for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, and self esteem

I’ve never had therapy before but have been wanting to do it for years. I’m so glad I did! Gretchen is such a lovely person and really made me feel at ease straight away as I was quite nervous by the whole thing. We’ve covered a lot already and I really feel like I’m making progress so far! She never makes me feel judged or ashamed and I feel she really listens to me and gives me great tools and things to work on after each session. Definitely get in touch with Gretchen if you want to feel better and work on things!

Written by B.R. on Jan 14, 2022 after therapy with Gretchen for 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, and parenting issues

Gretchen is the best counselor I’ve ever spoken to

Work with me!