Marikay Gazda

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About Me

Welcome to our BetterHelp Community and congratulations in taking that courageous first step in feeling better! My name is Marikay Gazda and I have been a Licensed Clinical Social Worker since 1992. Through these many years I have provided counseling to those experiencing feelings of generalized anxiety, depressed thoughts, feelings of isolation, chronic or life threatening medical conditions, end of life issues, caregiver stress and fatigue and general life transitions. As a Certified Grief Counselor I have worked with individuals struggling in their feelings of grief and loss who feel stuck in moving on. But I have also found that those physical and psychological responses felt in grief is not unique to a death, as loss can be found across the board in relationships, health, a job or simply an empty nest. Those feelings of sadness, anxiety, depression and physical symptoms can certainly be generalized to any type of loss as it impacts an individual's ability to engage in a full and happy life.

My demeanor is warm, compassionate, interactive and positive. I consider the client/therapist relationship to be the most important element to a successful therapy experience. As a clinician, my approach is client centered, goal oriented and grounded in a strengths perspective. I use the models of Emotional Focused Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Solution Focused Brief Therapy in helping my clients understand the relationship between their thoughts, feelings and behavior and creating goals to effect a change. In my work with grief and loss the Duel Process Model teaches a client to regularly "take breaks" from their feelings of loss while the Continuing Bonds Model works towards creating new meaning and a new relationship within the loss.

My goal as a therapist is to partner with you in an empathetic and safe space and that each interaction leaves you hopeful that change can occur. I wish you all the peace that your day can bring knowing that you have taken that first step in feeling better.


  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Grief
  • Depression
  • Coping with life changes
  • Compassion fatigue
Also experienced in:
Relationship issues , Self esteem , Aging and Geriatric Issues , Attachment Issues , Cancer , Caregiver Issues and Stress , Chronic Pain Illness and Disability , Communication Problems , Emptiness , Read more...

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

Years of Experience: 31

Services Offered

  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video


LCSW #149.004372 (Expires: 2021-11-30)


Written by S.A. on Sep 14, 2021 after counseling with Marikay for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and self esteem

Marikay has been super supportive and helpful throughout my journey. She listens to what I have to say and does not try to pressure me into doing something that I am not ready/comfortable for yet. She has helped guide me to being ready to take some plunges that make me nervous/anxious.

Written by M.I. on Sep 13, 2021 after counseling with Marikay for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, and intimacy-related issues

Marikay not only has the framework that you expect from a therapist such as listening skills, perspective thinking, and understanding of cognitive psychology/behaviorism...but also is willing to be flexible and make the time to work around your schedule to be available.

Written by M.I. on Jun 07, 2021 after counseling with Marikay for 5 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, anger management, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue

Marikay Garda is a god send! She has one of the most influential and helpful people in my life.