About Me

My name is Will. I've been practicing as a licensed clinical social worker for about 18 years. I received my Master of Social Work degree at the University of Pittsburgh, and did my clinical training in forensic settings, working with sexual offenders and other folks mandated to treatment by the court. For several years I practiced in prisons, helping inmates come to terms with what they did to lose their freedoms, and how they might find happiness through rehabilitation. In 2007, during the Iraq War surge, I went to work for the Army, treating Soldiers suffering from combat trauma and a range of other related challenges. Between 2012 and 2021, I practiced in the military corrections system helping former Service Member inmates -- many of whom made terrible mistakes, but are seeking real, meaningful change -- manage what contributed to their offending; but also their traumas, depression and anxiety, fear, and lack of purpose in their lives. My approach to counseling, which is based on the cognitive behavioral and existential models, is to help people find meaning in life's often overwhelming stress. Addictions, traumas, perceived failures, isolation: these experiences can lead to a sense of emptiness. But processing them with a therapist can be the first step toward finding the person who's been lost. I see all clients with unconditional positive regard, and focus on strengths, not weaknesses. Anyone can rediscover happiness, whatever their challenges, whatever life may bring. I look forward to working with you!


Specialties

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

Clinical approaches:
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Existential Therapy, Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Psychodynamic Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy

Years of Experience: 20

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

LCSW #CW014714 (Expires: 2023-02-28)

LCSW #2012008300 (Expires: 2023-09-30)


Reviews

These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for William Gates. 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 D.O. on May 11, 2022 after therapy with William for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and sleeping disorders

Very understanding and an active listener. Asks relevant questions to properly understand concerns.

Written by P.E. on May 04, 2022 after therapy with William for 10 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, self esteem, coaching, and adhd

William is exactly the type of person/therapist I was hoping to work with. He is knowledgable, compassionate, and dedicated to helping me solve my issues. All the while, being kind hearted and very insightful. I couldn't ask for more honestly.

Written by S.H. on May 03, 2022 after therapy with William for 9 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, grief, and coping with life changes

Will is great. He listens and gives perspectives on the things going on in my life which I really appreciate. It helps to be able to look at things in a different way.

Written by C.H. on Apr 19, 2022 after therapy with William for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, and career difficulties

This was my first therapy, and I'm very happy with William.

My first impression of William was that he is very professional, and I immediately found him to be very trustful. I never felt judged in any way, so I was able to talk absolutely freely (like to a very good friend). He gave me the feeling that he would be there for me when I needed him. During the discussions with William, I got a sense that he truly loves helping people, that he is up-to-date regarding the science and that he is very curious (in a good way).

He asked me simple questions and provided analogies that helped us identify what I was truly struggling with and gave me tools to deal with - and solve - my issues.

Written by N.O. on Apr 12, 2022 after therapy with William for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, sleeping disorders, self esteem, bipolar disorder, coping with life changes, compassion fatigue, and adhd

An amazing therapist

Written by D.A. on Apr 10, 2022 after therapy with William for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, anger management, coping with life changes, and adhd

Been very helpful in identifying issues

Written by J.O. on Mar 17, 2022 after therapy with William for 8 months on issues concerning parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, and adhd

Will is sooo insightful! and is masterful at explaining and breaking things down for me.

Written by D.E. on Mar 17, 2022 after therapy with William for 5 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, sleeping disorders, parenting issues, self esteem, bipolar disorder, and coping with life changes

Will is really SENSATIONAL & is helping me to elucidate and articulate the origins of deeply embedded patterns of negative and self defeating thinking, which proves essential in enabling him to then work with me to develop practical strategies for loosening their grip.

I’m not an easy person & never a great verbal communicator so, after years of every type of therapy imaginable, I’ve found precisely what I need.

Will is patient and compassionate while being proactive and constructively challenging when he needs to be.

I find this combination of empathy and robust testing of my negative perceptions immensely helpful.

The process I’m going through is getting much better on a day to day basis despite my bumpy days.

Building up the confidence to successfully tackle life with Will’s help is a much more positive approach & life seems much more achievable.

Things remain to be bubbling below the surface are still are weaving their way into how I form relationships and the way I have behaved since I was a child but I didn’t know what they were or how to deal with them.

The hours I’ve spent with Wil have been the most valuable of my life. Not only have we formed a trusting patient relationship (which I’ve never experienced)!but he’s helped me slowly understand what had happened in the past explains a lot.

I now feel equipped to do things differently. It’s been the most liberating and empowering experience and I’ve learnt things that will stay with me forever even though it’s a process & eventually will be my PAST.

37 years of damage, guilt, shame, nightmares, anxiousness, alcohol misuse and self hatred is a humongous amount for any one person to “fix”.

That said, it’s so much more manageable thanks to Will.

Thank you so so much.

Written by T.O. on Mar 06, 2022 after therapy with William for 6 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, sleeping disorders, self esteem, coping with life changes, and adhd

I feel that Will really understands and supports me. I never feel like I’m too uncomfortable to bring up or share any problems with him and I look forward to our sessions. He’s always been able to share a different perspective on troubling issues and helps me understand the though processes that I’m getting caught up in. I would really recommend Will to anyone looking for help to understand a bit more about themselves

Written by J.E. on Feb 12, 2022 after therapy with William for 9 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, self esteem, coping with life changes, compassion fatigue, and adhd

My life has changed for the better ALREADY!!!

Written by D.O. on Feb 01, 2022 after therapy with William for 5 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, anger management, and coaching

Will’s depth AND breadth of knowledge and his ability to call on different therapeutic techniques has really helped me to address some longstanding issues. We have a mutual respect for each other and that has been important as we walk my journey to better health together.

Written by O.L. on Jan 19, 2022 after therapy with William for 5 months on issues concerning depression, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, and adhd

Will has been great in providing CBT for my depression and negative thoughts. He also provided me with thoughts exercise that allows me to recognise and reformulate negative thoughts and thus decreasing my depression drastically and also also reduce the frequency of negative thoughts. Very satisfied and happy so far!

Written by J.E. on Dec 14, 2021 after therapy with William for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues, and self esteem

Will is perceptive, relatable, nonjudgmental and quick with suggestions that make sense IRL.

Written by M.E. on Dec 13, 2021 after therapy with William for 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and compassion fatigue

Mr. Gates has been very supportive and thoughtful in our conversations. He has helped me to ask myself important questions on the why, how, and helped to push my thoughts to develop a more positive plan for how I want to step forward in life.

Written by S.E. on Dec 08, 2021 after therapy with William for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and anger management

William’s personality and demeanor is extremely welcoming and allowed me to open up & dive right in quickly and without reservations. I would highly recommend him to anyone!

Written by C.O. on Dec 02, 2021 after therapy with William for 3 months on issues concerning depression, and stress, anxiety

Will is great! Highly recommend

Written by L.U. on Nov 30, 2021 after therapy with William for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, anger management, and coaching

William Gates is an amazing professional, who goes above and beyond to help patients. I feel more and more comfortable after each session, literally can feel how sessions help me. Thank you!

Written by V.A. on Nov 25, 2021 after therapy with William for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, grief, sleeping disorders, self esteem, coping with life changes, and coaching

Will is the best, he’s helped me so much! I feel like I have come so far under his guidance and it’s so reassuring to have him there for me when I need him

Written by J.E. on Nov 23, 2021 after therapy with William for 3 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, family conflicts, grief, parenting issues, self esteem, career difficulties, and compassion fatigue

William is an excellent therapist, he intently listens and takes time to deconstruct complex feelings. He is very easy to talk to and provides deeper insight on traumas and grief. William is genuinely benevolent, and has profound emotional intelligence. He has helped my greatly these last two months. I am very thankful to have his guidance and support.

Written by M.I. on Nov 23, 2021 after therapy with William for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues, trauma and abuse, and intimacy-related issues

Mr. Gates brings a "Holy curiosity" to the table that makes it easy to "tell my story." He's always professional and thoroughly interested in what's happening with me. His insights have been comforting, balanced, and helpful!

Written by P.H. on Nov 10, 2021 after therapy with William for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, sleeping disorders, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, bipolar disorder, coping with life

Will is a very down to earth therapist who helps people understand their thoughts and emotions in order to live a happier, healthier life.

Written by N.I. on Nov 09, 2021 after therapy with William for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, and self esteem

Will is kind and caring, and always willing to provide the best input for my issues. He’s knowledgeable and always positive, I’ve never felt more comfortable talking with anyone. If you are looking for someone to help with anything in your life, Will is for sure the guy for you. I am forever thankful for all his help.

Written by S.I. on Oct 25, 2021 after therapy with William for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, and self esteem

My first ever therapy session and prior to the call quite sceptical of the benefits. However I felt very comfortable talking to William about my position and concerns and felt he listened and offered great advice but also things to think about in my own time. I look forward to progressing and developing so I can be happier in myself with more sessions with William.

Written by D.E. on Oct 25, 2021 after therapy with William for 5 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, grief, and coping with life changes

William Gates is a very caring, knowledgeable and helpful counselor.

Written by C.O. on Oct 18, 2021 after therapy with William for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and sleeping disorders

Will is of great help. He’s always so positive, and makes me laugh even in times when I am down. He offers possible solutions to each issue you bring and is always available to lend a helping hand. Completely recommend!

Written by S.A. on Oct 13, 2021 after therapy with William for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues, and family conflicts

I have had a great counseling experience with Mr. Gates . He listens to me and his feedback has been so helpful. I would definitely recommend him.

Written by D.A. on Oct 13, 2021 after therapy with William for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, parenting issues, self esteem, and career difficulties

I have had 2 sessions with Will and he has already given me more help and coping mechanism or advice than my therapist I've been seeing for 4 years. He answer's my messages in a timely manner. He makes the live video session not awkward. I'd definitely recommend William Gates to anyone. Better help did a great job at matching me with Will!

Written by J.E. on Oct 10, 2021 after therapy with William for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, and coping with life changes

I've only talked with Will twice and his insight and the help he has already given me in amazing im so thankful to habe his help

Written by J.A. on Oct 09, 2021 after therapy with William for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, addictions, intimacy-related issues, and adhd

As my first therapist, he is incredibly friendly and very easy to share yourself with. It feels like you're speaking with an old friend and makes you feel very comfortable with the exposing information and getting valuable feedback.

Written by K.A. on Sep 19, 2021 after therapy with William for 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and self esteem

Mr. William helped me a lot. I’m so glad that I have met him and I could talk to him, even if it was from across the world. He is very kind and positive person and amazing therapist.
Thank you!!!

Written by B.O. on Sep 17, 2021 after therapy with William for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, grief, sleeping disorders, and coaching

I love how he listens and offers mechanisms that I could use when feeling anxious or depressed, and that certain things are normal grieving processes especially after losing my brother recently. But I should not stay there I need to also try to take steps to move forward as it's what my brother wants.

Written by S.A. on Sep 14, 2021 after therapy with William for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, compassion fatigue, and adhd

Very insightful and a great listener!

Written by G.A. on Sep 10, 2021 after therapy with William for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue

William Gates is easy to talk to and offers easy to understand insights that are deeper than cookie cutter while still keeping you in the divers seat.

Written by M.A. on Sep 06, 2021 after therapy with William for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, self esteem, coping with life changes, and adhd

Gates makes every session extremely comfortable. In my head for the longest time I thought therapy was super formal, but he talks to me as if we are friends hanging out at a cafe. I definitely recommend Mr. Gates! Been happy since day one!

Written by M.A. on Sep 03, 2021 after therapy with William for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, and stress, anxiety

My experience with William has been very helpful in the short time I've had the pleasure of speaking with him. I believe the initial questionnaire was very effective in finding the right fit.

Written by S.E. on Jul 16, 2021 after therapy with William for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, family conflicts, parenting issues, self esteem, and coping with life changes

Will is an insightful, warm and engaging professional who helped me from the first session. Highly recommended.

Written by J.A. on Jun 05, 2021 after therapy with William for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety

Mr. Gates is amazing. I love talking to him

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