Seeking counseling doesn't always mean there is the presence of mental illness. Therapy is a safe and confidential way to discuss the issues that affect all of our lives. Don't let fear or stigma prevent you from experiencing the joy of life you deserve! Below are just some of the issues I work with individuals on. Allow me to walk with you in your situations and help you in your life's journey!
About Gary Nelson
Gary Nelson holds a BA in Business Management and a Masters in Counseling, and is a NJ Board of Professional Counselors Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) with certification in Post-Traumatic Stress Management. Mr. Nelson has received years of clinical training and supervision in Context Centered Family Systems Therapy, and has experience working with adolescents and teens with depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, PTSD, anger and low self- esteem.
Mr. Nelson is the Director of MVP (Making Visions Possible School Based Youth Services Program) and has over 8 years’ experience creating, managing, and participating in youth development programs and initiatives. He has many years of experience working with adolescents and teens from diverse cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds. Including the resilience and creativity of families in the process of therapy and healing is one of his strengths.
Anxiety and Phobias
Difficulties with Self-Esteem
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
College/Graduate School Issues
Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)
Grief, Loss, or Bereavement
Therapy as a process
Therapy is a process that requires an investment of time and energy through which change may occur over time. If you are seeking family/couple therapy, I generally prefer to work with the entire family or both members of the couple. Determining who should come to sessions and when they should come is a decision that we can make together. I will make recommendations to you about the best course of treatment for the client unit, and together we will make decisions. Although each individual, couple, and family are unique, there are some common stages you may expect.
Stage 1: We will work together to clarify your concerns and what you would like to accomplish in therapy through interview, conversation, and observation.
Stage 2: We will work together to bring about the identified changes that you (individual, couple, family) would like to make. During this time I ask that you actively problem solve in order to help improve relationships and the quality of your life.
Stage 3: When we determine that you have accomplished the goals identified in stage 1, and the work seems complete, we will engage in an ending process in which we will work to solidify changes, reflect on the process of change, and plan for the future.
Length of Therapy and Sessions
Every individual, couple, or family is different so it is unclear how many sessions will be needed to bring about the changes you desire. Often individuals, couples or families may require 10-30 sessions. However in some instances fewer or more sessions may be required. We will make these decisions together. We will meet once a week, each session will begin on the hour (unless otherwise specified), and will last for 50 minutes. It is understood that there may be times when it is necessary to cancel or reschedule appointments. However, frequent cancellations will interfere with the quality of our work together and also may be a sign of dissatisfaction with the therapy. If there are frequent cancellations we will discuss the meaning of the cancellations and determine how we can work consistently.
One-on-one work with a trained mental health clinician in a safe, caring, and confidential environment.
Helps couples of all types recognize and resolve conflicts and improve their relationships.
Join a group to discuss problems, change behavior, and improve relationships together under the supervision of a therapist.