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Gretchen Shay LICSW, LCSW

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General Office Hours

In Central Time


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What would be important for someone to know about working with you?

My goal is to help each of my client's work through the issues and problems that are hindering them. Focusing on helping each person, family, etc. to reach their goals and become the version of themselves they are comfortable with/proud of in a safe environment without judgement and empowering the client to take control of their lives.

In what ways have your personal experiences influenced your work with your clients?

I have experience working with families and children on various levels. I use to be a teacher and worked closely with families and children from a variety of socio-economic backgrounds. I have also worked in and out patient drug/alcohol treatment as well as I do interventions so I have a clear understanding of how addiction effects the entire family unit. I have worked in pediatric and adult oncology supporting not only individuals that have been diagnosed with cancer but also the caregivers. I have also worked in dialysis supporting patients and families. I believe that my wide variety of experience help me to help my patients reach their goals.

What does a first session with you look like?

The first session is an opportunity to get to know each other. Understand the client's needs and goals in a safe and supportive environment. This session is used to assess how we can work together in a successful manner to provide necessary help and support.





Caregiver stress & support

Eating disorders

General Expertise





Divorce & separation

Drug addiction & abuse

Eating disorders

Family issues

In-Network Insurance

Sana Benefits


First Session$100
Family Therapy$100
Individual Therapy$100
Marriage & Couples Counseling$100

Types of Therapy

Family Therapy

Individual Therapy

Marriage & Couples Counseling


Young Adults (18-24)

Adults (25-65)

Treatment Approaches / Modalities

Strength Based Therapy

Family Systems Therapy

Person-Centered Therapy

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Motivational Interviewing

Solution-Focused Brief Therapy

Compassion-Focused Therapy

Marriage and Family Therapy

Training / Certifications

LCSW in Alabama

LCSW in Illinois

CADC in Illinois


  • Alabama, LICSW, 4865C
  • Illinois, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, 149013908


Masters of Social Work, Loyola University Chicago

Work History

I have experience working with individuals going through various medical diagnosis as well their caregivers, also have experience in addiction therapy, interventions, anxiety, depression, and family counseling. I have worked with children, adolescents and adults.

Frequently Asked Questions About Gretchen Shay, LICSW, LCSW

It’s not uncommon to have questions before starting therapy. Gretchen Shay, LICSW, LCSW, has answered a few of the questions they receive most often from new clients.

Is Gretchen Shay accepting new clients?

Yes, Gretchen Shay is accepting new clients.

Does Gretchen Shay accept insurance?

Yes, Gretchen Shay accepts insurance, including Sana Benefits.

What types of therapy does Gretchen Shay offer?

Gretchen Shay offers therapy for couples, families and individuals.

Does Gretchen Shay offer in-person appointments?

No, but people in Alabama and Illinois can book Gretchen Shay for virtual appointments (teletherapy).

Does Gretchen Shay offer online therapy?

Yes, Gretchen Shay offers online therapy to people in Alabama and Illinois.

How quickly can I see Gretchen Shay?

Gretchen Shay typically can speak with new clients within 48 hours. You can see their current general office hours and request an appointment on their profile page.

What languages does Gretchen Shay speak?

Gretchen Shay conducts therapy sessions in English.

Can I book an appointment with Gretchen Shay online?

Yes, you can easily book an appointment with Gretchen Shay online using Choosing Therapy’s directory.