Gretchen ShayLICSW, LCSW

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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


Family Therapy


Couples Therapy


Individual Therapy

Types of Therapy

Family Session

Couples Session

Individual Session

Group Session


Young Adults (18-24)

Adults (25-65)

Treatment Approaches / Modalities

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Strength Based Therapy

Compassion-Focused Therapy

Family Systems Therapy

Marriage and Family Therapy

Motivational Interviewing

Person-Centered Therapy

Solution-Focused Brief Therapy

Training / Certifications

LCSW in Alabama

LCSW in Illinois

CADC in Illinois


AL, LICSW, 4865C

IL, LCSW, 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.


Remote Therapist, Madison, 35756, AL