Gary Lee Harrel, LCSW
Gary Lee has been a Licensed Clinical Social Worker since 1997. He was raised in Louisiana and received his Master of Social Work from Grambling State University in 1994.He received his B.A in Education, Cum Laude from Louisiana Tech University in 1984. In addition, he also has 18 hours in Mild/Moderate Handicapped Education through Louisiana State University. Gary taught school in the Louisiana State Public School System from 1984 to 1992. Following receiving his MSW, he spent nine years working for the State of Louisiana Department of Health and Human Services, Mental Health, serving persons in both inpatient and outpatient mental health settings, as well as chemical dependency treatment. He has worked for the LSU Health Sciences System, as well as providing services for HIV/AIDS patients in the late 1990’s through Tulane University Medical Center.
In 2006, Gary Lee left Louisiana to take a job at the VA Sierra Nevada Health Care System here in Reno. After eleven years of working as a Clinical Social Worker with the Health Care for Homeless Veterans’ program. He retired from the Federal Government in 2017. Gary Lee has worked as a Supervisor of Case Management, and as a therapist for Human Behavior Institute, and as the Co-occurring Counselor for The Center for Behavioral Health working with patients with both mental health and substance abuse issues. He has also served as the Supervisor of Social Services at West Hills Behavioral Health Hospital.
Gary has experience in many types of evidence-based therapies including CBT, REBT, Motivational Interviewing, grief, adjustment, LGBTQ issues, chemical dependency and co-occurring issues. He is a Generalist Practitioner, who approaches therapy using all therapeutic tools available. Gary has worked with individuals, couples, and families. He has vast experience in dealing with adjustment, acceptance and coping through terminal or debilitating illness, grief and end of life issues. Gary has worked with adolescents, age 16 and above, as well as adults, and enjoys working with geriatric clients. Gary Lee offers years of experience, in an accepting, unconditional atmosphere with a Southern charm.
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