W. Lee Gaston, LCSW, PIP

Lee Gaston, LCSW, PIP, has over 20 years’ experience treating adults, teens and children, and relationships between them, for a wide variety of problems and disorders. He earned his BA degree from the University of Alabama with an English Major and a Creative Writing Minor. So, naturally he became a cabinetmaker and worked with wood for 17 years. A variety of factors including a bad back, doing his own inner work and a fascination with the ways people heal, learn and grow led him to return to UA to obtain a Master of Social Work Degree for the purpose of becoming a therapist. Learning how to work in construction continues to influence his therapeutic style in that he prefers to work actively and collaboratively with his clients. Mr. Gaston remains a permanent student of the mind/brain, the most effective evidence-based therapies and of our human natures.

Mr. Gaston assesses and treats:

  • Trauma
  • Mood Disorders such as Depression
  • Anxiety and Panic Disorders
  • Recovery from abuse over the life span
  • Behavior problems in adults, teens and children
  • Relationship and communication problems
  • Traumatic and complicated Grief
  • Emotional regulation problems such as anger, fear and shame
  • Stress Management
  • Behavioral and chemical addictions
  • Problems of the Self including Personality disturbances and Low Self-esteem

Mr. Gaston has post-graduate training in:

  • Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Behavioral Therapy
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Play Therapy (for the young and old)
  • Mindfulness-based Therapies
  • 12 Step Recovery Model
  • Solution-focused Therapy

Mr. Gaston prefers to assess the problem/s and, depending on the client’s interests, needs and strengths, develop a personalized plan with each client selecting from the elements listed above. Certain features are intrinsic to all of his therapeutic work: Respect, Acceptance, Encouragement and Support. Although not specifically a religious counselor he welcomes the integration of client’s own spiritual beliefs and practices. He strives to make his office and the therapeutic conversations a safe and sacred space where, despite the obstacles, positive change happens.

Mr. Gaston accepts these insurances (call ahead for verification about your specific plan):

  • American Behavioral EAP/Managed Care
  • Behavioral Health Services (BHS)
  • Medicare
  • Medicaid
  • MHCA (Blue Choice Network)
  • Tricare
  • UBH/UHC
  • Beacon/ValueOptions (pending)