Welcome

I am so glad you found Thrive for Life Online Counseling.

This is a great place to express emotions, process situations, and make progress toward your individual goals. Online therapy has been growing in popularity in recent years and has shown research-based therapeutic gains. Online counseling can be especially helpful as it:

  • is more affordable than traditional in-person counseling
  • allows for frequent (daily) interaction
  • and does not require a trip to an office or waiting several weeks for a follow-up appointment.

I have enjoyed working with college students, business professionals, stay at home moms, couples, retirees, etc. who have all benefited from this counseling modality. I hope that you find this counseling style to be helpful to you as well.

Online Counseling Options:

Email Counseling A regular exchange of back and forth email messages throughout the day/evening. You can message me with questions and concerns, and I am able to respond at least once per day. Many clients prefer this method as it allows us to slowly work through things together throughout the week and at times that are convenient for them. And, it is great to be able to look back over past messages for reference in the future.I respond to email messages Monday through Friday.
Video Sessions These are scheduled sessions that take place via a secure video messaging platform. I schedule these in advance with clients for 30 or 60 min sessions. I can also incorporate couples into video sessions.
Phone Sessions These are scheduled phone calls made in 30 or 60 minute sessions. I can also incorporate couples into phone sessions.
Single session, weekly, and monthly options are available to meet your needs! Click here for pricing information.

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Wendy Galyen, LCSW, DCC

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I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Distance Credentialed Counselor who graduated from the University of Indianapolis with degrees in Psychology and Social Work, and a master's degree in Social Work from Indiana University. I have over 15 years of experience working with individuals, couples, families, and children. In addition to my work in a private practice environment, I am also actively involved in continuing education and higher education. As an adjunct faculty member and internship supervisor, I am able to train and assist Master of Social Work and Master of Counseling students at Indiana University, Butler University, and the University of Indianapolis. This allows me to remain well-versed in research surrounding counseling theory. I also have extensive social work research experience, and I have enjoyed the opportunity to publish and present this research in textbooks, journals, and at national conferences.

My personal counseling style and approach is very conversational, empathic, non-judgmental, compassionate and individualized. I endeavor to establish a quick but strong rapport with you in order for trust and progress to be made. I utilize a variety of theoretical perspectives depending upon your needs and counseling expectations. I most often rely upon Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solutions-Based Therapy, and Mindfulness to assist my clients in making progress toward their goal(s).

With a good rapport and regular interaction, I strongly believe that you can make progress in the counseling process. I pride myself on responding within 24 hours to maintain consistency and availability to my clients. In addition to the traditional email sessions, I am also available to schedule live chats and phone sessions with you as well.

We all need help and support at different times in our lives, and it takes courage to begin this process. I would be honored to walk through this journey with you.

Licensing

  • LCSW #34005388A
  • DCC #2287

Areas of Specialty

  • Depression
  • Stress and Anxiety
  • Relationships
  • Self-Esteem
  • Grief
  • Parenting
  • Anger Management
  • Career and Life Vision Planning

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Classes

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Overcoming the Winter Blues Facebook Course

Feb 1 - 28, 2018

While February is the shortest month of the year, it often feels like the longest. “Overcoming the Winter Blues” Facebook Course will enable you with strategies to boost your mood and add some light into this dreary time of year.

Each day in February, you will be presented with real-world & research-based strategies, journaling prompts, and other activities to help you feel better now and in the future. In addition to support from me as a trained therapist, you will also gain encouragement from our group!

Grab a journal and meet us here on February 1st! I think you will be surprised and excited by the progress we make together.

Remember - our goal is to not just survive the winter but to thrive!


reviews

S. - Jan 05, 2018

Counseling with Wendy for help with depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, family, parenting, and self esteem.

"I am so glad that I was matched with Wendy. She is a perfect fit for my needs and she is already providing ways for me to improve my life."

Jan 05, 2018

"Wendy is very responsive, caring, and helpful. I am so glad I was rematched with her. My relationship with Christ is important and she understands that aspect. Highly recommended."

J. - Dec 31, 2017

"Wendy is not only very good and extremely talented at what she does, but also is the most considerate, compassionate, and understanding counselor I have ever had. And I love the way she integrates both the Biblical and Professional aspects, devotionals with sound professional advice and mentoring. Her insights are encouraging and helpful and I would recommend her to anyone who is looking for a kind, caring, yet talented professional."

Frank - Oct 24, 2017

Counseling with Wendy for help with stress, anxiety, and self esteem.

"Wendy is amazing! She is always there for me, and gives excellent advice. She has helped me improve in major areas of my life in just a short period of time. She always ask the right questions and is always interested in my improvement."

Donald - Oct 02, 2017

Counseling with Wendy for help with depression, addictions, and parenting.

"Wendy is caring and considerate. I have enjoyed sharing information with her."

Elizabeth - Sept 23, 2017

"I wish I'd known Wendy before I started thinking about marriage. Wendy put me at ease from the beginning of our counseling. Part of what I do for a living is listen to people and help them sort through what's most important to them... I need to understand those people's hearts. Even though I listen to other people, I'm not used to people doing that for me. It's startling. It's healing. And because Wendy comes from the same belief system I do, I can trust her advice on a level that I couldn't trust anyone else's. I know that not only does she have my physical, mental, and emotional well-being in mind... she also has my spiritual well-being in mind. If you're afraid of counseling, Wendy is someone you can trust. And she's extremely insightful and experienced. I feel much less confused than I used to about how to best handle certain relationship situations. Can't say enough good things about Wendy's work!"

Collin - Sept 22, 2017

"Wendy is very helpful and encouraging. She offers good advice, and seems to genuinely care. She always responds in a timely manner, which is a credit to her profession. I would highly recommend her to anyone seeking guidance."

John - Jun 27, 2017

Counseling with Wendy for depression, stress, anxiety, self esteem, and career.

"I find Wendy to be very helpful and easy to talk with. I strongly recommend her, even if you are hesitant to seek therapy. She provides an empathetic, client focused, and compassionate setting. Wendy challenges me to be proactive and to maintain a balanced perspective. She is very professional and insightful."

Kathy - Jun 14, 2017

Counseling with Wendy for help with depression, stress, anxiety, family, parenting, and self esteem.

"I was not sure what to expect with this experience, but wow it has been great. Wendy has been wonderful. She is understanding and supportive. She has a vast amount of knowledge and really knows how to lead me in the right direction. She has given me articles, books, and blogs to read to support me in my struggles. I appreciate that she always writes back within 24 hours. I feel that everything we discussed has been practical and doable. I am thankful for this style of counseling because it fits into my busy mom life."

Michelle - Jun 07, 2017

Counseling with Wendy for help with depression, relationship, family, self esteem, and career.

"Wendy is amazing. She is very compassionate, encouraging and helpful. She explains everything very well, asks thought provoking questions, and guides me to real solutions!"

Shana - May 13, 2017

Counseling with Wendy for help with stress, anxiety, relationship, and family

"Wendy is very patient with me. I feel like I'm sharing secrets with a friend. She is never judgmental and is always there to lift up my spirits. Very prompt with answering messages. Will highly recommend her."

Tori - May 03, 2017

Counseling with Wendy for depression, and stress, anxiety

"Wendy was quick to respond and very helpful! I would recommend her to anyone struggling with anxiety!"

Joelle - Mar 20, 2017

Counseling with Wendy for depression, stress, anxiety, self esteem, and career.

"Wendy, is very kind, empathetic, professional and insightful. She is also very understanding and really attempts to walk along side you in what you are going through."

William - Mar 18, 2017

Counseling with Wendy for help with stress, anxiety, self esteem, and career.

"Wendy was a great help for my growth and through a period of transition. She was compassionate and helped me to find the direction I needed with ideas and support. Would highly recommend her service. Always received great response to messages in quick time even with time difference to us."

Randall - Mar 07, 2017

Counseling with Wendy for help with relationships and family.

"Wendy provides a well balanced and thoughtful approach to counseling. I greatly appreciate her."

Yasmine - Feb 09, 2017

"Wendy is really great and helpful. I couldn't have asked for a better counselor. I love talking to her. She makes me feel really relieved. You're truly awesome at your job and I can't describe what difference it made to have you around to talk to."

Sarah - Feb 06, 2017

Counseling with Wendy for help with stress, anxiety, relationship, parenting, self esteem, and depression.

"Wendy has been MORE than helpful to me and my family. Not only have I talked with her about personal struggles, but relationship struggles and family issues. She is prompt to respond and sends weekly check ins. I appreciate her time and help! She also got to the bottom of the issues and I feel like I know her personally without ever meeting!"

S.S. - Feb 05, 2017

"Wendy has been super helpful so far and she has a wonderful response time! So happy she's my therapist!."

G.E. - Jan 21, 2017

Counseling with Wendy for stress, anxiety, relationship, family, self esteem, anger, and career.

"She is a great listener. She made me feel that I can open up to her."

Sam - Dec 24, 2016

Counseling with Wendy for stress, anxiety, addictions, family, trauma and abuse, parenting, self esteem, career, and depression.

"Brilliant. She really managed to uncover thoughts and emotions I never even realized I was having. After having a round of unsuccessful counseling in the past, she has really shown me how much the right help CAN make a difference! Thanks Wendy!"

Amiee - Sept 24, 2016

Counseling with Wendy for depression and self esteem.

"I am very grateful to have been paired with Wendy. She is a gifted and personable counsellor, and I appreciate her insights, suggestions, and constant encouragement. Her depth of understanding and empathy make it easier to discuss difficult situations, and I enjoy the pacing that this platform offers."

Diane - Aug 16, 2016

Counseling with Wendy for stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship, family, parenting, anger, and depression.

"Wendy has been so wonderful to work with! She responds promptly and is very personable. I was originally assigned to a different therapist, but was unsatisfied with this individual and almost gave up on this form of therapy, but switched to Wendy and am so happy that I did."

Amy - Jun 28, 2016

Counseling with Wendy for stress, anxiety, grief, and depression.

"I've suffered from depression for 30 years. I have made more progress with her than I have with anyone in the past. I usually won't talk to a therapist because it hasn't helped in the past, I have only talked to my psychiatrist for many years. I have felt comfortable with Wendy since day one."

Bev - Jun 27, 2016

Counseling with Wendy for stress, anxiety, family, and depression.

"Wendy is unlike any other therapist I have ever met. She is kind, caring and empathetic. She is also engaged in everything that is happening in your life that from the moment of first introduction I felt as if I was safe. I wouldn't change a thing. Wendy is the best!"

Wendy - Jun 23, 2016

Counseling with Wendy for stress, anxiety, relationship, trauma and abuse, self esteem, and depression.

"Wendy is very helpful, non judgmental, and patient!.

Julee - Jun 15, 2016

Counseling with Wendy for relationship, trauma and abuse, and career.

"Wendy is very supportive and offers helpful insights to help you move forward in the direction that is best for you. I highly recommend her as a counselor!"

Rosie - Jun 2016

Counseling with Wendy for relationship, grief, self esteem, and career.

"Wendy has been really friendly and helpful since day one! She listens and she gives feedback you can do something with."

**Names have been modified to protect client privacy**

Pricing

Plan Description Price
Phone 30 minutes 50.00
Phone 60 minutes 75.00
Video 30 minutes 60.00
Video 60 minutes 100.00
Email Week of unlimited emails * 60.00
Email Month of unlimited emails *
A 25 % SAVINGS OVER THE WEEKLY RATE!
180.00
*Guaranteed reply at least every 24 hours
Don't see a plan that fits? Ask about a custom solution that meets your needs!

Crisis Information

If you are in a crisis or if you or any other person may be in danger - do not use this site. These resources can provide you with immediate help.

United States

  • Emergency: 911
  • National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1- 800-799-7233
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
  • National Hopeline Network: 1-800-SUICIDE (800-784-2433)
  • Lifeline Crisis Chat (Online live messaging)
  • Crisis Text Line: Text "START" TO 741-741
  • Self-Harm Hotline: 1-800-DONT CUT (1-800-366-8288)
  • Family Violence Helpline: 1-800-996-6228
  • Planned Parenthood Hotline: 1-800-230-PLAN (7526)
  • American Association of Poison Control Centers: 1-800-222-1222
  • National Council on Alcoholism & Drug Dependency Hope Line: 1-800-622-2255
  • National Crisis Line - Anorexia and Bulimia: 1-800-233-4357
  • GLBT Hotline: 1-888-843-4564
  • TREVOR Crisis Hotline: 1-866-488-7386
  • AIDS Crisis Line: 1-800-221-7044
  • Veterans Crisis Line
  • Suicide Prevention Wiki

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