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Darian Gier Psychotherapy, LCSW

Darian Gier is an experienced and approachable therapist. He uses a relational, client-focused approach, focusing on making clients feel comfortable and at ease. He treats every client with respect and decency; you will likely find that Darian is easy to get to know and open up to. He genuinely enjoys hearing the stories of all his clients and aiding them in their journeys.

Darian Gier is an experienced and approachable therapist. He uses a relational, client-focused approach, focusing on making clients feel comfortable and at ease. He treats every client with respect and decency; you will likely find that Darian is ea…

Darian Gier is an experienced and approachable therapist. He uses a relational, client-focused approach, focusing on making clients feel comfortable and at ease. He treats every client with respect and decency; you will likely find that Darian is easy to get to know and open up to. He genuinely enjoys hearing the stories of all his clients and aiding them in their journeys.

Specialties
  • Anxiety and Panic Disorders
  • Personal Growth and Self-Esteem
  • ADD/ADHD
  • Men’s Mental Health
  • Religion and Spirituality
Pay with insurance
  • UnitedHealthcare
  • Oxford Health Plans
  • Cigna
  • Aetna
  • UMR
  • Oscar
  • UHC Student Resources
Pay with a program
  • Optum Live & Work Well (EAP)
Pay out-of-pocket
  • $ $ $ $ $
    $140-200
  • Sliding scale
    A sliding scale is a range of out of pocket fees that providers accept based on financial need.
Locations
  • Offers virtual sessions
Licensed in
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  • Illinois
  • New York
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“School experiences have given me the ability to understand how people fit into society's institutions and attempt to navigate their complex dynamics of power and influence.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I became a therapist essentially because people of all forms fascinate me. I seek genuine connection with others and an understanding of the human experiences we all share. Prior to becoming a therapist, I worked abroad for several years as an English as a second language teacher, so cultural and global affairs especially intrigue me. I always find there are understandable — though often complicated — reasons for people's behavior, even if that behavior may appear strange or wrong. I have worked for several years in school settings and clinical settings, both private and nonprofit. School experiences have given me the ability to understand how people fit into society's institutions and attempt to navigate their complex dynamics of power and influence. I am also fascinated by understanding how identities continue to evolve in American society, with a particular emphasis on understanding contemporary male identity.
What should someone know about working with you?
My intake process is somewhat structured and somewhat free-flowing. We'll start with discussing some basic confidentiality policies then dive into what brings you to therapy and some of your personal history. In the initial sessions, I hope to establish some basic rapport and trust. Progress in therapy can take many forms, but it should involve the reduction of overwhelming emotions, such as intense fear or sadness, and always include improved self-awareness and self-acceptance. Occasionally, I assign simple homework activities that are usually behavioral, such as researching a new vocation or simply going for a walk in a park. I enjoy working with a variety of clients but do my best work with adults in their 20s and 30s.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I complete necessary continuing education courses required for my professional licensure, particularly ones on subjects I'm less knowledgeable of, but I also try to stay on top of the ideas and books currently popular in the greater field of mental health. I find it's equally important to be aware of current events and social movements in society and how they may be affecting the mental health of individuals. A good therapist must be aware of what contemporary issues are at play in society, how they may create stress on certain groups and individuals, and how they are being explored in the arts, literature, and media.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I am excited by how the stigma of seeking mental health help and guidance is slowly diminishing in society, particularly for men. Even some of the most traditionally masculine figures in our society, such as professional athletes, are beginning to speak out about the importance of mental health issues and encouraging those in need to get help. I hope it continues as a broader trend in male relationships, allowing for more vulnerability and less judgment among peers.
“I am also fascinated by understanding how identities continue to evolve in American society, with a particular emphasis on understanding contemporary male identity.”