Gary  Meier

Gary Meier

Licensed Mental Health Counselor, LMHC Masters in Divinity, MDiv Master of Education, MEd

Accepting new clients for afternoon, evening, daytime, & weekend appointments in Midtown practice (updated July 08, 2020)

Specialties & Expertise

  • Anxiety
  • Addiction
  • LGBTQIA topics
  • Mindfulness
  • Spirituality & religion
  • Self-esteem

Professional statement

Gary Meier is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Midtown, Manhattan with over two decades of experience. He specializes in addiction, including both substance use and behavioral addictions, anxiety, depression, spirituality and religion, and self-esteem.

Many of Gary’s clients are young adults and/or members of the LGBTQIA community. He is especially passionate about the intersection between religion and sexuality, including helping clients reconcile their identity with their family’s or their own religious beliefs. His goal is to help his clients come to a place of acceptance and develop new “internal voices” that promote acceptance and self-love. 

Gary takes a person-centered approach while utilizing other approaches depending on what his clients’ needs and goals are.  He makes a concerted effort to understand what the client needs. For example, some individuals want to understand their symptoms while others just want to feel better. This helps him decide if he is going to take a more insight or solutions-focused approach.

Gary offers a safe, compassionate environment where clients can speak about whatever is on their mind. Prior to going into private practice, he was a pastoral counselor for 15 years. He received his MEd from the University of Missouri Saint Louis. His office is conveniently located near the 34 St. - Herald Sq. subway station.  Gary wants to make sure that everyone who needs therapy is able to receive it.  That’s why he works with clients on a sliding scale to help them find a way to fit therapy into their budget.  He looks forward to meeting you.

Message to clients

Thank you for your consideration. Seeing a therapist can be scary at first. I promise I will do my best to make you feel comfortable and safe. I want to make sure that everyone who needs therapy is able to receive it. That’s why I will work with clients on a sliding scale to help them find a way to fit therapy into their budget.


Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)

Addiction - Coping with emotional discomfort and suffering; reducing or abstaining from unwanted behaviors such as unhealthy gambling or shopping

LGBTQIA topics - Exploring topics of sexuality, gender, and identity; coping with discrimination and oppression; navigating relationship, family, and cultural challenges

Mindfulness - Bringing one's attention to experiences occurring in the present moment

Spirituality & religion - Exploring beliefs and practices related to meaning, existence, and spiritual health and healing; enjoying a deeper felt connection with the spiritual dimension of one's life

Self-esteem - Cultivating self-compassion, assertiveness, and confidence; developing ways to reduce suffering, anxiety, social withdrawal, and self-neglect


  • Adults (24+)
  • Couples
  • Young adults (18-24)


  • Cigna
  • United Healthcare
  • FIT Student Health Insurance (United Healthcare)
  • Oscar Health
  • Oxford Health Plans
  • New School Student Insurance (United Healthcare Student Resources)

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Ongoing sessions: $150 (50min)
  • Sliding scale: $85 - $150
  • Initial session: $150 (50min)

Therapist's note

Gary can provide you with paperwork for your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement.


Midtown practice

19 West 34th Street

PH Floor

New York, NY 10001


  • Mon 12:00pm-8:00pm
  • Tue 12:00pm-8:00pm
  • Wed 12:00pm-8:00pm
  • Thu Closed
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun 12:00pm-8:00pm

Work and Education

Private Practice, 2013 - Present
Pastoral Counselor, 1998 - 2013

University of Missouri Saint Louis, MEd, 2016
Kenrick-Glennon University, MDiv, 1998
South East Missouri State University, BSW, 1985



Client testimonials

"Gary has helped me in so many ways! I cannot thank him enough! He is kind and gentle. I had a lot of childhood issues and trauma to work through. He helped me heal from the issues of my past so I can be happy and at peace. I highly recommend Gary to others."

- Client • December 2019

"My son recently came out as gay. I needed to talk to someone. Gary helped me find acceptance and peace. I have an amazing relationship with my son today. I am so grateful to Gary for helping me find peace and joy as well as an understanding of my son. I would not hesitate to see Gary again and to recommend him to others."

- Mother of am LGBTQ child • June 2019

"Gary is arguably the best out there; he’s kind, compassionate, and insightful. I always look forward to our sessions together, as I learn more about myself and moving forward. I will definitely be scheduling another appointment soon."

- Client • December 2019

"I started seeing Gary because I was struggling with an addiction. Gary’s in-depth knowledge and insight into the addiction process was extremely helpful to me in achieving long-term sobriety. He’s an amazing therapist that I have recommended to others. I don’t think I would be sober today without his help."

- Client • December 2019