Denise Whall-Marlin

LICSW

About Me

I am a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker from Boston, Massachusetts with ten years of experience in providing psychotherapy. I have worked with all different kinds of people, and I have helped them with a variety of challenges and mental health problems. I have post-graduate training in several types of treatment, including cognitive behavioral therapy and dialectical behavior therapy, as well as an academic background from New York University in psycho-dynamic treatment.

I know that no two people are the same, so there is no cookie-cutter approach to therapy. When I work with you, my preferred approach is to work together to find the unique approach that works best for you. I like to combine support, empathy and humor with skills-building, problem solving and mindfulness to help people better manage overwhelming emotions and improve their relationships - without any judgment. My goal is to help put you back in the driver's seat of your life and gain mastery over your feelings and relationships. I know how important it is to build a strong and trusting relationship with a therapist, and I provide both validation and truthful insights to my clients. Most of all, I strongly believe in a strengths-based, person-centered approach that recognizes each person's unique abilities and helps them to reach their highest potential.

What I love about online therapy is that it's so flexible. When you reach out to me, I will be in touch with you within 24 hours, so you can message me any time, anywhere. I am available for live sessions over instant messenger, telephone or video chat. When it comes to your treatment, you're in charge - we can communicate in whatever way makes you feel most comfortable.

It takes a lot of courage to reach out for help. I know that together we can overcome any obstacles you are facing and put you on the path to a happier, calmer and more satisfying life. I promise to be right by your side every step of the way on your journey, and that we will work at your pace. I am excited to work with you!


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Trauma and abuse
  • Self esteem
  • Depression
Also experienced in:
Addictions , LGBT , Relationship issues , Family conflicts , Grief , Parenting issues , Career difficulties , Bipolar disorder , ADHD , Attachment Issues , Body Image , Caregiver Issues and Stress , Codependency , Communication Problems , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Gottman Method, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy

Years of Experience: 12

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

LICSW #119583 (Expires: 2023-07-25)


Reviews

These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Denise Whall-Marlin. We don’t pay anyone to provide their review and they are all made voluntarily. Some people's experience receiving therapy with BetterHelp might be different.

Written by R.Y. on Jun 22, 2022 after therapy with Denise for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, grief, anger management, and coping with life changes

Great therapist!

Written by L.U. on May 02, 2022 after therapy with Denise for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, intimacy-related issues, sleeping disorders, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, coaching, and adhd

Denise has helped me see myself from the inside out and self-reflecting on my unhealthy habits and coping methods.

Written by E.R. on Apr 06, 2022 after therapy with Denise for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, eating disorders, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, and coping with life changes

Very kind compassionate and understanding everything a therapist should be

Written by C.A. on Mar 18, 2022 after therapy with Denise for 6 months on issues concerning relationship issues, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, career difficulties, coping with life changes, coaching, compassion fatigue, and adhd

I've been grateful for Denise's calm support, and her help to focus on what I do accomplish in a day, not on the many efforts that went nowhere. That support helps me trust the process of learning. I am old, 78, so there is some urgency that I feel and a younger person cannot understand, but she is good at recognizing her limits and saying what she does understand, so I trust her and find her feedback helpful. Issues are mine to address, and it helps to have support through slowness. It has been a benefit to me to hang in there with Denise so I don't have to re-explain every issue, she is familiar with some of my situations. Thank you!

Written by A.M. on Feb 16, 2022 after therapy with Denise for 2 years and 11 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, family conflicts, self esteem, coping with life changes, and adhd

She is wonderful

Written by S.T. on Feb 04, 2022 after therapy with Denise for 1 year and 7 months on issues concerning trauma and abuse, grief, and parenting issues

Honestly Denise is THE BEST! I wish I could stay with her forever but I just can't afford to. I have talked to other therapist and they just DO NOT compare. I had to come back to leave a review for her because anyone would be lucky to have her as their therapist! She is very reassuring and kindly honest. I appreciate the resources she provided me to help me better understand what I was going through but, also helped me find a local child therapist for my kids. She made me feel comfortable from the very beginning and always responds within a timely manner. Most importantly she allows space for me to be upset and or cry without stopping me I can go through my emotions with her. I will truly miss her!

Written by J.E. on Jan 10, 2022 after therapy with Denise for 2 years and 7 months

I haven't worked with Denise long but I am looking forward to working with her and working through my issues I have with anxiety and depression I believe she is a good match for me

Written by B.E. on Oct 21, 2021 after therapy with Denise for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, self esteem, anger management, and coping with life changes

We’re early in the process, but so far she’s amazing and very helpful

Written by J.I. on Sep 16, 2021 after therapy with Denise for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, parenting issues, and adhd

We are just getting started by my experience is positive. Not much more to say right now.

Written by S.A. on Apr 03, 2021 after therapy with Denise for 1 year on issues concerning stress, anxiety, family conflicts, and parenting issues

Denise is a fantastic sounding board and listener. She both gives me room to marinate in my thoughts and feelings and yet helps me pull out the important pieces to help my issues progress.

Written by A.S. on Jan 16, 2021 after therapy with Denise for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and family conflicts

I really appreciate that Denise listens to all of my concerns and responds to each thing I’ve said or texted. She is extremely timely in getting back to me and let’s me know when my concerns are valid. She really makes me feel heard.

Written by A.N. on Dec 15, 2020 after therapy with Denise for 9 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, self esteem, and coping with life changes

Denise has helped me start to unravel the issues that have plagued me my whole life, and start to make sense of things. I feel like I understand myself better now

Written by N.U. on Dec 06, 2020 after therapy with Denise for 2 years on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and self esteem

I have found Denise to be an excellent counselor. She has broad experience in all techniques to get rid of anxiety and ruminating thoughts, and always puts things in perspective for me. I recommend her 100%.

Written by J.E. on Sep 24, 2020 after therapy with Denise for 5 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, family conflicts, and coping with life changes

Denise has been a source of great comfort to me in these trying times (during the COVID pandemic), providing objective information, useful advice, and an open mind. I'm very glad I was paired with her and look forward to continue with her support.

Written by J.U. on Sep 21, 2020 after therapy with Denise for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, grief, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, self esteem, anger management, and adhd

I always had a hard time opening up. Now working with Dr. Whall-Marlin I finally feel free enough to talk.

Written by T.R. on Sep 17, 2020 after therapy with Denise for 4 months on issues concerning relationship issues, family conflicts, self esteem, and coping with life changes

Denise was not my first match on BetterHelp, but when I "met" her, I knew she was the right counselor for me. Denise is in tune with my needs and incredibly insightful - but my favorite part about her is that she keeps it real. She is very down-to-earth, and all of her recommendations have practical applications for the real world. Denise has not only given me better insight into myself and why I act/react a certain way, but also given me tangible, real-time actions and tools that I need to get through a slew of difficult situations.

Written by T.O. on Jul 26, 2020 after therapy with Denise for 1 year and 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, and parenting issues

Denise is amazing. I would be lost without her.

Written by J.O. on May 20, 2020 after therapy with Denise for 2 years and 3 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and career difficulties

I have been working with Denise for quite some time now (a little over 2 years). She has been supportive and helpful through my many life changes in such a short time. She presents non-judgmentally when I am feeling stuck and really truly listens. I'm lucky to have been paired with her.

Written by K.O. on Apr 09, 2020 after therapy with Denise for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, intimacy-related issues, and parenting issues

I’ve had one session with Denise. It was very easy to open up to her. She was very kind and understanding.

Written by H.E. on Mar 17, 2020 after therapy with Denise for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, self esteem, and coping with life changes

I have had one therapist in my life that I looked forward to talking to and trusted. When I geographically and financially could not see her anymore, I turned to on-line counseling as a last resort. Denise is amazing. I am so grateful!

Written by T.M. on Jan 29, 2020 after therapy with Denise for 1 month on issues concerning depression, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, coaching, and adhd

She is very easy to talk to and is very knowledgeable, consistent, and encouraging. I always get the sense that she’s being straightforward with me which I really appreciate. Speaking with her has opened my mind to things that I would not have considered on my own and I feel I have received a lot of validation / confirmation from her that I wouldn’t have received elsewhere. I feel that what she specializes in is very relevant to a lot of what is important for me to work on and I’m very glad to have connected with her specifically. She’s dependable for all appointments. I tell all my friends about betterhelp.

Written by A.M. on Jan 26, 2020 after therapy with Denise for 5 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, grief, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and coaching

Denise was amazing and a great help to me in the past few months. I highly recommend her.

Written by K.E. on Dec 27, 2019 after therapy with Denise for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues, family conflicts, and coaching

Prompt, insightful, caring. Just what I needed.

Written by M.A. on Nov 09, 2019 after therapy with Denise for 1 year and 1 month on issues concerning relationship issues, trauma and abuse, and intimacy-related issues

Denise is awesome! She validates my feelings, she helps me think things through so I make better decisions. I would not be where I am today without her support.

Written by B.R. on Nov 01, 2019 after therapy with Denise for 4 months

Denise is so thoughtful and works with me to help me see my self worth and work on self love and caring less about what others think. She knows how to reach me even during my most emotional days. She is kind, gentle spirited but also gets to the point and helps me recognize things I would not otherwise see. She is professional and responds quickly always, she checks in if she doesn’t hear from me. She has helped me so much and knowing I have her to message when I need to is amazing!

Written by C.H. on Jul 19, 2019 after therapy with Denise for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, grief, and self esteem

While I’ve only been seeing her for a couple weeks, I have enjoyed my time with Denise so far. She’s been great at pointing out things I wouldn’t recognize myself and overall very warm and approachable. Even though I only started therapy a couple weeks ago, I would recommend her due to her logical, insightful, and approachable nature!

Written by G.I. on Jul 17, 2019 after therapy with Denise for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and coping with life changes

Denise is a good listener, thoughtful and helpful - seems to understand the level of feedback and messaging that I am looking for.

Written by B.I. on Jun 25, 2019 after therapy with Denise for 1 year and 9 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, intimacy-related issues, and self esteem

Always there when I need her. I don’t know what I’d do without her.

Written by L.I. on Jun 24, 2019 after therapy with Denise for 5 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and coaching

Denise is responsive and smart, a breath of fresh air with valuable suggestions. I highly recommend her.

Written by B.R. on Jun 19, 2019 after therapy with Denise for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue

Denise is a delight to work with. She is incredibly accommodating with appointments, and while in session she listens deeply and responds thoughtfully.
In my case, she essentially put herself out of a job! When more acute emotional problems arise in my life, I will seek Denise's expertise to help me out again. Thank you for the opportunity to review! MUCH LOVE!

Written by J.A. on May 02, 2019 after therapy with Denise for 5 months on issues concerning relationship issues

Very responsive, Denise has helped me navigate some intense emotions in a thoughtful and logical way.

Written by L.E. on Feb 05, 2019 after therapy with Denise for 1 year and 4 months on issues concerning relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, and intimacy-related issues

I am completed satisfied with Denise.

Written by A.N. on Jan 06, 2019 after therapy with Denise for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, coaching, and compassion fatigue

Denise is a counselor that I felt I could trust.

Written by N.I. on Nov 19, 2018 after therapy with Denise for 10 months on issues concerning depression, and stress, anxiety

Denise has helped me immensely in finding coping strategies that match my existing interests and knowledge. She is always quick to respond and has given me any resource I've asked for!

Written by M.. on Nov 02, 2018 after therapy with Denise for 1 year and 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, and self esteem

I enjoy my conversations with Denise.

Written by C.A. on Oct 09, 2018 after therapy with Denise for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, and grief

Denis has been so helpful to me in just a month. I love the comfort of knowing I can send her a message whenever I want and she sends me one back in less than 24 hours with helpful responses/advice often including worksheets. I also appreciate her willingness to work with me on a variety of concerns and her thought process through all of it.

Written by K.A. on Sep 22, 2018 after therapy with Denise for 2 months on issues concerning relationship issues, family conflicts, and trauma and abuse

Denise is so wonderful. I’ve tried counseling before, in person and online, and I’ve never had a very good experience until now. She’s very understanding and empowering.

Written by K.A. on Sep 20, 2018 after therapy with Denise for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and family conflicts

I never expected to be as satisfied as I am with BetterHelp. Denise gets back to me with real solutions and does start sentences repeating everything back I say to her. I am very confident I am getting good advice and I feel the best I have in a long time. I feel like she really wants to help me and she cares.

Written by S.T. on Sep 04, 2018 after therapy with Denise for 3 months on issues concerning relationship

Denise was excellent. We identified issues that needed to be dealt with and did just that. She was direct and supportive. I learned different behavior lessons to better understand the issues I’ve had and how to deal with them. Thank you!

Written by K.R. on Aug 15, 2018 after therapy with Denise for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship, family, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related, self esteem, and anger

I am very happy with how Denise worked with my schedule and needs

Written by R.A. on Aug 09, 2018 after therapy with Denise for 10 months on issues concerning relationship, family, and intimacy-related

Denise is committed to helping her clients, shows up on time and responds promptly and thoroughly to questions and requests. She's empathetic, practical, and able to offer useful insights on difficult emotions and situations. Her primary methodology is CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) which focuses on automatic thoughts and behaviors, in my understanding. We use her for couples counseling and are glad we found her.

Written by S.T. on Jun 30, 2018 after therapy with Denise for 5 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, lgbt, family, grief, self esteem, and career

I love the differing perspectives Denise offers and the multitude of resources she has to share!

Written by M.I. on Jun 23, 2018 after therapy with Denise for 2 months on issues concerning depression, and stress, anxiety

The best therapist I've ever had. She is very responsive, answers any and all of my questions directly (rather than the maddening "and how does that make you feel" generic answer), and always has good suggestions. And provides direction. Highly recommended!

Written by T.O. on May 17, 2018 after therapy with Denise for 9 months

Denise is a fantastic counselor and very tuned in to my needs as an individual. She always seem to say just the right things and asks the right questions. I would recommend her to any one of my friends, and have done so already.

Written by R.E. on Apr 03, 2018 after therapy with Denise for 2 weeks on issues concerning lgbt

Impressive! Right from the start, totally on the case and headed in the right direction.

Written by R.I. on Mar 13, 2018 after therapy with Denise for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, lgbt, and family

Denise is an extremely friendly and helpful person who does a fantastic job helping with any issues faced.

Written by S.A. on Mar 06, 2018 after therapy with Denise for 2 months on issues concerning trauma and abuse, and self esteem

I've been working with Denise now for 3 months and have seen such a drastic improvement in my overall mood, stress level, and relationships with others. Denise is kind, understanding, patient, and nonjudgmental. She exudes confidence. So much so, that I feel like I can tell her things that I would never share with anyone else and have trouble admitting to myself. I know my pairing with her was somewhat random, but I could not be happier with the selection. If I had the option to go back and choose, I would still choose her.

Written by S.H. on Feb 06, 2018 after therapy with Denise for 2 weeks on issues concerning grief, and self esteem

I am grateful for all the time and energy she puts in to help me find new coping strategies. She is dedicated, readily available, and a great listener.

Written by A.L. on Dec 30, 2017 after therapy with Denise for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship, family, trauma and abuse, and anger

Denise has been very responsive, kind and caring. She has helped me by chatting with me and supplying me with additional resources that are relevant to my issues.

Written by K.R. on Dec 26, 2017 after therapy with Denise for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship, intimacy-related, and self esteem

She is excellent. She hears and understands my needs and concerns and then takes the steps to help me deal with it ---I appreciate her approach and willingness to help!

Written by J.E. on Dec 01, 2017 after therapy with Denise for 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, and self esteem

Denise has offered encouraging, positive responses which are insightful, and provided in a timely manner. She is knowledgeable about the issues discussed, and is able to effectively offer her expertise. She seems to show genuine care and support, and a keen willingness to help.

Written by L.O. on Nov 17, 2017 after therapy with Denise for 2 weeks on issues concerning family

I found Denise to be very perceptive of my current and past issues and very supportive. Her advice has been valuable and I am feeling stronger each day.

Written by M.I. on Oct 24, 2017 after therapy with Denise for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, family, and grief

Very prompt and thoughtful responses. Thank you!

Written by Q.U. on Sep 29, 2017 after therapy with Denise for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship, and intimacy-related

Denise has been the best online counselor I've ever had. Her warm empathy and kindness lift my spirits. I highly recommend her. I enjoy my conversations with her immensely.

Written by C.H. on Sep 07, 2017 after therapy with Denise for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and trauma and abuse

Denise is awesome. She is wonderful at coaching you through challenges big and small, always with research-based resources and empathy.

Written by L.A. on Aug 22, 2017 after therapy with Denise for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, family, trauma and abuse, grief, and self esteem

I love her and think she is great, she responds very quickly to my messages, I give her a 10/10 on everything! She has been a life saver, super supportive, timely and very helpful. Thank you!

Written by B.R. on Jul 07, 2017 after therapy with Denise for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, family, and intimacy-related

Denise is very understanding and provided me with a lot of materials to train my mindset and way of thinking. I appreciate her approach with my problems as she never judged me. She responded with a rational and sensible point of view that made sense to me...and this ultimately changed my ENTIRE perspective on the situation and my life. I am thankful for being matched with Denise and do not hesitate to recommend her anyone.

Written by K.A. on Jul 03, 2017 after therapy with Denise for 2 weeks on issues concerning trauma and abuse

Denise was fantastic! Great listener and really helped me.

Written by V.A. on Jun 27, 2017 after therapy with Denise for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, trauma and abuse, and anger

I haven't been seeing Denise very long, but I feel comfortable talking to her. She's very insightful and supportive. She's never judged me or made me feel negative about any of my problems no matter how badly I feel about them. I've learned a lot in such a short period of time. I'm glad I was matched with her.

Written by R.U. on Jun 20, 2017 after therapy with Denise for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship, and self esteem

My counselor, Denise, is amazing at helping to show me different ways of seeing things when I'm stuck. She's taken my stream-of conscience issues effortlessly, and given me many different exercises to try and better my life. I'm beyond grateful.

Written by M.A. on Jun 17, 2017 after therapy with Denise for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and parenting

I have really enjoyed talking with Denise. It's nice to have my feeling validated while recieving personalized help and suggestions for how to make life better.

Written by J.O. on Jun 15, 2017 after therapy with Denise for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, and self esteem

Denise has been really great so far. We've been working together for a few weeks, and she's been really responsive and had solutions tailored to my problems. She's also been great about being flexible to talk when I have time.

Written by B.R. on Jun 11, 2017 after therapy with Denise for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, and relationship

Denise is so lovely! Shes always very attentive and caring in our sessions and I feel like she genuinely is listening to me. I'm really enjoying working with her.

Written by M.I. on Jun 09, 2017 after therapy with Denise for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and anger

Denise has been excellent. I have been really impressed at how quickly she was able to help me identify & understand areas we could work on together. Simple changes that I could work on to improve the way I have been thinking & feeling about certain things in my life. She is always kind, & has been terrific with following up. Response time has been fast & I feel progress has been made already, with her help.

Written by N.I. on Jun 07, 2017 after therapy with Denise for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, family, and self esteem

She's very patient and caring. She really wants to help me with my problem. It feels like I finally found someone who understands me and willing to help me out.

Written by A.M. on Jun 01, 2017 after therapy with Denise for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and family

Im only a few weeks in, but so far, so good. Denise has really helped me through a very difficult moment in my life.

Written by J.A. on May 31, 2017 after therapy with Denise for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, and stress, anxiety

Denise is wonderful! She is incredibly understanding and has taught me so many new skills. She responds often and spends effort to form a thorough response. Honestly, she is the best therapist I've ever had, after going through three in-person and two others on BetterHelp.

Written by D.A. on May 27, 2017 after therapy with Denise for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, family, trauma and abuse, and self esteem

I feel free to tell here anything and I always get interesting feedback and good points from her :)

Written by C.I. on Apr 10, 2017 after therapy with Denise for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, family, self esteem, and anger

Denise is amazing. Since I started working with her, she has helped me to begin effectively dealing with issues that I have struggled with for some time. I always feel listened to and supported in our interactions, which is key for me. Thanks, Denise!

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