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

I also have experience in Addictions, LGBT, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Parenting issues, Anger management

Years of Experience: 8

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

LICSW #119583 (Expires: 2021-07-31)


Reviews

Written by C.A. on Oct 09, 2018 after counseling 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 counseling 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 counseling 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 counseling 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 counseling 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 counseling 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 counseling 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 counseling 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 counseling 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 L.E. on Apr 23, 2018 after counseling with Denise for 7 months on issues concerning relationship, family, trauma and abuse, and intimacy-related

Very pleased with the experience and counseling provided by Denise. Sessions scheduled on time and precise, very efficient. Plus BetterHelp is a very professional, well managed firm.

Written by R.E. on Apr 03, 2018 after counseling 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 counseling 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 counseling 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 counseling 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 counseling 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 counseling 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 counseling 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 counseling 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 counseling 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 counseling 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 counseling 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 counseling 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 counseling 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 counseling 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 counseling 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 counseling 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 counseling 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 counseling 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 counseling 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 counseling 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 counseling 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 counseling 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 counseling 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 counseling 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 counseling 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!