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!
- Stress, Anxiety
- Trauma and abuse
- Self esteem
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 , Control Issues , Coping with Natural or Human-Caused Disaster , Dissociation , Divorce and Separation , Domestic Violence , Drug and Alcohol Addiction , Emptiness , Guilt and Shame , Impulsivity , Isolation/Loneliness , Mood Disorders , Narcissism , Obsessions, Compulsions, and OCD , Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks , Paranoia , Personality Disorders , Phobias , Postpartum Depression , Post-traumatic Stress , Pregnancy and Childbirth , Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) , Self-Harm , Self-Love , Sexual Assault and Abuse , Social Anxiety and Phobia , Women's Issues , Young Adult Issues Read more...
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Gottman Method, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy
LICSW #119583 (Expires: 2023-07-25)
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.
Denise has helped me see myself from the inside out and self-reflecting on my unhealthy habits and coping methods.
Very kind compassionate and understanding everything a therapist should be
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!
She is wonderful
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!
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
We’re early in the process, but so far she’s amazing and very helpful
We are just getting started by my experience is positive. Not much more to say right now.
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.
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.
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
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%.
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.
I always had a hard time opening up. Now working with Dr. Whall-Marlin I finally feel free enough to talk.
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.
Denise is amazing. I would be lost without her.
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.
I’ve had one session with Denise. It was very easy to open up to her. She was very kind and understanding.
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!
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.
Denise was amazing and a great help to me in the past few months. I highly recommend her.
Prompt, insightful, caring. Just what I needed.
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.
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!
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!
Denise is a good listener, thoughtful and helpful - seems to understand the level of feedback and messaging that I am looking for.
Always there when I need her. I don’t know what I’d do without her.
Denise is responsive and smart, a breath of fresh air with valuable suggestions. I highly recommend her.
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!
Very responsive, Denise has helped me navigate some intense emotions in a thoughtful and logical way.
I am completed satisfied with Denise.
Denise is a counselor that I felt I could trust.
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!
I enjoy my conversations with Denise.
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.
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.
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.
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!
I am very happy with how Denise worked with my schedule and needs
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.
I love the differing perspectives Denise offers and the multitude of resources she has to share!
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!
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.
Impressive! Right from the start, totally on the case and headed in the right direction.
Denise is an extremely friendly and helpful person who does a fantastic job helping with any issues faced.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Very prompt and thoughtful responses. Thank you!
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.
Denise is awesome. She is wonderful at coaching you through challenges big and small, always with research-based resources and empathy.
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!
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.
Denise was fantastic! Great listener and really helped me.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Im only a few weeks in, but so far, so good. Denise has really helped me through a very difficult moment in my life.
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.
I feel free to tell here anything and I always get interesting feedback and good points from her :)
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!