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Jeannette Abelson, LCSW

Stress, Anxiety Addictions LGBTQ+ Grief Depression
Video Phone Live Chat Messaging

About me

Welcome to Better Help! You've taken a huge step, and I'm sure you're wondering how this works and whether it's the right fit for you. I know I felt the same way when I first came to Better Help too.

My name is Jeannette Abelson, and I'm a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of Virginia. I earned my Master of Social Work degree, specializing in Interpersonal Practice, from the University of Michigan in 1998. I've worked in many different settings with individuals and families who have a variety of personal issues such as depression/anxiety, stress, family problems, trauma/abuse, addictions of all kinds, relationships/parenting and more. Over the past 20 years as a clinician, my experience has taught me that the most important aspect of counseling by far is the connection and comfort you feel with the person you choose to share your personal struggles. I believe we can all grow through challenging experiences by increasing our self-awareness. Sometimes another person, one who isn't in our immediate circle, can offer a perspective or additional support, that give us movement on a difficult situation when we feel stuck. It would be my privilege to be that person for you. We all want to be able to share our personal truths and be accepted and understood. I believe it's very important to be open-minded and non-judgmental when someone shares their personal story or experiences with me. Our relationship with our self and others has worth and is useful to explore in counseling.

You are welcome to message me anytime through Better Help. The frequency with which you can have access to a counselor to work through day to day emotions and problem solving is extremely beneficial for most and a nice change from traditional outpatient counseling. I usually check messages twice each day, seven days per week. I currently
offer messaging and ONLY live chat sessions at this time to new clients. Please note that what you see in my calendar may not reflect my only availability so you always want to check that out with me through messaging first.

I look forward to working with you!

Professional experience

25yrs in practice
Stress, Anxiety Addictions LGBTQ+ Grief Depression

Additional areas of focus: Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Intimacy-related issues, Eating disorders, Parenting issues, Anger management, Self esteem, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder, Compassion fatigue, Abandonment, Adoption and Foster Care, Antisocial Personality, Attachment issues, Blended Family Issues, Caregiver issues and stress, Codependency, Communication problems, Control issues, Divorce and separation, Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Family of Origin Issues, Family Problems, Forgiveness, Gender Dysphoria, Guilt and shame, Isolation / loneliness, Midlife crisis, Mood disorders , Obsessions, Compulsions, and OCD, Personality Disorders, Polyamory / Nonmonogamous Relationships, Postpartum Depression, Post-traumatic stress, Pregnancy and childbirth, Process addiction (porn, exercise, gambling), Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Self-love, Sexual Assault and Abuse, Social anxiety and phobia, Women's issues, Young Adult Issues

Clinical approaches: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Psychodynamic Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy

Services offered

Live Chat

License information

VA LCSW 0904005346


These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Jeannette Abelson. 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.

Jeannette is fantastic. She really helped me to identify the issues I was facing and supported me as I worked through them and as I continue to heal from that situation. I would absolutely recommend her and I would suggest her for anyone who may need a very poly aware and supportive therapist or anyone dealing with PDs in their families. She has been amazing for me.

Written on May 17, 2024 after therapy with Jeannette for 1 year and 8 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, lgbt, and relationship issues

I’ve been with Mrs Abelson since June 2019. After almost 5 years I’m very happy with who I selected to be my counselor. She really understands me and I throw some really hard things at her sometimes but she doesn’t miss and always gets back on track. She’s absolutely the best that I’ve had in this line of work. Very grateful and appreciative of all her time encourage you to check her out she is amazing .

Written on Mar 14, 2024 after therapy with Jeannette for 4 years and 8 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, bipolar disorder, and coping with life changes

Jeanette is very understanding and patient in therapy. She is very capable of dealing with feelings, and helping out words to scenarios when it is difficult to find words yourself.

Written on Oct 14, 2023 after therapy with Jeannette for 7 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, and adhd

She's been great :)

Written on Jul 25, 2023 after therapy with Jeannette for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, grief, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, coping with life changes, compassion fatigue, and adhd

Just great at feedback for all my concerns I address. She is greatly appreciated

Written on Jul 24, 2023 after therapy with Jeannette for 2 weeks

She is very attentive and reaches out to me. I like that she sends chat messages because sometimes I don’t feel like a video chat.

Written on Mar 19, 2023 after therapy with Jeannette for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, and self esteem