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Monica Herwald, LICSW

Stress, Anxiety Grief Self esteem, Motivation Depression Coping with life changes
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About me

Welcome! I'm a clinical social worker with over 15 years of experience helping individuals and families find greater happiness and life satisfaction. I've worked with teens and adults of all ages deal successfully with major life transitions, manage chronic health conditions, heal from grief and loss, and find relief from depression, anxiety, and adjustment problems.
One of my specialties is in bereavement counseling, and I have several years of experience leading support groups for grieving parents, spouses/partners, and adult children. In addition to office-based therapy, I've provided counseling in the home environment, in hospitals, and through web-based platforms.
It is my deep belief that we all have the potential within to achieve satisfaction and happiness in life. My role is to help you identify the strengths and resources you need to resolve the obstacles keeping you from experiencing the happiness you desire. Since my philosophy is based in positive psychology, I believe you bring with you many of the strengths you need to achieve greater happiness, and I see my role as helping you to unlock those strengths that already exist. My counseling style is warm and compassionate, and I have great respect for the courage it takes to make changes. In addition to being an active and empathic listener, I offer practical and proven tools to help keep you moving in a positive direction toward your goals. I draw upon a range of professional strategies including cognitive-behavioral and dialectical behavioral therapies, insight orientation, and mindfulness. I take a creative approach, tailoring my interventions to your unique needs and life experiences.
I believe that the best results are accomplished when we approach our work together as collaborators, and you will find my approach to be genuine and respectful. That said, I also find a touch of humor can sometimes bring a refreshing change of perspective along the journey. I look forward to partnering with you in your search for greater fulfillment.

Professional experience

17yrs in practice
Stress, Anxiety Grief Self esteem, Motivation Depression Coping with life changes

Additional areas of focus: LGBT, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Intimacy-related issues, Sleeping disorders, Parenting issues, Anger management, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder, Compassion fatigue, Abandonment, Aging and Geriatric Issues, Avoidant Personality, Body image, Cancer, Caregiver issues and stress, Chronic pain illness and disability, Co-morbidity, Codependency, Communication problems, Control issues, Dependent Personality, Divorce and separation, Eating and Food-Related Issues, Emptiness, Family of Origin Issues, Family Problems, Forgiveness, Guilt and shame, Hospice and End of Life Counseling, Isolation / loneliness, Jealousy, Life purpose, Men's issues, Midlife crisis, Money and financial issues, Mood disorders , Multicultural Concerns, Obsessions, Compulsions, and OCD, Panic disorder and panic attacks, Phobias, Post-traumatic stress, Self-love, Sexuality, Social anxiety and phobia, Somatization, Women's issues, Workplace 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, Narrative Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy

Services offered


License information

MA LICSW 1019507


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

Monica is supportive, empathetic, humorous and thoughtful in our interactions and provides a valuable safe space to explore my emotional and psychological challenges. She is extremely good at listening at length and then asking the right question to help me reframe and reexamine the problem at hand. I have made great progress in working with her and implemented new routines and frameworks for addressing emotional, social and psychological challenges - significantly improving my day-to-day life and increasing the balance in my relationships. She is wonderful.

Written on May 08, 2024 after therapy with Monica for 5 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, grief, and coping with life changes

Monica is compassionate and a great listener. I have found her calm and considerate demeanor very helpful.

Written on Nov 02, 2023 after therapy with Monica for 7 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and coping with life changes

I've appreciated working with Monica. She's provided me with a listening ear and good feedback to help me help myself. Prior to therapy, I leaned heavily into my friends as listening ears and supports. Now, when I find myself going to them to talk through something, I'll pause and say I'll save it for therapy with Monica or send it in a message to her instead. The messaging platform serves as a nice interim pressure release between sessions and I appreciate Monica's thoughtfulness in response.

Written on Oct 23, 2023 after therapy with Monica for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, and compassion fatigue

I love speaking with Monica. She has such great insight and knows precisely what I am going through. Monica always gives me great ideas to think about and has a calm way about her. I know she understands my frustrations and sadness. I would recommend Monica to anyone going through a tough time.

Written on Aug 28, 2023 after therapy with Monica for 5 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, and coping with life changes

Monica has been an immense help to me and I look forward to knowing that when I need her expertise I can seek it out easily and productively.

Written on Jul 21, 2022 after therapy with Monica for 1 year and 7 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, and self esteem

Having Monica as my counselor for over the past year has been so beneficial to my mental health and wellbeing. She is very easy to talk to as she is a great listener and always meets you with compassionate responses. Her "about me" description is very accurate to the experience I have had with her so far- especially the humor aspect, I appreciate it when she laughs at my jokes. And whenever new difficulties were presented in my life, she was still well equipped to help me through them. I would highly recommend Monica to anyone who has difficulties with anxiety, trauma, family, relationships, and/or being LGBTQ+. She is truly wonderful and I greatly appreciate her.

Written on Jul 07, 2022 after therapy with Monica for 9 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, and self esteem