Richard Strand

LCSW

About Me

I have dedicated twenty years of my professional life to the pursuit of a thorough and complete knowledge of human behavior. My intention is to understand people who want to change, experience satisfaction, serenity and the achievement of personal growth.
As a Clinical Social Worker I try to cover every possible scenario one could imagine. Looking at multiple dimensions of you as a person, your environment and timeline, as well as how affected you have been during your experience of the different life stages. Supporting the process to find or reach your own personal goals.
I use a bio-psycho-social-spiritual assessment to help determine the areas in your life you need or want support. My approach to therapy is client centered, utilizing cognitive behavioral therapy and motivational interviewing when appropriate. Most of my practice has focused on issues with trauma, anxiety, life transitions, and addictions.
I am aware of the technological transformation that has occurred in the way we live and communicate. Therefore, I have embraced online therapy as a way of providing relief and healing through therapy, counseling, coaching and support.
More importantly, my goal is to have a successful therapeutic relationship with you, based on a deep understanding of your needs.


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Addictions
  • Trauma and abuse
  • Self esteem
  • Coping with life changes
Also experienced in:
Relationship issues , Grief , Parenting issues , Anger management , Career difficulties , Bipolar disorder , Depression , Coaching , Compassion fatigue , ADHD , Abandonment , Aging and Geriatric Issues , Attachment Issues , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy

Years of Experience: 20

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Languages

English

Spanish


Licensing

LCSW #086085-1 (Expires: 2022-11-30)


Reviews

These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Richard Strand. 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 D.A. on May 04, 2022 after therapy with Richard for 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and family conflicts

Very helpful

Written by E... on Feb 28, 2022 after therapy with Richard for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, sleeping disorders, self esteem, compassion fatigue, and adhd

I trust Richard with understanding what I'm going through. I need to work on myself

Written by K.E. on Feb 26, 2022 after therapy with Richard for 6 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, eating disorders, self esteem, anger management, and adhd

Richard has quite frankly helped me change my life. He has saved my life. Richard always takes the time to ask the right questions. He always takes the time to really listen to what you’re saying, and not saying.

Written by C.L. on Jan 13, 2022 after therapy with Richard for 4 months on issues concerning trauma and abuse

Richard is very experienced. He has a multitude of tools in his Toolbox and our sessions are very structured with our therapy aims always in mind. We do have a laugh too though. I cannot say exactly what it was, but my thinking has changed. I am more confident, more compassionate (with myself) and much happier. I am so grateful I have found Richard through betterhelp and can recommend him 100%.

Written by T.E. on Dec 14, 2021 after therapy with Richard for 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, anger management, and coping with life changes

I am at a better place since I started talking to Richard.
I feel supported and understood.

Written by J.A. on Oct 05, 2021 after therapy with Richard for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, self esteem, career difficulties, and adhd

Richard is very supportive and offers great guidance. He has help me a lot with tough decisions of which I was going through

Written by B.R. on Oct 04, 2021 after therapy with Richard for 2 months on issues concerning addictions, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and compassion fatigue

Richard is a great listener, and most importantly- he asks the right questions to get me thinking about my problems in a different but helpful and productive manner- which ultimately helps me work though my issues. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend him to a friend or family member.

Written by L.O. on Sep 08, 2021 after therapy with Richard for 1 year and 5 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, grief, and coping with life changes

I’ve been chatting with Richard for almost a year and a half. I’ve certainly come a long way from when I started. I could have stopped by now, but I enjoy learning new things about myself that Richard is able to help me think through. I think therapy is even more beneficial when you’re not dealing with a crisis. So consider it even if tou don’t think it’s needed. You’d be surprised what you’ll pull from yourself.

Written by T.O. on Jun 06, 2021 after therapy with Richard for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, grief, self esteem, and adhd

Richard is a very understanding individual.
I had many years of therapy done, and never felt such a great connection like I have with Richard.
I'm glad I started better help and specially with Richard.
Thanks

Written by J.E. on Apr 23, 2021 after therapy with Richard for 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, self esteem, anger management, and compassion fatigue

I would recommend Richard to anyone in need of assistance: whether it is your first time in therapy or - like me - you had many therapists in the past. He has great listening skills and analytical skills.
He also respects and adapts to your level and state of readiness.
In addition to my therapy sessions, I had readings and exercices which really helped me better understand and apply "healing" methods in order to progress towards wellness. Remember: you, as a patient, must do your work as well.
I am very grateful to have been matched with Richard via the BetterHelp app.
In these times or pandemic, having qualify therapists who provide professional services online and/or remotely, is crucial.
Finally, having a good sense of humour was a welcomed plus for me!
Thank you Richard Strand!
Forever Grateful.

Written by J.U. on Jan 27, 2021 after therapy with Richard for 1 year and 3 months on issues concerning relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, career difficulties, and compassion fatigue

Richard is patient, insightful, and clear. With his expertise I was able to resolve deeply troubling issues within myself as well as get myself set up for a bright and exciting future. I would definitely recommend working with him!

Written by N.O. on Dec 06, 2020 after therapy with Richard for 7 months on issues concerning intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, self esteem, career difficulties, coaching, and adhd

Richard is the best. Thoughtful. Understanding. Caring. Always prepared with tremendous empathy, insight, and appreciation.

Written by J.U. on Nov 21, 2020 after therapy with Richard for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, bipolar disorder, and adhd

Therapy is interesting.. because you still have to do the work! Nobody can do it for you

Richard however has been pushing me along an amazing path of helping me heal and get in touch with myself again and remember my values as a human being

I haven’t felt so centred with myself in a very long time and I’m very grateful to Richard and BetterHelp

Written by T.O. on Sep 17, 2020 after therapy with Richard for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, self esteem, career difficulties, and coping with life changes

I really look forward to meeting with Richard every week at the session. I feel understood and his insight is really helpful. I feel much better since I have been under his guidance, and hope to continue improving and growing.

Written by J.O. on Jun 03, 2020 after therapy with Richard for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, addictions, and relationship issues

So far my experience with Richard has been so nice. We’re chipping away slowly at things and looking down the road to brighter days! I’m very happy so far and I look forward to our session every week!

Written by G.R. on Jun 03, 2020 after therapy with Richard for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and relationship issues

Dr. Strand is a professional, knowledgeable and respectful counselor. I had my reservations about using an app based therapy program and about in general and he really put my mind at ease and I felt instantly comfortable talking with him.

Written by K.E. on May 14, 2020 after therapy with Richard for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, bipolar disorder, coping with life changes, and adhd

Have a very good feeling talking to him.

Written by N.A. on Mar 21, 2020 after therapy with Richard for 4 months

Great initial experience. Looking forward to seeing how deep the rabbit hole goes.

Written by A.N. on Mar 15, 2020 after therapy with Richard for 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, grief, and self esteem

He is very very supportive and has great concrete practical ways to help you repattern and make behavioral changes. He helps me feel safe and confident in my evolution.

Written by P.O. on Mar 07, 2020 after therapy with Richard for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety

Richard is excellent! He listens to his patients and effectively helps the patient to deal with their concerns. We set goals and tasks for me after every session and this is very helpful! I highly recommend him. He has been super helpful for me.

Written by M.A. on Jan 27, 2020 after therapy with Richard for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, parenting issues, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, coaching, compassion fatigue, and adhd

Richard Strand has been wonderful. He has really helped me work on myself. He gave me tools and techniques to change my thinking and behaviors for the better. He has also helped me to move forward in my life with things I wanted to do, like continue my education. I highly recommend Richard Strand and I am grateful for all he has helped me with.

Written by D.A. on Jan 07, 2020 after therapy with Richard for 5 months on issues concerning relationship issues

Richard has a lot of experience and it shows. His depth of knowledge on a range of issues shows in our talks. He has a nice manner, very calm and often funny. I would reccomend.

Written by K.H. on Dec 17, 2019 after therapy with Richard for 1 month on issues concerning addictions, and career difficulties

Richard is great!

Written by M.A. on Oct 03, 2019 after therapy with Richard for 3 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues, and self esteem

Richard really listens and takes in all that you're saying. He provides a different perspective when you're stuck. He also has a sense of humor which helps reduce the amount of seriousness to the conversation at times.

Written by C.H. on Sep 26, 2019 after therapy with Richard for 4 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and bipolar disorder

Richard does a great job of listening to your problems and providing insightful feedback. He's really good at explaining methods to tackle your issues and confront them. He's also really good with communication.

Written by P.E. on Sep 24, 2019 after therapy with Richard for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and coping with life changes

Richard is an excellent therapist and has helped me adjust to many life changes. With his help I have been better able to reflect on myself and situations that have arisen in a better light. I highly recommend Richard if you need a caring, compassionate and knowledgeable person to speak with.

Written by M.O. on Jun 19, 2019 after therapy with Richard for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues, and self esteem

He's calm, collected, structured and goal oriented. He seems confident about his own skills and gives one a feeling of acceptance, okayness and hope. Recommendable.

Written by J.E. on Jun 10, 2019 after therapy with Richard for 3 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues

Richard is a very nice and professional person, I am lucky to have met him!

Written by S.A. on May 06, 2019 after therapy with Richard for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, parenting issues, self esteem, and coping with life changes

I love Mr. Strand's balance between being hands on and not over stepping any bounds. I am a woman and I have trust issues with the opposite gender. I never had a male therapist because I had some reservations about the interaction. So far he has actually surpassed my other 3 female counselors with professionalism and empathy.

Written by L.I. on Apr 19, 2019 after therapy with Richard for 2 weeks on issues concerning addictions, and self esteem

The sessions with Richard have been extremely helpful. He has been warm, understanding and knowledgeable. He's able to create an effective therapeutic space online. It's always easy to get in touch with him; he responds quickly to my messages and has had convenient times available for video sessions, despite the time zone difference! I can't thank him enough for his support and for sharing his expertise.

Work with me!