About Me

Hello and welcome to my page! My name is Ricki Shain and I have a Master's degree in Mental Health Counseling from St. Thomas University. I’ve been a Licensed Mental Health Counselor for over 28 years in a variety of settings including private practice, residential treatment centers, partial hospitalization programs, inpatient psychiatric units, and non-profit agencies. I have also worked as a Behavioral Coach helping people with chronic medical issues make the behavioral changes necessary to improve their health. My clients were from a variety of ages and backgrounds; some were struggling with challenges and some were just looking to make a positive change in their lives. The individuals with whom I worked have found me to be empathetic, nonjudgmental, and direct. I am task oriented and take a practical, no-nonsense approach to tackling life's challenges. Clients respond well to my positive attitude, knowledge and humor, and it would be my honor to share that with you.

Congratulations on taking the first step towards a more fulfilling life. I understand it can be difficult to ask for help and begin to take steps toward change. My role is to guide and support you in building the skills and confidence necessary to live your best life. Your goals are the foundation of the work we do together. If you are not sure what they are, we can figure that out together. My approach combines cognitive-behavioral, motivational interviewing, client centered and strengths based therapeutic styles. As every client is unique, using multiple styles offers me the opportunity to tailor your sessions to your needs. Whether you are seeking to address challenges such as depression, anxiety, grief, medical problems, career choices or relationship issues, or are just feeling stuck and want to change your life in a meaningful way, I would love to support you as you move forward.

You are welcome to message me anytime through BetterHelp. Unlike traditional outpatient counseling, this site offers you frequent access to a counselor to work through your emotions and for problem solving. I usually check messages several times per day, 7 days per week. I offer messaging, live chat, phone sessions and occasional video sessions. If my calendar does not show availability please message me so that we can find a time that works for you. I am here to motivate, support, and empower you. I look forward to working with you!


  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Relationship issues
  • Self esteem
  • Depression
  • Coping with life changes
Also experienced in:
Addictions , Family conflicts , Grief , Intimacy-related issues , Eating disorders , Sleeping disorders , Parenting issues , Anger management , Career difficulties , ADHD , Adoption and Foster Care , Aging and Geriatric Issues , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Hypnotherapy, Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy

Years of Experience: 30

Services Offered

  • Messaging

  • Phone

  • Video


LMHC #MH3553 (Expires: 2023-03-31)


These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Ricki Shain. 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 K.E. on Jul 26, 2022 after therapy with Ricki for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues, and sleeping disorders

I actually look forward to out sessions. Rikki is very accommodating and easy to talk to.

Written by C.H. on May 26, 2022 after therapy with Ricki for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, grief, sleeping disorders, and self esteem

This has been a very convenient and wonderful experience

Written by B.R. on May 25, 2022 after therapy with Ricki for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, and trauma and abuse

Ricki is great. I really enjoy working with her. She has helped me a whole lot. Would def recommend working with her!

Written by K.E. on Apr 08, 2022 after therapy with Ricki for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and coping with life changes

Ricki Shain, professional therapist/counselor/coach and super human being, epitomizes why mental health support is so vital to our species. Within a short amount of time. Ricki has provided me with the tools, skills, and confidence to be successful and at peace, as we continue to work through my challenges and have balance in my life. 5+ ⭐️

Written by M.A. on Dec 11, 2021 after therapy with Ricki for 6 months on issues concerning relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, and intimacy-related issues

My time with Ricki has been great, she's so thoughtful, has really helped me worked towards my goals and find ways of coping with life's challenges. Ricki every week made me feel listened to and understood. She really knows her stuff and I'm so grateful to have been paired with her!

Written by N.A. on Jul 27, 2021 after therapy with Ricki for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, self esteem, and career difficulties

I am glad that I was paired with Ricki Shain. She has been a Godsend in helping me work through my anxiety. She is very knowledgeable and offers a lot of good advice from different viewpoints.

Written by J.A. on Jul 06, 2021 after therapy with Ricki for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, lgbt, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, coping with life changes, coaching, and adhd

Thanks so much Ricki for listening to me and giving me actual tips on bettering my life. You're really great and your worksheets have been amazing. I appreciate you sticking with me.

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