Thelma Costello

(MS, LMHC, SAP)

About Me

Thelma Costello is a Licensed Mental Health Specialist specializing in depression, anxiety, grief and loss, trauma, and addiction. I maintain an office in the greater Albany, New York area. I have been in the field for more than 35 years. I am a graduate of Capella University with a degree in Psychology and Addiction issues, and have studied advanced human behavior at Capella University in a doctoral program along with doctoral courses in Addiction at North Central University. I specialize in Cognitive behavioral health techniques. I have a Masters Degree in Addictions Counseling (MAC) and Certified as a Substance Abuse Professional for Department of Transportation. ( SAP).I run women's groups, provide consultation to peers in the field of mental health, and I volunteer as a first response member in the Albany County District and Red Cross. I am a member of NAADAC (National association for addiction counselors) and NCC AP- national association for addiction professionals. And the American Counseling Assoc. (ACA). My website is https.//www.thelmacostello.com. and I can found on most Social Media platforms.
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Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Addictions
  • Self esteem
  • Depression
Also experienced in:
Relationship issues , Trauma and abuse , Grief , Intimacy-related issues , Career difficulties , Bipolar disorder , Abandonment , Codependency , Communication Problems

Clinical approaches:
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing

Years of Experience: 35

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

LMHC #000145-1 (Expires: 2023-03-31)


Reviews

Written by A.L. on Jul 19, 2020 after counseling with Thelma for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and family conflicts

Thelma is so sweet and checks in on me on a regular basis which means a lot. Although we haven’t had a session yet, she has helped me through some tough times and struggles

Written by R.A. on Jul 03, 2020 after counseling with Thelma for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, sleeping disorders, anger management, and coping with life changes

Easy to talk to.

Written by A.L. on Jun 19, 2020 after counseling with Thelma for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, grief, self esteem, career difficulties, and coping with life changes

Thelma has been absolutely wonderful and helpful these past few months. She is very patient, understanding, and a fun person to talk to. I highly recommend that if you have any problems, she is the one to go to. She is experienced in a variety of different conditions.

Written by A.L. on Jun 07, 2020 after counseling with Thelma for 4 months on issues concerning relationship issues, and intimacy-related issues

Thelma is a great listener and full of practical advice!

Written by A.P. on May 16, 2020 after counseling with Thelma for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, grief, self esteem, and coping with life changes

My experience with Thelma has been great so far. She checks in to make sure that I’m okay and answers any questions that I may have at the time.

Written by T.S. on May 14, 2020 after counseling with Thelma for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues, trauma and abuse, and grief

I’ve met with her once so far and she was very helpful.

Written by J.O. on May 03, 2020 after counseling with Thelma for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, self esteem, and coping with life changes

A pleasure to talk to. Understands my issues and is willing to effectively engage them.

Written by S.T. on Apr 20, 2020 after counseling with Thelma for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, self esteem, and anger management

Very attentive and not judgmental at all!

Written by J.A. on Apr 05, 2020 after counseling with Thelma for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, self esteem, anger management, and coping with life changes

Thelma listened to all my concerns, gave advice and kept encouraging me to think and do something positively.

Written by D.E. on Apr 02, 2020 after counseling with Thelma for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety

She is great, understanding, gives great worksheets and is super positive.

Written by T.I. on Mar 21, 2020 after counseling with Thelma for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and self esteem

I’ve been working with Thelma due to my anxiety and depression and grief following my mom and dad passing away last year. I picked her a for her insight and experience in these areas and I’m glad i did. Thelma has been responsive and so helpful throughout the last three weeks as I have been working on the assignments she’s given me and have been able to see some growth. Her support and words of encouragement have been of such importance in my journey. I had reservations about online counseling but feel this had been very beneficial for me and my schedule as well as the changing of our world at this time. It is helpful to have had this in place when restrictions have been placed on travel and social distancing. Thank you Thelma for all your help!

Written by A.L. on Jan 10, 2020 after counseling with Thelma for 3 months on issues concerning relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and coaching

I’ve found Thelma to be respectful, responsive and compassionate.

Written by M.O. on Jan 08, 2020 after counseling with Thelma for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, eating disorders, career difficulties, and coping with life changes

Thelma is wonderful so far. It’s still early on, but I greatly appreciate the support she has provided. Very professional and astute.

Written by E.R. on Dec 10, 2019 after counseling with Thelma for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, and bipolar disorder

Thelma is insightful and helpful. She listens and responds nicely and with understandings of addiction and when people are upset.

Written by M.A. on Nov 06, 2019 after counseling with Thelma for 3 weeks on issues concerning grief, self esteem, career difficulties, and coaching

Thoughtful and pragmatic. Caring and sensible- I highly recommend Thelma.

Written by N.O. on Oct 19, 2019 after counseling with Thelma for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, career difficulties, and coaching

Even though Thelma and I been working together for just a bit over two weeks, I can see some progress and the value of her help.

Written by R.A. on Sep 09, 2019 after counseling with Thelma for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, self esteem, coaching, and compassion fatigue

Thelma is a lovely therapist who has and is still helping me with my self care and learning how to let go of the past, focus in the present and learn that others’ negativity are not my own. She is helping me to be more aware of myself, know what I like, don’t like and to get better in loving and taking care of myself.

Written by A.M. on Sep 08, 2019 after counseling with Thelma for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, grief, self esteem, career difficulties, and coping with life changes

I’ve only worked with Thelma for a short period of time but she has been very helpful thus far. My biggest concern about counseling was that I would not be provided actual tools to help overcome the obstacles in my life. Thelma has eliminated that concern by helping me dive deeper to better understand the source of my problems and how I can work through them. I highly recommend working with her!

Written by J.E. on Jun 20, 2019 after counseling with Thelma for 10 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and bipolar disorder

Thelma had been extremely helpful with my issues. I had minor depression but the whole time she had been patient, attentive, listened to whatever situation I brought up, and made sure to understand the whole spectrum of things in order to help. She gives positive feedback and constructs very useful advice. After all this time talking to her, I felt much better. I was able to collect more of my courage and create new opportunities for myself to face the challenges. Thanks again!

Written by G.A. on Mar 13, 2019 after counseling with Thelma for 1 month on issues concerning self esteem, and career difficulties

Thelma is a true professional. She helped me get back on track with my life – I have stopped projecting and spinning and projecting. She listened, she offered excellent advice and she helped me learn how to live in the moment. Wherever you are in your life, I am certain Thelma can help you.

Written by J.E. on Feb 23, 2019 after counseling with Thelma for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, grief, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and adhd

Perfect person for this time in my life. Thank you

Written by A.S. on Feb 21, 2019 after counseling with Thelma for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and coaching

Excellent therapist who genuinely cares about her clients. Great for depression, anxiety, and big life transitions.

Written by C.H. on Jan 29, 2019 after counseling with Thelma for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, and stress, anxiety

Thelma is upbeat and down to earth. She gives good practical advice. Great for get up and go to get your life in order.

Written by T.O. on Jan 23, 2019 after counseling with Thelma for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, self esteem, career difficulties, and coaching

Thelma is a great listener and offers many techniques to solving problems. I look forward to our time and enjoy speaking with her.

Written by L.O. on Nov 15, 2018 after counseling with Thelma for 2 weeks on issues concerning addictions

Thelma is am expert in addiction counseling. She is very encouraging, supportive and understanding the situation. Highly recommend!

Written by W.I. on Nov 09, 2018 after counseling with Thelma for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and career difficulties

She is wonderful. An ear when it is needed. Hope when things seem bleak.

Written by F.E. on Oct 17, 2018 after counseling with Thelma for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and grief

Thelma is a fantastic therapist and helped me so much in the past 2 months when I was in the crisis. She taught me useful coping strategies and provided me helpful materials to help me through the life difficulty. Without her I would not be this functional now. I hope she will keep spreading her kindness to other patients and help them go through difficulties in their life!

Written by W.E. on Oct 05, 2018 after counseling with Thelma for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, self esteem, and anger management

She has been very nice.

Written by J.I. on Sep 29, 2018 after counseling with Thelma for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, grief, and career difficulties

Wonderful therapist, listened to my issues, was very kind, and had great insight. Highly recommend.

Written by D.A. on Sep 02, 2018 after counseling with Thelma for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, self esteem, and career

Thelma is very professional. She listens patiently and try to understand the issue, she uses her experience and knowledge to help. I feel supportive and ease (much relax) after having weekly schedule talking with her.

Written by P.A. on Aug 28, 2018 after counseling with Thelma for 2 weeks on issues concerning addictions, relationship, intimacy-related, and self esteem

I have had only a hand full of meetings with her so far but having someone to talk to and help me with my problems has helped.

She's a great person.

Written by M.I. on Aug 27, 2018 after counseling with Thelma for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, intimacy-related, and career

Thelma did a great job helping me realize an issue that was bringing me down. I feel as though I know many of my issues and just need help addressing them but she helped reveal something to me that I was unaware of.