With such a robust population, finding a therapist in Phoenix, AZ may seem simple enough, but mental health services aren’t always as simple as they seem. Finding the right therapist may take reaching outside of your geographical area. When it comes to therapy for any challenge from mood disorders and anxiety disorders to addictive behaviors or traumatic experiences like domestic violence, therapeutic alliance is key.

In any therapeutic approach, therapy is far more likely to be successful if there is a strong level of trust between therapist and client. Motivational interviewing and evidence-based interventions can only go so far if you don’t feel like your therapist truly understands you. That’s why an online therapy platform like BetterHelp can help. With over 30,000 licensed mental health professionals, BetterHelp has a wide variety of therapists to match your needs, and allows you to switch therapists at no extra cost until you find the one that you work best with.

Therapy cost can also be a challenge for some. BetterHelp is not covered by insurance, but the cost of online therapy can be significantly lower than that of many individual practices. When in Phoenix, find therapists easily by filling out a simple online questionnaire to be matched with a therapist that meets your needs. Most people are matched within 48 hours, and if you need to switch therapists for any reason you can do so for no extra cost until you find your perfect therapist. 

Whether you’re looking for treatment of a specific mental health condition, interested in self-improvement, or seeking guidance for achieving life goals, therapy can help get you where you want to go. And online therapy can help you to fit your sessions around your busy schedule and allow you to work with your therapist from the convenience and comfort of your own home.

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Rhiannon Cruz

Offering therapy in AZ
License: MS, LPC
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseGriefSelf esteemDepression
8 years of experience

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor. My years of experience comes from a variety of settings: outpatient treatment institutions, inpatient treatment institutions, and community based settings which have included one on one sessions. I utilize the following therapeutic approaches: Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, solution-focused Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Strength based therapy, Person-Centered Therapy, and Mindfulness. I have training and experiences working with individuals who struggle with anxiety, depression, trauma, anger issues, and addiction. Everyone has their own narratives/perspectives and I understand it can be challenging to be vulnerable with your thoughts and emotions but the reward of validating yourself can be most healing. I am confident I can teach you to identify and validate your emotions in a healthy manner. I can help and/or be that listening ear. Change is possible when you are willing to make a commitment to the process. I challenge you to be open minded and be courageous with me....

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Roslyn Pursley

Offering therapy in AZ
License: LPCC,MS Counseling Psychology
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseGriefParenting issuesDepression
13 years of experience

I believe that changes take place through healing relationships. My job as your counselor is to listen and understand what you are going through and what changes you are seeking. I offer to hold hope for you when times are dark or you feel lost or confused and to share in your progress too! I work from a person centered approach and use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Attachment Based Perspective to help you learn and grow and make the changes you want to make. I also work with people who have been through a traumatic event and help them go from feeling like a victim and being afraid to learning how to live with it and experiencing growth. I work individual all of all ages from 3 to 100! I have a Masters in Counseling Psychology and have been practicing since 2007. I also have a heart for First Responders and have experience with that population. I have experience working in a wide variety of settings with people of all ages and requests for help in a wide range of things. I'd like to help you find your purpose in life and have deeper more meaningful relationships. Some of the issues that I help with include trauma, loss of a pregnancy, loss due to suicide, adjusting as a widow(er), adjusting to moves due across country, loss of independence due to aging, and response to tragedy such as a sudden loss of life in the family. and healing from physical and sexual abuse or domestic violence. I consider myself a moderate individual who is considerate of all spiritual beliefs. I will help you explore your personal value system. I will help you find meaning and joy again after trauma.

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Caitlyn Schmidt

Offering therapy in AZ
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesSelf esteemDepressionCoping with life changes
6 years of experience

Welcome, My name is Caitlyn Schmidt and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Alabama. I have 7 years of clinical experience in working with clients presenting with a wide range of concerns, including Anxiety, Depression, low self esteem, lack of motivation, anger and stress. We can work together to help you get through any personal, relationship, family or career issues you may be struggling with. I find it is just as important to take care of your mental health as it is to take care of your physical health in order to be the best possible version of yourself. I know how hard it can be to reach out for help and to take the necessary steps towards changing your life for the better and I am here to support and empower you on your journey!

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Tracy Jones-Williams

Offering therapy in AZ
License: LCSW
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesFamily conflictsTrauma and abuseDepression
15 years of experience

Hi there! I'm Tracy Jones-Williams, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker from Tulsa, Oklahoma. I have over a decade of experience working with people assisting them with improving their mental health. I am an Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) Combat Support Veteran with a unique perspective of how to understand and treat all kinds of trauma. As a Trauma-Informed provider who specializes in combat, sexual, and childhood trauma, I am passionate about pursuing and delivering health equity in our communities. Equipped with trainings in evidence based best practices including but not limited to EMDR, CPT, TF-CBT, and CBT- Insomnia and Nightmares, I have worked with military members and their families, children and their families, and survivors of trauma and abuse, and members of the LGBTQ+ community. I am also a proud ally and advocate of the LGBTQ+ community. My experience derives from working with the Department of Veteran Affairs, Department of Defense in Italy and Germany and countless organizations and agencies in the Tulsa and Muskogee area such as Community Service Council of Tulsa, Mental Health Association of Tulsa, Youth Services, and others. I have developed programs to address treatment gaps for those recovering as survivors of sexual trauma, facilitated intensive outpatient treatment programs focusing on processing trauma, and collaborated with providers, organizations, and agencies to implement services impacting people healing from mental health dysfunction. I am also the Founder and CEO of TraMcK Connections: Connections to Wellness. TMC is a mental health and wellness company that focuses on holistic reconnection with self, others, and the environment. For more information about me, please visit www.tramckconnections.com. Have a beautiful day!

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Adam Hewitt

Offering therapy in AZ
License: LCSW
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsAnger managementSelf esteemDepression
8 years of experience

Hello! My name is Adam Hewitt, and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker based in Missouri. I have been with BetterHelp since 2021 after spending several years in private practice as a mental health therapist and substance abuse counselor. I've always been passionate about helping people overcome their challenges. When it comes to therapy, I like to keep things friendly and honest. I will never talk down to you or make you feel like a burden. I find it incredibly rewarding to see the joy on people's faces when they realize just how strong they can be, whether it's facing their fears, overcoming addictions, or taking control of their lives. As for my therapeutic approach, I focus on your strengths. I believe that everyone has innate abilities that can help them achieve their life goals, and it is my job to help you find yours. I take a mindfulness based approach, and am very sensitive to how technology and culture intersect to make our lives more complicated. I've worked significantly with people dealing with trauma, substance and gaming addiction, and systemic oppression. My aim is to help individuals become empowered to go out into the world feeling in charge of their lives. I don't consider myself to work for an agency; I'm here because of you. My promise is to let you take the lead to make the changes in your life that are meaningful to you. My hope is that my openness and positive attitude will make you feel trusted and inspired to live the life you deserve.

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Dr. Bernadette Boozer-Madison

Offering therapy in AZ
License: PHD,MSW,LMFT
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsRelationship issuesFamily conflictsDepression
25 years of experience

I am well versed and experienced in working with a variety of populations. My specialty focuses on adults who experienced trauma while in foster care; adults experiencing separation and divorce, depression, anxiety, caregiver, and compassion fatigue, newfound-COVID stressors, grief, and loss. My clinical approach encompasses several different evidence-based therapeutic modalities and is delivered in a compassionate and meaningful way. My extensive years of therapeutic experience in developing coping skills, managing stressors, and navigating through crises have led many to a path of emotional wellness. We can focus our work together on positive change and achieving your personal milestones. I will work with you to tailor a client-centered approach that specifically addresses your goals and needs! I am available for a consultation and have immediate options available to schedule new client appointments via video. I am excited about working together to help you begin your journey toward hope. DUE TO AN ABUNDANCE OF CLIENTS LOOKING FOR TREATMENT, I AM WILLING TO WORK WITH CLIENTS INTERESTED IN CHAT ONLY AT THIS TIME IN AN EFFORT TO GET CLIENTS INTO CARE QUICKLY.

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Melissa Gilgun

Offering therapy in AZ
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseGriefDepressionADHD
24 years of experience

Hi! My name is Melissa, and I am a licensed clinician in Arizona and Massachusetts with 24 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, attention issues, trauma and abuse, eating disorders, coping with grief and loss, and depression. In addition, I am very knowledgeable about goal-setting and helping my clients be able to manage their symptoms through the use of coping strategies and cognitive-behavioral therapy. I believe strongly that counseling provides the empowerment, acknowledgement, and validation that is necessary to help process feelings and work through concerns. I would love to be the therapist to help you today. Please contact me if you feel my experience would be a good fit for you, and I look forward to hearing from you.

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Minon Maier

Offering therapy in AZ
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesTrauma and abuseCareer difficultiesCoping with life changes
20 years of experience

I am licensed in Arizona with 20 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, lack of authenticity, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, & career difficulties. I believe in treating everyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion. I will tailor our dialog and treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs. It takes courage to seek out a more fulfilling and happier life and to take the first steps towards a change. I am here to support & empower you in that journey.

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Judith Hill

Offering therapy in AZ
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsTrauma and abuseGriefCoping with life changes
15 years of experience

 Anxiety  Depression  PTSD  Individual counseling  Marriage counseling  Discovering purpose  Pornography addictions  Narcissistic relationships  Grief and loss  Substance Use Disorders Often, people desire a spiritual perspective in their journey though therapy. As a mature, seasoned Christian, I can help you experience God’s wisdom, power, and love in a non-judgmental approach as you heal, grow, and master your life. If you are struggling with substance use issues, I help you navigate the situations, emotions, and relationships in your life that are complicated and impacted by substance use and help you find your best self as you progress through the stages of your recovery. Areas of counseling experience include substance use, anxiety, narcissistic relationships, family relationships, shame, low self-esteem, grief and loss, couples counseling, sexuality, the effects of pornography on individuals and/or partners, PTSD, and re-entry after incarceration. I am licensed in the states of Michigan and Arizona as a Licensed Professional Counselor, I have a degree in secondary education (endorsed for grades 5-12), and I am a certified substance use disorder therapist (CAADC); I am experienced with teens, adults, and seniors.

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Azel Jackson

Offering therapy in AZ
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsFamily conflictsGriefDepression
10 years of experience

I am licensed in Arizona with 10 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, coping with addictions, family conflicts, & coping with grief and loss. I believe in treating everyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion. I will tailor our dialog and treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs. Taking the first step to sign up for therapy can take courage and I am proud of you for getting started!

How to find counseling in Phoenix

Finding the best therapist close by in Phoenix can feel challenging, but know that once you narrow your search for a counselor serving your area, you can find a therapist in your city that is accepting new clients and fits your goals. Whether you're struggling with depression, anxiety, marriage, family issues, or other emotional challenges, feel proud that you have begun your search to find the mental health care services that work best for you in order to begin your personal journey towards emotional healing.

Understanding the type of therapy you'd like to search for is crucial before finding a therapist or psychologist in Phoenix. Perhaps you're interested in narrowing your search for a psychotherapist that can offer psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), talk therapy, provide group therapy, marriage and family therapy for individuals or couples, or couples therapy. Each type of therapy can offer various benefits and address or treat different disorders. If you're still unsure or are new to counseling in Phoenix, feel free to contact the provider via email to find out which methods they practice.

It is also important to understand that mental health professionals in the United States are accredited to provide care, helping individuals and couples, with a variety of licenses. These include licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT), licensed clinical social worker (LCSW), and clinical psychologist or doctor of psychology (PsyD). Regardless of their licensure, they are trained to treat individuals and couples counseling, and sometimes children, in any type of therapy. Find a therapist under any of these distinctions and know that the sessions they offer can provide a safe place to heal.

Mental health professionals working through their own in- person therapy practice in Phoenix or online may assist clients in improving healthy relationships, communication skills, working through life transitions, managing a mood disorder, improving coping skills, or change in negative thinking patterns. They may also provide a safe place and validation for clients experiencing emotional pain. Verified providers can provide licensed marriage and couples therapy, tailor to individual needs, and create a therapeutic relationship as a National Certified Counselor.

There are all kinds of therapists working with clients today across the United States and in the greater Phoenix area in different types of therapy, including:

  • CBT
  • DBT
  • Substance use therapy
  • Couples therapy

When you're ready to start your search and find therapists, have in mind what type of therapy you'd like your provider to be most experienced with and choose an experienced provider with a practice located near you in the city of Phoenix, elsewhere in Maricopa, or in the greater state of Arizona.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

Some other commonly asked questions on therapy with a licensed counselor and BetterHelp serving the Phoenix area can be found below:

How does the cost of in-person counseling compare to the cost of BetterHelp with a licensed Phoenix therapist?

The average price of an in-person therapy session in the US is $100 to $200 per hour. These prices may be higher in Phoenix due to a higher cost of living. The price also depends on the type of provider you are looking for. See the following average prices for various mental health providers without insurance:

  • Counseling with a psychiatrist: $150-$500
  • Counseling with therapists: $100-300
  • Therapy with a psychologist: $100

While many psychologists in Phoenix may not take health insurance, some in the state of Arizona may work on a sliding scale, meaning they'll factor in your income and charge what you can afford per session. With BetterHelp or clinicians throughout the state of Arizona you can expect significantly more affordable options, with sessions ranging from $65 to $100 per week (billed every four weeks).

How is a licensed therapist on this online therapy platform verified?

Therapists in Phoenix, Arizona working on BetterHelp are licensed, trained, experienced, and accredited as a doctor of psychology (PhD / PsyD), licensed marriage and family therapists (LMFT), licensed clinical social worker (LCSW / LICSW), or licensed professional counselors (LPC). All of these psychology clinicians have a Masters Degree or a Doctorate Degree in their field of psychology sciences, and follow the APA Code of Ethics. They have been qualified and certified by their state's professional board after successfully completing the necessary education, exams, training and practice with a patient, and extensive experience in a healthcare clinic or treatment centers, in order to become a mental health provider. While their lived experience, expertise, careers, and background vary, they all possess at least 3 years and 1,000 hours of hands-on experience with adult and sometimes teen patients, and have the necessary therapist credentials to provide a safe space for long lasting emotional healing in therapy. 

Please note BetterHelp does not offer or provide care from psychiatrists to prescribe a drug as treatment, or perform psychological assessments.

How does working with a counselor in BetterHelp online therapy sessions work?

BetterHelp clinicians treat clients online across the United States (individuals and couples) through life transitions, inner child exploration, long term depression or anxiety, and more. An online mental health professional, including the therapists in Phoenix above, can work with young adults, children, adolescents, and adults virtually as an accredited licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) or licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT). You do not have to commute to a an office as a psychotherapy client.

Through BetterHelp therapy, you can partake in video, phone, or live chat therapy sessions with your licensed therapist. You can work through various symptoms, use the in app journaling feature, and receive worksheets. You'll also find support groups or group therapy lead by a therapist in Phoenix helping individuals on topics including managing life transitions, symptoms affecting sexual health, behavioral health, coping skills for anxiety or depression, trauma, stress, marriage counseling, and more. 

What mental health issues can psychotherapy address?

BetterHelp's verified Phoenix therapists specialize and have clinical experience in a wide range of mental health issues and modalities, helping clients to feel better and improve their lives every day. See below for examples.

Specialties on BetterHelp include:

You may also be struggling with relationship problems that could be addressed in couples therapy or with a sex therapist. In that case, you may choose to work with one of BetterHelp's experienced cognitive-behavioral therapists or licensed marriage family therapists (LMFT) who work with clients in relationships. You can also try a Phoenix therapy provider through BetterHelp's sister platform, ReGain, which is dedicated to couples and spouses worldwide. 

How do I know if online counseling is right for my family?

One of the potentially rewarding aspects of working with a therapist is the validation and active listening they can provide. Your friends and loved ones may also be available to listen, but you may feel that they may lack the skills to provide objective guidance. Counselors are trained to respond to various concerns, symptoms, and mental health conditions.

A psychologist in your city can support you toward a healthier emotional state, regardless of your mental health, life concerns, or healing needs. While supporting individuals in developing healthier habits, another good benefit of therapy is having an understanding, safe space with a non-judgmental party who can support you through challenging experiences.

Many people have sensitive topics that they may feel ashamed to discuss with their friends or partner. A Phoenix therapist can help you confront these concerns and open up through unique methods of support. There are also many types of therapy, such as art therapy, where you may find you can express yourself through creativity instead of words.

With a lot of people in AZ, providers may be booked out with clients. Through the list of profiles above and others within BetterHelp's team, you may be able to find a psychologist within 24 to 48 hours. If you're searching to find a a nearby psychotherapist close to 85015 or the surrounding zip codes, consider others available through the BetterHelp site. No matter if you are seeking help in your area or beyond, online therapy can be a great option.

How should I prepare for my first therapy session with a Phoenix counselor?

Before seeing your therapist, prep for your session by reading to understand the therapy process. You might write a list of questions you want to ask your psychotherapist, any emotional pain you may feel, and the ways in which you hope to improve. When you attend your session, let them know if you have any concerns about therapy or feel unsure about what to talk about. They may help guide you with open-ended therapeutic questions. The first session will often serve as an intake to get to know you as a person and learn why you're attending therapy.

Should I find a therapist or psychologist if I feel fine? 

Some simply don't feel the need to see a psychologist. However, some people may avoid attending therapy due to stigma or preconceived notions of what therapy entails. Although psychologists often support people with mental health conditions, you do not need a diagnosis or condition to attend therapy. You can discuss grief, relationship concerns, stress, or life changes and ask for general feedback and advice. A Phoenix licensed clinical social worker may help you gain power over your life and emotions while you navigate day-to-day experiences.

Gaining a new perspective on yourself through various therapies might allow you to improve your self-esteem, work through relationships, and gain a better sense of your mental health goals. The success you may find through therapy can be dependent on your process.

People may also attend therapy for specific motives, such as bullying, an autism diagnosis, a desire to learn mindfulness meditation, personality concerns, trouble with office workers, specific phobias, and many other principles.

Is mental health care and therapy worth it? 

Therapy is effective and has the power to change individuals' lives. Each client is at a different stage of their emotional healing journey in life, as each human can be unique in their personality, expression, skills, and goals. A psychologist can target various symptoms, experiences, and personalities to help you feel your best and put you on the path to healing. Unlike advice from a friend, family, or non-professional, a mental health professional has an understanding of various disorders like ADHD and depression with many hours of experience in treating adults in their practice. For this reason, seeing an evidence based psychologist in Phoenix, Arizona can be worth it. Over 41 million adults in the US attend therapy services each year, showing it's a popular option and is proven to be effective.

Phoenix has many clinicians who practice person or client-centered individual therapy in-person and through online therapy to assist clients in their healing journey. If you opt into online therapy, you might also be able to meet with providers all over the United States and change therapists easily at any time. Many people struggling with anxiety and depression, substance abuse, body image issues, and more find therapists that are a good fit for them, feel supported, and gain further insight into their lives through internet-based therapy.

Do therapists judge you in therapy sessions?

The boundaries between you and a therapist are in place to help you and them regarding ethical concerns. Mental health professionals are held by ethical standards through the American Psychological Association (APA) and are not allowed to judge or harm their clients. If you are concerned about sharing details about yourself, feel free to withhold personal information. Their job in the therapeutic relationship is to create a safe place, help you gain a deeper understanding of your mental health, and support you. You might consider changing counselors if you don't feel safe or respected.

Stay up to date with the leading online counseling platform

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Take some time today to learn more about the team of therapists at BetterHelp to understand the services available to you clearly. If you are new to therapy or have any questions about the services and terms, please reach out through the contact page or send an email to contact@betterhelp.com.

If you’re ready to sign up for online therapy, consider signing up with a platform like BetterHelp and get matched within 24 to 48 hours.

If you are experiencing a crisis or emergency, don't use this site's online services. If you are in life-threatening danger, call 911. If you require support for a crisis, reach out to the hotlines below:

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