Fairfax is a small town in Marin County, California with a population of about 7600 and is named after Lord Charles Snowden Fairfax. It is the only town in America that has a Green Party majority in their town councils, which promotes green politics. The community believes in gender equality, LGBT rights, anti-war, anti-racism, social justice, environmentalism, and nonviolence.

Fairfax is also known for its cutting-edge technology and health care, including mental health care at its finest. Therefore, if you or someone you love is having any kind of concerns about mental or emotional issues, there are many counselors in and around the Fairfax area who can help.

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Kelli Prisbe

Clinical therapist offering therapy in CA
Counselor License Type(s): LCSW
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesGriefParenting issues

I believe that all people are intelligent and capable of helping themselves. With the assistance of a counselor who can ask you the right questions, provide a safe and supportive environment, and encourage you to express and process your feelings, you can harness your power and take control of your life. My name is Kelli Prisbe, and I have been a social worker and counselor for over 20 years. I obtained my master's degree in social work in 1994 and my clinical social work license in 1999. My areas of experience include children and adults with special needs and their families, general parenting, women's concerns, including life transitions, sexual assault, and domestic violence, depression/anxiety, and senior and end-of-life issues. I believe strongly in each person's self-determination and ability to maximize his/her strengths in order to make improvements and achieve a satisfying life. I take a cognitive-behavioral approach, helping my clients to recognize and challenge the thoughts and beliefs that are making them unhappy and learn to think in healthier ways. This active type of therapy, which sometimes includes short homework assignments, typically helps clients to improve their negative moods or behaviors more quickly. Outside of my counseling private practice, I am a mom to three beautiful children. I have personally dealt with infertility, premature birth of my twins and subsequent NICU stay, and raising a child on the autism spectrum. I also work part-time as a home health social worker. I enjoy exercise, hiking, reading, eating wonderful food, and mostly being with my family.

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Janice Ruchlis

Clinical therapist offering therapy in CA
Counselor License Type(s): MS, MA MFT
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsLGBTRelationship issuesDepression
30 years of experience as a mental health therapist

I want to work with you to help you explore trauma, disability and low self esteem and discover ways to heal and feel more positive going forward. My work is a mixture of psychodynamic, behavioral, spiritual and developmental. I have worked with people of all ages and nationalities and i really valuing bringing differences to the forfront and apprecisting them. I look forward to working with you

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Joan Becket

Clinical therapist offering therapy in CA
Counselor License Type(s): M.S.,LMFT
Relationship issuesFamily conflictsGriefDepressionCoping with life changes
26 years of experience as a mental health therapist

Hi, my name is Joan Becket, and I am a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in California, who has been licensed over 27 years. I completed my bachelor’s degree in 1982 at Minnesota State University, Mankato, majoring in Minority & Ethnic Studies and Sociology, minoring in African-American Studies, which stems from having a heart for the inner city. I have been working in South Central Los Angeles and Compton for over 30 years in a professional capacity. I have volunteered helping the homeless through my church and have also been involved in an outreach to Commercially Sexually Exploited Children. After obtaining my B.S. degree, I worked at a group home for troubled children. After encountering one of the children’s therapists, I decided I wanted to become one also. I attended California State University, Los Angeles and obtained a master’s degree in Marriage, Family, Child Counseling in 1992. I obtained my LMFT license in 1997. I have worked for a government agency for over 31 years, overseeing complex cases for abused and neglected children, tending to their clinical needs. I also have provided clinical supervision to co-workers for over 15 years, aspiring to get their license as a therapist (LCSW, LMFT or LPCC). I would describe my therapy style as informal and relaxed. I have been told that I am honest and direct, as well as compassionate and caring. I am a faith-based therapist and believe God can help us live an abundant life, if we let Him. I believe one way this may be achieved is by examining generational familial patterns, and by doing so, a person can gain insight as to how this may affect their mindset, current behavior, relationship patterns, and overall functioning. Each person’s life requires a clinical lens to examine their unique experience and how it has shaped them. (JB) Clinical approaches: My approach stems from a biblical perspective, but I utilize various theoretical orientations, such as psychodynamic, family systems therapy, structural therapy, CBT, and client centered therapy. I also interject humor, which I feel is necessary in life. We will work together to find the best approach and interventions for you. -Official Certified CBT Practitioner (cognitive behavioral therapy)

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Jose Ortega

Clinical therapist offering therapy in CA
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseIntimacy-related issuesAnger managementDepression
3 years of experience as a mental health therapist

I am licensed in California with 3 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, trauma and abuse, & depression. 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 seeking a more fulfilling and happier life takes courage. I am here to support you in that process.

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Michele Mittelman

Clinical therapist offering therapy in CA
Family conflictsTrauma and abuseGriefParenting issuesSelf esteem
25 years of experience as a mental health therapist

I am licensed in California with 25 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with family conflicts, trauma and abuse, coping with grief and loss, & parenting issues. I work with my clients to create an open and safe environment where thoughts and feelings can be shared without fear of judgment. 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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Tracy Flug

Clinical therapist offering therapy in CA
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseGriefDepressionCompassion fatigue
23 years of experience as a mental health therapist

Self care is important and it is time to put YOU first! Working as a team we will address the challenges that you currently face. Just by looking for a new therapist, you have already proven that you have the motivation to change and improve your life. It's time to be seen and heard. You matter! I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in California with 23 years of experience specializing in the the field of health. I mainly work with adults and seniors. I specialize in treating loss, grief, end-of-life issues, those with traumatic hospitalizations, chronic illnesses, emotional/physical/sexual trauma, and PTSD. I utilize Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), Grief Therapy, and Solution-Focused Brief Therapy. I believe in taking a strengths-based, client centered approach to therapy. My style is to provide a judgment-free space for you with complete honesty, integrity, and transparency on my part. Please feel free reach out to me if it seems like we would be a good fit.

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Sierra Bush

Clinical therapist offering therapy in CA
Family conflictsParenting issuesSelf esteemCareer difficultiesCoaching
4 years of experience as a mental health therapist

I am licensed in Louisiana, Nevada, and California with over10 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with family conflicts, relationship conflicts, parenting issues, motivation, self esteem, and confidence, & career difficulties. I believe that you are the expert of your story and that you have many strengths that will assist you in overcoming things that challenge you. 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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Aaron Logan

Clinical therapist offering therapy in CA
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseSelf esteemDepressionCoping with life changes
15 years of experience as a mental health therapist

I am licensed in California with 15 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, trauma and abuse, motivation, self esteem, and confidence, & depression. I work with my clients to create an open and safe environment where thoughts and feelings can be shared without fear of judgment. Taking the first step to seeking a more fulfilling and happier life takes courage. I am here to support you in that process.

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Patrick Talbot

Clinical therapist offering therapy in CA
Stress, AnxietyParenting issuesCareer difficultiesCoping with life changesCompassion fatigue
40 years of experience as a mental health therapist

I am licensed in California with 40 + years of professional work experience as a school counselor, In-Home Outreach Counselor, Adventure-based Counselor, and ceremonialist weaved into my private practice. As a mindfulness practitioner, I utilize authentic compassionate communication, and nature's therapeutic qualities to relieve stress and anxiety, to honor life's challenges and transitional points through ceremony, and discover together new horizons for healthier choices. My non-judgmental approach to therapy creates opportunities for a co-creative process that allows our treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs. The first step to creating change is awareness, and you having the courage to reach out for help already shows me that you are ready and willing to begin the healing process. I look forward to exploring alternative choices with you.

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Alexandra Gulbis

Clinical therapist offering therapy in CA
Family conflictsTrauma and abuseSelf esteemCoping with life changesADHD
9 years of experience as a mental health therapist

I am licensed in California with 9 years of professional work experience. I am a non-judgmental and trauma-informed psychotherapist. I offer a safe and supportive space for individuals seeking healing, growth, and transformation. My practice incorporates an existential lens, recognizing the importance of exploring life's fundamental questions, meaning, and purpose. I believe in embracing existence and empowering individuals to discover their authentic selves, navigate existential challenges, and cultivate a sense of fulfillment and wholeness.

How to find a therapist for counseling in Fairfax

Finding the best therapist close by in Fairfax 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 in Fairfax that work best for you in order to begin your personal journey towards emotional healing with a therapist.

Understanding the type of therapy you'd like to search for is crucial before finding a therapist or psychologist in Fairfax. 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 Fairfax, 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 in the Fairfax region and in the state of California. Find a therapist under any of these distinctions and know that the sessions they offer can provide a safe place to heal.

A mental health counselor working through their own in-person therapy practice in Fairfax or online may assist clients in improving healthy relationships, communication skills, working through life transitions, couples counseling, managing a mood disorder, improving coping skills, self help tips, offer life coaching, family therapy, or change in negative thinking patterns. A therapist may also provide a safe place and validation for clients experiencing emotional pain, or that simply want a psychological assessment. 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 Fairfax area in different types of therapy, including:

  • CBT
  • DBT
  • Substance use therapy
  • Couples therapy

When you're ready to start your search and find Fairfax 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 Fairfax, elsewhere in Marin, or in the greater state of California.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs) about therapists and mental health services

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

How does the cost of in-person counseling with a therapist compare to the cost of BetterHelp with a licensed Fairfax 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 Fairfax 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 Fairfax may not take health insurance, some in the state of California may work on a sliding scale, meaning they'll factor in your income and charge what you can afford per session. With a BetterHelp therapist throughout the state of California you can expect significantly more affordable options, with sessions ranging from $65 to $100 per week (billed every four weeks). If you're looking for a therapist, Cincinnati offers a variety of professionals who can help with your mental health needs at a price you can afford.

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

Therapists in Fairfax, California 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 Fairfax psychiatrists to prescribe a drug or medication as treatment, or perform psychological assessments and other psychiatric services.

How does working with a professional 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, post traumatic stress disorder, and more. An online mental health therapist, including the therapists in Fairfax 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 Fairfax helping individuals on topics including managing life transitions, symptoms affecting sexual health, behavioral health, coping skills for anxiety, depression, trauma, stress, marriage counseling, and more. 

What mental health issues can psychotherapy address with the help of psychologists?

BetterHelp's verified Fairfax 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:

  • Cognitive behavioral therapy - This type of therapy is provided by therapists who are professional counselors, helping clients identify and change negative thought patterns through structured sessions.
  • Behavior therapy - Therapists use behavior therapy techniques to help clients modify harmful behaviors and develop healthier habits, often through the guidance of a professional counselor.
  • EMDR therapy - EMDR therapists assist clients in processing traumatic memories to alleviate emotional distress and improve overall well-being, utilizing the expertise of a professional counselor.
  • Talk therapy - Therapists engage clients in talk therapy to explore their feelings and develop strategies for dealing with various mental health issues, often guided by a professional counselor.
  • Depression - Therapists offer counseling to help individuals manage symptoms of depression and improve their mood and functioning, often working closely with a professional counselor.
  • Anxiety disorders - Therapists specialize in anxiety disorders, offering strategies to manage and reduce anxiety symptoms effectively, often through counseling sessions with a professional counselor.
  • Stress - Therapists provide tools and techniques to help clients cope with stress and improve their mental resilience, frequently under the supervision of a professional counselor.
  • Eating disorders - Therapists experienced in eating disorders offer specialized counseling to address unhealthy eating patterns and body image issues, with the support of a professional counselor.
  • Grief - Therapists provide support and guidance to clients experiencing grief, helping them navigate the stages of loss, often in collaboration with a counselor.
  • Attachment therapy - Therapists use attachment therapy to help clients understand and improve their emotional bonds and relationships, often with the assistance of a counselor.
  • Relationships - Therapists work with clients to improve communication, resolve conflicts, and strengthen their connections with others, often using the skills of a counselor.
  • Children, adolescents, and teens - Therapists specializing in youth therapy address the unique mental health needs of children, adolescents, and teens, often involving a counselor in the process.
  • Addiction (substance abuse) - Therapists offer counseling for addiction, helping clients overcome substance abuse and maintain long-term recovery, often under the guidance of a counselor.
  • Divorce - Therapists support individuals through the emotional and practical challenges of ending a marriage, often working with a psychologist to provide comprehensive care.
  • Trauma or PTSD - Therapists specializing in trauma and PTSD help clients process traumatic experiences and reduce their symptoms, frequently collaborating with a psychologist.
  • Bipolar disorder - Therapists provide counseling to manage the mood swings and challenges associated with bipolar disorder, often in consultation with a psychologist.
  • Psychodynamic treatment - Therapists use psychodynamic treatment to explore unconscious processes and how they affect current behavior, often guided by psychologists.
  • Career counseling - Therapists assist clients in making informed decisions about their professional paths and resolving work-related issues, often with the help of psychologists.
  • Alcohol use disorders - Therapists offer specialized counseling to help clients manage and overcome alcohol use disorders, frequently under the supervision of psychologists.
  • OCD - Therapists provide strategies and support to manage obsessive-compulsive disorder symptoms, often via psychotherapy.
  • ADHD - Therapists offer counseling to help clients with ADHD improve focus, organization, and overall functioning, often via psychotherapy.
  • Mood disorders - Therapists work with clients to stabilize and improve mood through various therapeutic approaches, frequently in psychotherapy.
  • Sex addiction
  • Complex trauma
  • Life transitions

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 Fairfax 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 in Fairfax?

One of the potentially rewarding aspects of working with a Fairfax 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.

Fairfax therapists 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 Fairfax 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 Fairfax 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 psychotherapist.

With a lot of people in CA, therapists 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 94978 or the surrounding zip codes, consider others available through the BetterHelp site. No matter if you are seeking help from therapists in your area or beyond, online therapy can be a great option.

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

Before seeing your Fairfax 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 while offering mental health services. The first session will often serve as an intake to get to know you as a person and learn why you're attending therapy in Fairfax.

Should I find a therapist or psychologist for therapy 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 from a therapist. A Fairfax 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 with a Fairfax counselor 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 that a counselor can help with.

Is mental health care and therapy with a therapist worth it?

Therapy with a licensed counselor 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 therapist 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 Fairfax, California 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.

Fairfax 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 during telehealth appointments?

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.

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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 to customer service 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.

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94930, 94978

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