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One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Scotts Valley, California (Scotts Valley, CA)
Type Of Therapy License(s): MA, LMFT
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Relationship issues, Trauma and abuse, Career difficulties, Depression
Years of Experience: 18

Do you feel hopeless, confused about personal issues, and wondering how life became so difficult, so confusing, and just so lonely? I am a humanistic therapist with an extensive background in mental health and crisis counseling. Over the past 16 years, I have worked in this field with adults, children, and families, and am also an instructor of Psychology at the local college. I find healing works wherever we meet, and you are welcome to meet with me in my practice, face-to-face or with online chat, whichever is most comfortable for you. The first step is to make...

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One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Scotts Valley, California (Scotts Valley, CA)
Type Of Therapy License(s): LCSW
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Relationship issues, Grief, Depression
Years of Experience: 14

Life can be full of challenges, and there are times when working with an understanding counselor can really help you through those tough times. I want to be here to help you if you are going through one of those times right now. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in California with over 10 years of experience working as a therapist. I have worked with clients from diverse backgrounds, with a wide range of ages, and with many different concerns. I have experience with teens, veterans, and adults in all stages of life. I have worked with people who are str...

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One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Scotts Valley, California (Scotts Valley, CA)
Type Of Therapy License(s): LMFT,Certified Clinical Trauma Professional
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Trauma and abuse, Grief, Self esteem, Depression
Years of Experience: 6

Hi, I am a licensed family therapist with the state of California. I have six years of experience. I am also a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional which means I am trained to help those who have experienced trauma, grief and/or loss. Along with trauma, I have experience with anxiety, depression, relationship struggles, self-esteem problems and those road bumps in life we all face. Sometimes we feel stuck, not sure which direction we should go, I can help with that too. I have been described as compassionate and patient yet direct. I approach most situation...

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One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Scotts Valley, California (Scotts Valley, CA)
Type Of Therapy License(s): LCSW
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Addictions, Relationship issues, Trauma and abuse, Depression
Years of Experience: 7

Hi, my name is Alison. If you're here, that means you're looking for something, and I'd love to help. Congratulations on taking a huge step in thinking about asking for support. Over the years, I've helped lots of people at many different stages of their life work to have more control, more safety and more stability. Whether you are dealing with something new, a long term challenge, or if you just know something's not right and you can't put a finger on it, we should talk. I'm a Licensed Clinical Social Worker from California and my work with individuals and ...

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One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Scotts Valley, California (Scotts Valley, CA)
Type Of Therapy License(s): PhD, EDD, MBA
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Addictions, Relationship issues, Intimacy-related issues, Eating disorders
Years of Experience: 46

Hello, COUPLE COUNSELING SPECIALIST I go by Dr. Bill and I am a licensed therapist (license number Psychologist 5077, LMFT 12373), in practice for 44 years. I am primarily a couples therapist (75% of my work ), but I also have many years experience working with anxiety disorders, eating disorders, and other addictive and compulsive behaviors. I ran a drug and alcohol treatment program for 13 years, and I have been in charge of an outpatient eating disorders program. I ran an anxiety treatment program with individual and group therapy for over 25 years. I a...

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One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Scotts Valley, California (Scotts Valley, CA)
Type Of Therapy License(s): LCSW
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Trauma and abuse, Self esteem, Depression, Compassion fatigue
Years of Experience: 8

Hello, Thank you for stopping by and taking the time to learn more about me. My name is Angie Vargas. I am a Therapist of Color and a first-generation Latinx. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in California. I earned my Masters in Social Work from UCLA, and my Bachelors in Sociology and Chicanx Studies from CSUN. I am really excited to be here and be of support to you in your journey. My skills range from working with youth, children and families, as well as young adults and adults managing stress, anxiety, depression, burn-out, and compassion fatigue....

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One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Scotts Valley, California (Scotts Valley, CA)
Type Of Therapy License(s): LMFT
Therapy Specialties: Parenting issues, Self esteem, Career difficulties, Coping with life changes, Coaching
Years of Experience: 15

I initially received my license in 2003, and have had a great deal of experience with solution focused therapy. This type of therapy is excellent for dealing with anxiety, grief, life transitions as well as illness. In recent years, I have had the opportunity to work with individuals in a life coaching capacity. I most enjoy helping people remove barriers in their life so they can achieve more happiness, peace and purpose for themselves. I like to employ a down-to-earth realistic approach to issues, my own life experience is part of what I bring to therapy. This ...

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One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Scotts Valley, California (Scotts Valley, CA)
Type Of Therapy License(s): LMFT
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Trauma and abuse, Grief, Self esteem, Depression
Years of Experience: 3

My name is Mercedes D. Green. I have served in the military for over 18 years as Military Police, Platoon Sergeant, Drill Sergeant, and Operations Sergeant. I am currently a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with experience of 3 years in therapeutic services and 12 years in case management services. Over the span of 12-18 years, I have worked directly with institutionalized offenders, trauma survivors, military personnel, adult parents, transitioning adolescents, and adult/child suicidality. I have experience working with individuals, families, couples, and g...

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One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Scotts Valley, California (Scotts Valley, CA)
Type Of Therapy License(s): MA,LMFT
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Relationship issues, Parenting issues, Depression, Coping with life changes
Years of Experience: 15

I have 15 years of counseling experience, working primarily with individuals struggling with depression, anxiety, stress, self-esteem, codependency and life transitions. I also have training in addiction and trauma recovery. With my gentle and calm style, I listen with empathy, respect and unconditional positive regard. Talking to a therapist you feel safe and secure with can help you work through issues to find your truth and to find clarity in your path forward. Sometimes emotions and trauma can get stuck in our bodies and minds and keep us from healing and fin...

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One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Scotts Valley, California (Scotts Valley, CA)
Type Of Therapy License(s): Ph.D.
Therapy Specialties: Addictions, LGBT, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Depression
Years of Experience: 3

I am a licensed psychologist in California and Nevada with over 20 years of experience. I specialize in LGBTQIA issues and am a proud member of the community. I also have worked over 10 years in a psychiatric hospital where I gained expertise with dual diagnosis patients (substance abuse issues + mental health disorder). I was also fortunate enough to work in the adolescent unit of the hospital as well. I earned my Ph.D. from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. I am also an educator to graduate students and provide supervision as they pursue their licen...

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One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Scotts Valley, California (Scotts Valley, CA)
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Intimacy-related issues, Depression
Years of Experience: 27

I have had a passion to help people since I was very young. I have been doing professional counseling for almost 30 years. I have a Degree in Psychology, a Masters Degree in Marriage & Family Therapy and am a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in California. I’m an experienced facilitator of health and healing for individuals, couples and families. With 27 years of experience in counseling, I know what it takes to move one into their desired path. My proven methods, will help you build and live a more authentic and powerful life. I create a place for indi...

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One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Scotts Valley, California (Scotts Valley, CA)
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Trauma and abuse, Self esteem, Depression
Years of Experience: 6

I am licensed in California with 6 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, trauma and abuse, & motivation, self esteem, and confidence. I also have experience working with 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 sign up for therapy can take courage and I am proud of you for getting started!

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One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Scotts Valley, California (Scotts Valley, CA)
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Depression, Coping with life changes
Years of Experience: 4

I am a family and marriage therapist licensed in California with 4 years of professional work experience. I have experience assisting clients with a wide variety of concerns including stress and anxiety, depression, family of origin issues, & coping with life changes. I have also supported clients through grief, trauma, and boundary setting. I believe in working with my clients to create an open and safe environment where thoughts and feelings can be shared freely to be worked through together. My therapy style is collaborative and interactive. My approach combi...

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One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Scotts Valley, California (Scotts Valley, CA)
Therapy Specialties: Self esteem
Years of Experience: 50

I am licensed in California with 50 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with coping with depression, relationships, parenting, work-related issues, and grief and loss. 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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One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Scotts Valley, California (Scotts Valley, CA)
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Addictions, Relationship issues, Self esteem, Depression
Years of Experience: 25

I am a licensed Psychologist in California and New York and have been fortunate to amass 40+ years of clinical and teaching experience (e.g., clinical psychologist, clinical supervisor, consultant, seminar presenter, professor of psychology) in a variety of mental health and academic settings around the United States. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, coping with addictions (both substance and activities), relationship issues (especially marital), and building greater self-esteem, confidence and assertiveness. Also, I have had tra...

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One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Scotts Valley, California (Scotts Valley, CA)
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Relationship issues, Trauma and abuse, Depression, ADHD
Years of Experience: 14

Hello, my name is Stephanie and I am a licensed clinical therapist in California with 14 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with life changes, stress and anxiety, depression, relationship issues, and trauma. 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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One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Scotts Valley, California (Scotts Valley, CA)
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Grief, Self esteem, Depression, Coping with life changes
Years of Experience: 9

I am licensed in California with 8 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, coping with grief and loss, 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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One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Scotts Valley, California (Scotts Valley, CA)
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Self esteem, Depression
Years of Experience: 10

I am licensed in California with 10 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, & motivation, self esteem, and confidence. 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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One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Scotts Valley, California (Scotts Valley, CA)
Therapy Specialties: Addictions, LGBT, Grief, Self esteem, Depression
Years of Experience: 4

I am a Licensed Therapist with ten years providing clinical mental health services and psychotherapy to adults and adolescence. I am trained and experienced in supporting patients with diverse backgrounds and needs overcome challenges caused by depression, anxiety, trauma, behavioral issues, substance use and grief. I use a strengths-based and client-centered approach to support them in addressing current challenges, stressors and behavior. I encourage my patients to view therapy as a collaboration. It is a gift we give ourselves to explore, grow and improve you...

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One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Scotts Valley, California (Scotts Valley, CA)
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Grief, Depression, Coping with life changes
Years of Experience: 10

Hello and welcome! My name is Megan Polney, and I’m a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of California. I am a California native, and was raised in a rural farm town in the Sacramento Valley. I moved to San Francisco in 2012, after I graduated with my Master’s degree in Psychology from California State University, Sacramento. I have over 10 years of professional experience working with children, teens and adults on a variety of issues such as grief and loss, depression, anxiety, trauma, major life changes, miscarriage, domestic violence and sexu...

Having A Hard Time Selecting A Mental Health Professional In Scotts Valley?

Finding the right therapist can feel intimidating. However, there are a few methods you can try to narrow your search for a counselor in the Scotts Valley area if you find it challenging to find therapists accepting new clients.

First, research what type of therapy you'd like to pursue before finding a therapist or psychologist. You might be interested in psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), group therapy, marriage and family therapy, or couples therapy. Each therapy can offer various benefits. If you're still unsure, consider asking your prospective therapists which methods they practice.

When you're ready to search, search for 'therapist near me in Scotts Valley and scroll through the options. Next, consider your goals for the gender of your therapist, the type of therapy they're most experienced with, and their specialty. Finally, choose a therapist located near you in the city of Scotts Valley or elsewhere in Santa Cruz or the state of California.

Mental health professionals working through private practice or online may assist clients in improving healthy relationships and communication skills, working through life's obstacles, or changing negative thinking patterns. They may also provide a listening ear and validation. Verified Scotts Valley therapists can provide licensed marriage and compassionate counseling, tailor to individual needs, and create a therapeutic relationship as a National Certified Counselor.

What Is The Cost Difference Between Conventional Therapy And BetterHelp? 

Forbes reports that the average price of an in-person therapy session in the US is $100 to $200 per hour. These prices may be higher in Scotts Valley due to a higher cost of living.

Some therapists 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 BetterHelp therapists serving the city of Scotts Valley and elsewhere throughout the state of California you can expect significantly more affordable options, with sessions ranging from $60 to $90 per week (billed every four weeks).


Did You Know BetterHelp Therapists Are Not Limited To In-Person Visits?

Online therapists, including the US-based therapists above, can work with people like you in or around Scotts Valley to offer creative forms of communication and treatment. You do not have to commute to a therapist's office to meet with one of these counselors.

Through BetterHelp, you can partake in video, phone, or live chat sessions with your licensed therapist. You can work through various symptoms, receive worksheets, and sign up for mental health webinars. Additionally, the BetterHelp app offers a journaling feature.

Suppose you're struggling with relationship problems that could be addressed in couples therapy. In that case, you may choose to work with one of BetterHelp's experienced cognitive-behavioral therapists specializing in behavioral health and relationships. You can also try a provider through BetterHelp's sister platform, ReGain, which is dedicated to couples and spouses worldwide. Look through the available therapists above and consider which might work for you.

San Jose has many professionals who provide client-centered individual counseling in person and through online therapy. If you opt into online therapy, you might also be able to meet with therapists all over the US. Many individuals gain further insight into their lives through internet-based counseling. In Scotts Valley, therapy can be easily accessible and a click away.


How To Know If Therapy Is Right For You?

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 they may struggle to provide objective guidance as a therapist can. Therapists are also professionals trained to respond to various concerns, symptoms, and mental health conditions.

A therapist may support you toward a healthier emotional state, regardless of your mental health or life concerns. While supporting individuals in developing healthier habits, another benefit of therapy is having a 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 San Jose 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 can express yourself through creativity instead of words.

With almost one million people in Scotts Valley, CA, finding a therapist can be costly, and therapists may be booked out with clients. Through the list of therapists above and others through BetterHelp, you may be able to find a therapist within 24 to 48 hours. If you're searching for a nearby therapist close to 95066 or the surrounding zip codes, consider other available therapists through the BetterHelp therapist page.

Stay Up To Date With The Leading Online Therapy Platform

To stay up to date with BetterHelp's initiatives through their social channels, you can follow them on PinterestLinkedInInstagramTwitter, and FacebookFor mental health tips, check out the BetterHelp YouTube channel.

Take some time to learn more about BetterHelp therapists and counselors to understand the services available to you clearly. If you have any questions, please reach out through the contact page or send an email to contact@betterhelp.com.

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

Emergency Situations

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:

·      National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-SAFE (7233)

·      National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

·      Crisis Text Line: Text HOME to 741741

·      Veterans Crisis Line: Call 1-800-273-8255 (and press 1) or text 838255. For support for the deaf and hard of hearing community, please use your preferred relay service or dial 711 then 1-800-273-8255.

·      Trevor Lifeline (LGBTQ Lifeline): (866)488-7386 

·      SAMHSA National Helpline (Substance Use): (800)662-4357

·      National Eating Disorder Association Helpline:1-800-931-2237 (M-Th: 9 AM-9 PM EST, Fri 9 AM - 5 PM EST)

·      Child Help Hotline: Call 1-800-422-4453 or use the online chat feature

·      National Anti-Hazing Hotline: 1-888-NOT-HAZE (1-888-668-4293) 

·      Physician Crisis Support Line: Call 1-888-409-0141 if you are a first responder or medical provider experiencing crises related to Covid-19

·      Sexual Assault Hotline: Call RAINN at 1-800-656-4673

Zip Codes Served By BetterHelp Therapists

Below are some of the zip codes served by BetterHelp therapists in Scotts Valley:

95066

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Some other commonly asked questions on therapy and BetterHelp can be found below:

How Do I See A Therapist For The First Time? 

Before seeing your therapist, prep for your session by reading about the counseling process. You might write a list of questions you want to ask your therapist. 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 why you're attending therapy.

Should I Attend Therapy If I Feel Fine? 

If you don't feel the need to see a therapist, you don't have to. However, some people may avoid attending counseling due to preconceived notions of what therapy entails. Although therapists 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 advice. A therapist 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 Crying In Therapy A Breakthrough?

Crying can be a breakthrough for some individuals who struggle to express emotions. Others might find that they often cry during sessions. Crying can be normal and healthy, so whether you cry or not may be a personal aspect of sessions.

Are Therapists Worth It?

We may all be on different paths in life, as each human can be unique in their personality, expression, and goals. A therapist can target various symptoms, experiences, and personalities. Unlike advice from a friend, family member, or non-professional, therapists are trained to meet you where you're at. Therapy can be worth it. Over 41 million adults in the US attend therapy each year, showing it's a popular option and may be often effective.

Do Therapists Judge You? 

The boundaries between you and a therapist are in place to protect you and them from ethical concerns. Therapists are held by ethical standards through the American Psychological Association (APA) and are not allowed to judge or harm their clients. Their job is to support you and make you feel safe and respected. You might consider changing therapists if you don't feel safe or respected.