Finding someone to help you in life may be a challenge. Not everyone can understand your struggles, especially if they are internal. Depression, anxiety, and other mental disorders may not show up physically in a person. A counselor based in Lakewood can help you by being the person who can understand. 

Lakewood is a great place to live, and the counselors there are great people as well. If you have depression, a counselor can make you feel better by thinking good thoughts. If you have anxiety, a counselor can teach you how to control yourself. If you need a goal in life fulfilled, a counselor can help make a plan. Speak to a counselor today.

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Megan Curtis

Offering therapy in CO
License: MA,LPC,NCC
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesFamily conflictsParenting issuesSelf esteem
10 years of experience

Hi! I'm Megan. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) as well as a National Certified Counselor (NCC) and I am here to help you! I bring with me 10 years of counseling experience. I earned my BS from Colorado State University in Human Development and Family Studies in 2003 and I earned my MA in Counseling and Human Services from the University of Colorado in 2005. I use an integrative approach to Mental Health and Overall Wellness using coaching methods and interventions that encourage the balance of mind, body and soul. I merge mindfulness coaching, life coaching and cognitive behavioral therapy to treat individuals seeking help with anxiety, emotional regulation, stress relief, life transitions, and coping skills. I am warm, quirky and supportive. I love a good laugh. It brings me joy to help others realize their potential and feel EMPOWERED. I believe in balance and moderation. I believe that we are ALL capable of changing things that are less than desirable in our lives. I believe we all have the potential to be better and sometimes we just need an advocate to hold us accountable, give a different perspective and be our cheerleader. My belief that everyone is unique guides my individualized approach with clients. What works for one person may not necessarily work for another, so a big part of this process is figuring out what works best for YOU – from the type of overall therapeutic intervention to details like self-care or life choices. This may require you to do some “work” between sessions (Examples of assignments may include journaling or focusing on your breath). That being said, I like to focus on progress, not perfection. I will help you take some of the pressure off of trying to be perfect-in-every-way all the time. Sometimes it will still hurt. Sometimes you will be scared. Sometimes you will trip and be mad at me. But each time, I will be there to help you refocus and get back on your feet. It takes courage to seek help for a more fulfilling and happy life and to take the first steps towards a change. If you are ready to take that step I am here to support and empower you. I look forward to working with you!

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Christina Ortiz-Marquez

Offering therapy in CO
License: MA, LPC
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesTrauma and abuseAnger managementSelf esteem
17 years of experience

Hello! I'm Christina, A Colorado based licensed counselor with over 18 years experience! I graduated from the University of Southern Colorado where I earned a Bachelor's degree in Sociology, Criminology and Psychology. I earned my Master of Arts Degree from Adam State University and received my Professional Counselor License in 2011. I have been dedicated to helping people through counseling services since my high school days as a peer counselor and realized early on that I have a passion for this work! I believe in a Cognitive Behavioral Counseling approach and I have helped hundreds of clients find peace, healing and motivation for change. My style is client centered, I believe that my client is the "expert in his/her life" and my role is to help guide and support the change process. I would love to work with you and help you discover your best self!

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Tammy Bonnici

Offering therapy in CO
License: LPC,LAC,MAC
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsSelf esteemCareer difficultiesCoping with life changes
14 years of experience

I believe there are times in each person’s life where they need to reach out to someone to work through past and current life events. I would like to provide a place where you can explore these events while feeling supported through those times! My name is Tammy Bonnici, I am a Colorado based Licensed Professional Counselor. I earned my Masters in Community Counseling at the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs. In addition, I am licensed as a Licensed Addiction Counselor and Master Addiction Counselor. Through the years, I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, coping with addictions, trauma (mental and physical abuse), and anger management. I believe each individual has the ability to heal and create new life experiences. I use a cognitive behavioral approach and will meet you where you are at in your process. My approach to therapy is compassionate, non-judgmental, open minded and honest throughout the process as we figure out what you want, and help you achieve your goals. I also ensure to provide an experience specifically tailored to your individual needs. I am here when you are ready to get started….

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Brenda Perea

Offering therapy in CO
License: MSW,LCSW
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesFamily conflictsTrauma and abuseDepression
33 years of experience

I am a licensed psychotherapist with 30 years of experience. I have worked with clients with a wide array of concerns to include anxiety, depression, relationship issues, parenting problems, and challenges with career. I have also helped individuals who have experienced trauma. My therapy style is warm and caring. I believe in treating others with respect and compassion in a non judgmental environment. I enjoy empowering others and believe in teaching skills to help cope with life's ups and downs. Thank you for taking the time to read my profile and for taking the steps toward feeling better, and a more satisfying life. I will provide a safe, nurturing, confidential space, so that we may begin working toward the goals you would like to achieve for yourself. I look forward to meeting you!

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Rayland Smith

Offering therapy in CO
License: MA,LPC
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesGriefDepressionCompassion fatigue
17 years of experience

I am a licensed professional counselor in Colorado with 16 years of experience. I have worked with a wide range of individuals across the lifespan, in a variety of settings (e.g. private practice, hospital, community mental health, medical clinic--integrated care), with a diversity of concerns to include, depression/anxiety, psychosis, conflict resolution and family/relationship concerns, adult ADHD, parenting, trauma and many other types of issues. My approach to therapy is empathic, holistic, warm and interactive and strengths based. I believe in every client’s ability to choose their path, and will with compassion and hope, help you begin the often-difficult process of recovery and healing. Although I draw upon many evidenced based theories, I most often utilize rational emotive-behavioral and cognitive-behavioral, insight oriented, existential and solutions focused theories in a brief modality, depending on the nature of the concerns. I believe a lot of positive work can be done in brief therapy. I also believe wellness encompasses many facets, such as physical, emotional, intellectual, social and spiritual. I respectfully and comfortably explore these facets as appropriate. I will tailor the therapeutic process to meet your needs. If you are ready to begin this process I am here to empower and support you. I look forward to walking the path of change and recovery together.

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Trevor Gates-Crandall

Offering therapy in CO
License: PhD,LCSW
Stress, AnxietyLGBTDepressionCoping with life changes
17 years of experience

My name is Dr Trevor Gates-Crandall, and I have worked in the human services field since 2001. I have experience working with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer+ issues, and have worked with a variety of issues, including depression and anxiety. I am solution-focused and person centered, and specialize in working with people who are looking for short-term support. I believe that every person is on their own journey and I am here to support you in meeting the goals that you want to meet.

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Evalie Horner

Offering therapy in CO
LGBT
12 years of experience

I am licensed in Colorado with 11 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, lgbt-related issues, relationship issues, & trauma and abuse. 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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Amy Myers

Offering therapy in CO
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseAnger managementBipolar disorderDepression
23 years of experience

I am licensed in Colorado with 23 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with trauma and abuse, parenting issues, anger management, motivation, self esteem, and confidence. 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. 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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Jennifer Tresouthick Brown

Offering therapy in CO
Stress, AnxietySelf esteemCareer difficultiesDepressionCoping with life changes
4 years of experience

Hello! Thank you so much for learning a bit about me and how we can work together to help you! Perhaps you are experiencing an ongoing struggle, a short-term challenge, or maybe things just don't seem right in your life. It takes bravery for you to step forward and recognize the desire to make changes to improve your life! I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a diverse background working in healthcare and clinic settings. My experience includes working with teens, adults, older adults, couples, and people with developmental, physical, and cognitive disabilities. I always utilize a blend of counseling techniques unique to you and your circumstances. My style is warm, non-judgmental, and flexible as we progress in our work together. I invite you to contact me, and I am genuinely looking forward to meeting you!

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Dr. Laurie Fonken

Offering therapy in CO
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesParenting issuesCoping with life changesCompassion fatigue
37 years of experience

I am licensed in Colorado with 37 years of professional work experience. I know life can be difficult and feel overwhelming. In times of great challenge it can be hard to see a way forward. In my years of practice I have helped clients navigate these difficulties and find pathways to more fulfilling lives. I have assisted with issues of stress and anxiety, depression, addiction, parenting and relationships, grief and loss & coping with life transitions. I use a person centered solution focused approach and help clients in accessing strengths, addressing challenges and finding ways to move forward in the direction they choose. I believe in each individuals ability to tap into healthy resilience, healing and self-compassion, all practices which lead to wholeness and wellbeing. About me... I graduated with my Masters Degree in Agency Counseling from the University of Northern Colorado and my Ph.D. in Counselor Education from Colorado State University. I have practiced in hospital and university settings and in private practice. Most recently I was Director of Mental Health and Wellbeing programs for the College of Veteinary Medicine at Colorado State University where I worked with students, interns, residents, and faculty. I have sailed as a Counselor on two Semester At Sea Voyages, one in Fall of 2019 and one in Fall of 2022 where I served students, staff and faculty. I approach my work with compassion and curiosity, meeting each individual where they are and helping them discover what it is they are needing to move forward. In the therapeutic relationship I use skills of generous listening, and open exploration of issues and share insights, strategies and tools for both personal and professional development and growth. As the mother of two adult sons, I value time spent with family and find connections to friends, community, and nature to be the foundation of my own health and wellbeing.

How to find counseling in Lakewood

Finding the best therapist close by in Lakewood 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 Lakewood. 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 Lakewood, 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 Lakewood 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 Lakewood 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 Lakewood, elsewhere in Jefferson, or in the greater state of Colorado.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

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

How does the cost of in-person counseling compare to the cost of BetterHelp with a licensed Lakewood 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 Lakewood 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 Lakewood may not take health insurance, some in the state of Colorado 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 Colorado 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 Lakewood, Colorado 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 Lakewood 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 Lakewood 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 Lakewood 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 Lakewood 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 Lakewood 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 CO, 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 80215 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 Lakewood 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 Lakewood 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 Lakewood, Colorado 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.

Lakewood 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

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

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

80214, 80215, 80226, 80227, 80228, 80232, 80235, 80465

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