Manitou Springs, Colorado has an active Historic Preservation Commission that’s charged with, “the protection, enhancement, and perpetuation of districts of historic and cultural significance and to instill and foster civic pride in the legacy and achievements of the past.” That’s a tall order for anyone, let alone someone who is struggling with mental or emotional health issues.

It’s possible to get back to feeling proud and significant when you make the effort to match up with a Manitou Springs licensed mental health counselor that can guide you from bleakness to beauty so that you can be a contributor to your community’s future.

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Tammy Bonnici

Offering therapy in CO
Counselor License Type(s): LPC,LAC,MAC
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsSelf esteemCareer difficultiesCoping with life changes
14 years of experience as a therapist

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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Julia Hunter

Offering therapy in CO
Counselor License Type(s): LCSW
Stress, AnxietySelf esteemDepressionCoping with life changes
30 years of experience as a therapist

Greetings! I have been a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Colorado for the past 20+ years. I earned a master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Denver in 1996 and have over 27 years of counseling experience. I worked in a variety of clinical settings with a diverse population dealing with many different conditions and difficulties before establishing my private practice in in 2008. My experience includes working with depression, anxiety, trauma, grief/loss, life transitions, stress management and relationship issues. My belief is that all humans have the innate potential to heal, change and grow. But sometimes knowing where and how to begin can be a challenge. There is an intricate mind/body connection and often people experience physical manifestations from mental/emotional stress and dis-ease. My objective is to help bring back balance and harmony to the whole person mentally, emotionally, physically, and spiritually. My approach is collaborative, integrative, and holistic. I want to partner with you to find the solutions to whatever issues bring you to therapy at this time. I tailor my approach to meet your unique needs, goals, and desired outcomes. I will work to help you recognize and enhance your strengths as well as help you develop skills to navigate life with more resilience and flexibility to enhance the quality and experience of your life. My approach is informed by Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Solution-Focused Therapy, Energy Psychology including Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) Tapping, and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction. Change is Inevitable~ Growth is Intentional~

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Rhonda Cox

Offering therapy in CO
Counselor License Type(s): LPC, CAC_III, LCPC
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseSelf esteemDepression
19 years of experience as a therapist

Hello and thank you so much for taking the 1st step in enhancing your life, it takes much courage to be here! There are a few things you may want to know about my approach, along with those things you may inquire on about the person they will be trusting while you embark on your journey to better health. I have been practicing mental health since 1999 from a psychiatric units, out patient community mental health centers and actively in practice from my solely owned private office (established 2013). After being a non-traditional student (started higher education later in life) I have enjoyed this 20 year experience of support encouragement and gentle guidance through non-judgmental, unbiased care. With my range of experience and diversity of clientele, It has been my pleasure to witness the positive outcomes clients have had through the practices of; CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), SFBT (Solution Focused Brief Therapy) and Client Centered therapy all of which are evidenced based best outcome practices. In working with my clients I have had the thrill to watch them grow, develop, and enhance their lives and on occasion, return for fine-tuning. It's exciting when treatment goals are achieved and life improves - I invite you to be part of the process of either enhancing your life or perhaps creating a new life that is stronger and more bold with grace, confidence and direction.

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Sara Cooley

Offering therapy in CO
Counselor License Type(s): LCSW
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseGriefDepressionCoping with life changes
5 years of experience as a therapist

I am a clinical social worker licensed in both Colorado and Texas. I earned my license in 2017 and have been working as a psychotherapist for adults, adolescents, and groups. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, parenting problems, and processing through past trauma and abuse. I am additionally interested in helping clients address issues of spirituality and meaning. My counseling style is person-centered. I believe everyone is the expert of their own lives and experiences, and my role as counselor is to help guide clients toward change they want for themselves. I value nonjudmentalness, openness, and authenticity in counseling sessions. My background primarily includes cognitive behavioral therapies, including acceptance and commitment therapy and dialectical behavior therapy. I am also a certified EMDR therapist. Ultimately, I believe it is important to structure counseling sessions around your unique needs and goals. I look forward to meeting with you!

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Michael Gusack

Offering therapy in CO
Counselor License Type(s): MA,LMHC,LPC
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseGriefSelf esteemDepression
41 years of experience as a therapist

My name is Michael Gusack. I help individuals with Chronic Illness who are tired of being frustrated and disappointed with their limitations. Master the skills needed to live with creative confidence and freedom. I also specialize in helping people with anxiety and those confronting life transitions. Address these challenges with my proven process to create a satisfying and uncompromised life. I am a published author with 30+ years of experience. A relaxed style makes my approach to cognitive behavioral medicine an eye opening and solution oriented experience.

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Venessa Ellington Alston

Offering therapy in CO
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsAnger managementSelf esteemDepression
27 years of experience as a therapist

I am licensed in Colorado with 27 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, coping with addictions, anger management, & motivation, self esteem, and confidence. 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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Rachel Berger

Offering therapy in CO
Counselor License Type(s): MA,LPC
Stress, AnxietyLGBTSelf esteemDepression
8 years of experience as a therapist

Hello, my name is Rachel M. Berger, and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in Texas, Colorado, and Pennsylvania and a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in Maine with more than eight years of experience. I have experience in anxiety, depression, emotion regulation, life transitions, relationship strategies, and self-esteem development. The counseling theories that I draw from include Cognitive-Behavioral-- identifying and understanding thoughts and actions that influence decision making. Feminist--encouraging self-empowerment and advocacy. Humanistic--focused and directed by the client's goals. Dialectical Behavioral--coping with discomfort, emotion regulation, interpersonal relationships, and mindfulness. Rational Emotive Behavioral--identifying, challenging, and replacing irrational thoughts/beliefs. I offer an open and validating environment. I will adjust my methods to accommodate your goals and therapeutic needs. I have a Master's degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Texas of the Permian Basin and a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Texas Woman's University. I am here for you when you are ready to start your journey towards a more satisfying life.

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Danielle Loptien

Offering therapy in CO
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesSelf esteemDepression
6 years of experience as a therapist

I am licensed in Colorado and Oregon with 6 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress management, relationship issues, motivation, self esteem, and confidence. I also have experience working with depression and anxiety. 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 change. I am here to support & empower you in that journey.

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Rebecca Koskiniemi

Offering therapy in CO
Counselor License Type(s): LICSW
Stress, AnxietyLGBTTrauma and abuseDepressionCoping with life changes
7 years of experience as a therapist

Welcome! My name is Becky and I have been working in mental health for the past seven years. I have my Clinical degree in Social Work and hold my independent license in Minnesota and Colorado. My therapeutic approach is very person centered; you lead your therapy, I just assist you on along the way. I tailor my approach to your specific diagnoses and needs. I utilize multiple treatment modalities depending on what your therapy centers around and what you would like to work on. You will find that I am nonjudgmental, welcoming and easy to talk to. I have experience with trauma, anxieties, depression, sleep disorders, schizophrenia, ADHD, OCD, gender identity, as well as substance use disorders.

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Abigail Bensko

Offering therapy in CO
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesTrauma and abuseDepressionCoping with life changes
3 years of experience as a therapist

I am licensed in Colorado with 3 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, trauma and abuse, & depression. I also have experience working with coping with life changes. 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 sign up for therapy can take courage and I am proud of you for getting started!

How to find counseling in Manitou Springs

Finding the best therapist close by in Manitou Springs 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 Manitou Springs 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 Manitou Springs. 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 Manitou Springs, 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 Manitou Springs region and in the state of Colorado. 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 Manitou Springs 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 Manitou Springs 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 Manitou Springs, elsewhere in El Paso, 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 Manitou Springs area can be found below:

How does the cost of in-person counseling compare to the cost of BetterHelp with a licensed Manitou Springs 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 Manitou Springs 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 Manitou Springs 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 a BetterHelp therapist 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 Manitou Springs, 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 or medication as treatment, or perform psychological assessments and other psychiatric services.

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, post traumatic stress disorder, and more. An online mental health professional, including the therapists in Manitou Springs 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 Manitou Springs 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?

BetterHelp's verified Manitou Springs 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 Manitou Springs 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 Manitou Springs 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.

Manitou Springs 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 Manitou Springs 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 Manitou Springs 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 CO, 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 80829 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 Manitou Springs 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 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 Manitou Springs.

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 from a therapist. A Manitou Springs 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 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 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 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 Manitou Springs, 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.

Manitou Springs 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 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.

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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80829

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