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Karla Garcia-Velez

Clinical therapist offering therapy in CO
Counselor License Type(s): LCSW
Stress, AnxietySelf esteemCareer difficultiesCoping with life changesCoaching
7 years of experience as a mental health therapist

Welcome! I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), and I have been practicing social work for over 10 years. I have worked with individuals who are suffering from anxiety, depression, self-esteem concerns, grief, chronic illness, caregiver stress, life transitions, and many more. I believe in assessing each person’s needs individually and adjusting my counseling modalities to fit that individual. Every person is unique and should be treated as such. Many perspectives influence my practice, such as solution focused, strength based, systems, somatic and cognitive behavioral. I will draw upon one or more of these, depending on your specific needs. I believe it takes strength to reach out for help, and I commend you on taking that step. I believe a client-therapist relationship requires trust and mutual respect to create the change or achieve the outcome that you desire. I will first build that foundation and then will guide you in reaching the goals you wish to achieve. I will also help guide you in deciding your goals based on your individual needs and concerns. I look forward to meeting you and assisting you through this process.

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Dr. Sally Brown

Clinical therapist offering therapy in CO
Counselor License Type(s): PhD, DSW, LCSW
AddictionsLGBTRelationship issuesTrauma and abuseDepression
31 years of experience as a mental health therapist

ABOUT ME My name is Sally Brown. I graduated with a Masters degree is Social Work from the University of Houston and a doctorate in Clinical Social Work from Walden University. I also have a PhD in Holistic Health. I use cognitive behavioral therapy, cognitive processing therapy, EMDR and motivational interviewing. My focus is on improving an individual's quality of life and helping them find balance. SPECIALTIES Trauma Addictions Relationship issues Stress, Anxiety Depression Also experienced in: LGBT , trauma and abuse , grief , intimacy-related issues , anger management , self esteem ,bipolar disorder , coping with life changes , compassion fatigue, gender identity, Abandonment , coping with disability. Clinical approaches: Eye Movement and Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR),Cognitive Processing Therapy , Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, New Decision Therapy Years of Experience: 31 SERVICES OFFERED MESSAGING LIVE CHAT PHONE VIDEO LANGUAGES English Spanish LICENSING LCSW - AZ #16760 LCSW-NM 06170 LCSW-CO00992910 LCSW-HI 4144 NM LADAC 0114001

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Tess Hutchinson

Clinical therapist offering therapy in CO
Counselor License Type(s): MA,LPC
LGBTRelationship issuesTrauma and abuseEating disordersDepression
4 years of experience as a mental health therapist

My name is Tess and I am Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of Colorado with 4 years of experience. My goal is to create a space where those I work with are not labeling themselves or seeing themselves as "broken" or "the problem," or for them to feel powerless in their circumstances and behavior patterns. Instead of asking what you did wrong, we should be asking what you have done right to make it this far. How have you survived? That is no small feat and it should be celebrated! I believe that by focusing on your strengths we can shift the narrative and tap into your innate ability to heal and make positive, lasting change. Additionally, I believe you are the expert in your life and my role is to assist you in embracing and gaining confidence in being the expert in your life. I will work alongside you to explore your experiences and interactions, assist you in gaining understanding of the meaning you give to those experiences and, in turn, how that influences how you see yourself and the world. I believe that we become the stories we tell ourselves. Once we stop telling the story of how much it hurt, and instead begin to the tell the story of our strengths and how we survived, then we can fully heal. Primarily, I have worked with clients who feel challenged by anxiety, depression, trauma, relationship issues, attachment issues, eating disorders, and abuse. I approach each client with authenticity, honesty, respect, humor and empathy to create a safe space in which real insight can be gained and lasting change can occur. Additionally, I specialize in utilizing creative interventions and approaches that are tailored to each of my clients, such as art, music and experiential activities alongside traditional talk therapy. I recognize that therapy and taking the step to heal can seem frightening and exhausting. As such, I take great care to go at your pace and to celebrate the bravery and strength that you have displayed in taking this first step! I am excited to meet you and hear your story.

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Gabrielle Hollis

Clinical therapist offering therapy in CO
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesFamily conflictsParenting issuesSelf esteem
5 years of experience as a mental health therapist

I am licensed in Kentucky and Colorado with 5 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, family conflicts, parenting issues, & anger management. 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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Helene Homer-Ishikawa

Clinical therapist offering therapy in CO
Stress, AnxietyFamily conflictsTrauma and abuseGriefDepression
23 years of experience as a mental health therapist

Hello, I am licensed in Colorado with over 20 years of professional work experience. I started out specializing in family and children. During my years of practice, my work has expanded. I have worked with young adults, adults and older adults as well. As I spent much of my career practicing in a diverse and populous state, I've worked with people of diverse ethnicities, faiths, nationalities and socio-economic status, gender and sexual orientation. Anxiety, depression, relationship issues, trauma and loss are among the issues that I have supported clients to address. I believe in the beauty and mystery of the human heart. If you share the process of your journey with me, I will respect the honor and offer compassion and regard. It takes courage to explore you feelings and thoughts, to take the first steps towards a change. I am here to support and empower you in that journey.

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Lisa Scruggs

Clinical therapist offering therapy in CO
Relationship issuesFamily conflictsGriefIntimacy-related issuesSelf esteem
7 years of experience as a mental health therapist

I am licensed in Colorado with 7 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with relationship issues, family conflicts, coping with grief and loss, & intimacy related issues. 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 seeking a more fulfilling and happier life takes courage. I am here to support you in that process.

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Robyn Matkovich

Clinical therapist offering therapy in CO
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseParenting issuesSelf esteem
4 years of experience as a mental health therapist

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in Colorado with 4+ years of clinical practice. My experience comes from counseling and behavioral health consultation for children, youth, adults, and families in community mental health, virtual, and school settings. My therapeutic style draws mostly from mindfulness, Gestalt therapy, and Jungian therapy, with strong emphasis on being in the present moment. I provide counseling for a variety of presenting issues including stress & anxiety, childhood trauma, caregiving, self-awareness, self-advocacy, accountability, and confidence. I believe that you are the expert of your story and that you have many strengths that will assist you in overcoming challenges and integrating the many parts of you. My hope is to work collaboratively with each client to meet you where you are, and to create a space of respect, non-judgment and compassion where you can feel heard and validated. Taking the first step to seeking a more fulfilling and present-centered life takes courage. I am here to support you in the process in becoming a healthier, happier you!

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Sarah Sifran-McClellan

Clinical therapist offering therapy in CO
Stress, AnxietyFamily conflictsSelf esteemDepressionCoping with life changes
11 years of experience as a mental health therapist

I am licensed in Oklahoma with 10 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, family conflicts, 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. 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. Services can be provided in English or Spanish.

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Michelle Reese

Clinical therapist offering therapy in CO
Stress, AnxietySelf esteemDepressionCoping with life changesCompassion fatigue
3 years of experience as a mental health therapist

I am licensed in Colorado with 15 years of social work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, motivation, self esteem, and confidence, depression, & coping with life changes. I have worked with a diverse population and a variety of ages from 17-100. I work with my clients to create an open and safe environment where thoughts and feelings can be shared without fear of judgment. I use techniques including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Motivational Interviewing. 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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Dr. Bernadine Knittel

Clinical therapist offering therapy in CO
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesSelf esteemCareer difficultiesCoping with life changes
25 years of experience as a mental health therapist

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Colorado. The majority of my experience stems from working with high school students within a school setting. In my role as a high school counselor I helped students with their academic, social/emotional, and post-secondary needs. My past experience also includes working with middle school students in the school setting. In addition, I am an adjunct professor at the University of Northern Colorado. My role at the university includes teaching a variety of courses, and supervision of students both in the school and clinical settings. I am a Colorado Native and attended Colorado State University where I earned a Master's Degree in School Counseling and a PhD in Education and Human Resource Studies. I am a retired educator with 30 years in the field. However, I am still a part-time adjunct professor at UNC. I believe my role as a counselor is to partner with you, my client, as you navigate through presenting concerns. I want to hear your story and help you set meaningful and achievable goals. As you work through whatever is impeding your ability to be where you want to be, I will be there to support you. I approach the counseling relationship with compassion, empathy, and sensitivity. I incorporate a variety of counseling theory into my practice as a professional counselor including, but not limited to, Solution Focused, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Brief Therapy. I look forward to partnering with you, and I am excited that you took the first step toward personal growth, and leading a productive and meaningful life.

How to find a therapist for counseling in Ridgway

Finding the best therapist close by in Ridgway 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 Ridgway 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 Ridgway. 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 Ridgway, 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 Ridgway 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 Ridgway 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 Ridgway area in different types of therapy, including:

  • CBT
  • DBT
  • Substance use therapy
  • Couples therapy

When you're ready to start your search and find Ridgway 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 Ridgway, elsewhere in Ouray, or in the greater state of Colorado.

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 Ridgway 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 Ridgway 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 Ridgway 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 Ridgway 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). 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 Ridgway online therapy platform verified?

Therapists in Ridgway, 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 Ridgway 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 Ridgway 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 Ridgway 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 Ridgway 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 Ridgway 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 Ridgway?

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

Ridgway 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 Ridgway 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 Ridgway 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 81432 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 Ridgway counselor?

Before seeing your Ridgway 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 Ridgway.

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 Ridgway 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 Ridgway 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 Ridgway, 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.

Ridgway 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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