While many battles in life may happen, having a counselor that can help you fight the mental health fights can make it even easier.

Norwalk was settled in 1649 and was named after the Algonquin word noyank, which means “point of land.” It was the sight of the Battle of Norwalk during the revolutionary war, where most of the town burned down. But, they ended up rebuilding, and while it’s suffered many disasters, including a railroad disaster, they picked themselves up, and with a mental health professional, you can do the same thing with a little bit of help. 

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Abigail Thurlow

Offering therapy in CT
License: LPC
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsAnger managementSelf esteemDepression
13 years of experience

"A journey of a thousand miles begins with one step." Hello! I'm so happy that you are here. Taking the first step and asking for help is often one of the hardest things to do and I applaud your bravery! My name is Abby and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor working in the state of Connecticut. I've worked as a counselor since 2008 and am currently employed in the field of Medication Assisted Treatment for Substance Use/Addiction. I also work at a private practice and see clients with a variety of needs including Depression, Anxiety, and PTSD amongst others. In addition, I am very knowledgeable in the areas of Elderly/Aging Issues, and Cancer. I spent 7 years working in group homes with young men and women who have advanced mental health and behavioral issues and have also worked with Department of Corrections meeting with clients in Half Way Housing and on Parole/Probation. I believe that the therapeutic relationship is vitally important to success in treatment. My treatment style is warm and understanding but also straight forward. I utilize a variety of skills and therapy styles to create the kind of treatment that works best for you and your individual needs. I often use a number of different treatment modalities including CBT, DBT, Solution-Focused, Mindfulness, Person-Centered and Motivational Interviewing. I provide a supportive environment and a safe place to really be your authentic self. I am not here to judge. I am open minded, ready to listen, and most importantly, I am here to help. Whether you are here for a mental health issue, a life change, are struggling with a relationship problem, or if you just need someone that you can talk/vent to, I've got you! I appreciate you taking the time to consider allowing me to join you on your journey to healing and happiness and I look forward to meeting with you.

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Krista Olson

Offering therapy in CT
License: MS, MSW, LCSW LCSW-C
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesFamily conflictsParenting issuesDepression
15 years of experience

Welcome! I am so glad you're here. A safe, non-judgmental, and supportive environment is key to bringing about the change clients are seeking in their lives and in their relationships. Creating that kind of environment in counseling is my primary goal. Additionally, I bring a breadth of training and experience that allows me to utilize a blend of approaches to counseling dealing with a wide range of concerns. My approach is eclectic—tailored to each client's unique needs. I believe the therapeutic relationship is the most important element of a helpful counseling experience. As such, I am actively engaged with clients and believe strongly in a collaborative and respectful relationship. Your issues, concerns, personal history, and worldview will inform our work together. My theoretical orientation is integrative and strength based—and I will strive to provide a safe and consistent relationship with you while challenging you to examine how you relate with the world around you. I hold a Master's Degree in Urban Studies, Policy Analysis and a Master's of Social Work Degree from Southern Connecticut State University. In my clinical experience I have counseled individual adults, groups, couples, and families. I have worked in a community counseling center, private practice setting, and a long-term care facility. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in the State of Florida, a Licensed Certified Social Worker, Clinical, (LCSW-C) in the State of Maryland, and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in the State of Connecticut. I also hold a designation of Certified Clinical Anxiety Treatment Professional. It takes courage to seek a more fulfilling and happier life and to take the first steps towards a change. We all need to feel connected and heard. If you are ready to take that step, I am here to support and empower you. I look forward to working with you! Office Hours: Monday: 8:00 am-2:00 pm Tuesday: 8:00 am-2:00 pm Wednesday: 8:00 am-2:00 pm Thursday: 8:00 am-2:00 pm Friday: 8:00 am-2:00 pm Saturday: Closed Sunday: Closed

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Lauren Cooper

Offering therapy in CT
License: LCSW
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsTrauma and abuseDepressionCoping with life changes
6 years of experience

I am a LCSW who specializes in treating children, adolescents, and adults. I have experience working with individuals facing emotional, behavioral, and mental health issues in various settings. My clinical experience has included working in-homes and in the community providing crisis assessment and support, as well as, individual, family, and parent psychotherapy. I offer brief short term therapy to individuals faced with a challenging time and new stressors. Utilizing a strengths-based and generalist approach, I specialize working with individuals who have or had suicidal ideation, self-harming behaviors, depression, anxiety, trauma, relationship issues, substance use, family stressors, and more. In addition, I utilize a systems approach to include parents and family in treatment to support comprehensive healing. I incorporate the use of CBT, Motivational Interviewing, TF-CBT, strengths focused, and mindfulness techniques in my practice. I believe that everyone has the ability to create change in their lives and welcome all who are ready to begin their healing journey.

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Malinda Branson

Offering therapy in CT
Self esteemCareer difficultiesCoping with life changes
3 years of experience

I am licensed in Connecticut with more than 15 years of professional work experience in Career Counseling, as well as 3 in a therapeutic role. I have experience in helping clients with motivation, self esteem, and confidence, career difficulties, & coping with life changes. I believe that you are the expert in 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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Dr. Dammy Bamisile

Offering therapy in CT
License: MSW, LCSW, DPA
Trauma and abuseGriefAnger managementCareer difficultiesDepression
15 years of experience

I am licensed in Connecticut with over 15 years of professional work experience. 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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Terice Jones

Offering therapy in CT
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesFamily conflictsSelf esteemCoping with life changes
8 years of experience

I am licensed in Connecticut with 7 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, & 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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Alejandro Molina Rendon

Offering therapy in CT
Stress, AnxietyParenting issuesDepression
19 years of experience

I am licensed in Connecticut with 19 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, & parenting issues. I believe in treating everyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion. Adulthood is always challenging but could be especially difficult. Trauma and pain could exist in places of our interior universe and be apparently silent until the day they show up affecting our ability to be ourselves and perform as family members, workers and members of the community. I have extensive experience working with adults and senior’s emotional difficulties that appears one day with no apparent reason and also those caused by stress, extreme change or significant losses. 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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Cheryl Curtiss

Offering therapy in CT
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesFamily conflictsIntimacy-related issuesParenting issues
30 years of experience

I am licensed in Connecticut with 30 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, & intimacy related issues. 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!

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Dr. Shelley Jackson

Offering therapy in CT
Stress, AnxietyLGBTTrauma and abuseBipolar disorderDepression
30 years of experience

I am licensed in Texas with 30 years of professional counseling experience. I believe in the inherent good in all people and believe that the counselor builds a relationship with the client that creates a safe and nurturing environment for the client to grow to their own potential. I have experience in Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Play Therapy, Expressive Arts Therapy and Psychodrama which works well with both children and adults. My work has involved conducting special topics groups; individual counseling with children, adolescents, families and couples. I have additional training and experience in working with clients who differ from me. I am as a white, Caucasian, cis-gendered female from a North-Eastern lower-middle class family. I celebrate differences and strive to approach clients with cultural humility. Specialties of Practice but not limited to: • Depression • Bipolar disorders and Mood Disorders • Anxiety • Relationship Conflicts including • Self-Exploration and Growth for all clients; specific training and experience with LGBTQ-A and BI-POC populations. • Career and Vocational Issues • Grief and Loss 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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Sukanya Ghosh

Offering therapy in CT
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesTrauma and abuseGriefDepression
6 years of experience

Often times our lives get entangled in things that we cannot control. We get lost in life’s complexities and cannot decide how to refresh. Many of us feel that we should pause and reflect on our lives and do things differently, but do not know where to start. Often we see a strain in our relationships or a bump in our professional lives, but feel lost on how to manage that stress. As your therapist, I will spend time to know you better, and use evidence-based counseling techniques to help you cope with these challenges. My therapy approach is eclectic but I enjoy using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy techniques to help my clients. I help with anxiety, depression, trauma, relationship issues, life transitions, gender identity, and grief. I am a National Certified Counselor (NCC) with years of experience working with people from diverse background and have LPC license to work in Connecticut. I believe that change, growth, and recovery are possible irrespective of the challenges we face. I provide a safe space where my clients can expect compassion, warmth, empathy, and strength-based therapy.

How to find counseling in Norwalk

Finding the best therapist close by in Norwalk 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 Norwalk. 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 Norwalk, 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 Norwalk 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 Norwalk 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 Norwalk, elsewhere in Fairfield, or in the greater state of Connecticut.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

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

How does the cost of in-person counseling compare to the cost of BetterHelp with a licensed Norwalk 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 Norwalk 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 Norwalk may not take health insurance, some in the state of Connecticut 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 Connecticut 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 Norwalk, Connecticut 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 Norwalk 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 Norwalk 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 Norwalk 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 Norwalk 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 Norwalk 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 CT, 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 06852 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 Norwalk 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 Norwalk 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 Norwalk, Connecticut 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.

Norwalk 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:

A woman meets with a therapist online in her home city of Norwalk.

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

06850, 06851, 06852, 06853, 06854, 06855, 06856, 06857, 06858, 06860

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