When one part of your life burns down, you need to learn to start again. However, this can be a challenge, especially if you've lost all your motivation. One person who can help you in this situation is a counselor who is based in Shelton. 

Shelton is a good example of a new beginning. Originally an industrial town, Shelton’s industry suffered after a fire. However, it soon became a place for offices, and now it’s found its own economy. When you feel like you're going through a big change, a counselor can help. Speak to one today and learn how.

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Rebecca Wilson

Offering therapy in CT
License: MSW,LCSW
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesAnger managementSelf esteemCoping with life changes
14 years of experience

Are you feeling stressed out or anxious? Are you going through a life transition or struggling within your career or relationships? As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker within the state of Connecticut, I can help you on your journey. I have been working within the mental health field for a total of 14 years providing supportive, strengths-based and solution-focused counseling services. My counseling style is warm, compassionate, and collaborative. I bring strong experience as a clinician and clinical supervisor working with a range of adults, adolescents, children, families, groups, and couples. My areas of expertise include self-esteem, career, stress, anxiety, intimacy/relationships, anger, and grief and loss related issues. In addition to my passions of counseling clients and supervising clinicians, I have also enjoyed teaching online masters level social work courses as well as facilitating a support group for mothers of young children within my hometown. In my spare time I can be found spending quality time with family and friends, going on walks/hikes/bike rides, redecorating my house, playing word games, doing puzzles, and reading. I will often be checking in with you to assess how you feel the therapeutic process is going and to find out if you are receiving what you need from me. I genuinely hope that you choose me to walk with you on your life journey, I am here to support you in taking those brave steps toward a happier and more fulfilling life! Sincerely, Rebecca

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Dr. Valerie Quarles

Offering therapy in CT
License: PhD,MSW,LCSW
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesFamily conflictsTrauma and abuseDepression
30 years of experience

My name is Dr. Valerie Quarles. I am a licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and hold licensures in three states; Connecticut, Georgia and South Carolina. I received my bachelor’s degree in Human Services from Springfield College in Springfield, Massachusetts and Master’s degree in Social Work (MSW), with a Clinical Specialization in Children/Families, from Fordham University in Manhattan, New York. In 2012, I received my Doctorate of Philosophy in Human Services with Specialization Social and Community Services from Capella University in Minneapolis, MN. I am a veteran in working with individuals, children and families and have over thirty years of experience to offer you. Some of my experiences include working with populations such as: children/youth/families, elderly, juveniles, and adults with issues of substance abuse, HIV/AIDS, mental health and domestic violence prevention and intervention. I have also worked with complex trauma, depression, family issues involved in divorce, custody, and family violence situations. Some of my skills involve the use of the DSM-V, crisis intervention, co-parenting issues, mediations, and empowerment skills to assist individuals in becoming self-sufficient. It is my aim to empower individuals to use their strengths and skills in attaining and maintaining their goals, personal growth, and self-sufficiency. I contend that it is important to positively role model and to teach others the value of caring for themselves and others. I am very eclectic in my therapy approach in which I combine Cognitive Behavioral, Psychodynamic, Problem Solving, Task-Centered, Solution Focus, Narrative, and Crisis. I will personalize our discussion to create a customized treatment plan to assist you in your success. Lastly, I live by four recipes for a “Happy Life” that are simply….First, “To thy own self be true”…..Secondly, “Be impeccable with your words”. Thirdly, “Don’t take anything personally”. Fourth, “Always, do your best, because the best is yet to come”. Therefore, with each moment, we come closer to reaching our goals. I look forward to working with you! Specialties Stress, Anxiety Relationship issues Family Conflicts Parenting Issues Depression Trauma Coping with Life Changes Life Coach Also experienced in: Addictions , Trauma and Abuse , Grief/Loss , Intimacy-related issues , Anger Management , Self Esteem , Career difficulties , Bipolar Disorder , Coping with life changes , Coaching, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Years of Experience: 30

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Carla Harper

Offering therapy in CT
License: Licensed Professional Counselor
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesFamily conflictsParenting issuesCoping with life changes
9 years of experience

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) with a broad base of counseling experience with; children, adolescents and families. Areas of emphasis; mood disorders, anxiety disorders, bi-polar disorders and Asperger/Autism Spectrum. I view mental health holistically, incorporating the roles of mind, body and spirit as key components to healthy living. I am a relationships based counselor, which uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Solution Focused Therapy as my models for treatment. Considerable experience working with adolescence who have suffered various types of physical and or sexual abuse, varying degrees of trauma, dysfunctional family systems and physical disabilities. Experience dealing with teen social issues, divorce, couples and self harm. I am a relationships based therapist with a focus on developing skills which will assist clients in managing everyday issues. I attempt to establish a therapeutic connection with clients to create a safe and honest atmosphere for growth and understanding of ones needs.

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Sarah Steingiser

Offering therapy in CT
License: LCSW
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseAnger managementSelf esteemDepression
4 years of experience

I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, parenting problems, career challenges, OCD, ODD and ADHD. I also helped many people who have experienced physical trauma or emotional abuse. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, I have been working in a range of capacities; outpatient, child welfare, addiction treatment facility, nursing homes and extended day treatment programs for children. I have worked with wide range of ages from 3 to 101 years old. My counseling style is warm and interactive. I believe in treating anyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion, and I don't believe in stigmatizing labels. My approach combines client centered, cognitive-behavioral, humanistic, psychodynamic and solution focused counseling, Reiki and Emotional Freedom Tapping. I will tailor our dialog and treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs. It takes courage to seek for a more fulfilling and happier 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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Whitney Cox

Offering therapy in CT
License: LCSW
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsSelf esteemDepressionCoping with life changes
7 years of experience

I am a licensed clinical social worker in Connecticut, who has been working in the field for over 10 years. I have a background in fine arts, and a master's degree from UCONN School of Social Work. I've worked in addiction counseling, clinical community work, and as a school social worker in varying levels of care. I have helped clients tackle a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, PTSD, ADHD, addiction, and PTSD. I have assisted adults, young adults and teens build skills to continue on a successful path through both individual and group sessions. I believe in the power of talk therapy, and generally utilize CBT methods and Motivational Interviewing in my sessions. I provide a warm, friendly environment and have a natural ability to connect with others on a therapeutic level. I have had many life experiences, which provide me with the empathy and understanding necessary for good social work. I am a positive, forward thinker, who will help set attainable goals to reach your best self. I am open to all needs from all people. I have zero tolerance for any hate or discrimination. I understand how hard it can be to take the first step and to begin this process. I am here to support, help and guide you through your thoughts, feelings and beyond. And I love to laugh and have fun while doing it! I look forward to meeting you!

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Ethel Dickerson

Offering therapy in CT
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseGriefParenting issuesDepression
22 years of experience

I'm a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in the state of Connecticut with over 20 yrs. experience in areas that include trauma, anxiety, parenting challenges, ADHD, autism, racism, varying levels of depression, grief and loss and emotional/psychological impacts of the pandemic. Specifically, some of my work experiences have been in an outpatient clinic, working with homeless, all school aged children, coordinating a trauma first responders' team, adults and family situations that including grief and loss related challenges. I interact naturally with a friendly and professional style. Honesty and giving my undivided attention in each session is part of who I am as a therapist. Expect that sometimes and sometimes not you may hear what you want to hear in our session. I believe everyone deserves an abundance of respect and not to be judged or treated unfairly. Anyone that wants help, takes the time to seek out help deserves a compassionate, sincere and professionally motivated response. This is something I can do. Utilizing my professional training and experiences couples with my life experiences we can get to the other side with positive outcomes. I have a natural thinking process that's aligned and targets restructuring thought processes that are harmful. I believe people who desire can little by little adjust the thought patterns that are creating the most challenges in their lives to more positive routines of thought. It's essential to take the necessary journey aimed at improving the quality of your life. Take pride in reaching out the right way for support. Share this portion of your journey with me. I offer the best of my personal life and professional experiences to guide us to the other side or to the healthier thought processing. Let's start the conversation and move toward improving whatever thought processes that may be getting in your way or holding you back from where or who you want to be. I'm excited to meet you and look forward to our future conversations. Good job for taking the step to a healthier you! In the meantime, take care and stay safe.

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Faith Bailey

Offering therapy in CT
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsTrauma and abuseDepressionCompassion fatigue
15 years of experience

My name is Dr. Faith Bailey, LCSW and I have a significant history of counseling others in a warm and interactive manner. I am trained in Hypnotherapy, Mindfulness, Mediation, Metaphysical Thought, Tapping, Reiki and more ! I have worked with diverse populations and look forward to working with you! I am sensitive, passionate, goal oriented and mindful of you needs. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, parenting problems, career challenges, OCD, and ADHD. I also helped many people who have experienced physical trauma or emotional abuse, life coaching and wellness. I'm glad that you are on the path to healing and I look forward to working with you.

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Lauren Vernaglia

Offering therapy in CT
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseEating disordersSelf esteemDepression
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, trauma and abuse, eating disorders, & 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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Erin Damato

Offering therapy in CT
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsRelationship issuesSelf esteemDepression
10 years of experience

I am licensed in Connecticut as a licensed clinical social worker and a licensed alcohol and drug counselor with 10 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, coping with addictions, & motivation, self esteem, and confidence. I also have experience working with depression. 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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Maria Frassinelli Sierra

Offering therapy in CT
GriefSelf esteemCoping with life changesCoachingCompassion fatigue
25 years of experience

Hi! I am a licensed clinical social worker in Connecticut with over 20 years of professional social work experience, specializing in medical social work. I have a particular specialty in assisting individuals and families cope with a cancer diagnosis and other health challenges. I also have a unique interest in and experience helping folks manage end of life issues and cope with grief and loss. Other areas include coping with life changes and transitions, assisting with executive and professional coaching and LGBTQ+ related work. No one is immune to life’s challenges and sometimes we just need some help navigating those things that we get thrust into. I believe that you are the expert of your story and that you have unique strengths that will guide you through whatever life throws at you. Taking the first step to seek help along the way takes courage and you are doing that now! I am here to partner with you in that process, to help you find ways to lighten your burden, and support you as you navigate this journey. You've got this.

How to find counseling in Shelton

Finding the best therapist close by in Shelton 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 Shelton. 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 Shelton, 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 Shelton 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 Shelton 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 Shelton, 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 Shelton area can be found below:

How does the cost of in-person counseling compare to the cost of BetterHelp with a licensed Shelton 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 Shelton 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 Shelton 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 Shelton, 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 Shelton 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 Shelton 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 Shelton 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 Shelton 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 Shelton 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 06484 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 Shelton 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 Shelton 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 Shelton, 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.

Shelton 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.

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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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