In life, it’s hard to worry so much. When you're depressed, you worry about yourself. When you're anxious, you worry about everything around you. Worry in general is hard to get past by. A counselor based in West Haven can help you. 

West Haven has a motto, and that motto is “do not despair.” You should not be in despair when you don’t have to. Instead, you should strive to have hope. We know it’s not easy to change your mentality, and that’s why a counselor can help you. Talk to a therapist and see how they can help you change. 

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Elizabeth Russell

Offering therapy in CT
License: LCSW
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesSelf esteemDepressionCoping with life changes
15 years of experience

I am a clinical social worker licensed in the states of Connecticut and Oregon with over 15 years of experience. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, trauma, bipolar disorder, relationship and attachment issues, addictions, managing emotions, and self esteem issues. I am also a certified health coach and a certified law of attraction life coach, and love supporting people in finally achieving their dreams. My counseling style is warm and empathic. One of the most important things I do is to help people to recognize and connect with their own strengths and abilities. I utilize a variety of therapeutic approaches including Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Mindfulness, Solution-Focused Counseling, Acceptance & Commitment Therapy, and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. I will tailor our interactions and treatment plan goals to meet your unique and specific needs. I recognize the strength and courage it takes to address the issues that are barriers to you having the life you want. I know that every human being is capable of improving their life with the right support and tools. It would be a privilege and honor to support your on your journey. I truly look forward to working with you!

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Brett Haggan

Offering therapy in CT
Stress, AnxietyLGBTRelationship issuesSelf esteemCoping with life changes
13 years of experience

I am licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with over 13 years of experience. I have worked in a variety of clinical settings with a variety of populations. I specialize in working with anxiety, depression, trauma, adoption and LGBT related issues. Life is full of many joys and challenges. We all need help from time to time. I understand that it can be difficult and stressful to seek help and that is why I start by creating a safe, comfortable and non-judgmental space. Through the strength of the therapeutic relationship we will work together to assist you in making the changes you deserve. I believe you are your own expert and I will seek to build upon your strengths while addressing harmful, ineffective patterns that may be preventing you from living your best life.

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Ashley Pettinato

Offering therapy in CT
License: LPC
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesCoping with life changesCoaching
6 years of experience

My name is Ashley Pettinato and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Connecticut servicing adolescents and adults. I am a school psychologist by training and the majority of my 7 years of experience has been working with adolescents, as well as their parents and families, on a variety of social, emotional, or behavioral challenges. I have guided individuals through issues related to anxiety, depression, and other mood disorders, as well as intellectual and developmental disabilities. I also have training and experience related to career changes, relationship challenges, and family problems. I think of my counseling style as sensitive and inviting. I believe in treating everyone with respect and compassion. I believe that everyone has the ability to benefit from counseling whether it's to address a time-limited stressor or an ongoing problem. A goal of mine is helping individuals to see their inner strength, and providing them with strategies and tools to get through the most difficult times. My approach is a combination of psycho-education, cognitive-behavioral therapy, solution-focused therapy, and motivational interviewing techniques. Sessions will be tailored to your individual needs. I look forward to working with you!

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Janet Lanci

Offering therapy in CT
License: LPC,BCETS
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseAnger managementSelf esteemDepression
20 years of experience

I have worked in the Human Service field since 1983 and I became a licensed counselor in 2001. My goal is to provide an open, supportive, confidential environment so that my clients may address any issues that concern them and to help them take control of their destiny. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, parenting problems, career challenges, Domestic violence, ADHD, and trauma. I also have experience working with military, first responders and medical personnel. 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 cognitive-behavioral, humanistic, person centered, psychodynamic and rational-emotive counseling. I will tailor our dialog and treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs. I believe that as a therapist it is my job to help you discover your potential and the issues that are holding you back. I pride myself on having an old-fashioned, "homelike" atmosphere in my “office”. Life is stressful - your visit to your therapist shouldn't be. Are you thinking of returning to school? Not sure what you should be focusing on? I am a retired college professor and would be happy to explore this with you. Not sure how you can afford to go to school? We can discuss options that may be available to you to. 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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Lori Ezzedine

Offering therapy in CT
License: MA,LPC
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesIntimacy-related issuesSelf esteemDepression
8 years of experience

Hello! My name is Lori and I am a licensed professional counselor (LPC). Over the course of 10 years in the mental health field, I have worked with clients of almost all ages, genders, and racial/ethnic/multicultural backgrounds that have experienced a variety of symptoms and diagnoses. I believe that every client is unique in their own way and that everyone’s personal background brings a unique perspective. I aim to explore that perspective and help guide client’s in a place where they feel safe and comfortable, where they can learn to grow mentally, emotionally, physically, and spiritually. I use many different techniques like cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, solution focused therapy, mindfulness, psycho-education, etc. I tailor the techniques to each individual and their needs. I also tend to have a heavy focus on social supports, self care, boundaries, and coping skills. I believe those are all essential tools in the healing process, and it's so important to not only learn about these skills, but to also maintain them. Looking 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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Emily Wolf

Offering therapy in CT
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesTrauma and abuseSelf esteemDepression
11 years of experience

I am a licensed Art therapist and Professional counselor with 10 years of professional work experience. I work with a wide array of client populations using creative modalities and a Jungian approach to therapy. I believe everyone has the primal ability to create and transform. We are all wounded healers. Art therapy is an alternative to traditional talk therapy, assisting clients with a vehicle for communication where words are sometimes hard to place. It is my passion to innovatively assist clients in managing stress and anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, motivation, self-esteem, and confidence.

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Nadirah Langston

Offering therapy in CT
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesIntimacy-related issuesSelf esteemDepression
7 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, intimacy related issues, & 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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Carrie Effinger

Offering therapy in CT
Stress, AnxietyGriefDepressionCoping with life changesCompassion fatigue
25 years of experience

Carrie is a licensed clinical social worker who has worked with Adults, Couples, Older Adults and their family members for over 20 years. Her Style is relaxed, authentic, empathetic, and supportive. Carrie will tailor your treatment to your needs and your situation. While flexible and eclectic in approach, she integrated both a client-centered and strength-based approach. Carrie offers individual and family counseling. She works with people struggling with anxiety, addiction, depression, dementia, caregiving, grief, loss, adjustment and major life transitions. Her style is one of collaboration, respect and understanding. By active listening, validating feelings and empowering her clients, Carrie will help guide you in developing healthy coping skills, personal growth and fulfillment.

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Jason Adkins

Offering therapy in CT
License: LCSW
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesTrauma and abuseIntimacy-related issuesDepression
23 years of experience

Hi. How are you? Really, how are you? How is your health? Do you feel mentally and emotionally healthy? If you or someone you know is having a hard time with navigating relationships, managing depressed moods, fighting anxiety, overcoming loss, or if you are haunted by trauma from your past then we need to talk. More importantly, I will listen. As a trained and licensed psychotherapist, I am equipped to support you through your challenges and come out with tools and strategies to make a real difference in your life. You deserve a better life, a healthy one. I would love to partner with you to get there.

How to find counseling in West Haven

Finding the best therapist close by in West Haven 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 West Haven. 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 West Haven, 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 West Haven 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 West Haven 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 West Haven, elsewhere in New Haven, 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 West Haven area can be found below:

How does the cost of in-person counseling compare to the cost of BetterHelp with a licensed West Haven 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 West Haven 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 West Haven 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 West Haven, 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 West Haven 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 West Haven 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 West Haven 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 West Haven 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 West Haven 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 06516 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 West Haven 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 West Haven 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 West Haven, 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.

West Haven 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

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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