Life is all about innovation. You may not be an inventor or an entrepreneur, but what you are is a person who is looking for the solution to your problems. Be it internal, external, or preparing yourself for future problems. However, every inventor needs help. A counselor based in Cambridge can help. 

Cambridge is known for its innovation, and the counselors here are always looking for new ways to innovate and show the world their inventions. If you want to innovate with them, learn how you can manage your own problems at first. A counselor can help. 

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Christina Laydon

Offering therapy in MA
License: LICSW
Stress, AnxietyParenting issuesSelf esteemDepression
22 years of experience

Hello, my Name is Christina Laydon and I am an LICSW (Licensed Clinical Social Worker), in the state of Massachusetts . I have been working with individuals and families for 22 years and love what I do. I have worked with individuals in both in-patient and out-patient settings, who have struggled with a wide range of concerns, including depression, anxiety, mood issues, OCD, relationship issues, and parenting problems . My counseling style is respectful and interactive. I really strive to have my clients feel comfortable and listened to. I believe in working together to try and identify desired treatment goals and manageable steps to achieve them. I meet my clients where they are at and offer guidance and suggestions when needed, but also really listen to what they want to work on and what is important to them. My approach combines a variety of treatment modalities, such as Cognitive-Behavioral, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy and Psycho-education. Each treatment plan will be designed to meet my client's specific needs and concerns. I am so glad that you have taken this step towards taking charge and making some lasting changes in your life. It takes strength to reach out and I am confident that we can work together to reach your goals. I look forward to working with you!

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Catherine Eccles

Offering therapy in MA
License: LICSW
Stress, AnxietySelf esteemDepression
13 years of experience

Hello! I'm Catherine (she/her), and I'm a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) in Massachusetts. I earned my Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from Mount Holyoke College, and my Master's Degree in Social Work from New York University. I have over 14 years of direct clinical experience and have worked in various settings, including a secure residential program for adolescent girls, group homes for adults with major mental illness, and outreach for clients living independently in the community. I absolutely love providing services remotely, through BetterHelp. My background is in Psychiatric Rehabilitation, which means I'll help you build skills and access resources to help you work through your current circumstances. It's important to note that you'll take the lead in our work - I'm here for support and guidance, but you're in the driver's seat. You decide what we work on, and how we do it. I can give you concrete tools to help you start working towards specific goals today. At the same time, if you'd rather just talk, we can do that too. Clients have said that they appreciate my willingness to help, my abilities in providing help, and doing so with a healthy sense of humor. In summary, I will strive to help you by providing empathy, reminding you of your strengths, and helping you acquire skills and access resources to handle life's curve balls. Let's get started!

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Sondra McMillan-King

Offering therapy in MA
License: MA,LSW,LMHC
Stress, AnxietyFamily conflictsTrauma and abuseDepression
13 years of experience

You are capable of achieving!, My name is Sondra McMillan-King, and I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with over 13 years of experience. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, family problems, behavioral challenges, abandonment/rejection, grief, past trauma, and suicidal/homicidal ideations. I am currently pursuing a doctoral degree in Mental Health Counseling and Administration. I have has obtained graduate degrees in Business Administration, Clinical and Forensic Psychology. I utilize a client-centered approach (meaning that YOU are the expert on you) that will allow you to identify your own strengths and resources, as well as cognitive-behavioral and mindfulness-based therapeutic approaches. My counseling style is warm and genuine. When working with my clients, it is my hope to create a safe, authentic, and inviting experience. My approach combines cognitive-behavioral, dialectical behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, and solution- focused therapy. I will work with you to identify your treatment goals, develop a treatment plan, and come alongside you to provide support as you work towards accomplishing your goals. You are the expert in you and I use my skillset, experience and knowledge base that I have acquired over the past 13 years to work with you. I am available to meet with clients on Monday-Friday, between the hours of 5:30 pm-7:45 pm. Taking the step to make changes in your life, to heal from past hurts and move towards a better future takes courage. You can do this! Just remember that it is a process and to be patient with yourself as you go through this process. The hardest step to take is making the decision to change. Change is possible and if you are ready to take that step, I am here to support and empower you. I look forward to working with you! SPECIALTIES Stress, Anxiety Relationship issues Self esteem Depression Coping with life changes Also experienced in: Addictions , Trauma and abuse , Grief , Parenting issues , Anger management , Career difficulties , Bipolar disorder , Compassion fatigue , Communication Problems , Drug and Alcohol Addiction , Family Problems , Forgiveness , Guilt and Shame , Infidelity , Social Anxiety and Phobia, Mood Disorders , Multicultural Concerns , Posttraumatic Stress , Pregnancy and Childbirth , Self-Love , Sexual Assault and Abuse , Women's Issues , Workplace Issues , Young Adult Issues, Bipolar & Depressive & Other Mood Disturbances. Clinical approaches: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy, Years of Experience: 13.

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Brooke Cooper

Offering therapy in MA
Stress, AnxietyAnger managementBipolar disorderDepression
9 years of experience

I am fully licensed in Massachusetts & Michigan with 9 years as an independent social worker. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, anger management, and a host of underlying conditions. I work with 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, I hope you will join me. I tend to have more availability on weekends, but often have availability weeknights as well. If you have a request for a specific time not listed, I will try to work with you to find something that works. Please ask.

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Jessica Hornig

Offering therapy in MA
License: MSW,LICSW
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesTrauma and abuseGriefDepression
20 years of experience

Welcome and thank you for your interest! I am a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker in Massachusetts and Rhode Island with a Masters degree in Social Work from Boston College. I have 20 years of experience helping clients work through personal challenges. I focus on developing and fostering a safe, non-judgmental space in which clients can more comfortably explore their struggles and barriers to self-fulfillment. My approach to therapy is integrative and draws on multiple modalities (e.g. cognitive-behavioral, solution-focused, trauma-informed, interpersonal, mindfulness-based), thus allowing me to tailor how I work with each client as an individual. I am passionate about treating survivors of all types of trauma and have advanced training in Prolonged Exposure Therapy. I help clients with depression and anxiety, grief and loss issues, and have over 15 years of hospital-based social work experience, helping clients work through end-of-life issues, sudden traumatic losses, pregnancy losses, & difficult diagnoses. I am a former EMT and have previously worked with veterans and public servants. I look forward to meeting you and supporting you on your journey!

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Patricia (Trisha) Blackburn

Offering therapy in MA
Stress, AnxietyGriefParenting issuesDepressionCompassion fatigue
20 years of experience

I am licensed in New York with 20 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, coping with grief and loss, parenting issues, & 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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Susan Essich-Kruse

Offering therapy in MA
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesParenting issuesDepressionCoping with life changes
20 years of experience

I am licensed in South Carolina , Massachusetts and Nevada, with 20 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, relationship issues, parenting issues, & 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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Christian Cruz-Ayala

Offering therapy in MA
License: MA,LMHC
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsFamily conflictsSelf esteem
9 years of experience

Hello. My name is Christian Cruz-Ayala. I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the state of Florida. I have been in the helping profession for over 7 years. This is a journey that has been personally and professionally rewarding. It has much growth to me as an individual in my personal life as well as in my professional life. I graduated from the University of South Florida with a degree in Psychology and Sociology. I then pursue a Masters in Counseling at Webster University. I have gained experience working in a crisis unit, working in inpatient substance abuse treatment. I then gain employment at a local methadone clinic where I was able to provide counseling services to individuals with an opiate addiction. Later on I began my journey in working with children, adolescents/teenagers, young adults and parents, which has now become my passion. I am one who believes the philosophy that life is a journey rather than a destination. I'm a huge believer that life throws many things at us through our journey, but what is more important is how we respond to life rather than what it throws at us. This Cognitive Behavioral approach is the same approach that I take when it comes to counseling. I use an eclectic approach, utilizing theories and teachings from all psychology teachings to help the individual respond well to life. I like to teach clients how to manage their own symptoms with the help of coping skills and give them the tools to help them. I’m a strong believer that whatever you put into this world is what you will get out of it. I want to help you define what it is to be you and how you can make a change in your own life to better yourself. I want to be a bridge on your journey of life to help you get to the destination that you desire.

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Brooke Mckenzie

Offering therapy in MA
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsTrauma and abuseDepressionCoaching
20 years of experience

I am licensed in Pennsylvania with 20 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, coping with addictions, trauma and abuse, & depression. 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. Taking the first step to sign up for therapy can take courage and I am proud of you for getting started! While I try to schedule times that work for each of my clients, most of my hours are in the evening (8-10p) and on Saturdays and Sundays.

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Christopher T Garriga

Offering therapy in MA
Stress, AnxietySelf esteemDepression
8 years of experience

I am licensed in Florida with 8 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, motivation, self esteem, and confidence, & 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. 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.

How to find counseling in Cambridge

Finding the best therapist close by in Cambridge 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 Cambridge. 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 Cambridge, 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 Cambridge 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 Cambridge 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 Cambridge, elsewhere in Middlesex, or in the greater state of Massachusetts.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

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

How does the cost of in-person counseling compare to the cost of BetterHelp with a licensed Cambridge 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 Cambridge 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 Cambridge may not take health insurance, some in the state of Massachusetts 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 Massachusetts 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 Cambridge, Massachusetts 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 Cambridge 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 Cambridge 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 Cambridge 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 Cambridge 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 Cambridge 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 MA, 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 02139 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 Cambridge 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 Cambridge 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 Cambridge, Massachusetts 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.

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

02138, 02139, 02140, 02141, 02142, 02238

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