Life can be a challenge. When you're dealing with depression, anxiety, and other life problems, you may not feel like you have anywhere to go. However, there is hope. A counselor based in Fitchburg can help you with all of your problems and make it so that you live a better life. 

If you live in the city by the river, you're at a good spot. Now, it’s time to improve yourself. A counselor based in Fitchburg can help you do just that. Speak to one first and then see what you can do about your life. 

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Terri Benton

Offering therapy in MA
License: MA,LMHC
Relationship issuesTrauma and abuseGriefIntimacy-related issuesCoping with life changes
22 years of experience

My name is Terri, and I have been a Licensed Mental Health Counselor since 2006. I have enjoyed my work since I received my Masters in Holistic Psychology from Lesley University, in Cambridge Massachusettes. That was almost 30 years ago, before most people used the term holistic counseling. To me, that means that you take every aspect of a human being into consideration when you have the privilege of being asked to join them in their process. I grew up in a small farming community in Minnesota and have lived in the Boston area since then. I love both, and wouldn't want to be labelled as "from" either. I am both and much more. We all are. I am not a believer in labels-everyone is unique, and we all share being human. That is the basis of my work. If it matters to you in your life, then it is important to our work. Whether you are dealing with a major life change, or needing to find more meaning and joy in your life, my goal is to understand all that you are. I have found it to be an honor to be invited into an individual's internal process, and I take my role very seriously-though I like to think I use humor when appropriate. Please feel free to check out all of my information and if you have a particular question, don't hesitate to ask. It is important to find a counselor you feel is a good fit for you and your style of communication. We are all a combination of our experiences, beliefs, values and perceptions. I want to understand yours before I presume to offer my suggestions. I have benefited immeasurably from the people I have worked with. I know what two people working together can do! I wish you the best in your search for the best counselor for you! Terri

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Patricia (Trish) Hasper

Offering therapy in MA
License: LICSW,M.Ed.,J.D.
Stress, AnxietyFamily conflictsTrauma and abuseDepression
25 years of experience

I have enjoyed practicing psychotherapy for over 27 years now. It is a great privilege to work with individuals from all backgrounds who are courageous enough to share the most intimate details of their lives and work towards self-improvement. I specialize in working with adults with a wide range of concerns, and am skilled in several theoretical frameworks including EMDR. I come with a broad background, with advanced degrees in education and social work, as well as a law degree. As a licensed attorney and certified mediator with 9 years experience as a guardian ad litem determining child custody issues, I can help you navigate the legal system for issues such as divorce or ensuring that your special needs child is receiving all of the public school services to which he is entitled. As a veteran and active reservist, I have significant experience with service members and their unique concerns.

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Robert Moore Jr.

Offering therapy in MA
License: LMHC
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsFamily conflictsTrauma and abuseParenting issues
17 years of experience

I have many years of experience working with parents and young adults under and over 18 years of age with personal struggles connected to Bipolar Disorder, Depression, gender identity, anxiety disorder (anxiety NOS, OCD, agoraphobia, Munchausen syndrome by proxy), and individuals with physical disabilities. I spent five years working with individuals diagnosed with schizophrenia and other related disorders. I have worked with couples via individual therapy while combining couples therapy with adults looking for both. I have an eclectic style incorporating numerous modalities. I participated in a year-long study implementing Motivational Interviewing techniques and approaches and have engaged in maintaining those techniques to help individuals struggling with addictions connected to sex, gambling, internet, and alcohol and drugs. I attended Fitchburg State University graduating in 2006. I have engaged in completing continuing education certificates in Expressive and Alternative Therapies, Sports Therapy, Art Therapy, Diagnostic Classification of Mental Health and Developmental Disorders of Infancy and Childhood, Multi-Cultural Counseling and Therapy, Middle Aged Men and Suicide, and Family Systems.

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Raisa Stinson

Offering therapy in MA
License: LMHC
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesTrauma and abuseAnger managementDepression
7 years of experience

I am a licensed mental health counselor in Massachusetts, with extensive experience in trauma-focused therapy. I am proficient in body-based approaches, developed by Bessel Van der Kolk, Peter Levine, and their colleagues. I love working with couples, helping partners to improve communication and rekindle their love for each other. I am certified as an EMDR therapist. EMDR is a cutting-age approach to treating severe trauma, including complex trauma (defined as accumulation of "relatively insignificant" traumatic events through life). My experience is international. Even though all my psychology degrees and trainings have been received in the USA, I have lived and worked in a few other countries, culturally drastically different. I have a good understanding of challenging of adjusting to a new culture, as well as navigating cultural differences with friends and family members (parents, husbands/romantic partners, and even your own children) I have experience working with adopted children and adoptive families.

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Jason Adkins

Offering therapy in MA
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.

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Heidi Martin

Offering therapy in MA
License: MS,LMHC,NCC
Stress, AnxietyGriefIntimacy-related issuesCoping with life changesCoaching
11 years of experience

Hi my name is Heidi and I am a licensed mental health counselor in Florida, Massachusetts, and Washington State, as well as a board certified coach. I have over 10 years of experience, primarily working in private practice Please note I am currently only taking clients within Massachusetts. People come to therapy because they want to feel better. It may be relationship problems, anxiety/depression, work related concerns, etc., but whatever the reason, they want to feel better and do better. In my experience, most people want a greater understanding of themselves and their situation. Making life work and feeling more comfortable with themselves is the goal. I focus on altering self-defeating behaviors and beliefs, helping my clients to gain perspective with a focus on improving the quality of their lives. Among the many tools that promote growth and well being, I utilize insight and mindfulness to help achieve client goals. The people I work with tend to be bright and high functioning yet they sense something is missing. My job includes, among other things. noticing hidden themes and repetitive patterns. Many people treat others better than they treat themselves and usually are much harder on themselves than others, which causes untold pain. I have a lot of admiration for people who embark on a therapeutic journey, it takes courage to seek a more fulfilling life but as serious as I take my work, I also conduct therapy in a relaxed manner where laughter and collaboration is encouraged. I look forward to working with you!

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Heather Crowley

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

I am licensed in Massachusetts with several years of professional work experience. My approach to working with individuals and families is varied, depending on the specific needs and goals of each client. With a focus on client-centered and strength-based therapeutic models, I have found it most beneficial and effective to incorporate a variety of modalities such as Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Play Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and Supportive Therapy based on the needs of the individual or family I am working with. Recognizing where my clients are in their growth and development is a key factor in the approach taken when working with them. As growth occurs, as does the therapeutic intervention. I aim to create a partnership with all clients to ensure everyone’s goals and needs are met to the best of our abilities. I hope you will take the first step in sharing your strengths as a way of attaining the goals you have set for yourself through a shared therapeutic relationship.

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Leah McMullin

Offering therapy in MA
Stress, AnxietySelf esteemDepressionCoping with life changes
8 years of experience

I am Leah McMullin, LICSW (she/her) licensed therapist in Massachusetts. I specialize in working with teens and young adults. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, motivation, self esteem, and confidence, depression, & coping with life changes. I work with my clients to create an open and safe environment where thoughts and feelings can be shared without fear of judgment. I believe that the therapeutic relationship is an important part of treatment. My style is flexible, empathic, and authentic. I understand that each client is unique and do not believe in a one-size-fits-all approach in regard to treatment. My approach is centered on what matters most to you! We can work collaboratively to develop coping skills and strategies for managing distress in life. 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 you in that journey. By the end of treatment, I often see clients leaving feeling more empowered, happier, and better equipped to cope with future challenges.

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Nichole Gardner

Offering therapy in MA
License: LCSW
Stress, AnxietyDepression
6 years of experience

Hello, my name is Nichole Gardner and I am a LCSW in NYS. As a social worker, my main priority is to work collaboratively with my clients to overcome the different challenges in their lives. I seek to empower all my clients, so they can implement positive and healthy change. For the past four years, I've worked as a psychiatric social worker at a mental health clinic. During this time, I've work with a wide range of populations addressing several different concerns. Some of these concerns addressing symptom management (wide range of diagnoses), implementation of healthy coping, relationship dynamics, finding life balance, and communication skills. One this past year, I've been dedicated to doing my part in assisting others manage the many of concerns of the COVID 19 pandemic. My social work values are integrated into every session, which will create a safe, open, nonjudgemental environment for each client. I believe deeply that mindfulness practice open our hearts, minds, and bodies and that use of cognitive behavioral techniques will build a clear understanding of who we are inside and out. I look forward to joining you on your journey to a happier and healthier you!

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Jordan Coleman

Offering therapy in MA
License: LCSW,C-SSWS
Anger management
5 years of experience

My name is Jordan Coleman. I have a black lab named Bruce Wayne. I attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for both my undergrad (B.S. Human Development and Family Studies 2012) and for my Master's in Social Work (MSW 2015). I have been a School Social Worker for 4 years but have always had a passion for helping others. I have worked with clients on a wide range of concerns including emotion management, trauma, family relationships, and beyond. I tend to be a positive, optimistic person and I very much value relationships with others. I feel that these attributes aid me in my practice. My treatment approach combines client-centered, mindfulness, solution-focused, with other approaches sprinkled in for good measure. My goal is to empathize with my clients and help you identify goals and move towards them, move to a more clarified version of life, or be a sounding board for when it is needed. I know times are especially trying right now, so I felt a calling to begin expanding my horizons with BetterHelp. I generally check messages on here a few times per day Monday-Friday and respond as quickly as I can. I do appreciate your patience when it takes a bit longer at times, as I may be tending to other clients or professional/personal responsibilities. It can be very difficult to reach out for help, but I am glad you are taking that step. I would love to help you with this change and be there to support you!

How to find counseling in Fitchburg

Finding the best therapist close by in Fitchburg 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 Fitchburg. 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 Fitchburg, 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 Fitchburg 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 Fitchburg 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 Fitchburg, elsewhere in Worcester, 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 Fitchburg area can be found below:

How does the cost of in-person counseling compare to the cost of BetterHelp with a licensed Fitchburg 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 Fitchburg 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 Fitchburg 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 Fitchburg, 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 Fitchburg 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 Fitchburg 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 Fitchburg 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 Fitchburg 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 Fitchburg 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 01420 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 Fitchburg 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 Fitchburg 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 Fitchburg, 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.

Fitchburg 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:

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01420

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