Being branded as something awful can be hard on your life, and it sticks around with you. Luckily though, there are counselors in Salem that are ready to help you break free from the chains and show you how great of a person you are.

Salem is a historical city, known for the witch trials that were there, and it also includes the House of Seven Gables, Salem University, and even the headquarters of the satanic temple.  Here, people were put on trial to determine whether or not they were witches. But, the past is n the past, and you can move forward into the future with the help of a counselor here. 

Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Addictions, Trauma and abuse, Parenting issues, Depression
Years of experience: 27

I began my career in the field of addictions in 1996 and haven't looked back since, having worked in both inpatient and outpatient settings for both addictions and dual diagnosis in the state of Massachusetts including Methdone and Suboxone clinics. Along the way I realized the need for further education and training in the areas of trauma and abuse, and am a certified member of the International Association of Trauma Professionals. In addition to this, I have gained a vast amount of knowledge in the areas of depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, parenting issu...

Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Addictions, Parenting issues, Bipolar disorder, Depression
Years of experience: 13

Hi there! My name is Sharon and I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Massachusetts. I have been working in the mental health field for over ten years. I have experience working on an inpatient psychiatric unit, as a crisis clinician in the emergency rooms and in the community, and as an individual outpatient therapist in a mental health clinic. I have worked with clients of all ages and with a variety of diagnoses. I have experience working with mood disorders like Depression, Anxiety, and Bipolar Disorder, and I have also worked with many people who have se...

Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Self esteem, Bipolar disorder, Depression, ADHD
Years of experience: 15

Hi there! I am Alexandra Duffy a clinical psychologist with licenses in California, Massachusetts and Washington. Thanks for taking a moment to learn how my counseling and therapy can be a useful tool for yourself or someone you care about. Therapy is a way to invest in yourself, have support during difficult times and deal with past issues that impact your current life and relationships. Together, we discover healthy ways to help cope with the unknown and things outside of our control. I specialize in treating depression, anxiety, panic disorder, ADHD, eatin...

Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Addictions, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Depression
Years of experience: 30

Welcome to the world of possibilities! Entering counseling can be an exciting but scary time so congratulations for getting here! I am taking this opportunity to share with you a bit about myself as you decide on where you would like to go with counseling. I have been in the field since 1989, first in a mental health facility and then in private practice. I am a licensed clinical social worker with certification to counsel people with Personality Disorders. Because of both a nursing background and a clinical social work background, I am uniquely qualified to wor...

Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Addictions, Trauma and abuse, Self esteem, Depression
Years of experience: 15

It takes courage to reach out for support, this is the second phase of your process; the first is the acknowledgement that you need support and making the decision to move forward. I do understand the many challenges that we face as we navigate through our life experiences. While I am a Helping Professional, I do believe in the human connection and will work with you to embrace all aspects of yourself. Despite challenges, no matter how difficult; it is my belief that we all possess, the ability to empower ourselves and regain control over our lives. It is i...

Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Family conflicts, Grief, Parenting issues, Coping with life changes
Years of experience: 11

Hello, and welcome to BetterHelp! My name is Laura Headley and I am a licensed mental health counselor (LMHC) in the state of Massachusetts with over 10 years of experience working as a music therapist and 3 years as a counselor. I have worked with children, adolescents, young adults, adults, and seniors in various settings including schools, early intervention, private practice, nursing homes, and group homes. I enjoy working with individuals and families experiencing depression, anxiety, grief and loss, parenting issues, life changes and challenges, and relatio...

Specialties: Trauma and abuse, Bipolar disorder
Years of experience: 27

I am a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker who has worked with adolescents who have dealt with trauma and family issues. I also have worked with veterans both in graduate school and post graduate school as well as the general population in psychiatric settings. I provide client centered clinical support and enjoy helping people succeed in life and become confident and comfortable in and with their lives. I utilize a strength based approach and am very adept at helping individuals build self-esteem. I am solution focused and skilled at helping people pr...

Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Addictions, Trauma and abuse, Self esteem, Depression
Years of experience: 4

I earned my undergraduate degree in Anthropology at Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia (southern girl in an Illinois world). After which I attended the University of New England in Biddeford, Maine where I completed my Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work. I hold a license as an Illinois Licensed Clinical Social Worker. I am working towards licensing in Georgia and I am also certified as a substance use counselor by the Illinois Division of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse. I began my social work career as a mental health and substance use counselor in...

Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Addictions, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Depression
Years of experience: 9

I am licensed in Massachusetts with 9 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, coping with addictions, relationship issues, & family conflicts. 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.

Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Addictions, Self esteem, Depression, Coping with life changes
Years of experience: 11

I am a clinical social worker, licensed in Massachusetts. For over 11 years, I have provided individual psychotherapy and facilitated therapy groups with adults both in an outpatient setting and through telehealth. I have helped clients manage anxiety disorders, mood disorders and Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. I have experience helping people manage stress and adjust to life transitions, including existential crises. I have helped people with chemical, behavioral, and process addictions. I have helped empower people to improve their self-esteem and t...

Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Trauma and abuse, Bipolar disorder, Depression, Coping with life changes
Years of experience: 5

Hello! My name is Emily, and I am a licensed therapist who is here to help you become your best self. Currently, I work as a middle school counselor during the school-day hours, and I love it. My experience working as an outpatient therapist has been with people of all ages (from preschool age to older adults), and I believe in treating everyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion. You are here because you are seeking guidance and direction, and I want to help you find yourself. Sometimes, life leaves us feeling lost, hopeless, or just plain stressed out. My...

Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Addictions, Family conflicts, Parenting issues, Depression
Years of experience: 12

I am a mental health counselor licensed in NY, RI & MA with 12 years of experience working as a therapist. I aim to build a safe, supportive, judgement-free therapeutic environment to assist clients in reaching their full potential. I use a strength-based, holistic approach with an emphasis on empowering the client through empathy, compassion, insight, and skill building to make the changes one wants to see in their life. I provide services for adults and couples struggling with anxiety and depressive disorders, mood disorders, ADHD, acute or prolonged trauma, ...

Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Anger management, Bipolar disorder, Depression
Years of experience: 9

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 we...

Specialties: LGBT, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Self esteem, Depression
Years of experience: 7

I am a licensed therapist in Massachusetts with over 7 years of professional work experience, ranging from working with 3-72 year-olds with previous therapeutic focuses in trauma based work with children. I currently am primarily working with adults, supporting processing and resolution around identity, self-esteem and self concept; stress and anxiety; relationship issues; motivation and confidence, attachment and dating issues; and depression. Your needs and the style of therapy that works best for you are my primary focuses, especially in the building our work ...

Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Grief, Self esteem, Depression, Compassion fatigue
Years of experience: 5

I am licensed in California, Colorado, Massachusetts, New Mexico and Texas with 3 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, coping with grief and loss, motivation, self esteem, and confidence, & depression. I work with my clients to create an open and safe environment where thoughts and feelings can be shared without fear of judgment. Taking the first step to sign up for therapy can take courage and I am proud of you for getting started!

How To Find Counseling Salem

Finding the best therapist close by in Salem can feel challenging, but know that once you narrow your search for a counselor near the Salem 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 Salem. 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 Salem, 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, these professionals 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 Salem 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 Salem counselors 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 Salem area in different types of therapy, including:

  • CBT in Salem
  • DBT in Salem
  • Substance use therapy in Salem
  • Couples therapy in Salem

When you're ready to start your search and find therapists in Salem, 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 Salem, elsewhere in Essex, 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 Salem area can be found below:

How Does The Cost Of In-Person Counseling Compare To The Cost Of BetterHelp With A Licensed Salem 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 Salem 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 in Salem: $150-$500
  • Counseling with therapists in Salem: $100-300
  • Therapy with a psychologist in Salem: $100
  • Therapy in Salem: $80

While many psychologists in Salem may not take health insurance, some counselors 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 counselors serving the city of Salem and elsewhere throughout the state of Massachusetts you can expect significantly more affordable options, with sessions ranging from $60 to $90 per week (billed every four weeks).

How Is A Licensed Therapist On This Online Therapy Platform Verified?

Therapists in Salem, 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 professionals 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 counselor. 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 counselors 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 Salem above, can work with young adults, children, adolescents, and adults in or around Salem 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 to meet with one of these counselors 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 Salem 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 Salem 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 Salem therapy provider through BetterHelp's sister platform, ReGain, which is dedicated to couples and spouses worldwide. Look through the available counselors above and consider which might work for you.

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 also professionals 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 Salem counselor 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 almost one million people in Salem, MA, providers may be booked out with clients. Through the list of counselors 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 01971 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 in Salem can be a great option.

How Should I Prepare For My First Therapy Session With A Salem 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, Counselor, 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 counselors and 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 Salem 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 Salem, 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.

Salem has many professionals 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. In Salem, therapy can be easy to use and a click away. 

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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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 with a counselor within 24 to 48 hours.

If you are experiencing a crisis or emergency, don't use this site's online services. If you are in life-threatening danger, call 911. If you require support for a crisis, reach out to the hotlines below:

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

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

01970, 01971