Your mental state can feel like a clock. When it’s going well, it’s ticking along just fine and you feel like you have enough time to do anything. However, when you feel depressed, anxious, or don’t know what to do in life, that clock can feel like it’s spinning fast, and you feel like you don’t know how to turn it back. A counselor in Waltham can help you reset your clocks. 

Waltham is known for its watch manufacturing. While they’re good for telling the time, a counselor is good for telling you about how much of your own time you can manage. Speak to a counselor today. 

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Celeste Souza

Offering therapy in MA
LGBTTrauma and abuseIntimacy-related issuesDepression
20 years of experience

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 15 years of experience. I work with people who are facing challenging times in their lives. Sometimes the most valuable think I can do for you is to listen and care. Other times, you might need help identifying the underlying cause of a feeling or conflict in your life. I am trained as a Relational-Cultural Therapist and believe the work of healing happens in relationship (between the client and the therapist as well as in relationships in day-to-day life). I utilize therapeutic skills from a variety of models including Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). No matter how big or small the issue you want to discuss, I believe that my therapeutic techniques will be helpful to you. Contact me when you're ready to get started.

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Dr. Dianne Doyle Pita

Offering therapy in MA
License: Ph.D.
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsRelationship issuesSelf esteemCoaching
25 years of experience

Hi! I am a licensed psychologist, certified Master Addiction Counselor, and author. I have 20-plus years of experience working in private and public agencies, including hospitals, rehabilitation programs, and halfway houses. I have helped many people with a wide range of concerns including anxiety, depression, attachment, codependence, substance abuse and other addictive behaviors, relationship issues, parenting problems, and career challenges. I have also taught counseling courses and provided clinical supervision at a college level. In addition to my Ph.D., in psychology from Boston University, I also have a post-doctorate in Health and Rehabilitation Sciences (Sargent College, Boston University), as well as Certification in Rational Emotive Therapy. I am the author of several textbooks on addiction counseling: Mastering Addictions Counseling, and Addiction Counseling (publication by Crossroads, NY, NY. In addition, I have co-authored a book on Severe Mental Illness and Addictions (Boston University, Integrated Treatment for People with Co-occurring Disorders). My approach is warm and interactive. I believe in treating anyone with empathy and respect. I am non-judgmental and genuine. My primary therapeutic approach is motivational interviewing and cognitive-behavioral therapy. Motivational interviewing helps you identify what it is you value and from that starting point, what goals you are motivated to achieve. We work together to create a treatment plan adapted to your individual needs and goals. Cognitive-behavioral therapy focuses on your beliefs or thoughts and the relationship between your thoughts, feelings, and behavior. We know that by changing our beliefs, we can change our feelings and behaviors. "Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is used to treat a wide range of issues. It's often the preferred type of psychotherapy because it can quickly help you identify and cope with specific challenges. It generally requires fewer sessions than other types of therapy and is done in a structured way. (Mayoclinic, 2019). My approach includes a treatment plan and, usually, psychoeducation in the form of worksheets. It takes courage to seek a more purposeful and satisfying life and to take the first step toward change. If you are ready to take that first step, I am here to support and empower you. I look forward to working with you!

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Brittany Fitzgerald

Offering therapy in MA
License: LICSW
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsRelationship issuesSelf esteemCompassion fatigue
12 years of experience

My counseling style is supportive and non-judgmental. My purpose it to provide you with a safe place to process, grow and heal. As a therapist I am here to empower, support and guide you on your journey of personal growth and change. I utilize a collaborative, holistic and strengths based approach to treatment. I believe in the importance of treating and healing mind, body and spirit for overall wellbeing. I am a licensed independent clinician social worker, based in Massachusetts. I have been working in the the mental health field for 11 years. I have a Bachelors in Science from Bridgewater State University and a Masters in Social Work from Boston University. I have experience working in various settings, both inpatient and outpatient with clients dealing with a wide range of issues. I spent the first part of my career working in addiction treatment programs providing therapy and education to individuals and families. I spent 6 years contracted with State Prisons and County Jails working directly with incarcerated adult male clients providing services such as crisis intervention, anger management, substance abuse treatment and general supportive counselling . I've recently been working as a clinical director for a substance abuse treatment facility. I am experienced with a variety of issues such as addictions, family issues, adjustment issues, self care, depression, anxiety and life changes. I take a special interest in positive psychology and working from a strengths based approach.

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Francis Prunier

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

Thank you for considering BetterHelp and thank you for considering me as your counselor. I am a therapist with many years of experience and I am a Massachusetts Licensed Clinical Social Worker.. I use a strength based approach, encouraging people to build on past positive attributes and past strengths and coping skills. I have a history of working with people having a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, and relationship issues. I have worked with people experiencing loss and despair. I have also helped people struggling with alcohol and drugs. I am supportive and aware of putting my clients first. I view life optimistically. You have potential for change by entering into counseling and taking some corrective actions. Changes regarding expectations and approach can make a difference. My role is to understand you, listen to you and to provide helpful suggestions. You will find that my style is to use empathy and warmth. My belief is that you have the ability to find solutions. I am trained in psychodynamic insight oriented therapy. I have experience in CBT and mindfulness meditation. Establishing a positive, supportive relationship is key to my counseling method. My goal is for you to improve coping and to make changes now and for the future. A better life is a realistic goal. I look forward to working with you. Make a choice to improve your life, you are worth it. I look forward to working with you!

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Lisa Fargnoli

Offering therapy in MA
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseGriefSelf esteemDepression
22 years of experience

Hi! My name is Lisa Fargnoli, and I am a LCSW/LICSW with 24 years experience in the field. I have worked with most populations, and my specialties are working with people who have PTSD, dementia/Alzheimer's, anxiety, depression and family/relationship issues. I am an authorized Oasis trainer, so mindfulness is an important part of my practice, as it soothes us mentally and physically. My approach is warm, honest, interactive and using humor when appropriate. I believe in you and I want to help you, believing in yourself! You are not alone in your struggles! It takes courage to seek out changes for your life and I want to support you in your journey! "When you can't look on the bright side, I'll sit with you in the dark." author unknown. You can also follow my new page on IG @LisaFargnoliLCSW

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Margaret Anzalone

Offering therapy in MA
Stress, AnxietyLGBTRelationship issuesGriefSelf esteem
29 years of experience

As a Licensed Therapist, Pastoral Counselor, Energy Practitioner, and Spiritual Director, with over 29 years of professional experience, I am committed to providing high quality care, promoting healing – personal and spiritual growth to individuals and groups of all ages. I respect the dignity and worth of every person. When you meet me, you will know I accept where you are now, and I am willing to accompany you as companion and guide, whether it is along your psychological journey or spiritual quest. My approach to counseling and consulting draws from rich traditions of spirituality, energy healing, and psychology. My framework is transformational in nature, insight-oriented, purposeful, and achieving wholeness from a personal or spiritual perspective. I am trained in both the behavioral sciences and religion. My goal is to provide therapeutic services to individuals and groups of all ages. I respect the dignity and worth of every person and consider it a privilege to welcome and accompany people on their journey as challenging life experiences come up. Trained as a Pastoral Counselor, Clinical Social Worker, Marriage and Family Therapist, and Spiritual Director, my modality is eclectic using what is best for each person. SERVICES Individual, Family, Couples Children and Youth Groups and Retreats Reiki/Energy Sessions Clergy/Ministerial Support/Parish/Community Ministry Issues Self              Self-esteem/self awareness/Personal guide/Coach Spirituality issues/Spiritual Diretion Grief/loss person/job/pet/death Academic/vocational issues Aging/retirement Relationship/concerns Empowering well-being, & creative expression Couples Couples/ and/or Family Counseling Pre-marital counseling Wedding Planning/Consultation/Celebrant available Relationship Issues Parenting Issues LGBT Marriage/Family Groups Women’s Circles Supervision of Ministry Students/Small group Spiritual Direction Enlightened Living Groups Meditation Groups Recovery Groups using the Native American Medicine Wheel for those persons personally and spiritually committed seriously  to their recovery Grief/Loss/Caregiver Support Group Outside consultation for organizations-collaborative team-building, organizational structure/ ritual/small group worship/small group ministry development/peer to peer consultation

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Nicole Summers-DuBois

Offering therapy in MA
License: MS,LMFT
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesFamily conflictsTrauma and abuseDepression
5 years of experience

I am a Marriage and Family Therapist licensed in Mass. As a non- traditional student I graduated at 50 with my Masters Degree so I only have over 3 years experience in the field but vast life experiences to add to my resume. Most of my experiences is families working on communication, de-escalation techniques, relationship issues, depression, anxiety and coping skills are what I can help you with. I also have been working with teens for several year. I'm an eclectic therapist who likes to add humor to therapy, I want you to enjoy your session and feel that it's easy to talk to me and I was helpful. I believe everyone deserves respect and an opportunity to share their story. One of the biggest things I learned as a non-traditional college student is how to ask for help, it's not easy and I totally get that. It's not when you decide to do something, it's that you did it.

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Melissa Miller

Offering therapy in MA
License: LCSW
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsGriefCoping with life changesCompassion fatigue
13 years of experience

Hello, and welcome to Better Help! I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in Delaware and Pennsylvania. I have been a licensed Social Worker for over 13 years specializing in grief and loss, anxiety and depression, addictions counseling for families affected by addiction and most recently caregiver burnout and compassion fatigue. I have worked with clients of all ages including adolescents’, adults and older adults. My counseling style comes from a strengths-based perspective with a focus on assisting my clients in recognizing the many strengths they already possess while helping them to adapt those strengths to better manage the current crisis or situation they may be experiencing. I adapt my practice style to fit the needs of each client and will adjust my approach based on the goals and outcomes experienced throughout the therapeutic journey. Asking for help is never easy but here you are, and you should be proud of yourself for taking this first step. I would like to assist you in this journey as you allow yourself to discover the strengths that you possess and the tools you can use to become a stronger healthier you!

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Heather Dinneen

Offering therapy in MA
Stress, AnxietyFamily conflictsTrauma and abuseSelf esteemDepression
5 years of experience

I am licensed in Massachusetts with 5 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, & motivation, self esteem, and confidence. I believe in treating everyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion. I will tailor our dialog and treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs. 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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Casey Horne

Offering therapy in MA
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesFamily conflictsIntimacy-related issuesDepression
14 years of experience

I am licensed in Florida with 10 years of professional work experience, but I've been in the mental health world for over 20. Every therapist is going to tell you they provide a safe and confidential place to share what is on your mind. That is something that should come standard with therapy like brakes on a car. You want to know if I can actually help you with your problems, and if we are going to "click." Many people give up on therapy, because they try once with a therapist they didn't click with. They didn't feel comfortable, or the personalities simply clash. I can't promise that I'm the therapist that can help you solve the issues you are bringing to therapy. I also can't promise that our personalities will not clash. Here is what I will promise. I'm going to be real with you. I'm not going to blabber a bunch of psycho babble that isn't practical to you. I also have a tendency to be blunt if I feel that is what is needed. Working with couples is my favorite, but at least half of my clients are individuals dealing with a wide range of general mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, loneliness, and social skills. I also love working with clients dealing with grief and loss.

How to find counseling in Waltham

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

How does the cost of in-person counseling compare to the cost of BetterHelp with a licensed Waltham 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 Waltham 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 Waltham 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 Waltham, 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 Waltham 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 Waltham 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 Waltham 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 Waltham 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 Waltham 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 02451 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 Waltham 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 Waltham 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 Waltham, 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.

Waltham 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 Waltham:

02451, 02452, 02453, 02454, 02455

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