Cities with interesting, almost explosive histories are often quite engaging, and there are counselors in Watertown that are ready to help with whatever problems come your way.

Watertown is known for its involvement in the Revolutionary War, and it also is the location of the Armenian Library and Museum of America. It also was the place where two o the Boston Marathon bomber engaged with police, so even though it is a town that’s had some struggles, a counselor is always ready to help in this area no matter what the issues may be. 

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Monica Herwald

Offering therapy in MA
License: MSW,LICSW
Stress, AnxietyGriefSelf esteemDepressionCoping with life changes
17 years of experience

Welcome! I'm a clinical social worker with over 15 years of experience helping individuals and families find greater happiness and life satisfaction. I've worked with teens and adults of all ages deal successfully with major life transitions, manage chronic health conditions, heal from grief and loss, and find relief from depression, anxiety, and adjustment problems. One of my specialties is in bereavement counseling, and I have several years of experience leading support groups for grieving parents, spouses/partners, and adult children. In addition to office-based therapy, I've provided counseling in the home environment, in hospitals, and through web-based platforms. It is my deep belief that we all have the potential within to achieve satisfaction and happiness in life. My role is to help you identify the strengths and resources you need to resolve the obstacles keeping you from experiencing the happiness you desire. Since my philosophy is based in positive psychology, I believe you bring with you many of the strengths you need to achieve greater happiness, and I see my role as helping you to unlock those strengths that already exist. My counseling style is warm and compassionate, and I have great respect for the courage it takes to make changes. In addition to being an active and empathic listener, I offer practical and proven tools to help keep you moving in a positive direction toward your goals. I draw upon a range of professional strategies including cognitive-behavioral and dialectical behavioral therapies, insight orientation, and mindfulness. I take a creative approach, tailoring my interventions to your unique needs and life experiences. I believe that the best results are accomplished when we approach our work together as collaborators, and you will find my approach to be genuine and respectful. That said, I also find a touch of humor can sometimes bring a refreshing change of perspective along the journey. I look forward to partnering with you in your search for greater fulfillment.

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Amy Johnson

Offering therapy in MA
License: MSW,LICSW
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesFamily conflictsTrauma and abuseDepression
20 years of experience

I am a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker in Massachusetts with 20 years of experience working with adolescents and their families. I have had the privilege of helping teens and their families deal with very complex, challenging issues in a variety of settings. Many of my clients have struggled with depression, anxiety, peer and relationship issues, trauma , dissociation, and abuse. These significant challenges often contribute to behavior including addiction, self harm, and suicidality which have impacted my client's lives profoundly. I am compassionate and committed to helping improve the lives of those seeking my help. I believe the therapeutic relationship is essential to helping clients engage vulnerability and take on their personal challenges. I do not rely on a particular framework for understanding where someone is coming from but instead. pull from a variety of clinical theories to determine the best way to help. I believe in the individual narrative, perspective, and experience and will always start where the client is, when they seek help. The treatment I provide respects the unique and specific needs of each individual and I don't believe in a "one size fits all" model. I listen intently and challenge clients to work with me to better understand and look at what gets in their way and to ultimately make the shifts necessary to improve their lives. Deciding to get help is an indicator of your strength and courage. If you think I might be a good fit to help you make changes in your life I am ready to support you!

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Kristin Taylor

Offering therapy in MA
License: LICSW,MSW
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesSleeping disordersParenting issues
34 years of experience

Hi there! My name is Kristin Taylor and I’m a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker practicing primarily in MA. I have 25 years of experience; the last 15 of which have been in private practice within a holistic wellness center. I have a BS in Education and a Masters in Social Work, which was received in 1994 from the University of New England. I work with individuals and couples who have difficulty managing anxiety, high stress, depression, parenting , relationship issues, self esteem, conflict resolution, substance abuse, self awareness and childhood trauma. The people I’ve been honored to work with have best been helped with an eclectic and holistic approach to healing. We begin wherever you are and implement supportive practices to help you find the needed balance, in order to make lasting changes. I use mindfulness practices, solution focused techniques, strength based approaches, cognitive behavioral therapy and somatic work (which helps to to connect with the body from the inside out). In addition, inner child work, breath work and yoga can be part of our work if interested! You've taken the first step in making a change, and I look forward to providing a safe, supportive ‘space’ to help you move forward.

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Hollis Greenspan

Offering therapy in MA
License: MSW,LICSW
Relationship issuesIntimacy-related issuesSelf esteemDepressionCoping with life changes
12 years of experience

Hello, I'm Hollis Greenspan, a licensed independent clinical social worker. Welcome to my profile page! By choosing to enter into therapy, you've taken the first step towards self-empowerment and making positive life changes. Change is a strange thing. Sometimes, the things that aren't working in our lives require altering something that we'd prefer not to let go of. Very often it's an idea or perception that needs to be released, and it's important to gain an awareness of the thoughts that maintain troublesome behaviors. As an advanced graduate of a transformation-oriented counseling program, I have gained skill in helping people to release stuck patterns of thinking and behavior. I primarily use Mindfulness, a form of thought reframing called "Reality Therapy", Focusing, and Psychosynthesis counseling to assist clients. Let me tell you a little about these latter two techniques. Focusing is a body-oriented practice that you can learn to do for yourself. It involves tuning in to deep levels of bodily sensations and accurately naming them, familiarizing yourself with a felt sense of the problem areas. Psychosynthesis is the foundation of a newly popular modality called "Internal Family Systems" therapy. The goal is to become aware of different, sometimes conflicting parts of your personality, to help them communicate and cooperate with each other. All parts of the personality are seen as having value, and this leads to acceptance of your self as a whole and diverse being. I have worked with people from all walks of life, different ethnicities and cultures, and make room for everyone's point of view. My practice is grounded in Buddhist philosophy, but I don't push anyone to learn or practice that particular view of reality. Here's the nitty gritty: I have a degree in cultural anthropology from Tufts University, a master's in social work from the University of Connecticut, and an advanced certification in counseling from The Synthesis Center in Amherst, Massachusetts. I have a special interest and many years of study in self-care, including nutrition, sleep hygiene, and other ways of embodying wellness. Other areas of interest and expertise: Body dysmorphia, aging, creative blocks and perfectionism, death and dying, career choices and difficulties, pet loss, existential crisis, gender identity. My experience working with depression, bipolar disorder, addiction, chronic illness, grief and loss, relationship problems, personality issues, and LGBTQ issues is extensive. I approach psychotherapy with humor, love, and compassion. You are in the driver's seat, and self-empowerment is the ultimate goal. You will find me open-minded, caring, gentle, and flexible. I look forward to meeting you.

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Beverly Burwell

Offering therapy in MA
License: MFT,LMHC
Relationship issuesFamily conflictsGriefParenting issuesCoping with life changes
20 years of experience

Life is complicated, and sometimes we find ourselves stuck (or even overwhelmed) by one or more of life's challenges. I will be a compassionate listener as you tell your story and we both gain some clarity on the values and beliefs that form the foundation of your experience. Together we will explore your relationship with both your inner and your outer worlds, your disappointments as well as your successes, your fears as well as your hopes for a more preferred future. Therapy will be a safe place for you to speak from your heart, to be seen and validated, and to explore "the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly." As you become more self-aware, you will be encouraged to make choices in alignment with your core Self. You will also be invited and guided to become less reactive and more responsive to life's challenges, so that life feels more like a surfing adventure than an attempt just to stay afloat. I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Massachusetts, with a master's degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. I also have been trained by Terry Real (Relational Life Therapy), John and Julie Gottman (The Gottman Method), Jon Kabat-Zinn (Mindfulness), and Richard Schwartz (Internal Family Systems). As you can probably discern from my photo, I have a good amount of " lived experience." I feel that this has made valuable contributions to my therapeutic approach and expertise. I welcome you to embark on this new adventure of discovery, experimentation, and healing.

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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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Jennifer Murray

Offering therapy in MA
Relationship issuesFamily conflictsParenting issuesCoping with life changesCompassion fatigue
13 years of experience

I am licensed in Massachusetts with 13 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with relationship issues, family conflicts, parenting issues, & coping with life changes. 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.

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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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Janet Muse

Offering therapy in MA
Stress, AnxietyFamily conflictsGriefParenting issuesCoaching
11 years of experience

I am licensed in Colorado with 11 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, family conflicts, coping with grief and loss, & parenting issues. 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!

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John Manzoni-DArpino

Offering therapy in MA
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseSelf esteemDepressionCoping with life changes
5 years of experience

I am licensed in Massachusetts and have 5 years of professional work experience. I'm board-certified in counseling by the National Board for Certified Counselors. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, trauma and abuse, motivation, self-esteem, and confidence, & 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. 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 Watertown

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

How does the cost of in-person counseling compare to the cost of BetterHelp with a licensed Watertown 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 Watertown 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 Watertown 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 Watertown, 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 Watertown 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 Watertown 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 Watertown 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 Watertown 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 Watertown 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 02477 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 Watertown 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 Watertown 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 Watertown, 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.

Watertown 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.

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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 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 Watertown:

02471, 02472, 02477

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