When you are grieving, nobody can tell you how to stop it or what can make you feel better. Everyone is different, and your stages of grief can be completely different than anyone else’s so nobody can say how long it should take to get over it, if you ever do. Nobody actually really gets over losing a loved one, but it does get easier and talking to a professional can help. Bel Air has some of the best grief counselors in the state who can help.

Some other things that Bel Air has to offer include several trails where you can hike such as the Ma & Pa Heritage Trail or the trails at Bynum Run Park. You may also enjoy exploring the Hays House Museum, which was built in 1788. Shamrock Park and Annie’s Playground both have some great play places for the kids too. Once you start talking to a grief counselor in Bel Air, you will notice the difference and can start enjoying things again.

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JoAnn Vaughn

Offering therapy in MD
License: LCSW-C
Relationship issuesFamily conflictsParenting issuesSelf esteemCoping with life changes
24 years of experience

I am a therapist that provides individual , family therapy, couples therapy. I am a license in the state of Maryland with over 21 years of experience as a Licensed Certified Social Worker-Clinical . I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, post -traumatic stress, relationship issues, marital issues, parenting issues, career challenges, and life changes. I also help people who have experience physical trauma or emotional abuse. My therapeutic style is warm an interactive. I believe in treating everyone with respect , dignity. sensitivity, empathy and compassion. I don't believe in stigmatizing labels, My approach combines cognitive behavioral therapy, humanistic , psychodynamic and rational emotive therapy. I am skilled in tailoring our dialog and treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs. It takes courage to seek a more fulfilling life and to take the first steps toward change. If you are ready to take those first steps , I am here to support and empower you. I am looking forward to working with you!

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Loretta Collins (Begg)

Offering therapy in MD
License: LCPC
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsTrauma and abuseBipolar disorderDepression
3 years of experience

My name is Loretta Collins, and I am an LCPC in the state of Maryland. After a 25-year career in sales, I decided to return to school and get my Master’s of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. I work from a cognitive-behavioral and person-centered methodology. Therapy is not one-sided but a partnership. My background is working with people suffering from substance use disorders and other dual diagnoses, including PTSD, MDD, eating disorders, bipolar disorder, and anxiety, to name a few. One of the reasons I became a counselor was to stop the stigma of psychological health. Until we start referring to brain disorders on the same par with physical problems, psychological health will continue to be considered in a “less than” manner.

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Elizabeth Gill

Offering therapy in MD
License: MSW, LCSW-C
Stress, AnxietyGriefCoping with life changes
5 years of experience

Hi there, I'm Liza. A licensed clinical social worker in the state of Maryland. I enjoy working with individuals of all ages and backgrounds. I have experience working with clients dealing with chronic health issues, grief, loss, relationship issues, addiction, unforgiveness, shame/guilt, anxiety, depression, addiction, and faith/spirituality concerns. My therapy style is warm, non-judgemental, engaging, and compassionate. My goal is to provide a safe space for my clients to feel comfortable to share their thoughts, feelings, struggles, and concerns, and in return, receive individually tailored clinical support through a blend of therapeutic models. My integrative approach incorporates concepts from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness, Solution-Focused, and Client-Centered. I have experience working with clients from a Christian faith perspective, but I work with clients from all faith backgrounds. I look forward to working with you!

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Courtney Chapman

Offering therapy in MD
License: LPC,NCC,CCTP
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsRelationship issuesTrauma and abuseDepression
6 years of experience

Thank you for your interest in my background! I am a Counselor who has worked in the field since 2014, and in that time I have provided treatment for a wide range of conditions including, but not limited to: Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Substance Use Disorders, Psychotic Disorders, Bipolar Disorder, Personality Disorders, Anxiety, Depression, Grief, Adjustment, LGBTQ, Military & Veterans, Occupational, Crisis Intervention, Homelessness, Couples, Polyamory, Eating Disorders, Sexual Violence, Domestic Violence, Childhood Trauma, and Multicultural. I am a U.S. Army veteran, and I served from 2007-2015. I received my education at Marshall University and have a BA in Psychology and MA in Counseling, with concentrations respectively in Women's Studies and Violence, Trauma, and Grief. The treatment modalities that I use are eclectic and most frequently theoretically oriented toward: Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Prolonged Exposure, and Cognitive Processing Therapy. I use a direct and grounded approach to helping my patients reach their treatment goals, and monitor progress using psychological assessments and collaboration with you. I work on developing a strong therapeutic relationship with my patients, as this is the foundation that promotes the best outcome for achieving treatment goals. It takes a great deal of strength and commitment to overcome the challenges involved addressing mental health issues, and building a happier and more satisfying life. Your decision to explore your options with counseling services is the first step on your road to recovery, and I wish you all the best on your journey. I hope that gives you a clear picture of what to expect working with me, and I look forward to helping you with your goals.

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Tammy Bolles

Offering therapy in MD
License: LCSW,EMDR
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsTrauma and abuseGrief
3 years of experience

Hi, my name is Tammy and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over a decade of experience in the helping field. Having graduated with both my bachelors and masters degrees at Florida International University, I was also born and raised in Miami Florida, which nurtured a multicultural environment. I am passionate about helping patients work through trauma and anxiety. I am trained in EMDR and have specialized training in First Responder trauma with experience in working with Firefighters, Police Officers, and Military. I enjoy using an eclectic approach towards treatment while highlighting a person innate strengths throughout the process. I look forward to meeting with you and working to help you feel empowered beyond current life stressors!

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Kelini Coker

Offering therapy in MD
License: MS,LCPC
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesSelf esteemDepressionCoping with life changes
5 years of experience

Hello! My name is Kelini Coker and I am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor. I received my bachelor's degree in Psychology and master's degree in Community Counseling at McDaniel College where I cultivated a passion for supporting others through difficult seasons. My heart's work is to help clients navigate challenges due to life-event transitions, family of origin struggles, trauma, depression, anxiety, identity formation, and more. My sessions are a safe space within which I utilize an eclectic framework comprised of Person-centered Counseling, Existential Counseling, Cognitive reframing and Mindfulness. I am committed to meeting you where you are, moving at your pace, helping you find meaning in your journey, and assisting you in moving closer to your goals. I look forward to walking alongside you on the path towards your personal best self!

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Harold DuBois

Offering therapy in MD
Relationship issuesFamily conflictsTrauma and abuseParenting issues
5 years of experience

I am licensed in Maryland with 7 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with relationship issues, family conflicts, & trauma and abuse. I also have experience working with 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. I am a US Navy Veteran with 25 years of active service and was a licensed foster parent in Maryland and California. My therapy style is goal oriented, flexible and collaborative with an understanding that developing the goals is also part of the process. A highlight of my experience has been working with families within the Child Welfare Services system and I've had additional specialized training in this field through the Title IV-E Child Welfare training program. 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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David Yeager

Offering therapy in MD
Stress, AnxietyLGBTRelationship issuesTrauma and abuseGrief
10 years of experience

Welcome! Welcome! Welcome! I am licensed in Maryland with several years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with anxiety, depression, self-care, stress management, LGBTQ+ related issues, relationship issues, trauma, abuse and neglect, domestic violence & other various issues. After spending years in the field of social work, I opened a private practice setting in Maryland called Tortally Therapeutics, LLC. In fact, on the site, we have 7 tortoises who live in this therapeutic setting that can also provide a listening ear. 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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Tanya McClung

Offering therapy in MD
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseParenting issuesSelf esteemDepression
9 years of experience

My name is Tanya McClung and I am a licensed professional counselor in West Virginia with over 12 years of experience in the therapeutic world. I have been practicing as a license professional counselor for 9 years. I graduated with a Bachelors in Social Work from Concord University and a Masters in Professional Counseling from Liberty University. I use cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, solution focused therapy, client-centered, neuro linguistic programming, brainspotting, expressive arts, somatic processing, psychodrama, and meta-modeling. I have experience working with individuals struggling with negative self-talk, low self-esteem, mood instability, stress and anxiety, depression, challenging irrational beliefs, trauma and abuse, parenting issues, problematic relationships, and identity development. I also have experience facilitating groups and family therapy. It is my goal to work with my clients to not only focus on the symptoms, but to find the cause of their suffering and struggles.

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Cashmere O’Neal

Offering therapy in MD
AddictionsLGBTRelationship issuesIntimacy-related issuesCareer difficulties
13 years of experience

I am licensed in Maryland with 13 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with coping with addictions, lgbtq+ related issues, religious and spiritual problems, relationship issues, & intimacy related issues. I also specialize in polygyny, polyamorous, and kink-based relationship issues. 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 Bel Air

Finding the best therapist close by in Bel Air 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 Bel Air. 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 Bel Air, 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 Bel Air 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 Bel Air 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 Bel Air, elsewhere in Harford, or in the greater state of Maryland.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

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

How does the cost of in-person counseling compare to the cost of BetterHelp with a licensed Bel Air 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 Bel Air 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 Bel Air may not take health insurance, some in the state of Maryland 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 Maryland 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 Bel Air, Maryland 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 Bel Air 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 Bel Air 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 Bel Air 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 Bel Air 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 Bel Air 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 MD, 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 21014 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 Bel Air 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 Bel Air 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 Bel Air, Maryland 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.

Bel Air 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

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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 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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