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Gale Dollard

Offering therapy in MD
License: LCPC,MS
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsTrauma and abuseDepression
11 years of experience

I am an experienced Maryland licensed therapist. I have many years working with adults in various stages of life. The people I have helped were living with severe trauma, grief, addiction, divorce, career indecisions, relationship, life adjustment, body image and family problems. When left unresolved, these issues can lead to depression, anxiety, panic and generalized sadness or uneasiness. Sometimes we get stuck and don't know the way out of problems and painful/uncomfortable feelings that just won't go away. That's when we need the support of someone who can help in a warm and caring environment. You will find my approach to counseling is eclectic. What this means is, we can use a mixture of therapeutic tools based on your own needs. After all, we all have different backgrounds and have experienced different upbringings, cultures, religions, prejudices and home lives. So, after hearing your personal story and what you would like to achieve while here, you will have therapy that reflects your individual needs. I thought you might like to know a little about the person you will be speaking with. When I'm not counseling, I'm most likely hiking with my two dogs, Baily and Emmy. I love being outdoors but not so much during the winter :) I'm married with 2 grown children and I have a grandson. Oh, and I love to cook. I find cooking for me is relaxing......it puts me in a peaceful zone!

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Jessica Oakley

Offering therapy in MD
License: LCSW,LCSW-C
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseGriefSelf esteemDepression
5 years of experience

Hello and Welcome! I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in New Jersey as well as Licensed Certified Social Worker-Clinical (LCSW-C) in Maryland. I received my Bachelor's degree in social work from The University of Georgia and my Master's in social work from The University of Maryland- Baltimore. My counseling approach is individualized to each client based on their needs, life circumstances, and strengths. I utilize a variety of treatment modalities including but not limited to: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused therapy, and positive psychology. I have worked with people who have and/or are experiencing depression, anxiety, domestic violence, sexual assault, grief, life transitions/changes, college/work/parenting stress, and survivors of childhood sexual abuse. No matter what you are seeking therapy for, I hope that you will find me warm yet gently assertive in holding you accountable to help you reach the treatment goals that we will come up with together. I look forward to working with you!

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Juliette Dixon

Offering therapy in MD
License: MS ,LCSW
Relationship issuesFamily conflictsTrauma and abuseParenting issuesSelf esteem
10 years of experience

I am a Licensed Clinical Therapist with ten years of counseling and mentoring experience. I am licensed in the State of Florida and Maryland. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, addictions , with a special focus in legal issues and mental health issues. Counseling is a collaborative process undertaken between you and a therapist, designed to empower you to accomplish mental health and wellness goals. While providing services to individuals and couples, I have found that for counseling to be most effective, it is important that you take an active role in the process. Some of my past experience include: *Adolescence and young adult life coach (age16-32) *Stressor relating to navigating social security disability. *Individual and/or family counseling relating to allegations of child abuse, neglect, human trafficking and /or abandonment. *Adolescence substance addiction counseling *Consultants and advocates for post-incarceration related issues. *Facilitate Individual counseling and virtual support group for people with the following disorders: Chronic illness Thank you for beginning this journey. Therapy is an inviting place where every single part of you is welcome. I look forward to working with you!

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Angelique Fontaine

Offering therapy in MD
License: LCSWC
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuse
4 years of experience

Hi! Thank you for taking the time to read my profile. My name is Angelique Fontaine, and I'm a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of Maryland. I earned my Masters of Social Work at Simmons University in Boston.I have worked with clients with a broad range of concerns including: anxiety, depression, self-esteem issues, domestic violence and trauma. I am experienced in multiple modalities including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). My counseling style is empathetic and trauma informed. I believe everyone deserves respect and dignity. It takes courage to seek professional help and implement change. I look forward to working with you!

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Cheryl Mitchell

Offering therapy in MD
License: LCSW-C
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesFamily conflictsParenting issuesSelf esteem
16 years of experience

Welcome! I am so glad you have reached out for support. It is not always easy to do. I believe that just acknowledging need and asking for help, shows great strength. I encourage you to take your time in selecting a therapist. It is highly important to the success of your therapy to work with someone with whom you feel a connection. None of us humans connect with everyone, and that is ok. The purpose of this profile, is not to try to sell you on me, rather to inform you of my education, experience, and style as a therapist. I am a clinical social worker, and have been providing psychotherapy to individuals, couples, and families for 16 years. In my experience, I have found an eclectic approach to be beneficial to many of my previous and current clients. This simply means that I draw from more than one theoretical approach. We are all different, with different needs. Having said that, I do have a particular interest in a therapy called “Transactional Analysis” (I know it sounds complicated, but stay with me). This is a type of therapy where you and I would work together to “analyze” (or look at in a detailed way) your interactions with others, or your “transactions”. We would then use this information, as a basis for understanding why you interact with others the way that you do. Understanding yourself better, and addressing what is not working for you, can make for a much more pleasant journey through life. This approach would be appropriate for individuals and couples, as well as parents, and families. I am fiercely passionate about people, and assisting them in addressing their needs, so they can live the life they want and deserve to live. I firmly believe that laughter is a healing and sustaining element. It helps to ground us, clearing a path to new insight. You will find humor interwoven into my approach, along with compassion, and respect. I am by no means just a passive listener. Rather, I believe we all want and need feedback, as well as to be heard. Don’t we all just want to know that someone "gets" us ? That they understand what we are saying and where we are coming from? Once this happens, I believe needs can be uncovered and the work can begin. I would be happy to talk with you to discuss your therapeutic needs. It is then that we can determine, together, if i could adequately provide the assistance you need.

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Laura Valdes-Borsum

Offering therapy in MD
License: MS, MA, LCPC
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseSelf esteemBipolar disorderDepression
5 years of experience

Fluent in Spanish with education, training, and experience in therapy models such as CBT (Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy), EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing), and Dialectical Behavior Therapy. I selectively integrate a variety of goal-oriented, solution-focused, and person-centered techniques into a uniquely individualized treatment approach for individuals, couples, and families. My multicultural clinical expertise includes treating individuals of all ages depression, anxiety, panic attacks, eating disorders, gender identity, sexual identity, adjustment, anger management, personality disorders, and grief. My training in EMDR Therapy allows me treat an array of PTSD including single-event PTSD, complex PTSD (disorder of extreme stress) and Developmental Trauma Disorder. I counsel adult victims who have experienced sudden traumatic loss, childhood trauma, violent crimes, domestic abuse, addictions, motor vehicle accidents, and veterans of combat. My approach to multicultural counseling integrates Eastern approaches to mindfulness, Western approaches to spirituality, and for my younger clients I enjoy integrating play and/or art therapy into the psychotherapy process. Each person is a unique individual deserving of a unique individualized treatment plan. One size does not fit all.

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Dr. Alissa Putman

Offering therapy in MD
License: PhD,Licensed Psychologist
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesSelf esteemCareer difficultiesDepression
20 years of experience

It takes courage to seek out therapy and my goal is to create a space where you will feel safe, trusted and supported to explore what is important to you. I will work empathically and collaboratively with you by seeking to understand what is going well and areas which you would like to change. Drawing from principles of positive psychology and executive coaching, I will work with you to set goals to help you move forward in areas where you might feel stuck. I believe that one of the most important aspects of therapy is fit/rapport with your therapist. Therefore, I will often check in with you to make sure that we are going in a direction that you want. Your time is valuable and it is important that we are meeting your goals for seeking out therapy. I am a licensed psychologist in Maryland with over 20 years of experience working with diverse clients in a variety of settings, including higher education and healthcare. My areas of expertise include depression, anxiety, self-esteem, relationships, identity exploration, career exploration, job burnout, stress management, resiliency and managing competing demands. In my work with clients, I use a client-centered approach and draw from positive psychology, cognitive-behavioral, interpersonal and family systems theories. My volunteer work includes providing suicide prevention education through the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) and providing mentoring to underrepresented minority teens. I very much look forward to working with you.

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Kirstie McMurray

Offering therapy in MD
Stress, AnxietyLGBTGriefSelf esteemDepression
9 years of experience

I am licensed in Maryland with 8 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, lgbt-related issues, coping with grief and loss, & motivation, self esteem, and confidence. I believe that you are the expert of your story and that you have many strengths that will assist you in overcoming things that challenge you. Taking the first step to seeking a more fulfilling and happier life takes courage. I am here to support you in that process.

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Rebecca Levenson-Smith

Offering therapy in MD
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesTrauma and abuseDepressionCoping with life changes
11 years of experience

I am licensed in Maryland with 11 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, & depression. I believe that you are the expert of your story and that you have many strengths that will assist you in overcoming things that challenge you. 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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Sandhya Wilhelm

Offering therapy in MD
License: MS, LPC, NCC
Stress, AnxietyGriefSelf esteemDepressionCoping with life changes
7 years of experience

Seeking help is the most challenging thing that most of us will ever do. Armed with life skills, information, and knowledge, we are expected to have all the right answers. Even if we have endured familial, racial, or socio-economic struggles and barriers, we hesitate to seek assistance because of our conditioning to perfection. This pressure makes it that much harder to speak with an absolute stranger and pour out all our life’s troubles. However, if that stranger is a genuine listener, makes us feel safe, and compassionately transitions us from pain to healing, it becomes easier to let that person in on our helplessness. One step at a time toward feeling whole is where it all begins. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the District of Columbia, National Certified Counselor (NCC), Certified Clinical Anxiety Treatment Professional (CCATP), Certified Mindfulness Informed Professional (CMIP), and a Certified YOGABODY Breathing Coach (Yoga Teachers College, American Council of Exercise). At Georgetown University, I offer mental health counseling to employees and their immediate family members and significant others. From bus drivers, housekeepers, administrative professionals to chaplains, academics, international scholars, and more I have engaged a diverse population. Clinically, I have worked on reproductive, relationship, addiction, small (t) and big (T) trauma, mood, personality, developmental disorders, and more. The focus of my therapeutic intervention is an eclectic and integrative approach to holistic health and wellbeing. Integrating and incorporating different treatment modalities, I engage your biological, cognitive, emotional, social, and prosocial self to empower you towards healing. Whether you prefer talk therapy or need energetic behavior change, I will help you start from where you are now. Be confident that you will experience a kind and non-judgmental space for your struggle. I invite you to come to meet with me.

How to find counseling in Cecilton

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

How does the cost of in-person counseling compare to the cost of BetterHelp with a licensed Cecilton 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 Cecilton 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 Cecilton 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 Cecilton, 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 Cecilton 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 Cecilton 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 Cecilton 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 Cecilton 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 Cecilton 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 21913 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 Cecilton 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 Cecilton 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 Cecilton, 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.

Cecilton 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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To stay up to date with BetterHelp's initiatives through their social channels, you can follow them on PinterestLinkedInInstagramTwitter, and Facebook. For mental health tips, check out the BetterHelp YouTube channel.

Take some time today to learn more about the team of therapists at BetterHelp to understand the services available to you clearly. If you are new to therapy or have any questions about the services and terms, please reach out through the contact page or send an email to contact@betterhelp.com.

If you’re ready to sign up for online therapy, consider signing up with a platform like BetterHelp and get matched within 24 to 48 hours.

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

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

21912, 21913

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