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Frayda Penini

Offering therapy in MD
License: LCSW-C
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesFamily conflictsGriefDepression
44 years of experience

I am a psychotherapist with 44 years of experience. I am licensed in Maryland as a LCSW-C and am a Board Certified Supervisor. I primarily worked at Kaiser Permanente until 2017 and have since supervised privately. I am now wanting to return to offering therapy through the teletherapy format. My work experience has been with adults individually, in couples therapy, family therapy and in groups. I have helped clients facing various life challenges and with a variety of diagnoses including depression, anxiety, bipolar, schizophrenia. I strive to help my clients recognize their strengths and supports in order to better cope with their problems. Primarily I use a psychodynamic method with an emphasis on short term therapy. I also use cognitive therapy techniques as well as mindfulness techniques. I look forward to working with you in finding solutions and clearer understanding of the issues you are currently facing. Look forward to hearing from you.

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Monica Dada (Barham)

Offering therapy in MD
License: LCSW-C,CCM
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsRelationship issuesFamily conflictsDepression
18 years of experience

Hello! Congratulations on your commitment to better health and healing. It takes courage to identify a personal problem or concern and then to take the next step to actively work toward resolving it. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with more than 20 years providing clinical social work, therapy and case management services. Over the years I have gained valuable experience working with people of all ages experiencing mental, emotional and behavioral challenges. I am most experienced and have professional interests in the areas of depression and anxiety, relationship problems, grief and loss, hopelessness, shame/guilt and coping with chronic conditions. I have also worked as a Pastoral Counselor, and recognize that for some the path to healing may also include their spiritual and religious beliefs and practices. Individuals I have worked with in the past have described me as calm, sincere and understanding. I use an array of therapy approaches that commonly include focus on the individual's strengths, problem solutions, and understanding the relationship between an individual's thoughts, feelings and behaviors. I look forward to working with you.

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John DeCarlis

Offering therapy in MD
License: LCSW-C,LCSW,LSCSW
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsGriefSelf esteemDepression
23 years of experience

I am an experienced therapist, licensed as a clinical social worker in Maryland, Missouri, and Kansas. My therapy style is direct, approachable and interactive. I am privileged to work with those who have taken the first steps toward change, and I don't believe in stigmatizing labels. My approach combines strengths-based, acceptance and commitment, cognitive behavioral, and solution-focused therapies with a strong focus on skill-building. I will tailor our dialog and treatment plan to meet your unique needs. I practice a type of therapy that aims to help clients accept what is out of their control, and commit instead to actions that enrich their lives. Our goal is to help you create a rich and meaningful life. I have specialized experience in several areas including depression, anxiety, stress, grief and loss, relationship, trauma, and career/workplace issues. As a retired Army officer and former therapist to post-deployment military, I am honored to work with fellow veterans. Most importantly, however, I know that whatever the intervention, the real change comes from you, the strengths that you may not be currently aware of, and our partnership. I have a master’s degree from the University of Maryland School of Social Work. I have been a licensed clinical social worker for over 22 years. I engage with clients with admiration and respect in their journey to a better quality of life. I look forward to hearing your story and concerns and working with you to develop new skills and find solutions.

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Desiree Monroe

Offering therapy in MD
License: LPC,LCPC
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseGriefAnger managementDepression
12 years of experience

Greetings, my name is Desireé C. Monroe. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in Washington, DC and a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) in the state of Maryland. Via using a client-centered eclectic approach, my goal is to motivate healthy behavior, of which I have been doing since 2009 when I began my professional career in counseling. My experience involves working with children, adolescents, adults and seniors, in both outpatient and inpatient treatment facilities. I have a history of working with individuals diagnosed with severe and persistent mental illness, alcohol and drug use disorders, trauma survivors, victims and offenders of crime, children in foster care and first responders. As a Board of Professional Counselors and Therapist (BOPC) Approved Clinical Supervisor in Clinical Professional Counseling, I hold a Master’s of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology (Eclectic track) from Bowie State University, and a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Psychology, Sociology-Anthropology from Towson University. Opportunities to educate, advocate, empower, and support others in all walks of life is what I value. I use my counseling skills to encourage change, teach people to cope with mental health challenges, promote wellness, and motivate trauma and addiction recovery. I am on a mission is to help, heal, foster hope and support individuals in need…come with me on this journey!

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Jessica Goodman

Offering therapy in MD
License: LCMHC,NCC
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesFamily conflictsCoping with life changes
4 years of experience

My childhood dream of talking to people all day has finally come true as a counselor. My mission is to intentionally empower others to thrive in whatever situations they experience or choose. I am particularly passionate about helping clients feel more engaged with life and encouraging them to make values-based decisions. I have experience with clients as young as 3 (and as old as 78) in community, college, court, and school settings. When not working, I volunteer, walk my pup, Sammy, and stay on the move as much as possible.

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Danielle Diggs

Offering therapy in MD
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesDepressionCoping with life changes
8 years of experience

I am licensed in Maryland with over 9 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with depression, stress, anxiety & 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. 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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Wendy McDermott

Offering therapy in MD
License: LCSW,CCM
AddictionsTrauma and abuseGriefCoping with life changesADHD
20 years of experience

Hello and thanks for checking out BetterHelp. If you are struggling or need help dealing with a life issue you have come to the right place and I may be your person. I'm Wendy...I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 20 years of experience in a vast array of settings. I received my MSW from the University of Oklahoma and I hold licenses in Colorado, Florida, North Carolina and Washington DC. My experience as well as my diverse life history and worldwide travel will help me see you as a unique and remarkable person. I am a military brat and a veteran, a sports enthusiast as well as a dedicated clinician who enjoys creating a venue for growth and adaptation. I appreciate any and all walks of life. I understand there is no one person like you and or knows what you need better than you. I will listen and provide you an avenue to explore yourself. I tend to be straight forward and direct with a kind, nonjudgemental approach. You will find that I have an open and caring attitude and I am passionate about exploring ways to help you become your best self. My practice is based on a Strengths-Based approach and or guided by Solution-Focused Brief therapeutic interventions however I am able to incorporate Cognitive-Behavioral techniques depending on your needs. I am available if you need assistance for an immediate crisis, a tune up for continued growth, a cheer leader or a "coach" to guide you through a life change or challenge. I have a good deal of experience working with individuals who have addictions, sexual trauma, end of life coping and or death grief, trauma, LBGTQ+ challenges and military life stressors. During my career I have assisted troubled, foster, adoptive, non traditional and blended families. I respect you for your courage and bravery to seek help. I realize your time is precious and would be honored to be your ally in this tough world.

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Yasmina Robinson

Offering therapy in MD
Family conflictsTrauma and abuseParenting issues
8 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, & 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. 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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Genai Moore

Offering therapy in MD
Stress, AnxietyLGBTParenting issuesSelf esteemCoping with life changes
8 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, lgbtq+ related issues, parenting issues, & 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. 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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Jaimey McClurkin

Offering therapy in MD
Stress, AnxietySelf esteemDepressionCoping with life changes
6 years of experience

I am licensed in Maryland with 6 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, motivation, self esteem, and confidence, & depression. I also have experience working with coping with life changes. 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 seeking a more fulfilling and happier life takes courage. I am here to support you in that process. In regards to sessions, I utilize CBT and DBT-informed therapies. I feel that looking at how we think can help us change how we feel and eliminate those negative behaviors. Lasly, I engage with clients via live chat sessions, video, and phone. However, I do not do daily messaging. I will send a check in message or provide reminders for sessions or homework, but I prefer to keep therapy to the scheduled session times.

How to find counseling in Church Hill

Finding the best therapist close by in Church Hill 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 Church Hill. 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 Church Hill, 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 Church Hill 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 Church Hill 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 Church Hill, elsewhere in Queen Anne's, 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 Church Hill area can be found below:

How does the cost of in-person counseling compare to the cost of BetterHelp with a licensed Church Hill 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 Church Hill 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 Church Hill 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 Church Hill, 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 Church Hill 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 Church Hill 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 Church Hill 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 Church Hill 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 Church Hill 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 21623 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 Church Hill 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 Church Hill 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 Church Hill, 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.

Church Hill 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 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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