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Robyn Hunt

Offering therapy in MD
Counselor License Type(s): LCSW-C
Stress, AnxietySelf esteemCoping with life changesCoachingCompassion fatigue
10 years of experience as a therapist

You don't have to deal with overwhelming stress and anxiety on your own. Whether it's life changes, serious illness, or feeling overwhelmed in life where you once felt confident. You may be struggling to find your old self, balance, or it's time for renewal and change. Together we will build upon your strengths and allow a space where you can feel comfortable to express your experiences. My style is warm, non-judgmental, and straight-forward. Whatever your stress, anxiety, or life change, I will work with you to build strengths that you already have, build on your own coping strategies or identify new coping strategies. We will work together to identify your strengths to grow on and how to build on those strengths. I will help you using a blend of approaches including mindfulness, meditation, and strength-based interventions in our work to address your unique needs. I am Certified in Mind-Body Skills through the Center of Mind-Body Medicine, as well as a Certified Yoga Instructor, and also bring that into practice. I am a Licensed Certified Social Worker- Clinical. I earned my Master of Social Work degree from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Social Work. I have worked with individuals facing life event changes, specifically transitioning time- such as graduation from HS, college, or graduate school, working with individuals with disabilities, and those who are under a lot of stress in school or work. Coping with and overcoming burn-out is one of my specialties. I do want to inform you that I am most accessible through the message board and have a limited live schedule but will work with you to find the best regular time for both of us. I look forward to working together!

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Dr. Allison Bethea

Offering therapy in MD
Counselor License Type(s): Psy.D. ,ADHD-CCSP,CCATP
Stress, AnxietyLGBTParenting issuesDepressionADHD
20 years of experience as a therapist

My interest in psychology dates back to my high school years (1980’s anyone?), leading me to become a Doctor of Clinical Psychology in 1992 and a Licensed Psychologist in the state of Maryland in 1993. While the field of mental health has experienced a mix of challenges and exciting advances over the past 25 years, establishing a collaborative relationship and building upon an individual’s strengths have always been mainstays of my approach to working with clients. Specific to theoretical orientation, I draw upon cognitive behavioral techniques, mindfulness, and Positive Psychology approaches. Areas of clinical interest for me include the influence of physical health upon mental well-being and counseling approaches that leverage the understanding of neurology and brain function in choosing therapeutic techniques. I have specialty training in anxiety and stress management, depression, and coping with the impact of attention deficit disorders (ADHD). Additionally, I have significant experience working with individuals with blindness or a visual impairment and parents of children with special needs. Thanks for your time and please reach out if you believe working with me would be a good fit.

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Shannon Julianne Toy

Offering therapy in MD
Counselor License Type(s): M.Ed,LMSW-C,LCSW
Stress, AnxietyFamily conflictsTrauma and abuseParenting issuesDepression
4 years of experience as a therapist

Hello! My name is Shannon Toy, but I prefer to go by my middle name, Julianne. I live in Virginia, but hold licensed in 3 states. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in Virginia, a Licensed Certified Social Worker- Clinical (LCSW-C) in Maryland, and a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) in Michigan. I have experience working with a wide variety of clients all the way from birth to elder care. I have worked in many different settings including homes, the community, courts, jails, hospitals, schools, and offices. I also have experience doing teletherapy in multiple different formats. I have 4 years of therapy experience, but before that I worked as a case manager, and volunteered with at risk youth and individuals with developmental disabilities for many years. I have worked as a crisis therapist to provide brief therapy and to provide interventions with individuals with at imminent risk, and have done both individual and group counseling. My counseling style is solutions focused, and strengths based rather than problem focused. I am a true believer in client centered care, and believe that you should be included in every step of your care. Working with me means that I will advocate for you and work WITH you to empower you to live a happier and healthier life. If you are ready to take the next steps to finding your version of a happier and healthier life, I am here to support you. I look forward to hearing from you, and can't wait to get started!

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Christy Stinton

Offering therapy in MD
Counselor License Type(s): LPC,LMHC
Stress, AnxietySelf esteemDepressionCoping with life changes
14 years of experience as a therapist

I am a licensed counselor, with over 15 years of experience. I have worked with a variety of issues, including infertility, depression, anxiety, self-esteem, trauma, career challenges, and life changes. I have also helped people with parenting, attachment and divorce related issues. I have a warm and interactive style. I believe that real change occurs in a safe and accepting counseling environment. My approach is to combine cognitive-behavioral, developmental and person centered counseling. I will tailor our dialog and treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs. It takes courage to seek for a more fulfilling and happier life and to take the first steps towards a change. If you are ready to take that step I am here to support and empower you. I look forward to working with you!

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Danielle Stivers

Offering therapy in MD
Stress, AnxietySelf esteemDepressionCoping with life changes
12 years of experience as a therapist

I am licensed in Maryland with 12 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. A little about myself - I am very active and have a background in nutrition and fitness. Outside of being a mental health therapist, I work as a nutrition coach and a personal trainer. I enjoy powerlifting and integrating fitness and mental health to help my clients increase their confidence, self-esteem, and better manager their depression and anxiety.

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Dr. Jo-Linda Butterfield

Offering therapy in MD
Relationship issuesGriefSelf esteemCoping with life changesCoaching
20 years of experience as a therapist

I am a licensed Psychologist in Maryland with over 20 years of professional work experience helping clients with personal, workplace, and family relationships in all life phases. May experience is varied and set across many settings--private practice, hospitals, assisted-living and rehab centers, schools post-graduate academia, addition treatment programs, and more. My clients may be struggling with negative feelings, coping with grief and losses, sometimes overwhelmed with stress, anxiety, isolation , ADHD, or health issues, including burnout. Or they may be lacking motivation, self-esteem and confidence, and want professional support in navigating difficult transitions, shifts in mindset and mental outlook, climbing out of procrastination and clutter, changing mindset and mental outlook, inner exploration, or external goals and practices that positively re-orient their lives. Along with my training and licensure as a Clinical Psychologist, I have credentials from the International Coach Federation as a PCC-level Personal and Professional Coach, and from the NBHWC as a Board Certified Health and Wellness Coach. I have taught and mentored students in two established coach-training programs in Maryland. My background in coaching has been invaluable in helping my clients successfully achieve and maintain their goals, whether the goals are oriented around shifting dysfunctional mental patterns or making concrete behavioral and relationship changes. All of us are capable of finding positive pathways towards happier and more fulfilling lives. We will work collaboratively to identify and achieve your goals and overall vision.. Recognizing your strengths and other resources will help you overcome challenges and create new possibilities for the way you want to live. It takes courage to reach out for help, and I commend you for taking that step to move forward towards the life you want. I am here to support you in that process.

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Alana Pedigo

Offering therapy in MD
Stress, AnxietyAnger managementSelf esteemDepressionCoping with life changes
8 years of experience as a therapist

Hello! I’m Alana, a compassionate and empathetic clinical social worker here to support you on your journey towards emotional well-being and personal growth. If you’re struggling with anxiety, depression, or motivation, I’m here to help. Life is filled with changes, and navigating these transitions can be overwhelming. As a military spouse, I understand firsthand the unique stresses that come with constant change and uncertainty. I offer a safe and understanding space where we can explore your concerns and find effective strategies to cope with anxiety, depression, and lack of motivation. Transitions and uncertainties can leave us feeling anxious and overwhelmed. Together, we’ll work on developing coping strategies and through patterns to navigate through these challenging times. Whether it’s adjusting to a new location, managing a career alongside your partner’s military service, or dealing with life changes, I’m here to offer guidance and support. Depression can also be a common struggle during times of change. I’ll help you gain a deeper understanding of your emotions and equip you with practical tools to manage your symptoms while fostering a sense of hope and purpose. Feeling motivated during transitions can also be challenging. Together, we’ll explore your personal motivators, set realistic goals, and uncover the underlying factors that might hinder your motivation. I’m dedicated to helping you build resilience, regain a sense of purpose, and thrive during times of change. My counseling approach is person-centered, meaning I tailer our sessions to meet your unique needs and preferences. By utilizing evidence-based techniques like cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), mindfulness and positive psychology, we will work together to empower you with practical skills for lasting change. No matter where you are on your journey, please know that there is hope. With the right support you can overcome anxiety, depression, and lack of motivation. Take the first step today by scheduling a session with me. I am here to walk alongside you, offer understanding, and support you as your navigate life’s changes and work towards a greater emotional well-being.

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Matthew Powell

Offering therapy in MD
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesTrauma and abuseGriefDepression
23 years of experience as a therapist

I am licensed in Maryland with 23 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, & coping with grief and loss. 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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Colleen Clark

Offering therapy in MD
Stress, AnxietyParenting issuesSelf esteemDepressionCoping with life changes
10 years of experience as a therapist

I am licensed in Maryland with 10 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, parenting issues, motivation, self esteem, and confidence, & depression. 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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Sacra Durandisse

Offering therapy in MD
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsTrauma and abuseSelf esteemCoping with life changes
27 years of experience as a therapist

I am licensed in District of Columbia and Maryland with 27 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, coping with addictions, trauma and abuse, & 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. 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 Kensington

Finding the best therapist close by in Kensington 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 in Kensington that work best for you in order to begin your personal journey towards emotional healing with a therapist.

Understanding the type of therapy you'd like to search for is crucial before finding a therapist or psychologist in Kensington. 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 Kensington, 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 in the Kensington region and in the state of Maryland. Find a therapist under any of these distinctions and know that the sessions they offer can provide a safe place to heal.

A mental health counselor working through their own in-person therapy practice in Kensington or online may assist clients in improving healthy relationships, communication skills, working through life transitions, couples counseling, managing a mood disorder, improving coping skills, self help tips, offer life coaching, family therapy, or change in negative thinking patterns. A therapist may also provide a safe place and validation for clients experiencing emotional pain, or that simply want a psychological assessment. 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 Kensington 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 Kensington, elsewhere in Montgomery, 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 Kensington area can be found below:

How does the cost of in-person counseling compare to the cost of BetterHelp with a licensed Kensington 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 Kensington 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 Kensington 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 a BetterHelp therapist 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 Kensington, 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 or medication as treatment, or perform psychological assessments and other psychiatric services.

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, post traumatic stress disorder, and more. An online mental health professional, including the therapists in Kensington 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 Kensington helping individuals on topics including managing life transitions, symptoms affecting sexual health, behavioral health, coping skills for anxiety, depression, trauma, stress, marriage counseling, and more. 

What mental health issues can psychotherapy address?

BetterHelp's verified Kensington 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 Kensington 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 Kensington 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.

Kensington therapists 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 Kensington 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 Kensington 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 psychotherapist.

With a lot of people in MD, therapists 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 20891 or the surrounding zip codes, consider others available through the BetterHelp site. No matter if you are seeking help from therapists in your area or beyond, online therapy can be a great option.

How should I prepare for my first therapy session with a Kensington 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 while offering mental health services. The first session will often serve as an intake to get to know you as a person and learn why you're attending therapy in Kensington.

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 from a therapist. A Kensington 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 with a counselor 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 that a counselor can help with.

Is mental health care and therapy worth it? 

Therapy with a licensed counselor 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 Kensington, 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.

Kensington has many clinicians who practice person or client-centered individual therapy in-person and through online therapy to assist clients in their healing journey. If you opt into online therapy, you might also be able to meet with providers all over the United States and change therapists easily at any time. Many people struggling with anxiety and depression, substance abuse, body image issues, and more find therapists that are a good fit for them, feel supported, and gain further insight into their lives through internet-based therapy.

Do therapists judge you in therapy sessions?

The boundaries between you and a therapist are in place to help you and them regarding ethical concerns. Mental health professionals are held by ethical standards through the American Psychological Association (APA) and are not allowed to judge or harm their clients. If you are concerned about sharing details about yourself, feel free to withhold personal information. Their job in the therapeutic relationship is to create a safe place, help you gain a deeper understanding of your mental health, and support you. You might consider changing counselors if you don't feel safe or respected.

Stay up to date with the leading online counseling platform

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

Take some time today to learn more about the team of therapists at BetterHelp to understand the services available to you clearly. If you are new to therapy or have any questions about the services and terms, please reach out to customer service 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 Kensington:

20891, 20895

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