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Guileine Kraft

Offering therapy in MD
License: Ph.D.,LCSW-C
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesSelf esteemCareer difficulties
14 years of experience

Life is an individual process based on individual growth and evolution. I have 10+ years of experience as a licensed Social Worker (LCSW-C) in Maryland with clients age 3 to 54 including Military Service Members and their families, both in deployed and garrison environments. I am a trusted confidant and adviser, willing to travel life’s journey through growth and evolution with each client. I have an eclectic therapeutic approach grounded in cultural self-determination and cognitive behavioral therapy. I have a PhD in Social Work and serve as an Officer in the Maryland Army National Guard. My expertise lies with individuals managing depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, and daily life challenges. I have a passion for using aspects of the client’s culture - including music (especially hip-hop) and the arts - to enhance the therapeutic process. I have worked with clients across a number of cultures and ethnicities. I have experiences as an adjunct faculty member and training students and professionals in face-to-face and online settings. I am technologically inclined and consider the use of technology to enhance the healing process and daily living. I welcome the opportunity to help you find creative space for independent thinking, growth, and healthy living! I expect each client to be successful!

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Laurie Mombay

Offering therapy in MD
License: MS,LCPC
Stress, AnxietyAnger managementSelf esteemDepressionCompassion fatigue
18 years of experience

I am a licensed clinical professional counselor in Maryland with nearly 20 years experience providing counseling in a variety of settings. I have helped many people struggling with issues like depression, anxiety, anger management, mood disorders and trauma. I have a Master's Degree from Loyola College in Pastoral Counseling, which informs my approach, however most of my professional work has been in secular settings, including outpatient, employee assistance programs, and criminal justice (victim advocacy and corrections). My counseling style is compassionate and non-judgmental, but I will also challenge and encourage you as you work towards change. I believe in empowering my clients by giving them the tools and skills they seek to live a healthier and more satisfying life. I think that insight is important but more critical is what you do with that insight once gained. My primary approach is cognitive-behavioral and I have a lot of experience with Dialectical Behavior Therapy, working with clients who have difficulties managing their mood and behavior. I regularly work with people who have suffered tremendous trauma in their lives and enjoy helping them find a path to recovery. I went into the counseling field because I love listening to peoples' stories and helping them make sense of them. I stayed in the counseling field because I have a passion for providing a safe and nurturing space within which to encourage people to take those stories and experiences and create a life worth living. I look forward to hearing your story and helping you create your best life!

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Renee Shacochis

Offering therapy in MD
License: LCSW-C,MSW
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesParenting issuesSelf esteemDepression
10 years of experience

Greetings! My name is Renee Shacochis and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW-C) in the state of Maryland. I graduated with my Masters of Social Work, (concentration in Clinical Mental Health), from the University of Maryland-Baltimore in 2011. Throughout the last 10 years of my professional experience, I've been providing individual, family, and group therapy services to adults, families, and children from a variety of different backgrounds. Much of my experience has been working with clients who are seeking help with depression, anxiety, grief, trauma, adjustment issues, parenting struggles, relationship problems and communication challenges. I believe that through our challenging life experiences, we ALL can grow by increasing our self-awareness and insight. I value treating every individual with respect, sensitivity, and compassion. I believe that building a strong rapport and therapeutic alliance is an essential part of having successful outcomes in therapy. My approach to therapy is client-centered and strengths based. When developing goals and interventions for counseling I may draw on a variety of clinical treatment modalities, however always guided by each person’s unique and specific needs. I am currently offering messaging, live chat, and phone sessions on a case by case basis. Please note that I may have some scheduling flexibility in addition to the availability reflected in my calendar. You are welcome to reach out through messaging if you would like to explore additional options that may be more convenient for you. Whether this is your first experience seeking therapy, or if you have participated in therapy before, please know that I am committed to approaching our work together at a pace that is productive and comfortable for you. I would be honored to support you through whatever life challenges you are currently facing, and I look forward to hearing from you!

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Francesca Brooks

Offering therapy in MD
License: Masters in Social Work
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsRelationship issuesFamily conflictsDepression
51 years of experience

My ideal client is someone who is diagnosed with anxiety disorder. These symptoms develop in childhood and are still present through adulthood if not treated. Their needs are to face their fears with the support of their therapist. By trying to remain calm, without becoming overly anxious or having a panic attack. My goal as their therapist is to help them build their self- confidence so they can control their fears and feel secure with themselves. As we continue to work together we will practice remaining calm and partaking in the practice of breathing techniques. As your therapist I encourage you to share their feelings, fears, and what things specifically are causing you to stress. My speciality is to help the client understand that their feelings are out of proportion and to help them not have negative persistent thoughts. I build empathy with my clients by explaining that they are not alone in their struggle. They have me and I am available by phone. This has been very assuring for my clients. It empowers them to develop control over their anxiety.

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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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Alan Warner

Offering therapy in MD
License: LISW-S, LCSW,LICDC-CS
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsLGBTTrauma and abuseDepression
30 years of experience

I became a Chemical Dependency Counselor in 1995 and received my MSW in Clinical Social Work from Ohio State in 2002. I have been a Licensed Independent Social Worker since 2005. I have worked mostly with adults and some teenagers dealing primarily with depression, anxiety, and mood disorders. I have a holistic perspective of mental wellness and view counseling and other healthy life choices as a way to achieve personal empowerment and actualization. This includes family of origin work and working to let go of ingrained thinking and behaviors that hold a person back from achieving the quality of life they want and deserve. I am trauma-informed and comfortable working with members of the LGBT community. I also have experience working with grief and loss issues. My primary modalities are Cognitive-Behavioral, Solutions Focused, and Acceptance Commitment Therapy. Counseling is a client-driven process and is about the issues and concerns the client wants to address and work on.

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Toni Parker

Offering therapy in MD
Stress, AnxietyFamily conflictsSelf esteemDepressionCoping with life changes
14 years of experience

I have over 14 years of experience in a clinical setting, and my experience covers a vast cross-section of disciplines specializing in alleviating social and emotional problems. I have experience and expertise working in Mental Health Outpatient Clinics, Child Welfare, Homeless Services, and Public-School Systems. As a mental health therapist, I specialize in depression, anxiety, women's issues, family conflict, anger management, adjustment challenges, grief/loss issues, and the diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders. I believe we all have the propensity for change, and I often consider myself a "change agent. “I enjoy working with people and observing improved insights and growth through our therapeutic relationship and collaboration. I enjoy helping people reach their desired goals and outcomes and move forward in their lives. I always strive to create a warm, welcoming, and safe space based on mutual respect and fidelity. 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 seeking a more fulfilling and happier life takes courage. I am here to support you in that process.

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Carrie Freshour

Offering therapy in MD
Stress, AnxietyFamily conflictsTrauma and abuseSelf esteemCoaching
15 years of experience

My name is Carrie Freshour, LCSW-C. I am a clinical social worker licensed in Maryland with over 20 years of experience working as a clinician, leader, trainer, writer, facilitator, and expert in trauma impact and response, which addresses issues such as control, self-esteem, self-sabotage, and conflict management—utilizing the best practices in trauma-informed theories to empower my clients to implement effective strategies to achieve their aspirations and sustain those results. My approach is purpose-driven, drawing from my lived experience, clinical expertise, and years of coaching and development. I believe in having difficult conversations to help people overcome obstacles and achieve sustainable results. As a therapist who specializes in working with teens and adults who have experienced trauma, abuse, and violence, I understand the unique issues that you may be facing. I am here to provide a safe and supportive space for you to explore your thoughts and feelings. Whether you're dealing with school-related stress, career decisions, toxic environments, or relationship issues or want to talk to someone who understands, I'm here to listen and help you develop the tools you need to thrive. Let's work together to help you achieve your goals and live your best life. I understand that signing up for therapy can be daunting, but taking that first step is courageous. Congratulations on taking that step, and I look forward to meeting you! Stronger together, Carrie

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Karin Vogel

Offering therapy in MD
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsTrauma and abuseSelf esteemCoping with life changes
20 years of experience

I am licensed in Maryland with 20 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.

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sherri joynes

Offering therapy in MD
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesFamily conflictsTrauma and abuseDepression
7 years of experience

Our individual experiences play a role in shaping our personalities, how we see the world, and how we view ourselves. My goal is to help increase your self-awareness through self-exploration and world-exploration. This approach requires openmindedness, flexibility, and hard work. As a poet, I take a creative approach to nearly all I do, particularly therapy. Life is all about balance and therapy can be emotionally draining work. So I like to make therapy as fun and interesting as possible. I love working with people who are willing to learn, are open to trying new things, who want to grow and like to have fun in the process. As a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, I have been trained in trauma-focused CBT with specialties in PTSD, Depression, Anxiety and Interpersonal Relationships. I obtained a bachelor's degree (Psychology) from UMUC and a master's degree (Clinical Mental Health Counseling) from Johns Hopkins University. Therapy can be hard and emotionally draining work, it can feel as though things are getting worse before they get better. It is a commitment; a commitment of loving and caring for self and others; a difficult journey but one that is rewarding and freeing. As a wife of 17 years, a mother of three, and a trauma survivor I get it, as a therapist, I can help.

How to find counseling in Landover Hills

Finding the best therapist close by in Landover Hills 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 Landover Hills. 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 Landover Hills, 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 Landover Hills 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 Landover Hills 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 Landover Hills, elsewhere in Prince George'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 Landover Hills area can be found below:

How does the cost of in-person counseling compare to the cost of BetterHelp with a licensed Landover Hills 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 Landover Hills 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 Landover Hills 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 Landover Hills, 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 Landover Hills 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 Landover Hills 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 Landover Hills 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 Landover Hills 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 Landover Hills 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 20784 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 Landover Hills 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 Landover Hills 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 Landover Hills, 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.

Landover Hills 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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