Gazing out at the beautiful waters should fill you with a sense of calm and help you to find purpose. Your current depression issues make it difficult for you to focus on anything, though. These mental health issues can hold you back in life and they can make you suffer even when you desperately want to be happy. Problems like this are not unusual at all, as millions of people deal with depression and anxiety symptoms each year.

Thankfully, you can get the help of an Ocean City-area counselor so that you can deal with your symptoms more effectively. A counselor will be able to talk to you about what is going on and they can work with you to help you deal with the issues that are present. You can get to the point where your depression is controlled and your counselor will be there for you whenever you need a helping hand. Life will feel calm once again and realizing your life goals will start to become easier once more.

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Nina Davachi

Clinical therapist offering therapy in MD
Counselor License Type(s): MA,LCPC,LPC
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsFamily conflictsSelf esteemDepression
6 years of experience as a mental health therapist

I enjoy working with adolescents, adults, couples, children, and families who are facing a challenge and are looking for support. My experience in clinical practice allows me to assist with goal-directed activities and work to achieve change. A large part of my work is helping clients manage their anxiety or depression and to take concrete steps towards a more adaptive future. We work together to accomplish your goals. I will support you in gaining insight that drives positive behavioral changes and helps you accept, rather than fight change. My approach is integrative and I incorporate different modalities to address issues. Collaboratively, we will decide on which approach is the best fit for you. I have experience with a variety of issues, ages, and cultures, and find meaning in helping clients overcome barriers to becoming their best selves.

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Casey OSullivan

Clinical therapist offering therapy in MD
Counselor License Type(s): LCPC
Stress, AnxietySelf esteemDepressionCoping with life changesADHD
4 years of experience as a mental health therapist

I am a licensed clinical professional counselor (LCPC) based in Maryland with four years of experience as a licensed counselor. I have worked with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, difficulty managing life stressors, ADHD, and trauma. I can help you to recognize and explore feelings, resolve conflicts, work through difficult behaviors and impulses, reduce anxiety, improve mood, and increase self-esteem. Prior to licensure I served as a crisis counselor on the National Suicide Hotline and am a certified Suicidologist, as well as a trauma-informed counselor. I help to normalize difficult thoughts and feelings and provide concrete supports and tools to help manage them. My counseling style is warm and accepting, and I embrace partnership with clients. I use humor frequently in sessions, but will always honor your story with respect. My approach builds strongly from your strengths, combining humanistic, cognitive-behavioral, and dialectical-behavioral approaches (and it is fully okay if you don’t know what those are). I tailor approaches based on each client’s needs and therapy goals. If you feel like we might be a good match, or even if you are unsure, I encourage you to reach out and take that step. I am here to support you, and I look forward to working with you.

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Karima Nero-Woodfork

Clinical therapist offering therapy in MD
Counselor License Type(s): MSW,,LICSW,,LCSW-C
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesFamily conflictsParenting issuesDepression
10 years of experience as a mental health therapist

Karima Nero-Woodfork, MSW, LICSW, LCSW-C, earned her Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from Bowie State University, in Bowie, MD and her Master of Social Work degree from Howard University in Washington, DC. She is dually licensed by the State of Maryland and Washington, DC as a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker. Her education and career have always focused on her passion for working with children and families in the community. Karima has over 20 years of counseling experience in a variety of settings and with diverse clients, including long-term and brief clinical interventions, relationship counseling, teen mothers, autism support, adoption education, functional family therapy with families of teens as well as post-placement supervision, support and counseling for foster youth. Karima is a dedicated professional with strong organizational skills and attention to detail which is vital when assisting families through the various life altering barriers. Karima believes that change happens when people are given the guidance, support and information needed to draw on their own strengths and realize their potential to live fulfilling, happy lives. Karima provides an environment of compassion and support that assists individuals and families overcome obstacles, move forward, and thrive. She has most recently added to her credentials through extensive training and externship completion to become a certified Supervisory Functional Family Therapist. Achieving this certification created the opportunity to better support at risk youth and their families through intensive short-term, research supported psychotherapy that provides hope and change for families in need. Karima has focused a significant portion of her Social Work career as a tenacious advocate for children with special needs as well as Karima has over 23 years of personal experience as a married woman/homemaker and has successfully enjoyed the journey of parenting with three children: 1 productive adult, 1 recent college graduate and 1 precocious pre-teen. Karima believes the family is the fabric of your society and when necessary, weaving the therapeutic process around the family unit can help to resolve many familial conflicts. Karima specializes in engaging, supporting, developing youth, and guiding them into adulthood. As your Counselor Karima will be easily approachable, calming to interact with, highly experienced and well versed on various subject matters, non-judgmental, compassionate, and warm in her delivery to clients. Karima is prepared to work with you on the journey towards your desired destinations. Karima finds the most exciting part of this telehealth platform is the convenience of merging technology with clinical theory and training, which equals total convenience for you. No need to commute or leave the safety of your home. Karima's Social Work philosophy is based on the premise that all people deserve mutual opportunities and respect. The most vulnerable client’s voices should be heard, understood, and connected with viable resources to maintain and increase hope for the future.

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Kristian Owens

Clinical therapist offering therapy in MD
Counselor License Type(s): LCSW-C,RPT,Reiki Master
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesTrauma and abuseDepressionCoping with life changes
15 years of experience as a mental health therapist

I am a Clinical Social Worker licensed in Maryland with 15 years of experience working with people across the lifespan. I'm also a Certified Reiki Master, Certified Yoga Instructor, and a Registered Play Therapist. I support clients experiencing depression, anxiety, and relationship issues, and post-traumatic stress. I have specialized training in supporting trauma survivors that are ready to do the personal work to become trauma "thrivers". I also have a heart for working with women that are recovering from domestic violence/narcissistic abuse. Although I value my work with men, I have a special place for women that are learning how to reclaim power and confidence in self (first!) and in their relationships. My therapy style is a mix of warm, non-judgmental, and experiential learning and conversation. I operate from a strength-based approach, which means that I offer a supreme embrace in who you are as a WHOLE person. I like to incorporate expressive-art and mind-body based interventions in my work because "talk therapy" can only do but so much. If you're ready to WHOLEHEARTEDLY commit to your recovery, I look forward to partnering with you on your healing journey.

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Shannon Arnold

Clinical therapist offering therapy in MD
Stress, AnxietyFamily conflictsTrauma and abuseDepressionCoping with life changes
4 years of experience as a mental health therapist

Hello! I am licensed Clinical Social Worker in Maryland with over 4 years of therapy experience with children, adolescence, and adults. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, depression, and a variety of clinical diagnosis. Life gives us many challenges... and I intend to instill hope, support your wellbeing, and meet your goals to promote you being the best version of yourself! I work with my clients to create an open and safe environment where thoughts and feelings can be shared without fear of judgment. I provide a person centered approach and CBT interventions. 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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Carrie McPherson

Clinical therapist offering therapy in MD
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesTrauma and abuseDepressionCompassion fatigue
13 years of experience as a mental health therapist

I am licensed in Maryland with 13 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, & depression. 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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Crystal Collins

Clinical therapist offering therapy in MD
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsSelf esteemDepressionCoping with life changes
10 years of experience as a mental health therapist

Let's do this differently! Everyone dreads having to write these bios so let's make it count! Let's start with some fun facts about me, just so you know who you will be connecting with....let's go! * I am originally from NYC (The Bronx). * My favorite color is blue. * I believe in giving grace to people...we all need that. * I love Yorkies. * I love to dye my hair red. * Sometimes I like to drive faster than the posted speed limit. LOL Now, let's get to the REAL information!....check me out below. __________________________________________________________________________________ I am licensed in Maryland and the District of Columbia with 20 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, coping with addictions, motivation, self esteem, and confidence, & depression. 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. IMPORTANT INFORMATION: 1.) I check messages 1x in the morning and 1x in the evening (Monday - Friday). If you hear from me out of that window, you lucked up and caught me! ;-) But in all seriousness, please make a note that messages will be answered during those times. 2.) PLEASE NOTE: I am currently booked until July 10th. Starting July 10th, my available hours will be from 9am-6pm, Monday through Friday.

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Heather Pesta

Clinical therapist offering therapy in MD
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseSelf esteemDepressionCoping with life changes
20 years of experience as a mental health therapist

I am licensed in Maryland with 20 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with trauma and abuse, self esteem and confidence, depression, anxiety, relationships, life changes and grief. I work with all ages, including children, teens, young adults, the pride population (LGBTQ+,) and older adults. 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, and I am here to support you in that process.

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Deborah Watson

Clinical therapist offering therapy in MD
Stress, AnxietyGriefSelf esteemDepressionCompassion fatigue
30 years of experience as a mental health therapist

I am licensed in Maryland and New Jersey with 30 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, coping with grief and loss, motivation, self esteem, and confidence, & 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. 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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Tenesha Jeffery

Clinical therapist offering therapy in MD
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesTrauma and abuseSelf esteemDepression
5 years of experience as a mental health therapist

I am licensed in Maryland with 5 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, & motivation, self esteem, and confidence. 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!

How to find a therapist for counseling in Ocean City

Finding the best therapist close by in Ocean City 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 Ocean City 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 Ocean City. 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 Ocean City, 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 Ocean City 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 Ocean City 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 Ocean City area in different types of therapy, including:

  • CBT
  • DBT
  • Substance use therapy
  • Couples therapy

When you're ready to start your search and find Ocean City 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 Ocean City, elsewhere in Worcester, or in the greater state of Maryland.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs) about therapists and mental health services

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

How does the cost of in-person counseling with a therapist compare to the cost of BetterHelp with a licensed Ocean City 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 Ocean City 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 Ocean City 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). If you're looking for a therapist, Cincinnati offers a variety of professionals who can help with your mental health needs at a price you can afford.

How is a licensed therapist on this Ocean City online therapy platform verified?

Therapists in Ocean City, 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 Ocean City psychiatrists to prescribe a drug or medication as treatment, or perform psychological assessments and other psychiatric services.

How does working with a professional 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 therapist, including the therapists in Ocean City 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 Ocean City 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 with the help of psychologists?

BetterHelp's verified Ocean City 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:

  • Cognitive behavioral therapy - This type of therapy is provided by therapists who are professional counselors, helping clients identify and change negative thought patterns through structured sessions.
  • Behavior therapy - Therapists use behavior therapy techniques to help clients modify harmful behaviors and develop healthier habits, often through the guidance of a professional counselor.
  • EMDR therapy - EMDR therapists assist clients in processing traumatic memories to alleviate emotional distress and improve overall well-being, utilizing the expertise of a professional counselor.
  • Talk therapy - Therapists engage clients in talk therapy to explore their feelings and develop strategies for dealing with various mental health issues, often guided by a professional counselor.
  • Depression - Therapists offer counseling to help individuals manage symptoms of depression and improve their mood and functioning, often working closely with a professional counselor.
  • Anxiety disorders - Therapists specialize in anxiety disorders, offering strategies to manage and reduce anxiety symptoms effectively, often through counseling sessions with a professional counselor.
  • Stress - Therapists provide tools and techniques to help clients cope with stress and improve their mental resilience, frequently under the supervision of a professional counselor.
  • Eating disorders - Therapists experienced in eating disorders offer specialized counseling to address unhealthy eating patterns and body image issues, with the support of a professional counselor.
  • Grief - Therapists provide support and guidance to clients experiencing grief, helping them navigate the stages of loss, often in collaboration with a counselor.
  • Attachment therapy - Therapists use attachment therapy to help clients understand and improve their emotional bonds and relationships, often with the assistance of a counselor.
  • Relationships - Therapists work with clients to improve communication, resolve conflicts, and strengthen their connections with others, often using the skills of a counselor.
  • Children, adolescents, and teens - Therapists specializing in youth therapy address the unique mental health needs of children, adolescents, and teens, often involving a counselor in the process.
  • Addiction (substance abuse) - Therapists offer counseling for addiction, helping clients overcome substance abuse and maintain long-term recovery, often under the guidance of a counselor.
  • Divorce - Therapists support individuals through the emotional and practical challenges of ending a marriage, often working with a psychologist to provide comprehensive care.
  • Trauma or PTSD - Therapists specializing in trauma and PTSD help clients process traumatic experiences and reduce their symptoms, frequently collaborating with a psychologist.
  • Bipolar disorder - Therapists provide counseling to manage the mood swings and challenges associated with bipolar disorder, often in consultation with a psychologist.
  • Psychodynamic treatment - Therapists use psychodynamic treatment to explore unconscious processes and how they affect current behavior, often guided by psychologists.
  • Career counseling - Therapists assist clients in making informed decisions about their professional paths and resolving work-related issues, often with the help of psychologists.
  • Alcohol use disorders - Therapists offer specialized counseling to help clients manage and overcome alcohol use disorders, frequently under the supervision of psychologists.
  • OCD - Therapists provide strategies and support to manage obsessive-compulsive disorder symptoms, often via psychotherapy.
  • ADHD - Therapists offer counseling to help clients with ADHD improve focus, organization, and overall functioning, often via psychotherapy.
  • Mood disorders - Therapists work with clients to stabilize and improve mood through various therapeutic approaches, frequently in psychotherapy.
  • Sex addiction
  • Complex trauma
  • Life transitions

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 Ocean City 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 in Ocean City?

One of the potentially rewarding aspects of working with a Ocean City 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.

Ocean City 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 Ocean City 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 Ocean City 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 21843 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 Ocean City counselor?

Before seeing your Ocean City 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 Ocean City.

Should I find a therapist or psychologist for therapy 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 Ocean City 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 Ocean City 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 with a therapist 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 therapist 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 Ocean City, 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.

Ocean City 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 during telehealth appointments?

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 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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21842, 21843

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