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Antonia Houston

Offering therapy in MD
License: LCSW-C
Stress, AnxietyFamily conflictsCareer difficultiesCoping with life changes
11 years of experience

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with 10 years of experience working with individuals and families in multiple settings including healthcare systems, schools, and small community based organizations. I have a Bachelor's degree in Human Development and Family Studies from Pennsylvania State University, and a Master's degree in Social Work from University of Texas-Austin. My experience has given me the opportunity to work with clients dealing with a broad range of issues to include, stress management, major life changes, anxiety, depression, and relationship issues/family problems just to name a few. My treatment style is rooted in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. I empower clients to tell their story from their lens, while helping them to challenge negative thoughts, improve emotional regulation, increase their self-esteem, encourage their personal growth and development, and empowering them to create their own unique set of strategies to cope with life's twists and turns. I aim to build trust and authentic rapport while addressing my client’s concerns. Knowing that all situations are unique, I will do my best to provide you with the guidance and feedback that is best suited for you. Whether your challenges are recent or longstanding, whether you are seeking to improve your mood, relationships, or the ability to cope with difficult emotions, seeking help is a difficult yet courageous choice. I would be honored to walk with you on this healing journey, supporting you as you explore restorative paths toward hope and well-being.

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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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Dr. Veronica Smith

Offering therapy in MD
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsTrauma and abuseGriefDepression
10 years of experience

I am a clinical social worker licensed in Maryland with over 10 years of experience working as a therapist and substance abuse treatment counselor. I have worked with clients having a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, parenting problems, career challenges, OCD and ADHD. I have also helped many people who have experienced physical trauma or emotional abuse. My counseling style is warm and interactive. I believe in treating everyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion. My approach combines cognitive-behavioral, psychodynamic, and brief/solution-focused counseling. In addition, I'm also a Christian counselor who is experienced with integrating faith, Biblical principles, and practical counseling methods to aid in the recovery process. It is my belief that prayer and scripture are essential tools that can assist the Christian believer in decision-making as well as promote healing from past experiences that have been traumatic and long-lasting. 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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Shashana Carter

Offering therapy in MD
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsRelationship issuesFamily conflictsDepression
6 years of experience

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker/Therapist. Licensed in the state of Maryland with overall 10 years of services, training and experience working in Professional settings such as the Department of Social Services, Department of Probation Adult and Juvenile services and Opioid maintenance centers. Within the last 4 years I have worked providing individual therapy and empowering client's to overcome obstacles to achieve realistic goals and to find solutions to problematic issues getting in the way of living a healthier life. My counseling style is being a great listener, warm , compassionate, respectful, providing honest supportive communication and feedback. I will say is this; healing can happen through deliberate and intentional work that we will do together, and by making the first steps in allowing me to work with you I will always offer a safe space to be heard, a new way to communicate and explore your truth and to move forward in a positive direction. Specialties - Depression - Anxiety/stress - Grief - Bipolar - Trauma - PTSD Also experienced in Addictions, weight loss issues, coping with life changes, couples counseling, family issues Clinical approaches -Psychodynamic - Cognitive Behavioral - Mindfulness - Task centered - Problem solving Years of experience 10

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Jodi Cook

Offering therapy in MD
License: NCC,LCPC
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesSelf esteem
3 years of experience

I am School Counselor by day, and a licensed counselor in Maryland. I specialize in working with middle school students and their families. The students I work with come from various backgrounds, and deal with issues including anxiety, depression, stress, difficult family lives, trauma, social issues, and school related issues. I believe that, with the help of their support systems, both children and adults can effectively work through many different issues they may face, and become successful, productive, positive members of society. People need to be heard, and I am here to listen. I provide a warm and friendly environment where I hope you feel comfortable communicating but also ready to work. I am looking forward to working with you!

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Donna Bolinger

Offering therapy in MD
License: LCSW-C,LCSW
LGBTGriefDepressionCoping with life changes
4 years of experience

I am a licenced clinical social worker providing individual therapy in Maryland and Pennsylvania. I have 25 years of experience working with individuals facing a wide range of issues and stressors including depression, anxiety, LGBTQ+ issues, family issues, life challenges and healthy adjustment to life changes. I have extensive experience working with the aging population, caregivers, chronic and debilitating illness, and death and dying. I believe that everyone deserves to be treated with respect, warmth, compassion and understanding. I believe a person is much more than a category or label and use a strengths based approach with multi-modal forms of therapy. I will work in collaboration with you to identify your goals and treatment needs and believe in open and honest dialogue that will empower you and assist you in meeting your goals. It takes courage to face changes and challenges and I am here to support you. Donna Bolinger, LCSW-C

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Jennifer Langston

Offering therapy in MD
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesSelf esteemDepressionCoping with life changes
13 years of experience

I am licensed in Maryland with 9 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, relationship issues, 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 seeking a more fulfilling and happier life takes courage. I am here to support you in that process.

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Brian Anderson

Offering therapy in MD
AddictionsRelationship issuesSelf esteemCareer difficultiesDepression
20 years of experience

I am a licensed professional counselor in the state of Maryland & Virginia with 20 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with coping with addictions, relationship issues, motivation, self esteem, and confidence, & career difficulties. My therapeutic approach is rooted in a belief that as humans we develop, grow and have the ability to prosper. Often life circumstances rather: financial, environmental factors, upbringing and limitations with modeling can frequently prevent or reduce happiness. I work with my clients to create an open and safe environment where thoughts and feelings can be shared without fear of judgment. I’m a proud alumni of two historically black college universities (University of Maryland Eastern Shore & Bowie State University) which has prepared me to have a unique ability to connect with underrepresented populations. In my 20 years of professional experience, I've worked with underserved & low-income communities that include the following areas of disparities: at-risk adolescent/teen population (related to substance use, low academic achievement and criminal behavior), adult/youth individuals with significant substance use and dependency issues, clientele with a severe mental illness, co-occurring disorder, incarcerated inmates. I’ve been trained to recognize matters that impact human growth from an “equity lens”. My knowledge of systemic, structural and institutional barriers has helped government departments be further educated on how to better serve disadvantaged communities, in particular as this pertains to mental health issues. Areas of expertise include: Anxiety, depression, at-risk adolescent & young adults, substance use issues, parent & family therapy, experience with court mandated individuals to mental health & substance use counseling, adjustment related disorders

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Dr. Brigid Noonan

Offering therapy in MD
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsLGBTRelationship issuesDepression
23 years of experience

I am licensed in Maryland, New York, Florida and the District of Columbia with 23 years of working as a clinician. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, coping with addictions, lgbtq+ related issues, & relationship 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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Crystal Collins

Offering therapy in MD
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsSelf esteemDepressionCoping with life changes
10 years of experience

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.

How to find counseling in Secretary

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

How does the cost of in-person counseling compare to the cost of BetterHelp with a licensed Secretary 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 Secretary 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 Secretary 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 Secretary, 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 Secretary 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 Secretary 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 Secretary 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 Secretary 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 Secretary 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 21664 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 Secretary 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 Secretary 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 Secretary, 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.

Secretary 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 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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