University Park had meager beginnings as a residential subdivision, and has grown from there. However, growth has been much slower than planned or anticipated. Sometimes in any aspect of your life planned growth in any area of your personal life can be stagnant or slow to change. This can lead to frustration, stress, and depression.

If you are feeling stagnant in your personal growth and you aren’t sure how to change, counselors in the University Park area can help. These confidential therapists can guide you to new personal growth through exercises and support. Contact a counselor today.

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Atiya Moore

Offering therapy in MD
License: LCSW-C
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesTrauma and abuseSelf esteemDepression
20 years of experience

Welcome! The first step towards change is usually the hardest. But, if you are here then you’ve taken a step in the right direction. A step towards Change. Congratulation! Hello! My name is Atiya Moore and I am a licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW-C), in the state of Maryland. Over the last 20 years I have work in a variety of Behavioral Health settings. I have worked collaboratively with a variety of clients experiencing challenges including, but not limited to, mental health, substance use, trauma recovery, sexual health recovery and criminality. I specialize in working with WOC who have experienced chronic historical, multi-generational, community and/or interpersonal trauma. I support women combat the Victim Mentality, Self-Doubt and Self Sabotage, that contribute to blockages and stagnation in the change process. My methods include Acceptance and commitment therapy, Mindfulness and Meditation Practices, Motivational Interviewing, and Dialectical behavior therapy, to name a few. I am also not afraid to think outside of the box to explore non-traditional approached including Energy Management and therapeutic gardening. If you are ready to do your personal work, in order to manifest the changes, you desire, then I am here for support. Let’s work together!

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Razaria Best

Offering therapy in MD
License: LCMFT,CRCYCP,BC-TMH
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesCoping with life changes
15 years of experience

Hi, I am Razaria Best, MA, LCMFT, CRCYCP, BC-TMH. I specialize in working with people experiencing distress from General Anxiety symptoms, Dating/Relationship issues, Adulting/Adult Friendships, and College/Work-Life Balance. I have experience working with College Students, BIPOC, LGBTQ+ affirming therapist, Immigrant/First-Generation, and Monogamy/Non-Monogamy relationships. I earned my BA in Psychology with a minor in Sociology from Winston-Salem State University. My MA in Marriage and Family Therapy and a Certificate in Expressive Arts Therapy from Appalachian State University. I use various therapeutic models (Solution-Focused Therapy, Experiential Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) to assist my clients in alleviating stressors and to enhance their lives. ** I only provide Individual Therapy on this platform. *I provide online therapy to clinically appropriate residents of Maryland (MD), North Carolina (NC), Nevada (NV), New Jersey (NJ), and District of Columbia (DC).

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Daria Willoughby

Offering therapy in MD
License: MSW ,LCSW-C,CDBT
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseGriefSelf esteemCoaching
3 years of experience

Hi, I am an LCSW-C, licensed in the state of Maryland with 5 years of experience working as a Behavioral Health counselor and crisis therapist and Certified in DBT. I have worked with a wide range of concerns including Mental health diagnosis, anxiety, Anger management, with a focus in Domestic Violence, Motivational interviewing, Crisis intervention and Solution based therapy. My counseling style is relaxed and direct. I believe in treating anyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion, not believing in stigmatizing labels. There is a need for me to build rapport with each individual served to better assist in understanding the process we are embarking on. There must be a mutual understanding as my goal is for every client to be a part of their wellness journey. My approach combines cognitive-behavioral, Crisis intervention, psychodynamic, holistic counseling, and Cognitive-behavioral counseling. The journey to change is not easy but doing it alone only makes it more difficult. If you will allow me to, we can take this journey through the stages of change together. I look forward to working with you!

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Shannon Julianne Toy

Offering therapy in MD
License: M.Ed,LMSW-C,LCSW
Stress, AnxietyFamily conflictsTrauma and abuseParenting issuesDepression
4 years of experience

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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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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Margaret Packard-Motter

Offering therapy in MD
GriefSelf esteemDepressionCoping with life changesCoaching
35 years of experience

My name is Meg and I am a licensed clinical social worker in both Pennsylvania and Maryland with 35 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with depression, motivation, self esteem, confidence, relationship and workplace issues, coping with life changes, aging, caregiver stress and coping with grief and loss. I've got lots to offer and I look forward to helping you discover all that you have to offer in working through your current challenges. We've got this!

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Erin Porter

Offering therapy in MD
Stress, AnxietyLGBTRelationship issuesFamily conflictsDepression
21 years of experience

I am licensed in Florida, New Jersey, Maryland, Arkansas, Washington and South Carolina with 21 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, LGBT-related issues, relationship issues, & family conflicts. 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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Kenya Williams

Offering therapy in MD
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesFamily conflictsSelf esteemCoping with life changes
5 years of experience

I am licensed in Maryland with 10+ years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, & 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 seeking a more fulfilling and happier life takes courage. I am here to support you in that process.

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Chelsea Hardy

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

I am licensed in Maryland with 10 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 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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Meghann Mulherin

Offering therapy in MD
Stress, AnxietyLGBTCareer difficultiesDepressionCoping with life changes
12 years of experience

I hope our work together will free up space in your life to focus your energy and time on what is important to you. My approach is active and incorporates cognitive behavioral and interpersonal techniques as well as mindfulness. I am experienced and trained in working with individuals struggling with stress, life-transitions, depression, anxiety, self-esteem, issues related to gender and sexual identity, and helping develop strategies to more effectively manage anger and feelings of self-doubt that can manifest as imposter syndrome, among many other important issues that are helpful to talk about in therapy. Therapy helps us draw upon the brain’s inherent capacity to reorganize and grow. I am here to help you take the first step.

How to find counseling in University Park

Finding the best therapist close by in University Park 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 University Park. 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 University Park, 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 University Park 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 University Park 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 University Park, 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 University Park area can be found below:

How does the cost of in-person counseling compare to the cost of BetterHelp with a licensed University Park 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 University Park 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 University Park 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 University Park, 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 University Park 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 University Park 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 University Park 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 University Park 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 University Park 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 20782 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 University Park 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 University Park 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 University Park, 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.

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

Do therapists judge you in therapy sessions?

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

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Take some time today to learn more about the team of therapists at BetterHelp to understand the services available to you clearly. If you are new to therapy or have any questions about the services and terms, please reach out through the contact page or send an email to contact@betterhelp.com.

If you’re ready to sign up for online therapy, consider signing up with a platform like BetterHelp and get matched within 24 to 48 hours.

If you are experiencing a crisis or emergency, don't use this site's online services. If you are in life-threatening danger, call 911. If you require support for a crisis, reach out to the hotlines below:

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