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Jessica Soussana

Offering therapy in MD
License: LCSW-C
Stress, AnxietyParenting issuesSelf esteemCoping with life changesCoaching
18 years of experience

I am a licensed clinical social worker, bilingual in English and Spanish, in Maryland with over 13 years of experience working with youth and families in a varieties of settings (outpatient agencies, home based services and school based services). In addition, I am a State Board of Social Work Examiners approved supervisor and have provided internship supervision for Bachelor’s and Master’s level social worker students. I am currently in private practice offering services to youth, families, and youth service providers. I have experience working with clients in acculturation issues, ADHD, anger management, anxiety, career counseling, coping with trauma, depression, executive skills functioning, grief and loss, life transitions, self-esteem/self-worth, peer relationships, stress management, and wellness. Having worked with diverse and multicultural populations, I will provide an empathetic and non-judgmental approach. Each person is unique as are the circumstances when they may need to reach out for support. I help clients identify and use coping skills and mindfulness to improve daily functioning. I feel that counseling support is a collaborative process and will listen to the concerns of the client and use a holistic approach to incorporate the emotional, cognitive, physical, and cultural aspects during treatment. My therapeutic approach begins with identifying client’s strengths and incorporates client centered solution focused therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and/or motivational interviewing to help clients reach their optimal functioning. I look forward to the opportunity to work with you.

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Vanessa Okechukwu

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

I earned my Master in Social Work from University of Maryland, School of Social Work, Baltimore, MD in 2010. I also earned my Bachelors of Arts in Information System from University of Maryland Baltimore County, Baltimore MD in 2003. I have Licensed Certified Social Worker - Clinical (LCSW-C) in MD, Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker in DC, Personal Trainer License and Health Coach License. I am a member of National Association of Social Work and American Council on Exercise. For more than 10 years, I have been using humanistic, person-center, strength-focused therapy, motivational Interviews, crisis and brief Intervention to assess, plan, implement and evaluate individual, family or group in diverse therapy environment. I believe in treating all persons with respect, compassion and thoughtful of the person’s background. Also, I am commented to helping people to live life to their fullest potential because we all have one life to leave and we deserve to be in pace with ourselves. Looking forward to working with you!

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Jeff Tuchman

Offering therapy in MD
License: LCSW-C
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsRelationship issuesFamily conflictsDepression
40 years of experience

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 40 years of experience working as a social worker and therapist. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, parenting problems, career challenges, life transitions, depression, anxiety disorders and ADHD. I also help many people who have experienced physical trauma or emotional abuse. My counseling style is warm and interactive. I believe in treating anyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion. My approach combines cognitive-behavioral, humanistic, psychodynamic and rational-emotive counseling. I will tailor our dialog and treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs. It takes courage to seek for a more fulfilling and happier life and to take the first steps towards a change. If you are ready to take that step I am here to support and empower you. I look forward to working with you!

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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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Dr. Lynn Duffy

Offering therapy in MD
Relationship issuesFamily conflictsTrauma and abuseGriefCareer difficulties
21 years of experience

I am licensed in Maryland with 21 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, & career difficulties. 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 sign up for therapy can take courage and I am glad you are getting started! The purpose of my services is to provide counseling and treatment, however I am unable to provide services of disability related, as I am not trained, certified nor an expert in this area. I thank you for understanding the nature of my services and for sharing your journey with me.

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Sharal Ozim

Offering therapy in MD
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesTrauma and abuseGriefDepression
14 years of experience

I am licensed in Georgia with 14 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, acute & chronic illnesses, and coping with grief & loss. I believe that you are the expert of your story and that you have many strengths that will assist you in overcoming things that challenge you. 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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Bolanle Ayinde

Offering therapy in MD
Stress, AnxietyFamily conflictsTrauma and abuseDepression
25 years of experience

I am licensed in Maryland with 25 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, family conflicts, & trauma and abuse. I also have experience working with 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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Deborah Schwartz

Offering therapy in MD
Stress, AnxietyGriefSelf esteemDepressionCoping with life changes
22 years of experience

I am licensed in Maryland with 22 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. 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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Andrea Sadrakula

Offering therapy in MD
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesTrauma and abuseCareer difficultiesDepression
10 years of experience

Hi there! I am a therapist with over ten years of experience helping adults navigate life's challenges. I particularly enjoy helping clients with stress and anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, & career difficulties. I view my role as a guide alongside your journey and plan to help you discover your own unique strengths and resilience. Sessions with me are warm and inviting, but also "no nonsense," as I know you are here because things are not ideal, and we want you feeling better ASAP! Taking the first step to seeking a more fulfilling and happier life takes courage, and I am here to support you in that process. It would be a lot easier to just go along with the status quo, but also a lot less fulfilling, That being the case, let us get started! I look forward to working with you!

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Alexsa Billups

Offering therapy in MD
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesParenting issuesCareer difficultiesDepression
18 years of experience

Greetings. I have been part of the mental health field for over 20 years. I have helped clients with various mental health concerns, including anxiety, depression, stress and anger management, relationship and parenting issues and life stressors such as workplace and education difficulties. I partner with my clients to develop an environment where they feel safe and free to express themselves as we set and work through goals to improve their presenting concerns. As a veteran of the armed forces I also have extensive experience working with first responder, military/veteran and deployment-related issues. I am also fluent in Spanish. My availability is generally Monday-Friday from about 7:30am to 12:00pm. If you prefer evenings or weekends, regular, recurring sessions may be difficult to schedule. There is a bit more flexibility with messaging.

How to find counseling in Upper Marlboro

Finding the best therapist close by in Upper Marlboro 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 Upper Marlboro. 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 Upper Marlboro, 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 Upper Marlboro 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 Upper Marlboro 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 Upper Marlboro, 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 Upper Marlboro area can be found below:

How does the cost of in-person counseling compare to the cost of BetterHelp with a licensed Upper Marlboro 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 Upper Marlboro 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 Upper Marlboro 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 Upper Marlboro, 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 Upper Marlboro 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 Upper Marlboro 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 Upper Marlboro 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 Upper Marlboro 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 Upper Marlboro 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 20772 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 Upper Marlboro 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 Upper Marlboro 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 Upper Marlboro, 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.

Upper Marlboro 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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Below are some of the zip codes served by BetterHelp therapists in Upper Marlboro:

20772, 20773, 20775, 20792

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