If you like parks, Saco is a great place for you and your family because it has two fantastic parks that you will love. The Ferry Beach State Park is 117 acres of beaches and hiking trails while Funtown Splashtown USA is an amusement park with rides, games, food, and even a water park. 

The City of Saco also boasts some of the top mental health care in Maine and this is important if you or someone you love has a mental illness. If you or a loved one has symptoms of any mental disorder, talk to one of the dedicated therapists in Saco who are trained in diagnosing and treating mental illness. 

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Jennifer Reeder

Clinical therapist offering therapy in ME
Counselor License Type(s): LCSW
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesFamily conflictsSelf esteemCoping with life changes
3 years of experience as a mental health therapist

Welcome! Something in your life has initiated this search for support and you’ve come to the right place. It takes courage and a desire for change to seek out counseling support in getting the life you want. I want to help you get there. Here is a little about me and how I plan to support you: I have a master’s degree in Social Work from Syracuse University (2006) and am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Maine. Over the past 14 years I have worked in a variety of clinical settings and with a variety of clients who have had a wide range of concerns including stress, depression, anxiety, relationship issues, parenting problems, career challenges, medical conditions/chronic diseases, end of life care, and caregiver fatigue. I am a humanistic counselor who tries to hear what is going on and at the same time help you learn to think differently and help you move past the difficult issues. My therapeutic style involves a holistic approach to help you improve your overall wellbeing and to arrive at insight, strategies, and tools that you can begin using immediately to make positive change in your life. My goal is to provide a safe space for you to explore a greater understanding of yourself and the issues and challenges you may be facing. I offer the opportunity to view things in a new light and to walk a different path if you are ready to do so. I very much look forward to meeting with you and taking the first steps on your journey to becoming an even better you!

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Katherine Russin

Clinical therapist offering therapy in ME
Counselor License Type(s): LCSW
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesTrauma and abuseGriefDepression
27 years of experience as a mental health therapist

I am a master's level Clinical Social Worker licensed in the State of Maine. I have been working as an outpatient psychotherapist since 1996. Since 2007, I have been working with veterans of all ages and backgrounds. Prior to 2007, I worked in a community mental health agency. I have specialized experience and training providing treatment for trauma and abuse related disorders, depression and anxiety. I have a proven track record of helping clients who have struggled with long-standing problems with relationships, family of origin issues and difficulties coping with the stressors involved in daily living. My counseling style is warm and positive. I am endlessly hopeful that we all have the capacity to experience change and growth. I believe in treating everyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion. I work with people, not labels or diagnoses. While my baseline clinical approach is based on cognitive-behavioral theories, I am comfortable drawing on a wide range of evidence based strategies. My treatment interventions are based on the unique needs and goals of my clients. I believe therapy clients deserve to be informed about the treatment they are receiving. I see myself as a fellow traveler rather than as an expert on people's lives. My greatest joy has been the opportunity to see the transformations that take place for my clients. Every single individual I have worked with has shown me the depth of courage, wisdom and strength that are built into the human creation. It is an honor to do this work and would be an honor to do the work of therapy with you.

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Tara Parisi

Clinical therapist offering therapy in ME
Counselor License Type(s): LMHC, LCMHC,LCPC
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesFamily conflictsParenting issuesSelf esteem
22 years of experience as a mental health therapist

Hi. My name is Tara and I am a licensed Mental Health Counselor. My degree is in Counseling Psychology with a concentration in Marriage and Family therapy. I have been supporting people of all ages for almost 20 years. I have worked with adults , teens, families and couples. My areas of strength when working with people include helping them improve their quality of life by managing: depression, loss, anxiety, panic attacks, family issues, stages of life transitions and challenges such as parenting support and career counseling, trauma, and life stressors. My belief is that it is my role to support you with the struggles and challenges that you have identified. I believe everyone has the strength and skills to make the changes in their life that they want and its my job to help you recognize and use those strengths. I am very down to earth and provide a safe, non judge mental, empathic environment. My techniques include strategies from Cognitive Behavioral therapy, Rogerian and Family Systems theories. My approach is individualized based on your needs. I am a good listener and use humor and genuine interactions in my practice. It can be a big step to initiate therapy. I believe it is like buying shoes in a way , its has to be a good fit. I would like the opportunity to help you reach the goals you have for therapy. However, if you decide my style is not a fit for you, I encourage you to let me know and I will do my best to help you find support that works. This process is about making sure you have what you need so I encourage open, honest communication. ( you wouldn’t walk around in shoes that don’t fit, right?) I look forward to working with you. Tara

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Margaret Anzalone

Clinical therapist offering therapy in ME
Counselor License Type(s): LICSW, LMFT ,MA, MSW, MDIV
Stress, AnxietyLGBTRelationship issuesGriefSelf esteem
29 years of experience as a mental health therapist

As a Licensed Therapist, Pastoral Counselor, Energy Practitioner, and Spiritual Director, with over 29 years of professional experience, I am committed to providing high quality care, promoting healing – personal and spiritual growth to individuals and groups of all ages. I respect the dignity and worth of every person. When you meet me, you will know I accept where you are now, and I am willing to accompany you as companion and guide, whether it is along your psychological journey or spiritual quest. My approach to counseling and consulting draws from rich traditions of spirituality, energy healing, and psychology. My framework is transformational in nature, insight-oriented, purposeful, and achieving wholeness from a personal or spiritual perspective. I am trained in both the behavioral sciences and religion. My goal is to provide therapeutic services to individuals and groups of all ages. I respect the dignity and worth of every person and consider it a privilege to welcome and accompany people on their journey as challenging life experiences come up. Trained as a Pastoral Counselor, Clinical Social Worker, Marriage and Family Therapist, and Spiritual Director, my modality is eclectic using what is best for each person. SERVICES Individual, Family, Couples Children and Youth Groups and Retreats Reiki/Energy Sessions Clergy/Ministerial Support/Parish/Community Ministry Issues Self              Self-esteem/self awareness/Personal guide/Coach Spirituality issues/Spiritual Diretion Grief/loss person/job/pet/death Academic/vocational issues Aging/retirement Relationship/concerns Empowering well-being, & creative expression Couples Couples/ and/or Family Counseling Pre-marital counseling Wedding Planning/Consultation/Celebrant available Relationship Issues Parenting Issues LGBT Marriage/Family Groups Women’s Circles Supervision of Ministry Students/Small group Spiritual Direction Enlightened Living Groups Meditation Groups Recovery Groups using the Native American Medicine Wheel for those persons personally and spiritually committed seriously  to their recovery Grief/Loss/Caregiver Support Group Outside consultation for organizations-collaborative team-building, organizational structure/ ritual/small group worship/small group ministry development/peer to peer consultation

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Alijah Sheer

Clinical therapist offering therapy in ME
Counselor License Type(s): ATR, ,LCPC
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesTrauma and abuseDepressionCoping with life changes
13 years of experience as a mental health therapist

I am licensed in Maine with 10 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, & depression. 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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Kimberly Brooks

Clinical therapist offering therapy in ME
Counselor License Type(s): MSW,LCSW
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesFamily conflictsSelf esteemDepression
15 years of experience as a mental health therapist

I am a clinical social worker licensed in Illinois and California with over 15 years of experience counseling and life coaching. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, stress, anger issues, career challenges, grief, and many other challenging issues. I have also helped many people who have experienced diverse types of traumas. My therapy style is warm and compassionate, but direct and honest. Interactive and empathetic. I will give you an opportunity to be transparent while providing safety and sensitivity. My approach combines cognitive-behavioral, psychodynamic, and solution-focused approaches. I will tailor our dialog and treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs. It takes courage to seek a more fulfilling and happier life and to take the first steps towards change. If you are ready to take that step, I am here to support and encourage you. I look forward to working with you!

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Wanda Barnes

Clinical therapist offering therapy in ME
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesBipolar disorderDepressionADHD
15 years of experience as a mental health therapist

I am licensed in Florida and Maine with 15 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, coping with addictions, bipolar disorder, depression, ADHD both adult and child, ODD, parenting, co-parenting couples and families. I help individuals deal with trauma including trauma from domestic violence situations. 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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Cait Farrell

Clinical therapist offering therapy in ME
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesFamily conflictsSelf esteemCoping with life changes
16 years of experience as a mental health therapist

I am licensed in Maine with 15 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 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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Ashley McHan

Clinical therapist offering therapy in ME
Stress, AnxietyEating disordersSelf esteemCoping with life changes
15 years of experience as a mental health therapist

Here on betterhelp I hope to provide an outlet to help you move through life changes, to help you identify and tap into your strengths and resources so that you can find new ways to manage the things of life that challenge you. My 15 years of experience as a trauma and eating disorder therapist has taught me much that I hope to share with you to help you navigate life; whether stress, anxiety, relationship challenges, self-esteem or body image, I hope to help you cope with more confience. 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. I am licensed in Maine and Florida:)

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Kelley Newkirk

Clinical therapist offering therapy in ME
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesFamily conflictsSelf esteemDepression
3 years of experience as a mental health therapist

I am licensed in Maine, and I work with individuals, couples and groups who are seeking to create both connection and change in their lives. I partner with clients and have compassionate conversations that elicit clients’ intrinsic motivation to change. I have balanced my professional interests with a passion for the healing arts including yoga, meditation, and wellness through nutrition. I am a certified Bikram Yoga Teacher and trained Vinyasa yoga teacher.

How to find a therapist for counseling in Saco

Finding the best therapist close by in Saco 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 Saco 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 Saco. 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 Saco, 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 Saco region and in the state of Maine. 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 Saco 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 Saco area in different types of therapy, including:

  • CBT
  • DBT
  • Substance use therapy
  • Couples therapy

When you're ready to start your search and find Saco 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 Saco, elsewhere in York, or in the greater state of Maine.

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 Saco 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 Saco 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 Saco 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 Saco may not take health insurance, some in the state of Maine 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 Maine 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 Saco online therapy platform verified?

Therapists in Saco, Maine 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 Saco 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 Saco 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 Saco 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 Saco 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 Saco 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 Saco?

One of the potentially rewarding aspects of working with a Saco 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.

Saco 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 Saco 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 Saco 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 ME, 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 04072 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 Saco counselor?

Before seeing your Saco 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 Saco.

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 Saco 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 Saco 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 Saco, Maine 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.

Saco 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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