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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Geoffrey Gadow

Offering therapy in ME
License: LPC,LCPC
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseGriefSelf esteemCoping with life changes
20 years of experience

I am a licensed therapist in both Maine (LCPC) and Pennsylvania (LPC), and have been practicing in the counseling field for over twenty years. I was raised in a family focused on human services, as my mother was a therapist and my father was a special education teacher for emotionally challenged students. I began my own work in the field while still in high school, volunteering with child survivors of sexual abuse, moving on to complete Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in psychology. I have worked with people of varying ages and of diverse backgrounds over the years and in a variety of settings. I have been an outpatient therapist and a residential clinician, a wilderness therapist and a marriage counselor. I have held therapy in offices, schools, family homes, and deep in the forests of northern Wisconsin. Over the years I have come to believe in one thing above all others: no matter what the environment or the form of therapy, the individual strength and resilience of the human spirit is paramount. From this perspective, my role as a therapist must be to trust the individual as to the direction they need to travel, and to assist along the way by opening doors and exploring options rather than dictating any one path. I draw on a number of clinical approaches in my therapy work; including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Internal Family Systems, and Motivational Interviewing. I also have experience with psychodynamic approaches with specific clients. I believe the approach is best matched to the individual, rather than the individual to the approach. I therefore tailor my approach to the strengths and disposition with whom I am working, and remain flexible in this approach as the work progresses. Growth and development are cornerstones of therapy, and I believe this is true too of the therapist. I remain excited to grow and learn, and continue my own education through trainings and regular engagement with literature. My best teachers, however, continue to be those I work with. Therapy is a partnership, and while I have much to offer in the therapeutic relationship, rarely do I conclude work with an individual quite the same as when we started together. I look forward to walking with you on your journey for a little while, and will feel honored and wish you well when our ways eventually part. Most of all I hope the part of your journey we call therapy will be enlightening, strengthening, and yielding of the peace we all seek and deserve.

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Jennifer Reeder

Offering therapy in ME
License: LCSW
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesFamily conflictsSelf esteemCoping with life changes
3 years of experience

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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Anna McIver

Offering therapy in ME
License: LICSW
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesFamily conflictsGriefDepression
6 years of experience

I am a licensed clinical social worker with over 6 years of experience as a psychotherapist working with individuals, couples, and families. I have a client centered approach using a combination of mindfulness based cognitive behavioral therapy and dialectical behavioral therapy. I believe in working alongside clients to identify their needs and goals and empowering them to make the changes necessary to meet them. I have worked primarily with mood disorders, grief and loss, chronic illness, parenting struggles, and infertility and individuals and couples trying to conceive. I have a warm, compassionate style and believe in the importance of emotional attunement and rapport in building a therapeutic relationship. It can be incredibly difficult to verbalize a need for help and creating a space that feels safe and hopeful, is of the utmost important to me. I look forward to working with you!

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Ilse Larrivee

Offering therapy in ME
License: LCSW
LGBTFamily conflictsTrauma and abuseParenting issuesAnger management
14 years of experience

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker licensed in Maine, and I have had the privilege of working with families and adults for over 10. I have worked with clients struggling with trauma, depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, substance abuse, family conflict, anger management, LGBTQ+, intimate partner violence, families working with child protective services, and supporting parents who are raising children with behavioral issues. My treatment style is strength based, judgement free, and I see our therapeutic relationship as being a team. I have training in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Intimate Partner Violence, Non-suicidal Self-injury, and Structural Family Therapy. Most importantly though, I have learned that people are incredible, strong and resilient and I would love to support you in reaching your treatment goals and improving your life. "I'm not saying it's going to be easy; I'm saying it's going to be worth it." - B. Dave Walters I look forward to working with you!!

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Sharlene Swainamer

Offering therapy in ME
License: MSW,LICSW
Stress, AnxietyGriefSelf esteemCareer difficultiesCoping with life changes
20 years of experience

Life is a journey with so many unexpected twists and turns. As we travel through each day, it allows us to make choices either to live in the moment or get caught in the cycle of worry. I have 33 years of experience working with children and families @ the most vulnerable points in their lives. I have experience in grief and loss issues and am able to guide you as you go through the stages of grief. I pride myself in having patience, being able to carefully listen to empower individuals, couples, and families to be the best that they can possible be. I have an extensive background in Child protection, Guardianships of you ng and old, the Juvenile Court system, and the impact that it can have on family systems. I have worked closely with families, lawyers, schools, medical professionals, and social service providers in a collaborative manner to achieve the best possible outcome for my clients and their families. I take great pride in being able to empower my clients to set realistic goals so that they can navigate their course to achieve their goals. I am committed to helping you break down your worries and identify your perceptions, and possible your unknown fears. I will help you to become more aware of your strengths, your areas of weakness, and to develop a plan that allows you to grow personally using various techniques to help you to slow down, live in the moment, and trust the process of your journey. My commitment to you and your family system is sincere and respectful. I value family systems and believe that with awareness comes change. I believe that whether couples stay together or grow apart that they have a responsibility to one another to be kind, and respectful to themselves, each other, and their family. We will use techniques that will allow you to dig deeper into your biggest fears and your highest hopes and dreams. We may be laughing in one session and crying or on the verge of tears in another. I will be with you in every step of your journey. Women's empowerment Trauma and abuse Grief and Loss Intimacy-related issues Anger management Coping with life changes Compassion fatigue

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Tiffany Johnson

Offering therapy in ME
License: LSW,LCSW
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsRelationship issuesFamily conflictsDepression
9 years of experience

Congratulations on taking a healthy step towards your mental wellness. Finding the right Therapist to assist your journey is an important decision you will have to make when considering supports. Thank you for taking the time to read my profile while considering your choices. My name is Tiffany Johnson. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, based in Indianapolis, IN. I have worked in the social work and mental health field for over 18 years. I have been afforded the opportunity to work with local state agencies, community based mental health agencies, private institutions, and within the nonprofit sectors. Some of my previous roles have afforded me opportunities to service in leadership roles too, such as Director of Admission for a children’s residential program, and Clinical Supervisor for a women’s addiction recovery residential program. I am currently a Crisis Specialist with IMPD and respond to crisis calls in the Metropolitan area of Indianapolis, IN. Every position I’ve held has contributed tremendously to the development of my Therapeutic style. I am a Holistic Therapist, focusing on the whole person and their needs. I am a client-centered Therapist who wants to come along side you and assist you with making the right decisions and reaching your personal goals. I utilize several therapeutic modalities such as cognitive behavioral therapy, solution-focused, trauma informed care, mindfulness, motivational interviewing, and psych education. I am a firm believer that with the right supports, in a safe and encouraging environment, you can figure out how to live a healthier life. The goal for myself as a Therapist, is to empower you to make informed, healthy, and confident choices that move you forward to having a life you want. I look forward to meeting and working with you.

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Joshua Dyer

Offering therapy in ME
Relationship issuesFamily conflictsCoping with life changes
8 years of experience

I am licensed in Maine since 2015, with 8 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with relationship issues, family conflicts, & coping with life changes. 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. I am here to support you in that process of becoming the person you want to become.

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Dr. Cynthia Melton

Offering therapy in ME
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsSelf esteemDepressionCoping with life changes
15 years of experience

I am licensed in Arizona, Arkansas, California, Florida, Hawaii, Maine, Maryland, Missouri and Oregon with 15 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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Cecil Edwards

Offering therapy in ME
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesFamily conflictsAnger managementCareer difficulties
10 years of experience

I am licensed in three states, to include California, as a clinical social worker, having started in this career field in 2011. In addition, I retired as a military Chaplain after 36 years serving both as a weekend warrior and on full-time deployments. My areas of expertise include Christian counseling, and helping clients work through stress and anxiety, anger management, career difficulties and relationship issues within and outside the Family. Allowing me to accompany you on your courageous journey toward a more fulfilling and happier life will be an honor and a privilege. Let's get started.

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Elizabeth Porfert

Offering therapy in ME
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesFamily conflictsSelf esteemDepression
10 years of experience

I am licensed in Florida 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 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 proud of you for getting started!

How to find 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 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 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. 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 Saco 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 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 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)

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 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 BetterHelp or clinicians 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).

How is a licensed therapist on this 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 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 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 or depression, trauma, stress, marriage counseling, and more. 

What mental health issues can psychotherapy address?

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:

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?

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 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 lot of people in ME, 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 04072 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 Saco 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 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 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 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?

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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04072

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