In the county of Rockingham, New Hampshire is a small town called Portsmouth that is a popular seaport and tourist destination. It may be hard to fathom how anyone can be depressed in such a place, but depression is not just a feeling. It is a mental illness that needs treatment. Luckily, Portsmouth has many great counselors who can help. 

When someone has depression, they are more than just sad, they are exhausted, confused, have trouble making decisions, have trouble sleeping or staying asleep, and may even have chronic pain. Set an appointment with one of our Portsmouth counselors to find out what you can do to get better. 

This is Linda O'Malley's avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Portsmouth, New Hampshire (Portsmouth, NH)
Type Of Therapy License(s): LMHC
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Relationship issues, Grief, Self esteem, Depression
Years of Experience: 13

Hi there. Thank you for being curious about my profile. I appreciate the difficulty involved in reaching out for help and support. I lived in Rhode Island and had a therapy practice in Bristol, RI for years. I relocated to Salem, New Hampshire about 3 years ago. I maintain my RI license and also hold a license in NH. I have had a long career in human services and have had my own practice as a therapist for over 10 years. I am a mature therapist, both in years and experience. My experience has been with individuals with anxiety, panic symptoms, fears and phobi...

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One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Portsmouth, New Hampshire (Portsmouth, NH)
Type Of Therapy License(s): LCMHC,NCC
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Addictions, Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Depression
Years of Experience: 11

Hi , My name is Terry Hamilton and I am a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in New Hampshire. My experience varies although I have the most experience working with post traumatic stress/trauma, anxiety, depression, military and family and attachment issues. I believe in whole health through integrating a person-centered, approach to connect clients to their internal and external resources. I have been trained in DBT, Brainspotting, Prolonged Exposure and Psychodynamic therapy. I am a Nationally Certified Counselor . Additionally, I have completed many m...

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One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Portsmouth, New Hampshire (Portsmouth, NH)
Type Of Therapy License(s): M.Ed. in Counseling,License NH 324 LCMHC
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, LGBT, Trauma and abuse, Grief, Depression
Years of Experience: 42

I have been a counselor for 40 years, working in a variety of settings from elementary school to mental health agency, to inpatient hospitals. I have worked with young children, families, and aging adults. I strongly believe our self image is formed in childhood and we make decisions about ourselves as a result of our youngest formative experiences. Sometimes we make bad decisions based on bad experiences. With work, we can change these assumptions about ourselves. People who opt to work in therapy have taken a courageous step toward mental health. I honor...

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One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Portsmouth, New Hampshire (Portsmouth, NH)
Type Of Therapy License(s): LICSW
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Addictions, Trauma and abuse, Grief, Anger management
Years of Experience: 25

Hello and Welcome! If you are here then I commend you in your bravery seeking assistance to help you to navigate things you have obviously found to be challenging. It is important that you know that you will not be alone in this process any longer. I will be here to collaborate with you, to listen and to help you to set goals and work towards meeting your desired outcomes. Being here demonstrates the internal strengths you have and I hope to work with you to continue to develop your strengths and resilience throughout the therapeutic process. I believe in t...

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One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Portsmouth, New Hampshire (Portsmouth, NH)
Type Of Therapy License(s): LMHC, LCMHC,LCPC
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Parenting issues, Self esteem
Years of Experience: 20

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. ...

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One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Portsmouth, New Hampshire (Portsmouth, NH)
Type Of Therapy License(s): MLADC,LCMHC
Therapy Specialties: Addictions, Relationship issues, Bipolar disorder, Depression, Compassion fatigue
Years of Experience: 5

I am duly Licensed Mental Health and Drug and Alcohol Counselor licensed in the state of New Hampshire with over 10 years of experience working in the field. I believe in a wholistic approach to overall health, recognizing that our mental, physical and spiritual health are all working together and are affecting each other. Clients describe me as genuine and real, uncensored and client focused. My therapy approach is client centered, focused on your individual needs. I use CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy), RET (Rational Emot...

This is James Cameron's avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Portsmouth, New Hampshire (Portsmouth, NH)
Type Of Therapy License(s): MA, LCMHC
Therapy Specialties: Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Eating disorders, Parenting issues, Anger management
Years of Experience: 35

The emphasis on my training is in child, adolescent and family therapy. I received a Master's degree in Counseling Psychology at Antioch University of New England. I specialize in eating disorders and I have a combined 35 years experience as a psychotherapist. I am certified in eating disorders. I have implemented Bio-Feedback as a tool. It has significantly reduced stress in people with ADD/ADHD, anger management, anxiety, and panic disorders. This system has also been found to effectively manage pain I trained in Okinawa, Japan, focusing on meditation, and pre...

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One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Portsmouth, New Hampshire (Portsmouth, NH)
Type Of Therapy License(s): LCSW,LISAC
Therapy Specialties: Addictions, Self esteem, Coping with life changes, Compassion fatigue
Years of Experience: 8

Nicole Fordey holds independent licensure as a clinical social worker in Arizona, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and North Dakota. She also holds independent licensure as a substance use disorder clinician in Arizona and New Hampshire. Nicole has provided individual and group counseling in a variety of settings and with different populations since 2014. She is focused on helping her clients become the best version of themselves possible, helping them identify their goals and the actions and changes necessary for success. Nicole can be flexible in her therape...

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One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Portsmouth, New Hampshire (Portsmouth, NH)
Type Of Therapy License(s): LCMHC,MS,M.Ed
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Family conflicts, Career difficulties, Depression, Coping with life changes
Years of Experience: 3

Hello, my name is Ben Woo. I am a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in the states of New Hampshire and Vermont. I have worked in residential, community mental health and correctional settings. I am an empathetic, compassionate, self-motivated professional who strives to help individuals reach their full potential. I believe a healthy emotional lifestyle includes learning how to communicate in relationships to increase closeness and social support; it means learning how to believe in your abilities, conquer your fears, and try new things; and it means pract...

This is Heather Murphy's avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Portsmouth, New Hampshire (Portsmouth, NH)
Type Of Therapy License(s): MSW,LCSW
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Grief, Self esteem, Career difficulties, Depression
Years of Experience: 13

Hello and welcome to BetterHelp! Seeking support can be a challenge and taking the initial step can feel out of reach at times, but bringing support into your life can also be the best gift you can give to yourself. I am glad you are here. My name is Heather Murphy and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. I earned my Masters of Social Work degree from Simmons College in 2015, and my Bachelors of Arts degree in Art Therapy from Emmanuel College in 2008. Since then, I have worked in a variety of mental health care environments. Throughout this time, I continue ...

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One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Portsmouth, New Hampshire (Portsmouth, NH)
Type Of Therapy License(s): DSW,LCSW
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Relationship issues, Trauma and abuse, Self esteem, Bipolar disorder
Years of Experience: 8

Hello there! Thank you for taking the time to read my profile page. Being a supportive clinical social worker is one of the greatest joys in my life. I enjoy listening to others and helping them to find a way through tough times. My experience includes a Masters and Doctorate in Social Work and for almost 20 years, I have worked with teens and adults. Currently, I counsel the chronically ill on end of life decisions, help couples navigate marriage and families, individuals with mental health struggles, and teach at a local university. I "retired" after 15 year...

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One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Portsmouth, New Hampshire (Portsmouth, NH)
Type Of Therapy License(s): LICSW
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Depression, Coaching
Years of Experience: 3

My name is Jorge Santana, and I look forward to the opportunity to work with you! I bring a strengths-based approach that centers my clients' individual needs and goals. I have over 20 years of experience working with young people, families, and individuals in many different settings and all along the spectrum of need. My direct experience working in the community strongly informs my individual work. One of my mentors taught me to always try to work myself out of a job, and I bring this mentality to my individual work by focusing on supporting and empowering my...

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One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Portsmouth, New Hampshire (Portsmouth, NH)
Type Of Therapy License(s): LCMHC,MLADC
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Addictions, Depression
Years of Experience: 11

I am a licensed clinical mental health counselor and master licensed alcohol and drug counselor with over 10 years of experience working as a counselor. I’m a believer in a wholistic approach to overall health, and to do so by focusing on the areas of mental, physical and spiritual wellness. Therapy can be an effective way to address the struggles that you may be facing. It can also be a way to hone your focus on life goals. Some of my specialties include the following: Mindfulness based coping skill development, CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), and DBT (Dia...

This is Shawn Young's avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Portsmouth, New Hampshire (Portsmouth, NH)
Type Of Therapy License(s): LICSW
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Self esteem, Career difficulties
Years of Experience: 15

I am a LICSW licensed in New Hampshire with over 15 years of experience working as a therapist, counselor, and life coach. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, parenting problems, career challenges, OCD, and ADHD. I have also worked in Higher Education for the last 10+ years, so I am familiar with many of the challenges of students, faculty, and administration. I am an Air Force Veteran and have spent time oversees. My therapy style is warm and interactive. I believe in treating anyone wit...

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One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Portsmouth, New Hampshire (Portsmouth, NH)
Therapy Specialties: Addictions, Career difficulties, Coping with life changes, Compassion fatigue
Years of Experience: 29

Taking the first step of signing up for therapy is courageous. I am honored to join you in this part of your journey. I am licensed in New Hampshire, Maine, and Virginia with three decades of professional work experience. I have experience helping clients cope with addictions, career challenges, & life changes. I also specialize in working with compassion fatigue. I work with my clients to create an open and safe environment where thoughts and feelings can be shared without fear of judgment. I work directly with my clients to establish a schedule of appointments....

This is Jamie Haidinger's avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Portsmouth, New Hampshire (Portsmouth, NH)
Type Of Therapy License(s): MSW, LICSW, LCSW
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Grief, Depression
Years of Experience: 15

Hi my name is Jamie and I'm not your traditional mental health therapist. I have 30 plus years experience providing supportive counseling, crisis intervention and life coaching/encouragement in the setting of acute medical hospitals, nursing homes, and community physical rehab centers. I have worked with individuals with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, grief/loss and life changes ( empty nest, divorce, retirement ). People experiencing physical /emotional abuse have also found my support helpful. I have a Bachelor of Social Work degree fr...

This is Luis Rosa's avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Portsmouth, New Hampshire (Portsmouth, NH)
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Trauma and abuse, Self esteem, Bipolar disorder, Depression
Years of Experience: 30

I am licensed in New Hampshire with 30 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, trauma and abuse, motivation, self esteem, and confidence, & bipolar disorder. 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 sign up for therapy can take courage and I am proud of you for getting started!

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One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Portsmouth, New Hampshire (Portsmouth, NH)
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Trauma and abuse, Self esteem, Depression, Compassion fatigue
Years of Experience: 12

I am licensed in New Hampshire and Vermont with 12 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, trauma and abuse, motivation, self esteem, and confidence, & depression. I believe that you are the expert of your story and that you have many strengths that will assist you in overcoming things that challenge you. Taking the first step to seeking a more fulfilling and happier life takes courage. I am here to support you in that process.

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One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Portsmouth, New Hampshire (Portsmouth, NH)
Type Of Therapy License(s): PhD.,LMHC, LCPC
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Addictions, Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Depression
Years of Experience: 3

Hello and Welcome. My name is Barbara Barzilai, and I am Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor licensed with over 25 years of experience. Throughout my years of providing professional counseling, I have worked with individuals, teenagers, families and couples. My counseling focus addresses issues of depression, anxiety, sexual, physical and emotional abuse, eating disorders, drug and alcohol addition issues, teenager and adolescent counseling, couples counseling, and family relationship issues. My counseling style has been described as being warm, cari...

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One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Portsmouth, New Hampshire (Portsmouth, NH)
Type Of Therapy License(s): LICSW
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Anger management, Depression, Coping with life changes, ADHD
Years of Experience: 22

I am licensed in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and South Carolina with 22 years of professional work experience. I have extensive experience in helping clients with a large range of issues, including stress and anxiety, anger management, depression, & coping with life changes. I believe in the importance of the therapeutic relationship and in starting where the client starts and progressing as the client progresses.

Having A Hard Time Selecting A Mental Health Professional In Portsmouth?

Finding the right therapist can feel intimidating. However, there are a few methods you can try to narrow your search for a counselor in the Portsmouth area if you find it challenging to find therapists accepting new clients.

First, research what type of therapy you'd like to pursue before finding a therapist or psychologist. You might be interested in psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), group therapy, marriage and family therapy, or couples therapy. Each therapy can offer various benefits. If you're still unsure, consider asking your prospective therapists which methods they practice.

When you're ready to search, search for 'therapist near me in Portsmouth and scroll through the options. Next, consider your goals for the gender of your therapist, the type of therapy they're most experienced with, and their specialty. Finally, choose a therapist located near you in the city of Portsmouth or elsewhere in Rockingham or the state of New Hampshire.

Mental health professionals working through private practice or online may assist clients in improving healthy relationships and communication skills, working through life's obstacles, or changing negative thinking patterns. They may also provide a listening ear and validation. Verified Portsmouth therapists can provide licensed marriage and compassionate counseling, tailor to individual needs, and create a therapeutic relationship as a National Certified Counselor.

What Is The Cost Difference Between Conventional Therapy And BetterHelp? 

Forbes reports that the average price of an in-person therapy session in the US is $100 to $200 per hour. These prices may be higher in Portsmouth due to a higher cost of living.

Some therapists in the state of New Hampshire may work on a sliding scale, meaning they'll factor in your income and charge what you can afford per session. With BetterHelp therapists serving the city of Portsmouth and elsewhere throughout the state of New Hampshire you can expect significantly more affordable options, with sessions ranging from $60 to $90 per week (billed every four weeks).


Did You Know BetterHelp Therapists Are Not Limited To In-Person Visits?

Online therapists, including the US-based therapists above, can work with people like you in or around Portsmouth to offer creative forms of communication and treatment. You do not have to commute to a therapist's office to meet with one of these counselors.

Through BetterHelp, you can partake in video, phone, or live chat sessions with your licensed therapist. You can work through various symptoms, receive worksheets, and sign up for mental health webinars. Additionally, the BetterHelp app offers a journaling feature.

Suppose you're struggling with relationship problems that could be addressed in couples therapy. In that case, you may choose to work with one of BetterHelp's experienced cognitive-behavioral therapists specializing in behavioral health and relationships. You can also try a provider through BetterHelp's sister platform, ReGain, which is dedicated to couples and spouses worldwide. Look through the available therapists above and consider which might work for you.

San Jose has many professionals who provide client-centered individual counseling in person and through online therapy. If you opt into online therapy, you might also be able to meet with therapists all over the US. Many individuals gain further insight into their lives through internet-based counseling. In Portsmouth, therapy can be easily accessible and a click away.


How To Know If Therapy Is Right For You?

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 they may struggle to provide objective guidance as a therapist can. Therapists are also professionals trained to respond to various concerns, symptoms, and mental health conditions.

A therapist may support you toward a healthier emotional state, regardless of your mental health or life concerns. While supporting individuals in developing healthier habits, another benefit of therapy is having a 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 San Jose 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 can express yourself through creativity instead of words.

With almost one million people in Portsmouth, NH, finding a therapist can be costly, and therapists may be booked out with clients. Through the list of therapists above and others through BetterHelp, you may be able to find a therapist within 24 to 48 hours. If you're searching for a nearby therapist close to 03803 or the surrounding zip codes, consider other available therapists through the BetterHelp therapist page.

Stay Up To Date With The Leading Online Therapy Platform

To stay up to date with BetterHelp's initiatives through their social channels, you can follow them on PinterestLinkedInInstagramTwitter, and FacebookFor mental health tips, check out the BetterHelp YouTube channel.

Take some time to learn more about BetterHelp therapists and counselors to understand the services available to you clearly. If you have any questions, please reach out through the contact page or send an email to contact@betterhelp.com.

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

Emergency Situations

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:

·      National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-SAFE (7233)

·      National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

·      Crisis Text Line: Text HOME to 741741

·      Veterans Crisis Line: Call 1-800-273-8255 (and press 1) or text 838255. For support for the deaf and hard of hearing community, please use your preferred relay service or dial 711 then 1-800-273-8255.

·      Trevor Lifeline (LGBTQ Lifeline): (866)488-7386 

·      SAMHSA National Helpline (Substance Use): (800)662-4357

·      National Eating Disorder Association Helpline:1-800-931-2237 (M-Th: 9 AM-9 PM EST, Fri 9 AM - 5 PM EST)

·      Child Help Hotline: Call 1-800-422-4453 or use the online chat feature

·      National Anti-Hazing Hotline: 1-888-NOT-HAZE (1-888-668-4293) 

·      Physician Crisis Support Line: Call 1-888-409-0141 if you are a first responder or medical provider experiencing crises related to Covid-19

·      Sexual Assault Hotline: Call RAINN at 1-800-656-4673

Zip Codes Served By BetterHelp Therapists

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

03801, 03802, 03803, 03804

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Some other commonly asked questions on therapy and BetterHelp can be found below:

How Do I See A Therapist For The First Time? 

Before seeing your therapist, prep for your session by reading about the counseling process. You might write a list of questions you want to ask your therapist. 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 why you're attending therapy.

Should I Attend Therapy If I Feel Fine? 

If you don't feel the need to see a therapist, you don't have to. However, some people may avoid attending counseling due to preconceived notions of what therapy entails. Although therapists 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 advice. A therapist 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 Crying In Therapy A Breakthrough?

Crying can be a breakthrough for some individuals who struggle to express emotions. Others might find that they often cry during sessions. Crying can be normal and healthy, so whether you cry or not may be a personal aspect of sessions.

Are Therapists Worth It?

We may all be on different paths in life, as each human can be unique in their personality, expression, and goals. A therapist can target various symptoms, experiences, and personalities. Unlike advice from a friend, family member, or non-professional, therapists are trained to meet you where you're at. Therapy can be worth it. Over 41 million adults in the US attend therapy each year, showing it's a popular option and may be often effective.

Do Therapists Judge You? 

The boundaries between you and a therapist are in place to protect you and them from ethical concerns. Therapists are held by ethical standards through the American Psychological Association (APA) and are not allowed to judge or harm their clients. Their job is to support you and make you feel safe and respected. You might consider changing therapists if you don't feel safe or respected.