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. 

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Rachel DeVita

Offering therapy in NH
License: M.S., CAGS, LCMHC
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseAnger managementCoping with life changesCompassion fatigue
11 years of experience

Hello, I am a licensed mental health counselor in the state of New Hampshire and I have been practicing therapy for 7 years. I have extensive knowledge in providing gender-responsive treatment to women and their families. I have worked in community and residential settings. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, parenting problems, substance use problems, anger management, and ADHD. I’ve also helped many people who have experienced physical trauma or emotional abuse. My counseling style is warm and supportive, using empathy and compassion to help walk alongside you to discover your best self. I use a holistic approach in my practice, promoting self-care and self-awareness of the whole person during my therapy sessions. My approach combines cognitive-behavioral, humanistic, and solution-focused counseling. I am trained in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral therapy. I will tailor our dialog and treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs, as each person I work with is unique. A quote I find meaningful is, “One day you will look back and see that all along you were blooming.” Let’s discover how you’re blooming and let me help you grow.

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Juleen Chiaradonna

Offering therapy in NH
License: LCSW,LICSW
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesFamily conflictsParenting issuesDepression
25 years of experience

Hello! If you are reading this and looking for help, you are exactly where you need to be :) I like to think of myself as an "UNshrink" . I believe in helping to de-pathologize you and whatever it is that you are struggling with, and to help you to experience yourself, situation, partner(s), family, kids, LIFE, in a whole new way. I'm usually a good fit for people that aren't into traditional "therapy" for whatever reason: anxiety, skepticism, bad or unsuccessful past experiences..or if you think you, your family, everything is/are beyond hope! Not true :) I specialize in de-pathologizing "symptoms" and helping you to see that these "symptoms" are just ways of guiding you to see how you are not truly living the life you were meant to live, because you are not truly connected to who you really are, yet! I tend to have a very concrete, goal-directed approach. I feel strongly about making sure that you feel you are experiencing measureable progress in the direction you would like to go in, and not needing to be in therapy for long periods of time just talking, without feeling as if anything is getting resolved/changing. I also feel it is important that the people I work with feel deeply heard in their stories. If this resonates with you, I look forward to possibly working with you soon!

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Camila Crawford

Offering therapy in NH
License: LICSW
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesFamily conflictsDepressionCoping with life changes
10 years of experience

Hi! I’m Camila, a licensed clinical social worker. I’ve worked as a therapist in different capacities for about eight years, and I am a firm believer in compassionate, solution-focused therapy. We are hardwired for connection, which means we solve problems better together. Therapy can help you figure out how to maximize adaptive responses to the challenges we all face in life. My therapy style is client-centered and strength-based. I typically use CBT and motivational interviewing because they are effective. I think it's important to address affect regulation and attachment issues in therapy, but I don't set the agenda; you work on whatever you are ready to work on. Relationship is key; if you don't feel safe, it won't work. I look forward to meeting you!

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Dr. Eric Niler

Offering therapy in NH
License: PhD.
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseGriefDepression
31 years of experience

My name is Dr. Eric Niler, and I am a licensed psychologist who has been working in private practice for more than 30 years. Using cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), I treat adults with anxiety, depression, chronic pain, trauma/abuse, adjustment disorders, and work-related stresses. In session, my personal approach is caring, compassionate and conscientious, but with a side of humor, since I think it's important that we don't take ourselves too seriously as we try to navigate and adapt to life's many challenges and stressors. Therapy is a collaborative process between patient and therapist, and I will always encourage feedback to ensure that you feel that our work is moving at a good pace and in the right direction, whether you are looking for a short-term, solution-focused process or a more gradual exploration of past and current experiences. I've been providing video telehealth services since the Spring of 2020 and am in the process of transitioning my practice completely to telehealth. While I will provide telephone services when necessary, I prefer video sessions because I believe that visual information and feedback are too important to routinely exclude from the therapy process. I am available for 30-45 minute live telehealth sessions. Although most of my open slots in the calendar are for later in the week, I generally have some availability earlier in the week as well. Feel free to ask if you need a day and/or time not designated as "available." I look forward to meeting and working with you!

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Catherine (Cate) Beaton

Offering therapy in NH
License: MA, EdS, LCMHC
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseParenting issuesCareer difficultiesCompassion fatigue
13 years of experience

My Journey began as a paramedic in Hartford, Connecticut. At the age of 20, I saw firsthand the physical and psychological suffering humans experience. It was in those vulnerable moments with others that I realized that how we connect is as important as what we do. It put me on the path of seeking ways to understand this experience and the world around us. Towards this end, I completed a Master's Degree in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology from Naropa University, countless continuing education courses on trauma and behavior and have recently completed my Educational Specialist Degree in School Psychology. As a Clinical and Executive Director, supporting my coworkers and supervisees became a core component to my true north (or calling). It provided me the opportunity to support those who work in the helping professions and give of themselves to support others. In addition to the skills I developed and refined, it also strengthened my belief that relationships and people are at the core of our collective health. I have experienced the profound effect that a strong therapeutic relationship can have and my 10 years of clinical supervision experience has taught me the importance of creating a safe space for people to explore who they are. Ultimately I seek to give the gift of being seen, heard, and understood to those around me.

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Kelley Halter

Offering therapy in NH
Stress, AnxietyFamily conflictsTrauma and abuseParenting issuesCoping with life changes
13 years of experience

Hello! Thank you for sharing about yourself. Here's a little about me... I am a licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in New Hampshire with more than 10 years of professional work experience as a therapist, educator and coach. My clinical experience has been working with people from later childhood to elder adulthood in several regions of the US. I am adept at helping clients with stress and anxiety, interpersonal interaction challenges, trauma and abuse, parenting issues, along with mood and challenges related to neurodivergence. I aspire to treat everyone with respect, empathy, and compassion. Foundational to my understanding of people is the belief that we are doing the very best with the resources we have available in any given moment. This belief supports our ability to explore with curiosity rather than shame and ensures empowerment rather than victimization. My approach is Rogerian (person centered) at its foundation with utilization of motivational interviewing, rational-emotive therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) techniques. We will also identify your personal Resilience practices and support amplification of what is already working to move you through life's challenges. Our sessions will be tailored to your unique needs and preferences. I look forward to partnering with you in exploration, healing and growth. 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 & work with you to amplify your power as you move your life in closer proximity to your ideal life.

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Sarah Titus-Smith

Offering therapy in NH
Relationship issuesTrauma and abuseGriefParenting issuesDepression
28 years of experience

I am licensed in New Hampshire with 28 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with trauma and abuse, coping with grief and loss, & parenting issues. 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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Timothy Tobin

Offering therapy in NH
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsTrauma and abuseGriefDepression
30 years of experience

I am a licensed therapist in the states of New Hampshire, Utah, and Pennsylvania, with 30 years of professional work experience. I have worked extensively with clients experiencing intense depression, stress and anxiety; addictions and other compulsions; trauma and abuse; intense grief and loss; issues related to meaning and purpose; and experiences that would be categorized as unusual or paranormal. At BetterHelp, I would like to limit my services to working with individuals who have had specific life experiences related to things that may not be easy to process - like anomalous, paranormal, and other unusual experiences. There might be apprehension about sharing these experiences with a health care professional, but I am here to help eliminate that apprehension. These types of experiences (like NDE) can be both powerful and enlightening, but also confusing and disturbing. If you have had these types of experiences, and would like to explore them in a safe space, please consider me. Taking steps to explore, process, and integrate these personal experiences takes courage, but can be very therapeutic and healing. I am here to support you in that process.

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Amber Violette

Offering therapy in NH
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesSelf esteemDepressionCoping with life changes
16 years of experience

Hello, my name is Amber Violette, I am licensed in New Hampshire. I have had the pleasure of supporting my clients with struggles such as stress and anxiety, relationship issues, personal motivation, self esteem, and confidence, & depression along with many more for more than 16 years. 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 and support can certainly be difficult. No one should struggle alone, we can be in this together. I look forward to getting to know you better!

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Charles Snider

Offering therapy in NH
License: MA, LMHC,LPC
Stress, AnxietyLGBTRelationship issuesGriefDepression
11 years of experience

Hello and welcome to my online office! My name is Charles and I am a mental health counselor licensed in Arizona, Florida and Georgia with over 10 years of experience working with individuals and families. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, parenting problems, substance abuse, gender identity issues and grief/loss. I have also helped many people who have experienced physical trauma or emotional abuse. I am trained as an adoption-competent therapist to work with adoptive families and I am a certified trauma therapist. My counseling style is warm, caring and interactive. I believe in treating everyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion, and I don't believe in stigmatizing labels. My approach combines cognitive-behavioral, solution-focused and rational-emotive counseling. I will tailor our dialog and treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs as it is important to meet you where you are at and use your expertise as well. It takes courage to seek out help 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 live by the view that if you can change the way you look at things the things you look at can change. This slight change in perspective can make a world of difference in your life! Thank you for stopping by and I look forward to working with you!

How to find counseling in Portsmouth

Finding the best therapist close by in Portsmouth 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 Portsmouth. 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 Portsmouth, 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 Portsmouth 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 Portsmouth 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 Portsmouth, elsewhere in Rockingham, or in the greater state of New Hampshire.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

Some other commonly asked questions on therapy with a licensed counselor and BetterHelp serving the Portsmouth area can be found below:

How does the cost of in-person counseling compare to the cost of BetterHelp with a licensed Portsmouth 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 Portsmouth 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 Portsmouth may not take health insurance, some 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 or clinicians throughout the state of New Hampshire 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 Portsmouth, New Hampshire 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 Portsmouth 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 Portsmouth 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 Portsmouth 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 Portsmouth 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 Portsmouth 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 NH, 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 03802 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 Portsmouth 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 Portsmouth 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 Portsmouth, New Hampshire 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.

Portsmouth 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 Portsmouth:

03801, 03802, 03803, 03804

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