Somerville is one of the oldest cities in America and it has a unique history that is all its own. Famous for the largest bicycle race in America, this city is a lovely place to live. You enjoy spending time biking through the beautiful scenery that the city has to offer, but life isn't always a smooth ride. You can run into bumpy stretches of road due to your struggles with depression and anxiety.

You are not alone in facing these problems and you can get proper help to make things easier. Speaking to a Somerville counselor is not unlike staying hydrated during a bike race. Sometimes you need a little bit of help so that you can keep going in the race of life. Contact a Somerville-area counselor today to get the helping hand that you need.

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Danielle Pompey-Plummer

Clinical therapist offering therapy in NJ
Counselor License Type(s): MA,LPC,ACS
Stress, AnxietyGriefParenting issuesSelf esteemDepression
20 years of experience as a mental health therapist

I have spent the past two decades counseling and supervising clinicians who work with some of society's most vulnerable members. I possess a vast amount of experience working with children and adolescents who face various mental health, social, and behavioral challenges. I have a master’s degree in psychology and am a Licensed Professional Counselor in New Jersey. I also obtained my certification as an Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS), which allows me to supervise clinical candidates for state licensure. I am currently the Clinical Supervisor for Healthy Body Healthy Mind, LLC. I previously held the role of Senior Primary Therapist for ten years in the Children’s Partial Hospital Program (PHP) at Princeton House Behavioral Health located in North Brunswick, New Jersey. Before joining Princeton House, I worked with Cranford Counseling Center, worked as a supervisor for the Children’s Mobile Response & Stabilization Unit at UMDNJ in Essex County, and served as the Program Head Clinician at Trinitas Hospital in Elizabeth, New Jersey in their Full-Day and Half Day Partial Hospital Programs. I have a passion for providing therapeutic services for children and adolescents and their families who are in need of effective solutions to mental health and behavioral challenges. My experience, combined with my passion for helping children and their families, allows me to serve my clients successfully.

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Margaret Auguste

Clinical therapist offering therapy in NJ
Counselor License Type(s): LMFT
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesTrauma and abuseSelf esteemCoping with life changes
15 years of experience as a mental health therapist

I am a family and marriage counselor licensed in New Jersey with over 10 years of experience working as an individual, family, and marriage counselor. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, parenting problems, career challenges, OCD, and ADHD. I also helped many people who have experienced trauma or emotional abuse. My counseling style is warm and interactive. I believe in treating anyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion, and I don't believe in stigmatizing labels. My approach combines solution-focused therapy, cognitive-behavioral, humanistic, psychodynamic, and acceptance and commitment counseling. I will tailor our dialog and treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs. It takes courage to seek for a more fulfilling and happier life and to take the first steps towards a change. If you are ready to take that step I am here to support and empower you. I look forward to working with you!

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Helen Rudinsky

Clinical therapist offering therapy in NJ
Counselor License Type(s): MS,LPC
Relationship issuesFamily conflictsGriefIntimacy-related issuesParenting issues
35 years of experience as a mental health therapist

As a Licensed Professional Counselor with 30 years of experience, I have a strong background helping clients change harmful patterns, build solid relationships, and achieve happy, fulfilling lives. My formal education consists of a Master's Degree in Marriage & Family Therapy, a Master's Degree in Cross-Cultural Studies, and a Master's of Divinity in Theology. My therapy style is warm and interactive. I use worksheets, handouts, videos, and personality tests to help you develop tools to bring more harmony to your life and relationships. I conduct counseling that is solution-focused, with your specific goals in mind, so you see a difference right away, not months from now. I help you work through issues systematically, so you feel empowered to move forward with confidence. Some of the areas I can help you with are Self esteem, relationship issues, communication skills, setting boundaries, anxiety, depression, life transitions, grief and loss, and career decisions. What sets me apart from a lot of other counselors is that my treatment plans attempt to keep clients on a systematic, results-oriented, skills-based approach to change. I have put together a focused, short-term program to help clients achieve their goals quickly, even after 1-2 visits. ​Your personal treatment plan is designed to be results-oriented with the "end in mind", so you feel hopeful, energized, and see changes right away.

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Terry Jensen

Clinical therapist offering therapy in NJ
Counselor License Type(s): LCSW
Stress, AnxietyGriefParenting issuesSelf esteem
30 years of experience as a mental health therapist

ABOUT ME Hello My name is Terry Jensen. I hold a Masters Degree in Social Work from Rutgers University, am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in NJ and practicing for over 30 years. While finishing my degree, I also attended the Institute for Gestalt Therapy and received my certificate. My professional experience includes Foster Care, Healthcare, and children with disabilities. I have been working for BetterHelp for 2 years. I am working with clients whose ages range from 18 to 70+. I work with singles as well as couples with different lifestyles. My process is to address the past, determine how it affects the present and work towards a positive outcome for the future. My approach is behavioral combined with psychodynamic therapy. We can focus on anxiety, depression, and adjustment to life changes. As my client, I will treat you as an individual and provide interventions geared toward helping you achieve your goals. I am respectful and compassionate while addressing your needs and goals. Gestalt Therapy allows us to be in the present while addressing the past and modifying the behaviors for an improved future. My goal is to make you feel very comfortable and safe since divulging experiences can be difficult. Everyone willing to be courageous and work towards change needs to be treated with the utmost respect. Change is not easy, but worth the challenge. I would like the chance to work with you towards achieving these challenges. I look forward to working with you providing support and empowerment as we work towards a positive outcome. SPECIALITIES • Parenting Skills • Anger Management • Lifestyle Changes and Coping Skills • Caregiver Issues • Aging • Loss and Grief • Death and Dying • Dialysis Also experienced in: Trauma and abuse Depression, Compassion fatigue Communication, Family Problems, Guilt and Shame, Isolation/Loneliness, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Self-Esteem, Adjustment Disorder Clinical approaches: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) Gestalt Therapy, Mindfulness Therapy, Spirituality, Solution Focused Therapy Years of Experience: 30

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Flora Pazos

Clinical therapist offering therapy in NJ
Counselor License Type(s): MS,LMHC,PA
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesFamily conflictsDepressionCoping with life changes
25 years of experience as a mental health therapist

My name is Flora Pazos, and I have been a mental health practitioner for over 40 years. I am fluent in English as well as Spanish and I pride myself in helping those in need. I have experience in individual therapy, couples and family therapy, and a wide range of adult and pediatric issues. In my practice, I am devoted to adapting services to meet the individual needs of each client, with compassion, understanding, dignity, and respect, while promoting self-determination and self-growth. My therapeutic style is goal-oriented and individualized to the needs of each client. I believe that anyone can benefit from therapy and one does not need to have a mental health illness or an emotional issue to benefit from therapy; therapy can help achieve a life-long dream and a sense of happiness in the individual. I teach clients strategies and techniques to reinforce their inner strengths as well as to better cope with their current situations/issues. After each session, you will not only gain the tools to carefully examine each life decision but a much-needed serenity that will help you through the process.

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David Ventimiglia

Clinical therapist offering therapy in NJ
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesSelf esteemDepressionCoping with life changes
6 years of experience as a mental health therapist

I am licensed in Texas and New Jersey with 6 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, relationship issues, motivation, self esteem, and confidence, & 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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Lisbeth Helsel

Clinical therapist offering therapy in NJ
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsRelationship issuesSelf esteemDepression
26 years of experience as a mental health therapist

Hi! I’m Lisbeth Helsel, LCSW with 25+ years of professional experience. I specialize in helping clients to manage and alleviate their stress, anxiety, depression and addiction issues. Working together we will set achievable goals that work for you. You’ll be encouraged (never pressured )to share openly and without fear of judgement. Taking the first step to sign up for therapy can take courage and I’m glad you’ve come this far! Please check out my calendar to schedule your first appointment. If you don’t find an opening that you’re looking for, please message me and I’ll do my best to accommodate you! I’m looking forward to meeting up with you soon!☺️

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Cherice Nash

Clinical therapist offering therapy in NJ
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsRelationship issuesDepressionCoping with life changes
12 years of experience as a mental health therapist

I am licensed in New Jersey with 12 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, coping with addictions, relationship issues, & 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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Kirk Royster

Clinical therapist offering therapy in NJ
Stress, AnxietySelf esteemCareer difficultiesDepressionCoping with life changes
3 years of experience as a mental health therapist

I am licensed in New York and New Jersey with over three years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, motivation, self esteem, and confidence, career difficulties, & depression. I believe that you are the expert of your story and that you have many strengths that will assist you in overcoming things that challenge you. Taking the first step to sign up for therapy can take courage and I am proud of you for getting started!

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Marrium Guirguis

Clinical therapist offering therapy in NJ
AddictionsRelationship issuesFamily conflictsTrauma and abuseDepression
5 years of experience as a mental health therapist

I am licensed in New Jersey with 5 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with coping with addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, & trauma and abuse. 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.

How to find a therapist for counseling in Somerville

Finding the best therapist close by in Somerville 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 Somerville 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 Somerville. 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 Somerville, 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 Somerville region and in the state of New Jersey. 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 Somerville 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 Somerville area in different types of therapy, including:

  • CBT
  • DBT
  • Substance use therapy
  • Couples therapy

When you're ready to start your search and find Somerville 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 Somerville, elsewhere in Somerset, or in the greater state of New Jersey.

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 Somerville 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 Somerville 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 Somerville 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 Somerville may not take health insurance, some in the state of New Jersey 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 New Jersey 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 Somerville online therapy platform verified?

Therapists in Somerville, New Jersey 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 Somerville 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 Somerville 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 Somerville 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 Somerville 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 Somerville 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 Somerville?

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

Somerville 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 Somerville 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 Somerville 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 NJ, 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 08876 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 Somerville counselor?

Before seeing your Somerville 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 Somerville.

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 Somerville 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 Somerville 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 Somerville, New Jersey 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.

Somerville 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.

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