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Thomas Hall

Offering therapy in NM
License: LCSW
Stress, AnxietyParenting issuesAnger managementSelf esteem
10 years of experience

Hello, my name is Thomas Hall and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in Colorado and New Mexico. I have approximately 20 years of experience in mental health related work. I started off working with teens in the wilderness therapy field in the beautiful southwest United States. I have since worked in community mental health with youth, families and adults and more recently veterans. I also served youth from age 5-19 in the public education setting as a special education social worker. I have enjoyed working with various backgrounds and ethnicities, and always try to take cultural differences into account in my work. I believe in helping my clients find their own way with my guidance and support. I help my clients change their stress producing thoughts and find the direction they want to head in their relationships, careers, and goals whatever those may be, while teaching strategies to handle emotions and behaviors. Having a positive relationship with my clients is very important and I work on this from the beginning. I definitely come from a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy philosophy and subgroups related to this. I grew up in Ohio and attended Miami University of Ohio for my Bachelors Degree in psychology and after working for a period of time in the mental health field I finished my Masters in Social Work at New Mexico Highlands University in Las Vegas, New Mexico. I completed the necessary steps and obtained my clinical license in New Mexico and Virginia.

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Karen Stockham

Offering therapy in NM
License: MA,LPCC
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesFamily conflictsParenting issuesSelf esteem
24 years of experience

Welcome! My name is Karen and I am so glad you are here. For the past 24 years I have worked with a broad range of clients including individuals, couples, children, adolescents and families to tackle life’s challenges. Therapy can be a great catalyst for healthy change in relationships and a valuable tool to help solve problems, set and achieve goals, improve communication skills and keep your stress levels in check. I am a great listener with a Solution-Oriented Therapy and Family Therapy counseling style which focuses on helping you to feel more empowered and actively changing your life for the better. In addition, I utilize a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) approach which allows for a great deal of discussion about how our thoughts, behaviors and perspectives influence how we both feel and behave. Some of my specialties include Marriage and Family Counseling, Mediation, Anger Management and Conflict Resolution. I enjoy working with families of all kinds helping you to achieve balance in your relationships, tackling parenting and couple issues and walking through the day to day challenges. On a personal note, I am a mom of five boys and a grandmother to three. I enjoy time with my family, photography, outdoor activities, exercise and volunteering at our local BioPark. I am an action oriented counselor and really enjoy working through a platform that is both convenient and easily accessible to my clients. Online therapy is new and exciting and I am here to take things at your pace and to help you navigate the platform. Seeking counseling is a sign of strength so if you are ready to walk through life’s challenges and feel empowered to live a more fulfilling life contact me and let’s get to work!

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Dr. Katherine Souza

Offering therapy in NM
License: PhD
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesFamily conflictsParenting issuesDepression
26 years of experience

I bring 23 years of experience as a therapist and 16 of these years in behavioral health leadership. I have taught at several university and trained new therapists. I work with adults, adolescents, couples and families. I am energized by this profession and look forward to many more years. My treatment philosophy is holistic, systemic and client centered. I utilize a holistic picture including consideration of mind, body and spirit. I involve clients in their treatment planning. I am responsive to individual needs respecting preferences and life experience. Along with my client, I address the current issues and look at how to resolve these.

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Garry Cowles

Offering therapy in NM
License: MS LPCC
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsRelationship issuesFamily conflictsSelf esteem
49 years of experience

Hello ; My name is Garry Cowles and I am a New Mexico Licensed Clinical Counselor. I have 48 years working as a counselor. I began my counseling career working with emotional distressed children who were committed to residential treatment because of their violent behaviors. I spent most of my career assisting incarcerated clients reestablish themselves with their families and in the community with appropriate relationships and effective vocational and educational goals. I have focused on helping individuals with anger management, substance abuse, relationship issues, depression, and anxiety. I use a non judgmental client centered solution focused cognitive approach to assist you in making and following through with effective life decisions. Specialties Anger Management Substance Abuse Relationship Issues Depression Anxiety Foster Parenting

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Christin Barden

Offering therapy in NM
License: MSW,LCSW
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesFamily conflictsDepressionCoping with life changes
6 years of experience

I have been a licensed social worker since July 2017, but I have been helping New Mexico military families, Veterans, aging population and the homeless for over 15 years. As a military veteran, I understand the struggles with adapting to civilian life, and have experience working with substance abuse, trauma, traumatic brain injury, depression, anxiety, chronic pain, career-related issues and coping with stress. I love working with adults in all stages of life and I have experience in couples and family therapy. I strive to create a safe, comfortable environment, without judgement. I practice a person-centered, solution focused, strengths based modality. My goal is to help you identify what areas are not working in your life right now and help you develop the tools you need to empower you cope with all of life's stress and challenges.

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Naomi Roibal

Offering therapy in NM
Family conflictsParenting issuesSelf esteemCoachingADHD
8 years of experience

I am licensed in New Mexico with 7 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, & parenting issues. I work from a strength based approach and believe you are the expert on your life. Together, we will explore what challenges you are experiencing and how to best move forward in your life. 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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Kristen Zavala

Offering therapy in NM
Stress, AnxietyLGBTTrauma and abuseGriefDepression
9 years of experience

I am licensed in New Mexico and Texas with 8 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, LGBT-related issues, trauma and abuse, & coping with grief and loss. 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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Thomas Cleereman

Offering therapy in NM
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsTrauma and abuseSelf esteemDepression
31 years of experience

Hello, my name is Tom. I am a licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 30 years of professional experience. I am licensed in the states of Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, and Texas. I am a strengths-based therapist who has had some of the similar life experiences as the resilient people I am humbled to have helped over the years. A few of the things I specialize in are dealing with is stress and anxiety, coping with depression, addressing addiction, overcoming trauma and abuse, overcoming difficult life events, family issues, marital concerns, sexual behaviors, improving motivation, building self-esteem, and boosting confidence. I believe that you are the expert of your life and that you already have many strengths that will assist you in overcoming the situations that challenge you. My goal is to help you identify these strengths and support you through this process, while redefining yourself and getting your life back. I provide a non-judgmental and safe outlet where you will be able to share what you are going through. I always treat others with kindness, dignity, and respect, regardless of what life circumstances led you to BetterHelp. Taking the first step to sign up for therapy can take courage and you should be proud of yourself for getting started! I look forward to meeting you and walking side-by-side with you on this journey.

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Traci Laney

Offering therapy in NM
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesFamily conflictsIntimacy-related issuesDepression
6 years of experience

I am licensed in New Mexico with over 6 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, & intimacy related 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. Please message me for my scheduling information.

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Deborah Scott

Offering therapy in NM
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesAnger managementSelf esteemCoping with life changes
20 years of experience

With a master’s in counseling psychology, I’ a national certified counselor with dual licensure as a mental health counselor and marriage and family therapist in Florida and New Mexico. I also hold certification with international reciprocity as a master’s level addictions therapist. I bring 20+ years experience to our working relationship, ensuring each client receives individualized and ethical service to address stress and anxiety, relationship issues, anger management, & motivation, self esteem, personal boundaries, confidence, grief/loss, recovery and phase-of-life transitions. My therapy approach is what’s known as “eclectic:” capitalizing on what works best for you from a range of evidence-based skill sets. Outcomes of our work together will include developing insight to allow for personal growth, putting strategies and tools into place that you can use immediately to make desired changes in your life. You and I will define your outcomes and how we’ll get there, so throughout our time together you’ll be able to measure how far you’ve come and know where we’re heading. And if you just need a “place” to be heard, I’m here with you and for you.

How to find counseling in Encino

Finding the best therapist close by in Encino 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 Encino. 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 Encino, 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 Encino 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 Encino 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 Encino, elsewhere in Torrance, or in the greater state of New Mexico.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

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

How does the cost of in-person counseling compare to the cost of BetterHelp with a licensed Encino 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 Encino 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 Encino may not take health insurance, some in the state of New Mexico 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 Mexico 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 Encino, New Mexico 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 Encino 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 Encino 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 Encino 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 Encino 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 Encino 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 NM, 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 88321 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 Encino 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 Encino 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 Encino, New Mexico 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.

Encino 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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88321

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