Technology has made life much easier, and yet much more complex. We can see how everyone’s doing, but constantly being fed information can feel overwhelming and it can be intimidating for you to handle. An Albany-based counselor can help you by making sense of the technology around you. 

Albany is a city known for its technology, especially at the nano level. Maybe one day, nanomachines can help fix out mental states. Until then, a counselor is a perfect substitute. Speak to a therapost and see what they can do for you.

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Twila Quaid

Offering therapy in NY
License: LMHC
Stress, AnxietyGriefSelf esteemDepressionADHD
10 years of experience

Howdy!!! Are you stuck? Are you worried that you're crazy? Have you given up the things you love doing? Have you lost touch with your purpose in life? Sometimes we all feel and think this way, but if you are living in pain then I would like to help you. If we work together I will help you discover your joy & your purpose. I am holistic in practice and utilize the realms of: personal, physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual to help you discover or rediscover your true self. I utilize homework, goal setting and trying new holistic things. We’re gonna dig deep to find out what’s unprocessed and impacting your wellbeing. Are you ready?

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Jessica Brusgul

Offering therapy in NY
License: LMHC
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesAnger managementSelf esteemDepression
10 years of experience

I am a licensed mental health counselor (LMHC) with many years of experience. working with various types of individuals. My primary focus has been practicing through individual sessions with those dealing with such challenges as anxiety, depression, anger, and relationship issues. My experience also includes helping those who have personality disorders and parenting concerns. My approach is to provide a judgment free setting which includes a combination of CBT, assignments between sessions, and other approaches as necessary. Encouraging my clients to maintain a journal has been known to be extremely beneficial. I also place great emphasis on self care, as this is known to be difficult for many. Providing articles encompassing various mental health challenges during session has been beneficial as well. Lastly, through my experience thus far, utilizing a strength based approach reiterates or assists in helping clients recall or realize their individual strength and potential.

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Jaida Richardson, MS, Master CASAC

Offering therapy in NY
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsFamily conflictsParenting issuesDepression
15 years of experience

I am a licensed mental health counselor and a master credentialed substance and alcohol abuse counselor in New York. I have over 15 years of experience providing multi-systemic therapy to at risk families and adolescents; and over 15 years of experience providing cognitive behavioral therapy and motivational interviewing to adults struggling with co-occurring mental health and alcohol/substance use disorders. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, parenting problems, and acculturation issues. I also helped many people who have experienced physical, sexual and emotional traumas. My counseling style is warm and interactive. I believe in providing counseling that is culturally sensitive where everyone is treated with respect and compassion. I don't believe in stigmatizing labels. My approach combines cognitive-behavioral, strength focused, person-centered, and humanistic counseling. I will tailor our dialog and treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs. It takes courage to seek a more fulfilling and happier life and to take the first step towards change. If you are ready to take that step I am here to support on that wonderful journey. I look forward to working with you!

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Donna Smith

Offering therapy in NY
License: MS, LMHC
Stress, AnxietyLGBTRelationship issuesGriefDepression
35 years of experience

Hi, welcome to Better Help. My name is Donna Smith. I am a masters prepared licensed Mental Health Counselor in Rochester NY. I received my counselor training through the University of Rochester . I have 30 plus years of experience working in a variety of mental health settings, however, my passion is to work one to one with individuals who are looking to enhance the quality of their life. In addition to providing confidential, compassionate mental health therapy my other passion is creative writing. I see these two areas blending in beautiful ways. I believe we each have within us a collection of tales that together create a unique and colorful story of the life we've lived thus far as well as the dreams that we've laid before us. I would be honored to travel with you for a time on your personal journey. I have always seen my myself as a 'guide' in this process. My role as therapist would be to join with you in partnership working together to realize the future you have imagined. I will offer you the opportunity for a genuine, open, trusting and hope-filled connection should you choose me as your therapist and therapeutic partner. The path we take will be of your choosing. I am committed to walking beside you and offering the experience gained through my own life as well as the skills I've learned throughout my career as a therapist. Your decision to enter into this journey is a brave one - CONGRATULATIONS! I look forward to accompanying you in a supportive, non-judgmental manner to your destination.

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Allison Trevino-Hartman

Offering therapy in NY
License: LCSW
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesFamily conflictsGriefDepression
14 years of experience

Allison received her BA from Loyola University where she also received the Jane Addams Social Service Award. She completed her MSW from Fordham University and is a now doctoral student with a concentration in Social Policy. She was chosen as the 2015 recipient of the Rogler Fellowship Award and will focus her studies on Latino populations. She is a practicing clinical social worker with research interests Adoption, Foster Care and Child Welfare. She served on the Lynn Franklyn Fund Advisory Committee at the Donaldson Adoption Institute and serves as an advocate for birth parents and adoptees, groups who are often marginalized domestically and internationally. As a mixed Mexican and Irish American adopted person, Allison understands the impact of policy and human rights from a perspective that prompts her activism her clinical work with many populations.

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Anne-Marie Muller

Offering therapy in NY
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesDepression
16 years of experience

I am licensed in New York with 20 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, relationship issues, & depression. I believe in treating everyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion. I will tailor our dialog and treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs. Taking the first step to seeking a more fulfilling and happier life takes courage. I am here to support you in that process.

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Faiza Anwar

Offering therapy in NY
Stress, AnxietyFamily conflictsDepression
10 years of experience

I am licensed in New York with 10 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, family conflicts, & depression. 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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Jacquelyn Gorski

Offering therapy in NY
Stress, AnxietyFamily conflictsTrauma and abuseParenting issuesSelf esteem
8 years of experience

I am licensed in New York State as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW -R) with 8 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, & parenting issues. I have worked with domestic violence perpetrators and victims as well as children and family systems with trauma and conflict. I believe in treating everyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion. I will tailor our dialog and treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs. Taking the first step to sign up for therapy can take courage and I am proud of you for getting started!

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Dr. Edward Nichols

Offering therapy in NY
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesFamily conflictsSelf esteemCareer difficulties
42 years of experience

Welcome to a journey of self-discovery and empowerment. As a seasoned psychotherapist licensed in New York, I bring a wealth of over 40 years' experience to our therapeutic alliance. My approach blends deep compassion with proven expertise, guiding you through the challenges of stress and anxiety, the nuances of relationships, family conflicts, and the quest for personal growth in areas like motivation, self-esteem, and confidence. My practice is built on a profound respect for your unique story and individuality. I am deeply committed to providing care that is as compassionate as it is effective. Recognizing the diversity of needs in therapy, I am dedicated to tailoring our conversations and your treatment plan to reflect and honor your specific goals and aspirations. The path to therapy is a brave one, requiring the courage to pursue a life filled with joy and fulfillment, and to take transformative steps towards change. On this path, you are not alone. I am here to offer support, to be your champion in empowerment, every step of the way. Pause for a moment to recognize your inner strength. It is this very strength that has guided you here, poised to enrich your life. When you're ready to take this step, I'll be here, ready to welcome you and accompany you on this rewarding journey of self-discovery and growth.

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Dr. Claudette Brown-Smythe

Offering therapy in NY
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseGriefSelf esteemCoping with life changes
12 years of experience

I am licensed in New York with 10 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, mood disorders, trauma, coping with grief and loss, motivation, self-esteem, and confidence. I believe that you are the expert on your story and have many strengths that will assist you in overcoming things that challenge you. It takes courage to seek out a more fulfilling and happier life and to take the first steps towards a change. If you are ready, I will support and empower you as you navigate life and work to enhance your well-being. My therapy style is warm and interactive. I treat everyone with openness, empathy, respect, sensitivity, and compassion and practice cultural humility. I work from a system level to understand my clients, utilizing the ecological system model to explore multicultural issues in a structured way, and the biopsychosocial spiritual model to explore issues relating to the whole person - body, mind, social, and spiritual. In working from both these models, I acknowledged that changes in one subsystem cannot happen without considering all the other subsystems. I apply a holistic or integrative approach to help clients address their issues, pulling on interventions that combine cognitive behavioral therapy, and humanistic and narrative therapies. I will tailor our dialog and treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs. Sometimes there is a need for system advocacy or client advocacy, as such I infuse education and empowerment at the individual and community level to help the client to advocate for themselves. I look forward to working with you!

How to find counseling in Albany

Finding the best therapist close by in Albany 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 Albany. 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 Albany, 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 Albany 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 Albany 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 Albany, elsewhere in Albany, or in the greater state of New York.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

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

How does the cost of in-person counseling compare to the cost of BetterHelp with a licensed Albany 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 Albany 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 Albany may not take health insurance, some in the state of New York 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 York 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 Albany, New York 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 Albany 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 Albany 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 Albany 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 Albany 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 Albany 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 NY, 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 12232 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 Albany 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 Albany 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 Albany, New York 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.

Albany 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

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 Albany:

12201, 12202, 12203, 12204, 12205, 12206, 12207, 12208, 12209, 12210, 12212, 12214, 12220, 12222, 12223, 12224, 12225, 12226, 12227, 12228, 12229, 12230, 12231, 12232, 12233, 12234, 12235, 12236, 12237, 12238, 12239, 12240, 12241, 12242, 12243, 12244, 12245, 12246, 12247, 12248, 12249, 12250, 12255, 12257, 12260, 12261, 12288

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