Ballston Spa, New York is reminiscent of a charming historic village with a friendly, hometown atmosphere. Most residents live within a short walking distance of fine shops, eateries, and the business district. Charming though it is, when you’re not at your mental or emotional best, it can be difficult to get out and enjoy the free, seasonal events that make Ballston Spa so special.

The reality is that you don’t need to miss a thing that’s happening in town. Mental health counselors in the Ballston Spa area know just how to help. Match with a licensed counselor today and get back to feeling like a vibrant part of the community.

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Elizabeth Bourne

Offering therapy in NY
License: LCSW
Stress, AnxietyFamily conflictsParenting issuesSelf esteemDepression
20 years of experience

I believe that everyone deserves time and a safe space for self-care, where individuals can be heard without judgement. I also believe that everyone deserves to work through concerns while feeling supported when making difficult decisions. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and I have been working in mental health for almost 20 years. I have worked with people who have been diagnosed with: Bi-polar, depression, anxiety, mood disorders, PTSD, ADHD, and life-limiting medical illnesses, as well as people dealing with grief, phobias, relationship and school issues. I have worked in community, inpatient, outpatient and hospital settings. I like to utilize a variety of treatment modalities because I have found that a “one size fits all” approach to mental health, is about as relatable to most people as a one size fits all bathing suit. I am proud of you for reaching out and I look forward to working with you.

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Regina Hernandez

Offering therapy in NY
License: LMHC
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsFamily conflictsTrauma and abuseDepression
8 years of experience

I am a licensed mental health counselor, and I am committed to helping individuals work with difficulties including, but not limited to, depression, anxiety, substance use, trauma, grief, and family conflict. I am invested in exploring the issues that are important and meaningful to clients. I utilize various clinical approaches to treatment including person-centered, cognitive-behavioral and solution focused therapies. In my work I encourage and guide clients in exploring their personal strengths and developing positive tools and skills to help address the difficulties and stressors that bring them to counseling. When working with individual and families, I feel it is important to establish healthy communication skills and enhance awareness and empathy to work through stress and negative events. I believe it is important to empower individuals and to build skills to work through difficulties to increase overall health and well-being. I look forward to working with you!

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Dr. Joanna Kristeva

Offering therapy in NY
License: LCSW,LISW,PhD
Trauma and abuseGriefSelf esteemDepression
12 years of experience

Dr. Joanna Kristeva specializes in treating mental health conditions, and she uses a cognitive-behavioral psychotherapy approach in her clinical practice. Her multicultural background helps her to apply person-centered and strength-based treatment modalities. Dr. Kristeva is a licensed psychotherapist in New York and Ohio with twelve years of direct clinical experience. She holds a postgraduate degree from New York University and has earned a doctorate in philosophy. Kristeva received clinical training in the treatment of psychological trauma and complicated grief counseling at Columbia University. She is the author of several peer-reviewed journal articles and books.

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Danielle Diegue

Offering therapy in NY
License: LMHC
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesSelf esteemDepressionCoping with life changes
4 years of experience

Hello! My name is Danielle Diegue and I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) based in New York. I received my undergraduate degree from the University of Albany and received my master's degree from John Jay College of Criminal Justice. I've been working in mental health since 2017 and have had the privilege of working with a wide variety of clients from all walks of life. I have experience conducting individual, couples, and group therapy. I have worked with clients that struggled with diagnosis that ranged from anxiety/depression to schizophrenia to substance use disorders. I have also worked with clients who have struggled with stress management, self-esteem, and family/work issues. I like to take a client-center approach to therapy and I utilize different techniques including, but not limited to, cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, and goal setting. Ultimately my goal is to create a safe and empathic space for clients to share and work through their concerns.

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Michelle Merindino

Offering therapy in NY
License: LMHC
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesFamily conflictsSelf esteemDepression
6 years of experience

Hello! Pleasure to meet you. My name is Michelle Merindino, LMHC. I am a Licensed Counselor in the State of NY. Much of my experience have been working with clients diagnosed with mood or personality disorders, depression, anxiety, etc . However, I strongly believe that therapy is a beneficial tool for absolutely anyone who is seeking to navigate life challenges in a healthy way, and improve daily functioning to meet their highest potential. My perspective is primarily person centered and humanistic , in which I create a safe, empathetic and non-judgmental space, while guiding you through interpersonal changes, processing emotions, self awareness, and healing. I hope to build a therapeutic relationship based on trust and respect. Through Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), we can examine patterns of unhealthy thoughts or feelings. Developing a deeper understanding of the role these patterns play in dysfunctional behaviors, will allow space to both challenge and break these cycles. I do not believe that one counseling approach fits all. When practicing, I aim to apply different modalities, and tailor therapy to best serve a client’s unique needs, circumstances and goals. I commend you for taking this courageous step! I look forward to assisting you in processes that include self exploration, learning coping strategies, considering new perspectives, building confidence, utilizing effective communication, recognizing destructive patterns, and any other therapeutic goals that will aide you in overcoming barriers to ultimately achieve the best, most fulfilled version of yourself.

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Ricardo Ortega

Offering therapy in NY
Stress, AnxietyLGBTGriefParenting issuesSelf esteem
15 years of experience

I am licensed in New York with 15 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, lgbt-related issues, coping with grief and loss, & parenting issues. 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. I also am bilingual in speaking Spanish and English.

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Deborah Giannone

Offering therapy in NY
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsTrauma and abuseBipolar disorderDepression
36 years of experience

I am licensed in New York with 36 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, coping with addictions, trauma and abuse, & bipolar disorder. I work with my clients to create an open and safe environment where thoughts and feelings can be shared without fear of judgment. 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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Irma Kingsley

Offering therapy in NY
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesSelf esteemDepressionCoping with life changes
27 years of experience

I am licensed in New York with 28 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, relationship issues, motivation, self esteem, and confidence, & depression. I believe that you are the expert of your story and that you have many strengths that will assist you in overcoming things that challenge you. Taking the first step to sign up for therapy can take courage and I am proud of you for getting started! I work first with you to identify problem issues and the prioritize issues to work on.

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Katharine Kiesel

Offering therapy in NY
Family conflictsTrauma and abuseSelf esteemCareer difficultiesDepression
23 years of experience

I am licensed in New York with 23 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with family conflicts, trauma and abuse, motivation, self esteem, and confidence, & career difficulties. 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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Kristine "Kris" Sokolofsky

Offering therapy in NY
Stress, AnxietyFamily conflictsTrauma and abuseGriefCoping with life changes
20 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, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, & coping with grief and loss. 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.

How to find counseling in Ballston Spa

Finding the best therapist close by in Ballston Spa 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 Ballston Spa. 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 Ballston Spa, 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 Ballston Spa 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 Ballston Spa 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 Ballston Spa, elsewhere in Saratoga, 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 Ballston Spa area can be found below:

How does the cost of in-person counseling compare to the cost of BetterHelp with a licensed Ballston Spa 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 Ballston Spa 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 Ballston Spa 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 Ballston Spa, 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 Ballston Spa 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 Ballston Spa 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 Ballston Spa 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 Ballston Spa 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 Ballston Spa 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 12020 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 Ballston Spa 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 Ballston Spa 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 Ballston Spa, 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.

Ballston Spa 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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