When it comes to finding a therapist, Buffalo, NY has options, but it isn’t so simple to find the therapist that’s right for you, even in a big city. Treatment methods vary, and even evidence-based practices may be more effective on some mental health conditions than others. A therapist who specializes in the therapeutic method that works best for you may not be available in your area. Or may not be a good personality match. 

Online therapy through a service platform like BetterHelp offers over 30,000 licensed mental health care providers who specialize in treating a variety of conditions from obsessive compulsive disorder to post-traumatic stress disorder. By simply filling out a simple online questionnaire BetterHelp will match you with a therapist that meets your personal needs. And because a strong therapeutic relationship can be key to your success, if for any reason you don’t feel comfortable with your therapist, you can switch for no additional cost. 

Online therapy can also be a convenient solution for busy professionals, parents, or students. Sessions fit easily into any schedule, and video chat, phone, and text messaging options allow you to talk to your therapist from the comfort of your own home or office. 

Therapy can help you to process past experiences, manage worry and stress, and establish a foundation for mental health and happiness. If you have been thinking about seeking therapy for any reason, whether to find relief from trauma in your history, learn healthy coping strategies to manage stress and heal relationships, or simply to take a more holistic focus on your health and wellness, contact BetterHelp to get started with a licensed professional who can help you build the life you deserve. 

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Jillian Sarandrea

Offering therapy in NY
License: MA,LMHC
Stress, AnxietyFamily conflictsTrauma and abuseParenting issuesDepression
8 years of experience

When individuals experience trauma or severe life stressors, it is not uncommon for them to begin to feel overwhelmed and for everyday activities to become much harder to accomplish. This may be the first step you've taken towards healing, and I believe it is admirable that you have decided to take time to work on yourself and your relationships. I am dedicated to helping any individual, including children, adults and families, to find healthy perceptions of themselves and strengthen their relationships so they can know themselves as peaceful, complete, whole and safe. For the past 8 years I have held an LMHC in both NY and FL. My educational background includes a B.S. in Psychology, M.A. in Mental Health Counseling, and I am a current PhD candidate in Psychology with a focus on trauma. I am a professional member of the American Psychological Association and a certified member of the National Board of Mental Health Counselors. I continue to educate myself by attending national and local conferences, and keeping up with current therapy research. I know that no single approach is the right one for every individual, and so I have been trained in a range of theoretical techniques including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectal Behavior Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Eye Movement Reprocessing Desensitization (EMDR). My approach is integrative in order to address your specific concerns in a way that is most effective for you. My role will be to guide and support you in improving the skills and confidence that are needed for you to live your best life. I feel that helping you learn new healthy and adaptive ways of coping and healing, as well as exploring the underlying causes of your current symptoms is the recipe necessary to create lasting change. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to reach out. I look forward to working together.

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Quilette Middlebrooks

Offering therapy in NY
License: License Mental health counselor LMHC
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsRelationship issuesFamily conflictsDepression
10 years of experience

Quilette Middlebrooks is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with a wide range of experience. She received her Masters of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Canisius College in Buffalo NY. Her experiences have afforded her the opportunity to work with many different client populations, lifestyles, and mental health diagnoses within several diverse environments. Over the years she has provided treatment in outpatient, hospitals, and inpatient settings. Quilette prides herself of the use of several treatment modalities depending on a clients needs.

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David Maurice

Offering therapy in NY
License: Licensed Clinical Social Worker-R,BA Theology,AAS Plastics Technology
Relationship issuesTrauma and abuseGriefCoachingCompassion fatigue
35 years of experience

Hello all. Let me introduce myself from a song while in High School Chorus. "One By One." Years have come and gone, and I cannot forget how the words to that song have a lasting impression on me… “The world and pain is more than I can deal with…people one by one is a different thing…one by one…people come…give your name, lose your pain…” From the early Seventies to the present, I have an ongoing resolve to do my part with what I have been given and trained to be. My name is David, and I come from multiple generations starting from the coast of what is now the Province of Quebec to my birth in the Elm Home, that predated Cobleskill Hospital in Rural Schoharie County. The saying, you can take the boy out of the country but not the country out of the boy resonates within me. Over the years, my values and beliefs broadened as I came to learn about a society whose breadth and girth is all of humanity. Graduating with a Regents Diploma and the first to break the educational boundaries into higher education and graduating with a Master of Social Work, with a clinical emphasis from the State University of Albany in 1995. I have always loved what I do and do what I love that primarily includes so many people that I have served throughout my professional career. I have come to develop an insight and desire to work with the misunderstood and marginalized in society. Those with little to no voice despite their social or economic status. Mother Theresa inspired me when she chose those who were alone or isolated in one manner or another. My formal training has targeted individuals and families who live with anxiety, depression, situations or circumstances that capitalized on those conditions. My experience includes those who are or consider themselves as “different,” possibly living with Attention Deficit and hyperactivity; those who grew up with various traumatic experiences, and the list goes on. Caregivers also require time and attention for the work that goes on behind closed doors. Grief and loss, death and dying are also familiar to me because there isn’t any mortal that can escape death. Other life endings or transitions such as divorce family disruptions and the like are also within my focus, skills, and expertise. Those living with a chronic illness, whether that includes coping with pain, Multiple Sclerosis, or debilitating illnesses that compromise quality of life also fall within the spectrum of my past experiences. I have two adult sons who are making their mark on society as well as my wife, Marybeth who works in the Mental Health field, like myself as a therapist. Recently, in 2021 I left formalized employment and contract with BetterHelp. I have committed myself to volunteer with the American Red Cross to give back to humanity. I invite those who are reading this small thumbprint of my biography to subscribe with BetterHelp and join me as we work together, finding opportunities and new chapters in your life. The saying that one can feed another all their life or one can teach another to fish on their own…I prefer assisting others in learning to fish.

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Joseph Kubicsko

Offering therapy in NY
License: LMHC
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsSelf esteemDepression
3 years of experience

I am a licensed mental health counselor based in New York. I have experience working with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, and substance abuse. My therapy style is to collaborate with my client, since they are the expert on themselves. I see my role as assisting my clients with identifying strategies that can help address areas of their life they wish to improve, while providing a nonjudgemental, safe space to work towards reaching goals. Making changes in life can be exciting, scary, difficult, and rewarding. I am ready to work with you to realize your goals. I look forward to working with you!

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Dr. Arthur "David" Lewis

Offering therapy in NY
Relationship issuesFamily conflictsSelf esteemDepressionCoaching
29 years of experience

I am licensed in New York State with 25 years of professional work experience., helping clients with Depression, Self-esteem, relationships, family conflicts, including parent/child conflict, coping with grief and loss, & motivation and building self-confidence. 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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Darlene Schmitt

Offering therapy in NY
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsRelationship issuesSelf esteemDepression
33 years of experience

I am a licensed mental health therapist in New York with 33 years of professional work experience in a variety of settings. I have a special interest in working with college students/young adults and experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, coping with addictions, relationship issues, motivation, self esteem, and confidence. 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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Veronica Acevedo

Offering therapy in NY
Stress, AnxietyLGBTFamily conflictsCoping with life changesCompassion fatigue
14 years of experience

I am licensed clinical Social Worker in New York with 14 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, lgbtq+ related issues, family conflicts, & coping with life changes. 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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Vanessa Vanterpool

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

I am licensed in New York with 20 years of professional work experience. 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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Catherine Buermann

Offering therapy in NY
Stress, AnxietySelf esteemDepressionCoping with life changesCompassion fatigue
10 years of experience

I am licensed in New Jersey and New York with 10 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, motivation, self esteem, and confidence, depression, & coping with life changes. 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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Bonnie Miller-Ladds

Offering therapy in NY
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesGriefParenting issuesDepression
35 years of experience

I am licensed in New York with 35 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, relationship issues, coping with grief and loss, & parenting issues. 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!

How to find counseling in Buffalo

Finding the best therapist close by in Buffalo 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 Buffalo. 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 Buffalo, 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 Buffalo 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 Buffalo 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 Buffalo, elsewhere in Erie, 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 Buffalo area can be found below:

How does the cost of in-person counseling compare to the cost of BetterHelp with a licensed Buffalo 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 Buffalo 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 Buffalo 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 Buffalo, 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 Buffalo 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 Buffalo 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 Buffalo 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 Buffalo 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 Buffalo 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 14265 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 Buffalo 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 Buffalo 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 Buffalo, 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.

Buffalo has many clinicians who practice person or client-centered individual therapy in-person and through online therapy to assist clients in their healing journey. If you opt into online therapy, you might also be able to meet with providers all over the United States and change therapists easily at any time. Many people struggling with anxiety and depression, substance abuse, body image issues, and more find therapists that are a good fit for them, feel supported, and gain further insight into their lives through internet-based therapy.

Do therapists judge you in therapy sessions?

The boundaries between you and a therapist are in place to help you and them regarding ethical concerns. Mental health professionals are held by ethical standards through the American Psychological Association (APA) and are not allowed to judge or harm their clients. If you are concerned about sharing details about yourself, feel free to withhold personal information. Their job in the therapeutic relationship is to create a safe place, help you gain a deeper understanding of your mental health, and support you. You might consider changing counselors if you don't feel safe or respected.

Stay up to date with the leading online counseling platform

To stay up to date with BetterHelp's initiatives through their social channels, you can follow them on PinterestLinkedInInstagramTwitter, and Facebook. For mental health tips, check out the BetterHelp YouTube channel.

Take some time today to learn more about the team of therapists at BetterHelp to understand the services available to you clearly. If you are new to therapy or have any questions about the services and terms, please reach out through the contact page or send an email to contact@betterhelp.com.

If you’re ready to sign up for online therapy, consider signing up with a platform like BetterHelp and get matched within 24 to 48 hours.

If you are experiencing a crisis or emergency, don't use this site's online services. If you are in life-threatening danger, call 911. If you require support for a crisis, reach out to the hotlines below:

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Below are some of the zip codes served by BetterHelp therapists in Buffalo:

14201, 14202, 14203, 14204, 14205, 14206, 14207, 14208, 14209, 14210, 14211, 14212, 14213, 14214, 14215, 14216, 14218, 14220, 14222, 14231, 14233, 14240, 14241, 14260, 14263, 14264, 14265, 14267, 14269, 14270, 14272, 14273, 14276, 14280

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