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Dr. Debra DeFour-Pierce

Clinical therapist offering therapy in NY
Counselor License Type(s): Psy.D. LMHC
Stress, AnxietyGriefParenting issuesSelf esteemDepression
22 years of experience as a mental health therapist

My name is Dr. Debra DeFour-Pierce. I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) in the state of New York and have a doctorate in clinical-school psychology. I am a certified school psychologist with experience in formal and informal psychological assessment. I received my doctorate from Pace University and a certificate in Crisis Management from Long Island University. In my 30 years of working with children, adolescents, adults, and families in a school setting, I have dedicated myself to helping clients gain insight into how their thoughts, feelings, and beliefs impact their life situation(s). My clinical approach to treatment is eclectic and culturally sensitive. I am dedicated to working with my clients to develop effective coping strategies, by incorporating cognitive behavioral-rational emotive therapy, and psychodynamic theory, an interpersonal approach, and encourage the use of mindfulness. I have actively collaborated with clients seeking help for various concerns such as anxiety, depression, grief, trauma, stress, self-awareness, coping with life changes, family conflicts, relationship issues, and parenting issues. Once a relationship develops between us, you will see that my clinical approach is direct, respectful, empathetic, and sometimes humorous. I am here as your ally to explore several options of how to work through your current issues and will be able to provide you with useful strategies to deal with your current stressors. I am here to help you achieve and foster stronger mental and emotional health. I look forward to working with you on your journey to gaining insight and self-awareness. SPECIALTIES Stress Anxiety Grief Trauma Depression Self esteem Parenting Issues Teen Issues LICENSING LMHC #002471-01 (Expires: 2022-10-31)

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Tatiana Michel

Clinical therapist offering therapy in NY
Counselor License Type(s): LCSW
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseSelf esteemDepressionCoping with life changes
18 years of experience as a mental health therapist

I am a licensed clinical social worker with over twenty years of experience in the social services field across a range of mental health settings. My approach is Integrative and one of my primary objectives is to create a warm and supportive environment where your strengths will be used to foster motivation toward achieving your goals. I believe therapeutic intervention begins when one finds themselves at a crossroads, wanting to make a change; it then moves forward from there. My experience includes working with adults, adolescents, and children on communication issues, trauma, anxiety, depression, ADHD, academic underachievement, transitions, personal growth, behavioral issues, gender, and self-identity issues (to name a few). Additionally, I also work with clients who identify as spiritual or religious. I use an integrative approach, teaching clients various tools and techniques to manage anxiety, reduce depression, and maintain more satisfying relationships. I am a child of Caribbean immigrants and I grew up in a single-parent household. I experienced firsthand the issues affecting low-income, minority, and underserved populations. I also experienced a lack of education regarding mental health services in both my family and community at large and saw how this lead to misinformation and stigma regarding accessing such services. This developed into a personal commitment to promoting culturally informed and responsible mental health care services. Becoming a clinical social worker provided me with the opportunity to work toward this goal. Helping others access mental health services, as well as grow and develop, is something I am truly passionate about and view as my calling in life. Making the initial move to speak with a professional about any challenges one is facing is both a courageous and monumental step! Reaching out for help can be one of the hardest things to do. Moreover, navigating one’s schedule, finances, insurance benefits, and the various types of mental health professionals available can be an intimidating process. It is a great privilege when a client provides me with the opportunity to be a part of their therapeutic growth and development process. My main focus is to foster a respectful therapeutic relationship that will engage you in a safe, interactive, relational, and experiential process at your own personal pace.

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Yaeeun Ji

Clinical therapist offering therapy in NY
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsAnger managementBipolar disorderCoping with life changes
3 years of experience as a mental health therapist

I am licensed in New York with an extensive professional work experience providing therapy for clients with PTSD, Psychosis, and severe mood disorders. I received a Master's degree in Psychological Mental Health Counseling from the Columbia University. I have experience in helping clients with coping with addictions, and anger management. I also have experience working with coping with life changes. 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. 안녕하세요! 저는 뉴욕주에서 심리치료사로 일하고있는 지예은 입니다. 저는 우울, 불안, 조울증, 외상후 스트레스 장애, 분노조절장애, 인간관계 문제 등 1세대 한인 이민자로 또는 2세대 한인 자녀로 살아가면서 겪게 되는 여러가지 마음의 문제들을 편안하고 안전한 환경에서, 한국인의 정서와 문화에 적합한 방식으로 상담/치료를 진행 합니다. 누구나 인생의 어떤 시점에서 어떠한 이유로 마음의 치유가 필요할 때가 있습니다. 개인상담으로 지치고 힘든 마음을 들여다보고 함께 보듬어주는 귀한 시간을 가져보는것이 어떨까요?

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Mavis Smith

Clinical therapist offering therapy in NY
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsLGBTTrauma and abuseDepression
5 years of experience as a mental health therapist

I am licensed in New York with 3 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, coping with addictions, lgbt-related issues, & trauma and abuse. 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. 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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Victoria (Vicky) Forster

Clinical therapist offering therapy in NY
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesFamily conflictsParenting issuesDepression
17 years of experience as a mental health therapist

As a therapist, I will meet you where you are. I believe you are the expert of your story. I will listen to what is on your mind, and together we can look at what might be holding you back from feeling like your whole, healthy, happier self. I am an LCSW with 17 years of experience working with adults of all ages, helping them to find recovery from depression, anxiety, mood dysregulation; and even from having new and unusual thoughts and behaviors. I have been described by patients as kind, helpful, warm, funny and insightful. My style is eclectic, and combines elements of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) with psychodynamic therapy, and various other approaches as seem appropriate. Whether we work together or not -- as you take this step toward reaching out for help, remember to pat yourself on the back. It's a very big deal, and something which you can feel proud about.

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Teresa Ann Milano

Clinical therapist offering therapy in NY
Relationship issuesFamily conflicts
12 years of experience as a mental health therapist

I am licensed in New York with more than 10 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with relationship issues & family conflicts. 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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Glendenise McPherson

Clinical therapist offering therapy in NY
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesFamily conflictsSelf esteemDepression
7 years of experience as a mental health therapist

Hello, I am Glendenise, a Christian therapist, licensed in New York and North Carolina, with 6 years of professional work experience. I am available to work with anyone who is ready to heal and be heard. My areas of expertise include stress and anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, motivation, self esteem, and confidence. I believe that there's hope for a change in your story and you have many strengths that can help with overcoming the challenges. It takes courage to seek out a more fulfilling and happier life and the first steps towards change is being honest with yourself. I am here to support & empower you in that journey.

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Brendan Twist

Clinical therapist offering therapy in NY
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesCareer difficultiesDepressionCoping with life changes
7 years of experience as a mental health therapist

I work with adults, children, and families on issues including depression, anxiety, trauma/PTSD, addictions, grief, anger, family discord, and workplace distress. My goal is to bring warmth and acceptance to all my sessions and to provide clients with concrete skills that they can use to help solve their problems and live more fulfilling lives. My core modality is DBT (dialectical behavior therapy), which teaches emotional regulation, distress tolerance, mindfulness, and interpersonal effectiveness (learning to nurture relationships while also getting your needs met). I'm also trained in CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy), narrative therapy, and play therapy. If you or a loved one is dealing with a mental health issue, you're struggling with one or more of the relationships in your life, or you simply feel like you're in a rut, I encourage you to reach out! I believe in building trusting relationships and collaborating to find strategies that help clients feel happier and more balanced.

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Daniel McDermott

Clinical therapist offering therapy in NY
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsRelationship issues
30 years of experience as a mental health therapist

I am licensed in New York with 30 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, coping with addictions, & relationship 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.

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Gary Schwartz

Clinical therapist offering therapy in NY
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsTrauma and abuseSelf esteemCoping with life changes
40 years of experience as a mental health therapist

I am licensed in New York with 40 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, coping with addictions, trauma and abuse, & motivation, self esteem, and confidence. I have a Christian worldview which guides my philosophy of care. 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. 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.

How to find a therapist for counseling in Laurel Hollow

Finding the best therapist close by in Laurel Hollow can feel challenging, but know that once you narrow your search for a counselor serving your area, you can find a therapist in your city that is accepting new clients and fits your goals. Whether you're struggling with depression, anxiety, marriage, family issues, or other emotional challenges, feel proud that you have begun your search to find the mental health care services in Laurel Hollow that work best for you in order to begin your personal journey towards emotional healing with a therapist.

Understanding the type of therapy you'd like to search for is crucial before finding a therapist or psychologist in Laurel Hollow. 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 Laurel Hollow, feel free to contact the provider via email to find out which methods they practice.

It is also important to understand that mental health professionals in the United States are accredited to provide care, helping individuals and couples, with a variety of licenses. These include licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT), licensed clinical social worker (LCSW), and clinical psychologist or doctor of psychology (PsyD). Regardless of their licensure, they are trained to treat individuals and couples counseling, and sometimes children, in any type of therapy in the Laurel Hollow region and in the state of New York. Find a therapist under any of these distinctions and know that the sessions they offer can provide a safe place to heal.

A mental health counselor working through their own in-person therapy practice in Laurel Hollow or online may assist clients in improving healthy relationships, communication skills, working through life transitions, couples counseling, managing a mood disorder, improving coping skills, self help tips, offer life coaching, family therapy, or change in negative thinking patterns. A therapist may also provide a safe place and validation for clients experiencing emotional pain, or that simply want a psychological assessment. Verified providers can provide licensed marriage and couples therapy, tailor to individual needs, and create a therapeutic relationship as a National Certified Counselor.

There are all kinds of therapists working with clients today across the United States and in the greater Laurel Hollow area in different types of therapy, including:

  • CBT
  • DBT
  • Substance use therapy
  • Couples therapy

When you're ready to start your search and find Laurel Hollow 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 Laurel Hollow, elsewhere in Nassau, or in the greater state of New York.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs) about therapists and mental health services

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

How does the cost of in-person counseling with a therapist compare to the cost of BetterHelp with a licensed Laurel Hollow 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 Laurel Hollow 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 Laurel Hollow 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 a BetterHelp therapist 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). If you're looking for a therapist, Cincinnati offers a variety of professionals who can help with your mental health needs at a price you can afford.

How is a licensed therapist on this Laurel Hollow online therapy platform verified?

Therapists in Laurel Hollow, 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 Laurel Hollow psychiatrists to prescribe a drug or medication as treatment, or perform psychological assessments and other psychiatric services.

How does working with a professional counselor in BetterHelp online therapy sessions work?

BetterHelp clinicians treat clients online across the United States (individuals and couples) through life transitions, inner child exploration, long term depression or anxiety, post traumatic stress disorder, and more. An online mental health therapist, including the therapists in Laurel Hollow 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 Laurel Hollow helping individuals on topics including managing life transitions, symptoms affecting sexual health, behavioral health, coping skills for anxiety, depression, trauma, stress, marriage counseling, and more. 

What mental health issues can psychotherapy address with the help of psychologists?

BetterHelp's verified Laurel Hollow therapists specialize and have clinical experience in a wide range of mental health issues and modalities, helping clients to feel better and improve their lives every day. See below for examples.

Specialties on BetterHelp include:

  • Cognitive behavioral therapy - This type of therapy is provided by therapists who are professional counselors, helping clients identify and change negative thought patterns through structured sessions.
  • Behavior therapy - Therapists use behavior therapy techniques to help clients modify harmful behaviors and develop healthier habits, often through the guidance of a professional counselor.
  • EMDR therapy - EMDR therapists assist clients in processing traumatic memories to alleviate emotional distress and improve overall well-being, utilizing the expertise of a professional counselor.
  • Talk therapy - Therapists engage clients in talk therapy to explore their feelings and develop strategies for dealing with various mental health issues, often guided by a professional counselor.
  • Depression - Therapists offer counseling to help individuals manage symptoms of depression and improve their mood and functioning, often working closely with a professional counselor.
  • Anxiety disorders - Therapists specialize in anxiety disorders, offering strategies to manage and reduce anxiety symptoms effectively, often through counseling sessions with a professional counselor.
  • Stress - Therapists provide tools and techniques to help clients cope with stress and improve their mental resilience, frequently under the supervision of a professional counselor.
  • Eating disorders - Therapists experienced in eating disorders offer specialized counseling to address unhealthy eating patterns and body image issues, with the support of a professional counselor.
  • Grief - Therapists provide support and guidance to clients experiencing grief, helping them navigate the stages of loss, often in collaboration with a counselor.
  • Attachment therapy - Therapists use attachment therapy to help clients understand and improve their emotional bonds and relationships, often with the assistance of a counselor.
  • Relationships - Therapists work with clients to improve communication, resolve conflicts, and strengthen their connections with others, often using the skills of a counselor.
  • Children, adolescents, and teens - Therapists specializing in youth therapy address the unique mental health needs of children, adolescents, and teens, often involving a counselor in the process.
  • Addiction (substance abuse) - Therapists offer counseling for addiction, helping clients overcome substance abuse and maintain long-term recovery, often under the guidance of a counselor.
  • Divorce - Therapists support individuals through the emotional and practical challenges of ending a marriage, often working with a psychologist to provide comprehensive care.
  • Trauma or PTSD - Therapists specializing in trauma and PTSD help clients process traumatic experiences and reduce their symptoms, frequently collaborating with a psychologist.
  • Bipolar disorder - Therapists provide counseling to manage the mood swings and challenges associated with bipolar disorder, often in consultation with a psychologist.
  • Psychodynamic treatment - Therapists use psychodynamic treatment to explore unconscious processes and how they affect current behavior, often guided by psychologists.
  • Career counseling - Therapists assist clients in making informed decisions about their professional paths and resolving work-related issues, often with the help of psychologists.
  • Alcohol use disorders - Therapists offer specialized counseling to help clients manage and overcome alcohol use disorders, frequently under the supervision of psychologists.
  • OCD - Therapists provide strategies and support to manage obsessive-compulsive disorder symptoms, often via psychotherapy.
  • ADHD - Therapists offer counseling to help clients with ADHD improve focus, organization, and overall functioning, often via psychotherapy.
  • Mood disorders - Therapists work with clients to stabilize and improve mood through various therapeutic approaches, frequently in psychotherapy.
  • Sex addiction
  • Complex trauma
  • Life transitions

You may also be struggling with relationship problems that could be addressed in couples therapy or with a sex therapist. In that case, you may choose to work with one of BetterHelp's experienced cognitive-behavioral therapists or licensed marriage family therapists (LMFT) who work with clients in relationships. You can also try a Laurel Hollow therapy provider through BetterHelp's sister platform, ReGain, which is dedicated to couples and spouses worldwide. 

How do I know if online counseling is right for my family in Laurel Hollow?

One of the potentially rewarding aspects of working with a Laurel Hollow 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.

Laurel Hollow therapists in your city can support you toward a healthier emotional state, regardless of your mental health, life concerns, or healing needs. While supporting individuals in developing healthier habits, another good benefit of Laurel Hollow 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 Laurel Hollow therapist can help you confront these concerns and open up through unique methods of support. There are also many types of therapy, such as art therapy, where you may find you can express yourself through creativity instead of words with a psychotherapist.

With a lot of people in NY, therapists may be booked out with clients. Through the list of profiles above and others within BetterHelp's team, you may be able to find a psychologist within 24 to 48 hours. If you're searching to find a a nearby psychotherapist close to 11791 or the surrounding zip codes, consider others available through the BetterHelp site. No matter if you are seeking help from therapists in your area or beyond, online therapy can be a great option.

How should I prepare for my first therapy session with a Laurel Hollow counselor?

Before seeing your Laurel Hollow therapist, prep for your session by reading to understand the therapy process. You might write a list of questions you want to ask your psychotherapist, any emotional pain you may feel, and the ways in which you hope to improve. When you attend your session, let them know if you have any concerns about therapy or feel unsure about what to talk about. They may help guide you with open-ended therapeutic questions while offering mental health services. The first session will often serve as an intake to get to know you as a person and learn why you're attending therapy in Laurel Hollow.

Should I find a therapist or psychologist for therapy if I feel fine? 

Some simply don't feel the need to see a psychologist. However, some people may avoid attending therapy due to stigma or preconceived notions of what therapy entails. Although psychologists often support people with mental health conditions, you do not need a diagnosis or condition to attend therapy. You can discuss grief, relationship concerns, stress, or life changes and ask for general feedback and advice from a therapist. A Laurel Hollow licensed clinical social worker may help you gain power over your life and emotions while you navigate day-to-day experiences.

Gaining a new perspective on yourself through various therapies might allow you to improve your self-esteem, work through relationships, and gain a better sense of your mental health goals. The success you may find through therapy with a Laurel Hollow counselor can be dependent on your process.

People may also attend therapy for specific motives, such as bullying, an autism diagnosis, a desire to learn mindfulness meditation, personality concerns, trouble with office workers, specific phobias, and many other principles that a counselor can help with.

Is mental health care and therapy with a therapist worth it?

Therapy with a licensed counselor is effective and has the power to change individuals' lives. Each client is at a different stage of their emotional healing journey in life, as each human can be unique in their personality, expression, skills, and goals. A psychologist can target various symptoms, experiences, and personalities to help you feel your best and put you on the path to healing. Unlike advice from a friend, family, or non-professional, a mental health therapist has an understanding of various disorders like ADHD and depression with many hours of experience in treating adults in their practice. For this reason, seeing an evidence based psychologist in Laurel Hollow, 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.

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

Do therapists judge you in therapy sessions during telehealth appointments?

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

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

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

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