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Luis Roman

Offering therapy in NY
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsRelationship issuesFamily conflictsDepression
6 years of experience

My Expertise is Communication and Mental Health As a clinician, my passion lies in helping individuals become more effective communicators. Growing up in a Puerto Rican household where raised voices were commonplace and active listening was scarce, I felt compelled to seek better ways of connecting with others. Through my work, I’ve discovered that teaching people to understand their communication patterns can significantly improve family dynamics and intimate relationships. I firmly believe in psychoeducation as a powerful tool for demystifying mental health diagnoses and combating associated stigma. Since 2016, I’ve been providing individual, family, and group services, addressing conditions such as Bipolar disorder, Depression, ADHD, Anxiety, Borderline Personality disorder, and adjustment disorders. My clients often face co-occurring challenges related to mental health and substance abuse. Over the years, I’ve worked across diverse environments, including PROS programs, residential facilities, and outpatient settings. I’ve assisted individuals in creating personalized treatment plans, focusing on their unique goals, and supporting them in securing and maintaining employment. My educational journey includes a Bachelor’s degree from Lehman College in the Bronx and a Master’s degree from the College of New Rochelle. Currently, I practice in an outpatient clinic in the Bronx, dedicated to promoting mental well-being and fostering effective communication.

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Kristin Puleo

Offering therapy in NY
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesFamily conflictsSelf esteemADHD
14 years of experience

Do you feel lost in a situation? Struggling to have satisfying relationships? At the cross roads and do not know which way to turn? Ever wake up with the mood "why bother" and go back to sleep? Are you finding yourself taken advantage of, often? Do you find it a challenge to move on from old trauma? Are your thoughts racing so quickly making it impossible to get things done? Do you avoid situations because anxiety impacts you physically? Life changes can feel overwhelming, it helps to have an objective confidant to vent to and sometimes to hear constructive feedback. We all have blocks in our life as we strive to attain a positive peaceful energy flow. My services are designed to identify, heal, plan, focus and execute removing those blocks while attaining goals. I often use humor in an appropriate manner to increase engagement and lighten conversation making things feel more manageable. We will locate the source of discomfort and find ways to manage to overcome obstacles and challenges. If you are serious and in a safe place to work on triggers, take on new perspectives and achieve wellness; I am the therapist for you. I look forward to meeting you! All the best always, KL

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Xavier Walker

Offering therapy in NY
Stress, AnxietyAnger managementSelf esteemDepressionCoping with life changes
7 years of experience

I am licensed in New York with 5 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, anger management, motivation, self esteem, and confidence, & 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 sign up for therapy can take courage and I am proud of you for getting started!

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Ashley Walker-Dickman

Offering therapy in NY
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsTrauma and abuseSelf esteemDepression
5 years of experience

"The Journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step." Taking the first step to sign up for therapy takes courage and it shows that part of you is in search for a better way of life! Before you start the journey it's important to get to know the person who will help be the flashlight to guide you on your way. Currently, I am a mother of 3 and licensed clinical social worker with 8 years of professional work experience in various settings. Prior to becoming a social worker, I worked as a certified addictions counselor supporting families and individuals with substance use disorder. Although that is my specialty, I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, mental health diagnosis, trauma and abuse, & motivation, self esteem, and confidence. Therapy is not one size fits all. I look forward to putting the pieces of your very own life puzzle together with you. Hopefully, we will be able to build trust in the process.

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Bryon Mitchell

Offering therapy in NY
License: MA,LPC
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesGriefAnger managementDepression
16 years of experience

If you are looking for a therapist who is easy to talk to, a straight-shooter, and a creative problem-solver, then I'm your man. I know that effective therapy has room for laughter AND tears. I'll help you identify and put new strategies and tools in place that will allow you to relieve whatever issue(s) you are currently struggling with, including relationship stress and strain, overwhelming anxiety and/or depression, life transitions, grief, and more. I'm especially skilled with couples, tough cases, and families managing conflict/crisis. I will be your active, engaged ally. I'm not full of clinical or therapeutic jargon; I'm a real person dedicated to connecting with you in a real way. The truth is, it all comes down to chemistry: the most effective therapy comes from feeling deeply understood and safe with your therapist. Working together, I know you can discover the clarity, peace and empowerment you're looking for. Call me and let's talk and see if I'm the right fit for you.

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Vernaize Coleman

Offering therapy in NY
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseSelf esteemDepressionCoping with life changes
8 years of experience

I am licensed in New York with 8 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, family conflicts, motivation, self esteem, and confidence, & 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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Kent Jarratt

Offering therapy in NY
Stress, AnxietyLGBTGriefSelf esteemCoping with life changes
35 years of experience

My approach is flexible and eclectic, and I adapt the treatment plan to each individual. I enjoy helping clients from all walks of life and have worked extensively within the LGBT community. I hold clinical licenses in both New York and New Jersey, and am board certified by the National Association of Social Workers. I received my Masters in Social Work from Hunter College School of Social Work/CUNY. I achieved Diplomate Status from the National Association of Social Workers, and was the Greta Singer Memorial Lecturer at Monmouth University (2011); and adjunct faculty for both graduate schools of Social Work and Mental Health Counseling at Hunter College/CUNY. I have also served as a Field Instructor for Columbia, NYU, Fordham, and Yeshiva. I am an Accredited Teacher of T'ai Chi Chih®, a non-martial arts form of T'ai Chi. I am a member of the New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care (NYC).

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Wataru Okada

Offering therapy in NY
Stress, AnxietyAnger managementSelf esteemDepressionCoping with life changes
8 years of experience

I specialize in helping clients acquire mindfulness-based mental skills to better manage stress & anxiety and overcome symptoms of depression. My clinical experience includes 8 years in outpatient psychiatric clinics, and I come to believe in the power of self-compassion as the driving force for achieving personal goals and well-being. I’m a native of Japan, and my engaging style of therapy draws upon cross-disciplinary education and background in martial arts, yoga, and Zen practice. Please refer to my website, www.okadalink.com, for more information, and find out if I’m the right therapist for you.

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Joanne Raptis

Offering therapy in NY
Stress, AnxietySelf esteemDepressionCoping with life changes
6 years of experience

I am licensed in New York with 6 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, motivation, self esteem, and confidence, & depression. I also have experience working with 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. 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 joxurney.

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Michael Bellotti

Offering therapy in NY
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsRelationship issuesFamily conflictsIntimacy-related issues
40 years of experience

I am licensed in New York with over 40 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, coping with addictions including gambling addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts and more severe mental health problems. 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.

How to find counseling in Menands

Finding the best therapist close by in Menands 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 Menands. 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 Menands, 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 Menands 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 Menands 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 Menands, 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 Menands area can be found below:

How does the cost of in-person counseling compare to the cost of BetterHelp with a licensed Menands 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 Menands 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 Menands 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 Menands, 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 Menands 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 Menands 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 Menands 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 Menands 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 Menands 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 12204 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 Menands 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 Menands 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 Menands, 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.

Menands 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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