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GinaMarie Kelly

Clinical therapist offering therapy in NY
Counselor License Type(s): LCSW
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesFamily conflictsDepressionCoping with life changes
17 years of experience as a mental health therapist

Hello my name is Gina. I have been working as a therapist for over 15 years. My experience is extensive and have spent much of my career working with those experiencing symptoms related to depression, anxiety, postpartum depression, interpersonal and family conflict, stress and anger management, grief and loss, bipolar disorder and issues related to psychosis. I have worked in both faith based and non faith based environments depending on my client’s preference. I am licensed as an LCSW and obtained my degrees from New York University (NYU) and my bachelors degree at Eastern University (EU). My training is in psychodynamic theory and my practice reflects this by utilizing an ecliptic therapeutic approach of psychoanalytical practice and behavioral interventions. Therapy can be an effective tool in the healing process and can help people gain insight and control over otherwise overwhelming circumstances. I believe in an approach which works at a pace that the client determines and is comfortable with. I like to offer feedback and reflection as the therapist and explore both the underlying emotions and roots to behaviors as well as tangible steps to changing undesired feelings, thoughts, behaviors and circumstances. Therapeutic approaches I utilize stem from CBT, DBT, IPT, and psychodynamic interventions.

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Jade Sorensen

Clinical therapist offering therapy in NY
Counselor License Type(s): LMHC
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsTrauma and abuseBipolar disorderDepression
6 years of experience as a mental health therapist

Welcome! I applaud you for seeking out help on It takes courage to seek out help and to work through any struggles past and present. If you are ready to take the next step I am here to support you and empower you. I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with over 10 years experience in the mental health field. I have a Master's Degree in Mental Health Counseling and a certificate in Contemporary Theory in Addictive Behavior. I have worked with clients with a variety of concerns including anxiety, depression, addiction, physical and emotional trauma, mood regulation, eating disorders, behavioral concerns, adjustment, family issues, and more. It is my goal to provide you with a safe space which empowers you, as well as provides empathy and understanding. I believe in treating everyone with respect. My approach is warm and direct, and combines cognitive-behavioral, solution-focused, and trauma-based therapy. I look forward to working with you on your journey!

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Michelle Merindino

Clinical therapist offering therapy in NY
Counselor License Type(s): LMHC
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesFamily conflictsSelf esteemDepression
6 years of experience as a mental health therapist

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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Helen Paulucci

Clinical therapist offering therapy in NY
Counselor License Type(s): LCSW,LCADC
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsTrauma and abuseSelf esteemDepression
26 years of experience as a mental health therapist

Making yourself a priority comes first in taking care of your mental health and I am here to help you in your journey to feeling better and learn ways to increase mindfulness and create a positive energy that will bring you to a new level of wellness. With over 27 years experience in two states, I have worked in both mental health and addictions and I enjoy seeing the progress my clients make in the work that they do as they empower themselves. By using CBT, DBT, and solution focused evidenced based practices, the research is there to prove that these practices are successful in helping you on your recovery journey. In my work with all age groups, I have been able to see how these skills and practices can help to create wellness and mindfulness in order to feel better.

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Cydney Branch

Clinical therapist offering therapy in NY
Counselor License Type(s): LMHC
Family conflictsTrauma and abuseAnger management
5 years of experience as a mental health therapist

Hi! My name is Cydney Branch; I’m a licensed mental health counselor in Massachusetts. I have several years of experience working in the mental health field. As a result, I have experience working with people who have anxiety, depression, family conflict, childhood trauma, behavioral struggles, substance abuse issues, legal system involvement, and other difficulties. I use a collaborative, cognitive-behavioral (CBT) approach to assist you with meeting your goals. I want to commend you for taking the first step in owning your mental health! Please reach out if you have any questions. I’m looking forward to working with you.

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Dr. Sephiratu Wahab

Clinical therapist offering therapy in NY
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseGriefSelf esteemDepression
12 years of experience as a mental health therapist

I am licensed in New York with 12 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, trauma and abuse, coping with grief and loss, & 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. 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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Rori Crosson

Clinical therapist offering therapy in NY
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseSelf esteemDepressionCoping with life changes
15 years of experience as a mental health therapist

I'm Rori Crosson, Doctor of Social work, and a LCSW-R practitioner with more than 15 years devoted to mental health. I have had a diverse career where I have worked with children till end of life. In my practice, fostering a secure environment for clients to delve into their aspirations and find solace is paramount. I deeply appreciate cultivating a robust therapeutic connection, ensuring individuals feel understood, respected, and nurtured throughout their journey.

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Anne Flaherty

Clinical therapist offering therapy in NY
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesSelf esteemDepressionCoping with life changes
20 years of experience as a mental health therapist

I am licensed in New York State with 20 years of professional work experience. 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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Karen Schlachter

Clinical therapist offering therapy in NY
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesGriefDepressionCoping with life changes
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, relationship issues, coping with grief and loss, & 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. 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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Vicki Knight

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

Hello, I'm glad you are taking the opportunity to learn more about me! I welcome you! I understand it's not easy trying to find that perfect clinical match, to share your most personal business, thoughts and emotions. Most assuredly, I am bound to confidentiality and you are in total judgement free space where opening ears awaits you! Only you can tell your story. You are the expert of your story of which you have many strengths in overcoming your challenges. You are resilient, it has allowed you take your first step by signing up for therapy! You are very courageous and empowering! I applaud you for unlocking the door to your new journey! I am highly motivated and inspired by my successful outcomes and seeing my clients build better coping skills to improving their life functioning. My love and joy of being a therapist is seing my clients to see the best in themselves, even when they are feeling their lowest! I can help to manage, stress, anxiety, depression, compulsive disorders, anger, grief, loss, trauma, parenting issues, lack of motivation, life changes, self esteem, and self confidence. The duality of my educational studies has enabled me to acquire my strengths in providing strong exceptional supportive, and clinical services, behavioral counseling, crisis counseling, trauma counseling and resourceful coping tools. I've worked with adults, couples, the elderly, adolescents, teens, young adults, medically frail, as well as LGBQT populations. With more than15 years of experience, I am dual in my educational experience and expertise. I have a Master's Degree in Social Work, a licence in Mental Health Counseling, and a Special Certification in Trauma Counseling in New York State. My Social Work background helps me to empower others to overcome challenges and obstacles they are facing in their lives. I can help them to seek out solutions to issues and circumstances they've been trying to figure out for quite a while. Most of importantly, I welcome diversity and uniqueness. I am able to connect and empower everyone to be their best they can be! My studies in Mental Health Counseling gives me my professional and clinical knowledge to provide counseling to help improve the mental health, emotional and physical well-being of all who seek out my help. My communication, verbal and listening skills are exceptional. My clinical approaches are diverse, non-confrontational, and strength based. I’m skilled in Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Therapy, Mindfulness, Psychodynamic Therapy, Family Therapy, Trauma Counseling, Play Therapy and much more! I’m multi-skilled in providing treatment to individuals wo have experienced serious health conditions, chemical addiction, PTSD, OCD, ADD, ADHD, BiPolar Disorder, Mood Disorders, depression, anxiety, domestic violence, sexual abuse / sexual trauma. I can help with anger issues, parenting issues, grieg / loss, life changes, self esteem, life changes and much more! I look forward to hearing from you! Schedule your appointment today!

How to find a therapist for counseling in Plattsburgh

Finding the best therapist close by in Plattsburgh 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 Plattsburgh 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 Plattsburgh. 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 Plattsburgh, 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 Plattsburgh 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 Plattsburgh 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 Plattsburgh area in different types of therapy, including:

  • CBT
  • DBT
  • Substance use therapy
  • Couples therapy

When you're ready to start your search and find Plattsburgh 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 Plattsburgh, elsewhere in Clinton, 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 Plattsburgh 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 Plattsburgh 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 Plattsburgh 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 Plattsburgh 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 Plattsburgh online therapy platform verified?

Therapists in Plattsburgh, 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 Plattsburgh 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 Plattsburgh 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 Plattsburgh 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 Plattsburgh 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 Plattsburgh 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 Plattsburgh?

One of the potentially rewarding aspects of working with a Plattsburgh 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.

Plattsburgh 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 Plattsburgh 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 Plattsburgh 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 12903 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 Plattsburgh counselor?

Before seeing your Plattsburgh 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 Plattsburgh.

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 Plattsburgh 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 Plattsburgh 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 Plattsburgh, 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.

Plattsburgh 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.

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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