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Chandel Tommola

Offering therapy in NY
License: LMHC
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesTrauma and abuseSelf esteemCoping with life changes
10 years of experience

Hello! I don't know you, but I want you to know that you are incredibly brave for taking the initial step and seeking help and support. Life can be hard and overwhelming, but you no longer need to go it alone! I believe healing is possible for everyone-including you! I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with over 10 years of professional counseling experience. I have worked in an array of settings including private office, justice system, in-home, and telehealth. I am experienced in working with life transitions, anxiety, depression, and trauma. Things happen- you may have lost your job, your relationship may have ended, or maybe you moved and you feel disconnected. Perhaps you cannot seem to stop thinking about the same worry and it is beginning to impact your quality of life. Maybe you suddenly feel like staying in bed and have little interest in seeing friends- and you just are not sure what is going on with you. Maybe the trauma you endured in childhood- the trauma you thought had no impact on your life, just began popping up in your romantic relationship and you are feeling scared and confused. Through counseling, you can develop a deeper understanding of yourself, develop coping skills for difficult moments in life, achieve your goals, and start to feel like you again, and even learn who you are. I do not believe counseling is one-size-fits-all. I do not work from one therapeutic model, but draw on several, which provides you with the most effective treatment approach. I work collaboratively with my clients; as a team. I believe you are the expert on yourself. With that said, I will still challenge behaviors and thinking patterns that work against your goals. Sometimes we are in our own way, and we will work to abolish habits and patterns that keep you stuck. I congratulate you on taking this step in beginning to get back to yourself! I do have a set schedule, Tuesday's, Wednesday's, and Thursday's I hold sessions at 6pm, 7pm, 8pm. I am sometimes able to accommodate a make-up session on an alternative day when my schedule allows.

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Alexandra Kerr

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

I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in NY, and a LPC-MHSP in Tennessee. I graduated in May 2018 from William James College with my Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, and a concentration in Forensic and Correctional Counseling. I have worked in the areas of mental health and substance use for the past 6 years in a combination of community residential, outpatient, and inpatient settings in the community as well as in correctional settings. I have worked with clients who have a wide range of diagnoses including anxiety, depression, bipolar and other mood disorders, ADHD, PTSD, substance use disorders, and personality disorders. I have a lot of experience helping clients with transitions including starting sobriety, reentry from incarceration, relationship changes, loss and many various other major life changes that can lead to anxiety/depression. I would describe my approach as warm, empathetic, person centered, and solution focused. I will work with you to help you reach your goals and make positive changes in your life. I use an eclectic approach, pulling techniques from many theories including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness, Motivational Interviewing, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. I look forward to working with you!

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Christine MacNaughton

Offering therapy in NY
License: LCSWR
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesFamily conflictsParenting issuesDepression
10 years of experience

I consider myself fortunate to have worked in the mental health field for over 20+ years. I have a Master's Degree in Clinical Social Work from New York University , as well as Post- Master's Education/ Advanced Certificate Degree from NYU. My background is varied , with significant experience in Disaster Mental Health / Crisis / Trauma ; Foster care and Adoption , Chronic Disease. Mood/Bipolar Disorders, ADHD, Depression & Anxiety, Sexual Abuse Trauma, Persistent Psychiatric illness, Couples Treatment, Academic -related Issues , etc. I am passionate , and deeply committed in my mission to help others navigate through their unique life journey. I utilize a collaborative approach to therapy, wherein we work together to find solutions and alternatives.. I support others in their effort to see life through a different lens... To consider other life perspectives , with the ultimate goal of forging a sense of hope, healing ...and a new pathway forward . I truly believe that we all have inherent gifts and strengths. However, sometimes we encounter difficulty accessing the power we all have within us to succeed and overcome life's challenges. Everyone is fighting their own unique battle: to be free from the live in the present...and to create their future . You are not alone. Life can be more difficult than we often anticipate at times; steering us onto unpaved roads, throwing us unexpected curve-balls... Sometimes , piling way too much on our plates at once. Therapy can be the missing link: to facilitate your healing , to support you in living a healthier life... and in leading a more productive life . Be your authentic self... It would be my honor to assist you in your journey!

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Cheralyn Nemard

Offering therapy in NY
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesFamily conflictsIntimacy-related issuesParenting issues
3 years of experience

I am licensed in New York with 3 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, & intimacy related issues. 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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Lauren Tegnander

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

I am licensed in New York with 15 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, 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. 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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Johanna Henry

Offering therapy in NY
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesFamily conflictsParenting issuesBipolar disorder
11 years of experience

I am licensed in New York with 11 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, & parenting issues. I believe in treating everyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion. I will tailor our dialog and treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs. 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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Meagan Licata

Offering therapy in NY
Stress, AnxietySleeping disordersSelf esteemDepressionADHD
4 years of experience

I am licensed in New York and have worked in mental health in various capacities for 15 years, counseling for 4. I have experience working with people with stress and anxiety, sleeping disorders, domestic violence, self esteem & depression, and many others. It's important that you feel connected with your therapist, and I take time to build that trust with my clients. Taking the first step is the hardest part, we will get through the rest together. I'm so happy you're here.

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Nina Schafer

Offering therapy in NY
AddictionsRelationship issuesFamily conflictsTrauma and abuseEating disorders
15 years of experience

I am licensed in New York State as a Marriage and Family Therapist with fifteen years of professional experience. I believe that much of therapy is about a bond that develops between client and therapist and that both the therapist and the client can be regarded as experts about what is being experienced by the client. I received my MA degree have from New College of California in 1994 and later graduated from The Ackerman Institute For The Family in New York City in 2007. While my treatment approach is eclectic, combining schools of thought, I am basically Psychodynamic in style, combining aspects of Self Psychology and Family Therapy in my interventions.

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Lillian Knutzen

Offering therapy in NY
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesIntimacy-related issuesParenting issuesDepression
24 years of experience

I am licensed in New York with 24 years of professional work experience. Having studied at Teachers College, Columbia University has given me an opportunity to learn and draw on many therapeutic modalities to meet your needs. I have vast experience in helping clients with depression, stress and anxiety, relationship issues, on line dating, intimacy related issues, & marriage, family and parenting issues. I work with my clients to create an open and safe environment where thoughts and feelings can be shared without fear of judgment. My philosophy is taking time to explore what your world looks like and making changes to make it what you would like it to be. Taking the first step to seeking a more fulfilling and happier life takes courage. I am here to support you in that process. You are not alone and don't have to do anything to prepare. Just log in and schedule your first appointment.

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Veronica Garcia Zeda

Offering therapy in NY
Stress, AnxietySelf esteemCareer difficultiesDepressionADHD
5 years of experience

Born and raised in the vibrant city of San Juan, Puerto Rico, I have always felt a deep connection to the community and a passion for helping others. My journey into the field of social work began with a profound desire to make a meaningful difference in the lives of children, adolescents, and adults who often face unique challenges and struggles. Throughout my career, I have experience with a diverse set of therapeutic techniques and interventions to best address the multifaceted needs of my clients. From crisis intervention to psychotherapy using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), motivational interviewing, mindfulness practices, client-centered therapy, and solution-focused therapy, I have employed a holistic approach tailored to each individual's unique circumstances. Being bilingual in English and Spanish has been an asset in my practice, allowing me to effectively communicate and connect with a diverse range of clients and communities. My proficiency in both languages has facilitated deeper understanding and cultural sensitivity in my work, ensuring that all individuals receive the support and resources they need to thrive. My work has been deeply rewarding, as I've witnessed firsthand the transformative power of compassionate care and evidence-based interventions. I remain steadfast in my commitment to promoting healing, resilience, and empowerment.

How to find counseling in Salem

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

How does the cost of in-person counseling compare to the cost of BetterHelp with a licensed Salem 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 Salem 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 Salem 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 Salem, 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 Salem 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 Salem 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 Salem 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 Salem 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 Salem 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 12865 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 Salem 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 Salem 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 Salem, 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.

Salem 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

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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 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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