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Alisa Sawyer

Offering therapy in NY
License: LMHC
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsSelf esteemDepressionCoping with life changes
7 years of experience

Hello! My name is Alisa Sawyer. I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in New York with over 7 years of counseling experience. I graduated with my Master’s from University at Albany and have worked in a variety of mental health settings. I am well versed in various treatment approaches and have extensive experience addressing a variety of concerns including depression, anxiety, dealing with life transitions, self-esteem issues, and relationship issues. Beyond my formal training, I believe the most important thing I bring as a counselor is my belief in being truly present and in tune with the person I am working with. My counseling style is integrative and pulls from a few different approaches including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Transpersonal Therapy, and Positive Psychology, but most importantly it is grounded in a client-centered approach. What this means is that sessions are not “one size fits all”. Instead we will work together to figure out what is the best combination of techniques and skills to help you meet your goals and most importantly to help you get on a path of living your best life. There is a story in positive psychology that if you put a plant in a darker room with only a small window, after time you will notice that the plant starts bending, growing and reaching toward wherever the light is and it will seek out what it needs to bloom. This mirrors my belief in people, that even in dark and challenging situations there is something in all of us that continues to want to grow and most importantly wants to reach for and seek out the light in life. It is often the dark challenges and difficult things that spark the idea of therapy but it is a person’s decision to seek this help that I believe is one of the biggest demonstrations of this innate desire for the light, for the goodness and joys of being human in action. I aim to be a window for you, to help let the light in and to help you tap into your own capacity to thrive and bloom!

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Thomas Patitucci

Offering therapy in NY
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsTrauma and abuseParenting issuesDepression
35 years of experience

I am Licenced Clinicial Social Worker and Master Addiction Counselor. I have spent the 40 years in the helping professions. I assist adolescents, adults and couples improve their lives with counseling and therapies. I have effectively assisted people prosess symptoms of anxiety, depression, loss and abuse. I taught graduate level social work students for four years at Rutgers. I also have extensive expertice as an executive and career coach. I have successfully assisted a broad spectrum of persons with a variety of problems including those with more severe illnesses. My focuses in counseling and therapy is always to first get to know the person/ couple seeking assistance and working with them to offer an individualized treatment approach and plan that is specifically developed to help them to successfully address their needs and empower them to improve their lives. I am well versed in a number of treatment modalites including but limited to: Cognitive Behavioral , Person Centered, Psycotherapy and other therapuetic approaches. I most often find an Integrated Couple Therapy Approach which focuses upon the fact that to have a successful marriage/ relationship couples need to develop the ability to accept the unchangeable and change what can be changed. This realistic premise is at the heart of integrative couple therapy and works well in many instances and I beleive that drawing from a varity flexible intergated appraoch can be one of the best ways to have people take control of their lives and be successful! Biopyschosocial Assessments and Case Management support is available for SSDI, SSI, Veterans Benefit applications and other circumstance which require case management/advocacy on an additional private pay basis. Smile life is what you make it , let me help you find your path to a better future. I have worked with those in the theatrical professions.

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Andrea Martinez

Offering therapy in NY
License: LCSW
Self esteemCoping with life changes
4 years of experience

Hi, I am Andrea. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a wide variety of experience. Currently, in addition to providing counseling through Better Help, I work as a Clinical Coordinator within the NYC hospital system. I coordinate treatment amongst a variety of agencies to best support persons with severe mental illness as they reintegrate back into the community. I have also developed a program to support adults with developmental disabilities by connecting them to community treatment providers. During my time as a social worker, I have provided counseling to persons in the criminal justice system in a variety of contexts. I also have experience as an individual and group therapist for persons struggling with substance use disorders in the outpatient setting. I previously served as a counselor and advocate in the hospitals, courts, and on a crisis hotline for survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence. As an undergraduate at SUNY New Paltz, I studied sociology with a focus on human services. As a graduate student at CUNY Hunter, I received a Masters in Social Work with a concentration in Children, Youth, and Families. I am trained in Mental Health First Aid and Crisis Intervention. I completed a course in Social Pedagogy in Denmark, learning to integrate a holistic and relationship-based approach into my counseling techniques. I know that no single approach to counseling is the right one for each person. My counseling style aims to meet my clients where they are at to promote self-advocacy and highlight inner strengths. I utilize methods such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Solution Focused Therapy.

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Christopher Casazza

Offering therapy in NY
License: LMHC
Stress, AnxietySelf esteemCareer difficultiesDepressionCoping with life changes
8 years of experience

Making the choice to go to therapy is not the easiest one you will ever make, but it is among the most powerful. Whether you are struggling to cope with recent changes in your life or have made the choice to address long-standing issues in a new way, finding someone who is able to provide an unbiased, thoughtful perspective can improve your life profoundly. All of us encounter obstacles and face difficulty. In response to that difficulty, we may develop coping strategies that no longer serve us. My goal is to help individuals truly understand how they have come to find themselves living the lives that they are living at this moment, so that we can together determine how to most effectively develop strategies and use techniques that produce powerful, positive and lasting change. This change is cultivated in a caring, nonjudgmental environment of acceptance. I utilize an eclectic, evidence-based approach that includes CBT, DBT and mindfulness-based interventions that encourage growth while simultaneously honoring and accepting you for who you are. I look forward to working with you.

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Trevor Gates-Crandall

Offering therapy in NY
License: PhD,LCSW
Stress, AnxietyLGBTDepressionCoping with life changes
17 years of experience

My name is Dr Trevor Gates-Crandall, and I have worked in the human services field since 2001. I have experience working with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer+ issues, and have worked with a variety of issues, including depression and anxiety. I am solution-focused and person centered, and specialize in working with people who are looking for short-term support. I believe that every person is on their own journey and I am here to support you in meeting the goals that you want to meet.

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Clare Holahan

Offering therapy in NY
License: MS,LMHC,NCC
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseDepressionCoping with life changesCompassion fatigue
4 years of experience

I grew up outside of Rochester, NY and graduated from St. John Fisher with my Masters in 2019. I interned at an outpatient mental health clinic in Rochester during school, and shortly after graduation I worked in a high school as a drug and alcohol counselor and educator. My most recent job was an outpatient mental health clinic in Auburn. Half of my time was spent working remotely as a therapist in Elementary school in the area. I currently working remotely from Syracuse NY. As cliche as it sounds, I whole heartedly believe my clients are in control of their life as well as their therapy. I use interventions from a number of different theories and modalities to provide the best care to each individual person. With that being said I most often find myself using CBT, DBT and motivational interviewing techniques. In general, I would say my approach is client-centered. My goal is to meet you where you are at, wherever that may be. My hope is my clients are able to find confidence in themselves in sessions with me and feel challenged to be the best version of themselves. I hope my clients feel as though we are taking on life challenges together, and maybe have some laughs along the way.

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Wendy Hornick

Offering therapy in NY
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesGriefSelf esteemDepression
28 years of experience

I am licensed in New York with 25 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. 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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Leah Manders

Offering therapy in NY
AddictionsSelf esteemCoping with life changes
6 years of experience

Hello, My name is Leah Madeline Manders, I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). For over 6 years, I’ve been working with adolescents, adults, and older individuals who struggle with a range of challenges related to behavioral and mental health, interpersonal stress, grief and loss, and addictions, among other life areas. I use a generalist approach- which means I draw from a variety of different therapy frameworks, including motivational interviewing and strength-based; I try to tailor my approach to each, unique person I work with, depending on their individual needs. My aim is to create a safe, comfortable space to explore and hopefully resolve stressors- by utilizing your existing strengths and developing new tools and skills to manage challenges and create a fulfilling life.

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Jessica Huff

Offering therapy in NY
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesSelf esteemDepression
10 years of experience

I am licensed in New York with 10 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, relationship issues, & motivation, self esteem, and confidence. I also have experience working with 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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Marsha Rimler

Offering therapy in NY
Relationship issuesSelf esteemDepressionCoping with life changes
20 years of experience

I am licensed in New York with 20 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with relationship issues, motivation, self esteem, and confidence, & depression. 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 sign up for therapy can take courage and I am proud of you for getting started!

How to find counseling in Schaghticoke

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

How does the cost of in-person counseling compare to the cost of BetterHelp with a licensed Schaghticoke 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 Schaghticoke 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 Schaghticoke 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 Schaghticoke, 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 Schaghticoke 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 Schaghticoke 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 Schaghticoke 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 Schaghticoke 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 Schaghticoke 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 12154 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 Schaghticoke 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 Schaghticoke 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 Schaghticoke, 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.

Schaghticoke 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

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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