Sometimes, it feels like you're trapped in a forest. When you have depression, apathy, and other life problems, you may feel like there’s no way out of the woods, and you're stuck there forever. However, there is an answer, and this comes in the form of a counselor based in Schenectady. 

Schenectady means “beyond the pines.” When you're having a problem, you need to go beyond the trees that surround you and find a new place. A counselor can be the map that makes it much easier for you to navigate your own forest. Speak to a counselor today and see what they can do for you.

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Joseph Ramsey

Offering therapy in NY
License: LCSW
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesTrauma and abuseBipolar disorderDepression
16 years of experience

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 21 years of experience in the field and 16 years providing counseling. I graduated with my Master of Social Work from Pitt in 2007. My approach to therapy is one of trust building and getting to know the individual. I firmly believe that you are the expert on your life. I believe in honest and direct communication. I have experience in community mental health and expertise in dealing with anxiety, depression, anger, domestic violence, obsessive compulsive disorder, bipolar disorder (I and II), complex trauma (PTSD), and a variety of issues related to life changes that all of us experience. I am trained in Cognitive Behavior Therapy, EMDR, Progressive Counting, Motivational Interviewing, and a variety of other modalities that I can use to assist you in whatever issues you are experiencing. I look forward to working with you and sharing in your journey of healing.

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Shavonna Fitzgerald

Offering therapy in NY
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseAnger managementSelf esteemDepression
8 years of experience

I spent hours thinking of what to say and how to say it… I find being genuine to be very valuable in building a therapeutic relationship with clients and it is my first focus in treatment. I aim to create an environment where you feel safe to express your feelings and thoughts. I have over 9 years of experience as a licensed social worker in New York. My experience has included working with survivors of domestic violence, children, families, individuals with substance use disorders, and forensic mental health. I have worked with clients to address issues related to depression, anxiety, complex trauma, relationship issues, school, and life transitions. My therapeutic style is holistic, client-centered, culturally sensitive, and utilizes approaches such as CBT, SBFT (Solution Focused Brief Therapy), Motivational Interviewing, and Psychodynamic Therapy. Each client presents with unique needs and treatment is tailored to reflect that. “We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty”. -Maya Angelou Therapy can be a catalyst for change and it is my hope that after embarking on this journey; you emerge the person you desire to be.

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Theresa Mayfield-Boza

Offering therapy in NY
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesAnger managementSelf esteemDepression
40 years of experience

I am licensed in New York with 40 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, relationship issues, couple's therapy, anger management, motivation, self esteem, and confidence. I believe that you are the expert of your story and that you have many strengths that will assist you in overcoming things that challenge you. Taking the first step to seeking a more fulfilling and happier life takes courage. Being positive is not always easy and takes effort for changing our negative programmed way of thinking, which we inherited from culture, family and others. I am here to support you in that process. I work with couples to repair trust, improve communication, and strengthen their emotional intimacy with each other. Couples also learn their love language, and the value of making the choice to Love, commitment, monogamy, and financial growth. It takes courage to seek out a more WE centered vs. EGO centered life and to take the necessary steps towards change. I am here to support & empower you in that journey.

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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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Sonya Tulevech

Offering therapy in NY
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesFamily conflictsAnger managementDepression
20 years of experience

I am licensed in New York with 20 years of professional work experience. My approach is helping adults of all ages focus on working on their problems and concerns in a safe, non-judgemental environment. Like any profession there are tools to the trade. I'd welcome teaching you these tools. Change is possible! Join me in using a cognitive behavioral based therapeutic approach to improve the quality of your life. I work with both new-comers to therapy, and also those where therapy in the past has not been helpful. People in non-life threatening crises are especially encouraged to contact me. There are solutions out there.

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Teresa Maguire

Offering therapy in NY
AddictionsLGBTRelationship issuesTrauma and abuseDepression
25 years of experience

I am licensed in Massachusetts with 25 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with coping with addictions, lgbtq+ related issues, relationship issues, & trauma and abuse. I believe in treating everyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion. I will tailor our dialog and treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs. 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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Dana Newton

Offering therapy in NY
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesSelf esteemDepressionCoping with life changes
9 years of experience

I am licensed in New York with 9 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, relationship issues, 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 seeking a more fulfilling and happier life takes courage. I am here to support you in that process.

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Jacqueline Rosario

Offering therapy in NY
Stress, AnxietyRelationship 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 stress and anxiety, relationship issues, 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. 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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Simone Hamilton

Offering therapy in NY
GriefAnger managementSelf esteemCareer difficultiesCoping with life changes
6 years of experience

I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the state of New York. My experience comes from providing direct mental health counseling for children, teens, and young adults with a variety of issues, including anxiety, depression, trauma and abuse, low self-esteem, assertiveness, boundary setting, and emotional intelligence. My experience is varied across multiple settings. I have provided individual, family, and group therapy in school settings, college counseling centers, church and community settings, and private practice. I have learned that we are greater than the sum of our parts; and that the things we have gone through do not define us. When put together, those things make us the unique individuals that we are. We all come from different backgrounds with specific hardship that has shaped us into the person that we are today. I will strive to treat the therapeutic relationship and you with honor, respect, compassion, and warmth. My therapeutic approach is eclectic. I draw my influence from Rogerian (Person-Centered) Therapy, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness, and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. I believe that the client is the expert of their lives and my role in the therapeutic relationship is the provide a safe space for honest self-exploration. However, my top priority is to meet you where you are and work collaboratively to meet your goals. Whether you are working towards enlightenment or to improve functioning, I will tailor your treatment to meet your unique and specific needs. It takes a lot of strength and courage to work towards a more fulfilling and happier life. If you are ready to take the step, I am here to support and empower you.

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Jacqueline Rosario

Offering therapy in NY
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesGriefSelf esteemCoping with life changes
30 years of experience

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, & motivation, self esteem, and confidence. My style is to work with you and/or your significant other, in a collaborative manner, to help you develop greater insight into your unique challenges and to help you to identify and enhance the strengths you already possess. 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 journey.

How to find counseling in Schenectady

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

How does the cost of in-person counseling compare to the cost of BetterHelp with a licensed Schenectady 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 Schenectady 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 Schenectady 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 Schenectady, 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 Schenectady 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 Schenectady 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 Schenectady 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 Schenectady 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 Schenectady 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 12308 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 Schenectady 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 Schenectady 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 Schenectady, 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.

Schenectady 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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Below are some of the zip codes served by BetterHelp therapists in Schenectady:

12301, 12304, 12305, 12307, 12308, 12325, 12345

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