Your life is something that you should show off to the world. However, when you're mentally unwell, you may feel like there is nothing for you to show off. Doubts, anxieties, and challenges you can’t seem to win can make it a problem. However, a counselor based in Syracuse can help you. 

Syracuse is known for its convention center. Conventions are a place for people to meet up and show off the latest products. In your mind, you should have your own convention where you show off the good in you. A counselor can help you with that. Speak to one today. 

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Danielle McDonaugh

Offering therapy in NY
License: MA,LCSW
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesTrauma and abuseSelf esteemDepression
10 years of experience

I am a licensed clinical social worker with ten years of experience providing individual therapy and family therapy services. I have worked with individuals ages 8 through adulthood with a variety of presenting challenges such as anxiety, depression, relationship and family issues, work stress, traumatic and adverse experiences, as well as LGBTQ related struggles. I approach the therapeutic relationship with compassionate curiosity and a respect to the person’s unique experience. My experience is varied and across settings. I have provided services in community clinics, telehealth, homebound therapy, as well school-based mental health clinic. The foundation of my therapeutic understanding comes from the premise that our primary suffering is borne from our conditions and that we have understandable reactions to painful and adverse experiences. I strive to provide warmth, comfort and respect in the therapeutic relationship. My therapy style is eclectic and derived from relational-humanistic, cognitive behavioral, psychodynamic and motivational interviewing therapy approaches. My promise is to work with you and listen to your needs and help you determine which approach will work best for you and tailor treatment to suit those needs. Whether that is a wish to develop insight or needing symptom relief and improved daily function; my hope is we can work together to achieve that for you. It takes a lot of strength to work toward a more fulfilling life, especially when we are not feeling our best. I am here to support you in this goal.

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Melanie Blaikie

Offering therapy in NY
License: LMHC,MA
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsTrauma and abuseSelf esteemDepression
22 years of experience

Hello, my name is Melanie Blaikie and am a LMHC with 20 plus years of experience in counseling people with different cultural backgrounds, genders, LGBTQ+, BIPOC, mental health conditions, addictions, trauma, and crisis interventions. I am licensed in New York State and focus on Self Actualization through meditation, mindfulness, and client centered therapy. I can show you how to rewire your brain to help reduce anxiety and depression. I also include alternative type treatments such as: EFT (tapping), dreamscapes, and other therapies that the client may be interested in such as Angel Therapy. Pain management and working with dementia are other areas that I address. I treat the whole person as the mind, body, and spirit are inherently connected. Life is hard and we all need support. I meet the client where they are and believe in working on a treatment plan together so they can be as well as they can be. I recognize that seeking out a therapist is hard but also brave. Therefore, I provide a safe and non-judgmental environment to explore a variety of issues and concerns. I have no issues bringing in spiritual elements, if this important to the client but will not do so if this is of no interest to the client. Nothing is too hard to deal with if the client is willing to explore it. Currently, my schedule is Wednesday, Thursday, and Fridays (subject to change.)

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Laura Todaro

Offering therapy in NY
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseGriefDepression
18 years of experience

Welcome and congratulations on taking such a brave step toward making positive changes in your life. I have over 20 years experience treating individuals in clinical and private practice settings using animal assisted therapy, art therapy, music therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness, meditation and creative visualization. I have worked with children and adults with autism, developmental disabilities, depression, anxiety, ADHD, and trauma. In my current private practice treatment modalities include mindfulness and cognitive behavioral therapy to treat adults for anxiety, depression, grief, trauma, stress management, and anger management. I believe that counseling is a process that treats mind, body and spirit where the therapist accompanies the client on his/her own journey toward inner peace and well-being. I look forward to accompanying you on your life's journey!

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Margaret Sicari

Offering therapy in NY
License: LCSW, ACSW
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsRelationship issuesSelf esteemDepression
34 years of experience

My name is Margaret Sicari, but please call me Peggy. I am a Clinical Social Worker licensed in the state of New York where I have been practicing for over 25 years. I've been a therapist in private practice, a clinician in an agency, a social worker in a high school, a clinical supervisor and Director in a program. I have worked with individuals, couples, families and groups. My experience in a variety of settings and positions have resulted in me working with a diversity of people with a diversity of life challenges. The most common issues clients present are anxiety and depression, relationship problems, emotional abuse, childhood trauma, damaged self-esteem and poor coping skills. I have also worked extensively with individuals and families struggling with substance use disorders, intervening to assist clients in achieving and sustaining recovery and supporting the family members impacted by the disease including ACOA's (Adult Children of Alcoholics and other addictions). Counseling is an interactive and collaborative process. What we focus on and how we focus on it is determined by us discussing and agreeing on the plan for achieving your goals. Making you feel comfortable and building a trusting relationship is essential to your success and a top priority for me as we begin our work together. I am here to assist in broadening your understanding of yourself and your situation; building on your strengths and adding new tools to your coping skills; and finding the best path for resolving your current life challenges. You have take the first difficulty step and reached out for help. I look forward to being the person who take the next one with you.

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Frantica Hardaway

Offering therapy in NY
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsAnger managementCareer difficultiesDepression
7 years of experience

I am licensed in North Carolina and New York with 7 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with depression, stress, anxiety, anger management, and those who experience a loss of 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. 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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Jacquelyn Beniquez

Offering therapy in NY
Stress, AnxietyLGBTIntimacy-related issuesCoping with life changesCompassion fatigue
18 years of experience

I am licensed in New York with over 20 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, LGBTQIA related issues, intimacy related issues, & coping with life changes. Although I do not identify as being part of the LGBTQIA community, I am an ally. I am a certified sex therapist with a second master's degree in Human Sexuality. 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. I approach the therapist relationship with an acute sensitivity and respect for multi/cross-cultural factors. I always consider health and healing requires an understanding of how our unique bio-psych-social-sexual-spiritual aspects are inclusive of wellness not separate. I firmly believe that everyone has within themselves the power to heal themselves. I consider my work as a therapist is to educate and assist individuals in uncovering the resilience, they already hold within to create the life they want. I often use worksheets and journaling for work between sessions. I do my best to respond to messages received within a few hours. I generally respond to messages Monday - Sunday 6 am - 8 pm. I work most weekends from early morning to mid afternoon. I hold my therapy sessions on Saturdays & Sundays only. Please note that I am not available for counseling Monday - Friday. I am currently seeking to fill early am openings at this time. I currently only have opening for Saturday 8 am & 11:15 Sunday 10:30 am. Feel free to reach out if this works for you.

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Jonathan Kerz

Offering therapy in NY
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsRelationship issuesSelf esteemDepression
5 years of experience

I am licensed in New York with 5 years of professional work experience. I specialize in helping clients with stress and anxiety, coping with addictions, relationship issues, 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 sign up for therapy can take courage and I am proud of you for getting started!

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Tonie Schmitt

Offering therapy in NY
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsTrauma and abuseDepressionCoping with life changes
26 years of experience

I am licensed in New York with 26 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, coping with addictions, trauma and abuse, & depression. I believe in treating everyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion. I will tailor our dialog and treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs. Taking the first step to sign up for therapy can take courage and I am proud of you for getting started!

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Cameron Eshgh

Offering therapy in NY
LGBTRelationship issuesTrauma and abuseIntimacy-related issuesBipolar disorder
4 years of experience

I am licensed in New York with 4 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with coping with addictions, lgbtq+ related issues, relationship issues, & trauma and abuse. 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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Heather Britton-Schrager

Offering therapy in NY
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesFamily conflictsSelf esteemDepression
5 years of experience

I am licensed in New York with 16 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, & motivation, self-esteem, and confidence. I have extensive experience with brain injury. 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. I work primarily in Solution Focused Brief Therapy. 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 Syracuse

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

How does the cost of in-person counseling compare to the cost of BetterHelp with a licensed Syracuse 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 Syracuse 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 Syracuse 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 Syracuse, 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 Syracuse 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 Syracuse 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 Syracuse 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 Syracuse 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 Syracuse 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 13235 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 Syracuse 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 Syracuse 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 Syracuse, 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.

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

13201, 13202, 13203, 13204, 13205, 13206, 13207, 13208, 13210, 13214, 13217, 13218, 13220, 13221, 13224, 13225, 13235, 13244, 13250, 13251, 13252, 13261, 13290

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