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Marcus Johnson

Offering therapy in NY
Eating disordersSleeping disordersBipolar disorderADHD
17 years of experience

Marcus Johnson is my name and I'm a native of New Jersey but I've resided in Harlem, New York since 1992. I'am an accomplished counselor, therapist but most importantly an advocate and mediator for all populations. As a practicing Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) since 2006 and a proud Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) since 2002, I've seen how my background brings insight to members sessions aiding then therapeutically living with trauma and post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) diagnoses. My background and expertise has also allowed me to work together with members living with anxiety, depression, and bipolar disorder. What you may not know about me is prior to becoming an accomplished therapist I was a full scholarship student working towards a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree in dance at The Juilliard School. After completing my second year at the age of 20 I was injured in a motor vehicle accident in New Jersey. The diagnosis of a spinal cord injury least to say was traumatic but more so transformative. With God and supportive family, friend and loved ones I've earned all three of my degrees post injury. I hold two degrees from New York University, one of which is a master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling in 2002 and went on to earn a MSW from Fordham University in 2007. For fifteen years I've worked for a community-based Managed Long-Term Care (MLTC) organization where their mission supported adults with physical disabilities and chronic health conditions to live and thrive fully in community life. As the Director of Advocacy and my tenure at this organization allowed me to hone in on advocacy and mediation skills supporting recipients with disabilities on an array of issues from supportive housing, Social Security Administration, Medicaid/Medicare, Adult Career and Continuing Education Services-Vocational Rehabilitation (ACCESS- VR) as well as on the local and state offices of government. I also coach, providing motivational and mentoring approach to sessions assisting Christians, LGBTQ+ community and couples. Currently I’m Advocacy Specialist with a Health Home organization advocating much the same way as when I worked for the (MLTC) for 15 years. In addition I approach sessions with a motivational collaborative style. Implementing a Motivational Interviewing (MI) approach allows me to work with clients jointly to explore a multitude of concerns. If you're ready, I'm ready to take that step with you of what concerns you and make change. I look forward to working with you!

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Jessica Brusgul

Offering therapy in NY
License: LMHC
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesAnger managementSelf esteemDepression
10 years of experience

I am a licensed mental health counselor (LMHC) with many years of experience. working with various types of individuals. My primary focus has been practicing through individual sessions with those dealing with such challenges as anxiety, depression, anger, and relationship issues. My experience also includes helping those who have personality disorders and parenting concerns. My approach is to provide a judgment free setting which includes a combination of CBT, assignments between sessions, and other approaches as necessary. Encouraging my clients to maintain a journal has been known to be extremely beneficial. I also place great emphasis on self care, as this is known to be difficult for many. Providing articles encompassing various mental health challenges during session has been beneficial as well. Lastly, through my experience thus far, utilizing a strength based approach reiterates or assists in helping clients recall or realize their individual strength and potential.

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Elizabeth Kotkin

Offering therapy in NY
License: LMFT
AddictionsTrauma and abuseGriefSelf esteemDepression
35 years of experience

My name is Beth Kotkin. I am a Licensed Marriage and Family therapist in New York and California with more than 30 years experience. I spent half of my career in the San Francisco Bay area, working with families impacted by alcohol and drug issues, as well as trauma survivors and those with depression and anxiety disorders. I also specialize in inner child work and those who struggle with codependency and family of origin issues. I trained with John Bradshaw and designed and directed one of his programs in the Bay Area. I moved back to my home town of NYC in 2009 and have been working with clients in New York since then. I would describe my approach as warm, empathic and collaborative. I will listen to your needs in a nonjudgemental atmosphere, and tailor my approach to meet what works for you individually. I utilize a motivational approach with an emphasis on finding mutually agreed-upon goals and solutions. I am focused on providing counseling to individuals and families who are touched by alcohol, drug or other addictive problems. I also specialize in treatment for abuse and trauma survivors. I have experience with adults in a supportive strength-based trauma-informed approach. My specialties include depression, grief, anxiety, drug and alcohol abuse and recovery, codependency, survivors of abuse and trauma, and healing the inner child.

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Denis Kitchen

Offering therapy in NY
License: LMHC
Stress, AnxietyAnger managementSelf esteemDepressionCoping with life changes
3 years of experience

The core of my approach is to strengthen your resilience. This process is painful, requires focused effort, and there is no guarantee of success. If you're ready to rip up that winning lottery ticket, throw it in a mud puddle, and stomp on it, then you're ready to begin working with me. There are no questions off the table here. No taboos. We can even start with the assumption that your happiness is hopeless. Now with that out of the way... are you willing to move toward wholeness? Then let's begin.

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Eathelda Turner

Offering therapy in NY
License: LCSW
Trauma and abuseParenting issuesDepressionCoping with life changesADHD
9 years of experience

I am a licensed clinical social worker. I specialize in depression, anxiety, mood disorders, and low self-esteem. My modality of treatment encompasses cognitive behavior therapy, solution focused therapy, client centered therapy, and motivational interviewing. I practice from a trauma informed perspective in which I recognize symptoms of trauma and the role it plays in one's life. I strive to help individuals understand experiences happening in their lives and collaboratively work together to develop and gain the tools necessary to overcome and manage symptoms of mental health. Taking the first step (or even continuing the journey), can be the hardest part, now that you’re here, we can take the second step together!

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Marissa Boscia-Wittekind

Offering therapy in NY
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsRelationship issuesFamily conflictsParenting issues
11 years of experience

I believe that therapy is a collaborative process where we work together to make progress towards your goals. I encourage you to be honest with me about your needs so that your experience is productive and beneficial to your well-being. You can trust that I will be honest with you in order to build a strong therapeutic relationship. I have an eclectic style, drawing on a variety of strength based techniques such as CBT, emotional regulation, and relaxation techniques. I have a warm, engaging style and my approach is collaborative, practical and solution focused. I approach each session with the understanding that the individual is the expert on themselves and that they bring a unique set of needs, goals and strengths. My belief is that my role is to help empower and guide each individual to see their potential and get “unstuck” from patterns that have not and are not working for them. My number one priority is to provide a safe, nonjudgmental environment where you can feel supported in order to explore your experiences and challenges. That being said, our first session will be focused on building rapport. You will find yourself sharing about who you are and what has brought you to seek out therapy. We will talk about your history and background and begin to explore your initial goals.

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Brittany Zucco

Offering therapy in NY
License: LCSW,Master CASAC
AddictionsTrauma and abuseAnger managementADHD
13 years of experience

Hi! I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and Master CASAC (Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor) in New York State. I completed my Master of Arts degree in Psychology in 2008, Master’s degree in Social Work in 2018, and have held my CASAC since 2014. I have worked in the mental health and human service field for over 12 years in many different capacities, including residential treatment, case management, outpatient and inpatient substance use disorder treatment, and currently in a school setting. My therapy style is calm and open. I believe in meeting an individual where they are at and focusing on what they identify as their current struggle. I know that building a positive relationship with an individual is crucial and often lays the groundwork for a beneficial connection. I do not depend on a sole modality for therapy, as I believe that different interventions work for different individuals, however I am experienced with and often utilize a combination of Solution-Focused Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Mindfulness, and Client/Person-Centered Therapy. My goal is to make your experience feel positive, comfortable and safe. I have a very optimistic and humorous approach to therapy. I look forward to working with you and supporting you in accomplishing your goals!

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Thea Jandzio

Offering therapy in NY
Stress, AnxietyLGBTTrauma and abuseGriefDepression
25 years of experience

I am licensed in New York with 25 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, lgbt-related issues, relationship issues, & coping with grief and loss. 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. I am here to support you in that process.

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Leslie Alicea

Offering therapy in NY
Stress, AnxietyLGBTRelationship issuesFamily conflictsDepression
10 years of experience

I am licensed in Texas, Kentucky, and New York State. I have over 7 years of professional work experience. I have experience helping clients with depression and anxiety, LGBT-related issues, relationship issues, & family conflicts. I believe that you are the expert on your story and have many strengths that will assist you in overcoming things that challenge you. Taking the first step to seek a more fulfilling and happier life takes courage. I am here to support you in that process.

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Shanna Gonzalez

Offering therapy in NY
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesTrauma and abuseSelf 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, trauma and abuse, motivation, self-esteem, and confidence. 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 change. I am here to support & empower you in that journey.

How to find counseling in Thomaston

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

How does the cost of in-person counseling compare to the cost of BetterHelp with a licensed Thomaston 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 Thomaston 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 Thomaston 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 Thomaston, 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 Thomaston 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 Thomaston 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 Thomaston 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 Thomaston 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 Thomaston 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 11021 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 Thomaston 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 Thomaston 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 Thomaston, 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.

Thomaston 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.

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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