In life, it can feel like your brain is covered with a fog. No matter what you do, you just can’t seem to clear up that fog. Depression can keep you fogged down, anxiety can make you feel like you don’t have an escape, and solving life’s problems can be a challenge. A counselor based in White Plains can be able to help. 

The origin of the name White Plains is speculative. Some people say it’s due to the white mist that covered the area. Whatever the reason may be, a counselor can help you clear the white mist in your own mind. You need to speak to them first though. 

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Debra Pruyn

Offering therapy in NY
License: LCSW
Stress, AnxietySelf esteemDepressionCoping with life changes
25 years of experience

My name is Debra Pruyn and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of Oregon and I have my LMSW in the state of New York. I received my Masters of Social Work at Adelphi University in New York in 1995. I have worked in many different fields as a therapist and case manager with individuals in the fields of Probation, Early Intervention, Mental Health and Addictions. I have worked with individuals with diagnosis of anxiety/depression, drug and alcohol addiction, and relationship issues as well as severe and persistent mental illness. Over my almost 30 years of experience with social work, I have worked as a Counselor to many people to bring support during times of difficulty. I truly believe that each of us are able to support ourselves and sometimes need the guidance to be able to develop understanding of our fears to work through troubled times. I enjoy being that supportive person to many individuals. I work with people to determine what their goals are so that they can work towards achievement. Therapy helps to organize all the thoughts in our heads to set a clear path. You are welcome to message me at any time during the day. I usually check messages two to three times a day seven days a week so that I would be readily available to respond. I also offer live chat and video sessions as well with more availability in the evenings and weekends. Check with me to see what my availability is when you are ready to schedule. Generally sessions are 30 minutes, let me know if you need more time. I look forward to working with you!

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Mahroo Moshari

Offering therapy in NY
License: LCSW
Family conflictsParenting issuesSelf esteemDepressionCoping with life changes
20 years of experience

I strongly believe that everyone has the right to be a mentally alert, physically healthy, emotionally secure, and socially competent person. Remember, no health without mental health and social well-being! I am a multicultural therapist based in New York City with over twenty years of experience, using a universal multicultural approach and provide culturally sensitive therapy and strongly believe that faith in our collective abilities to improve the lives of our children, adolescents, and families. I enjoy working with clients of all ages and backgrounds, and I have extensive experience with youth and families. I welcome clients of diverse backgrounds and orientations, who grew up in an individualistic or collectivist society, who may experience difficulty with low self-esteem, identity confusion, social anxiety, or immigration and acculturation issues because their feelings have never been validated due to cultural stigma or may experience difficulty in coping with life’s challenges. Are you experiencing anxiety/panic attacks, depression, self-doubt, identity confusion, feelings of powerlessness, or social anxiety? Do you fear the future? Are you suffering from low self-esteem because your feelings have never been validated due to cultural stigma? Do you want to make a positive change in your life, starting today? Working with me: You will learn self-awareness, problem-solving skills, and coping strategies. You will overcome your fears and negative thoughts, and harmonize your relationships through effective communication. My approach is drawn from various modalities and techniques and is tailored to the client’s unique needs. My goal is to understand your individual situation and to help build self-awareness, problem-solving skills, and coping strategies, and to assist you in harmonizing your relationships through more effective communication. Together we will establish trust, respect, mutual understanding, and, of course with humor, tackle the problems, and help you to achieve solid self-esteem.

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Rhonda Kontner

Offering therapy in NY
License: MS,LMHC
Trauma and abuseParenting issuesSelf esteemCareer difficultiesCoping with life changes
25 years of experience

I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor/School Psychologist with more than 25 years of experience. I have worked with women who have had career issues, parenting issues and trauma. My counseling style is interactive and I form a partnership with the client to develop a treatment plan and achieve goals. Your plan will be specifically tailored to meet your needs. I employ cognitive-behavior, humanistic and mindfulness counseling techniques. It is not easy to seek treatment in the hopes of improving your mental health. I look forward to working with you.

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Michelle Bonilla

Offering therapy in NY
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsBipolar disorderDepressionCoping with life changes
7 years of experience

Do you find yourself consumed by anxiety and worry, no matter what you do? Does your depression make you feel stuck, unfulfilled, and unhappy? Maybe you are tired of the overthinking or the plate being too full. Maybe you are fed up with being alone or unmotivated. You might not even remember a time things didn’t feel this way. But one thing is for sure: you’re ready for some relief. You’re ready to feel calm, in control, and relaxed. You’re ready to feel happy, motivated, and at peace . Most of all, you’re ready to love yourself again and to find a new “normal,” and I can help you get there. Clients come to me looking for someone who “gets” what happened to them on a deeper level, because therapy should be a place where you feel safe & validated. Sessions are about more than just talking; we incorporate both your mind & body, so you can experience wholeness again. And we always go at your pace, never pushing to places you don’t feel ready to be. As an experienced anxiety and depression therapist, I believe that everyone has a right to feel in control, at peace, and happy. You don’t have to let the anxiety or depression control you anymore and you definitely don’t have to do it alone. I can’t wait to work with you.

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Stephanie Southard

Offering therapy in NY
License: LCSW
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsAnger managementSelf esteemDepression
20 years of experience

Hello! My name is Stephanie Southard and I am a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) with over 20 years of experience providing therapy to individual, group, and family/couples. I am warm and inviting and provide you with a judgment-free space to share your most bothersome thoughts and issues. Your therapy with me will always be YOU-centered as I will always meet you where you are at and develop goals based on what you want to accomplish during our time together. I am relatable, engaging, and accepting of the wonderful person you are and want to become. I utilize practices that are based on evidence, with CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy) being my preferred practice because you cannot change your behaviors without first managing your thoughts and attitudes. I also like to include exercises and role playing as part of your treatment. I was born, raised, and am currently residing on Long Island, New York. I received my MA in Social Work from Adelphi University in 1999 and have been working as a social worker ever since. I am a big homebody and I enjoy reading, writing, crafting, and hanging out in the comfort of my home with my family and pets. My passion is helping people figure out how they can live more meaningful, peaceful, and fulfilling lives with minimal and manageable stress and conflict. I look forward to guiding and supporting you on your journey through this process. SPECIALTIES: -- depression, the blues, post-partum -- anxiety and irrational thoughts -- addiction and adult children of alcoholics (ACOA) -- PTSD and trauma -- OCD and habit forming and breaking -- communication skills, empathy, relating, and acceptance -- parenting and mom struggles, family dynamics -- grief and loss -- stress management/coping skills and anger management/coping skills -- childhood trauma, abuse, abandonment, attachment I am also familiar with domestic violence, child protective services, community resources, and have an extensive knowledge of psychiatric diagnoses and medications. If I am unfamiliar with a term, condition, or problem, I will become familiar with it! SERVICES OFFERED: live chat, phone, video, and text LICENSE: NY State LCSW: # 73-072535 (expires 5/31/23) EXPERIENCE: 24 years

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Patricia Lee

Offering therapy in NY
Stress, AnxietyGriefSelf esteemDepressionCoping with life changes
25 years of experience

I am licensed social worker with 25 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, family conflict, parenting, managing life transitions & 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. A top priority for me is to meet you where you are at and work together to help you meet your goals.

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Lorie Boyd

Offering therapy in NY
Stress, AnxietyFamily conflictsTrauma and abuseParenting issuesDepression
22 years of experience

I am licensed in New York with more than 22 years of professional work experience. I believe that you are the expert of your story and that you have many strengths that will assist you in overcoming the things that are challenging you. Taking the first step to sign up for therapy takes courage and I am proud of you for getting started! Let's go on the journey together.

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Jessica Paliswiat

Offering therapy in NY
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsDepressionCoping with life changes
5 years of experience

I am licensed in New York with 5 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, coping with addictions, coping with grief and loss, & 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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Tiffany Fields

Offering therapy in NY
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesTrauma and abuseSelf esteemDepression
8 years of experience

As a Clinical Social Worker with over 14 years of experience and 8 years as a licensed provider helping individuals navigate life's challenges, I am adept at understanding and addressing the impact of life experiences through a trauma informed lens. Committed to creating a safe and trusting therapeutic environment for clients to address and process life experiences. My approach to therapy is rooted in evidence-based practices and modalities to assist clients in addressing diverse mental health concerns, promoting resilience, and empowering individuals to navigate life challenges.

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Jessica Leslie Steward

Offering therapy in NY
Stress, AnxietySelf esteem
12 years of experience

I am licensed in California, Florida and New York with 12 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety & 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. 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 White Plains

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

How does the cost of in-person counseling compare to the cost of BetterHelp with a licensed White Plains 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 White Plains 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 White Plains 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 White Plains, 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 White Plains 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 White Plains 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 White Plains 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 White Plains 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 White Plains 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 10606 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 White Plains 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 White Plains 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 White Plains, 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.

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

10601, 10602, 10603, 10604, 10605, 10606, 10610

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