Some of the points of interest in the town of Kent, Ohio include the Cuyahoga River, Main Street Bridge and Dam, Kent Hall, Dix Stadium, the Franklin Hotel, Star of the West Mill, and the Erie Depot. Even though they do a lot of manufacturing there, the townsfolk have prided themselves on keeping the green spaces alive. 

In fact, there are 19 parks and preservations with lakes, ponds, trails, and they even host festivals such as folk music, Fourth of July, and Earth Day celebrations. There are also many miles of hiking and biking trails in town to keep in shape and get back to nature. With all this nature, you may not expect to need a therapist, but if you do, there are plenty to choose from in Kent. 

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Joseph Rifici (He/Him)

Offering therapy in OH
License: M.Ed.,LPCC-S
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsAnger managementDepressionCoping with life changes
13 years of experience

I am a licensed professional clinical counselor with over 13 years of practice in the field of counseling. In 2006 I earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from The Ohio State University in Social and Behavioral Sciences, and in 2009 I graduated from the University of Akron with a Master of Arts in Education degree for Community Counseling. I began my career as a counselor at IBH Addiction Recovery Center (Interval Brotherhood Home), a residential treatment center for chemical dependencies in Akron Ohio. While at IBH I worked as part of a treatment team, and delivered individual therapy, group therapy, brief family therapy, crisis intervention, and case management services to adult men suffering from addictions and co-occurring mental disorders. In 2015 I was promoted to assistant clinical director at IBH, which shifted my focus to supervising counselors and case managers, directing the men’s treatment team, coordinating admissions and discharges, and co-administering an electronic health record software. I have specialized training in trauma-informed care, motivational interviewing, and addiction treatment. I also received specific, advanced training on Cognitive Behavior Therapy from the Beck Institute in Philadelphia. Since 2018 I have been working in private organizations delivering treatment services to adults with a range of mental health issues. I primarily utilize Cognitive Behavioral methods with a warm approach, and will tailor my style based on the needs of my clients. I live in Ohio and spend my free time reading, listening to music, hiking, visiting with family and friends, and hanging out with my cat, Charlie.

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Erwin McIntosh

Offering therapy in OH
License: LPCC
Stress, AnxietyAnger managementSelf esteemDepressionADHD
11 years of experience

Hello! Erwin McIntosh III here, but please call me "Mac." I have been in the helping profession for ten years now. I started out as a qualified mental health specialist and after getting my Master's Degree in Counseling Education, I obtained my License in Professional Counseling in the state of Ohio in 2015. In January of 2021, I became a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in the state of Ohio which means that I became an independent counselor. I have worked with a many Clients in a variety of settings including adults in nursing homes, residential homes, and parents of school aged children. I apply motivational interviewing as a foundation for the integration therapy that I utilize to help Clients heal using Person-Centered approach, explore their choices to improve them using Reality Therapy, examine their self-view to improve self-esteem using Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, and finally address the need to develop peace, mindfulness, and acceptance using Peace and Mindfulness techniques. By helping the Client heal from trauma, we open the door to new positive thoughts, a new positive mood, and a new outlook which leads to new positive choices. You learn that there is more to your life than the trauma you endured which leads to more balanced self-view and world view. Decisions can now be made from a broader framework based on hope, not pain from a past left behind physically but not mentally or emotionally. "We have to let go of what was, to enjoy what is." "We can't accept new love, if we are clutching to old pain." If you will permit me, I will use empathic listening, motivational interviewing, and integration therapy to help you heal and learn to love yourself.

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Robert Burke

Offering therapy in OH
License: LISW - SUPV
Stress, AnxietyGriefDepressionCoping with life changesCompassion fatigue
30 years of experience

Rob Burke is a licensed independent social worker in the state of Ohio with advanced supervisory designation. He has been a practicing social worker in the Cleveland area for 30 years. This experience has allowed him to treat clients in a wide variety of settings -- in the community, dialysis units, hospitals and rehab facilities. Rob believes in a collaborative stance between client and counselor in the therapeutic process and strives to provide the insight, education and resources needed for all clients to achieve their best potential. If this feels like a good fit, I look forward to working with you!

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Lauren Roberts

Offering therapy in OH
License: JD,MSW,LISW
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseSelf esteemDepressionADHD
3 years of experience

As your therapist, it’s my job to meet you where you’re at. What are you hoping to get out of therapy? As your therapist we will work together towards your goals. Whether you’ve been in therapy for years or this is your first session, we will work together to figure out what will be most beneficial. Therapy sessions can look a variety of ways. Maybe it’s processing a recent trauma, other times identifying and breaking unhealthy patterns. Our sessions will be a safe space where we can learn more coping skills, build a better relationship with yourself and your body, figure out effective tactics for managing stress and anxiety, and explore your identity. I often incorporate Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) in my work with clients. I work with many clients are coping with histories of complex trauma, Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), Depression, Anxiety, and Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

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Dr. Elizabeth Ellington

Offering therapy in OH
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesTrauma and abuseGriefDepression
10 years of experience

Are you tired of struggling emotionally or relationally? Maybe you are sure you want to start therapy or perhaps you are contemplating making that step. Wherever you find yourself, it took courage to begin this search. If you would like to begin talking about whatever concerns you, please feel free to make an appointment with me. I am a psychologist licensed in Ohio with over 10 years of experience working in a private practice setting with adults. I have worked with people who experience depression, anxiety and stress, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, and work issues. I believe therapy can help to alleviate symptoms but can also be very useful in learning more about yourself and understanding the underlying reasons for your unique struggles. To accomplish this, I utilize an integrative approach incorporating cognitive-behavioral and psychodynamic interventions with an overarching emphasis on developing a safe and secure therapeutic relationship. Hope to connect with you soon.

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Kira Karabanovs

Offering therapy in OH
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesGriefSelf esteemCoping with life changes
7 years of experience

I am licensed in Ohio with 7 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. 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.

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katrina johnson

Offering therapy in OH
Depression
22 years of experience

I am licensed in Ohio with 22 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with depression. I believe that you are the expert of your story and that you have many strengths that will assist you in overcoming things that challenge you. It takes courage to seek out a more fulfilling and happier life and to take the first steps towards a change. I am here to support & empower you in that journey.

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Ashlee King

Offering therapy in OH
Stress, AnxietyLGBTRelationship issuesTrauma and abuseDepression
4 years of experience

I am licensed in Ohio with 4 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, 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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Karey Thompson

Offering therapy in OH
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesFamily conflictsSelf esteemCoping with life changes
16 years of experience

I am licensed in Ohio with 16 years of professional work experience. I graduated from The Ohio State University with a Masters in Social Work and I spent the first 13 years of my career working as a therapist in community mental health. This gave me a diverse treatment experience, working with adults, youth, and families in group and individual settings in clinical and school settings. I have also spent most of my career working with first responders, providing Critical Incident Debriefings, and I have spent the last three years working with members of the Ohio Army National Guard. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, & motivation, self esteem, and confidence. In addition to my social work credentialing, I am also a 200-hour level yoga instructor with additional certifications in trauma-sensitive yoga and stand-up paddle board yoga. My approach to helping others is through a holistic lens that takes into consideration all aspects of a human-mind, body, and spirit; and, all aspects of the human experience-physical, relational, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual. I believe in treating everyone with respect, dignity, 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 takes courage and I am proud of you for getting started!

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Keith Welsh

Offering therapy in OH
License: LCSW
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseParenting issuesAnger managementSelf esteem
23 years of experience

PLEASE NOTE: Presently I am only available for unlimited messaging but am not available for live appointments except very sporadically when I have cancellations week to week with my full caseload of clients. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Certified EMDR Therapist. My primary specialties are treating general and specific anxiety, panic attacks, low self-esteem, "imposter syndrome," anxiety which has led to depression, and confidence issues. I am also well versed in coaching, relationship dynamics, parenting, and family history complications. I am a very solution focused therapist with the notion of helping you achieve emotional wellness and happiness in your life as soon as possible. I earned a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice at Shippensburg University where I graduated Magna Cum Laude and as the Distinguished Military Graduate. I served six years as a Commissioned Officer in the US Army and later spent eleven years in the private sector employed by behavioral health companies. I earned a Masters in Social Work from Temple University, entered private practice and practiced traditional talk therapy including cognitive behavioral interventions, marriage and relationship counseling, family counseling, group therapy, and EMDR therapy.​ I later spent two years working as a therapist and administrator for an International Mission agency based in the UK. While living, traveling and working in fourteen countries on five continents, I gained experience with mental health interventions across cultures in treating trauma, depression, anxiety and PTSD. ​During this time I evolved my practice into specializing in EMDR Therapy which I have practiced now for 22 years and virtually since 2016. In 2018 I became a Senior Executive Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. I am honored to serve our all clients including Veterans as I am also a Veteran myself and enjoy serving people from all walks of life. I continue my clinical practice virtually from Pennsylvania and Delaware serving clients all over the United States and around the world, having treated clients on every continent so far except Antarctica!

How to find counseling in Kent

Finding the best therapist close by in Kent 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 Kent. 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 Kent, 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 Kent 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 Kent 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 Kent, elsewhere in Portage, or in the greater state of Ohio.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

Some other commonly asked questions on therapy with a licensed counselor and BetterHelp serving the Kent area can be found below:

How does the cost of in-person counseling compare to the cost of BetterHelp with a licensed Kent 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 Kent 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 Kent may not take health insurance, some in the state of Ohio 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 Ohio 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 Kent, Ohio 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 Kent 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 Kent 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 Kent 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 Kent 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 Kent 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 OH, 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 44240 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 Kent 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 Kent 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 Kent, Ohio 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.

Kent 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.

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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 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 Kent:

44240, 44242, 44243

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