Living can be as fast and exhilarating as a speedboat ride on Grand Lake, or as slow and treacherous as one paddle in an oversized canoe. For most of us, it's somewhere in between. But, for some residents of St. Marys who rarely experience speedboat kind of days, life can feel pretty arduous most of the time.

If you're struggling to enjoy each day due to difficult interpersonal relationships, past trauma, loss, or mental illness, please don't hesitate to talk to a St. Marys-area mental health professional today. A qualified therapist or counselor can give you the support you need to find a new, happy normal.

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Michael Lesko

Offering therapy in OH
License: MSW,LISW-S,CTP-C
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsTrauma and abuseParenting issuesDepression
9 years of experience

My name is Michael. I have been providing therapeutic services since I graduated with my Masters degree in 2015. I am a firm believer that therapy is a highly personalized journey, and I am humbled by those who allow me to walk this journey with them. I engage an eclectic approach to therapy in order to meet the needs of many individuals. I have most expertise working with children and adolescents and those who have experienced traumas in their life. I do also work with young adults and adults as well, focusing on issues like depression, anxiety, trauma, and a variety of other issues. Thanks for viewing my profile.

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Brandy Jones

Offering therapy in OH
License: MSW, LISW-S, LICDC
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsRelationship issuesDepression
12 years of experience

Hi! Welcome to my site. I am so glad you stopped by to check out my page. My name is Brandy Jones and I am a Licensed Independent Social Worker (LISW-S) and Licensed Independent Chemical Dependency Counselor (LICDC) in the state of Ohio. I earned my master’s degree at Miami University in Social Work after obtaining my bachelor’s degree at Miami University in both social work and psychology. I am currently pursing my doctorate degree in Advanced Human Behavior at Capella University. I have a passion for seeing individuals and couples establish and restore healthy relationships and for helping people live their life to the fullest. I believe that change happens when people are given the guidance they need to draw on their own strengths and realize their potential to live fulfilling, happy lives. I provides an environment of compassion and support to help individuals and families overcome obstacles to move forward and thrive. Instead of adopting one methodology for all individuals and issues, I draw from a variety of methods to create a tailored approach for each individual or couple. I work to provide clients with tailored treatment plans that can be integrated into their daily lives. I utilize evidenced based interventions in therapy sessions such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Restructuring and Re-framing, Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy, Solution Focused Brief Therapy, Brief Strategic Family Therapy, evidenced based family interventions and Trauma Informed Care to treat a variety of conditions. These conditions include depression and other mood disorders, bipolar disorder, grief/bereavement issues, ADHD, anxiety, dual diagnosis, anger management, stress management, obsessive compulsive disorder, trauma, and substance use. If you have any questions please feel free to reach out! I hope to work with you soon!

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Christina Salameh

Offering therapy in OH
License: MA,LPCC
Self esteem
4 years of experience

I am licensed professional clinical counselor licensed in Ohio with over 4 years of experience. I have a master’s in clinical counseling from John Carroll University. I specialize in working with children, adolescents, and adults. Areas of treatment include but are not limited to, anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties, self-esteem issues, and career challenges. I also have experience in working with individuals who have experienced trauma. Throughout life, many of us will experience some sort of emotional issue. Some we can handle on our own, and others we may want to explore on a deeper level with a specialist. I look forward to working with those who are brave enough to face these issues head on, and to explore some of the underlying reasons why these issues have manifested. My counseling style is empathetic, warm, and client focused. You are the director of your life and your experiences. My role as a therapist is to help identify and work with you toward goals. My counseling approach consists of therapeutic approaches that best work for the needs of the individual. We will work together to develop a treatment plan that best fits your needs. Some styles include cognitive behavioral, strength based, motivational, and trauma focused work. I recognize that it takes strength and courage to reach out for help and take those first steps towards making the change you want to see in your life. It is my hope that I can be a support for you on your journey to empowerment, peace, and happiness. I look forward to getting to know you!

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Kavin Shah

Offering therapy in OH
LGBTRelationship issuesTrauma and abuseDepressionCoping with life changes
5 years of experience

I am licensed in Ohio with 5 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with depression, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma, abuse, lgbt-related issues & 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 sign up for therapy can take courage and I am proud of you for getting started!

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Sarah Cadwallader

Offering therapy in OH
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsTrauma and abuseDepression
23 years of experience

I am licensed in Ohio with 21 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, coping with addictions, family conflicts, & trauma and abuse. 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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Samantha Blackwell

Offering therapy in OH
Stress, AnxietyFamily conflictsTrauma and abuseGriefDepression
19 years of experience

I am licensed in Arizona, Ohio, Nevada and Virginia and with 18 years of professional work experience. I have experience in a variety of areas, including but not limited to: anxiety, depression, relationship issues, stress management, and trauma. I have a passion for helping individuals navigate their emotions and life experiences to achieve their personal goals. My approach is personalized and evidence-based, and I utilize techniques such as cognitive-behavioral therapy, mindfulness, and solution-focused therapy to help clients make positive changes in their lives. I believe in a collaborative and non-judgmental approach to therapy and am dedicated to creating a safe and supportive environment for all clients. I look forward to the opportunity to work with you and support you on your journey. 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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Dorothea Stanley

Offering therapy in OH
Relationship issuesTrauma and abuseGrief
5 years of experience

Hi, I'm Dorothea Stanley, a social work therapist who has dedicated my career to helping individuals navigate the difficult and complex process of grief and other issues facing individuals in today's world. Through innovative and effective therapeutic approaches that combine narrative therapy and expressive art therapy, as well as cognitive behavior therapy, I help clients explore their personal stories and experiences related to loss, as well as express their emotions and feelings through creative expression. I also help clients explore conflicts in relationships, both past and present, to determine meaning and assign value to choices made in their lives. With a deep understanding of the unique challenges faced by those dealing with grief, I use a client-centered approach to empower individuals to explore and process their emotions in a safe and supportive environment. My use of narrative therapy allows clients to examine and reframe their personal narratives, finding new meaning and purpose in their experiences. Meanwhile, my incorporation of expressive art therapy provides clients with a powerful outlet for self-expression and healing. As a dedicated and compassionate therapist, I have helped individuals navigate the complexities of grief and find a path to healing and hope. My unique approach has helped clients to process their emotions, find closure, and move forward with renewed strength and resilience. I am licensed in Ohio with 8 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with relationship issues, trauma and abuse, & coping with grief and loss of loved ones, paths not taken, and choices not made, along with other forms of 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. 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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Mousumi Mallik

Offering therapy in OH
LGBTRelationship issuesTrauma and abuseParenting issuesDepression
3 years of experience

I am licensed in Ohio with 3 years of professional work experience. I have earned her master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Bowling Green State University. I am currently pursuing my Doctoral Degree in Counselor Education and Supervision from the University of Toledo. I have experience working in human services for over two decades, in Uganda (East Africa), India and locally here in Northwest Ohio. I moved to the United States to follow my heart and trained to become a Clinical Counselor. I have experience working with children and adults between the ages of 4 and 92. Living and working in a college town also gave me the experience of working with college students - a population close to my heart. My background working as a teacher for several years gives me a unique perspective when working with children. I am also experienced in working with the LBGTQ+ population. I have a special interest in working with individuals with severe persistent mental health issues and those who are in crisis. I am a cancer survivor and have experience in working with clients who have either been diagnosed, are in treatment or are survivors of cancer or other serious health conditions. I have experience working with individuals; including teens and adolescents, couples, and groups to address anxiety, PTSD, depression, crisis, substance use disorder, personality disorder and other mental health issues. I provide trauma informed care; meeting clients where they are at and helping them build their resilience and confidence to manage and overcome their life challenges. Having lived and worked in three different continents has helped shape me as a truly diverse and multiculturally competent counselor. My style of therapy is feministic, humanistic, and person-centered. I believe in empowering my clients to oversee their own lives. I use narrative therapy, CBT, and solution focused techniques to create healthy and attainable goals for treatment and therapy. I believe in incorporating her core values that include kindness, compassion, empathy, and humility when working with her clients. I believe in giving back to society and find it rewarding to be in a helping profession, making a difference in her clients’ lives. 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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Cheryl Spence

Offering therapy in OH
License: LPCC-S,LICDC-CS,MS
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesTrauma and abuseParenting issuesDepression
9 years of experience

I am licensed in Ohio with 9 years of professional counseling experience and over 22 years in the Mental Health field. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, relationship issues, trauma, abuse, & parenting issues. 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 Saint Marys

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

How does the cost of in-person counseling compare to the cost of BetterHelp with a licensed Saint Marys 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 Saint Marys 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 Saint Marys 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 Saint Marys, 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 Saint Marys 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 Saint Marys 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 Saint Marys 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 Saint Marys 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 Saint Marys 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 45885 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 Saint Marys 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 Saint Marys 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 Saint Marys, 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.

Saint Marys has many clinicians who practice person or client-centered individual therapy in-person and through online therapy to assist clients in their healing journey. If you opt into online therapy, you might also be able to meet with providers all over the United States and change therapists easily at any time. Many people struggling with anxiety and depression, substance abuse, body image issues, and more find therapists that are a good fit for them, feel supported, and gain further insight into their lives through internet-based therapy.

Do therapists judge you in therapy sessions?

The boundaries between you and a therapist are in place to help you and them regarding ethical concerns. Mental health professionals are held by ethical standards through the American Psychological Association (APA) and are not allowed to judge or harm their clients. If you are concerned about sharing details about yourself, feel free to withhold personal information. Their job in the therapeutic relationship is to create a safe place, help you gain a deeper understanding of your mental health, and support you. You might consider changing counselors if you don't feel safe or respected.

Stay up to date with the leading online counseling platform

To stay up to date with BetterHelp's initiatives through their social channels, you can follow them on PinterestLinkedInInstagramTwitter, and Facebook. For mental health tips, check out the BetterHelp YouTube channel.

Take some time today to learn more about the team of therapists at BetterHelp to understand the services available to you clearly. If you are new to therapy or have any questions about the services and terms, please reach out through the contact page or send an email to contact@betterhelp.com.

If you’re ready to sign up for online therapy, consider signing up with a platform like BetterHelp and get matched within 24 to 48 hours.

If you are experiencing a crisis or emergency, don't use this site's online services. If you are in life-threatening danger, call 911. If you require support for a crisis, reach out to the hotlines below:

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