Ephrata in Pennsylvania has a rich history. Originally an outgrowth of the religious Cloisters community, established in the early 1700s, it became a bustling center of commerce and has endured over the years. Residents of this thriving community have endured many hardships and victories over the years.

These can sometimes take a toll on the mental health of the people living in this community. Many mental health professionals can be found in the Ephrata area to help ease the burdens life can put on the mind. Don’t hesitate to reach out for help if these burdens begin to become overwhelming.

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Dr. Nancy Forrest

Offering therapy in PA
License: PsyD
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesTrauma and abuseIntimacy-related issues
25 years of experience

I use eclectic therapy techniques from a Jungian perspective. I specialize in healing patterns of trauma and hurt relationships in couples, the work place, family issues or personal issues with the self. My approach is holistic with attention on the physical and spiritual as well as the emotional.

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Erica Madge

Offering therapy in PA
License: MS,LPC,CAADC
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsTrauma and abuseSelf esteemDepression
11 years of experience

Hello, I'm Erica Madge, a dedicated therapist located in the Philadelphia area. My practice is grounded in a thoughtful fusion of evidence-based therapeutic techniques and a genuine appreciation for the complexities of human emotions. Through empathetic guidance and professional expertise, I create a safe haven for individuals looking to navigate their paths towards personal growth. I am not just a therapist; I am a partner on your journey to well-being. My personal experiences have taught me the power of resilience, and my journey with disability has shaped my empathetic approach to helping others. I understand the depth of your struggles, and I'm here to support you every step of the way. With a deep commitment to your growth, I integrate a blend of evidence-based therapies into our work. Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) equips you with practical skills to manage emotions and navigate life's difficulties. Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) empowers you to transform negative thought patterns, while Internal Family Systems (IFS) helps us explore the intricacies of your inner world.Alongside these approaches, I also weave in a tapestry of different perspectives from philosophy and spiritual practices. My philosophy centers on collaboration. Together, we create a safe and open space where your voice is valued and heard. Through our partnership, we'll uncover your strengths and insights, leading to lasting change and personal growth.

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Sheri Fay

Offering therapy in PA
License: LMFT,LPC,MS
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesFamily conflictsTrauma and abuseDepression
27 years of experience

I am a Dually Licensed Mental Health Therapist with a Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology. I have been seeing clients with a wide range of concerns since 1996. I use a trauma informed and solutions focused style of therapy meaning that I take into account the whole person and their life experiences, not just their symptoms, and work toward solutions that can bring relief quickly while also attempting to get at the root of the concerns. I have extensive training and experience in working with anxiety and narcissistic abuse. In addition, some of the issues that I have helped individuals cope with include stress, depression and mood related concerns, childhood trauma including emotional/verbal abuse, postpartum issues, parenting concerns, relationship issues, family of origin issues, and life transitions. I use a blend of cognitive behavioral therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, mindfulness based therapy and somatic therapy depending on what the best fit is for each particular individual. I also utilize education to further your understanding of why you may be suffering and assign homework to do in between session to accelerate change. My goals are for you to become equipped with several tools that you can use to manage your symptoms as they arise, reduce their frequency and severity and come to a better understanding of what ails you - ultimately leading to a more fulfilling life. Whatever your personal goals are, we will work diligently together toward them,

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Shania Wilkes

Offering therapy in PA
License: LPC,CGCS
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseGriefDepressionCoping with life changes
10 years of experience

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania with 10 years of progressive experience working with individuals, couples, and families. I am also experienced as a grief counseling specialist and have had the pleasure of helping people navigate through issues with depression, anxiety, loss, addiction, major life changes, symptom management, relationship conflict and regaining a sense of purpose and personal empowerment. I have a background in education as well, having taught college level courses in general psychology, human growth and development and abnormal psychology. I use an eclectic approach to therapy, incorporating my own life experiences and a variety of relevant therapeutic principles and techniques in a way that is tailored specifically to the needs of each individual client. Though techniques and interventions may vary by client, they are consistently fueled by a person-centered and humanistic therapeutic orientation, as I believe it is my role to provide a safe a secure space for you to grow through whatever barrier you are facing, while tapping into and further developing your own innate strengths and uniqueness. You are the expert, I’m only here to help. I like to call my therapeutic approach and personal style “carefrontational,” where I like to confront problematic issues honestly and straightforward with care and compassion. We are not our problem, but how we manage our problems can certainly shape the way we view ourselves. Overall, I’m here to help you find better ways to manage life’s problems and walk away with a renewed sense of peace, self-acceptance and resolve that allows you to fully embrace and appreciate the value behind being you. We all have a story and while I may not have experienced all of the situations you bring to the table first hand in my own life, I am confident that I have dealt with the range of emotions you may be feeling and have worked hard myself at learning ways to acknowledge, understand, express and validate those feelings. It is my belief that with the right support and a healthy alliance, you can make a change for the better and see the beauty in what life actually has to offer. I look forward to speaking with you soon!

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Heather Grinar

Offering therapy in PA
License: LPC
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseParenting issuesDepressionCoping with life changes
17 years of experience

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in PA with over 14 years of experience working with children, adolescents and adults. Whether you are seeking to improve interpersonal relationships, manage co-parenting, improve your mood, cope with anxiety or process childhood trauma; my open and honest style will help create a safe space for you to explore your thoughts and feelings without judgement. There is no "one size fits all" approach to wellness. I believe you are the expert and I am the guide. We will work together to identify your SMART goals and the best ways to achieve them. It takes courage and strength to take the first steps towards change. I look forward to working with you!

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Lynette Belknap-Williams

Offering therapy in PA
License: MA,LPC LCPC PC, LMHC
Family conflictsTrauma and abuseParenting issuesSelf esteemADHD
13 years of experience

Hello! My name is Lynette. I have been practicing therapy for over 12 years. I am currently licensed in Arizona, Florida, Idaho, Montana, New Hampshire, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Texas, Washington, and Wyoming. I believe in treating all people with dignity and respect. Your privacy is precious to me and I will protect it. I have enjoyed helping many different populations of people with all sorts of issues and concerns. Helping people reach their individual potential for success is a joy for me. I am a trained in EMDR, SFBT, CBT, MRT, MI, and Prime for Life, and practice as a full time professional counselor in several venues. I believe in meeting people where they are and walking with them on their journey to accomplish their goals to be their personal best. Sometimes in life, there are situations that arise, that cause problems we struggle to cope with on our own. Anxiety, stress, feelings of being overwhelmed or depression, just to name a few. I can help by working together, with you, on creative solutions, setting goals and guiding you through the steps of accomplishing those goals. I specialize in trauma and PTSD as well as anxiety and depression concerns, as well as substance abuse, and I have significant experience in families and relationship issues. There are solutions, we can find them together, and we can accomplish your goals to reduce negative emotions, relieve stress and build a path to overall health and wellness. I am an eclectic therapist. I believe in building a a custom strategy that is tailor fit to your specific situation and needs. You are the expert on your situation. With you choosing the destination, my navigation will see you through to great success! Whenever you're ready...so am I!

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Laura Davis

Offering therapy in PA
License: LCSW
Stress, AnxietySelf esteemDepression
4 years of experience

Hi! I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with an extensive history with working with various populations. I have clinical experience working with anxiety, trauma, eating disorders, addiction, depression, and relationship concerns. By building a therapeutic bond, we will collaborate to establish tangible goals and outcomes to enhance your quality of life and improve your overall outlook. This will be accomplished by challenging negative thought patterns that have hindered personal growth, lowered self-esteem/confidence, and negatively affected positive interpersonal relationships. I believe that when individuals invest in their mental health, this is a form of expressing self-love, personal care, and respect for themselves. See you soon!

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Corinne Motto

Offering therapy in PA
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesFamily conflictsDepressionCoping with life changes
15 years of experience

I am licensed in Pennsylvania with 15 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, & 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. 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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Mojca Dusold

Offering therapy in PA
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesDepressionCoping with life changes
15 years of experience

I am licensed in Pennsylvania with 15 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, relationship issues, & depression. I also have experience working with coping with life changes. 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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Dr. Ashley Bryan

Offering therapy in PA
Trauma and abuseSelf esteemCareer difficultiesADHD
15 years of experience

I am a licensed clinical social worker in Pennsylvania with 18 years of professional work experience. I believe, mental health is holistic health! I meet clients where they are and collaborate with them to create person-centered goals. I am biracial so practicing cultural awareness and competency, comes naturally. I have experience with; Depression, Anxiety, OCD, Bipolar, ADHD/ADD, PTSD, Adjustment Disorders, Postpartum Depression, Sexual Identity Issues, Eating Disorders, Hoarding, Anger Issues, Divorce, Family Discord and Grief.

How to find counseling in Ephrata

Finding the best therapist close by in Ephrata 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 Ephrata. 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 Ephrata, 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 Ephrata 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 Ephrata 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 Ephrata, elsewhere in Lancaster, or in the greater state of Pennsylvania.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

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

How does the cost of in-person counseling compare to the cost of BetterHelp with a licensed Ephrata 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 Ephrata 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 Ephrata may not take health insurance, some in the state of Pennsylvania 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 Pennsylvania 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 Ephrata, Pennsylvania 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 Ephrata 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 Ephrata 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 Ephrata 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 Ephrata 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 Ephrata 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 PA, 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 17522 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 Ephrata 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 Ephrata 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 Ephrata, Pennsylvania 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.

Ephrata 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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17522, 17549

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