For individuals in Lancaster, PA, seeking to navigate through life's challenges, local mental health services can provide a crucial resource. These services are designed to offer a supportive environment where people can focus on personal growth and emotional healing. When individuals start feeling overwhelmed, local therapists are equipped to assist in finding balance and fostering well being.

The online therapists licensed in Lancaster focus on a range of issues, from anger management to the general strains of daily life, helping clients to develop effective coping mechanisms. These professionals enjoy working with clients to explore the impact of the past on the present and how it may shape the future. This reflective approach can be beneficial for teens, who may face unique social and emotional hurdles.

In Lancaster, PA, counseling services extend to various modalities that might include, for example, techniques aimed at finding hope and resilience amidst adversity. These services can be meaningful when individuals feel stuck or uncertain about their next steps in life.

Please see the therapist profiles below for more information on the different therapists available online.

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Laura Pengelly

Clinical therapist offering therapy in PA
Counselor License Type(s): MA, LMFT
Relationship issuesFamily conflictsTrauma and abuseParenting issues
20 years of experience as a mental health therapist

Hello! I understand that reaching out for help and support can be difficult and I'm really glad you've made the decision to start counseling. I believe in treating the whole person and will strive to understand you and all of the moving parts in your life. My goal is to offer you a safe place to explore your thoughts and feelings. My approach to therapy is warm and interactive. I strive to understand the whole person and believe in treating people with respect and compassion. My goal is to help you to find solutions to your current struggles by exploring the way in which you are looking at the problem and by helping you to identify solutions. I'm a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (LMFT). I've spent the past 17 + years working with people of all ages and their families to overcome wide variety of problems. As an LMFT, I'm not only well versed in treating relationship problems of all types; I've worked with many individuals struggling with individual concerns like depression, anger, and anxiety. Additionally, I've worked with a large number of individuals who have experienced trauma and am certified in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. You are not alone. Things can and will get better. I'm really looking forward to working with you!

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Ashley Travers

Clinical therapist offering therapy in PA
Counselor License Type(s): MA,LPC
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesSleeping disordersDepressionCoping with life changes
10 years of experience as a mental health therapist

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in Pennsylvania with 10 years of experience working as a psychotherapist. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, stress management, relationship issues, parenting problems, and addiction. Helping others is my passion in life and I feel so fortunate to have a career that I love. I place a top priority in creating a non-judgmental and safe space for clients to explore their thoughts and feelings. We will work together to find the root causes of whatever may be keeping you stuck. Each individual is unique and understanding your experience is very important to me. I currently reside in Suburban Philadelphia with my husband, daughter, son and our two cats. I love reading, arts/crafts, and being near the water. I’m excited to work with you!

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Courtney Sonntag

Clinical therapist offering therapy in PA
Counselor License Type(s): MS,LMFT
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesFamily conflictsSelf esteemDepression
9 years of experience as a mental health therapist

Hello! My name is Courtney Sonntag and I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) in Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Nevada. I have over 9 years of experience working with individuals, couples, families, and groups in a variety of therapeutic settings, ranging from private practice to residential care. I received a Bachelors in Psychology and a Bachelors in Human Development from Virginia Tech and a Masters in Family Sciences from the University of Kentucky. My main focus in therapy is to help clients find their inner personal strengths through various treatment modalities. I believe each client deserves to feel heard in a safe, non-judgmental environment. I strive to help clients notice the power within themselves to grow and develop better understanding of the roles they have in their lives. Through therapy, I work to foster resiliency and self-empowerment in clients, ultimately increasing awareness and growth in the individuals I work with. I’m glad you’re here and I look forward to taking this journey together!

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Dr. Jennifer Young

Clinical therapist offering therapy in PA
Counselor License Type(s): DBH,NCC,LPC
Stress, AnxietyAnger managementSelf esteemBipolar disorderDepression
14 years of experience as a mental health therapist

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor, with over 14 years experience in the mental health field. I am also a Doctor of Behavioral Health and am able to provide brief focused therapy for issues related to grief and loss, anger control, behavioral health issues related to pain and many other struggles that have physical health and behavioral health connections. I am a 2014 graduate from Arizona University where I earned my Doctorate in Behavioral Health, my Master's is from Shippensburg University and is in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, and my Bachelor's is from Shippensburg University and is in Psychology. I believe in providing behavioral health care that helps individuals feel better in the soonest time possible with the best care models possible. I create a targeted treatment plan to help with issues such as depression, anxiety, bi-polar disorder, grief and loss, anger management, and many other behavioral health struggles. In addition, I can work with you to help you with behavioral contributors to things like asthma (anxiety), diabetes (depression), and pain issues in which behavioral health strategies can assist in coping. I work with adults and teens. I look forward to working with you! Please call today to schedule an appointment.

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Theresa Bradbury

Clinical therapist offering therapy in PA
Trauma and abuseAnger managementDepressionCoachingADHD
26 years of experience as a mental health therapist

I am a Pennsylvania Licensed Psychologist. Over the past 25 years, I have provided mental health services and support to children and their families, helping clients gain control over emotional and behavioral dysregulation and learning difficulties. I worked for over a decade on the child and adolescent units of a psychiatric hospital. As the educational consultant, I assessed children carrying a variety of diagnoses including ADD, ODD, Tourettes Disorder, Autism, Intellectual Disability, Anorexia, Depression, OCD and others. Unique IEP's or 504 Plans were developed for students before their return to their home schools. I also worked in the public school sector as a school psychologist for twelve years in Pittsburgh, PA and for five years since moving to the west coast. I have administered and interpreted hundreds of psychoeducational tests over the years and while in person assessments are on hold during the pandemic, families may have questions about their child's school progress. My experience in both the medical and educational systems allowed me to gain a unique understanding of school systems from an educational and legal perspective as well as expertise in the the development and monitoring of a successful IEP. In private practice, my areas of advanced study include PTSD, Anger Management, Depression, and ADHD in both children and adults. The pandemic has affected all if us in ways we may not yet fully understand. And now we are all dealing with inflation and the related financial concerns. If you feel the need for support, this would be a good time to call.

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Patricia Eckstein

Clinical therapist offering therapy in PA
Stress, AnxietyParenting issuesADHD
24 years of experience as a mental health therapist

I am licensed in Pennsylvania with 24 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, parenting issues, & concentration, memory and focus (adhd). 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.

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Cynthia Smith

Clinical therapist offering therapy in PA
LGBTRelationship issuesGriefCareer difficultiesDepression
13 years of experience as a mental health therapist

Welcome to BetterHelp! I am Cindy Smith, MA, LPC, NCC. I am licensed in Pennsylvania with 13 years of professional work experience as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). I also hold a National Certified Counselor License. Prior to this, I worked in private practice, community mental health and case management for about 20+ years. Utilization of resources can often help folks to get through mental health struggles. Additionally, I have experience in helping clients with LGBTQ+ issues, relationship issues, coping with grief and loss, end of life issues/hospice, aging, caregiving issues, life transitions & career difficulties. I have special interest in working with adult children who are struggling with their parents aging and decline. I work with my clients to create an open and safe environment where thoughts and feelings can be shared without fear of judgment. 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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Lorianne Martin

Clinical therapist offering therapy in PA
Relationship issuesFamily conflictsTrauma and abuseSelf esteemDepression
25 years of experience as a mental health therapist

I am licensed in Pennsylvania with 25 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, & 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 seeking a more fulfilling and happier life takes courage. I am here to support you in that process.

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Traci Krider

Clinical therapist offering therapy in PA
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsParenting issuesDepression
3 years of experience as a mental health therapist

I am licensed in Pennsylvania with over 3 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, coping with addictions, & 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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Michelle Coleman

Clinical therapist offering therapy in PA
Stress, AnxietyFamily conflictsParenting issuesBipolar disorderDepression
20 years of experience as a mental health therapist

I am licensed in Pennsylvania with 20 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, family conflicts, parenting issues, & bipolar disorder. 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.

How to find a therapist for counseling in Lancaster

Finding the best therapist close by in Lancaster 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 in Lancaster that work best for you in order to begin your personal journey towards emotional healing with a therapist.

Understanding the type of therapy you'd like to search for is crucial before finding a therapist or psychologist in Lancaster. 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 Lancaster, 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 in the Lancaster region and in the state of Pennsylvania. Find a therapist under any of these distinctions and know that the sessions they offer can provide a safe place to heal.

A mental health counselor working through their own in-person therapy practice in Lancaster or online may assist clients in improving healthy relationships, communication skills, working through life transitions, couples counseling, managing a mood disorder, improving coping skills, self help tips, offer life coaching, family therapy, or change in negative thinking patterns. A therapist may also provide a safe place and validation for clients experiencing emotional pain, or that simply want a psychological assessment. 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 Lancaster area in different types of therapy, including:

  • CBT
  • DBT
  • Substance use therapy
  • Couples therapy

When you're ready to start your search and find Lancaster 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 Lancaster, elsewhere in Lancaster, or in the greater state of Pennsylvania.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs) about therapists and mental health services

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

How does the cost of in-person counseling with a therapist compare to the cost of BetterHelp with a licensed Lancaster 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 Lancaster 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 Lancaster 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 a BetterHelp therapist 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). If you're looking for a therapist, Cincinnati offers a variety of professionals who can help with your mental health needs at a price you can afford.

How is a licensed therapist on this Lancaster online therapy platform verified?

Therapists in Lancaster, 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 Lancaster psychiatrists to prescribe a drug or medication as treatment, or perform psychological assessments and other psychiatric services.

How does working with a professional 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, post traumatic stress disorder, and more. An online mental health therapist, including the therapists in Lancaster 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 Lancaster helping individuals on topics including managing life transitions, symptoms affecting sexual health, behavioral health, coping skills for anxiety, depression, trauma, stress, marriage counseling, and more. 

What mental health issues can psychotherapy address with the help of psychologists?

BetterHelp's verified Lancaster 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:

  • Cognitive behavioral therapy - This type of therapy is provided by therapists who are professional counselors, helping clients identify and change negative thought patterns through structured sessions.
  • Behavior therapy - Therapists use behavior therapy techniques to help clients modify harmful behaviors and develop healthier habits, often through the guidance of a professional counselor.
  • EMDR therapy - EMDR therapists assist clients in processing traumatic memories to alleviate emotional distress and improve overall well-being, utilizing the expertise of a professional counselor.
  • Talk therapy - Therapists engage clients in talk therapy to explore their feelings and develop strategies for dealing with various mental health issues, often guided by a professional counselor.
  • Depression - Therapists offer counseling to help individuals manage symptoms of depression and improve their mood and functioning, often working closely with a professional counselor.
  • Anxiety disorders - Therapists specialize in anxiety disorders, offering strategies to manage and reduce anxiety symptoms effectively, often through counseling sessions with a professional counselor.
  • Stress - Therapists provide tools and techniques to help clients cope with stress and improve their mental resilience, frequently under the supervision of a professional counselor.
  • Eating disorders - Therapists experienced in eating disorders offer specialized counseling to address unhealthy eating patterns and body image issues, with the support of a professional counselor.
  • Grief - Therapists provide support and guidance to clients experiencing grief, helping them navigate the stages of loss, often in collaboration with a counselor.
  • Attachment therapy - Therapists use attachment therapy to help clients understand and improve their emotional bonds and relationships, often with the assistance of a counselor.
  • Relationships - Therapists work with clients to improve communication, resolve conflicts, and strengthen their connections with others, often using the skills of a counselor.
  • Children, adolescents, and teens - Therapists specializing in youth therapy address the unique mental health needs of children, adolescents, and teens, often involving a counselor in the process.
  • Addiction (substance abuse) - Therapists offer counseling for addiction, helping clients overcome substance abuse and maintain long-term recovery, often under the guidance of a counselor.
  • Divorce - Therapists support individuals through the emotional and practical challenges of ending a marriage, often working with a psychologist to provide comprehensive care.
  • Trauma or PTSD - Therapists specializing in trauma and PTSD help clients process traumatic experiences and reduce their symptoms, frequently collaborating with a psychologist.
  • Bipolar disorder - Therapists provide counseling to manage the mood swings and challenges associated with bipolar disorder, often in consultation with a psychologist.
  • Psychodynamic treatment - Therapists use psychodynamic treatment to explore unconscious processes and how they affect current behavior, often guided by psychologists.
  • Career counseling - Therapists assist clients in making informed decisions about their professional paths and resolving work-related issues, often with the help of psychologists.
  • Alcohol use disorders - Therapists offer specialized counseling to help clients manage and overcome alcohol use disorders, frequently under the supervision of psychologists.
  • OCD - Therapists provide strategies and support to manage obsessive-compulsive disorder symptoms, often via psychotherapy.
  • ADHD - Therapists offer counseling to help clients with ADHD improve focus, organization, and overall functioning, often via psychotherapy.
  • Mood disorders - Therapists work with clients to stabilize and improve mood through various therapeutic approaches, frequently in psychotherapy.
  • Sex addiction
  • Complex trauma
  • Life transitions

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 Lancaster 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 in Lancaster?

One of the potentially rewarding aspects of working with a Lancaster 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.

Lancaster therapists 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 Lancaster 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 Lancaster 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 psychotherapist.

With a lot of people in PA, therapists 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 17604 or the surrounding zip codes, consider others available through the BetterHelp site. No matter if you are seeking help from therapists in your area or beyond, online therapy can be a great option.

How should I prepare for my first therapy session with a Lancaster counselor?

Before seeing your Lancaster 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 while offering mental health services. The first session will often serve as an intake to get to know you as a person and learn why you're attending therapy in Lancaster.

Should I find a therapist or psychologist for therapy 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 from a therapist. A Lancaster 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 with a Lancaster counselor 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 that a counselor can help with.

Is mental health care and therapy with a therapist worth it?

Therapy with a licensed counselor 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 therapist 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 Lancaster, 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.

Lancaster 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 during telehealth appointments?

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 to customer service 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.

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

17601, 17602, 17603, 17604, 17605, 17607, 17608, 17622, 17699

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