Finding a therapist in Philadelphia, PA may feel like just one more overwhelming task in an already busy life, but online therapy platforms like BetterHelp can make it simple. BetterHelp has over 30,000 experienced therapists, licensed social workers, and other mental health professionals who provide a number of counseling services that can address anything from depression to addictive behaviors. 

If your past experiences with therapists have left you less than impressed, finding the right therapist can make all the difference in therapeutic approach and effectiveness. With BetterHelp, individuals living in Philadelphia and nearby cities can simply fill out an online questionnaire to be matched with a therapist that meets their specific needs. If you feel you need a change of therapist you can switch at no additional cost until you find the perfect match for you. 

With the convenience of video chat or text, you may find that sessions feel far less cumbersome and overwhelming to schedule. Online therapy offers all of the tools needed for managing stress and improving mental health and well-being, but without the hassle of trying to get to an office appointment. 

If you’re someone living in Philadelphia and are looking for some guidance in building the fulfilling life that you deserve, online therapy through a platform like BetterHelp can be the starting point to get you moving in the right direction.

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Sarah Yonan

Offering therapy in PA
License: MSW,LCSW
Stress, AnxietyAnger managementSelf esteemCoping with life changesCompassion fatigue
17 years of experience

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of Pennsylvania, with over 15 years of experience working with clients ranging from youth through middle age. I earned a Masters in Social Work from the University of Connecticut and have extensive experience working within the school settings, supporting youth and families, as well as the university setting with undergraduate and graduate level students. Most recently I have worked as a consultant to the Hawaii Department of Education and as the Director of Community Outreach for Mt Sinai Hospital in New York City. I have worked with clients in a variety of areas including but not limited to: depression, anxiety, conflict resolution, life skills, parenting skills, relationship dynamics, trauma, life transitions, international/expats, artists and dancers. My counseling style is both nurturing and supportive. Having worked with diverse populations, I feel strongly about creating a non-judgmental, open and understanding environment. Each person enters the counseling relationship with their own unique story and needs. It is essential to listen and learn, while supporting and empowering the individual to grow in a manner that bests fits them. Although I do not hold fast to any particular modality I do draw from a variety of different sources. The most influential are Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Strengths Based Perspective, and Solution Focused Therapy. I look forward to the opportunity to hear your story and work with you.

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Dr. Shanna Reese

Offering therapy in PA
License: PhD,LPC
Stress, AnxietyFamily conflictsTrauma and abuseParenting issues
8 years of experience

Hi, My name is Shanna and I am a professional counselor. I am committed to support each of my clients in a unique and targeted way that will best support each person's needs, capitalize on each person's strengths, and help move toward each person's goals. In order to do this, I spend time in the beginning of the counseling relationship to assess your background, successes, hurdles, prior experiences and your perceptions of the changes that you want to see for yourself and the world around you. With that understanding, I am able to help guide you on your journey to being your best self by taking advantage of the types of activities and interventions that work best for you. Though I utilize a vast array of tools to best support each person through an individualized lens, my work is grounded in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Internal Family Systems (IFS). Being focused on wellness rather than just lessening illness, my driving belief is that people strive to lead lives that are meaningful and provide an overall sense of connection in order to enhance their relationships, work experiences and other activities. IFS is about learning about the various parts of ourselves and having awareness about internal conflict arises and can be managed. CBT is the science of changing, or re-framing, the way that we think about the world around us in order to also change our associated emotions and behaviors so that we are best able to fulfill our drive for happiness and inner peace. I have been working to support individuals with various strengths and needs for over ten years, with the past 8 of these as a licensed practitioner. I have worked with many different people with a variety of goals, strengths and struggles to overcome feelings of depression and anxiety, interpersonal distress, trauma, and more. I have experience working in settings ranging from residential facilities to in-home therapy and outpatient centers. When working together, I am committed to you and helping you create the sense of yourself that will lead to satisfying wellness. I can't wait to meet you and get started. Best wishes for wellness, Shanna

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Christine Abrams

Offering therapy in PA
License: M.S., LPC
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesFamily conflictsParenting issuesDepression
35 years of experience

My name is Christine Abrams and I am glad you are reaching out through BetterHelp to make a positive change in your life. Therapy can be a great resource and support. The best therapy happens where there is a high level of trust between you and the counselor, so it's important to find a therapist who will be a good fit for you and the type of concerns you have. As a Licensed Professional Counselor in Pennsylvania, I have been providing therapy in community mental health centers, agencies, and colleges throughout my career. I have also managed therapy programs and provided supervision for counselors to obtain professional licensure. In over 35 years of providing therapy, I have worked with individuals of all ages and from all walks of life. I have worked with people who come in with concerns like stress, anxiety, depression, relationships, life changes, and parenting issues. Working through those challenges presents great opportunity for personal growth! The therapy I provide is based in client centered and family systems theories, while integrating other approaches like cognitive behavioral therapy and mindfulness. This work is active and individualized. We discuss your concerns, develop priorities, and work together to accomplish your goals. I like to generate lots of options for clients to get the most out of our time together, so we may use books, helpful apps, or creative activities (like art or writing). All these would be specifically chosen for your unique concerns and interests. Since much of my training is in family work, I think about people in the context of their relationships, environment, and culture. I often ask about those topics, looking for the strengths in your life that we can harness and apply to your current concerns. I am looking forward to talking with you, helping you to develop positive strategies, and celebrating as you move forward!

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Wendy Sharpless

Offering therapy in PA
License: LPC,CCTP
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseGriefSelf esteemDepression
11 years of experience

Hello, my name is Wendy Sharpless. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of Pennsylvania. I have been working in the mental health field since 2010, and I have been licensed since 2018. I graduated from Seton Hall University with a MA and EdS in Professional Counseling in 2014. My approach to counseling is based on solutions and is unique to each individual client. I use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) as evidence-based approaches to treatment. I specialize in working with individuals who struggle with various Anxiety Disorders and Trauma (excluding OCD). I am a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP) and have extensive experience in treating Mood Disorders, Suicidality, Self-Harm, ADHD, Autism/Aspergers, School Issues, and Grief. Over the years, I have gained invaluable experience in diverse mental health settings, including partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient, outpatient, residential, and partial care. I have worked with clients ranging from 3-year-olds to adults up to 64 years old. My current focus is on clients aged 11-60 years. I am passionate about tailoring treatment to my clients' specific concerns and needs, and I look forward to working with you. I have early afternoon availability.

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Sean LaFleur

Offering therapy in PA
License: M.A.,LLP
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsParenting issuesAnger managementCoping with life changes
10 years of experience

I have a M.A. in Clinical Psychology. I am dually licensed as a Professional Counselor and a Behavior Specialist in Pennsylvania, and licensed as a Masters Limited License Psychologist in Michigan. I have a decade long career working in the field of mental health, and in that time have worked in outpatient, community, and inpatient settings. I specialize in working with adults seeking treatment for substance use problems, mental health disorders, or coping with chronic pain, as well as children and adolescents with mental and behavioral health needs, and parents needing help with raising children with intellectual or developmental disabilities or behavioral health problems. I enjoy helping others and providing clients with the opportunity to explore different coping strategies to find out what works best for them. I rely on empirically supported treatments and a welcoming, empathetic style, while making every effort to meet my clients where they are and guide them along the path of recovery to where they want to be. I am experienced in providing Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), and Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). All three treatments fall within the cognitive-behavioral branch of treatment, and are skills-based interventions. CBT explores the relationship between thoughts (cognitions), emotions, and behaviors, and how they affect each other. DBT incorporates mindfulness, of being aware of your thoughts, feelings, physical sensations, and beliefs in order to effectively use coping skills when needed. ABA is a behavior intervention therapy in which antecedents, behaviors, consequences, and reinforcers are monitored in order to determine the function of the behaviors displayed in individuals who may not be able to communicate well for themselves, and then uses behavior therapy in order to orchestrate positive life changes. Although ABA is not preferred through the medium of telehealth, I am able to incorporate some aspects of it, preferably for clients who have experience with ABA, and require a refresher on skills already learned.

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Kathryn Eby

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

Hello! So glad you are reaching out to get some assistance with whatever you are struggling with at the moment. I am a licensed professional counselor in PA and a certified school counselor (K-12) with over 20 years of professional experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, & depression. I believe that you are the author of your story and I may just be meeting you for a chapter or two. 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 whether it is for a few chapters or the whole story.

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Kristin DePolo

Offering therapy in PA
Stress, AnxietyParenting issues
10 years of experience

I am licensed in Pennsylvania with 10+ years of professional work experience with children, teens, families, and adults. I have experience in helping clients with stress /anxiety, parenting issues, and family dynamics. I have experience in treating teens, adults and their families with severe mental health diagnosis, as well as phsycial disabilities and D&A issues. I am a caring individual who is supportive and nonjudgemental. 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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Aimee Senott

Offering therapy in PA
LGBTRelationship issuesTrauma and abuseIntimacy-related issuesAnger management
22 years of experience

I am a licensed clinical social worker in Pennsylvania with 21 years of professional work experience. I have worked in private practice for the last 10+ years. I have 20+ years of specialized experience in helping clients with sexual related issues[within the norm & otherwise including: issues of deviance, paraphilias, fetishes and issues of offending. As well as issues that arise from sex related employment i.e. working in the pornography industry, as an exotic dancer, or as a prostitute], I also have significant experience in working with those who struggle with lgbtq+ related issues, relationship & intimacy related issues, and trauma and abuse. I also see clients who have more general issues. I'm casual, friendly, and nonjudgemental, making me extremly easy to talk to. I have a great sense of humor that I find extremly valuable in the therapeutic process. Despite that humor will likely happen, I assure you that you will be treated with respect. However as a caution those who desire a highly professional, more formal, relationship with their service provider, or those whom are sensitive, substantially serious, or are highly religious may not be a successful match with me. I believe that you know you best and that you have a multitude of strengths and talents that will assist you in overcoming issues that challenge you. Your unique strengths and talents will aid in your success. Making changes to encourage a growingly meaningful and successful existence takes time, courage, and work. I would be honored to work with you, support you in this process, and watch you be succeed in meeting your goals.

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Christopher Santos

Offering therapy in PA
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseAnger managementSelf esteemCoping with life changes
3 years of experience

I am licensed in Pennsylvania with 3 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, trauma and abuse, anger management, & 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. 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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Ryan Parrish

Offering therapy in PA
AddictionsSelf esteemCareer difficultiesCoping with life changesCoaching
10 years of experience

I am licensed in Pennsylvania with 10 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with coping with addictions, motivation, self esteem, and confidence, career difficulties, & coping with life changes. 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.

How to find counseling in Philadelphia

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

How does the cost of in-person counseling compare to the cost of BetterHelp with a licensed Philadelphia 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 Philadelphia 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 Philadelphia 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 Philadelphia, 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 Philadelphia 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 Philadelphia 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 Philadelphia 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 Philadelphia 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 Philadelphia 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 19172 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 Philadelphia 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 Philadelphia 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 Philadelphia, 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.

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

Do therapists judge you in therapy sessions?

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

Stay up to date with the leading online counseling platform

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

19019, 19092, 19093, 19099, 19101, 19102, 19103, 19104, 19105, 19106, 19107, 19108, 19109, 19110, 19111, 19112, 19114, 19115, 19116, 19118, 19119, 19120, 19121, 19122, 19123, 19124, 19125, 19126, 19127, 19128, 19129, 19130, 19131, 19132, 19133, 19134, 19135, 19136, 19137, 19138, 19139, 19140, 19141, 19142, 19143, 19144, 19145, 19146, 19147, 19148, 19149, 19150, 19151, 19152, 19153, 19154, 19155, 19160, 19161, 19162, 19170, 19171, 19172, 19173, 19175, 19176, 19177, 19178, 19179, 19181, 19182, 19183, 19184, 19185, 19187, 19188, 19190, 19191, 19192, 19193, 19194, 19195, 19196, 19197, 19244, 19255

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