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Rozanne Secrest

Offering therapy in PA
Counselor License Type(s): MS, LPCC
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesParenting issuesDepressionCoping with life changes
27 years of experience as a therapist

Welcome. Well, as you might know, there are times when we encounter challenges to the difficulties or changes in our life circumstances. While we are able to resolve some of those challenges on our own or by talking about them with close friends and family members, there are other times when we need some professional help. You may have found yourself in such a situation, so, thank you for reaching out. I am here to help. I am licensed in both Ohio and Pennsylvania, and for over 24 years, I have been helping people of all ages as a professional clinical counselor. I offer a supportive atmosphere so as to help to reduce any feelings of depression, anger, stress or anxiety. I also help to develop more rational, confident ways of thinking. My treatment style is active, instructive, and informative. I use an integrative approach to therapy as I draw primarily upon cognitive-behavioral, family systems and psychodynamic theories as needed. Additionally, I offer strategies for parents who are finding that they are having behavior difficulties with their children. In our first session together, I will most likely be asking you a lot of questions to find out more about you and to more fully understand what you are hoping to accomplish or resolve during our time together. Since counseling has a direction and is goal-oriented, developing a general idea of goals in your therapy with me will set the tone and the focus for the next session, as well as the direction of the counseling process itself. So, if you are ready for some new ways to manage your feelings or behavior and, ultimately, your life, I look forward to working with you.

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Elizabeth Garambone

Offering therapy in PA
Counselor License Type(s): LPC, Ed.S., MA
Stress, AnxietyFamily conflictsParenting issuesSelf esteemDepression
12 years of experience as a therapist

Life is a beautiful mess. Sometimes everything seems to be going our way. And other times, it can leave us feeling overwhelmed, confused, and unbalanced. My name is Beth and I would like to offer guidance and support as you navigate those ups and downs. Let me start by telling you a little bit about myself. I have worked in the mental health field since 1998. First, with my bachelors degree and later doing clinical work as I earned my master's degree. I believe taking care of our mental health should be as accepted and routine as taking care of our physical health. Throughout my career I have had the opportunity to practice in a variety of settings and populations. I have worked with children in school settings, adolescents in psychiatric hospitalization, families in their homes and communities, and couples and adults through outpatient services. My professional style has evolved from these experiences. I rely on a common sense approach. Counseling is casual and conversational. We will work as a team; identifying strengths, setting goals, and overcoming barriers. Asking for help can be difficult. Trusting someone with your innermost thoughts may feel intimidating. Thank you for taking this first step. I look forward to meeting you.

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Tara Watts

Offering therapy in PA
Counselor License Type(s): M.S.S.,LCSW
Stress, AnxietyFamily conflictsTrauma and abuseGriefDepression
20 years of experience as a therapist

My name is Tara Watts, I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Pennsylvania. I have over 20 years of experience working as a clinician, working with individual, couples and families. I have worked with clients of varying ages with a broad range of concerns including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, parenting challenges, OCD and ADHD, this includes people who have histories of trauma. My therapeutic approach is strength-based, person-centered, solution-focused and trauma-informed using cognitive -behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing and psychodynamic therapies. I am also committed to continuous education, as I strive to remain consistent with best practices. I strive to meet you where you are and work together to set goals and develop a plan that targets your needs. I tend to focus on what you are experiencing and the impact to your daily life, not on labels or specific diagnosis. I understand how labels can be debilitating, but with the right approach you can experience growth, change and success. I acknowledge your courage in taking the necessary steps to have a more fulfilling and happier life. I am willing and able to assist you as you engage the process of change. I look forward to talking with you soon and joining you in this effort.

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Melva Hartzog

Offering therapy in PA
Counselor License Type(s): LPC,MA,M.Div
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseGriefSelf esteemDepression
3 years of experience as a therapist

I believe in incorporating an integrative, holistic approach to wellness, acknowledging the role of mind, body, and spirit in the healing process. Healing is also promoted through the development of psychosocial areas of life: career, emotional, social, and interpersonal. Holistic healing embraces body, mind, and spirit, and includes making sense of life from social, environmental, interpersonal, religious, and spiritual perspectives. I believe and uphold that all people are created with the purpose to live their lives to the fullest free from religious, racial, gender, or sexual biases. My therapeutic approach is Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), including Christian- and spiritually-integrated CBT. I am a multicultural competent counselor. As a Licensed Professional Counselor with a Master of Divinity degree, I understand the need for some individuals to seek Christian counseling for a variety of issues. Sometimes there is a crisis of faith, other times there is a need to understand Biblical principles in relation to any issues or struggles. There are other times when a spiritual crisis or need occurs and a person may need to make sense of a situation from a spiritual perspective. I understand that both religion and spirituality are integral in treating the whole person. I understand that therapy is challenging for many people. Therefore, I importance of meeting individuals where they are....without judgment. My goal is to provide a non-judgmental, warm, safe, and healing environment. I believe that while "The past cannot be changed, the future is yet in your power."

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Laura Hank

Offering therapy in PA
Stress, AnxietyAnger managementSelf esteemDepression
14 years of experience as a therapist

I am licensed in Pennsylvania with over 14 years of experience in various settings, including school, telehealth, and community-based outpatient mental health helping adults, adolescents, and families navigate life’s challenges. With a compassionate and non-judgmental approach, I provide a safe space for clients to share their feelings as they take their first step toward better emotional awareness and mental well-being. I have have expertise in treating a wide range of mental health concerns including anxiety, depression, grief, relationship issues, and life changes. I want to help clients develop the skills and insights they need to achieve their goals by using evidence-based approaches such as person-centered, strengths-based, cognitive-behavioral therapy, solution-focused therapy and mindfulness-based strategies. I believe that everyone has the capacity to heal and grow, and I am dedicated to helping clients achieve their full potential by taking the step toward a happier, healthier life.

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Clarissa Reed

Offering therapy in PA
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesSelf esteemDepressionCoping with life changes
24 years of experience as a therapist

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of Pennsylvania with 24 years of professional work experience. I am also a Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor. (CAADC) I have been in private practice since 2003, Lisa Reed Counseling, Inc. I have also worked as a Mobile Therapist and Behavioral Specialist and in a Family Based program. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, relationship issues, motivation, self esteem, and confidence, & 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 seeking a more fulfilling and happier life takes courage. I am here to support you in that process.

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Hysonja Fersner

Offering therapy in PA
AddictionsRelationship issuesTrauma and abuseIntimacy-related issuesDepression
15 years of experience as a therapist

I am licensed in Pennsylvania with 15 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with coping with addictions, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, & intimacy related 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!

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Nicole Niggel

Offering therapy in PA
Stress, AnxietyDepressionCoping with life changes
13 years of experience as a therapist

I am licensed in Pennsylvania with 13 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, depression, & 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 sign up for therapy can take courage and I am proud of you for getting started!

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Andrew Nocita

Offering therapy in PA
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsRelationship issuesDepressionCoping with life changes
35 years of experience as a therapist

I am licensed in Pennsylvania with 35 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, coping with addictions, relationship issues, & depression. I believe that you are the expert of your story and that you have many strengths that will assist you in overcoming things that challenge you. It takes courage to seek out a more fulfilling and happier life and to take the first steps towards a change. I am here to support & empower you in that journey.

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Dana Rummery

Offering therapy in PA
Stress, AnxietyFamily conflictsGriefCoping with life changesCompassion fatigue
18 years of experience as a therapist

Hello, I am Dana Rummery and I look forward to getting to know you! I am an Art Therapist (masters level clinician, registered with the American Art Therapy Association and board certified MA, ATR-BC) and Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), licensed in Pennsylvania with 18 years of professional experience. I have experience working with patients and families managing terminal and chronic illness within the hospice setting and in their homes, helping clients with stress and anxiety, caregiver fatigue and family conflict, coping with grief and loss, & coping with life changes. I have worked with people of all ages, using both verbal and therapeutic arts interventions, to cope with the difficulties of life and find joy again. The work I do with clients is goal oriented and focused on what brings you joy, creating and finding meaning, focusing on what can bring you closer to who you want to be and who you want to connect with. I work from a humanistic/person centered and strength based approach. When life feels difficult it can be hard to see and engage with the parts of ourselves and our lives that bring us meaning and connection. We will focus on what you want your life to look like. Acknowledging the traumas, difficulties, and barriers are an important step of the process, but we will primarily focus on what you can change and are willing to change after discussing those barriers. I can introduce a variety of treatment interventions to address your concerns until you find a path forward that fits for you. I am also trained in eco/nature based therapy and find that engaging in the natural world can be a useful approach for some people. If you are grieving the loss of someone important to you we will focus on coping, connection, and memorializing your loved one. No matter how recent or distant your loss is it can be difficult figure out how to moved through the world without your person. For those interested in therapeutic arts interventions, I will work with you to come up with projects/ tasks that can help bring clarity. You don't need to have any experience with creating or much in the way of art supplies to engage in therapeutic art reflection. If you have no interest in creating, that's ok too, my job is to be present to your needs and help you create and engage with your goals to live more fully. When life is hard and you know you need help, it can be really difficult to ask for help. The fact that you're here looking for help is huge, and you should be proud of yourself. I look forward to helping you!

How to find counseling in Stoystown

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

How does the cost of in-person counseling compare to the cost of BetterHelp with a licensed Stoystown 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 Stoystown 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 Stoystown 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).

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

Therapists in Stoystown, 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 or medication as treatment, or perform psychological assessments and other psychiatric services.

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, post traumatic stress disorder, and more. An online mental health professional, including the therapists in Stoystown 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 Stoystown 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?

BetterHelp's verified Stoystown 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 Stoystown 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 Stoystown 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.

Stoystown 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 Stoystown 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 Stoystown 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 15563 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 Stoystown 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 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 Stoystown.

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 from a therapist. A Stoystown 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 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 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 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 Stoystown, 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.

Stoystown 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 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.

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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