Depression is one of the most common and life-altering mental health issues in the United States and is the most common cause of disability in America. Some of the typical symptoms include chronic fatigue, sadness, sleeping and eating changes, trouble making decisions, and lack of interest in favorite activities. The City of West Chester has many therapists who can treat depression and other mental illnesses. 

West Chester, Pennsylvania has 14 buildings on the National Register of Historic Places including the West Chester Boarding School for Boys, Warner Theater, Butler House, and the Buckwalter Building. When you are depressed, you don’t feel like doing anything like visiting these historic places. It is important that you talk to one of the West Chester therapists right away to get an appointment.

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Rose Maturo

Offering therapy in PA
License: MS, LPC
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesFamily conflictsTrauma and abuseGrief
33 years of experience

Utilizing multiple theoretical structures, as well as a holistic approach, my goal is to offer each individual validation as well as guidance toward a shift in either perspective or behavior. This process involves identifying perceptual, emotional, and spiritual barriers and nurturing inner resources. I see the counseling process as the exploration of both our past and current reality as well as what is needed to help us grow into a whole, healthy individual. I have extensive knowledge of family and relationship dynamics, treating adult survivors of abuse, depression and anxiety, goal-setting, and the addictions field. My professional experience includes various mental health settings as well as working for educational institutions. I provide family and individual sessions. Exploring all that makes us the person we are today can be intimidating and takes time to navigate through. This exploration gives us the ability to look at things from a different perspective, creates the space for limitless possibilities, gives us a sense of wonder and awe about ourselves, and connects us to our soul.

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Dr. Mary Louise Inzerillo

Offering therapy in PA
License: Ph.D(ABD), LPC
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsLGBTGriefDepression
25 years of experience

Are you so stressed that you can’t concentrate, or sleep? Do you worry about what tomorrow might bring? Just breathe I can help! Using a psychodynamic approach, I specialize in Stress-Related conditions such as Anxiety, Trauma, Addiction, Grief, and Depression. Together, we can tackle these problems. By using tried and true therapeutic techniques like, Relaxation Therapy, Solution –Focused Therapy, CBT, REBT, Narrative therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and more. You will gain a new perspective, renewed confidence, and a sense of normalcy again. I will join you in your commitment to be the best you; you can be, despite Life’s challenges. My name is Dr. Mary Louise Inzerillo. Please feel free to call me. Mary Lou. I am a licensed professional counselor in Pennsylvania. I have an PhD in Clinical Counseling . I am a seasoned professional who has worked in the field of Mental Health and Addiction for over 25 years (code for I am not a kid). My Work has taught me; we, all have a “Purpose” to fill and gifts to share. Life has taught me, we must focus on what is right in front of us first recognizing what that Purpose is. I communicate with my clients online or by phone in the early afternoon or evening's I check my emails throughout the day. Please feel free to know that what you say to me stays with me. If you are new to therapy or have been in therapy before and have, questions please feel free to ask me about my work. I am psychodynamic in my approach, which means I utilize the teachings of various theorists to address various issues in our counseling sessions. I am eclectic but Ellis in orientation with a focus on emotional responses and behavior patterns as well as Trauma and irrational thinking. I will provide you the support and encouragement you need to address these problems and resolve them. Can you tell me a little more about yourself and your situation? The more I know the better. Do not hesitate to write as much and as often as you like. The more you share the less burdened you will feel. This will help me provide you with the advice and tools you need to address your problems. I can respond to you within 24 hours. I look forward to hearing from you soon.

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April Faust

Offering therapy in PA
License: LCSW
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsLGBTBipolar disorderDepression
12 years of experience

Hi! Thank you for taking the time to read my profile. My name is April Faust. I am a clinical social worker licensed in the state of PA. I have been working in the mental health field for 13 years and enjoy working with a wide variety of people. I received my DBT certification in 2013 and and I feel that this has been helpful in guiding my therapy techniques. I believe that everyone deserves to be treated with dignity and compassion and I truly enjoy my job of helping people be the best they can be. Taking the first step to start therapy can be very scary and challenging and I hope to be able to help you meet your goals. I believe in a dialectical approach trying to find a balance of acceptance and change by focusing on radical acceptance skills, awareness, and behavior change. I look forward to working with you !

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Geneve "Evie" Telfer

Offering therapy in PA
License: M.S.,LPC
GriefSelf esteemCareer difficultiesDepressionCoping with life changes
8 years of experience

The decision to seek therapy can be a scary one but it is also a choice that opens a space in a life for something new to come in. It helps to have someone who is outside the landscape of your life walk with you around that terrain. This companioning can help you see your stuck places from new angles and find new ways of moving forward. I walked with college age young adults in this process for 26 years and in the past 3 years I have been taking this journey of curiosity and change primarily with older adults. I’m a licensed professional counselor with specialized training as a pastoral counselor. I work with clients on issues such as depression, anxiety, relationship problems, spiritual issues, and loss and grief. Primarily I work from a person-centered and solution-focused approach to therapy. I also integrate techniques from other approaches, such as gestalt, emotion-focused therapy, mindfulness, short-term psychodynamic and cognitive-behavioral therapy, depending on the client's unique problems and goals. I look forward to the opportunity to walk with you into a new place of hope and healing.

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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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Lyda Will-Hoover

Offering therapy in PA
Stress, AnxietyFamily conflictsParenting issuesDepressionCoping with life changes
10 years of experience

I am licensed in Pennsylvania with 5 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, family conflicts, parenting issues, & depression. I work with my clients to create an open and safe environment where thoughts and feelings can be shared without fear of judgment. Taking the first step to sign up for therapy can take courage and I am proud of you for getting started!

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Jack Payson

Offering therapy in PA
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsRelationship issuesSelf esteemDepression
47 years of experience

I am licensed in Pennsylvania with 47 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, coping with addictions, relationship issues, & motivation, self esteem, and confidence. I also believe that you are the expert of your story and that you have many strengths that will assist you in overcoming things that challenge you. Taking the first step to sign up for therapy can take courage and I am proud of you for getting started!

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Kristina Castner

Offering therapy in PA
Relationship issuesIntimacy-related issuesAnger managementSelf esteemCoping with life changes
5 years of experience

I am licensed in Pennsylvania with 5 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with relationship issues, intimacy related issues, anger management, & motivation, self esteem, and confidence. 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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Carole Boes

Offering therapy in PA
Stress, AnxietyLGBTRelationship issuesTrauma and abuseGrief
35 years of experience

I am licensed in Pennsylvania with 35 years of professional work experience. My clinical focus has been in helping clients with stress and anxiety, depression and developing coping strategies for dealing with major life transitions, lgbtq+ related issues, relationship issues, & trauma and abuse. 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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Donnelle Super

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

I am licensed in Pennsylvania with 20 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, relationship issues, & depression. I also have experience working towards 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. 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.

How to find counseling in West Chester

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

How does the cost of in-person counseling compare to the cost of BetterHelp with a licensed West Chester 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 West Chester 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 West Chester 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 West Chester, 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 West Chester 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 West Chester 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 West Chester 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 West Chester 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 West Chester 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 19382 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 West Chester 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 West Chester 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 West Chester, 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.

West Chester 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.

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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 West Chester:

19380, 19381, 19382, 19383

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