Navigating life stressors can be difficult, and speaking with a therapist can help. When finding a therapist, Chesapeake, VA has a few different options.

Different in-person professional counseling practices and outpatient community centers are available, or you can work with an experienced counselor on an online platform like BetterHelp. Whether you are seeking mental health services for behavioral challenges, low self-esteem, anxiety disorders, or family conflict, speak with a Chesapeake-based professional in the mental health field to find your authentic self and live a more fulfilling life.

 

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Semone Danage

Offering therapy in VA
License: Ed.S, LPCC-S , BC-TMH
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesFamily conflictsSelf esteemCoaching
15 years of experience

Are you ready to go to another level? Ready to re-invest in YOU? Need therapy, but want more treatment setting options? Are you a professional looking for therapy? YOU ARE IN THE RIGHT PLACE. Welcome to a space where you can grow - free of judgment, stigma and FULL of opportunity!! I am a professional clinical counselor, with a supervision designation licensed in Ohio and Virginia with 10 years of experience working as a therapist and several years as a clinical supervisor. I have worked in private practice and various community and medical settings with clients experiencing a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, parenting problems, family issues, career challenges, cultural concerns and spiritual problems. I have specialized experience with helping professionals (therapists, doctors, nurses. lawyers, spiritual leaders, coaches, educators, athletes, financial advisors, and business owners), and people who have experienced various types of trauma and/or abuse. My counseling style is warm , interactive, holistic and culturally inclusive. I believe in treating everyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion. My approach combines cognitive, behavioral, humanistic, psychodynamic, systemic and strength based counseling. Let's work together as partners to create a therapeutic experience and treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs. It takes courage to seek a more fulfilling life and deeper awareness of self. This can be a NEW opportunity to discover and move toward the changes you would like to see in your life. If you are ready to take that next step, I am here to support and empower you. You MATTER and I look forward to working with you!

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Veronica McKay

Offering therapy in VA
License: LCSW
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesTrauma and abuseDepressionCoping with life changes
30 years of experience

Hello, I’m Veronica McKay and I’ve spent the past thirty years as a practicing Licensed Clinical Social Worker. I’ve worked in the United States and Germany. I recently retired but find that I still have the time and desire to help people looking for answers and guidance when life’s waters become turbulent.
 
 My experience ranges from treating children with emotional and developmental issues to assisting adults with issues of anxiety, depression and surviving the trauma of sexual assault. In 2008 I began working with the military, treating active duty military returning from combat and helping their families cope with and understand the soldiers’ struggles. I spent eleven years working with service members and military families facing all the problems that often accompany long family separations and combat tours, from PTSD to substance abuse to shifting domestic management stress.
 
 I have been trained and practiced in EMDR for treating PTSD, and in 2017 was trained in Accelerated Resolution Therapy. In my career I have worked as an on-call mental health evaluator for emergency behavioral health and substance abuse services. I currently work with several veteran’s organizations in continuing the work I did with active duty soldiers. I welcome the opportunity to work with you in identifying your personal goals and assisting you in the process of moving forward in your life. 
 


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Melissa Torres

Offering therapy in VA
License: LCSW,NSW-C,CCTP
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsTrauma and abuseGriefDepression
15 years of experience

You deserve to live a life that is balanced, fulfilling & meaningful. With the stressors & pressures of our society, it can be difficult to navigate your life’s roadmap. Therapy gives you the tools to learn from your past, be mindful in the present & pave the way for a brighter future. Whether you're dealing with anxiety, depression, or other issues that interfere with your personal well-being, psychotherapy can help you access your innate ability to heal & thrive. I have 14 years' experience empowering individuals & couples impacted by grief, illness, trauma & addiction. I use a psychodynamic approach & integrate modalities like Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Internal Family Systems, & somatic work to help clients move towards enhanced self-understanding, symptom reduction, & interpersonal well-being. I strive to always meet you where you are & incorporate a flexible & integrative approach to address a wide array of needs. Whether you're struggling with anxiety, depression, trauma or a change in health, I feel your struggle is a valiant one worthy of respect, understanding & compassion. I would be honored if you chose to take that first step towards wellness with me.

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Michelle Price

Offering therapy in VA
License: LPC, LMHP
Family conflictsTrauma and abuseSelf esteemCoping with life changesADHD
14 years of experience

Hello! My name is Michelle Price and I am registered as a Licensed Professional Counselor and Clinical Supervisor with the Board of Counseling  in Virginia.  I have over 13 years of experience working with children, adolescents, adults and families. Positions that I have held in the counseling field include Clinical Program Manager of Counseling Services, Outpatient Services, Crisis Services, Intensive In Home Services and Therapeutic Day Treatment Services. Counseling Background: All of my counseling experience has been through community mental health services, as I enjoy working with a diverse population with various needs. My theoretical orientation comes from a cognitive behavioral (CBT) point of view. While this is the predominant modality that I utilize,  I do pull techniques from other models if they prove to be beneficial to the individuals I work with. I  enjoy using CBT in my practice because it is easy to grasp, very flexible to implement to the individual's needs and it is evidenced based (has been proven to be effective). Areas that I have received training in  include Trauma-focused CBT, Attachment Based Family therapy(ABFT), Adolescent Community Reinforcement Approach (A-CRA), and Al’s Pals. I have also been trained with administering the K-SADS. I am so happy for you with taking the hardest step in counseling. Reaching out for help is not an easy task at all but it is the first step towards healing and finding peace. I do look forward to working with you in this new journey that you are about to take. .

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Saunique Eason

Offering therapy in VA
License: LCSW
Stress, AnxietyAnger managementSelf esteemDepression
4 years of experience

Saunique Eason is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 12 years experience in the field of social work, and over 15 years in the mental health field. Saunique received her Bachelors of Arts in Psychology (2006), and her Masters in Social Work (2010) from Stonybrook University in Long Island, New York. Saunique began her mental career as a Psychiatric Activity Therapist in an acute hospital in Queens New York, and held this position for 10 years, including while working toward her master's degree. Saunique has experience working with adults, children, adolescents and groups with a wide range of diagnosis, in a variety of settings including, inpatient, outpatient and partial hospital, community based organizations, schools and residential facilities. Her passions include working with adolescents and young adults with trauma contributing to current oppositional and maladaptive behaviors. However, Saunique has a zest for helping all people who cross her path in becoming "unstuck" in the behaviors, patterns, cycles and relationships which are working against self- actualization (the realization of one's talent and full potential). Saunique is a culturally sensitive, strengths based, person-centered, trauma informed clinician trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing) and DBT (Dialactic Behavioral Therapy), and regularly uses CBT, IFS and Motivational Interviewing concepts and techniques in her therapeutic work. Saunique is also an approved clinical supervisor registered with the Virginia Board of Social Work to provide clinical supervision to Supervisee's in Social Work. Saunique is so glad you stopped by, and is ready to work with you!

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Hailey Knowlton

Offering therapy in VA
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesParenting issuesSelf esteemDepression
4 years of experience

I am licensed in Virginia with 4 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with depression, stress and anxiety, relationship issues, parenting issues, 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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Krystal Mattox

Offering therapy in VA
Stress, AnxietyFamily conflictsTrauma and abuseParenting issuesCoping with life changes
13 years of experience

I am licensed in Virginia with 13 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with family conflicts, parenting issues, 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. 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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Quovadis Washington-Brown

Offering therapy in VA
Self esteemCareer difficultiesDepressionCoping with life changesCoaching
24 years of experience

I am licensed in Virginia with 24 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with motivation, self esteem, and confidence, career difficulties, depression, & coping with life changes. I believe in treating everyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion. I will tailor our dialog and treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs. Taking the first step to seeking a more fulfilling and happier life takes courage. I am here to support you in that process.

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Jan Barrymore

Offering therapy in VA
Stress, AnxietyLGBTAnger managementSelf esteemDepression
26 years of experience

I am licensed in Virginia with 26 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, lgbtq+ related issues, anger management, & motivation, self esteem, and confidence. I believe in treating everyone with respect. I am positive, compassionate and supportive. 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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Nichole Henderson

Offering therapy in VA
License: EAGALA Member,AAMFT Member,Sex Trafficking Advocate
Stress, AnxietyGriefIntimacy-related issuesCoachingCompassion fatigue
12 years of experience

I offer unique, specialized faith-based therapy services designed to help individual adults, couples and families build Victorious identities. Providing two-way discussions that bridge the gap to help you with difficult life transformations. It's time to unlock fear, pain, confusion, unresolved grief, loss, and any barriers keeping you from living a Christ-filled lifestyle. Serving individuals & couples who seek to enrich and maintain healthy marital relationships. Together we will create a safe space to motivate intentional transformation! https://victoriousbeginnings.com/

How to find counseling in Chesapeake

Finding the best therapist close by in Chesapeake 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 Chesapeake. 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 Chesapeake, 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 Chesapeake 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 Chesapeake 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 Chesapeake, elsewhere in Chesapeake (city), or in the greater state of Virginia.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

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

How does the cost of in-person counseling compare to the cost of BetterHelp with a licensed Chesapeake 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 Chesapeake 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 Chesapeake may not take health insurance, some in the state of Virginia 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 Virginia 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 Chesapeake, Virginia 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 Chesapeake 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 Chesapeake 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 Chesapeake 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 Chesapeake 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 Chesapeake 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 VA, 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 23326 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 Chesapeake 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 Chesapeake 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 Chesapeake, Virginia 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.

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

Do therapists judge you in therapy sessions?

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

Stay up to date with the leading online counseling platform

To stay up to date with BetterHelp's initiatives through their social channels, you can follow them on PinterestLinkedInInstagramTwitter, and Facebook. For mental health tips, check out the BetterHelp YouTube channel.

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

If you’re ready to sign up for online therapy, consider signing up with a platform like BetterHelp and get matched within 24 to 48 hours.

If you are experiencing a crisis or emergency, don't use this site's online services. If you are in life-threatening danger, call 911. If you require support for a crisis, reach out to the hotlines below:

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

23320, 23321, 23322, 23323, 23324, 23325, 23326, 23327, 23328

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