The name Damascus was given to the local post office before it became known as the city of Damascus. As you go through life, you send out many messages, hoping people will be receptive. But what if you feel like people aren’t understanding you, or you’re having trouble communicating?

A nearby Damascus-area counselor can help you with any mental health or emotional issues you are struggling with, including stress, anxiety, or depression, among many others. There are licensed mental health professionals that can support you through the difficulties you are facing. Consider reaching out to a therapist near you today.

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Frances Berniger

Clinical therapist offering therapy in VA
Counselor License Type(s): M.Ed, LPC
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesSelf esteemDepressionCoping with life changes
20 years of experience as a mental health therapist

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in Virginia and Texas with 20 years of experience. At this time I am only available through phone sessions. My first career choice was as a Special Education Teacher for sixteen years. My Counseling focus is with Adults experiencing grief, depression, anxiety, trauma, being a spouse/child of individual with a Personality Disorder, specific to Narcissism. You will be provided a safe and compassionate space. Guidance will be provided utilizing CBT(Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), Mindfulness, Strength Based and Solution Focused approaches. You will be encouraged to achieve success though counseling while acquiring skills and strategies for meeting life's challenges.

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Susan Wismer

Clinical therapist offering therapy in VA
Counselor License Type(s): LCSW
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseDepressionCoping with life changesADHD
8 years of experience as a mental health therapist

Hi! I am a licensed clinical social worker in Virginia and Colorado, and I have made my home in both places in recent years. Nearly eight years of experience has afforded me the opportunity to work with individuals from diverse backgrounds who range in age from five to over 90 years old. Early on I expected to find a preferred population; however, it turns out that I just like working with humans. Commonalities and strengths are always evident to me, even in the face of struggle and adversity. Seeking health and wellness is admirable. Mental health diagnoses contain lists of symptoms that are common to the human experience, and as such, I believe are always addressable. Belief in human worth and capacity for growth are fundamental. As your therapist I will consistently regard you with respect and engagement. I believe that warmth and humor are vital in therapy as in any relationship. I look forward to embarking upon this journey with you!

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Glenda Lockhart

Clinical therapist offering therapy in VA
Counselor License Type(s): LPC,NCC
Stress, AnxietyParenting issuesSelf esteemCompassion fatigueADHD
5 years of experience as a mental health therapist

I am a licensed professional counseling in Virginia with over 5 years of experience working as a family and individual counselor. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including low self-esteem, anxiety, parenting problems, depression, and ADHD. My counseling style is warm and compassionate. I believe everyone needs someone to listen to them and to show genuine care and concern for them. My approach combines cognitive-behavioral, person-centered, motivational interviewing, and solution-focused. I will with with you to see goals based on your specific needs and concerns. I'm ready to listen and help you to get where you want to go. I look forward to working with you!

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Sherry McClanahan

Clinical therapist offering therapy in VA
Counselor License Type(s): LPC
Stress, AnxietyLGBTRelationship issuesTrauma and abuseDepression
3 years of experience as a mental health therapist

I believe that each one of us has unique life circumstances and that the counseling process should meet your specific needs. My style is straightforward and compassionate. My focus is on identifying your strengths and helping you to recognize your potential. I employ a client-centered approach in a collaborative effort with you to foster hope and the positive change that you desire. I utilize cognitive-behavioral therapy, mindfulness techniques, and a solution focused, strength-based approach. I work with individual adults and couples. I have worked with individuals facing issues of trauma, loss, physical and sexual abuse, and domestic violence for over 25 years. I have extensive training in complex trauma and a great deal of experience working with adults who have experienced childhood trauma My goal is to provide an open and welcoming environment for all. This is an LGBTQ safe place. My practice hours are 5pm-9pm Monday - Friday and 10am - 1pm Saturdays. I generally can respond at least once per day and sometimes more! You can also book a live session with me ahead of time. Please remember that BetterHelp (or sister site!) is not appropriate if you are in crisis or in immediate need of support. In crisis situations, please call 911 or local emergency services or go to your local emergency room.

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Jennifer Kem

Clinical therapist offering therapy in VA
Counselor License Type(s): LCSW
Grief
10 years of experience as a mental health therapist

I have lived in Nevada since 1996. I am aware of community resources. I am a licensed clinical social worker, licensed in the State of Nevada. I have a bachelor's and masters in social work. I then completed my clinical internship working with children diagnosed with (SED) Severe Emotional Disturbance and their families and supportive team. I have counseled children ages 4-18 and their families, attending interdisciplinary and team care coordination meetings. Issues included but were not limited to depression, anxiety, grief and loss, foster care/adoption. I have worked with clients facing imminent immigration and deportation issues. My undergraduate internship was in hospice and a local community resource center. I have worked with the senior and disabled population, providing active listening and resources and connections to supportive services in their communities. I look forward to working with you!

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Courtney Williams

Clinical therapist offering therapy in VA
Stress, AnxietyFamily conflictsGriefCoping with life changesCompassion fatigue
4 years of experience as a mental health therapist

I AM HERE TO HELP YOU HEAL, FEEL BETTER, HAPPIER AND START ENJOYING LIFE AGAIN! As a mother of two and a military spouse, I understand the demands of being everything for everyone else outside of yourself. I’ve worked with children, teens, and adults of various backgrounds including military, psychiatric, and individualized therapy, but my passion lies with women/couples and their over all mental wellness!

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Shaquila Glass

Clinical therapist offering therapy in VA
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesGriefCoping with life changes
12 years of experience as a mental health therapist

I am licensed in District of Columbia and Virginia, with 12 years of professional experience. I have experience helping clients with trauma, stress, and anxiety. I specialize in maternal mental health, women's issues, and female adolescents transitioning into womanhood. 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. I also have extensive experience supporting women, mothers, and teenage girls through various life challenges. My practice includes specialized care for maternal mental health issues, such as perinatal depression and anxiety. I provide compassionate support to mothers not only during pregnancy and postpartum but also beyond, as they navigate different stages of motherhood. With teenage girls, I offer guidance during their transition into womanhood, creating a safe space where they can explore their thoughts and emotions. I am dedicated to fostering healthy relationships and emotional well-being across these diverse populations.

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Renae Willis

Clinical therapist offering therapy in VA
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseGriefParenting issuesADHD
19 years of experience as a mental health therapist

I am licensed in Virginia with 19 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with autism, stress and anxiety, trauma and abuse, coping with grief and loss, & parenting 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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Mary Owen

Clinical therapist offering therapy in VA
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesTrauma and abuseParenting issuesDepression
9 years of experience as a mental health therapist

I am licensed in Alabama and Virginia with 9 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, family conflicts, parenting issues, depression and loneliness, self esteem, and trauma and abuse. I also work with couples to repair trust, improve communication, and strengthen their emotional intimacy with each other. I believe in treating everyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion. I will tailor our dialogue and treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs. Taking the first step to sign up for therapy can take courage and I am proud of you for getting started!

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Dwight Vick

Clinical therapist offering therapy in VA
Relationship issuesFamily conflictsParenting issuesAnger managementSelf esteem
26 years of experience as a mental health therapist

I am licensed therapist in Virginia with 26 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with relationship issues, oppositional defiant males, family conflicts, parenting issues, & anger management. 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. As a therapist, I specialize in treating individuals who are experiencing, depression, anger, low self-esteem, emotional distress and life stressors for adolescents. The therapy techniques that I have found to be most effective include cognitive behavioral therapy focusing on restructuring thoughts and solution focused thoughts.

How to find a therapist for counseling in Damascus

Finding the best therapist close by in Damascus 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 Damascus 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 Damascus. 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 Damascus, 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 Damascus region and in the state of Virginia. 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 Damascus 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 Damascus area in different types of therapy, including:

  • CBT
  • DBT
  • Substance use therapy
  • Couples therapy

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

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

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

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

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

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

How does working with a professional counselor in BetterHelp online therapy sessions work?

BetterHelp clinicians treat clients online across the United States (individuals and couples) through life transitions, inner child exploration, long term depression or anxiety, post traumatic stress disorder, and more. An online mental health therapist, including the therapists in Damascus 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 Damascus helping individuals on topics including managing life transitions, symptoms affecting sexual health, behavioral health, coping skills for anxiety, depression, trauma, stress, marriage counseling, and more. 

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

BetterHelp's verified Damascus therapists specialize and have clinical experience in a wide range of mental health issues and modalities, helping clients to feel better and improve their lives every day. See below for examples.

Specialties on BetterHelp include:

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

You may also be struggling with relationship problems that could be addressed in couples therapy or with a sex therapist. In that case, you may choose to work with one of BetterHelp's experienced cognitive-behavioral therapists or licensed marriage family therapists (LMFT) who work with clients in relationships. You can also try a Damascus therapy provider through BetterHelp's sister platform, ReGain, which is dedicated to couples and spouses worldwide. 

How do I know if online counseling is right for my family in Damascus?

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

Damascus 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 Damascus 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 Damascus 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 VA, 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 24236 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 Damascus counselor?

Before seeing your Damascus 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 Damascus.

Should I find a therapist or psychologist for therapy if I feel fine? 

Some simply don't feel the need to see a psychologist. However, some people may avoid attending therapy due to stigma or preconceived notions of what therapy entails. Although psychologists often support people with mental health conditions, you do not need a diagnosis or condition to attend therapy. You can discuss grief, relationship concerns, stress, or life changes and ask for general feedback and advice from a therapist. A Damascus 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 Damascus counselor can be dependent on your process.

People may also attend therapy for specific motives, such as bullying, an autism diagnosis, a desire to learn mindfulness meditation, personality concerns, trouble with office workers, specific phobias, and many other principles that a counselor can help with.

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

Therapy with a licensed counselor is effective and has the power to change individuals' lives. Each client is at a different stage of their emotional healing journey in life, as each human can be unique in their personality, expression, skills, and goals. A psychologist can target various symptoms, experiences, and personalities to help you feel your best and put you on the path to healing. Unlike advice from a friend, family, or non-professional, a mental health therapist has an understanding of various disorders like ADHD and depression with many hours of experience in treating adults in their practice. For this reason, seeing an evidence based psychologist in Damascus, 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.

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

Do therapists judge you in therapy sessions during telehealth appointments?

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

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

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

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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