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Christien Harden

Offering therapy in VA
License: MSW,LCSW,LCAS
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsLGBTDepression
12 years of experience

Hello! My name is Christien Harden, I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (NC and VA), Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist (NC) and Certified Clinical Supervisor (NC). While attending graduate school at East Carolina University, my focus and study was the LGBT community and co-occurring disorders. It is my wish to assist those struggling with mental health and substance use issues by providing an experienced, caring atmosphere to grow and heal. Overall, I want to talk about the matters that matter to you. Life isn't always easy but, it should not always be a struggle. I offer a wide range of therapeutic techniques including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy as well as Motivational Interviewing to assist individuals throughout the therapeutic process. I look forward to meeting you and helping you achieve wholeness and wellness at your own pace. During my career I have worked in hospital-based settings serving as a triage specialist in the ED of a major hospital system, floor therapist for those afflicted with severe and persistent mental illness, and served as a Director of Outpatient Services for intensive outpatient care and a partial hospitalization program. At present, I oversee therapists working with those afflicted with severe and persistent mental illness in an inpatient setting. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my partner, our families, and our dogs. Generally, you will find me (when not working) on the beaches of NC and FL, or the mountains of Colorado. Christien Harden, MSW, MATC, LCSW, LCAS, CCS

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Andrea Graziano

Offering therapy in VA
License: LMHC
Stress, AnxietySelf esteemDepression
15 years of experience

Hello! I'm Andrea, a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in New York State and a Licensed Professional Counselor in the Commonwealth of Virginia. I have been privileged to serve individuals, couples and families who have struggled with anxiety, depression and other life stressors for over a decade. Thank you for reaching out and inviting me into your life. As a reminder, I am licensed in New York State and the Commonwealth of Virginia; therefore, if you are not physically present in New York or Virginia, I will not be able to work with you per state regulations. I graduated from Medaille College in 2008 and began my professional journey. My experiences include outpatient and residential counseling as well as case management. It's important for you to know that I appreciate the opportunity to work with you. My goal is to encourage, support and empower you to make the best choices for your desired outcome. It may be helpful for you to know my style of counseling is to follow your lead. I believe that no one will ever know you as well as you know yourself. The therapeutic approaches I use include Motivational Interviewing and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. You will find that I am a compassionate warmhearted listener and avid cheerleader for change. My current schedule allows for appointments Monday and Wednesday in the early morning through the late afternoon. On Tuesday and Thursday I am available in the early morning through the late afternoon and again in the early evening. I do not keep hours on Friday, Saturday or Sunday, as I have other professional and personal obligations. (Monday and Wednesday: 7:30am - 12:00pm AND 1:00pm-5:00pm * Tuesday and Thursday: 8:00am - 12:00pm AND 2:00pm - 5:00pm; 6:00pm - 8:00pm on Tuesdays only) For your reference, it may be helpful to know that I do not participate in any legal cases; therefore, you may need to consider finding a different counselor if you are involved in any court proceedings, including compensation and disability cases. I look forward to working with you!

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Preston Page

Offering therapy in VA
License: LCSW, LSATP
Stress, AnxietyEating disordersSelf esteemDepressionCoping with life changes
33 years of experience

I have 30 years experience as a counselor. I have worked in many different environments including, private practice, local mental health clinics, inpatient mental health and substance abuse clinics. I work with people to help them be the person they are and become the person they want to be. I am a real bearded Santa but am not religious. I related to the natural world in a way that I describe as spiritual, although it may not be what most people consider to be spiritual I served in the US Army both active duty and National Guard. I am a Vietnam Veteran with a total of 23 years service. I was a MFLC and worked with active duty soldiers and airmen for several years mostly at Fort Bragg but other facilities as well. I am married, have four children and eight grandchildren.

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Arianna Ayala

Offering therapy in VA
License: LPC,CSAC
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsGriefSelf esteemDepression
7 years of experience

Hi! My name is Arianna, and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and Certified Substance Abuse Counselor. As a therapist I support individuals in becoming the best versions of themselves. I have worked with clients experiencing depression, anxiety, addiction, and are ultimately looking to live more full and authentic lives. My approach to counseling is client centered. I believe everyone has the tools within themselves to resolve whatever challenges they are facing; my role is to guide you to look internally to find and develop them. Using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), I help make connections between what you think, how you feel, and how you behave. My process includes assisting you with finding solutions to problems and building on innate qualities and strengths. My main objective is to help individuals develop healthier relationships with themselves and others and create the tools necessary to live the most fulfilling lives they can. Clients can expect to feel heard, seen, and supported in their journey to emotional and psychological wellness. If you are ready to take that step, I look forward to working with you!

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Alisa Branch

Offering therapy in VA
License: LCMHC NC,LPC VA
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesFamily conflictsTrauma and abuseDepression
14 years of experience

I am Alisa Branch and I'm excited you've found my page. I truly aspire to be a breath of fresh air for my clients therefore my approach is interactive, warm, and accepting. My job is to provide support and guidance to my client by providing feedback, task to focus on between sessions, and tools to improve coping skills. Nothing makes me happier than helping my clients feel better about themselves! I obtained my Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from University of North Carolina at Greensboro and Master of Science degree in Community Agency Counseling from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. As a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in the state of North Carolina and a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Virginia I've amassed over 13 years of experience in Outpatient Mental Health counseling. I have experience working in different settings such as Community Mental Health Agency, Private Practice, and Community Medical Center. Prior to working in the Outpatient Mental Health field I gained 8 years of experience working in different settings such as Inpatient Psychiatric Facility and Mobile Crisis. I believe in utilizing multiple treatment modalities to fit the needs of my clients, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness, Trauma Informed Care, and Solution Focused. I have gained a wealth of experience working with children, teens, adults, couples, and families dealing with a number of life stressors to include relationship issues, grief, work related issues, past trauma, self esteem issues, behavioral issues, decision making issues, and communication issues to name a few. I also have experience working with a number of diagnoses such as Major Depression, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, Social Anxiety Disorder, PTSD, and Borderline Personality Disorder to name a few. Seeking therapy can be a scary and intimidating step, however once you make that step, I take immense pride in being a source of guidance and support in your journey to mental wellness.

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Lolita Allen

Offering therapy in VA
Relationship issuesTrauma and abuseIntimacy-related issuesSelf esteemCompassion fatigue
25 years of experience

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 25 years of experience working with families in individual, couple and family therapy. I am committed to helping adults and children develop personal/relational skills and strategies needed to build and maintain a positive, meaningful life and healthy relationships. I received a Master Degree in Social Work from Howard University and am licensed as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. I am passionate about working with anyone who wants to take the first steps to becoming a better version of themselves by exploring therapy and healing. I integrate multiple modalities of practice, including: systems approach, structural family therapy. I AM ONLY AVAILABLE ON WEEKEND MORNINGS

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Rose Cope

Offering therapy in VA
Depression
10 years of experience

I am licensed in Virginia with 10 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with 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 seeking a more fulfilling and happier life takes courage. I am here to support you in that process.

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Mitra Shahryary

Offering therapy in VA
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseGriefSelf esteemDepression
14 years of experience

I am licensed clinical social worker (LCSW, LICSW), licensed in Virginia, District of Columbia and Colorado with 14 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, trauma and abuse, coping with grief and loss, & motivation, self esteem, and confidence. 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. It is important to note that due licensing regulations, I am only able to work with clients who reside in VA, DC or CO. Also please refer to the this link, https://www.betterhelp.com/terms/, to review the terms of service. In accordance with these terms I do not provide documentation (meaning letters/reports indicating a diagnosis or attesting to mental fitness for situations such as custody, disability, court mandates, service animals, etc.)

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Casey Cullen

Offering therapy in VA
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesFamily conflictsSelf esteemCoaching
5 years of experience

I am licensed in Virginia, Connecticut and Colorado with over 5 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, & 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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Sonia Rodrigues-Marto

Offering therapy in VA
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesFamily conflictsTrauma and abuseCoping with life changes
21 years of experience

I am licensed in New Jersey and Virginia with 21 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, & trauma and abuse. 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.

How to find counseling in Monterey

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

How does the cost of in-person counseling compare to the cost of BetterHelp with a licensed Monterey 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 Monterey 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 Monterey 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 Monterey, 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 Monterey 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 Monterey 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 Monterey 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 Monterey 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 Monterey 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 24465 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 Monterey 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 Monterey 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 Monterey, 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.

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

Do therapists judge you in therapy sessions?

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

Stay up to date with the leading online counseling platform

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

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

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

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