In order to sail the seas, you need a port to park your boat at. In life, if you want to discover yourself, you need a safe place to park your mind whenever you're dealing with a crisis. However, you may feel like there is no place to park your mental boat during a storm. A counselor based in Portsmouth can help. 

Known for being a port city, Portsmouth houses many boats. A counselor can help park your boat, repair it, and allow you to journey into the great unknown. Speak to a counselor today and see how they can help. 

This is Jennie Friedman's avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Portsmouth, Virginia (Portsmouth, VA)
Type Of Therapy License(s): LMHC,LPC
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Eating disorders, Self esteem, Coping with life changes
Years of Experience: 3

Hey There! You are a courageous young woman who appears to have everything together, but inside you feel like you are not being your true self. YOU’RE FEELING LIKE NO MATTER HOW HARD YOU TRY, NOTHING IS GOOD ENOUGH. YOUR BODY AND YOUR MIND HAVE TAKEN THE ULTIMATE TOLL, AND YOU’RE EXHAUSTED. It has been hard for you to stop the messages you have received from consuming your every day. You find yourself constantly battling the demons in your head that tell you you’re not good enough, you’re not doing life “right”, and your body is not “perfect” It is a ch...

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One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Portsmouth, Virginia (Portsmouth, VA)
Type Of Therapy License(s): MA,LPC,NCC
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Depression
Years of Experience: 10

Hello, my name is Maurice J. Ponder and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in Virginia. I received my Masters of Arts in Professional Counseling from Liberty University. I have been in the mental health field for the past 10 years and I have a heart for individuals who struggle to cope with life’s stressors. I take an eclectic approach to therapy; I have a desire to see individuals meet one’s goals, grow, and live life to the fullest. I have worked in several different settings over the years, including detoxification units, crisis stabilization units, and ps...

This is Lisa Bradford's avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Portsmouth, Virginia (Portsmouth, VA)
Type Of Therapy License(s): LCSW, LICSW
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Trauma and abuse, Grief, Self esteem, Depression
Years of Experience: 30

I am a Mental Health Counselor Licensed in both Virginia and West Virginia with experience in direct care for over29 years. I have worked with individuals, families and groups. I specialize in working with Depression, Anxiety, Schizophrenia, Schizoaffective disorder, Bipolar Disorder, PTSD and personality disorders. I particularly enjoy helping people gain hope and recovery thru personal change. I have helped numerous individuals with Mental Health Recovery, Caregiver Stress, and problem solving to manage their illnesses. My counseling style is wa...

This is Donna Curran's avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Portsmouth, Virginia (Portsmouth, VA)
Type Of Therapy License(s): LCSW
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Intimacy-related issues, Depression
Years of Experience: 30

Are you looking for a way to feel more positive, more hopeful, or less overwhelmed? Do you want to decrease your anxiety, resolve conflict or improve closeness and trust in your relationship? For over 30 years, I have been helping individuals, couples, and families to feel better about themselves, improve their relationships and gain greater satisfaction in life . I utilize a cognitive, solution focused holistic approach, tailoring treatment to each individual's special needs. We will work collaboratively in a confidential, nonjudgmental atmosphere, tracking y...

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One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Portsmouth, Virginia (Portsmouth, VA)
Type Of Therapy License(s): MS,LPC,ACS
Therapy Specialties: Eating disorders
Years of Experience: 30

I am Black, and I am a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Therapist who practices Cognitive Mental Health Therapy and holistic approaches to treatment. I have been in the counseling profession for 30 years. I have worked with a range of challenges from domestic violence, conflict management, youth behavior challenges, chemical addictions, anxiety, depression, phobia, PTSD, residential and in-home treatment, family and relationship issues. I also have a background and certification as a Natural Health Professional. My clinical style is to work with the whole person...

This is Dr. Atiya Nathan's avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Portsmouth, Virginia (Portsmouth, VA)
Type Of Therapy License(s): Ed.D,LCSW,CCATP1
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Self esteem, Coping with life changes
Years of Experience: 6

Hello! My name is Dr. Atiya Nathan and I'm thrilled that you have found my page! The decision to seek therapy is a decision that does not always come easy. Please know that your decision shows your commitment to healing and I commend you for taking this first step. Go, you! I won't bore you with a lot of details about myself so I will try to keep this short. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who is dually licensed in Mississippi and Virginia. I currently work full time as an embedded government Social Worker. I love my work because I work hands-on with S...

This is Elizabeth Taft's avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Portsmouth, Virginia (Portsmouth, VA)
Type Of Therapy License(s): MAEd,LCSW
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Grief, Self esteem, Depression, Coping with life changes
Years of Experience: 8

Thanks for clicking on my link and taking the time to read a little bit about me. I have been a Licensed Clinical Social Worker since 2015, and am licensed in both Virginia and Florida. Before getting my license, I was a school counselor for 12 years. My career has afforded me many opportunities to work with a variety of clients across several settings. I have worked in schools, hospitals, community agencies and on military bases with families and veterans. In general people seek counseling because they are struggling with emotional difficulties, life ...

This is Dr. Scott Lovaas's avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Portsmouth, Virginia (Portsmouth, VA)
Type Of Therapy License(s): M.Div,LCSW,PhD
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Relationship issues, Career difficulties, Coping with life changes, Coaching
Years of Experience: 30

Thanks for taking peek at my bio! My approach is wholistic--meaning I draw upon a variety of clinical theories. My first task to to provide deep listening in an effort to understand. I try and look at the whole picture and how the pieces all fit together for you and your context. I am direct, candid, and solution focused with kindness, curiosity and gratitude as my foundation. A little about me: I have three advanced degrees in divinity, social work and media studies and I have worked in a wide variety of settings across 13 states. I also have five grown ...

This is Sherrell Wynder's avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Portsmouth, Virginia (Portsmouth, VA)
Type Of Therapy License(s): LCSW
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Self esteem
Years of Experience: 12

Greetings! I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Virginia with over 10 years of experience working as a Psychotherapist. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including anxiety, depression, familial and relationship issues, life stressors, grief and loss, and even career challenges. I also have strong connections and experience working with our wonderful service members and their families as I am a Navy brat and former Air force spouse. My counseling style is personable and interactive. I believe in meeting everyone where they are in their...

This is Jennifer Sistrunk's avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Portsmouth, Virginia (Portsmouth, VA)
Type Of Therapy License(s): LCSW
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Relationship issues, Self esteem, Depression, Coping with life changes
Years of Experience: 16

I am a clinical social worker licensed in Virginia with over 10 years of experience. I have worked with teens and adults with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, career challenges, and substance abuse. My counseling style is warm and interactive. I believe everyone has strengths that can be capitalized on as they gain insights and skills to navigate life. I am here to help you increase self-awareness, gain new perspectives, decrease symptoms, and have a more meaningful life experience. My approach combines strength-...

This is Jennifer Smith's avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Portsmouth, Virginia (Portsmouth, VA)
Type Of Therapy License(s): LPC,MS
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Self esteem, Depression
Years of Experience: 16

Hello there! I am happy you have found us! I am a licensed Mental Health Counselor who has over fifteen years of experience in the field and I have a solid foundation in utilizing techniques from Cognitive Behavioral therapy, Schema-Focused Cognitive Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Solution focused therapy. I also have a strong Christian faith and am very passinate about providing faith based counseling to those individuals that want to incorporate their faith into our sessions. I am known for a warm, relaxed, empathetic approach to counseling; helping yo...

This is Patrice Boyce's avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Portsmouth, Virginia (Portsmouth, VA)
Type Of Therapy License(s): LMHC
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Anger management, Self esteem, Depression
Years of Experience: 12

I am a licensed mental health counselor currently licensed in New York and Virginia with over 15 years of experience working as a counselor. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, PTSD, and OCD. I also helped many people who have experienced physical trauma and sexual abuse. I believe in treating everyone with respect, and compassion, in a non judgmental manner. My approach is a combination of cognitive-behavioral and humanistic approaches. Every client is different and the approach used is tailored to your n...

This is Bryn Davis's avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Portsmouth, Virginia (Portsmouth, VA)
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Depression, Coping with life changes
Years of Experience: 14

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in Virginia with 14 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, & depression. I believe in treating everyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion. I will tailor our dialog and treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs. 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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One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Portsmouth, Virginia (Portsmouth, VA)
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Anger management, Self esteem
Years of Experience: 25

I am licensed in Virginia with 25 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, & anger management. I believe that you are the expert of your story and that you have many strengths that will assist you in overcoming things that challenge you. It takes courage to seek out a more fulfilling and happier life and to take the first steps towards a change. I am here to support & empower you in that journey.

This is Kristen Johnson's avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Portsmouth, Virginia (Portsmouth, VA)
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Grief, Bipolar disorder, Depression, Compassion fatigue
Years of Experience: 20

Reaching out to schedule an initial therapy session can be intimidating. For this reason, my priority as a therapist is to provide a safe and confidential space for my clients in which they can share and feel heard and understood. I am passionate about providing to each individual a unique and creative therapeutic approach to meet their specific goals and needs. My approach incorporates cognitive behavioral, expressive arts, and solution-focused techniques. The intention behind my work is to help my clients build self-confidence and increase self-awareness, thus ...

This is Kayran Lee's avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Portsmouth, Virginia (Portsmouth, VA)
Therapy Specialties: LGBT, Family conflicts, Self esteem, Depression, Coping with life changes
Years of Experience: 4

I am licensed in Virginia with 4 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with lgbt-related issues, family conflicts, motivation, self esteem, and confidence, & depression. I believe in treating everyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion. I will tailor our dialog and treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs. Taking the first step to sign up for therapy can take courage and I am proud of you for getting started!

This is Anthony Polanco's avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Portsmouth, Virginia (Portsmouth, VA)
Type Of Therapy License(s): LMHC
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, LGBT, Relationship issues, Depression, Coping with life changes
Years of Experience: 10

I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Washington state and a Licensed Professional Counselor in Virginia. I have over 10 years of professional work experience and have counseled clients through a variety of concerns including depression, anxiety, LGBTQ-related issues, psychosis, and relationship stress. I received my training at the Boston University Medical School as it is the only Masters in Mental Health Counseling program in the country that is through a medical school. This provided me with a high degree of training in counseling and behavioral medicin...

This is Sam Lee's avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Portsmouth, Virginia (Portsmouth, VA)
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Relationship issues, Trauma and abuse, Grief, Anger management
Years of Experience: 18

I am licensed in Virginia with 18 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, & coping with grief and loss. 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.

This is Paula Knighton's avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Portsmouth, Virginia (Portsmouth, VA)
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Addictions, Trauma and abuse, Self esteem, Depression
Years of Experience: 25

I am licensed in Virginia with 25 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, coping with addictions, trauma and abuse, & 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. Taking the first step to seeking a more fulfilling and happier life takes courage. I am here to support you in that process.

This is Louise Chapman's avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Portsmouth, Virginia (Portsmouth, VA)
Therapy Specialties: Relationship issues, Trauma and abuse, Intimacy-related issues, Self esteem, Depression
Years of Experience: 3

I am licensed in Colorado and Virginia with 3 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with relationship issues, trauma and abuse, intimacy related issues, & 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. Taking the first step to seeking a more fulfilling and happier life takes courage. I am here to support you in that process.

Having a hard time selecting a mental health professional in Portsmouth? (How we can help)

Finding the right therapist can feel intimidating, but there are simple ways to narrow down your search for the Portsmouth area; especially when you're having a hard time trying to find therapists accepting new clients.
 
First, research what type of therapy you’d like to pursue BEFORE trying to find a therapist or psychologist. Maybe that’s psychodynamic, cognitive behavior therapy, group therapy, marriage and family therapy, or couple’s therapy; just search 'therapist near me in Portsmouth' and find the one that is right for your needs. Next consider whether the gender of your therapist matters, the types of therapy they're most experienced with, and then finally choose a therapist located near you in the city of Portsmouth, or elsewhere in the Portsmouth (city) county or state of Virginia.
 
Mental health professionals that have a private practice or provide therapy services for professional counseling can help improve healthy relationships and communication skills whether that be working through life's obstacles and life issues in couples counseling, changing negative thinking patterns, or just providing a listening ear. Verified Portsmouth therapists can provide licensed marriage counseling, compassionate counseling, tailor to individual needs (such as discussing healing, children, or other adults), and will help create a therapeutic relationship as a National Certified Counselor. Verified Portsmouth counselors help adults with healing (from physical ailments such as chronic pain, as well as mental illness).


What is the cost difference between conventional therapy and working with one of our listed therapists above?

The United States has many therapists who are comfortable charging $200 or more per session, and in some instances you might find that the average price of a therapy session in Portsmouth, VA ranges from $85-$150.
 
Some therapists in the state of Virginia will work on a sliding scale, meaning they’ll factor in your income and charge what you can afford per session. With our therapists serving both the city of Portsmouth and elsewhere throughout the state of Virginia, you can expect significantly more affordable options with sessions ranging from $60 to $90 per week (billed every 4 weeks).


Did you know our therapists are not limited to in-person visits?

Online therapists, including all those listed above (all of which are in the United States) able to work with people like you in or around Portsmouth offer creative forms of communication to help people like you receive the best type of treatment for your needs.
 
Whether that’s via in-app messaging with your therapist, video sessions where you see you one another and talk about your problems, live chat or phone sessions, you and your therapist will find the best way to address your mental health challenges in online therapy. You can work through various symptoms, disorders or condition, and even get a diagnosis from the comfort of your own home. 
 
So if you're dealing with things like relationship problems that could be addressed in couples therapy, you want to work with one of our experienced cognitive behavioral therapists (specializing in behavioral health), assistance with eating disorders, or support with other common mental health issues (like work stress management, anxiety, depression, grief, etc)... take a look at our available therapists above and find a individual or marriage and family therapist that is right for you.
 
Counseling services, wellness services, online therapy, relationship counseling, and individual counseling through a licensed therapist can help treat postpartum depression, feeling lost or feeling stuck, difficult relationships, and helping people live their best lives. If you're looking for a therapist, Portsmouth has many professionals who provide client centered individual counseling both in person and through online therapy. Gain more insight into in your life than you would through an eclectic approach or motivational interviewing. In Portsmouth, therapy is easily accessible and just a click away. A clinical psychologist, licensed psychologist, or board approved supervisor can help you develop new coping strategies through modern therapy, therapeutic services, and a holistic approach.


How to know if therapy is right for you?

One of the rewarding aspects of working with a therapist is that they are listening to your feelings. Our friends and loved ones often hear us, but they may have a hard time providing objective guidance in the way a therapist can; which can be extremely valuable due to the fact that many therapists have experience helping others through similar difficult times.

A therapist wants to support you toward a healthier emotional state, no matter what you're dealing with (including behavioral health concerns, grief, anxiety, depression or stress). While helping to develop healthier emotions, another benefit of therapy is you have a safe space to discuss problems that you may be hesitant to talk about with people who you see everyday.

Many people have sensitive topics to discuss; possibly an addiction or an issue with their relationship that they’re ashamed to speak about with their friends and/or partner. A Portsmouth therapist can help you confront these kinds of issues and find ways to face them and heal.

With more than 95252 people in the city of Portsmouth, VA finding a therapist can be both costly and hard to do. Our goal with the list of therapists shown above is to get you the support you need. If you’re looking for a nearby therapist close to 23705 or the surrounding zip codes (shown below), take a look at other available therapists through nearby cities listed at the bottom of this page.

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Take some time to learn more about our therapists and counselors to clearly understand our services. If you have questions for us, please reach us on our contact page or send an email to contact@betterhelp.com.

Emergency Situations:

If you are experiencing a crisis or any other person may be exposed to danger due to an issue that is an emergency - don't use this site's online services. Verified Portsmouth therapists can help women, children, and young adults, as well as anyone experiencing a crisis or emergency.

If you need Domestic Violence support, please contact The National Domestic Hotline at 1-800-799-7233

If you need Substance Abuse support, please contact the Substance Abuse and MH Services Administration at 1-800-662-HELP (4357)

If you need Sexual Abuse support, please contact the Rape, Abuse, Incest National Network at 1-800-656-4673

Call the 24 hour National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at +1 (800) 273-8255 or 911 which can provide you with immediate help for an emergency call or visit the nearest emergency room.

Other zip codes that the counselors near or around Portsmouth, Virginia can serve:

23701, 23702, 23703, 23704, 23705, 23707, 23708, 23709

Some other commonly asked questions can be found below:

How do I know I should get a therapist?
 
Modern therapy and psychotherapy have many benefits, regardless of the resources you may or may not have, or a service you have received in the past. The connection between brain, body and behavior is what effects everything in your life and therapy can help you see results in improving your attention and reaction to a specific thing. Whether it be someone wanting to learn more about their own mind and patterns, or specific situations in terms of well-being and friend struggles, searching for a 'therapist near me' or a 'therapist near Portsmouth' can help you find a counselor near you or the closest locator to any counselors and psychiatrists. 
 
How much does a therapist cost?
 
Therapist prices differ, and one good way to learn more is by looking up "therapists around me" or "Portsmouth's therapists" to learn about prices in your city or state, and who takes health insurance. You can also specify for a male or female counselor, or anything specific you're looking for in regards to money and therapy options and what might be an eco-friendly option.
 
How do I see a therapist for the first time?
 
One great way to prep for your first therapy session is by reading a lot of information on therapy-- articles by an author or experts on therapy can help you study some tips or a specific example of what to pay attention to in your first appointment. In fact, one great example of a case of someone with a great level of expertise who has written about therapy is the book Maybe You Should Talk to Someone by Lori Gottlieb. Learning about the tools to tackle life challenges and the importance of putting in the effort in therapy sessions will help you make the most of the opportunity and potential self-discovery journey.
 
Should I go to therapy if I feel fine?
 
While you may look fine on the outside or through your instagram, that doesn't always mean we feel fine 100% of the time. A therapist can help you gain power over your life and emotions and be a helping hand and trusted source while you navigate day-to-day experiences and small growth opportunities. Gaining a new perspective on yourself through various therapies can help you improve your self-esteem, work through values and relationships (such as with your parents), and overall gain a better sense of the world and how you see it. The success you may find through therapy is dependent on your process, if you are in-office or out-of-office, as well as who your provider is, what medication you are on, what fear you have, etc.
 
People also go to therapy for very specific things such as bullying, getting diagnosed with autism, wanting to learn mindfulness, having a specific nature or "spirit" they want to nurture and work on, trouble with office workers, phobia of doctors, and any other principles they are interesting in working through.
 
Is crying in therapy a breakthrough?
 
While for some crying in therapy might not be the normal, for others who perhaps experience mood disorders or even schizophrenia, crying could be a natural occurrence in each session. The groups you are in, the adolescents memories and experiences you've had, and the education you've received can all play a role into your emotions and emotional state throughout therapy.
 
Are therapists worth it?
 
We are all on a different path with our life, as each human is unique in the advice they want (or don't want) in areas of their life. Therapists, however, have the ability to help you find your potential through re-training your mind through methods such as CBT, or you can see a SEP (Somatic Experiencing Professional). For example, a number of patients who are battling sleep insomnia, difficulty with medications, troublesome behaviors, or overuse of drugs or alcohol have found help for their disorder through online therapy and telehealth. Many studies outline the risk in addition to the reward of seeing providers and specialists virtually, and overall the reviews show that the availability and areas of expertise from online therapists make it feel like they are on your team, and are a positive addition to your life.
 
Do therapists judge you?
 
The separation and boundaries between you and a therapist make it so that therapists are never there to judge you-- they are there to help you work through coping mechanisms, self-understanding, various stresses, and how your beliefs might impact your decisions and lifestyle. 
 
How much does a therapist cost near Portsmouth, Virginia?
 
Each therapist might differ per state, but BetterHelp offers therapy throughout the US in many cities- including, but not limited to: New York, Los Angeles, Pittsburgh, San Francisco, San Diego, Philadelphia, Miami, Chicago, Boston, Phoenix, Baltimore, Indianapolis, Las Vegas, Washington, DC, Tampa, League City, Seattle, Detroit, Orlando, Atlanta, and even University of Houston. You can also search states by their state code (such as MD or AZ) to find more on specific cities in the state. Having access to clinical psychology over zoom can open doors to another modality, such as in-app messaging. The scale of price and plan may differ with each area code, but BetterHelp's main belief is that therapy should be accessible wherever, whenever.
 
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