Deciding to pursue therapy with a licensed mental health professional has been a proactive and beneficial first step for many. While seeking therapy often comes with many positive outcomes, initiating a process of personal growth can sometimes feel overwhelming. Choosing a therapist may feel similarly challenging, and it is usually helpful to start by considering the main reasons you are pursuing therapy. 

Understanding your main therapy needs can help you choose a psychotherapist with professional experience in your area of concern. For example, if you’re experiencing challenging feelings related to stress and anxiety, seeking a therapist with expertise in anxiety disorders may be helpful. In addition to specializing in certain mental health conditions, practitioners often pick specialty areas based on a particular group or population. For instance, some therapists work primarily with a certain age range, such as pre-teens to older adolescents, while others may specialize in working with older adults. 

Other therapists may focus their clinical work on marginalized populations or those receiving social work services. If you are considering a therapist, it is commonly worthwhile to ensure that you are among one of the patient groups they serve. In addition, while it is helpful to understand your goals for therapy, it is not essential. You can seek therapy for any reason, even if you don’t have a specific concern and want to focus on general self-improvement or bolstering well-being. 

A therapist can work collaboratively with you to help address mental health concerns, learn to overcome negative thought patterns, or work to solve practical problems in your life. Many therapists utilize techniques based on unconditional positive regard, a therapeutic principle that prioritizes supporting a patient’s goals and directions for therapy rather than pushing a patient in a particular direction.

If you’re ready to find a therapist, Burlington, VT, has plenty of committed professionals from which to choose. You may also want to consider online therapy, which can connect you with local professionals remotely using a computer or phone. You can attend sessions online without needing to travel to a physical office. When practicing online, therapists use the same evidence-based techniques as they do in person, meaning that, in most cases, online therapy is just as effective as traditional therapy.

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Dr. Michell Greenidge

Offering therapy in VT
Counselor License Type(s): LCSW,Board Certified
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesTrauma and abuseDepression
11 years of experience as a therapist

Hello there! My name is Dr. Michell Greenidge and I am a licensed clinical social worker with over 11 years of psychotherapy experience. I graduated from Colorado State University with a bachelors degree in Social Work and the University of Tennessee with a masters degree in Social Work. I also graduated from the University of Southern California with a Doctorate degree in Social Work. I have worked with many populations including the military. I have served in the military for over 20 years and 15 years in, I found my passion in helping others by becoming a psychotherapist. Clients I have worked with have had a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, relationship issues, career challenges, substance abuse, PTSD and a range of personality disorders. I have also assisted people who experienced child and adulthood sexual trauma. My counseling style is adaptive and interactive. I make it a point to adjust to the client I am serving in order to provide the best care possible. I specialize in a few different areas including cognitive-behavioral therapy, dialectical-behavior therapy, prolonged exposure therapy and mindfulness. My goal is to assist you develop the skills you need to resolve your most pressing concerns as well as find and maintain your happiness. Let's start your journey together! I look forward to working with you! Michell :-)

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Heather Koledo

Offering therapy in VT
Counselor License Type(s): LMFT
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsRelationship issuesTrauma and abuseDepression
24 years of experience as a therapist

I’m excited to get to know you better! In the meantime, here’s a little about me, and my professional experience and training. I think one of the biggest challenges, after taking that first brave step of reaching out, is to find a good therapist that you connect with. In my twenty-five years of experience, the therapeutic relationship is the principal reason that therapy “works” or “doesn’t work.” My approach focuses on first developing a strong therapeutic alliance in which you feel emotionally safe and heard without judgment. You’ve already come to the conclusion that something in your life is not working, and my task is to help you to identify the ways in which you’d like things to be different. From there, together we can create realistic, achievable goals that support those changes and move you toward the life that you deserve. I have a large repertoire of strategies and interventions, which include cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness practices, and motivational interviewing. Producing insights, strategies, and tools that you can use immediately is my goal for every interaction with you. I have extensive experience in trauma, anxiety, relationship issues (adult as well as parent-child), substance abuse, and co-occurring disorders. I have found that many people experiencing trauma or anxiety are helped by a combination of mindfulness and cognitive behavioral therapy. This teaches us how to tolerate our intense feelings and how to reframe unhelpful thought patterns that keep us stuck. Life is challenging and, at times, difficult and painful. Learning how to be "comfortable being uncomfortable" gives us the skill and flexibility to ride these waves (as opposed to feeling like we're treading water or simply drowning). On a personal note, I have been a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Vermont since 1997. I have worked in a wide variety of settings, including community mental health centers, where I have worked as both therapist and clinical supervisor; university training clinics; private residential treatment facilities; and a successful private practice. I have worked with individuals, couples, families, groups, and with children of all ages. When I’m not helping people, I can be found on the golf course or outdoors, enjoying the beauty of my surroundings. I look forward to working with you and helping you to make the changes you desire.

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Eric Castonguay

Offering therapy in VT
Counselor License Type(s): LCHMC (VT), AAP (VT), LPCC(NM)
LGBTRelationship issuesFamily conflictsIntimacy-related issuesParenting issues
11 years of experience as a therapist

Whether you are a teenager, an adult, a family or a couple, life in general can become overwhelming and confusing. It can be helpful to work with someone on difficult and vulnerable issues you are experiencing. I support people with complicated life situations, substance use concerns, and those with family and romantic relationships that are experiencing hardship. I support people in healing, growing and developing the skills, motivation, and capacity to overcome their obstacles. I offer an engaging, active, and creative therapy approach to your individual, family, or relationship goals. Exploring and processing your joys and challenges are as equally important as developing a plan to create the change you want to see in your life. I will help you, your family or your relationship every step of the way. I strongly believe finding a great match is very important when looking for a therapist. Feel free to reach out. We can talk about what you are hoping to achieve and decide whether what I offer fits with what you believe is going to be helpful. I am happy to connect, answer any of questions or inquiry. I look forward to working with you soon.

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Ana Bulnes

Offering therapy in VT
Counselor License Type(s): MSW, LICSW,LCSW
Self esteemCoping with life changesCoachingCompassion fatigueADHD
23 years of experience as a therapist

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker licensed in the the states of Vermont, Massachusetts, Texas and Florida with over 21 years of experience in the mental health field. I have worked with clients to address numerous issues, including anxiety, depression, autism, life coaching, stress management, relationship issues, family conflict, parenting challenges, as well as coping with the life challenges we can all experience at one time or another. I have also worked extensively with individuals coping with multiple chronic health issues. My counseling style is warm and supportive. I believe that seeking help through counseling is insightful, self-caring and requires vulnerability. I believe in treating everyone with compassion, respect and sensitivity and am respectful of the individual journey that brings us all to the present moment, along with its challenges and experiences. I believe that my clients are the experts in their own lives, and see my role as one of acting as a resource for suggestions and guidance. I believe in maintaining unconditional positive regard and acceptance of where each individual is with the understanding that we all do the best we can in the course of our daily lives. I also believe that we can always improve our mindset, perspective and the way we engage with our lives for the better. My approaches include cognitive-behavioral, client-centered, solution-focused and behavioral. I will tailor our dialog and treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs. It takes courage to seek for a more fulfilling and happier life and to take the first steps towards a change. If you are ready to take that step I am here to support and empower you. Together, we can work to achieve your goals. I look forward to working with you!

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Miranda McKinley

Offering therapy in VT
Counselor License Type(s): LICSW,LCSW
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseDepressionCoping with life changesCompassion fatigue
6 years of experience as a therapist

My therapeutic style is holistic, inclusive and trauma informed. I support folks with connecting to their most authentic and resilient selves. I work with folks wanting to process, reframe and change behaviors; individuals interested in exploring their generational trauma and how it relates to their anxiety and fear-based behaviors; and those experiencing social justice, burnout and compassion fatigue.

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Josh Burke

Offering therapy in VT
Counselor License Type(s): LCSW
Stress, AnxietySelf esteemDepressionCoping with life changes
7 years of experience as a therapist

Hello, I am glad you found us here at Better Help. Thank you for taking the first step by reaching out. Let me tell you a bit about myself, and if I seem to be a good fit for you, we can begin as soon as you would like. My name is Josh Burke, and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of New York. I have been providing psychotherapy for a wide variety of issues and populations for over seven years. I graduated from Roberts Wesleyan College in 2013 with a Master in Social Work with a mental health concentration. For six years, I provided individual therapy to clients in the city of Rochester, NY, through their primary care offices. I have since moved out of the primary care office and are working as an Independent Therapist via telehealth and in-person consultations. I would describe my approach to be goal-oriented and client/person-centered. I use Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT) & Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT). Both modalities are engaging, practical approaches to problem-solving many concerns as they relate to stressors. ACT is an action-oriented approach to psychotherapy that stems from traditional behavior therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy. The goals are to learn to stop avoiding, denying, and struggling with inner emotions and, instead, accept that these deeper feelings are appropriate responses to certain situations that should not prevent oneself from moving forward in their lives. This helps people begin to accept their issues and hardships and commit to making necessary changes in their behavior, regardless of what is going on in their lives, and how they feel about it. Difficult and unpleasant times are part of the human experience. I understand seeking help can be a vulnerable step to take. Exploring the healing process or enriching one’s personal growth, first and foremost, requires establishing a trusting and emotionally supportive relationship. Change is not easy, but it is possible.

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Angela Salmon

Offering therapy in VT
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsTrauma and abuseParenting issuesDepression
7 years of experience as a therapist

I am licensed in Vermont with 6 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, coping with addictions, trauma and abuse, & parenting issues. 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.

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Donald "Joe" Hupp

Offering therapy in VT
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesSelf esteemDepression
20 years of experience as a therapist

I am licensed in over 10 States with 20 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, relationship issues, & motivation, self esteem, and confidence. I also have experience working with 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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Sean Johnson

Offering therapy in VT
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsSelf esteemDepressionCompassion fatigue
5 years of experience as a therapist

I am licensed in California and Vermont with 5 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, coping with addictions, motivation, self esteem, and confidence, & depression. 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.

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Michele Holden

Offering therapy in VT
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesSelf esteemDepressionCoaching
10 years of experience as a therapist

As a licensed mental health professional with a decade of experience in Montana, I specialize in assisting clients with a diverse range of challenges, including stress and anxiety management, relationship issues, motivation enhancement, self-esteem cultivation, and addressing depression. My approach prioritizes the creation of an open and safe therapeutic environment, where individuals feel empowered to share their thoughts and emotions without apprehension of judgment. Embarking on the journey towards a more fulfilling and contented life requires courage, and I am dedicated to providing steadfast support throughout this process. Together, we can work collaboratively to navigate obstacles, cultivate resilience, and foster positive growth. Your well-being is my utmost priority, and I am committed to helping you achieve your goals and aspirations.

How to find counseling in Burlington

Finding the best therapist close by in Burlington 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 Burlington 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 Burlington. 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 Burlington, 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 Burlington region and in the state of Vermont. 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 Burlington 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 Burlington 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 Burlington, elsewhere in Chittenden, or in the greater state of Vermont.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

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

How does the cost of in-person counseling compare to the cost of BetterHelp with a licensed Burlington 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 Burlington 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 Burlington may not take health insurance, some in the state of Vermont 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 Vermont 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 Burlington, Vermont 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 or medication as treatment, or perform psychological assessments and other psychiatric services.

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, post traumatic stress disorder, and more. An online mental health professional, including the therapists in Burlington 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 Burlington 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?

BetterHelp's verified Burlington 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 Burlington 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 Burlington 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.

Burlington 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 Burlington 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 Burlington 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 VT, 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 05402 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 Burlington 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 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 Burlington.

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 from a therapist. A Burlington 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 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 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 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 Burlington, Vermont 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.

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

Do therapists judge you in therapy sessions?

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

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Take some time today to learn more about the team of therapists at BetterHelp to understand the services available to you clearly. If you are new to therapy or have any questions about the services and terms, please reach out 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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Below are some of the zip codes served by BetterHelp therapists in Burlington:

05401, 05402, 05405, 05406, 05408

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