When life shows you too many problems, choices become confusing. As you struggle with mental issues and emotional pain, you can’t see the solutions you need to survive and thrive. You fear for the future and regret yesterday’s decisions. All through your struggles, you feel overwhelmed with emotional distress.

Essex Junction is the site of the Champlain Valley Expo, a major event venue for the area. If the expo of your life is a series of distressing displays, you need help regaining your mental wellbeing. Talk to a counselor in the Essex Junction area for a better outlook.

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Roc Kauffman

Offering therapy in VT
License: LMHC,LCMHC
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseGriefSelf esteemCoping with life changes
21 years of experience

Hi, My name as it appears on my license is Robert Kauffman, but I use the appellation, Roc. I came to this profession after a lengthy career in the home services business. I ended up with an antique furniture repair studio while I attended graduate school and performed internships. For nearly the past twenty years I have engaged with clients in a new way, focusing more on their psychological needs rather than their property needs. In both arenas attentive listening was a skill I possessed and served us well. I am a licensed professional counselor in two states, Massachusetts and Vermont. But enough about me, let's focus on you. The most important element, whether this be your first time or a reappearance, turns out to be you made a decision to reach out for help. Well done. Our first matter of business is to formulate a therapeutic alliance. This may take a while as we become familiar with each other’s learning, teaching and communication styles. Just to provide a heads up, my approach is client centered and comes from a strengths based perspective. We will build our treatment process upon aspects where you have already demonstrated abilities and resiliency. Next, collaboratively we will construct your goals and devise a method to achieve them. My box of tools that apply to this work contains several powerful items. Cognitive-Behavioral assignments seem to keep a person engaged in this work. Insight and Cognitive Interweaves along with Motivational Interviewing seem to clear the path ahead of us. I firmly believe and research bears out that mindfulness practices demonstrate brain changing capabilities. We can experiment with an array of practices and techniques to find some that fit. With persistence and support we will increase your capacity to overcome whatever obstacles you face. My client base from adolescent to elderly spans the rainbow array of cultural diversity. It stretches me to come up with a human characteristic yet to be encountered, although I am certain some exist. I have much experience resolving trauma, grief and loss issues using phase oriented approaches. Adversity, particularly in the early years, usually springs forth many psychological symptoms, namely, anxiety, depression, attachment disorders, personality disorders, mood disorders, substance use disorders, somatic disorders, or even psychotic presentations. By treating the underlying issues, we will find that these psychological symptoms abate. I look forward to being on your team, Sincerely, Roc

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Heather Koledo

Offering therapy in VT
License: LMFT
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsRelationship issuesTrauma and abuseDepression
24 years of experience

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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Helen Blackstone

Offering therapy in VT
License: MA,LCMHC
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsSelf esteemDepressionCoping with life changes
7 years of experience

Throughout the course of life many of us have experienced challenges around getting needs met, and feeling entirely safe within our environments. Many of the tools we develop to emotionally survive our experiences can later become automatic interpersonal response systems that we operate from long after they serve us. This can impact the relationship we have with ourselves and others. I strive to bring the utmost compassion and insight into the room while we work together to figure out how one's way of being in the world can become more aligned with the demands and concerns of the present circumstance. Together we will identify how various systems impact mental health and well-being. Unpacking personal identity components while utilizing a strength-based approach is a process that should be collaborative, and can be empowering if done in a safe and comfortable environment. The result is often decreased anxiety and an overall increase in life satisfaction. Please contact me so that we can discuss your needs and preferences.

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Chante Kubs

Offering therapy in VT
License: LCSW,LICSW
Family conflictsGriefParenting issuesSelf esteemCoping with life changes
21 years of experience

If you or someone you know is having a hard time with relationships, managing emotions, overcoming stress and turmoil, or if the past continues to trouble your present, talking with a therapist may help. As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 20 years of experience working with individuals and families, I can assist in supporting you through your challenges while helping you develop tools and strategies to make a difference in your life. You deserve a better healthy life. Let’s become partners in your wellness, let’s navigate together the coping skills that will allow you to move forward and pursue your goals to get more out of life. Let me share a little bit about my experience with you...I received my Masters Degree in Social Work from Yeshiva University of New York in 2001. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in New Jersey, New Hampshire and Vermont. Worked in a school district for more than 20 years in a unique position where I assisted families and staff to bridge that gap between home and school, offered informative educational workshops, parenting training, advocacy, and was part of an intervention team to support student and parent success. On a part-time basis for more than 15 years I have been working with couples, individuals, children and their families to address particular needs, improve their relationship and communication. I have also provided clinical supervision to experienced and new therapists for 3 years. I have been a guest speaker a few times for a graduate course at William Paterson University for teachers where I have discussed the importance of family engagement and partnering with students’ parents/guardians. I had training of more than 50 hours to be a crisis response team member to go out on a domestic violence crisis call in partnership with the local police and provided emotional support, education, and community resources to the victim. Languages I’m fluent in: English and Spanish.

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Josh Burke

Offering therapy in VT
License: LCSW
Stress, AnxietySelf esteemDepressionCoping with life changes
7 years of experience

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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Frances Griffis

Offering therapy in VT
License: PsyD
Stress, AnxietyGriefParenting issuesDepressionCoping with life changes
25 years of experience

I am a psychologist with a general practice specializing in the geriatric population. My approach is based on the belief that everyone is always striving to be the best they can be. My job is to help them do that by reflecting and helping them evaluate what they are/have been doing and whether that is working for them. I work with mood disorders, grief and loss, anxiety, end-of-life issues, and adapting to life changes. Using a client-centered, cognitive behavioral modality, I provide a warm, empathic place in which it is safe to express oneself without judgment. I have been practicing at the doctoral level for 25 years, and worked with a Master of Counseling Psychology for9 years before that. I am licensed in Florida and Vermont. I have a postdoctoral Masters in Psychopharmacology and can discuss medication with you. I cannot prescribe and I do not push clients into taking medication. If you are already taking medication, I can help you understand why your physician prescribed it, how best to take it, how to talk to your physician about it, and can consult with your physician to ensure you are taking the optimal medication at the best dosage for you.

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Andrea Alli

Offering therapy in VT
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsTrauma and abuseGriefDepression
7 years of experience

I am licensed in Vermont with 7 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, coping with addictions, trauma and abuse, & coping with grief and loss. I believe in treating everyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion. Let's begin by determining your needs, strengths and capabilities. They can and will pull you through whatever challenges you face today. I look forward to meeting you.

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Kenneth Warden

Offering therapy in VT
Stress, AnxietyGriefSelf esteemDepressionCoping with life changes
30 years of experience

I am licensed in Vermont with 30 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, coping with grief and loss, motivation, self esteem, and confidence, & 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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Jennifer Cetin

Offering therapy in VT
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesSelf esteemDepressionCoping with life changes
24 years of experience

I am licensed in Vermont with 24 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, relationship issues, motivation, self esteem, and confidence, & 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 sign up for therapy can take courage and I am proud of you for getting started!

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Courtney Shelton

Offering therapy in VT
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseCoping with life changesCompassion fatigue
3 years of experience

I am licensed in Colorado with 3 years of clinical work experience. Through a compassionate and empathetic approach, I create a safe and nonjudgmental space for you to explore your emotions and experiences, offering you tools to navigate challenging situations. With a trauma-informed lens, I work collaboratively with you to process your experiences and cultivate resilience. As a clinician, I am mindful of the impact of compassion fatigue on individuals in helping professions. I understand the emotional toll it can take and offer support to professionals experiencing burnout or vicarious trauma. I provide a nurturing space for self-care, reflection, and developing strategies to enhance well-being and maintain a healthy work-life balance. I believe in focusing on the individual as a whole, with their experiences, emotions, and values at the center and extending beyond therapy to encompass broader societal contexts. I am honored to walk alongside you on your journey of self-exploration, acceptance and personal growth.

How to find counseling in Essex Junction

Finding the best therapist close by in Essex Junction 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 Essex Junction. 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 Essex Junction, 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 Essex Junction 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 Essex Junction 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 Essex Junction, 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 Essex Junction area can be found below:

How does the cost of in-person counseling compare to the cost of BetterHelp with a licensed Essex Junction 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 Essex Junction 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 Essex Junction 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 BetterHelp or clinicians 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 Essex Junction, 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 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 Essex Junction 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 Essex Junction 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 Essex Junction 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 Essex Junction 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 Essex Junction 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 VT, 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 05452 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 Essex Junction 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 Essex Junction 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 Essex Junction, 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.

Essex Junction 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 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 Essex Junction:

05452, 05453

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