Saint Albans has a rich history, but perhaps the most amusing is the sightings and belief in Champ, a lake monster in Lake Champlain. Although many people do not believe in such things, it is still an amusing story. You yourself may have things that you believe in that no one else believes. If you are wondering at your own mental stability, you can seek outside help.

Counselors in the Saint Albans area can help you with these types of issues as well as other mental health concerns such as depression and anxiety. Licensed and confidential therapists are available to help you learn resources and tools to help you. Contact a counselor today.

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Cynthia Odell

Offering therapy in VT
Counselor License Type(s): LMFT
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesFamily conflictsDepressionADHD
8 years of experience as a therapist

I know the kind of courage it takes to recognize being stuck and then to realize a shift is necessary. Not knowing what direction to head in is really hard and can be very scary. It's sad to realize that you are on a journey and maybe you're on this journey alone. The other important people in your life just don't see things the way you do and you can't find common ground. It's frightening to take that leap and wonder if you're going to be caught. It's painful to realize you've outgrown who you are and painful to grow into who you are becoming. It may feel like you're lost and it's very, very confusiong when you don't have a clear sense of direction but KNOW, absolutely KNOW that you've got to do something different. One of the greatest comforts my clients have reproted is that I have many years of practice reading road maps, the kind of road maps that will take you from here, where you are today to where you want to be, tomorrow, next week, next year. I love to explore new sites and find places of interest. When we begin to work together, it's easy. We start where you are today. I work with you to identify and clarify what is and has been so challenging. I'll be with you to uncover where you feel stuck. I'll help you dream and encourage you to create your vision. Then, I’ll help you set goals that match your desires and dreams. I’ll help you remember your destination – where you want to go. Then, together we’ll develop your own personalized road map for this journey of self-discovery, sort of like your own AAA Trip Tik. As you begin the journey into your greater self, I’ll be there every step of the way with you; you’ll never be alone. I have lots of navigation tools to move you from one point to the next. I have amazing strategies to shatter the roadblocks that have stopped you from moving forward in your life. I can help you get the life you never dreamed possible, the life you deserve. You are amazing. My job is to reflect that back to you, so you can see yourself as I see you; whole, perfect and complete.

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Robert Wubbenhorst

Offering therapy in VT
Counselor License Type(s): MA, NCC, ACS, CHt, LCMHC
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseSelf esteemDepressionCoaching
15 years of experience as a therapist

Are you feeling stuck, empty, or disconnected? You may be working harder than necessary because you are fighting against patterns that developed over many years. If you find yourself stuck in the same patterns, there is a way to break free. You can feel peace about your past and excitement and hope towards your future. We all have the courage and wisdom within us, but at times we need help reconnecting with those strengths and reinforce the tools needed to move through difficult issues. If you want to break this cycle, you're in the right place! My name is Bob Wubbenhorst and I am excited to walk along with you on your wellness journey! I have an earned Master of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology and a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Counselor Education and Supervision. I am a National Certified Counselor (NCC), Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS), Clinical Hypnotherapist (CHt), and a Vermont Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LCMHC). In over 16 years of practice, I have worked in a wide variety of locations, including community mental health, higher education and private practice, providing both individual and group counseling. My theoretical orientation is considered integrative with a focus on Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy and Hypnotherapy. Specific clinical populations that I have served include veterans, law enforcement, severely mentally ill adults in a day treatment setting, and school-based clinical work in secondary education, among others. I have extensive experience in counselor education and supervision (including both graduate interns and post-masters licensure candidates) crisis intervention, suicide prevention and mental health first-aid. My clinical focus is varied but mostly I work with clients that have experienced depression, anxiety and trauma. Please reach out if you have questions or would like to talk more. I understand that finding the right counselor can take time, and I take no offense if we try this out and you feel like it isn't the right fit. Overall, I value honesty and want you to feel empowered to do what's best for you.

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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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Jennifer Emerson

Offering therapy in VT
Counselor License Type(s): MS Counseling
Relationship issuesFamily conflictsTrauma and abuseIntimacy-related issuesParenting issues
20 years of experience as a therapist

Hello, I am glad you are here! I believe that our moments of greatest struggle can also hold the most potential for growth and self-discovery. The struggles we face are an invitation from ourselves to deepen and grow. I am dedicated to providing a safe and supportive place in which you can begin to explore what is causing distress in your life. Together we can illuminate your unique strengths and pave a path toward greater self-understanding and ease. I am fascinated by people and relationships. Since 2003 I have been treating both adults and children in a variety of settings. I have an MS in Counseling from California State University East Bay, and I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist both in California (MFC# 46172) and in Vermont (100.0116919). I believe that we all deserve compassion and support as we navigate our path to greater understanding of ourselves and our loved ones. As the parent of a special needs child, I am continually humbled by the ways this role challenges me to work and grow personally each day. I currently offer counseling and psychotherapy services for individual adults, couples, and teens who are struggling with a variety of concerns. I offer specialized services for perinatal women and for families with children age 0-5. Understanding the profound importance of this period, I have spent the last 15 years studying how to best support early parent-child relationships. I utilize a combination of attachment focused, client-centered, strength-based, and solution-focused modalities to support these goals. I invite you to reach out directly in order to gain a better sense of who I am and the work that I do with my clients. I would be honored to join you in the process of healing and deepening self-knowledge.

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Margaret Swanson

Offering therapy in VT
Counselor License Type(s): LICSW
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsFamily conflictsGriefDepression
25 years of experience as a therapist

I am a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker in New Hampshire and Vermont.. I have a particular interest in the aging population . I encourage my clients to cultivate and maintain a constellation of people, places and things that promote interdependence. My adult clients tell me that I help them to see their situations from an new angle. Therapy is an opportunity to discover new ways of thinking about one or more situations. I understand how frightening this can be. I continue to learn from my clients in a community mental center. It is important that my clients give me feedback about their therapy experience. Building and practicing effective communication is key in my relationship with clients.

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Sudhir Shantinath

Offering therapy in VT
Stress, AnxietySelf esteemDepressionCoaching
24 years of experience as a therapist

I am licensed in Vermont with 24 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, motivation, self esteem, and confidence, & depression. I also have experience working with executive and professional coaching. 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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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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Tricia Houghtby

Offering therapy in VT
Stress, AnxietyLGBTTrauma and abuseSelf esteemDepression
10 years of experience as a therapist

Hi! I'm glad you're here! Let me introduce myself. My name is Tricia Houghtby and I am a compassionate and dedicated Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) with a decade of experience helping individuals navigate life's challenges. With licenses in both Vermont and Florida, I have had the privilege of supporting clients from diverse backgrounds in their journeys towards healing and growth. Specializing in areas such as stress and anxiety, LGBTQ+ related issues, trauma and abuse, as well as motivation, self-esteem, and confidence building, I like to approach therapy with a deep understanding of the unique struggles individuals may face. I believe it is important to create a safe and nonjudgmental space where people can explore their thoughts and emotions freely. I look forward to moments of shared laughter, yet I also recognize the importance of delving into deeper and more challenging reflections. Whether we're sharing light-hearted moments or exploring complex emotions, I want you to know that I'm here to support you every step of the way. As a clinician I tailor the therapeutic approach to meet the specific needs of each person, drawing from a diverse range of modalities including cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), mindfulness-based techniques, socratic, existential, motivational and narrative therapy. With an integrative approach this ensures that each person receives individualized care that resonates with their personal experiences and goals. Above all, it is my hope that kindness, warmth, and genuine care for each person will be reflected in your experience as we explore your goals. I believe in the power of the therapeutic relationship and strive to create an environment where people feel accepted, understood, and supported. Whether you're seeking to overcome past traumas, manage stress and anxiety, explore your identity, or enhance your self-esteem, I am here to walk alongside you on your journey towards healing and self-discovery. In my spare time, I enjoy being outdoors, traveling, and being a nuisance to my family and friends, particularly furry and feathered companions.

How to find counseling in Saint Albans

Finding the best therapist close by in Saint Albans 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 Saint Albans 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 Saint Albans. 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 Saint Albans, 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 Saint Albans 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 Saint Albans 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 Saint Albans 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 Saint Albans, elsewhere in Franklin, 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 Saint Albans area can be found below:

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

Saint Albans 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 Saint Albans 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 Saint Albans 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 05478 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 Saint Albans 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 Saint Albans.

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 Saint Albans 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 Saint Albans, 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.

Saint Albans 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

To stay up to date with BetterHelp's initiatives through their social channels, you can follow them on PinterestLinkedInInstagramTwitter, and Facebook. For mental health tips, check out the BetterHelp YouTube channel.

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 Saint Albans:

05478, 05479

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