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Amanda Spencer

Offering therapy in VT
License: LICSW, MSW, Lic_School_Counselor
Stress, AnxietyLGBTFamily conflictsTrauma and abuseDepression
16 years of experience

Hello and welcome. I am so glad that you reached out for support. Finding the "right" therapist is important. Below, I have shared some information about myself and my experience to hopefully, help you determine if I am the right therapist to support you. Since graduating in 2004, from The University of Vermont with my Masters in Social Work (MSW), I have worked in a variety of clinical and therapeutic settings (a community mental health agency, outpatient and private practice, in schools, in a crisis response program, in a short-term residential setting and finally, in a private educational consulting firm). In addition to my clinical license, I have my Vermont Educators License with an endorsement in School Counseling. During my years in the counseling field, I have supervised both clinical social work interns, as well as school counseling interns. Additionally, as part of my ethically-focused, trauma-informed clinical practice, I participate, monthly in an inter-disciplinary (psychologists, nurse practitioners and social workers) group for consultation and supervision. I have been part of this group since graduate school! My style is collaborative, compassionate and supportive and my clients tell me that I am comfortable to be with, and easy to talk to. I have many years of experience working with children and young adults to help build positive self-concept, reduce stress and worry, increase personal wellness, and develop and work to achieve client personal, academic, relationship, and social-emotional goals. The work I do is grounded in theory - including, Humanistic (“Whole Child’, "Whole Self"), Psycho-dynamic (focused on importance of interpersonal relationship between client and therapist as the model for understanding and self-reflection, and development of positive self-concept) and Behavioral (understanding/reflecting that individuals respond with thoughts, feelings, actions, behaviors to our environments and experience). As an outgrowth of the above approaches, The Strengths Perspective (Dennis Saleebey), is a cornerstone of my clinical practice; I strive to help clients identify internal strengths (ie. grit and resilience), as well as external strengths (ie. education level and family supports). Additionally, I can work with clients on goal-setting, solution-focused work, Narrative Therapy and Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, with attention to the Wellness Wheel (UMatter, Princeton University) and reflection on the “whole” self. I often include some very popular, and research-based Mindfulness, Meditation and Yoga tools. Finally, as part of an overall assessment, I use clinical tools and my ability to engage with clients to assess level of depression and anxiety to screen for any other issues that may reveal themselves in the course of our session(s). The results of the clinical tools help guide work with clients, and of course, I listen closely to the issues clients raise and the goals they focus on, and together we will work to address their needs. My passion for counseling includes supporting individuals - across the life-span - to shift from discomfort and distress, to acceptance and joy. When I am not working with clients and students, I like to walk with my dog, play cards with friends and family, and volunteer with Therapy Dogs of Vermont. I look forward to meeting with you “in person.”

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Robert Wubbenhorst

Offering therapy in VT
License: MA, NCC, ACS, CHt, LCMHC
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseSelf esteemDepressionCoaching
15 years of experience

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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Christopher Henderson

Offering therapy in VT
License: MA,LCMHC
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseSelf esteemDepressionCoaching
3 years of experience

My name is Christopher Henderson and I provide therapy for individual adults, children, adolescents, couples, families, and groups, treating a variety of therapeutic needs, including trauma, depression, anxiety, and the under lying causes of addiction. I attained my Master of Arts degree of in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the Union Institute and University where I also received a post-master’s certification in Substance Abuse and Addiction Counseling. My therapeutic orientation is integrative and holistic, person centered and collaborative, strength based and present focused. I utilize an empirically based, multi modal approach, incorporating cognitive, behavioral, EMDR, existential, and mindfulness-based modalities in treatment to help my clients move forward, overcome their challenges, and develop new skills and understanding. I utilize research, experience, diverse training, and intuition, integrating an array of effective therapeutic interventions that will yield optimum results, tailored for the individual and the issues presented. As a clinician, I believe that meeting you where you are, and building a strong therapeutic relationship, is the most powerful way to help you achieve change. As your therapist, I will work with you is to develop an individualized therapy process to help you move towards your personal goals however great or small.

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Sudhir Shantinath

Offering therapy in VT
Stress, AnxietySelf esteemDepressionCoaching
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, 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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Keith Welsh

Offering therapy in VT
License: LCSW
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseParenting issuesAnger managementSelf esteem
23 years of experience

PLEASE NOTE: Presently I am only available for unlimited messaging but am not available for live appointments except very sporadically when I have cancellations week to week with my full caseload of clients. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Certified EMDR Therapist. My primary specialties are treating general and specific anxiety, panic attacks, low self-esteem, "imposter syndrome," anxiety which has led to depression, and confidence issues. I am also well versed in coaching, relationship dynamics, parenting, and family history complications. I am a very solution focused therapist with the notion of helping you achieve emotional wellness and happiness in your life as soon as possible. I earned a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice at Shippensburg University where I graduated Magna Cum Laude and as the Distinguished Military Graduate. I served six years as a Commissioned Officer in the US Army and later spent eleven years in the private sector employed by behavioral health companies. I earned a Masters in Social Work from Temple University, entered private practice and practiced traditional talk therapy including cognitive behavioral interventions, marriage and relationship counseling, family counseling, group therapy, and EMDR therapy.​ I later spent two years working as a therapist and administrator for an International Mission agency based in the UK. While living, traveling and working in fourteen countries on five continents, I gained experience with mental health interventions across cultures in treating trauma, depression, anxiety and PTSD. ​During this time I evolved my practice into specializing in EMDR Therapy which I have practiced now for 22 years and virtually since 2016. In 2018 I became a Senior Executive Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. I am honored to serve our all clients including Veterans as I am also a Veteran myself and enjoy serving people from all walks of life. I continue my clinical practice virtually from Pennsylvania and Delaware serving clients all over the United States and around the world, having treated clients on every continent so far except Antarctica!

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Acea Starks

Offering therapy in VT
Stress, AnxietyLGBTTrauma and abuseBipolar disorderDepression
9 years of experience

I am a non-traditional therapist with a holistic approach to mental health. I am licensed in Georgia with more than 9 years of experience working with diverse populations. I would like to provide some information about myself. I am a little 'out there.' I have piercings, tattoos, and purple hair. I am a bit of a goth even now that I am looking at 50. I came to mental health services a little later than some. I was an English major when I first went to college out of high school. That did not work out very well. I love writing and the English language is beautiful so occasionally I use obscure words or references. If I ever say something that is not understood just tell me and I will rephrase. My second attempt at higher learning was when I was in the nursing program. I knew I wanted to make a difference and ease suffering but to be honest, I do not like to watch people die. I have and can, but I did not want to do it all the time. I was in my 30s when I started my program. I did an associate degree in psychology, a bachelor's degree in psychology and then a master's degree in mental health counseling all in one go. It was very stressful as I was also working at the time. I have worked a lot of jobs I did not like and have had some very interesting experiences. I have worked at Wal-Mart (twice) and did a stint as a grave digger (with a shovel). I have many hobbies and interests. My approach is eclectic because there are no one size fits all treatments. I am very open but believe in setting goals and having accountability. My role is to provide clients with tools to navigate their unique issues and concerns.

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Katherine Jordan

Offering therapy in VT
Stress, AnxietyLGBTGriefSelf esteemCoping with life changes
5 years of experience

I am a licensed counselor in private practice in Vermont with a background and interest in archetypal and depth psychology, compassion/mindfulness- based practices, eco-psychology and nature-connecting practices, and spirituality & wisdom traditions. Ancient wisdom combined with scientific, evidence-based practice is what informs my work... however, when I work with clients, I orient my approach to what feels right and true for you, aligning and supporting you in your own unique individuality, agency, and insight. I want to support the success of your most authentic and best self, as defined by YOU. And if you don't know what that is yet, I want to help you uncover and discover it. Who are you? And who do you WANT to be? What's the life you want? Let's figure out what it will take to get you there, and let's approach it with compassion, a generous spirit, and a forgiving/gentle yet determined effort . I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, lgbtq+ related issues (including gender identity and expression), motivation, self confidence, life transitions, grief & loss, as well as deep and soulful topics such as finding meaning and purpose in life, facing climate change anxiety, fears and despair about the state of the world, and existential issues such as mortality. In my work, I strive to be conscious of my own biases and privilege, as I value respect and justice for all oppressed, marginalized people and of the planet. I strive for the social/cultural healing and repair that is required for the healing of our world. My work as a therapist is to encourage and support each individual client in what matters most to them, allowing you to lead the way, but standing beside you as an experienced and supportive counselor.

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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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Alexandra Rocheleau

Offering therapy in VT
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesTrauma and abuseGriefSelf esteem
9 years of experience

I am licensed in Florida, Vermont and West Virginia with 9 years of professional work experience in psychotherapy. I have experience in helping clients with anxiety and depression, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, personality and mood disorders & coping with grief and loss. I work with my clients to create an open and safe environment where thoughts and feelings can be shared without fear of judgment. I am passionate about my clients progress and work hard to integrate evidence-based, clinically proven methodologies into every therapy session. Whether you are struggling with stress and anxiety and would benefit from a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy or a Solutions Focused Therapy approach, or you are trying to find a way to live with personality disorders and historical life trauma and would make great progress with a Dialectical Behavioral Therapy or Cognitive Processing Therapy approach, I am confident that my knowledge and practice experience can help you achieve any goal you set your mind to. When you work with me you will regularly hear me ask about what you are doing for self care as I am a firm believer that you can’t meet anyone else's needs unless your own needs are met first. To show you that I practice what I preach, I can share with you that here in Vermont in the summertime I am a part of a Women’s Slow-pitch Softball team and won the state championship with my team a year ago! I also regularly enjoy ice fishing on Lake Champlain in the winter time and typically on the weekends you will find me sitting on an upside down bucket with an ice fishing rod in my hand on the ice. Additionally, a funny fact about me is that I can eat an entire watermelon in one sitting! I am down to earth and a straight-shooter when it comes to advice. I am compassionate and empathetic but I will also tell you what you need to hear even if it may be harder to process than a sugar-coated version. I care about your progress and will make sure that you are reaching your goals because ultimately my hope is that you don't need me anymore and that feeling you get when you reach this point in therapy is life changing. I am a change agent ready to help you make the changes you have been wanting to make but haven’t yet. I am on your side and will always put your needs at the forefront of our work together. Taking this first step and signing up for therapy takes courage and I am proud of you for getting started. I can’t wait to meet you!

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Melissa Gaudio

Offering therapy in VT
Stress, AnxietyFamily conflictsTrauma and abuseDepressionCoping with life changes
4 years of experience

I am licensed in Vermont with 4 years of professional experience in individual, one on one therapy on a telehealth platform . I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, & depression. I use a person-centered approach with an emphasis on utilizing solution-focused and cognitive behavioral techniques in our work together. 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.

How to find counseling in Waterbury

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

How does the cost of in-person counseling compare to the cost of BetterHelp with a licensed Waterbury 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 Waterbury 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 Waterbury 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 Waterbury, 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 Waterbury 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 Waterbury 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 Waterbury 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 Waterbury 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 Waterbury 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 05676 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 Waterbury 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 Waterbury 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 Waterbury, 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.

Waterbury 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 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 Waterbury:

05671, 05676

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