Living on an island seems like it would be paradise, right? Well, no matter where you live, you are always going to have problems because nobody’s life is perfect. In fact, you can even become afflicted with a mental illness like an anxiety disorder out of the blue for no obvious reasons. The counselors in Mercer Island are unsure of the exact cause but they know how to treat it. 

Anxiety disorders can be recognized by constant and severe stress, insomnia, confusion, inability to concentrate, heart palpitations, and irritability. If you or someone you know is having any of these or similar symptoms, talk to one of the Mercer Island counselors today. 

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Lisa Watson

Offering therapy in WA
License: LICSW
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseDepression
15 years of experience

I am a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker in Colorado, Hawaii, Washington and Florida. My experience began while serving in the USAF, in California, providing care to service members and their families struggling with Post Traumatic Stress, Anxiety, Substance Abuse and difficulty adjusting to military life. As my experience has expanded since leaving service, I have had the opportunity to work with individuals living with Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia, Personality Disorders and Severe Depression. My counseling style has always been flexible and tailored to the person I am working with while ensuring we are following a model of therapy that is researched and shown to be successful. I have extensive training and experience in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Trauma Informed Care and in working with the LGBTQ population. I prefer an approach that highlights your strengths and follows your lead. I have no experience working with children, however I do have an interest area of working with struggling parents. With 2 children of my own and education in early childhood development I would love to begin working to help others navigate the world of parenting. Whether you are wanting to navigate an unexpected life event, get a handle on life long anxiety or process through events from your past that still effect you today, I believe I can help you and fully believe everyone can recover.

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Dr. Mary Schacht

Offering therapy in WA
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseDepressionCoping with life changesCompassion fatigue
12 years of experience

I provide individual therapy to adults. I have a background as a clinical social worker and International Trauma Psychology. My work as a clinical social worker comprised largely of multiple years in community mental health with different aged populations. Since that time, International Psychology has enabled me to broaden my skill set by working across cultures, languages, and contexts, including northern Uganda and, more recently, Kenya, where I am the Co-founder and Co-Director of an NGO aimed toward youth and families. I utilize a broad range of clinical theories and interventions depending on your needs as well as your own unique set of experiences and circumstances. These may include psychodynamic, family of origin, developmental, systems, or cognitive behavioral theories and methods of intervention. It may include also mindfulness based approaches to trauma. I place a strong emphasis on the importance of the social, cultural, and political factors which may shape your life, or the life our your community or family, as well as inform directly the therapeutic process. As importantly, I employ a client-centered, strengths-based perspective. As such, your goals in therapy guide my approach to your care. My intent is to serve as a reminder to you of your own capacity to live a full life with minimal distress and identify assets which may garner lasting support, meaning, and relevance to you.

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Elizabeth "Lisa" Burdick

Offering therapy in WA
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsFamily conflictsParenting issuesCoping with life changes
20 years of experience

Greetings! I am committed to providing a comfortable, culturally sensitive, non-judgmental counseling experience to anyone who may be struggling with life's challenges and demands. I utilize a client centered, cognitive behavioral approach which can be adapted to incorporate a client's spiritual and/or religious beliefs. I have over 20 years of experience working with individuals who are struggling with relationships, mental health concerns, substance use, and other emotional challenges. I work with all ages but specialize in young adults. While presenting issues may include academics, anger management, sexuality, substance use, sports performance, stress, or family dynamics; I will provide a non-judgmental space in which to explore any and all related concerns. I provide respectful, culturally sensitive, and ethical care to individuals, regardless of severity of challenge or struggle. I am a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor/Supervisor and a Certified Clinical Telemental Health Provider. I am also a certified School Counselor and have earned the Certificate of Evidence-Based Non-medical Counseling Strategies for Military Populations. Congratulations on the decision to reach out! I look forward to working with you.

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Kayla Bayer

Offering therapy in WA
License: Licensed Mental Health Counselor,Mental Health Professional,Masters of Science Clinical Counseling
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesFamily conflictsTrauma and abuseDepression
14 years of experience

I am a trained clinical therapist who brings 14 years of experience working with children, adolescents, couples and families. I have experience working with with adjustment disruption, parenting difficulties, relational concerns, and individual issues. During my time as a therapist, I have collected many rich experiences along the way. I find the therapeutic relationship to be a powerful dyad where change and healing abound. I approach therapy as a relational experience. My style is engaging, eclectic, conversational and goal-oriented. I value the whole person and believe that we all experience healing within a holistic context. My goal for therapy is to create an environment where those I have the privilege of working with experience a space where they can be their true selves and be met with compassion, understanding and gentle exposure to new and/or existing truths. The journey of therapy is one that I honor and I look forward to becoming a sojourner with you.

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Jeanne Kimble

Offering therapy in WA
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesTrauma and abuseSelf esteemDepression
7 years of experience

I am a licensed mental health counselor (LMHC) in Washington with 7 years of professional experience as a mental health counselor and 25 years of professional experience working with children, adults and families in private agency and government settings. I work with clients experiencing depression, stress, anxiety, and struggles with behaviors or habits that might be negatively affecting their work, their relationships or life in general. Clients are often seeking an improved ability to form or maintain relationships, a greater capacity to plan and make decisions, to navigate transitions, to increase and maintain motivation and self-esteem. Some, at the outset, only know that they would like to feel less pain. My clients are assured of a warm therapy environment where their thoughts, feelings and concerns can be shared without fear of judgment. I bring much perspective to my practice, having worked with young, middle aged and older adults from a vast range of backgrounds for many years. That said, you are utterly unique and that fact never fails to motivate me to learn and understand who you are and how to best support you toward greater health and healing. My approach to our work together involves first learning, ideally through live video sessions, a little more about your history and present concerns. After identifying the goal that is most important (to to you) to work on, we then discuss the options and employ the treatment(s) or method(s) that will best move you toward your goal.

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Daniella Fernandez

Offering therapy in WA
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsRelationship issuesSelf esteemDepression
13 years of experience

I am a marriage and family therapist licensed in Washington with over 13 years of counseling experience. I have worked with individuals, couples, and families on a wide range of issues, including stress and anxiety, depression, self-esteem, major life changes and adjustments, grief and loss, guilt and shame, coping with substance abuse, relationship issues, & parenting challenges. I strive to support each client on their journey toward self-discovery and personal growth by providing a safe, supportive, and collaborative counseling environment. I place great value on personal choice, individuality, and respect in the counseling relationship and believe that clients are the experts of their own experience. My role is to support each client in finding their own path toward balance and wellness and offer guidance and clinical reflections along the way. My therapeutic approach is attachment-based, emotion-focused, and person-centered. Reaching out for help is the first step in the journey toward becoming a happier and healthier you. If you are ready to take that step, I am here to support you. I look forward to working with you!

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Michael Murray

Offering therapy in WA
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsRelationship issuesIntimacy-related issuesDepression
17 years of experience

I am a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) in Mental Health & a Substance Use Disorder Professional (SUDP) in Washington State with 17 years of professional work experience. I am a unique Behavioral Health treatment provider that specializes in ‘Mindfulness’ combined with standard ‘disease model’ treatment. This format can be use in CD, MH or Co-Occurring (CO) CD & MH conditions to educate clients to better understand how their maladaptive self-destructive coping behavior is negatively affecting their lives. I use the evidence-based practices of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to address and identify overwhelming emotional states, as well as the skills necessary to self-regulate and address mental health and addiction triggers. This is accomplished by learning Mindfulness, Interpersonal Effectiveness, Emotional Regulation Skills and Distress Tolerance Skills as a way to deal with the stressors that plague people with mental health issues, as well as addiction. These concepts are integrated with the disease model to educate clients on how to develop an overarching holistic approach to building a recovery plan that will last a lifetime. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, coping with addictions, relationship issues, & intimacy related issues. I believe in treating everyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion. I will tailor our dialog and treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs. Taking the first step to seeking a more fulfilling and happier life takes courage. I am here to support you in that process.

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Zoe Johnson

Offering therapy in WA
Relationship issuesTrauma and abuseIntimacy-related issuesSelf esteemDepression
6 years of experience

I am licensed in Georgia with 6 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with relationship issues, trauma and abuse, depression/self esteem, & motivation, quarter life crisis, and confidence. I work with my clients to create an open and safe environment where thoughts and feelings can be shared without fear of judgment. Taking the first step to sign up for therapy can take courage and I am proud of you for getting started! Visit my website:

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Katherine Holloway

Offering therapy in WA
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesTrauma and abuseParenting issuesSelf esteem
20 years of experience

I am licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist in Washington, with 20 years of professional work experience. I also have a degree in Conflict Management and Communication. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, & parenting issues. I am trained in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy, a well-regarded method to relieve symptoms of PTSD. I love working with clients to formulate goals, find solutions and enlarge the toolbox of skills that we all develop during our lives. I work with my clients to create an open and safe environment where thoughts and feelings can be shared without fear of judgment. Thank you for taking the first step to sign up for therapy. It can take courage and I am glad you are getting started!

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Catherine Kimball

Offering therapy in WA
Stress, AnxietyGriefSelf esteemDepressionCoping with life changes
7 years of experience

As a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker I specialize in providing individual therapy to people experiencing challenges in the various domains of their life. This may include concerns such as depression, anxiety, trauma, substance use, adjustment, parent/child dynamics and school/work. I believe that it is an honor and a privilege to be a part of your life. My hope is that through the collaborative therapeutic process we can identify and utilize your inner strengths and resources to gain deeper insight and awareness into self and others. Through our shared experience we can strive to reach your goals and overcome any barriers to your success. Having worked in the mental health field for nearly 20 years I have had the opportunity to work with a variety of populations in a variety of settings. I believe that different approaches work for different people and tailor the therapeutic experience to what will work for you. I utilize a range of evidenced based theoretical approaches including person-centered, trauma informed, dialectical behavioral therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, solution focused and/or existential therapy.

How to find counseling in Mercer Island

Finding the best therapist close by in Mercer Island 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 Mercer Island. 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 Mercer Island, 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 Mercer Island 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 Mercer Island 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 Mercer Island, elsewhere in King, or in the greater state of Washington.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

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

How does the cost of in-person counseling compare to the cost of BetterHelp with a licensed Mercer Island 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 Mercer Island 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 Mercer Island may not take health insurance, some in the state of Washington 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 Washington 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 Mercer Island, Washington 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 Mercer Island 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 Mercer Island 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 Mercer Island 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 Mercer Island 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 Mercer Island 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 WA, 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 98040 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 Mercer Island 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 Mercer Island 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 Mercer Island, Washington 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.

Mercer Island 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

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.

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