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Laura Placek

Offering therapy in WI
License: MS,LPC,CSACIII
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsTrauma and abuseAnger managementDepression
20 years of experience

I am a board certified and dual licensed counselor, providing over 20 years of Forensic, Behavioral, and Addiction counseling services. I believe in motivating and encouraging awareness through respect, integrity and person centered and strength-based approaches. I meet you where you are in life. My goal is to help you to identify paths to achieve personal goals, recovery, and regain life balance. I offer a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere with an interactive conversational style. My philosophies are rooted in cognitive behavioral and solution focused approaches. I hold multiple specialty training and certifications to treat OCD, depression, anxiety, post traumatic stress, anger management, domestic violence, sexual disorders/ offending, behavioral, coping and assertive skill building. I applaud and welcome you on your path toward health and wellness and I look forward to working with you.

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Angela Heredia

Offering therapy in WI
License: MS LPC
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseDepressionCoping with life changes
3 years of experience

I am a Professional Counselor, licensed in Wisconsin. I have been a licensed therapist for about 2 years, but have over 18 years of experience working in the mental health field in a number of capacities. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, and parenting problems to name a few. For the past four years I have been working with children ages 12-18 in a day treatment setting. In this position I worked with children and their families to help them manage things like ADHD, trauma and other behavioral issues. My style as a therapist is warm, genuine, honest, casual and interactive. I believe in meeting clients where they are at, and treating them with respect, sensitivity, and compassion. I believe that as the client, you are the expert on your own life with your own unique strengths to overcome life's challenges. Because of that my approach varies depending on the needs of the client. I have experience using the client centered approach, have been trained in Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Motivational Interviewing. I also have had training in DBT and like to use those skills as needed. I enjoy talking with clients to determine what type of approach they feel will be most helpful and meaningful to them. I know that for many of you it has taken immense courage to seek out counseling and to take the first steps towards making a change in your life. I look forward to meeting you, talking with you and helping you through making these changes and reaching your goals however I can.

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Ian Rivera

Offering therapy in WI
License: LCSW,MCAP
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsSelf esteemBipolar disorderDepression
10 years of experience

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker that has been in providing therapeutic services to clients for over 6 years. I have worked addressing a wide range of clients issues; addiction, anxiety, depression, and life changes just to name a few. I meet each of my clients where they are at in their walk of life. I work to individualize a plan of action to help you make changes to live a fulfilling life. My approach’s include motivational interviewing, cognitive behavioral, and client centered. Change is difficult, but very important in order to progress and overcome various life challenges. I am here to guide you through the difficult times in order to be the best you.

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Laura Contreras

Offering therapy in WI
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesParenting issuesSelf esteemCoping with life changes
5 years of experience

I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with over 10 years of experience. I am skilled at providing counseling for individuals and couples navigating through life transitions, anxiety, grief/loss, parenting, self-esteem and identity challenges, and relationships both at work and home. My clinical passion is to help clients work through various life challenges by offering a supportive and non-judgmental environment, making transformation possible. I strongly believe change is possible and use a narrative, cognitive behavioral, and solution focused approach to help my clients restore their lives and produce lasting change. I earned a Master's degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Edgewood College in Madison, Wisconsin and a member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy.

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Mary Newbauer

Offering therapy in WI
License: LCSW
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesGriefDepressionCoping with life changes
25 years of experience

My name is Mary Newbauer, I am recently retired after 28 years of providing service to patients and families at the end of life. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of Wisconsin. I received my masters degree from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 1999. After all these years it is still my wish to provide comfort through counseling to those who hurt, not only from the death of a loved one, but also loss through divorce, ending of a significant relationship, even our own aging process. I work with individuals who are going through life transitions. My counseling practice provides a confidential, empathetic space to navigate difficult and painful times, assisting clients in adapting to those changes and eventually creating new life. The counseling techniques I practice most are : Solution focused, Client Centered, Cognitive Behavioral (CBT) and Mindfulness. I also embrace experience and wisdom. If you believe I can be helpful, I am honored to assist you with supportive presence, active listening and my years of experience and wisdom. SPECIALTIES: Stress/Anxiety Depression end of life/bereavement Aging Coping with with life changes Relationships (not couple counseling)

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Susan Williams

Offering therapy in WI
License: MS,MSW,LCSW
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesTrauma and abuseSelf esteemDepression
15 years of experience

Hello everyone! I am Susan Williams, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. I have almost 15 years experience working with individuals, couples and families focusing on Addictions, Anxiety, Depression, Grief and Loss, Mood Disorders, Relationship Issues, Self-Esteem Issues and Trauma. I have a Master's degree in Social Work from Loyola University-Chicago. I utilize Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Emotion Focused Therapy and Solution Focused Therapy. My goal is to assist you in developing goals to become empowered and move forward towards a positive change within your life. Through therapy we will work towards self-discovery and becoming more self-aware while challenging negative cognitions that prevent you from moving forward with healing. I look forward to working with you!

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Michael Fentress

Offering therapy in WI
AddictionsLGBTFamily conflictsTrauma and abuseDepression
9 years of experience

I am licensed in both Florida and Wisconsin with 9 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with LGBT-related issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, & parenting issues. 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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David Hanizeski

Offering therapy in WI
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesFamily conflictsIntimacy-related issuesBipolar disorder
8 years of experience

I am licensed in Wisconsin with 8 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, depression, relationship issues, family conflicts, mental illness, & intimacy related issues. 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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Dr. Teresa DePratt

Offering therapy in WI
Stress, AnxietySelf esteemCareer difficultiesDepressionCoping with life changes
10 years of experience

Hello... I am a licensed psychologist in the state of Wisconsin. I help adults that are experiencing anxiety and/or depression, relationship concerns, big changes, or are just not feeling good about themselves or their life and aren't sure how to make things better. Insight isn't always expected or easy to accept, and change can be difficult sometimes. But it's usually really worth it! I feel that all humans can benefit from having an impartial space in which to reflect and receive educated feedback. I view psychological health as just as important as physical health. Dr. Teresa DePratt

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Dr. Andrea Janis Towey

Offering therapy in WI
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseParenting issuesDepressionADHD
27 years of experience

I am licensed in Wisconsin with 27 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, trauma and abuse, parenting issues, & depression. I believe that you are the expert of your story and that you have many strengths that will assist you in overcoming things that challenge you. It takes courage to seek out a more fulfilling and happier life and to take the first steps towards a change. I am here to support & empower you in that journey.

How to find counseling in Merrimac

Finding the best therapist close by in Merrimac 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 Merrimac. 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 Merrimac, 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 Merrimac 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 Merrimac 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 Merrimac, elsewhere in Sauk, or in the greater state of Wisconsin.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

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

How does the cost of in-person counseling compare to the cost of BetterHelp with a licensed Merrimac 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 Merrimac 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 Merrimac may not take health insurance, some in the state of Wisconsin 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 Wisconsin 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 Merrimac, Wisconsin 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 Merrimac 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 Merrimac 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 Merrimac 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 Merrimac 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 Merrimac 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 WI, 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 53561 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 Merrimac 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 Merrimac 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 Merrimac, Wisconsin 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.

Merrimac 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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