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New Jersey

Jillian DeGroot
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(973) 512-5088

Jillian DeGroot

LCSW

As a clinical social worker, I've helped my clients break through the obstacles that hold them back in life. My goal is to help clients raise their awareness and become mindful of how they can bring balance and enjoyment back into their lives. Courage takes time and the right therapist can get you there. In an effort to support, advocate, and instill courage, I take an authentic, empathic approach to therapy. The creation of a safe, comfortable space adds value to your treatment. A high standard for the protection of your privacy and the limits of confidentiality can be anticipated.

My primary specialty is in working with people of all ages to help shape their perspective into a healthy and productive one. Together we will increase healthy habits and learn skills to effectively deal with the challenges and emotions you may encounter in life.

What made you want to become a therapist?

My journey into becoming a therapist started at a young age, although I did not realize it until I was in college. I experienced an at times unbearable, amount of grief due to loss of loved ones. I have lost approximately 15 family members and/or close friends since the age of 3. The grief process was never the same for each one, but always left me with a greater sense of self-awareness. It is for this reason that I became a therapist and entrusted myself into the profession so that I could help all people, as we all grief different things and in diverse ways 

Do you use any specific counseling method or philosophy?

My therapeutic approach is a combination of my methods and philosophies. The use of DBT and mindfulness is at the core of my approach, with a strong sense of person-centered, strengths based, and CBT. I believe that each philosophy brings something different to treatment. Also, every client is unique and will benefit from varying methods.

What do you know now that you didn't know when you first started your career as a counselor/therapist?

Over the years I have learned how genuine people are. It was something that I did not know when I first began my career and being aware of it has improved the building of trust in my therapeutic relationships.

What is one thing that you try to teach every client?

Mindfulness. I believe that if and when clients become more aware of their actions, reactions, emotions, and true self, life becomes not only easier, but enjoyable.

What should clients expect during their first counseling session with you?

The first session is used for intake purposes. It is important for me to get to know a client and through this a unique set of questions can be expected. These involve a history therapeutic services, medical history, work/school, and family. Goals are discussed, however not detailed until further sessions. This allows clients to experience the therapeutic setting and build trust with me. A review of insurance, payment, and scheduling will be discussed as well.

What would you say to a client who was nervous about his or her first session?

It’s normal. The first session can set the tone for future sessions. A key component of the therapeutic relationship is trust, therefore, it is only normal for a client to be nervous as trust is being built.

What advice would you give to a client trying to choose a therapist?

Ask questions, as many as you need or want. Treatment is your time, the therapist is your guide. Choose someone that you feel comfortable with. Leave judgments at the “door”. See your therapist as they see you; unique and special.

Helps with...
  • School Issues
  • Coping Skills
  • ADHD
  • Anger Management
  • Anxiety
  • Behavioral Issues
  • Career Counseling
  • Chronic Illness
  • Depression
  • Emotional Disturbance
  • Family Conflict
  • Grief
  • Life Transitions
  • Oppositional Defiance
  • Peer Relationships
  • Pregnancy, Prenatal, Postpartum
  • Relationship Issues
  • Self Esteem
  • Self-Harming
  • Sleep or Insomnia
  • Spirituality
  • Stress
  • Teen Violence
  • Weight Loss
  • Women's Issues
Payment Options...
  • Cash/ Self Pay
  • Medicare

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Florida

Jennifer Lipack
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(631) 318-3212

Jennifer Lipack

LMHC

My name is Jennifer and I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in New York and Florida state. I am currently based out of New York in the Long Island / NYC area. I lived in the Ft Lauderdale for about 5 years when I was working on my graduate degree and I am familiar with the area and resources in both NY and Florida. I have over 10+ years of experience working in the field. I have Master Degrees in Social Work and Mental Health Counseling. I have experience working individually and with groups. I currently run a binge eating disorder group in my private practice. I work with adults and adolescents who have binge eating disorders, are suffering from substance abuse and addiction along with mood disorders. I enjoy working with all ages across a wide spectrum of various mental health diagnoses including , depression, anxiety, adjustment disorders ( including grief and loss), and any addiction diagnosis. I use an eclectic approach to therapy meaning I prefer to use a therapeutic approach that incorporates a variety of therapeutic principles and philosophies in order to create the ideal treatment program to meet your specific needs. The most common types of therapy I incorporate are Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Solution Focused Therapy. I have an a unique approach where I promote the symbiotic relationship between mind and body.

What made you want to become a therapist?

I always enjoyed learning about why people act the way they do, wanted to always help people and learn about people and how to make people feel better. I was always interested in psychology classes, was always interested in helping my peers in middle and high school.

Do you use any specific counseling method or philosophy?

My method in counseling to ensure that the client feels safe, comfortable and able to express themselves so that they can grow and communicate effectively. I use different methods with my clients depending on their needs and personality, but I usually ensure that they feel comfortable and open in the therapeutic setting.

What is one thing that you try to teach every client?

To Be honest, hold themselves accountable and not be afraid to admit when something isn’t working. To learn patience and trust the process.

How many sessions do most clients spend in counseling with you?

It really depends on their needs. Some have spent a year, some have spent time on and off. Some have come back over a period of time ( due to relapse), some have spent only a few sessions. It depends what they are wanting to get out of counseling.

How might you counsel a client with an eating disorder?

Learning about their relationship with food, what is the cause of why they are dependent on food and their feelings on body image.

How might you counsel a client who is battling addiction?

Motivational Interviewing, Working with individuals on what works for them, learning triggers, learning what they get from using, what they are losing from using, learning how to cope sober.

How might you counsel a client who is struggling with feelings of loneliness and isolation?

Learning about what causes them to isolate, learning about their interests, learning and processing how they relate to others and what causes them to isolate.

What is one thing you've learned from a client?

They are the experts on themselves. They are the only ones who know themselves best and what they need.

What should clients expect during their first counseling session with you?

A relaxed environment, open communication, willingness to get to know you as a person as well not just your problems.

What advice would you give to a client trying to choose a therapist?

Choose a therapist that you can relate to, that you feel comfortable with and that you feel can help you process. Do not feel embarrassed if you want to find a new one or If you feel that it is not a good match for you.

How do your clients know if counseling is working?

We are in the business of putting ourselves out of business. If you start to feel better from the first day and feel that you do not need us as much as when you first started, I would say that it is working.

Can clients become dependent on counseling?

Yes and that is the therapist job to ensure that it does not happen or allow them to be dependent on you.

When a relationship has experienced infidelity/adultery, does it ever recover?

There is no set answer, it depends on the individual couple, their beliefs and feelings.

Helps with...
  • Addiction
  • Alcohol Abuse
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Careers
  • Coping Skills
  • Couples
  • Depressed Mood
  • Divorce
  • Domestic Violence
  • Drug Abuse
  • Eating Conflict
  • Fear/Phobia
  • Goal Setting
  • Grief & Loss
  • Infertility
  • Nutrition
  • Self Esteem
  • Social Anxiety
  • Stress
  • Substance Abuse
  • Women's Issues
  • Workaholism
Payment Options...
  • Cash/ Self Pay
  • POMCO
  • Beacon
  • Magnacare
  • SEU 1199
  • BCBS
  • Comp Psych
  • American Behavioral
  • Cinga
  • Perspectives LTD

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Travis McNulty
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(727) 374-3338

Travis McNulty

LMHC

Society promotes self-esteem based off of high performance in our jobs, finances, academics, sports, and even our health. When we cannot meet the standards that we set for ourselves, or more often, one that is set for us by others, we tend to be extremely hard on ourselves. This creates unnecessary anxiety and pressure that leads to maladaptive behaviors that help us to cope with the stress and anxiety in our day to day lives - drinking alcohol in excess or using other drugs, maintaining poor physical health, decrease in sleep/socialization, poor interpersonal relationships, just to name a few.

Through my years of practice I've been passionate in working with thousands of clients in promoting good mental health by helping them to unravel their cycles of negative thoughts, negative emotions, and negative behaviors that interchangeably obstruct them from being who, and getting to, where they want to be.

I strive to assist my clients in achieving their optimal mental health by utilizing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy combined with humanistic psychology to promote balance in all areas of their lives from a holistic perspective. In addition to my normal business hours, I will be offering weekend appointments based on availability.

What made you want to become a therapist?

I found I had strong empathetic interpersonal skills from a young age with an affinity for helping friends and loved ones with their problems.

What type of clients do you most enjoy working with?

The demographic that I enjoy working with the most are adults ages 18-35. I’d say the majority of my private pay clients are local high school students but I’ve recently had a major increase in response from emerging adults who have just graduated college.

What's do you like most about working with clients?

I enjoy empowering my clients by changing cognitive distortions they have about themselves or their external world so that they gain new insight and perspective that evokes the change they want to bring about. 

Why do people get stuck? How do you help clients get unstuck?

People get stuck because of irrational fears and pressure that they, or society, impose that perpetuate a negative feedback loop of cognitive distortions. Helping them see the bigger picture and understand what it is that they have the power to change in this cycle helps get my clients unstuck.

Can you tell me about a difficult client/case? What were the challenges and how were you able to help your client?

I had one client in particular who was battling problems with alcoholism. Personally seeing someone go through a battle in which they feel hopeless is difficult. Accepting the fact that this is a process for him and that change won’t be evoked overnight was the most difficult for him to understand. Guiding him towards this realization was one of the most satisfying things I’ve ever been able to do.

What's the best part of your day?

Helping people better their lives all day.

Do you use any specific counseling method or philosophy?

CBT combined a heavy emphasis on humanistic psychology. It’s important to remain open to change with-in the counseling environment and not to pigeon-hole or label a client or their problems because everyone will have a different response to change.

What do you know now that you didn't know when you first started your career as a counselor/therapist?

Change is possible for anyone at any time.

What is one thing that you try to teach every client?

Change is possible for anyone at any time.

What type of clients do you work best with?

Adult males

How many sessions do most clients spend in counseling with you?

It varies depending on the severity of the case. Some people I’ve seen for years off and on. Others have been as short as a few weeks. It depends on the client and what they’re dealing with.

How long does it usually take for a client to begin to experience change?

Immediately. It can happen after the first session of therapy but it depends on the readiness of the client. Some people need to feel empowered before taking the steps they already know that is necessary for change to occur.

How might you counsel a client who is struggling during a divorce or breakup?

Conveying unconditional positive regard and exhibiting empathy is extremely important to clients that I’ve worked with who have gone through divorce and breakups. It’s difficult for them to think and act rationally at a time where the majorities want to act on their emotions. It’s the most challenging but rewarding work to see clients come out of the other side with a positive perspective on individual growth.

How might you counsel a client who is experiencing social anxiety?

Provide psychoeducation as to why human beings experience anxiety. I’ve found many of my clients find solace in understanding that they are not alone by reassuring them that it is a natural biological response to experience anxiety. I would then apply cognitive behavioral therapy and exposure therapy to promote change of the negative feedback loop my client is going through. Social anxiety is the most prevalent problem I’m seeing among my clients. Giving them supportive coping skills and helping them having a better understanding of the underlying issues causing the social anxiety motivates the best change.

How might you counsel a client who is experiencing clinical depression?

Helping them to understand the natural progression of depression and what that looks like across time has always been beneficial for clients who are experience depression because at that time most feel like it is never going to end. Expressing genuine, unconditional positive regard, and helping them feel connected and that someone cares would be my initial response. I would then work from the humanistic perspective and see what in their life is causing them to feel out of balance – family, friends, partner/lack of, job, health, sleep, etc. Depending on the client, applying some solution-focused therapy to help empower them to regain the control of their own life by becoming action-oriented motivates change.

How might you counsel a client with an eating disorder?

Understanding the dynamics of why they feel the need to be restrictive or binge/purge is a necessity. Once we uncover what it is in their life that’s making them feeling like they need to be in control, and understanding the areas where they’re feeling the lacking of control, is also of utmost importance.

How might you counsel a client who is experiencing shame and guilt?

It is important to uncover what is motivating the feelings of shame and guilt. This can be anything from the client feeling they are deviating from societal expectations to personal issues that present themselves as manifestations through irrational fears. Working through these unrealistic expectations helps my clients relinquish the pressure and guilt they’re feeling.

How might you counsel a client who is battling addiction?

Depending on the addiction, it is usually presents itself as a way for the client to self-medicate from something that is bothering them. Discovering the root of what’s perpetuating the addiction then working through it is paramount. Utilizing life-style changes is important.  

How might you counsel a client who is struggling with feelings of loneliness and isolation?

I would find out what is causing them to feel this way in a safe environment that they would be emotionally receptive to since clients who experience feelings of loneliness and isolation are typically people who avoid social interaction because they’re feeling rejected by society.

What is one thing you've learned from a client?

Anyone has the ability to change!

What is one thing that surprised you when you began your career as a therapist?

How well people open up to me, in such a short amount of time, about major issues they are dealing with.

What should clients expect during their first counseling session with you?

They will be in a safe, non-judgmental environment, where they can explore and get a better understanding of their own thoughts, emotions, and behaviors with unconditional positive regard.

What would you say to a client who was nervous about his or her first session?

I would say that it is completely normal to feel nervous about trusting a complete stranger with things that are so personal to you so I want to commend you for taking the first steps in reaching out to me. I’d also validate any feelings and hesitancies they have towards coming in.

What advice would you give to a client trying to choose a therapist?

I would give a client the advice to find someone whose values as a therapist co-align with what they’re trying to achieve.

How do your clients know if counseling is working?

Sometimes things get worse before they get better. This is not uncommon in the beginning stages of therapy. They will know therapy has started to work when they become more cognizant of their own irrational thoughts and beliefs and feel empowered to change.

Can clients become dependent on counseling?

Yes which is why it is always important for the therapist to gage when it is appropriate to allow more time for the client to utilize self-reliance in-between sessions, refer out, or discontinue therapy when the goals are reached. However, this is only in cases of clients who have become dependent. Most people do return periodically whether its months or years with different challenges at different stages in their ever-changing lives for support and guidance.

What can a client do to prepare for his/her first counseling appointment?

Try their best to have a goal in mind for what they want out of therapy, but ultimately being open to change is going to be the most effective way for therapy to work.

When working with couples, what is the most common challenge you see?

Lack of communication, predicting what the other partner is thinking, stone-walling, criticism, defensiveness, and contempt.

When a relationship has experienced infidelity/adultery, does it ever recover?

Yes, a relationship can always recover as long as both partners are willing to put in the work and effort to change.

When a couple attends counseling, how long does it take for the couple’s relationship to experience improvement?

This is highly dependent on the each partner’s openness to change. If they are both willing, it can improve after the first session.

When counseling a couple, what’s your goal for the first session?

Helping the clients to understand the other’s idea world and private logic of the situation is imperative.

Helps with...
  • ADHD/ADD
  • Addiction
  • Adolescents
  • Alcohol Abuse
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Blended Family
  • Careers
  • Children
  • Chronic Pain
  • Codependency
  • Coping Skills
  • Couples
  • Dating
  • Dependency
  • Depressed Mood
  • Development Disorders
  • Divorce
  • Domestic Violence
  • Drug Abuse
  • Eating Disorders
  • Family Conflict
  • Fear/Phobia
  • Gambling
  • Goal Setting
  • Grief
  • Impulsiveness
  • Infidelity
  • Internet Addiction
  • Life Coaching
  • Men's Issues
  • Money/Finances
  • Narcissism
  • Nutrition
  • OCD
  • Parenting
  • Pregnancy
  • Relationships
  • Self Esteem
  • Self Harm
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Sexual Issues
  • Single Life
  • Sleep/ Insomnia
  • Social Anxiety
  • Sports
  • Stress
  • Substance Abuse
  • Trauma/PTSD
  • Under-achievement
  • Video Game Addiction
  • Weight Management
  • Women's Issues
  • Workaholism
Payment Options...
  • Cash/ Self Pay
  • Humana
  • BCBS
  • AETNA
  • United Behavioral Health

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Massachussetts

Rita Morris
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(781) 309-9149

Rita Morris

LMHC

My greatest reward as a therapist is helping my clients explore ways to make the changes in their lives that will allow them to look forward to the future with hope. I believe that we all need someone to talk with who will really listen and accept us as we are, without judgment. I provide my clients with that warm, nonjudgmental environment—a safe place to explore the issues that may be preventing you from living the life you want.

I hold a Master’s degree in Counseling and am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor. I use a variety of approaches to help my clients, depending on individual needs. I am a trained not only as a therapist, but as a Life Coach. My experience includes working with clients dealing with a variety of issues, anxiety, depression, parenting challenges, relationship and family issues.

If you feel that you are ready to commit to bringing about positive change in your life, I encourage you to take that first step. I’m here to help and look forward to hearing from you!

Helps with...
  • ADHD / ADD
  • Addiction
  • Adolescents
  • Aging
  • Alcohol abuse
  • Alzheimer’s
  • Anger
  • Anorexia
  • Anxiety
  • Asperger’s
  • Autism
  • Blended Family
  • Bulimia
  • Careers
  • Children
  • Chronic Pain
  • Codependency
  • Developmental Disorders
  • Divorce
  • Domestic Violence
  • Drug abuse
  • Eating Disorders
  • Family Conflict
  • Fear / Phobia
  • Goal Setting
  • Grief / Loss /
  • Bereavement
  • Impulsivity
  • Infertility
  • Infidelity
  • Infidelity / Affair
  • Life Coaching
  • Men’s Issues
  • Money / Financial
  • Pregnancy
  • Racial Issues
  • Relationships
  • Self Esteem
  • Self Harm
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Single Life
  • Sleep / Insomnia
  • Social Anxiety
  • Spirituality
  • Stress
  • Substance Abuse
  • Trauma / PTSD
  • Underachievement
  • AddictionWeight
  • Management
Payment Options...
  • Cash/ Self Pay

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New York

Catherine Broom
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(716) 217-4092

Catherine Broom

LMHC

My focus is on working with individuals, couples and families affected by issues related to trauma, grief and loss, stress, life transitions and/or personal challenges. I can also help with difficulties related to anxiety, depression and mood imbalances.

I work from a strength based and solution focused perspective. I utilize Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and motivational methods as well as mindfulness and other relaxation strategies. These approaches will leave you feeling well supported and guided as you work through life's challenges.

I am a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor with extensive training in family therapy and many years of experience working with families struggling with barriers related to parenting, family conflict, marital and relationship issues, disrupted parent/child relationships, co-parenting and struggles associated with blended families.

What made you want to become a therapist?

As a young adult it came natural to me to be able to resolve my own personal issues, set goals, maintain insight and forgive myself and others for mistakes. When I was evaluating school programs and considering what would be the best fit for me, counseling programs just made the most sense.

What type of clients do you most enjoy working with?

I enjoy working with motivated clients who are receptive to direct feedback, can identify their own goals and follow through with treatment recommendations.

What do you like most about working with clients?

I enjoy hearing about the benefits of following through with treatment recommendations and how therapy has helped.

Why do people get stuck? How do you help clients get unstuck?

People either believe that control resides internally within them, or externally, with others or the situation. If a client is external then they have more difficulty initiating change. I work with clients to challenge rigid thinking patterns and develop the ability to view life from an internal perspective.

Do you use any specific counseling method or philosophy?

Solution focused and CBT with some DBT/mindfulness techniques taught. I have also received training in a trauma focused model called progressive counting which I am able to implement in sessions as needed.

What do you know now that you didn't know when you first started your career as a counselor/therapist?

It is ok to challenge a client; to block them from engaging in communication, thinking and feeling that is unhealthy and unproductive.

What is one thing that you try to teach every client?

To change rigid thinking patterns, acknowledge the perspective of others and take responsibility.

What type of clients do you work best with?

Clients with the ability to be introspective

How many sessions do most clients spend in counseling with you?

If treatment is solution focused it is more likely to be brief- no more than 12 sessions. Past 12 sessions I would have a conversation with the client about what is keeping them from progressing to a point that counseling is no longer needed.

How long does it usually take for a client to begin to experience change?

Depending on the client’s ability to receive and apply treatment recommendations they can experience change between the first and second session. If change does not occur a client is less likely to continue attending.

How might you counsel a client who is struggling during a divorce or breakup?

Adjustment issues are best treated with strategies to resolve mood interference such as mindfulness, routines, journaling, and exercise and so on. Treatment would also include the discussion of realistic expectations for the longevity of the relationship based on the clients relationship skills- communication, compromise, goal setting, perspective sharing..

How might you counsel a client who is experiencing social anxiety?

CBT and DBT

How might you counsel a client who is experiencing clinical depression?

CBT and DBT

How might you counsel a client with an eating disorder?

Evaluate for trauma and use a trauma based model

How might you counsel a client who is experiencing shame and guilt?

I would need more information. Is the client anxious or depressed? Is there a history of trauma?

How might you counsel a client who is struggling with feelings of loneliness and isolation?

I would need more information. Is the client anxious or depressed? Is there a history of trauma?

What is one thing you've learned from a client?

Some people do not have the ability to grasp concepts/ideas discussed in a solution focused therapy session and need time spent in sessions that primarily involve reflective listening to increase comfortability and work towards developing goals.

What should clients expect during their first counseling session with you?

To be challenged and given direct recommendations

What would you say to a client who was nervous about his or her first session?

Being nervous is a natural response to something new and that together we will work towards developing a relationship that feels comfortable for you.

What advice would you give to a client trying to choose a therapist?

Ask the therapist about their treatment approach and to consider how they see change occurring.

When a couple attends counseling, how long does it take for the couple’s relationship to experience improvement?

Depending on the client’s ability to receive and apply treatment recommendations they can experience change between the first and second session. If change does not occur they are less likely to continue attending.

When counseling a couple, what’s your goal for the first session?

To hear what they each think is getting in the way and develop a plan for something that they can try between sessions to work towards resolving one specific issue.

Helps with...
  • ADHD/ADD
  • Adolescents
  • Anger
  • Antisocial Personality
  • Anxiety
  • Asperger's
  • Autism
  • Blended Family
  • Career
  • Children
  • Codependency
  • Coping Skills
  • Couples
  • Dating
  • Dependency
  • Depressed Mood
  • Divorce
  • Domestic Violence
  • Family Conflict
  • Fear/Phobia
  • Gambling
  • Goal Setting
  • Grief/Loss/Bereavement
  • Impulsivity
  • Infidelity/Affair
  • Internet Addiction
  • Life Coaching
  • Men's Issues
  • Money/Financial
  • Narcissim
  • OCD
  • Parenting
  • Personality Disorder
  • Pregnancy
  • Racial Issues
  • Relationships
  • Schizophrenia
  • Self Harm
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Sexual Issues
  • Single Lif
  • Skin Picking Disorder
  • Sleep/Insomnia
  • Social Anxiety
  • Spirituality
  • Sports
  • Stress
  • Trauma/PTSD
  • Under-achievement
  • Video Game Addiction
  • Weight Management
  • Women's Issues
  • Workaholism
Payment Options...
  • Cash/ Self Pay

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Emily Treat
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(917) 525-2451

Emily Treat

LMFT in NY, LMFT & LCSW in PA

Coming to therapy and recognizing a need to tweak certain areas of your life can be difficult. If you are experiencing anxiety, depression, relationship struggles, or ambivalence about what directions to take in life and still feeling stuck, perhaps therapy could help get you back on track. A first step is to recognize how your past informs your present and could influence your future. I counsel individuals, couples, and families by emphasizing the importance of trust, honest communication, loyalty, and self-awareness while exploring new opportunities, healing past wounds, and striving for happier lives.

I have spent my life reflecting on the value of human connection and the importance of honest communication. Relationships are fascinating to me and I approach each individual as a part of a larger system. My therapeutic style is empathic, approachable, and grounded. My training in Trauma-focused CBT, mindfulness-based practices, motivational interviewing, and family therapy has informed my eclectic therapeutic approach to treating each individual with unconditional positive regard and cater therapy around your needs, without a hidden agenda. As a relational and strengths-based therapist, I encourage individuals to investigate unexplored avenues of their lives. I cater my therapeutic efforts around the individual needs of clients, without a hidden agenda. No individual stands alone - everyone comes from somewhere and it takes courage to find meaning from it! I have had years of experience with a diverse group of individuals and families, all of whom have taught me how meaning-making in relationships can transform lives! For that I will be forever grateful.

I graduated Summa Cum Laude from Columbia's School of Social Work. I also participated in a year-long fellowship in Marriage and Family Therapy. Currently, I am pursuing my Doctorate in Clinical Social Work at the University of Pennsylvania. I look forward to working with you!

Helps with...
  • Child or Adolescent
  • Depression
  • Relationship Issues
  • ADHD
  • Anxiety
  • Behavioral Issues
  • Coping Skills
  • Divorce
  • Domestic Violence
  • Eating Disorders
  • Family Conflict
  • Grief
  • Infidelity
  • Marital and Premarital
  • Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
  • Parenting
  • Peer Relationships
  • Pregnancy, Prenatal, Postpartum
  • School Issues
  • Self Esteem
  • Self-Harming
  • Sex Therapy
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Sexual Addiction
  • Stress
  • Transgender
  • Trauma and PTSD
  • Impulse Control Disorders
  • Mood Disorders
  • Bisexual
  • Gay
  • Lesbian
  • Individuals
  • Couples
  • Family
Payment Options...
  • Cash/ Self Pay

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Jennifer Lipack
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(631) 318-3212

Jennifer Lipack

LMHC

My name is Jennifer and I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in New York and Florida state. I am currently based out of New York in the Long Island / NYC area. I lived in the Ft Lauderdale for about 5 years when I was working on my graduate degree and I am familiar with the area and resources in both NY and Florida. I have over 10+ years of experience working in the field. I have Master Degrees in Social Work and Mental Health Counseling. I have experience working individually and with groups. I currently run a binge eating disorder group in my private practice. I work with adults and adolescents who have binge eating disorders, are suffering from substance abuse and addiction along with mood disorders. I enjoy working with all ages across a wide spectrum of various mental health diagnoses including , depression, anxiety, adjustment disorders ( including grief and loss), and any addiction diagnosis. I use an eclectic approach to therapy meaning I prefer to use a therapeutic approach that incorporates a variety of therapeutic principles and philosophies in order to create the ideal treatment program to meet your specific needs. The most common types of therapy I incorporate are Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Solution Focused Therapy. I have an a unique approach where I promote the symbiotic relationship between mind and body.

What made you want to become a therapist?

I always enjoyed learning about why people act the way they do, wanted to always help people and learn about people and how to make people feel better. I was always interested in psychology classes, was always interested in helping my peers in middle and high school.

Do you use any specific counseling method or philosophy?

My method in counseling to ensure that the client feels safe, comfortable and able to express themselves so that they can grow and communicate effectively. I use different methods with my clients depending on their needs and personality, but I usually ensure that they feel comfortable and open in the therapeutic setting.

What is one thing that you try to teach every client?

To Be honest, hold themselves accountable and not be afraid to admit when something isn’t working. To learn patience and trust the process.

How many sessions do most clients spend in counseling with you?

It really depends on their needs. Some have spent a year, some have spent time on and off. Some have come back over a period of time ( due to relapse), some have spent only a few sessions. It depends what they are wanting to get out of counseling.

How might you counsel a client with an eating disorder?

Learning about their relationship with food, what is the cause of why they are dependent on food and their feelings on body image.

How might you counsel a client who is battling addiction?

Motivational Interviewing, Working with individuals on what works for them, learning triggers, learning what they get from using, what they are losing from using, learning how to cope sober.

How might you counsel a client who is struggling with feelings of loneliness and isolation?

Learning about what causes them to isolate, learning about their interests, learning and processing how they relate to others and what causes them to isolate.

What is one thing you've learned from a client?

They are the experts on themselves. They are the only ones who know themselves best and what they need.

What should clients expect during their first counseling session with you?

A relaxed environment, open communication, willingness to get to know you as a person as well not just your problems.

What advice would you give to a client trying to choose a therapist?

Choose a therapist that you can relate to, that you feel comfortable with and that you feel can help you process. Do not feel embarrassed if you want to find a new one or If you feel that it is not a good match for you.

How do your clients know if counseling is working?

We are in the business of putting ourselves out of business. If you start to feel better from the first day and feel that you do not need us as much as when you first started, I would say that it is working.

Can clients become dependent on counseling?

Yes and that is the therapist job to ensure that it does not happen or allow them to be dependent on you.

When a relationship has experienced infidelity/adultery, does it ever recover?

There is no set answer, it depends on the individual couple, their beliefs and feelings.

Helps with...
  • Addiction
  • Alcohol Abuse
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Careers
  • Coping Skills
  • Couples
  • Depressed Mood
  • Divorce
  • Domestic Violence
  • Drug Abuse
  • Eating Conflict
  • Fear/Phobia
  • Goal Setting
  • Grief & Loss
  • Infertility
  • Nutrition
  • Self Esteem
  • Social Anxiety
  • Stress
  • Substance Abuse
  • Women's Issues
  • Workaholism
Payment Options...
  • Cash/ Self Pay
  • POMCO
  • Beacon
  • Magnacare
  • SEU 1199
  • BCBS
  • Comp Psych
  • American Behavioral
  • Cinga
  • Perspectives LTD

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Pennsylvania

Emily Treat
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(917) 525-2451

Emily Treat

LMFT in NY, LMFT & LCSW in PA

Coming to therapy and recognizing a need to tweak certain areas of your life can be difficult. If you are experiencing anxiety, depression, relationship struggles, or ambivalence about what directions to take in life and still feeling stuck, perhaps therapy could help get you back on track. A first step is to recognize how your past informs your present and could influence your future. I counsel individuals, couples, and families by emphasizing the importance of trust, honest communication, loyalty, and self-awareness while exploring new opportunities, healing past wounds, and striving for happier lives.

I have spent my life reflecting on the value of human connection and the importance of honest communication. Relationships are fascinating to me and I approach each individual as a part of a larger system. My therapeutic style is empathic, approachable, and grounded. My training in Trauma-focused CBT, mindfulness-based practices, motivational interviewing, and family therapy has informed my eclectic therapeutic approach to treating each individual with unconditional positive regard and cater therapy around your needs, without a hidden agenda. As a relational and strengths-based therapist, I encourage individuals to investigate unexplored avenues of their lives. I cater my therapeutic efforts around the individual needs of clients, without a hidden agenda. No individual stands alone - everyone comes from somewhere and it takes courage to find meaning from it! I have had years of experience with a diverse group of individuals and families, all of whom have taught me how meaning-making in relationships can transform lives! For that I will be forever grateful.

I graduated Summa Cum Laude from Columbia's School of Social Work. I also participated in a year-long fellowship in Marriage and Family Therapy. Currently, I am pursuing my Doctorate in Clinical Social Work at the University of Pennsylvania. I look forward to working with you!

Helps with...
  • Child or Adolescent
  • Depression
  • Relationship Issues
  • ADHD
  • Anxiety
  • Behavioral Issues
  • Coping Skills
  • Divorce
  • Domestic Violence
  • Eating Disorders
  • Family Conflict
  • Grief
  • Infidelity
  • Marital and Premarital
  • Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
  • Parenting
  • Peer Relationships
  • Pregnancy, Prenatal, Postpartum
  • School Issues
  • Self Esteem
  • Self-Harming
  • Sex Therapy
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Sexual Addiction
  • Stress
  • Transgender
  • Trauma and PTSD
  • Impulse Control Disorders
  • Mood Disorders
  • Bisexual
  • Gay
  • Lesbian
  • Individuals
  • Couples
  • Family
Payment Options...
  • Cash/ Self Pay

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Virginia

Kristen High
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(757) 317-4315

Kirsten High


Counseling youth and their families for over fifteen years has afforded me the opportunity to see growth, strength and resilience within a population where many expect unfavorable results. It is a privilege to have a part in the change process. I enjoy helping people that others have lost hope in by empowering them to acknowledge and use their strengths to bring healing and wholeness into their family.

Helps with...
  • At risk youth
  • ADD/ADHD
  • Addictions
  • Adolescents
  • Alcohol Abuse
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Blended family
  • Careers
  • Children
  • Codependency
  • Coping skills
  • Couples
  • Dating
  • Dependency
  • Depressed mood
  • Developmental disorders
  • Divorce
  • Eating disorders
  • Family conflict
  • Fear/phobia
  • Gambling
  • Goal setting
  • Impulsivity
  • Infidelity
  • Internet addiction
  • Life coaching
  • Money/financial
  • Nutrition
  • OCD
  • Parenting
  • Pregnancy
  • Racial issues
  • Relationships
  • Self esteem
  • Self harm
  • Sexual abuse
  • Single life
  • Sleep/insomnia
  • Social anxiety
  • Spirituality
  • Sports
  • Stress
  • Substance abuse
  • Trauma/PTSD
  • Underachievement
  • Video game addiction
  • Weight management
  • Women's issues
  • Workaholism
Payment Options...
  • Cash/ Self Pay
  • Optima
  • Anthem
  • Cigna
  • Tricare
  • Medicaid

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Jennifer Erikson
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(804) 980-7242

Jennifer Erikson

LPC

Jennifer completed her internship in professional counseling at New Life Journey, Inc. under the supervision of Donna Grile, LPC where she gained experience in substance abuse and addiction. She is currently supervised by Connie Jenks, LPC at Grapevine Counseling and Therapy.

She specializes in depression, excessive worry and anxiety, panic disorder, life balance issues, stress, codependency and anger management. She also runs specialized groups focusing on managing weight, living with a chronic illness, and increasing self-esteem. Jennifer utilizes a cognitive behavioral therapy and solution-focused approach toward resolution, healing, and peace.

Jennifer holds a Masters in Mental Health Counseling from Walden University. She is continuing her education with Walden University, working toward her Ph.D. in Health Psychology with a goal of contributing to behavioral research. She recently completed studying abroad to further her cultural understandings. Her years of experience as a professional in the healthcare business have given Jennifer the life experience of balancing career, family, and self. With more than two decades in the field of management and leadership, Jennifer continues to help others improve their careers and balance their personal life to find self-fulfillment.

The challenges of raising two children and maintaining a career prompted Jennifer to change her career to help those who struggle like herself. This helped deepen her conviction that a person should be supported as a whole, addressing connections between the mind, body, and spirit.

Helps with...
  • ADHD / ADD
  • Addiction
  • Adolescents
  • Aging
  • Alcohol abuse
  • Alzheimer’s
  • Anger
  • Anorexia
  • Antisocial Personality
  • Anxiety
  • Asperger’s
  • Autism
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Blended Family
  • Brain Injury
  • Bulimia
  • Careers
  • Children
  • Codependency
  • Coping Skills
  • Dependency
  • Depressed Mood
  • Divorce
  • Domestic Violence
  • Eating Disorders
  • Family Conflict
  • Fear / Phobia
  • Gambling
  • Grief / Loss / Bereavement
  • Impulsivity
  • Infidelity / Affair
  • Internet Addiction
  • Life Coaching
  • Money / Financial
  • OCD
  • Parenting
  • Personality Disorder
  • Racial Issues
  • Relationships
  • Self Esteem
  • Self Harm
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Sexual Addiction/Co-Addiction
  • Sexual Issues
  • Sleep / Insomnia
  • Social Anxiety
  • Stress
  • Substance Abuse
  • Trauma / PTSD / Stress Disorders
  • Underachievement
  • Weight Management
  • Workaholism
Payment Options...
  • Cash/ Self Pay

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Texas

Suzanne Hornbuckle
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(281) 667-9790

Suzanne Hornbuckle

LPC
Overall Rating: 5★★★★★ based on 1
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Suzanne Hornbuckle is an experienced counselor who has worked with all ages and types of people from all walks of life. She is a licensed professional counselor (LPC) with the State of Texas and is also a nationally certified counselor (NBCC). A lifelong student of the human personality, she presented and published her research on behavioral inhibition at Oxford University.

Suzanne’s simple premise is that people are smart about their own needs and wants. However, they have dilemmas and
issues that may trouble them temporarily. Hence, she starts with a client-centered theory that emphasizes respect for the will and desires of the client. From there, other approaches are incorporated and used as needed.

For example, as we age, we often lose that “inner voice” or wisdom of the unconscious mind. The use of hypnosis, dream analysis, art therapy and other like tools can unblock the barricades surrounding the heart’s true desires. Many clients respond to this approach, but for some, a more cognitive behavioral type of therapy may be more effective.

For others, the use of a family systems viewpoint may be in order. Suzanne is a proponent of family therapy and views each person in the context of his or her past and present environment, especially the family environment. She believes that the primary reason most people enter into therapy is to repair or strengthen relationships. As such, she incorporates these methods and others into her craft to help her clients bring more joy, love, and functionality into their relationships.

Helps with...
  • ADHD/ADD
  • ADDICTION
  • ADOLESCENTS
  • AGING
  • Alcohol abuse
  • Alzheimer’s
  • Anger
  • Anorexia
  • Antisocial personality
  • Anxiety
  • Asperger’s
  • Autism
  • Blended family
  • Bulimia
  • Careers
  • Children
  • Chronic pain
  • Codependency
  • Coping skills
  • Couples
  • Dating
  • Dependencies
  • Depressed mood
  • Developmental disorders
  • Divorce
  • Domestic violence
  • Drug abuse
  • Eating disorders
  • Family conflict
  • Fear/phobia
  • Gambling
  • Goal setting
  • Greif/ loss/bereavement
  • Impulsivity
  • Infertility
  • Infidelity/affair
  • Internet addiction
  • Life coaching
  • Narcissism
  • Nutrition
  • OCD
  • Parenting
  • Personality disorder
  • Pregnancy
  • Racial issues
  • Relationships
  • Schizophrenia
  • Self esteem
  • Self harm
  • Sexual abuse
  • Sexual issues
  • Sleep. Insomnia
  • Social anxiety
  • Spirituality
  • Sports
  • Stress
  • Substance abuse
  • Trauma/ PTSD
  • Underachievement
  • Video game addiction
  • Weigh management
  • Women’s issues
  • Workahlism
Payment Options...
  • Traditional Medicaid
  • Cenpatico
  • Cigna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas
  • United Healthcare
  • Cash/ Self Pay

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Nevada

Manisha Gandhi
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(800) 309-1159

Manisha Gandhi

LCSW

When one experiences trauma or severe life stressors, it is not common for their lives to crumble. I personally enjoy helping people who have experienced trauma or a stressful event that is causing them to have symptoms that they are having difficulty managing. I help my client’s find a healthy perception of themselves and to strengthen their relationships with others. My educational background is a Masters in Social Work and Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with minor in Business Administration from University of Nevada, Reno. I am trained in EMDR and currently in the process of being EMDR certified. I am a certified Financial Social Work through Center for Financial Social Work.

What made you want to become a therapist?

I’ve always been curious about people, why they do and what makes them who they are.My own painful experiences in life led me to want to help other people through their difficult times.

What do you like most about working with clients?

Helping them see themselves and their world in a more helpful way.

Why do people get stuck? How do you help clients get unstuck?

People often get stuck because of trauma. I use EMDR to help people process trauma.

Can you tell me about a difficult client/case? What were the challenges and how were you able to help your client?

I have worked with clients w/ borderline personality disorders, suicidality, self-harm. I use good rapport as well as DBT and lots of coping skills to help people. I also try to use self-care and good consultation for myself to help me be able to give the best care possible.

What's the best part of your day?

Going home to my kids and husband 🙂

Do you use any specific counseling method or philosophy?

CBT, DBT, EMDR, Experiential

What do you know now that you didn't know when you first started your career as a counselor/therapist?

Everyone really is doing their best. And we can help them do better.

What is one thing that you try to teach every client?

Mindfulness

How many sessions do most clients spend in counseling with you?

8

How long does it usually take for a client to begin to experience change?

2-3

How might you counsel a client who is struggling during a divorce or breakup?

With empathy for what they are going through, psycho-ed about grief, helping them focus on what they want for their life, address issues of safety, finances, custody and adjustment to change.

How might you counsel a client who is experiencing social anxiety?

I’d likely use CBT, DBT, EMDR. I use the techniques along with experiential therapy with child clients. I also used solution-focused.

How might you counsel a client who is experiencing clinical depression?

I’d likely use CBT, DBT, EMDR. I use the techniques along with experiential therapy with child clients. I also used solution-focused.

How might you counsel a client with an eating disorder?

I’d likely use CBT, DBT, EMDR. I use the techniques along with experiential therapy with child clients. I also used solution-focused.

How might you counsel a client who is experiencing shame and guilt?

I’d likely use CBT, DBT, EMDR. I use the techniques along with experiential therapy with child clients. I also used solution-focused.

How might you counsel a client who is battling addiction?

with recovery principles as well as CBT, DBT, EMDR. I use the techniques along with experiential therapy with child clients. I also used solution-focused.

How might you counsel a client who is struggling with feelings of loneliness and isolation?

I’d likely use CBT, DBT, EMDR. I use the techniques along with experiential therapy with child clients. I also used solution-focused.

What is one thing you've learned from a client?

They are the experts on themselves. I’ve learned so much about life and survival from my clients.

What is one thing that surprised you when you began your career as a therapist?

How much people appreciate being listened to.

What should clients expect during their first counseling session with you?

I want clients to feel free to ask me any questions they have about me, about therapy, about whatever and I want them to tell me whatever they want to about themselves in the first session to make sure it’s a good fit.

What would you say to a client who was nervous about his or her first session?

I respect and understand that it’s difficult to meet a complete stranger and open up about deeply personal things. I have done that as well and I know it takes strength and can also be anxiety inducing.

How do your clients know if counseling is working?

Make collaborative goals at the beginning and check in with therapist as therapy progresses to discuss progress.

Can clients become dependent on counseling?

Yes. This is something that can be addressed in therapy.

What can a client do to prepare for his/her first counseling appointment?

Fill out intake paperwork. Come with some ideas of what you want to work on, what changes you would like to see as a result of therapy.

When working with couples, what is the most common challenge you see?

misunderstanding each other

Helps with...
  • ADHD/ADD
  • Addiction
  • Aging
  • Alcohol Abuse
  • Anger
  • Anorexia
  • Antisocial Personality
  • Anxiety
  • Blended Family
  • Bulimia
  • Careers
  • Chronic Pain
  • Codependency
  • Coping Skills
  • Couples
  • Dating
  • Dependency
  • Depressed Mood
  • Divorce
  • Domestic Violence
  • Drug Abuse
  • Eating Disorders
  • Family Conflict
  • Fear/Phobia
  • Gamling
  • Goal Setting
  • Grief/Loss/Bereavement
  • Impulsivity
  • Infertility
  • Infidelity/Affair
  • Internet Addiction
  • Life Coaching
  • Men's Issues
  • Money/ Financial
  • Nutrition
  • OCD
  • Parenting
  • Pregnancy
  • Racial Issues
  • Relationships
  • Racial Issues
  • Relationships
  • Schizophrenia
  • Self Esteem
  • Self Harm
  • Sex Therapy
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Sexual Issues
  • Single Life
  • Skin Picking Disorder
  • Sleep/Insomnia
  • Social Anxiety
  • Spirituality
  • Stress
  • Substance Abuse
  • Trauma/PTSD
  • Under-achievement
  • Video Game Addiction
  • Weight Management
  • Women's Issues
  • Workaholism
Payment Options...
  • Cash/ Self Pay

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Why choose online counseling?

Rebecca lives in a small community. She doesn’t want anyone to know she’s considering divorce, and the only coach in town is her sister-in-law.

Ken and his spouse work full-time jobs. By the time they’re both available, the local coaching / therapy center is closed.

Sara is an Indian-American who wants to talk with someone who understands her culture. There’s no one like this within 50 miles.

Seven Reasons to Try Online Counseling/Coaching

  1. It’s Convenient
  2. These days, regardless of whether you live in the city, or out in the country, you might spend more time getting to your appointment than in the appointment itself! Online therapy / coaching lets clients save time and forgo the typical weekly or twice-weekly commute.

  3. It’s Comfortable
  4. Connect with a counselor or coach from the comfort of your work, home, car, or anywhere you have a quiet space and a good internet connection or cell signal.

  5. It’s Tested & Effective
  6. You might be surprised to hear that distance therapy practices aren't new. In fact, online mental health services are about as old at the internet itself, and other distance therapy methods—like phone counseling—have been around since the Samaritans began a hotline in the early 1950s. There is decades of research on telephone and online services that have shown that distance counseling services can benefit the client, and that clients often prefer them to traditional in person sessions.

  7. It’s Affordable (and insurance might pay for it)
  8. A growing number of insurance plans now cover online mental health services. If yours doesn’t, don’t worry. We have very affordable rates for anyone paying out of pocket.

  9. It’s Easier to Talk about Difficult Things
  10. Try as we might to reassure clients that it’s not our place to judge, sometimes new clients still fear the “furrowed brow” of their therapist or coach. We’ve found, and research has found, that such worry seems to be lessened when a client is communicating at a distance.

  11. It’s Fast
  12. Forget waiting weeks for an appointment. Forget waiting days for a call back! Call us at 1-855-2-THRIVE (847483) or book online and we’ll get you a session right away--often the same day.

  13. It’s a Trusted Brand.
  14. With Thriveworks online therapy and coaching, you’re getting the best of both worlds. Thriveworks isn't just an online company, there are brick-and-mortar Thriveworks centers across the United States. Why not get started with a brand that’s reputable, experienced, and already trusted by tens of thousands of individuals, couples, and families? Call us: 1-855-2-THRIVE (847483).

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Online Counseling – Therapists, Video Conferencing, Long Distance Counseling

Online counseling has a long history. Cornell University, as early as 1986, began providing an online therapy service of sorts when they developed a program called “Dear Uncle Ezra.” With Ezra, students could anonymously write to an anonymous therapist, and receive a prompt written reply. While 1986 sounds early, if one extends the definition of “online” therapy to include any electronic or distance therapy, the Samaritans, based out of Great Britain, created their first telephone crisis helpline almost 30 years earlier—in 1953! So, while today we might think of online therapy as HIPAA-complaint videoconference (like we offer), it reality is a broad category with a rich history, and if you ask five helping professionals for a definition, you might get five somewhat different answers.

In the doctoral dissertation, and then later in The Journal of Professional Counseling, Dr. Anthony Centore, states the following about online services: “Since the beginning, mental health counseling practices have endured many theoretical shifts—from Freudian, to Jungian, to Rogerian, and so on. However, a recent shift concerns not therapeutic theory but the medium through which counseling is provided. While historically counseling relationships have developed through scheduled in-person communications between counselor and client, telephone and online technologies now offer new paths for the formation of those healing relationships.”

Today, on this site, we endeavor to connect clients to skilled and reputable providers for online coaching sessions.

Online counseling and online coaching are often seen as the “new way” to connect with a caring, qualified mental health professional.

On the contrary, distance counseling services have been around in some form for more than 60 years! The field has a long and rich history thanks to both skilled providers and researchers. Today, ethical codes or statements have been thoroughly developed by professional organizations including the American Counseling Association (ACA), the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC), the American Psychological Association (APA), and many others. What’s more, you might be surprised to learn that these ethical guidelines aren’t new—they too have been around for more than a decade.

Thriveworks is a trusted brand of counseling and coaching services with more than 30 “brick and mortar” locations throughout more than 12 states. Now, with Thriveworks Online, clients can connect with a helping professional through either HIPAA compliant videoconference, or simply by telephone.

While connecting online isn’t for everyone, there is decades of research showing that therapy by telephone and over the web can be effective for helping clients with a range of personal life issues.

In fact, online and telephone based services have been especially helpful for clients who find that they (1) have few qualified counselors or coaches in their area, (2) feel uncomfortable meeting with a therapist in person and, (3) prefer to connect with a provider from the comfort of their home (or office).

If you’re seeking an online coach, we hope our service is a fit for you. That said, if you’re seeking a more traditional in-person counseling experience, Thriveworks has many (30+) “brick and mortar” locations, and more opening all the time. To learn more, simply call us at 1-855-2-THRIVE.

You can connect with a professional by either phone or video—your choice. If you select phone, your coach will call you at the time of your appointment. If you choose videoconference, you’ll be provided a simple web-link that you can use to connect with your provider (that’s right, there’s absolutely nothing to download or install) and your provider will also have your phone number as a backup, in case there’s any unforeseen technical problems during the video-meeting.

Our team at Thriveworks has been researching, publishing, and providing online therapy services in some form since 2003. Before we began, we learned this troubling fact: Only 10% of depressed people who are referred by a physician to seek mental health services ever receive those services. We asked ourselves, “Why is this?” Is it because persons don’t want to get well, or are there other factors?

As you might guess, the reasons are many—among them is the problem is that acquiring counseling services is too difficult! For instance, for a potential client to connect with a provider in person he/she must: Call a counseling center, leave a message, be available for a return call, schedule an appointment by phone, find their insurance information, wait days or weeks for a first session, drive to that session, arrive in a presentable fashion on time or early…all while perhaps going through a personal hardship or crisis. Frankly, it sounded awful to us. We aspire to make the experience of seeking help, for counselor or coaching, a much (much) improved process.

A growing number of insurance companies and health plans are paying for counseling services provided at a distance. When services are covered by insurance, the out-of-pocket cost to clients can be as low as one’s normal co-pay to visit a doctor or mental health provider in person. To determine if your specific insurance plan will reimburse for online therapy services, simply call the number of the back of your insurance card. If your plan covers online care, we’ll be happy to get authorization for services, accept your benefits, and schedule your first session right away.

That said, we know that using insurance can be a hassle—and that services are not always covered—so we’ve set our self-pay prices at a level that using insurance benefits might not be necessary for many.