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Help around the corner: Counselors and Therapists in Amherst, MA

Stress is Everywhere

For a kid, anxiety can be the stomach ache before school when homework isn’t done or the prospect of an embarrassing gym class. For others, a painful breakup can cause hopelessness at the idea of braving the (socially distanced!) dating landscape. Or maybe everything is under control and you’re breezing through projects and partnerships — but an ill-timed or poorly-framed comment from a colleague or loved one can send you into a spiral of doubt.

From making ends meet to balancing friendships to picking yourself up after any kind of personal or professional loss, our lives are constantly requiring us to deal with stress. The added roller coaster of global events from the pandemic to climate change can leave many wondering where to turn. But when trauma arises or even when the daily accumulation of triggers seems to put peace of mind out of reach, a therapist or counselor can help you find it.

Solutions for every need

Are you the kind of person who always puts yourself last? Maybe you have spent decades caring for others, addressing your family’s needs, and ignoring your own. Or perhaps you are simply lonely and need to make a connection. From in-person counseling to remote therapy, there’s always a way to put regular, insightful help into your schedule. And who knows? Managing your stress may be the first step to discovering time you didn’t know you had to start shaping the life you truly dream of.

We want to be the listening ear, the companion and the consultant that you need. Whatever you are facing we are available for you. Whether virtually or in-person, start a conversation today with a therapist,counselor, or psychiatrist who can help you get past fears and anxieties and face challenges on solid footing. Therapy in Amherst is just a phone call away. Call us at (413) 634-4805 or book an appointment online.

How Can a Therapist Help Me?

People of all ages and in all situations can benefit from speaking with a life coach, counselor, or therapist — from children to adolescents, adults, and seniors. Sources of depression an anxiety are infinitely varied and may include:

  • Financial stress
  • Excessive workload on the job or at home
  • Grief and loss
  • Behavioral problems in children
  • Relationship issues, couples mediation, and divorce
  • Family dynamics
  • Feelings of anger
  • Loneliness and isolation
  • Discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity
  • Discrimination based on race
  • Religious and spiritual issues
  • ADHD and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
  • Career uncertainty
  • Difficulty managing time
  • Health and wellness goals

Taking the time

Sometimes we let a health concern — or mental health concern — linger for such a long time without dealing with it that it can be hard to recognize. It’s just part of who we are!

But it’s never too early or too late to confront it. Our therapist will take the time to speak with you and learn about what may be holding you back.

Eating disorders, addiction and substance abuse, anger and physical abuse, self-harm or mutilation and suicidal thoughts or attempts are common symptoms of real psychological disorders that can be diagnosed and treated, including:

Anxiety Disorders: Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), panic attacks and Panic Disorder, Social Phobia (or Social Anxiety Disorder)

Mood Disorders: Depression, Bipolar disorder, Cyclothymic disorder, Premenstrual dysphoric disorder, and various forms of depression such as Major Depression, Chronic Depression, Postpartum Depression, and Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

Trauma: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Acute Stress Disorder, Schizophrenia, Personality Disorder, Psychotic disorders

If your therapist sees a need for medication we can provide internal referrals to nurse practitioners and psychiatry in Amherst, MA.

For people getting medicine to relieve symptoms, having a professional to guide you through medication management can be crucial.

If you or your loved one is experiencing any of these symptoms you must contact a mental health professional as soon as possible.

Psychologists and therapists at Thriveworks in Amherst, MA are available to speak within 24 hours. Please call us at 413-634-4805 and we will get the help you need as soon as you need it!

What Can I Expect from an In-Person or Online Therapy Session?

No two people’s needs are identical, regardless of their diagnosis. It is important for you to find a therapist, counselor or life coach who you can trust and who you feel understands your needs.

Counseling sessions will be tailored to benefit you. Your therapist will discuss with you the challenges you face as well as your goals for counseling. Once an understanding of your individual need is established, they will design a treatment plan specifically for you.

In some cases, your therapist may refer you to a specialist to help. Our network of mental health professionals within our offices will help to simplify this process for you. Some forms of therapy offered by counselors in Amherst, MA include:

  1. Psychiatry
  2. Marriage Counseling
  3. Christian Counseling
  4. Life Coaching
  5. Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT)
  6. Group and Family Therapy

We also provide different session types to accommodate your needs or restrictions. Many people are more comfortable with traditional, in-person, face-to-face counseling. We have offices throughout Western Massachusetts that are open for appointments in a safe and socially-distanced setting.

In addition, we provide various forms of remote therapy including telehealth services, and online counseling where you can meet with your therapist from the comfort of your own home.

Whether you prefer one or the other or a combination of both, therapists in Amherst, MA are available and would like to provide you with the safest and most comfortable therapy for your needs.

Booking Online or In-Person Therapy In Amherst, MA

Counselors, therapists, and life coaches in Amherst and surrounding areas are available to help — no matter what issue you or your family are facing. We offer both remote and in-person sessions to accommodate any safety or mobility concerns that you have.

Whether you are seeking help for your child, your marriage, your relationship, or your career, we can connect you with trained professionals who are ready to help you improve your life.

Our therapists, life coaches, and counselors accept many forms of insurance. If financial concerns are holding you back please reach out to us! We can work with you to provide assistance if you are in need.

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People Love Our Providers!

Overall Rating: 5★★★★★ based on 11 5 1 11 reviews. See all reviews
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Rosemary Sheola

Rosemary Sheola is a warm and caring person. She is a good listener and helped me through a difficult period in my life. In her role as a Crisis Clinician, Rosemary has provided critical support to many people in mental health crisis. She brings that extensive experience and knowledge to her counseling practice.
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Yvette Cooper

I have had the privilege of working with, and knowing Yvette Cooper for the last 3 years. Her compassion, caring nature, and knowledge she brings is second to none. Her dedication to her client’s and their well being is something anyone looking for therapeutic services would be happy to find in her. I can’t recommend Yvette enough!
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Kristen Kocot: empathy and integrity in counseling

I've had the privilege of knowing and working with Kristen Kocot, a counselor in Amherst, since January 2019. We met in person after she heard my appearance on SiriusXM's Karen Hunter Show. Since then, we have co-created and presented continuing education material at conferences in Massachusetts. As a traumatic brain injury survivor, I value Kristen's approach to therapy perhaps more than the average person. Her dedication to the whole recovery - immediate release from hospital/clinic, adjustment and acclimation to what life now is, facing the roller coaster that can fuel life post-trauma, pairing the clinical with the personal - sets her apart from many of the therapists I have known. I wholeheartedly recommend Kristen Kocot and sessions with her.
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Dr. Gregory Handel

Dr. Gregory Handel is not only an exceptional psychologist but is an exceptional human being as well. Always going above and beyond to provide support, care, and love for those in need. This man exemplifies all the right qualities of a counselor, he is patient, listens intently, and is honest, always. No matter what struggle or conflict you may have endure or are enduring, Dr. Greg Handel will always do everything in his power to help you through it. Filled with compassion, empathy, and wisdom, there is no one in the therapeutic industry better qualified.
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Sarah Hoxie

Sarah is a strong clinician who responds to clients and families with genuine compassion, sound clinical judgment, and an accessible, caring personality. I trust Sarah implicitly and would recommend her without hesitation.
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Dave Zellmer

I was fortunate to work with Dave for several years in supporting the success of clients. He brings a wealth of experience and training in providing high quality therapy. Dave is one of the most positive, trusted and competent therapists I've known. All would agree that Dave is a delight to work with!
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Dave Zellmer

I was fortunate to work with Dave for several years in supporting the success of clients. He brings his wealth of experience, and training in providing high quality therapy. Dave is one of the most positive, trusted and competent therapists I've known. All would agree that Dave is a delight to work with!
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clinician character endorsement

Sarah H. has shown to have extensive clinical knowledge. She illustrates sound clinical judgement and extraordinary people skills. Sarah is very passionate about her work and she is always compassionate and empathetic toward her clients and colleagues. Sarah brings a warm, calming presence and it is a great privilege to work alongside her.
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Kindness and Compassion

Sarah Hoxie is a highly skilled clinician who takes the time to get to know each patient and the greater family system. Her compassion, patience, and kindness help patients feel at ease and safe to share their stories. She is dedicated to find the right treatment approach and intervention for each unique case.
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Authentic Support

My wife and I have thoroughly enjoyed Greg's guidance and support in our marriage. He has been knowledgeable and authentic in his counsel.
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Superb crisis intervention

Our family has benefited numerous times from Greg Handel's wisdom & insight when dealing with anger issues, frustration, disappointment and anxiety!
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