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Counselors, Therapists, and Life Coaches in Amherst, MA Serving Hampshire County—Mental Health Services at Thriveworks

Stress at work, anxiety, social distancing, loneliness, restlessness, depression, relationship trouble, financial strain—the list of difficulties we face in life goes on and on. The world is not an easy place, and hardships can extend into our community in Pioneer Valley. The things we imagine for our future as children don’t always come to full fruition. The way that we picture our career and our family can be different than reality. When you are desperate for connection and understanding, Thriveworks Amherst counselors and coaches in Hampshire County can fill that gap, via in-person therapy or online therapy.

We want to be the listening ear, the companion, and the consultant that you need. Whatever you are facing, whether big or small, we can meet that need. Through telehealth or in-person counseling, your future can be molded to one you’re excited about.

Do I Need Therapy? How Can a Therapist Help Me?

People of all ages can benefit from speaking with a coach or a counselor, from children to adolescents, adults, and seniors. It may not be an easy decision, but it is a very important and meaningful decision. Reasons to pursue in-person or online therapy may include:

  • Anxiety
  • Relationship issues
  • Career coaching
  • Eating disorders
  • Obsessive-compulsive tendencies
  • Grief and loss
  • Problems with a child
  • Stress management
  • Family dynamics
  • Divorce recovery
  • Anger management
  • Addiction issues
  • COVID-19 anxiety
  • Feelings of loneliness
  • Social Distancing

Every human is unique, as are their needs for therapy and coaching. Some prefer in-person counseling while others prefer remote therapy. When you are looking for a coach or therapists in Pioneer Valley, look no farther than Thriveworks. We understand that your life is full of responsibilities. You spend time caring for so many people in life, but how much time do you give to yourself? Perhaps you have simply put your dreams on hold for too long. You have spent decades caring for others, addressing your family’s needs, and ignoring your own. Maybe you’re feeling lonely and isolated. The counselors and coaches at Thriveworks Amherst understand, and we want you to know that you can be more. Life is not a dress rehearsal. If you do not take charge of your life now, when? If you do not give attention to your dreams, who will?

What Can I Expect at My In-Person or Online Therapy Session?

As mentioned previously, your counseling session will be tailored to best benefit you. You will discuss the challenges you face as well as your goals for counseling with your therapist or life coach, and then they will design treatment specifically for you. That said, here are a couple examples of how therapy can make a difference in someone’s life:

  1. John has been struggling with unwanted thoughts. As soon as he wakes up in the mornings, his mind starts racing: he thinks about everything that went wrong about yesterday and everything that could go wrong today. Fortunately, he opens up to his friend Sarah and she convinces him to talk to a counselor. Quickly, the counselor identifies John’s troubled thinking as anxiety, and they begin working on adapting healthier thoughts. After just a few sessions, John feels relief. While he knows he still has a lot to work on, he also sees how much progress he was able to make in such a short amount of time by narrowing in on his negative thinking patterns with his counselor. He looks forward to next week’s session.
  2. Amy and Tom haven’t been getting along. The first few months of dating, they were as happy as could be. They shared many of the same interests and hobbies, and so their relationship was filled with fun and adventure. Lately, though, they haven’t spent any meaningful time together as work consumes their lives. Eventually, they decide to talk to a counselor about the hitch in their relationship who helps them understand the important of prioritizing time together—even when life is busy or stressful. They decide to set aside a window of time each week, just for each other. And during their “first date” they feel that connection rising to the surface again.

Schedule an Online Therapy or In-Person Therapy Session at Thriveworks Amherst Today

Counselors and coaches at Thriveworks Amherst are available to help Hampshire County with whatever issue you or your family are facing. You can choose between in-person counseling or online therapy. 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.

We know that seeking counseling is an important decision, and we are ready to help you whenever you are ready. We pride ourselves on not operating with a waiting list. In most cases, we can pair you with a Thriveworks Amherst provider within 24 hours. All you have to do is give us a call, and we will connect you with a therapist who is educated, professional, capable, and caring. Your counselor or coach will join you on your mental health journey. Call us today at 413-643-4805 to get started.

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Offices open early and late
Same- or next-day appointments
Appointments start on time Unlikely
Care at 100+ locations
Phone access to your provider between sessions
Email access to your provider between sessions
Providers that accept major insurance plans
Online counseling opportunities Unlikely
Ask-a-coach 24hr Q&A
Text support via our Success Navigator
Exclusive video content
Counselor-moderated community discussion
Ultra-flexible 23.5hr cancellations
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    Amherst , MA 01002

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