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Albany Therapists

Browse these therapists with great ratings from Thumbtack customers in Albany.

  • 6 years in business
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
Judy B.
Verified review

Debi's a great coach. She's got the perfect combination of wisdom and humor—and humor is underrated when it comes to self-improvement. That's not to say she makes light of important subjects. Not at all. But she has a knack for creating a safe space for you to process, and in that space you arrive at a more light-hearted perspective on your life. It works.

Relationship Specialist
4.7
from 13 reviews
  • 40 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Fernanda V.
Verified review

Eva is an outstanding therapist. She es beyond professional and she commits with her patients and her work.

Jay Reid Psychotherapy
4.9
from 11 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Aref J.
Verified review

Throughout my time in graduate school with Jay, I have firmly believed he is one of the most empathic, warm, and intuitive therapists. He has a rare combination of practical experience and education that make him a caring and responsive therapist. Simply put, Jay can and will help.

Empowered Journey
5.0
from 9 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Sandi M.
Verified review

I've been working with Arya for about 18 months and I could not be happier with my experience. In our sessions, we focus primarily on how to navigate potential career opportunities and how to understand behavioral patterns that may hinder personal and professional relationships. Without question, his coaching has completely changed the way I understand myself, my behaviors, and the way I hope to interact with the world. He has a pragmatic approach to meeting me where I am, whether that be practical tips to reduce anxiety at work or coping with uncertainty and risk about major life decisions. The sessions have become increasingly more insightful as he learns more and more about me. As others have mentioned, he's also extremely kind, open-hearted, and trained to tackle a spectrum of life's challenges. Far and away the best coach/therapist/spiritual advisor I have ever encountered.

Anxiety Gone
4.9
from 7 reviews
  • 10 years in business
Ahmed Amine R.
Verified review

Shannon Avana is the most competent and efficient therapist I've ever had the pleasure to work with. She's passionate, compassionate, competent. She listens to you, not with jaded tiredness, but with an intense interest that brings out things from you that you didn't even know you kept, all the while keeping you on track with a methodic, systematic approach.

  • 8 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Abbey C.
Verified review

Amy is caring, calming, an excellent listener, and then she imparts her wisdom and humor. An excellent therapist.

Diana Teich Therapy
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Ashley W.
Verified review

Diana is an incredibly warm, empathic, playful, and nonjudgmental therapist. She really accepts you as you are and whole heartedly wants to make changes with you. I am always impressed by her ability to make sense of things and reflect it back to me in an alternative way. She has opened my eyes to so many patterns and defenses I have, and has done it in a way that felt kind and safe. I would really recommend her to anyone I know.

Maureen Daniel, MFT
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 27 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Carol G.
Verified review

Maureen is a very caring therapist. She is extremely professional in her approach and always works towards her clients best interest. Her experience covers many areas of clinical issues. Maureen is dedicated and committed to helping people live more fulfilled meaningful lives.

Alexis Azzam, LMFT
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Megan B.
Verified review

Alexis is a highly skilled therapist who offers empathic and compassionate reflections and insights, as well as helpful tools to manage life's challenges. Highly Recommend.

Mara Dubey, MA, MFT
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 4 years in business
Jeremy M.
Verified review

Mara Dubey is as good a therapist as you can find. She is truly skilled at building relationships with her clients that foster deep understanding and positive change. If you decide to go with her services, you can rest assure that you'll be in caring, competent hands.

reflect
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Alex N.
Verified review

I was actually getting pretty frustrated with finding a therapist when I came across Sadie's offer to match with therapists in the Bay area. The fact I could try each of them and that it was a free process made it so much easier (not too mention cheaper). I would normally not review but this was a really good experience so I wanted to say thank you again!

Tony Massage
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Ameurpino S.
Verified review

Tony was great for me, first, he’s an amiable guy that from our initial meeting, I could tell, was sincere about his desire to provide effective therapy. I’m a long distance runner and a business executive (and a CMT myself) and he knew exactly what to do to relieve stress and provide recovery from athletic activity. I happy I have finally found my regular therapist now. He even included indigenous techniques from his family’s heritage of healers from Mexico – I recommend him to you!

Cwscounseling
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 1 year in business
Lynn H.
Verified review

I’m so glad I reached out to Wade for counseling. He is such a talented therapist. He really made me feel safe and understood and I didn’t feel judged. Initially when I came to see him I was unsure if I should start therapy. I’m so glad I did! Wade has helped me to see things more clearer and I’ve gained better insight on the issues I came to address. I feel less anxious and depressed and have more confidence. He truly is a miracle worker! I’m just writing this review because I want others to reach out and not be fearful about getting therapy, as I had hesitated for way too long. Thank you Wade!

  • 3 years in business
Michael S.
Verified review

The biggest benefit I get from Kip is knowing I have a scheduled, recurring time each week to work on my mental health. It's easy to get lost in the madness of the work week and avoid spending time on personal growth. Kip gives me something to anchor to no matter what's going on at work, I have my Kip appointment to look forward to and hold onto as a constant in my life. My productivity has definitely improved on the job; my mind is much more focused as I work on my mental health with my Kip therapist on a weekly basis. It's the mental equivalent of going to the gym on a routine basis; it feels good doing that for myself, and that positivity comes through in my work.

Risso Counseling
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Amanda G.
Verified review

I have known Melissa a long time and she is one of the best therapists that I have worked with. She is patient, understanding, and is a great listener. Melissa is highly skilled and has been able to help me work through a variety of issues. She has a clear passion for her career and truly cares about each of her clients. If you are looking for a therapist, look no further. I absolutely recommend giving her a call!

East Bay Area Therapy
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Jennifer A.
Verified review

Grace Pacheco is an amazing therapist. My partner and I had been rather "stuck" for nearly six months. We were not unhappy, but we were not happy either. Through her premarital survey, my partner and I were able to see more clearly areas that could benefit from growth but also areas in which we excelled. She gave us affirmation that we needed to keep feeling like our choice to be together was a positive decision and also gave us hope; hope that with minor changes (mostly broadening our empathy and understanding for one another) we had the potential to be in an even better place than before. Because of Grace's excellent help, both my partner and I gained the confidence to share feelings we had been hesitant to share for the six years we have been together because Grace showed us that it was not about sparing each other's feelings. She helped us realize that by remaining silent, the feelings would only muster up resentment and multiply to larger issues. Grace aided us in highlighting our strengths to explain how and why it is we've gotten so far in our relationship. In summary, Grace is an amazing,honest, and energetic therapist. She does not pretend to be beyond her expertise and always told us if she felt something was beyond her scope. She treated us with dignity, respect, and positive worth. We were not just "clients", we were really people with legitimate obstacles. My favorite characteristic about Grace..... She's validating. She did not feed us the "things could be worse" line. She highlighted that everyone has different lows, but that does not take away from it being YOUR low. She made us feel important and individual. I will forever value her for how I was treated and how she helped me with my partner. Amazing Grace, thank you.

San Leandro HYPNOTHERAPY
4.5
from 2 reviews
  • 5 years in business
Grace N.
Verified review

Attended a session with the therapist. Really enjoyed it and found it very helpful. I still remember and use some of the techniques she taught me. I found her soothing voice very healing.

Thomas D.
Verified review

Robert is an excellent therapist. He is always professional and dependable. I will most definitely use his services again. I found him extremely helpful.

Kelly Counseling

New To Thumbtack

    About

    I have worked as a licensed therapist since 1984. I am passionate about being present with clients and helping them to transition through difficult situations. I love to help them be more present in their lives and more loving to themselves and others. I work with people who want to explore themselves and improve the quality of their lives. Sometimes, they don’t feel as alive in their lives as they deserve to. I work with them to understand their needs. It’s important for people to find what gives their life energy, joy, and passion – what makes life meaningful for each individual. We all need to claim our own meaning.

    Fran Love, MFT

    New To Thumbtack

      About

      I work with people who would like to improve their relationships, who may have issues with food or substance abuse, or want to get free from a painful past. In addition, I love working with young adults as they are setting about establishing themselves as separate, yet connected with their family of origin. Also, I enjoy working with therapy interns and beginning therapists. It's very gratifying for me to see them grow professionally. I service the Walnut Creek area.

      Izzy Spight MA, MFT

      New To Thumbtack

        About

        I provide individual and couples psychotherapy with a primary theoretical orientation in gestalt therapy. I also draw from other orientations such as transpersonal, psychodynamic, humanistic, existential and relational psychotherapy pulling from these different orientations as fits your needs. This therapy will help foster new, creative, non-harmful and compassionate approach to help you heal and find what you truly want in life. It will also help provide an emotional and physical foundation to face upheaval and life changes. I am an interactive therapist and will tell you what I think and feel in our sessions. We will share in practical, solution-oriented discussion and experimentation in a safe, non-judgmental environment.

        Q & A

        Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

        What are the types of psychologists?

        Psychologists are healthcare professionals who use scientific methods to understand the relationships between the brain, environment and behavior. Psychologists may focus on research — studying how the brain and various environments drive behaviors to better understand the issues that trouble patients and society as a whole — or they may focus on practice — interacting with people using therapeutic methods. The American Psychological Association shares some of the more prevalent types of psychologists:

        • Clinical psychologists assess and treat mental, emotional and behavioral disorders.
        • Cognitive and perceptual psychologists study human perception, thinking and memory.
        • Community psychologists work to strengthen the abilities of communities, settings, organizations and broader social systems to meet people’s needs — such as improving support for victims of natural disasters, or working to improve health policies.
        • Counseling psychologists help people understand and take action on everyday issues, career and work problems, and serious adversity.
        • Developmental psychologists study the psychological development of the human being throughout life.
        • Educational psychologists concentrate on how effective teaching and learning take place.
        • Engineering psychologists conduct research on how people work best with machines.
        • Environmental psychologists study the dynamics of how people interact with their environments.
        • Evolutionary psychologists study how evolutionary principles such as mutation, adaptation and selective fitness influence human thought, feeling and behavior.
        • Experimental psychologists study cognitive processes, comparative psychology (cross-species comparisons), and learning and conditioning.
        • Forensic psychologists apply psychological principles to legal issues.
        • Health psychologists specialize in how biological, psychological and social factors affect health and illness.
        • Industrial/organizational psychologists apply psychological principles and research methods to the workplace to improve productivity, health and the quality of work life.
        • Neuropsychologists and behavioral neuropsychologists explore the relationships between brain systems and behavior.
        • Quantitative and measurement psychologists focus on methods and techniques for designing experiments and analyzing psychological data.
        • Rehabilitation psychologists work with stroke and accident victims, people with mental disabilities, and those with developmental disabilities caused by such conditions as cerebral palsy, epilepsy and autism.
        • School psychologists assess and counsel students, consult with parents and school staff, and conduct behavioral interventions when appropriate.
        • Social psychologists study how a person’s mental life and behavior are shaped by interactions with other people.
        • Sport psychologists help athletes refine their focus on competition goals, become more motivated, and learn to deal with anxiety and fear of failure around competition.

        What is a psychologist?

        A psychologist is a professionally trained mental health professional who helps patients navigate challenging life situations or mental health issues. To become a psychologist you must earn a doctoral degree; qualifying degrees include a Ph.D., Psy.D. or Ed.D. To actively practice, a psychologist must be licensed in their state and maintain good standing. Psychologists are trained to administer tests that can evaluate a patient’s cognitive strength and weaknesses, intellectual skills, vocational aptitude and preference, personality characteristics, and neuropsychological functioning, explains the American Psychological Association (APA).

        A psychologist meets with patients in an office and may work with a variety of methods, depending on patient need, such as cognitive, behavioral or interpersonal.  According to the APA, common reasons a person may visit a psychologist include:

        • Dealing with depression, anger or anxiety over a long period of time.
        • Help with a chronic condition that is interfering with their lives or physical health.
        • Help with grieving and other abrupt transitions.
        • Overcoming addictions.
        • Managing chronic illness.
        • Breaking old and harmful patterns of thinking or behavior.

        Can a clinical psychologist write prescriptions?

        To be able to write a prescription, a clinical psychologist must practice in a state that permits them to do so, and must either have a master’s degree in psychopharmacology or have completed the required advanced training program. According to the American Psychological Association (APA), five states currently permit psychologists to write prescriptions: Idaho, New Mexico, Illinois, Iowa and Louisiana. Many psychologists who are not able to write prescriptions work in partnership with psychiatrists, pediatricians or primary care doctors to help their patients who need medication.

        How much do therapists cost?

        If you are experiencing a challenging time, have mental health difficulties, or just want professional guidance as you move through life, a therapist can provide relief, tools and structure. The national average cost for a therapist is $80-$100 per hour, although prices may be higher or lower depending on geographic location and the experience and training of the therapist.

        Psychiatrists, psychologists and licensed therapists are all health professionals who offer various modalities of therapy. Ask questions about the type of therapy they specialize in (such as cognitive or behavioral, etc.) and their area of expertise (such as grief, anxiety, body image disorders, etc.) to help you find the right fit for your needs. Therapy sessions are typically 50-60 minutes long.  The patient usually meets with the therapist in their office; sessions may also be held remotely (via Skype, etc.) or in a clinical setting. Psychologists, psychiatrists and other therapists who have earned advanced degrees will typically charge higher rates than other licensed therapists. Depending on your diagnosis, your health insurance may cover your therapy costs.

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