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Desert Hot Springs Counseling Services

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from 13 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 23 hires on Thumbtack
Heather S.
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We couldn't possibly praise our experience with WIll highly enough! Will has tremendous wisdom and insight. He has a revolutionary approach to marriage counseling!

  • 33 years in business
  • 25 hires on Thumbtack
Rachel T.
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I went to see Paul because I needed counseling, I didnt know he was a hypnotherapist. He called me right away and I could tell he really cares. He explained his technique and was very personable with a great sense of humor. He truly believed that he could help me. When I went to his office I was completely hopeless but Paul sat down with me to reassure me that I have a bright future ahead of me. I feel a LOT better after seeing him. This was different than a regular therapy session, and it worked a lot more effectively than just talking everything out. Somehow it really worked and afterwards I felt ready to take more responsibility for my life!

Coach's Corner
from 9 reviews
    Ed T.
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    If I were to count three people in my spiritual walk as being instrumental, John Poortenga would easily be placed within this group. John has a gift for listening and then creating discerning words to compliment what he has heard. It's not enough to be a good listener, you have to be able to put pieces together and then articulate something meaningful, something true, with love. John did this for me at a critical time in my faith. John demonstrated again and again that his heart, his mind wanted to see people excel, even if it meant he would take a lesser role. If anyone has an opportunity to do any form of mentoring or counselling with John, I would snatch him up in a heartbeat. (In my time he wasn't bad at basketball or baseball either.)

    Pastor A. Norton D.Div, CPC
    from 8 reviews
      Satira L.
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      I love working with Pastor A. Norton D.DIV, CPC because she knows how to get to the root of your problem and try to help you better yourself and life. She is very professional and straightforward when getting the job done. I am glad she is in my life to guide me and her services are reasonable yet worth getting if you are serious about changing things in life. Satira C. Lewis

      • 19 years in business
      • 4 hires on Thumbtack
      Faith J.
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      Counseling with Gerry Gauthier has been a very eye opening, humbling experience. Highly recommend him to anyone seeking Godly counsel & to those who need help in their marriage. Not only is Gerry an educated counselor he's a Godly man with life/marriage experience. He's a living testimony that with God, time & effort you can better both your life and marriage. What a better person to seek counsel from!

      Vibrant Living Coaching
      from 3 reviews
      • 24 years in business
      Lauren C.
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      Daniela Bumann's style of life coaching is a mind opening experience! I am 27 years old and a Registered ICU Nurse. I came to Daniela a little over a year ago, primarily because of an eating disorder I had had for nearly 8 years. Also identity issues and confusion in myself of what I wanted in life, what mattered to me, and how to make it happen. Daniela skillfully helped me learn to quiet my mind and all the distractions I'd built up around me, so I was able to go deep into my own truth. This ability to go in, to my feelings, my sensations, and become aware of my body's feedback on how I was living has opened my mind and changed the way I live. During our sessions, Daniela always seemed to know just what activity I needed to help me go deeper in... and it was always a surprise to me :) lol. I now use the tools she has given me to listen to my inner self, to be honest with myself (good or bad), and to release control. I've learned so much about relationships and boundaries. The relationship with my own body and with my mind, the relationship with food and appriciation for it, not abuse. My relationships with coworkers, family members and friends have become so much healthier, real and loving. My life has so much more excitement and meaning, and I look forward to what the future brings :) Daniela has brought VIBRANCY and JOY to my life! Lauren Cook, RN BSN

      • 21 years in business
      • 5 hires on Thumbtack
      Kayla M.
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      I highly recommend!

      Power and Love Ministry
      from 2 reviews
      • 18 years in business
      Faith G.
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      Elder Lewis married my husband n I 10years ago and we will like to say thank you. You have been a big part of our life since the day we got married. Thank you for the pre counseling we still remember every word like yesterday. You are a true blessing to everyone you come across. Please continue to bless other families.

      Hazel B.
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      Pastor Dan provided wonderful and thoughtful guidance when my husband and I got married in 2006. It was reassuring that we were being counseled by someone who is faith-based and could relate to our relationship struggles and offer us ways of continuing to work on and improve our marriage with God as our foundation. The ceremony itself was a beautiful service and Pastor Dan's personalization and presentation made it all the more special. We are truly blessed to have had him officiate for us.

      from 1 review
      • 22 years in business
      • 1 hire on Thumbtack
      Melissa B.
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      He is an excellent therapist, he is understanding, compassionate,he gave me a very good advice. I highly recommend him. Thank you for helping me with my anxiety.

      Block Counseling
      from 1 review
      • 2 years in business
      • 1 hire on Thumbtack
      Matie S.
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      I had none please delete me from emails


      I have some unique specialites. I was trainied at a Christian University and did my internship in a Christian Counseling Center and have spent the last 16 years integrating faith into the counseling sessions for those who want that emphasis. In addition, I also am a Registered Play Therapist Supervisor so I am an expert at working with children and using the art of play to help them resolve thier problems.


      My approach to healing hurt, grief, loss, and life sorrows is to focus first on the healing properties of listening and becoming one with my clients. Only after an established trust has been formed, we can work on your life path.


      I service all ranges of counseling and work closely, giving you absolutely the wedding you desire. I can counsel prior and after your wedding has taken place. I can marry you in whatever denomination you desire and in any non-denomination you desire. I look forward to helping you create those memories that will stay with you a lifetime!


      I help with the following: parenting skills, communication skills, interventions, marriage, family, child, and pre-marital counseling. No walk-ins available! Services that are available: family counselor, marriage and family counselors, Christian counselors, and meditation.


      I can come to your location or you to mine. I have flexable hours day or evening and I offer some course via the internet.


      There are times in most people’s lives that they experience challenges, transitions or personal issues that affect their self-esteem, families and careers. Recognizing and seeking out support is the first brave step toward growth and personal freedom. We believe in empowering our clients to make their own decisions, at their own pace, identifying strengths and resilience while developing options on emotional, physical, intellectual and spiritual levels. These are the essential criteria to achieving healing and balance. We provide a safe, non-judgemental environment to gain insight and reach the goals that our clients set forth.


      Jason Carr MFT is knowledgeable in treating a wide array of disorders and issues, including: - Anger management - Anxiety - Counseling - Couples counseling - Depression - Disorders - Divorce recovery - Domestic violence int. - Drug and alcohol int. - Family counseling - Grief recovery - Intimacy issues - Ministry/pastoral - Mood disorders - Panic - Pre-marital counseling (Prepare Enrich) - Psychological assessments - Sexual abuse recovery - Stress management - Suicide intervention "Various pastors have incorporated Jason's counseling ministry as a help for individuals within their church to support with needs, and this individuals are considered by the pastors to need more thorough counseling. The response to his ministry and counseling has been life changing for individuals, on both a international and national level." B.J. Wilmoth, Senior Pastor Hope Center, Redlands, CA. "Jason has worked well with every cases that he has been assigned too. The Principals at the schools where he worked have been very pleased with his performance and the children he has worked with have thrived." Dr. John Pedersen, Psychologist Riverside Unified School District My compassionate, yet firm approach has helped hundreds of clients that leads to productive and happy lives. I will not recommend indefinite therapy and will not help you make excuses. Endless therapy that takes you a fortune is not something I believe in. I truly care for each and every client, and I will keep your confidentiality to the greatest level of professional standards.


      Fighting more than loving in your marriage? Lost interest in life? Your child just isn't living up to his/her potential? Your addiction is becoming problematic? Join me in taking that first step towards being the person or couple that you long to be. I am a licensed marriage family counselor, teacher and spiritual pilgrim who, for over twenty-five years, has helped thousands of children and adults lead happier, healthier more productive loving lives. I assist people of all ages, in-person and via phone and email by using a practice based on compassion and non-judgmental, attentive listening. Being sensitive to diverse cultures, I help clients reach their goals of a better life. I have a special training and enjoy problem solving with people as they grow and change in the following areas: * couples and intimacy issues * stress reduction * recovery from sex, food, drug and/or alcohol addiction and the grieving process * recovery from divorce * ADHD * and other issues of childhood and adolescence * depression * anxiety * trauma resolution * sexual abuse * and spiritual crisis Mindful meditation can become part of your healing.


      I offer yoga therapy and yoga levels 1 and 2. Blocks and blusters are provided, with mats, if necessary. Yoga with Kasey is a relaxing, healthy way to learn about your body, mind and spirit.


      I, John Lucas, am a licensed marriage and family counselor, working to give tools to help couples, families and children. Our site has several therapists, one a registered play therapist, and also an intern for low-cost counseling. We also do Christian counseling and gambling addiction, currently paid for by the state of California. I am a cognitive behavioral therapist, most of my work is helping couples better their relationship. I have also done years of anger management therapy, through the county of Riverside.

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      Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

      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.

      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.

      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.

      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.

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