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Helen Hillix
from 7 reviews
    Irene B.
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    Helen is a gifted therapist who brings compassion, integrity, a great sense of humor and amazing therapeutic skills to the healing and strengthening of all of us who come to her for help. Irene Brennan Clinical Psychologist and client of Heien Hillix

    The Buddha Doula
    from 3 reviews
    • 9 years in business
    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
    Maria D.
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    I first started working with Ellyn because I felt fat, I know that's a brutal word, but that was it. My world, heart, soul revolved around the fact I hated myself for my body weight. Couple that with high anxiety and a toxic environment at home, and you have a rocking time bomb. Ellyn was that one specialist they send in to diffuse the bomb. It wasn't easy work. She listened to me, to my needs, but those were things I'd never discussed with anyone before. NOT EVEN MY PSYCHOLOGIST if that says anything!! I mean, there were times I'd be at a session with him and I couldn't get anything out, I acted like I was okay. But with Ellyn, I had a huge rush of anxiety after a dispute with my significant other, and immediately ran to her for help and guidance. That brings me to another great point: her job is not to fix your life for you, it is for YOU to fix your life for you, but she will show you better coping mechanisms than the destructive behavior you've been engaging in. She is unbiased, fair, and resourceful as heck. Like I said, my problem was my relationship with my body and food (did I mention how great she words things to be easily understandable?) One of the first things we did was establish my goals, my fears, and my past memories. We used an app that helped teach me coping skills for my views on food and eating, and although it was hard to form a habit of checking in and actually describing my feelings, I managed to get it down pat because Ellyn checked in on me and engaged me. She never once shamed me, only got me to think deeper about situations, behaviors and patterns of thought until I retrained my own brain into looking at things with more love and light. As of today, the relationship with my body continues to thrive. I no longer exercise for weight loss, rather to feel strong and for energy release. I don't find myself pinching my body and cringing at the imperfections, I embrace them. My train of thought has deviated to a more beautiful, strong, and dedicated path. It's always a learning process, but I'm happy I had Ellyn to help guide me into my path.


    Don't be depressed, afraid, or worried even one more day. I am here to help you with confidential, rapid, and goal-directed therapy. I have been helping people for 33 years! As a licensed clinical and sport psychologist, I am fully qualified to diagnose your issues quickly and design a program perfect to helping you overcome all of your issues.

    • 1 hire on Thumbtack

    I am a general psychologist. I have a degree in teaching specializing for elementary to college level. I have six years of experience. My native language is Spanish and my second language is English.


    I have credentials beyond those typically held by other psychologists. I am a Certified Addiction Counselor, A Master Addiction Counselor, Board Certified in Biofeedback, and have a Master's Degree in Psychopharmacology. I also provide practical tools to empower you to make changes in your own life.


    Dr. Gilbert Chalepas, a psychologist in Laguna Beach, can help you if you answer "yes" to the following questions: * Are you feeling overwhelmed and stressed out? * Is the fear of failure holding you back? * Do you wish you felt better about life? * Are you trying to please everyone else but you? * Are you professionally successful yet still not fulfilled? * Is stress making your life unbearable? * Are you longing to be in a loving relationship? * Is partying becoming problematic? * Are you struggling with your sexual identity? * Are you terminally single and uncomfortable on dates? * If nothing changes, what are you going to do? Take the first step in redesigning your life to be what you want it to be, and give yourself the gift of happiness. You can do it, and Dr. Gilbert Chalepas can help you get there. P.S. Please keep in mind that Dr. Chalepas offers evening and weekend appointments for your convenience, in addition to a free initial consultation.


    My expertise is performance enhancement academically, professionally, and athletically. I have 20 years of experience in treating psychological trauma including Vietnam Veterans, OIF and OEF Veterans, physical and sexual assaults, and adults who grew up in chaotic homes. My job is to provide a comprehensive clinical assessment, collaboration with other professionals involved with the client's care, and establish mutually agreed-upon objectives, goals, method(s) of treatment within a reasonable time frame.


    The Association for Compassionate Transformation is dedicated to empowering individuals, enriching lives, promoting personal growth and development by providing professionally competent and personally compassionate services for children, adults, couples and families through life coaching, psychotherapy and education with the intent of achieving a productive life, a meaningful existence and reaching one's highest potential.

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    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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