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Fontana Counseling Services

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  • 4 years in business
  • 749 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Jessica G.
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From the moment that Dr. Ira reached out to me to the time we finally met; I felt that we were in the hands of an apt therapist, caring and understanding individual and a sincere spiritual leader. After one session he had myself and my significant other reconsidering the past behaviors that necessitated the need for counseling to begin with. I am hopeful, that with hard work on our end, that we can realign our goals, priorities and values to lead us to a happy marriage.

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Mikel Life Coaching
4.9
from 46 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 104 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Shontel M.
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I had my doubts about getting marriage counseling, but when I started going to Michelle she proved to me how helpful it really is. So much that I think every young couple needs coaching in order to avoid serious relationship issues in the future. With her loving sidekick/spouse helping out, it provides a male and female aspect of each situation that comes up. Overall, Michelle is a great, caring person that will provide you with positive energy, motivation, and useful resources for life (not just marriage counseling). Coaching or no coaching, it's always nice to be blessed with the presence of such a person in your lifetime.

  • 18 years in business
  • 24 hires on Thumbtack
Austin B.
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Mike Acker delivered an amazing wedding sermon. Not only was it professional and well planned but he delivered it with passion and a touch of humor. My wife and I also went through marriage counseling with Mike which we find reverting back to on a daily basis. We definitely recommend Mike Acker for your special day.

WRSolutions
4.6
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!

  • 24 years in business
  • 28 hires on Thumbtack
Yumi C.
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Murray was very experienced and professional with helping my husband and I get a better understanding of one another. Our relationship was strained over the course of several disagreements on key topics, but Murray helped provide us with some simple but powerful tools in order to work out our problems as a couple. His guidance and fair approach made sure we were both comfortable in speaking our mind. We were able to rebuild trust and repair the damaged foundation of our marriage at the end of Murray's counseling sessions. We would not hesitate to recommend him to a close friend if we saw they were having similar issues.

  • 6 years in business
Janet T.
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Brad was there for him when I needed him the most. He was the one who reminded me "SELF LOVE" that gave me the courage to leave my husband who was cheating on me. Brad genuinely cares about me as a person, now just another client of his. He never assumes what is best for me.. he always ask me why I do the things I do... He makes me ponder on a lot of my thoughts and decisions... He never judges.. he is not just a coach.. he is a friend.. he cares and loves people and that is what makes him so successful in what he does... With Brad's help, I was able to put my past behind me and move on with my life.. He shows me that TRUE LOVE is out there.. Just ask the universe for it and it will bring it to you... Brad brought a lot of his life experiences to the table... he is compassionate and empathetic because he speaks and coaches from his personal experiences.. He is real... not some counselors with head knowledge... I highly recommend Brad if you are lost and need to find who you truly are...

Weddings By Design
4.9
from 8 reviews
  • 36 years in business
  • 18 hires on Thumbtack
Jenn M.
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Pastor Charlie was such a blessing to us. When my friend's dad who is a pastor wasn't able to perform our ceremony we were left scrambling to find someone. Being christians and wanting a christian wedding ceremony I didn't want to just pick any officiant. I was really hesitant to find someone online but we are so thankful for Pastor Charlie. He is a wonderful man that has been married for many years and has a wife and children and grandchildren and also pastors a church. We also had pastor charlie do counseling for us. We live far away so we did skype sessions. We didn't necessarily think we needed counseling because we thought we were really good at communication and we are both on the same page with everything about life but we really learned a lot from him and there were things that came up with family and stress of wedding planning that he really helped us get through. I think it was great for us to have someone removed from our circle of family, friends, and church, to counsel us because we could really open up and share things and discuss things with him. He really got to know us and you can tell that he is doing this because it's really his heart to counsel people and not a job or for money. He has a lot of wisdom from his own life and wants couples to have the best Godly marriage possible. Our ceremony was beautiful and even though he didn't know us previous to our counseling, he took the time to get to know us and no one at the ceremony would have known we just met him a few months prior. Seemed as if we had known him for years. I would definitely recommend him. Out of all the people I researched in my area I found him to be the best honest, caring christian pastor for our ceremony.

Diana Ruth Briscoe
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 4 years in business
Eric V.
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I had an excellent experience in my counseling session with Diana R Briscoe in South Pasadena. She brings key insights into her guided hypnotherapy, which helped me onto a path of clarity as to my own life goals and a welcome opportunity to understand and narrate my life for others. Gentle and intuitive, that's Diana Briscoe!

Plaza Bible Church
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 57 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Valerie R.
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We worked extensively with Pastor Eddie for our premarital counseling. He made us realized that the "engagement" period of a relationship isn't just meant to plan a wedding, it's more importantly meant to plan for your marriage. He equipped us both with the essential tools needed for marriage and for a lifetime of agape love. He covers everything with the couple so you are entering this marriage with no surprises. You review everything from fair fighting, communication, finances, parenting, etc. and how imperative it is to keep God at the center of your life and your marriage. Anyone we talk to who is looking to get engaged or is engaged, we encourage them to definitely do premarital counseling and to contact Pastor Eddie.

Thumbtack Customer
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Rachel is very warm and inviting. She was prompt in responding and was able to schedule me right away. I would recommend her to my own close friends and family!

We Can Make a you Better
5.0
from 1 review
  • 2 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Lucy J.
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My fiancé and myself received online financial and relationship counseling from We Can Make You Better. I thought for sure I was doomed in bothe areas. After receiving our guidance over the phone for only three short weeks, we found the root of our problems and our relationship has never been better

Penny T.
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In aproximately 2003 my husband and I were counseling with Mark. We were desperate for help, understanding, and relief. We literally felt something destroying us inwardly, confusing every thing we believed in. This one thing we could not overcome was killing our marriage. After searching books, talking to other counselors, going to marriage conferences.... really we couldn't quite put our finger on it or get to the root. However Mark was discerning, compassionate, non judgmental and real. He was able to help my husband let his guard down and be honest, open and willing ;by the power of the Holy Spirit working through him. We did counsel for a good several months but it was do to my husbands unwillingness to be completely honest in the beginning. I will never forget that evening when my husband returned home form what may have been one of their last sessions. I was nearly afraid there was such a notable difference in his eyes and his tone of voice and his entire demeanor. He was calm, he was changed, transformed he was peaceful, He was free! The shame, the guilt was gone. His eyes were clear , His heart was lifted. I had my husband back in a way I had not ever known him. God really used mark to bring about a deliverance we never knew was available. This was 12 years ago. Of course like anything one must continue to do what is required to keep the results achieved. If we were talking weight loss , one would continue to eat healthy and exercise. Lets just say we can use some review it has been awhile now (13 years or more) and sometimes a refresher course is needed. I plan to contact Mark for a check up. I believe the Lord led me to find his business I did not know existed. At the time we counseled, it was more casual not a business. I am so happy to have found him after all these years. I highly recommend Mark as he is a great tool in God's hand to bring loving compassionate help to those hurting and bound up by their past and own short comings. Blessings to this business!

About

Fields Family Counseling Services, Inc. is committed to providing a broad range of personalized, innovative, and ethical services that address the psychological, educational, social, and developmental needs of the clientele. Our clinicians have extensive experience working with families, with particular specialization in improving the functioning of children and adolescents. Clinicians provide services such as direct counseling, adoption assessment, educational seminars and trainings, advocacy and resource provision. Staff clinicians are qualified, experienced, and skilled professionals who are specialists in their respective fields. We can provide services in Spanish and English. Please contact FFCS to make an appointment for a meeting with one of our staff. We have office locations in Pasadena and Riverside, Ca. We also offer home-based services.

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I am very flexible and available to talk evenings as well. I am very empathetic and actually care what they are going through and want to be, if anything, a catalyst to help them move forward in their healing journey.

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It's not just therapy; it's the kind of therapy that assists you in making the changes you want to see in your life. It's therapy that makes you examine the way you have been living, look at the things that aren't working and the things that are and lets you build the tools for success in relationships, family, work and life. This is the kind of therapy that can help you to experience your life!

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I connect quickly and easily with clients so you feel safe and secure to be who you are and open up so that we can get to work quickly.

  • 7 years in business
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As a marriage and family therapist, I am specifically trained to help those who are experiencing issues with relationships. Are you in a romantic relationship that is in need of attention? Are you having difficulty dealing with your family members or even your children? I can help! I am specializing in couples counseling, individual counseling and family counseling.

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When talking to a good friend is no longer enough, turn to over 30 years of proven experience. I am a licensed clinical social worker or LCSW and a licensed marriage and family therapist or LMFT. I am practicing psychotherapy, couples and family counseling, divorce mediation and divorce coaching in Newport Beach. I have been helping people find a better way to meet life's challenges for over 30 years in private practice. I offer solution-focused counseling, using the best of traditional psychotherapy, along with more contemporary techniques. Over the years, I have found that one size does not fit all. I choose instead to tailor my counseling techniques to the unique individual and situation in front of me, because no two people or their problems are exactly alike. My goal for you is to provide a safe environment to create possibility for change. Everyone experiences emotional pain at times. However, when the stress becomes especially severe, whether it takes the form of persistent sadness, depression, anxiety, confusion, procrastination or career problems, it is time to think about seeking professional help. Relationship problems, whether you are in one or having difficulty forming one, can also be a major source of emotional distress. External factors, which can't be avoided in life, sometimes combine with internal issues causing intense discomfort, which may feel confusing. I will help you to identify the areas of your life needing adjustment, and assist you with a plan for improvement. I will provide the tools and personal support every step of the way, while creating a structure that enables you to become your own best advisor. I give results not regrets!

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I offer sliding-scale psychotherapy to individuals, couples, and families in a safe and compassionate setting Are you feeling stuck and don't know why or how to get out of it? Looking for lasting, intimate relationships? Feeling overwhelmed or stressed at work and/or in life? Past traumas keeping you from reaching your full potential? Expect innovative and creative, dynamic and healing, and specifically designed and oriented for you to experience more of the life you've imagined. Together, we can work to release and change negative core beliefs and patterns, find more productive and alternative ways to communicate more effectively, resolve old issues that could be holding you back, and develop coping skills in the midst of stress. I believe in looking at the whole person, body and mind to actualize real growth and to discover effective solutions.

Q & A

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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