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  • 4 years in business
  • 741 hires on Thumbtack
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Jennifer K.
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Dr. Lake has been amazing!! If you are looking to get to the roots of your problems and if you are willing to put in the work to bring about change, then this is the therapist for you. I can't say enough wonderful things about him!

Doreen L.
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Highly, highly recommend going to Grawben! I will forever be grateful for the tools that she has helped me to utilize in my every day life. I have gone to traditional psychologist for years and just and just a few sessions is all it took to have me release a lot of hurt from the past. Hypnotherapy and utilizing the subconscious mind is truly the way to go! I always left feeling more calm and with more clarity. Happiness and started to overflow into my every day life and I've now can live in the moment thanks to her.

  • 34 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Cathy J.
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Michael was a wonderful addition to our Light Up the Borough! He arrived on time and stayed until each child left with a great balloon creation. The balloons were intricate and colorful; kids of all ages seemed enthralled to watch and wonder what would be created next.

Home Parent Coach
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  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Gilberto G.
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It was a great experience taking Ana's parenting course. She guided me thru the responsibility of being a father to a young daughter. Ana helped me better understand a child who as a unique little person with unique needs. I strongly suggest this class to fathers with daughters.

  • 3 years in business
Angelique J.
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Angelika provided me with a mother and child reading and it was great. She told me some good ideas on how to ground my Aquarius son, ways that I can make communication better between his father and us and ways that will also help me. I happy to report that I am already implementing some of the ideas she shared on the reading and can't wait to learn more to help be a better parent.

Major Family Services
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    Je B.
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    Plinio was an amazing instructor. And the Breakthrough Parenting course was spot on. The "One on One" instruction was perfect for me and there was no question, issue, scenario etc. that Plinio couldn't handle. Best prep for a single Dad. Would totally recommend any first time or experienced parent to take the course so you have a better foundation to be a parent and raise a happy, healthy and well adjusted child.

    Don Goodman, PhD
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    • 20 years in business
    • 4 hires on Thumbtack
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    I am very eclectic in my approach.

    • 24 years in business
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    My work stands out because I care about being and helping other human beings. My opinions me nothing , my plan and guidance helps me to stand out alone!

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    My name is Sara Anibal. I am a 2014 graduate from the University of Vermont with a BS in Elementary Education degree and a concentration in music. I helped students by teaching in pre-K, kindergarten, and 3rd grade classrooms.

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    I am a psychologist with over 20 years of experience. I specialize in anxiety, depression and other psychological and relational disorders with adults and adolescents. I am fluent in Spanish and English.

    • 35 years in business
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    I am a licensed marriage, family, and child therapist with a special connection with children, adolescents, and parents. When someone in the family has a problem, the entire household has the problem. As a former middle school teacher and a parent, I understand the love and effort demanded of parents and their great importance in their children's lives. Parenting isn't as easy as we are led to believe. Problems arise and have to be dealt with. No child comes with a manual that truly works. No one ever tells you about loving unconditionally and endlessly and running short of patience and energy. I will assist your children and you to bring understanding and harmony into your home.

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    My work stands out as I have many years of experience conducting original research in Anxiety Disorders. I addition, I have received specialized training from international experts in Aniety Disorders. I bring this specialized research and training to each of my patients in a caring and compassionate atmosphere. The most important step is to call me so that we can see if we are a good fit. Anxiety can limit your life. Take that first step today on your journey to breaking free from the grips of anxiety.

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    Having worked as a licensed psychologist (#psy14664) for over 25 years, I understand that choosing a therapist is one of the most important decisions you will make. I know that if you have questions in your life and if you're feeling "off balance" that you want answers, and you want them as soon as possible. My goal is to help people — men and women, old and young, single and married, straight and gay — create fulfilling lives free from anxiety, stress, and depression. I believe that the relationship that develops between a client and a therapist is the most important aspect of a therapy's success. That is why I provide personal care — no answering service or receptionist — and why I will set up an initial meeting with you at no charge, so that we can meet and make sure we can work well together before you make any commitment. If you would like more information about me and my practice, feel free to contact me or check out my website.

    • 39 years in business
    • 2 hires on Thumbtack
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    I do individual, couple and family counseling and life coaching. I have decades of experience in all issues. I am a licensed California psychologist. I am bilingual and speak English and Spanish. I do university teaching online or on ground. I also do organizational consulting for corporate or nonprofit. I am a change agent. Tell me what changes you want in your world, and together we will design how we will accomplish those changes.

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    Dr. Taylor specializes in psychotherapy and EMDR Trauma Therapy for adolescents, adults, couples, and family. Mental health treatment for: Anxiety, Depression, PTSD, Fears/Phobias, Addictions, ADHD, Grief and Loss, Relationship issues, Stress, Anger, and Life Transitions.

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    I offer the following services: * individual * couples * marital * life coaching * humanistic * neuroscience * addiction * anger * human design * core emotional work * strategy for life training * conflict resolution * parenting * teenage issue * eating disorders * low self-esteem * identity issues * general life issues

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    Dr. Amy Kim is a licensed clinical psychologist who is dedicated to providing accessible high-quality therapy. She helps adults struggling with anxiety, depression, social isolation and relationship problems. Dr. Kim is conveniently located in West L.A., next to the 405 and 10 freeways, and is accessible from downtown, the valley, mid-city and the entire westside.

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    Are you worried about your child or teenager? Is he or she struggling socially or academically? Does he isolate in his room with the door shut, or cry more than you would expect? Growing up can be tough these days, and some kids and teens need just a little bit of extra guidance to help them through these years. This is where I can help. I have experience working as a school-based counselor as well as with challenging populations such as children with behavioral issues and on the autism spectrum. I use behavioral modification techniques to help your child improve on social skills, academic struggles, anxiety, overcoming bullying, and coping with major changes in the family, including divorce or any other significant loss such as that of a pet. I am a registered marriage and family therapist intern with a master's degree in clinical psychology from Pepperdine University. I may be younger than many of the other therapists you have looked into, but that is exactly the reason why I would be a great choice for your child or adolescent. My age helps me relate to and understand your child, which creates a better counseling environment. I am also fluent in Russian. I am available weekday evenings and weekends.

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    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.

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    I am a clinical psychologist specializing in mood disorders. I work with a wide variety of clients, and taking a holistic approach, I formulate treatment specific to their individual needs and personalities. This can be a daunting process, and I make it as welcoming as possible.

    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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