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Monterey Counseling Services

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The Sacred Adventure
from 26 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 28 hires on Thumbtack
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Whitney S.
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When my fiancee and I were in search of a pre-marital counselor, we didn't know what to expect. We just knew it was best practice to do pre-marital counseling, so we did. The minute we met with Kim for an intro session, she was a kind, comforting presence that was able to get both me and my partner to easily share - something rare for my partner. Throughout our time working with Kim, she helped us hone in on issues within our relationship while discovering things about ourselves - individually - that we didn't realize were negatively affecting us. What we loved most about Kim was that she didn't just talk us through every problem we were working to solve but provided us with tools that we will be able to use for years to come. In our sessions, Kim provided great counseling with a sincere intention to set our marriage off on a strong foundation of self-awareness and clear communication to build our relationship upon. Thank you, Kim, for all of your guidance and support!

  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Jennifer W.
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He created a very memorable and inspiring experience through our pre-marital counseling sessions. Through our rehearsal he took charge and was extremely helpful. He was charismatic and social throughout the ceremony and created a joyful environment free of stress. We would like to continue the relationship we have built with him through this process. He excelled and fufilled his paid services and we have already and will continue to recommend him.

Russo, PhD Psychotherapy
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    Sally S.
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    Dr. Russo helped me get to the heart of my issues quickly and supportively. I've dealt with depression off and on over many years and she's been my choice every time for support and counsel, guidance and wisdom. Often, Dr. Russo would recommend titles of useful books and/or authors that I've since added to my library. They've proven time and again to be great resources helping me deal with the process of healing and wellness. I'm eternally grateful for working with Dr. Russo and will forever value the skills she helped me develop.


    I provide psycho-social education. I will listen to all your traumas, dramas, problems and alignments, but I will also provide you with empirical (scientifically proven) methods to lead a well-functioning life. I just don't talk, I impart the knowledge for you to DO!


    Deep within each one of us is a vast intelligence that moves us toward wholeness. I am continually in awe of how effectively this guides the healing and awakening process once we learn how to listen to the dreams, feelings, body sensations, and life challenges that give clues as to where the healing wants to go next. My work as a therapist is to create a safe, supportive space for clients to open up, experience life as it is right now, and explore whatever is calling out for attention from within ourselves or from outer challenges. Often, we may need to make detours into past traumas that prevent a full surrender into the present. As old griefs, traumas, hurts, and losses are embraced and healed, inevitably, clients drop into the deepest grief of all: the abandonment of oneself. As this is grieved, then the unique expression of the essence of that person can be freed up to participate fully in life, to blossom like a flower. As French author Anais Nin wrote, “The day will come when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom." This work is empowering to my clients as they connect with a flow of healing and transformation from within themselves, and learn new tools for living more fully: tools that they can carry into their lives long after our time together has passed. I have been a psychotherapist for over 35 years. During that time, I have helped clients with a wide range of issues. I offer a highly personalized approach tailored to each client's individual needs; my clients and I work together to address their goals and concerns, whether they are current life challenges or longstanding issues. I specialize in working with grief. Over a lifetime, we will experience many losses, not just the loss of loved ones, but the loss of a marriage, health, a job, our dreams, or a child when he or she goes off to college. Each one of us will be called on at different times to face losses, but will we embrace it or shrink from it? Most of us shrink from a loss, thinking that if we just keep busy, we can close our hearts a little to protect ourselves from loss. However, it is ungrieved loss that takes a toll on our hearts and deadens us to life. We pay a price in terms of our vitality, happiness and health. I offer unique and effective strategies for grieving fully without feeling overwhelmed. This includes experiential exercises for exploring the ongoing inner relationship with a deceased loved one. I have a masters degree in counseling psychology from the University of Santa Clara and a license in the state of California (since 1976) as a marriage and family therapist. I am the author of two books on grief: Losing a Parent and The Infinite Thread: Healing Relationships Beyond Loss. I have taught at University of California Extension, Santa Cruz, the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, and John F. Kennedy University. I have trained in the following: * Grief work with Stephen Levine * Family therapy with Virginia Satir and John Krop * Art therapy with Janie Rhyne * Dream work with James Hillman, Alice Howell and Charles Ponce * Women's sexuality with Lonnie Barbach * Bioenergetics with Michael Conant and others at the Northern California Bioenergetic Institute My 35-year meditation practice (mostly Buddhist) has enriched and deepened my approach to psychotherapy; this has enabled me to bring compassion, humor, patience, spaciousness, and balance into the therapeutic relationship. My teachers include Stephen Levine, Jack Kornfield, Goenka, Ruth Denison, among many others. I consider it an honor and a privilege to work with clients in this journey of healing, transformation and self-discovery. What rich resources for coming into our wholeness lie within each one of us, just waiting to be tapped!


    I am an LCSW. I provide psychotherapy for individuals, couples and families. I have trainings in mind, body, medicine and many trauma modalities. I have been in the field of social work for 17 years.


    I offer spiritual counseling services. What is spiritual counseling? It's the ability to give information and suggested solutions to a problem stuck in human thinking. It's an amazing sorting out of spiritual tools to guide one to heal and introduce the next level of growth. Incredible breakthroughs are made if one's ready and willing to graduate to another step in their growth. Spiritual counseling can assist: * Opening and expanding to higher consciousness * Blocks that hinder spiritual growth * Relationships * Job loss * Death of a loved one Testimonials: "Cynthia and the angels who guide her helped me to accomplish in only 30 minutes what seemed impossible; she calmed the stormy sea within me over the death of my first love, who, with Cynthia’s help, made it well known he will always be my life partner. He is always with me. Cynthia and her heavenly friends were not just my life boat, but also the catalyst I needed for positive change and growth." "In this age of more and more people defining their own spirituality, and perhaps not in the structured sense of weekly attendance at our houses of worship, we have one universal gift in common. We and virtually all of the world’s major religions have a solid belief in angels, beings from above, who seem to transcend all pre-set and pre-conceived boundaries." "If you have navigated to Cynthia’s website or picked up a magazine where you’ve read about her, it is not by accident. You have been guided there, for you, your benefit, your growth. Allow Cynthia (an earth angel, if there ever was one) the opportunity to use her gifts with you in the positive and loving way she is guided to do. You will be refreshed and rejuvenated in your heart and soul, and amazingly, but also not, you’re physical being will feel refreshed and rejuvenated as well. It will be one of the most powerful life changing events you’ll be blessed to experience." - James Patrick Hooley, Arizona "The first spiritually aware individual I worked with in transitioning from the world of a corporate executive to a path of spiritual exploration was Cynthia Long. We had met at a James Twyman retreat in January 2001 and were on the phone several times a week during that first, important transition year for me. In the subsequent 4-year period, Cynthia was one of only three individuals whom I could count on to be there for me with spiritual guidance I could trust and resonate with." - Mark Cooper, Texas

    • 4 years in business

    I offer the relief of having a space to be who you are and show up just as you are in the moment. I offer relief from constant striving towards what is not. I offer an easier way of moving through the world, with deep self-confidence and personal power. Clients who have taken me up on my offer have extricated themselves from suffocating relationships, have learned healthier ways of dealing with themselves and their emotions and have found their inner goodness.

    • 1 hire on Thumbtack

    I help adults dealing with anxiety and depression learn how to navigate through life as they move from their college years to being full-fledged adults, partners, and parents. I specialize in helping women and mothers with postpartum depression and anxiety. Check out my website for more information about me and how I'll work with you at


    I provide psychotherapy to adults, children, adolescents and couples. Life experiences and events can be very meaningful. Psychotherapy can be a great opportunity to evaluate which aspects of one's life are out of alignment with one's core self. Through the process of psychotherapy, one can determine which elements of one's life are no longer serving the individual and allow in new ones which are supporting one's evolution. "The Whole Point Of Being Alive Is To Evolve Into The Complete Person You Are Intended To Be." ~ Anonymous

    • 10 years in business

    I am an experienced, compassionate and skilled therapist. I have worked successfully with a wide range of clients, and specialize in addiction issues, and with couples.


    I offer one-on-one career transition/outplacement counseling including the following: * Asset analysis/career and goals assessment * Resume writing and editing * One-on-one counseling * Personal marketing strategies * Job search work flow and process training * Career and personal networking training * Communications and self-presentation evaluations and enhancement coaching (interview coaching and preparation) * Follow-up and support throughout I have spent over 15 years as a senior executive recruiter in the Silicon Valley where I have counseled and coached literally thousands of candidates and executive-level clients through their own career challenges. My own career has taken me from blue collar in the early '80s to white collar sales and consulting in the late '80s, moving into business management in the early '90s, and business ownership in the late '90s. The latter part of my career has seen me transition from sales manager to managing partner to V.P. to C.O.O, and even co-found a company and ownership, where I have been a vendor to a number of Fortune 500 companies such as Cisco, Sun Microsystems, Wells Fargo, etc. Every stage is wrought with unknown factors which can be scary, but if you replace fear and uncertainty with enthusiasm about the possibilities, times of transition can be acknowledged as the greatest opportunities for growth, and forward progress on your own career. I now work with both individuals and corporate clients alike as a career transition counselor, helping others to move in a positive direction towards the next phase of their own careers. Call me, and let's work together to prepare you for the opportunities that lay before you. Mark Fort

    • 2 years in business

    I'm Dr. Marie Fang. I'm a licensed Clinical Psychologist working in private practice since 2012, and I opened my San Jose location in 2016. I offer counseling services in San Jose and the greater South Bay from an identity-focused framework. In particular, my primary therapy specialties focus on faith, race/culture, sexuality, and developing a sense of self in early adulthood. I also enjoy working with individuals experiencing anxiety in it's various forms.


    I am a counselor. I am certified in school counseling and marriage and family therapy (intern). I enjoy working with children, families, couples and individuals in every situation. I specialize in working with children and other victims of domestic violence. I have experience working with substance abuse issues, depression, anxiety and behavioral issues among others.


    I assist people in attaining relationships with themselves, others, their bodies and food choices, their lifestyle, spirituality, and anything else they need assistance with.


    If you are going through a difficult time, feeling down or anxious, your relationships and life are not fulfilling and do not bring you happiness, it might be time to contact a professional. I offer support and practical feedback to help clients effectively address personal life challenges. In a comfortable and supportive environment and with years of experience and a broad base of skills and knowledge, I want to help you in your current struggle. I use research-based assessments and techniques to help you reduce negativity and rebuild the intimacy in your relationship. I am trained in both Gottman Therapy and Emotion-Focused Couples Therapy. I am also trained in EMDR therapy to work on trauma as well as an Eating Disorder Specialist.


    We provide counseling services for children and families. Located in the heart of Silicon Valley, we have 6 experienced marriage and family therapists, with specialties such as: * co-parenting * trauma * anxiety and depression * behavior problems * play therapy * teens * couples We also offer groups and classes for teens, school-aged kids, and parents.


    I work on the physical, mental, and spiritual aspects of healing -- from vibrational crystal healing to counseling. I help people tap in to the best version of who they are.


    I offer dynamic and transformational counseling for individuals, couples, and families. I use mindfulness-based, somatic, hypnotherapy, transpersonal, and cognitive-behavioral approaches to deal with unwanted patterns or life issues. I come from the perspective that though pain is often inevitable, suffering is not. I have over 25 years of private practice in the Santa Cruz area.

    • 18 years in business
    • 1 hire on Thumbtack

    I provide compassionate support and understanding in a comfortable and safe environment. I have successfully helped many people find relief from depression and anxiety and enhanced their relationships. Obstacles and challenges become opportunities for growth and fulfillment, while emotional pain and confusion become clarity and wisdom by incorporating the mind, body, and spirit in a practical approach to growth and change. Anger is transformed into compassion as we learn to see things without judgements and distortions. Fear dissolves into acceptance, allowing us to be fully alive and present to experience joy and happiness. I utilize an experiential mix of styles including cognitive behavioral, psychodynamic, humanistic and family systems, blended with mindfulness practice. The process gently but effectively enhances your capacity to enjoy life, and resolves old traumas and hidden beliefs that keep you from living as a free human being. I bring to my work years of spiritual practice and meditation, as well as my formal education in clinical psychology. In addition, I am associated with the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) as both a provider educator and a family to family educator, helping mental health staff improve their skills for working with individuals and families traumatized by mental illness, and helping educate families to cope with psychiatric illness.


    Life coaching sessions clarify issues and create solutions quickly… Using an eclectic approach to enhance self growth and actualization Life Coach Stephanie Alt, MS will help you; • Become aware of your inner processes. • Identify and change self-defeating behaviors. • Learn to best express what is on your mind • Be assertive without being aggressive. • Learn to trust your feelings. • Draw on both intuition and logic when making life decisions. • Resolve most issues in a single session. "Thoughts and words are powerful tools. Learn to use them wisely." Stephanie Rachel Alt, MS

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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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