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  • 9 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Thumbtack Customer
Verified review

Leslie was able to help me with some anxiety issues and get me headed in a better direction in a crisis period of my life.

Relationship Specialist
from 13 reviews
  • 40 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Diana C.
Verified review

I was really anxious and miserable because I had to go off my antidepressant medication during my pregnancy. Not only your coaching skills but your complete psychotherapeutic experience helped me learn to manage my stress levels and to prioritize my work schedule to find time for my own self nurture. You gave me many parenting resources and I feel confident and happy as a mother to Rebecca. First I was skeptical about my hability to get thrue this period without medication, but your guidance made all the difference in my daugther's and my own wellbeing. Thank you, your support got me through a very difficult time.

Empowered Journey
from 9 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Sandi M.
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I've been working with Arya for about 18 months and I could not be happier with my experience. In our sessions, we focus primarily on how to navigate potential career opportunities and how to understand behavioral patterns that may hinder personal and professional relationships. Without question, his coaching has completely changed the way I understand myself, my behaviors, and the way I hope to interact with the world. He has a pragmatic approach to meeting me where I am, whether that be practical tips to reduce anxiety at work or coping with uncertainty and risk about major life decisions. The sessions have become increasingly more insightful as he learns more and more about me. As others have mentioned, he's also extremely kind, open-hearted, and trained to tackle a spectrum of life's challenges. Far and away the best coach/therapist/spiritual advisor I have ever encountered.

  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
K. L.
Verified review

Krista was easy to connect with and offered a sense of calm during my sessions with her. I truly feel that my time with her has helped me. I highly recommend her for a refreshing outlook and perspective on communicating and how to manage my stress.

Anxiety Gone
from 7 reviews
  • 10 years in business
Elena K.
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Shannon has a rare gift as a counselor as she is able to combine good practical advice with an empathic, sensitive presence. She combines a scientific and intuitive approach in her work. Her use of metrics to provide demonstrable results provides an experimental and empirical grounding to counseling that is rarely found in the field. She has a knowledge of the lifestyle factors that lead to anxiety and depression such as diet and sleep as well as the ability to use techniques such as Internal Family Systems to work with parts of the psyche. I chose to work with Shannon at a difficult time in my life because I felt that her compassion combined with her intuitive skills would be able to help me and help me quickly. I am a therapist myself and I am very choosy in who I work with. I have also referred people to Shannon for that reason. I would definitely recommend her services.

  • 3 years in business
Christine C.
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I originally came to Michelle for couple's therapy. Although that relationship ultimately didn't work out, I gained many valuable insights and skills that have allowed me to maintain a healthy and deeply fulfilling relationship now. Since then, Michelle's helped me tremendously with issues I have regarding self-identity and worth, as well as career worries. While I continue to face these anxieties, Michelle has listened and talked me through them so that they've become less daunting, if not insightful experiences. Michelle is a wonderful listener, professional, deeply compassionate, and great at pointing out patterns she notices to help you understand yourself better. In times when I felt very troubled, I avoided going to therapy due to the stigma associated with it, but it has benefited me greatly, and I'm no longer afraid to let people know how much it can help, especially when you're in the hands of a pro like Michelle.

  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Melanie R.
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I originally began seeing Beth back in 2014 for anger and anxiety issues. While I still have some work to do, my life is exponentially better as a result of working with Beth. I had seen a traditional therapist for years and it helped shed light on things, but did little toward actually helping me solve my problems. Thanks to Beth’s commitment to her clients’ health and happiness, I now know what my true calling in life is and I am working toward it every day. This alone has reduced my anxiety and anger, as I am finally feeling happier and more connected with my true self. Also worth noting is that Beth is not only a gifted healer, she is an incredibly empathetic, non-judgmental, and professional person. As a result, I look forward to every single appointment I have with her. If you are feeling “stuck,” as I did when I originally sought out depth hypnosis, I encourage you to call Beth today. Your happiness is more than worth it and she will do everything in her power to help you achieve your goals, whatever that means for you. “May you be free of suffering, may you be a peace.”

  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Jeannette H.
Verified review

When Anna Cedar, my colleague of two years, told me that she was starting a private practice I got incredibly excited that others will get to experience the funny, thoughtful and warm person that she is. Yes, it goes without saying that she has years of experience as a therapist and that she has knowledge and a deep grasp of both "talk therapy" and evidence based interventions. I got incredibly excited because even more than her knowledge about interventions that help people when coping with stress, concerns about identity, depression, anxiety, relationship problems, trauma (or any combination of the above)--Anna has the intangible skills that help individuals feel really LISTENED to. I feel that therapy is often about goodness of fit--that is--feeling comfortable and safe with your clinician. Anna makes ME feel safe. She has a delft touch with people and she's not afraid to ask hard questions or sit with pain and sadness.

Alexis Azzam, LMFT
from 5 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Megan B.
Verified review

Alexis is a highly skilled therapist who offers empathic and compassionate reflections and insights, as well as helpful tools to manage life's challenges. Highly Recommend.

Jennifer Musselman
from 3 reviews
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Sara O.
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It's a serious thing, writing a review for a therapist. This is, after all, a person who will ultimately play an important role in your life, to guide you through difficult times, to help you mend the inevitable damage that life will do, to help you grow and be better... to help you be the best version of yourself. And I don't think I would ever make such a recommendation if I weren't absolutely convinced that Jennifer could help anyone who crossed her path. She has the rare quality of absolute sincerity and is filled with a compassion that is complimented perfectly with education and clear and rational thought. She often has insights or suggestions that will shift your own thinking and perception into something manageable... something that can be improved. I'm not sure a more difficult case than ours could have been laid at her feet, an abused child with disabilities of his own, a high profile family and a lifetimes worth of damage and pain in the package of a nine year old little boy. And not only did she help to guide him through some of the most terrifying times I can imagine, she prepared him for his future, his life after abuse, and prepared him for entering adulthood as a healthy and honorable person no longer a prisoner his past. How anyone could so successfully accomplish such a seemingly impossible task is something I will never understand, but will always be thankful for. What I can do is pay it forward. If you are looking for that hand reaching out to you in the dark, here it is. Take it.

Alchemist Alex
from 3 reviews
  • 7 years in business
Rachel L.
Verified review

Working with Alex has been such an incredible experience. It has helped me change my life. Before we met, I knew I needed to change my relationship with food and my own self-talk but I didn't know where to being. I felt so overwhelmed, I just had more and more stress and anxiety about it. I had low energy, sleepless nights, a head filled with negative talk, and feelings of shame and guilt. Alex has been incredibly helpful, patient, and extremely supportive. She shared so many valuable ideas, tips, and tools that helped me gain a sense of control - not just over my relationship with food - but also my relationship with myself. She has helped me to realize my true potential and the importance of self-love and how I treat my body. I have more energy, a more positive view on life, and the feeling of not being victim to my food cravings any more. I'm in charge. Alex has helped me pave the road to self-healing and has given me the courage to continue on this journey of self discovery and learning about my body. It is the beginning of a big shift that I feel in my whole life. I couldn't be more thankful!

  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Gregory D.
Verified review

I worked with Dr. Uhlin in a managed care setting for several years and had the opportunity to witness his skills as a clinician firsthand. Dr. Uhlin is compassionate, bright, and cares a great deal about his clients. He is a deep thinker who translates his expertise and wisdom into practical and effective interventions. I highly recommend Dr. Uhlin for anyone seeking psychotherapy. Gregory Devore, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist

Nancy Rhine, MS, LMFT
from 2 reviews
    Elizabeth M.
    Verified review

    Nancy helped my siblings and I support our aging mother who had been suffering for quite some time with deep depression and anxiety. She established a sense of trust with our mom using kindness, genuine deep listening and she helped to normalize some of what our mom was experiencing. Nancy has not only been skillful and kind with our mom but has, when we have asked, met with us as a family to help us better understand what our mom is going through and how we can best support her and take care of ourselves as well. Nancy offered very practical suggestions too, based on her many years of experience working with middle aged and older people and their families. She advocated with medical professionals to bring an effective team together and has helped us hone our communication skills with them and with each other. I highly recommend her for both counseling and consulting how to navigate these territories of older age with consciousness, hope and peace.

    Sarah J.
    Verified review

    Jackie is a compassionate and skilled psychotherapist. I would recommend her highly for anyone experiencing anxiety due to a undergoing a transition or relationship difficulty.

    Debora McManus, LCSW
    from 1 review
      Jennifer B.
      Verified review

      Deb is a life saver. She has worked with my daughter and I around very difficult adoption and trauma issues. Not only has she created a safe environment for my daughter to disclose her history and anxieties but she has also provided me with exceptional resources, education and support. Her interventions have made a world of difference for us. I'm a therapist and have worked with numerous child therapist. Deb is by far the best!!

      Alchemy of Change 144
      from 1 review
      • 4 years in business
      Bill B.
      Verified review

      Sandra has been my life coach for the past year. She has been a tremendous help in areas of relationship management as well as taking a keen interest in my health and wellness. She is compassionate, caring, and takes interest in my overall happiness. Cannot say enough good things about her.

      Dr Belinda Lopes PHD, MFT
      from 1 review
        Mary L.
        Verified review

        Dr. Lopes has been my therapist on and off over the past 5 years. She had helped me overcome my depression and anxiety, and eventually helped me through a very difficult divorce. I can truly say that with Dr. Lopes's help I have been able to turn my life around. I feel blessed to have a friend refer me to her and I do not hesitate to recommend her to others who are struggling and need unconditional support and guidance... She really cares about her clients, no exceptions.


        I am a certified community mediator, a certified anger management trainer (level II) and a credentialed adult education instructor. I provide family and individual education and counseling in anger management, conflict resolution, parenting, communication and stress management. I have been teaching court-directed anger management and parenting classes for the past 10 years.


        Change is not easy! And yet sometimes, the pain of difficult feelings, a challenging situation or a rocky relationship can overwhelm everything else. At such times, you may feel compelled to try something new and to give up exhausted efforts at doing it alone. In counseling, you can find relief from anxious thoughts, painful relationships, and self-defeating behaviors. Therapy offers you the opportunity to heal from your past, better manage your present and develop more adaptive and fulfilling ways of being. In my practice, I see women, men, couples, families and groups of many ages and cultural backgrounds. No two situations are ever exactly alike. At the same time, there are some issues that I work with more than others, and these are listed here: * Trauma * Divorce * Anxiety * Lost Women (please see my website for more information) * Grief or Loss I am a certified practitioner of EMDR (eye movement desensitization reprocessing) and expressive arts therapy (EXA). EMDR is a mind-body technique that's used to process disturbing memories (i.e.: traumatic events) that contribute to unexplained fears and self-defeating beliefs and behaviors. EXA is a therapeutic modality that's dedicated to the use of creativity as a vehicle for change. For more information on these techniques and how they work, please feel free to visit my website. You are also welcome to contact me for a free 15-minute consultation.

        • 6 years in business

        I have the only truly comprehensive vision of peak performance out there.


        I am guide first, listening to what you know already and find cues to your success you did not see right away. Your success is closer when traveling with another, a team, a coach.

        Q & A

        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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