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The Sacred Adventure
5.0
from 26 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 28 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Hailey H.
Verified review

Kim was everything we could have asked for and more. My fiancé and I weren't quite sure what we were looking for, we just knew we wanted to gain some useful tools to carry us through the rest of our engagement and into our marriage. What we found was Kim--an intelligent, kind, down-to-earth professional who made us feel so comfortable right away. I was a little nervous about my fiancé and how he'd react to a vulnerable situation such as pre-marital counseling...but Kim talked us through every step of the way and every question or concern either of us had was responded to...it was perfect for us. We left feeling refreshed, prepared and honestly, even more in love. Thank you Kim, we are so grateful to have found you!

  • 41 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Rebecca K.
Verified review

Maggi is the best. She saved my relationship of 16 years through he ability to navigate the terrain and highlight for both of us what was really going on, beyond the stories in our heads. She is practical, with a perfect blend of compassion and clarity. If you need someone to help you sort through life's challenges, contact Maggi. Your life will change for the better, no question. Thanks again, Maggi!

Empowered Journey
5.0
from 9 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Marco G.
Verified review

Let me begin by stating that working with Arya has been a phenomenal experience. I originally discovered him through Yelp one night when I was looking for nearby counselors. He's listed down as a life coach and counselor, but what really caught my eye was his 5.0/5.0 rating and number of reviews (40+ at the time). It's very uncommon for someone to have such a perfect rating alongside a large quantity of reviews. I thought something weird was going on so I decided to send in an application for an intake appointment. To be honest I had low expectations of our meeting. I've met with counselors in the past and they hadn't been super helpful to me. Not to discount their abilities, it just more or less felt they were reading off of a script of sorts or working with me from an emotional distance. Of course there must always be some professionalism in play, I don't expect them to suddenly become my best bud after a session. I just want some recognition that I'm a struggling human being on the same level they are versus a patient to dissect underneath a microscope. So color me surprised when Arya did not act like my past counselors! It genuinely feels like Arya will get in the dirty and grimy pits of your life and sit there alongside with you, yet still providing a personally-catered path to somewhere a little cleaner (more appropriate to label it as possessing more vitality, I don't know my audience so I am avoiding usage of that potentially confusing word). You're never forced to do something uncomfortable, but if you're willing to be scared of trying something new then he'll help you ease into it. He's also a pretty smart dude. He doesn't flaunt it whatsoever, it more so comes off from how knowledgeable and skilled he is in several varied areas. If you're an individual that thinks in a certain way and have trouble adapting your perspective then Arya is great for speaking in terms you will understand. There's no sense of condescension on his part, but rather he completely understands that we all operate in our own unique way. It's like if you're trying to express a certain idea in English to a guy that only speaks Spanish. Arya primarily speaks English but he's also a successful polyglot. I didn't know how much of a welcome blessing it was to finally have someone understand the place I operate from until I met him. This definitely accelerates the process of getting unstuck in certain old habits since he can recognize them and notify me of what's going in without too much confusion flying around. I haven't worked with him extensively on making myself a more desirable worker or starting up businesses so I can't speak from that standpoint. I have worked for several months now on learning how to enjoy life and myself on a deeper level. I had no clue I would be here the first time I met him. I urge you to try out an intake appointment with him. His online presence is decent but it doesn't even hold a candle to his physical presence. It may change your life in a similar way to how it's changing mine.

  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Shymayne K.
Verified review

I've been a client for over 3 years off and on. I love the service I receive, so much so, I've recommend several people. A fit mind counseling approaches therapeutic services with a spiritual approach, yet you feel comfortable enough to completely open up and work through your issues.

  • 2 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Jeremi R.
Verified review

As a colleague of Andrew's, I don't hesitate to recommend him as a tremendous therapist. Thoughtful, caring, passionate and invested in his clients. He loves working with people. And brings many years of talent into his work in substance abuse, LGBT work, family counseling, and individual therapy. If you are looking for support, give him a call.

  • 3 years in business
JW C.
Verified review

Michelle has been one of the most reliable resources throughout the ups and downs of my life, both on a professional and a personal level. Her ability to listen, understand, and reorient my own thoughts have allowed me to look at resolutions in a way I would have never explored on my own. I would recommend Michelle to anyone who is looking for a therapist who not only has the techniques and frameworks crucial to the trade, but also the innate intuition to match the depth of your thinking.

Diana Teich Therapy
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Steen B.
Verified review

After two years together, my boyfriend and I have been contemplating couples therapy. I always thought couples counseling was just for married people who despised each other but I couldn't have been more wrong. After just one session, I feel better. We have been learning the importance of communication and how to rebuild trust especially in a long distance relationship. Diana gave us direct feedback on what we were doing and how we can improve individually and as a couple. We had good takeaways and feel better about how to comfort each other if similar issues arise again.

Randy Weled, MFT
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Emily F.
Verified review

I highly recommend Randy with his effective treatment and his comfortable, welcoming environment. I started seeing Randy at my doctor's recommendation for depression. I had never been to a therapist before and growing up in the conservative midwest where the idea of therapy is for weak and/or crazy people and you're just supposed to "tough up and deal with it", I had no idea what to expect. In just a few sessions, I feel completely and totally like a new person. I've realized that I have been mildly depressed for about 15 years now, and just thought it was "normal" to feel that way. The brainspotting technique Randy uses seems so simple, but has been extremely effective on me. With brainspotting, I focus my eyes on a spot that increases the intensity of the physical discomfort of my negative emotions, and I let out whatever comes out. I'm still floored by the past experiences that I've discovered this way and how they've shaped the way my thought patterns are today. It's a unique feeling of release, and I usually leave sessions with a goofy smile on my face, feeling a little like, "what just happened?" Randy's services have been a life-changer for me, and I can't thank him enough for the vast improvement in my quality of life.

  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Joanna M.
Verified review

Couples Counseling: We have just had one session with Alma. She has a warm welcoming presence. She did a great job of asking each of us questions and validated each of our perspectives. She provided practical feedback and we intend to continue.

Diana Halfmann, MFT
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 7 years in business
Hannah C.
Verified review

I had always heard of this type of counseling but had never participated in one. Diana supported me through five sessions of Shamanic Counseling about a month ago, and it was a wonderful and productive experience. Diana was very professional during the entire time, always communicating in a clear way and always providing a safe space for me to ask any questions. Most of all she always made me feel that we were working together, as a team. Like in any counseling at the beginning I felt a little "shy" to express myself, but Diana's gentle voice and soft energy allowed me to unfold in a comfortable way never feeling judged by her. Of course this is a type of work that doesn't really have an end, but the first 5 sessions I completed with Diana were very helpful. I definitely feel our work together reached deep levels of consciousness and brought out useful results that I am currently using in present time. At the end of our work, Diana was generous enough to provide me with the tools so that - if I wanted to- I could continue working with my spirit guides independently. I am honored to have worked with Diana on such an intimate experience, and I would do it again any time.

  • 11 years in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
Coreen C.
Verified review

We decided to try Connect2 Marriage as an engagement encounter and we've loved it. We would strongly recommend them.

Mara Dubey, MA, MFT
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 4 years in business
Josh S.
Verified review

Mara is a thoughtful, caring, and insightful therapist. She works hard to support the changes you are seeking. She is curious and creates a safe space for work. I definitely recommend her for anyone seeking a positive therapeutic space.

Christine Roslund, MFT, CPC
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Julia V.
Verified review

Christine is a very knowledgeable & thoughtful therapist. She truly cares & understands and is invested in helping to create positive change in one's life. I highly recommend her to anyone committed to doing the work with a very qualified and gifted therapist.

  • 9 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Marleen S.
Verified review

Worked with Susan Evans, RN in an intensive partial hospitalization program where she was the psychiatric nurse for the entire program. Her skill, expertise, compassion, experience and humor were great assets and greatly appreciated by staff and clients alike! A terrific health care professional, with unlimited energy and a wide variety of talents.

Choosing Heart
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Keme O.
Verified review

This counselor listened to our issues and set a plan we could all agree on. I feel a bright future working with him and would highly recommend to people that may be fearful or have felt judged by others in his profession

Risso Counseling
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Amanda G.
Verified review

I have known Melissa a long time and she is one of the best therapists that I have worked with. She is patient, understanding, and is a great listener. Melissa is highly skilled and has been able to help me work through a variety of issues. She has a clear passion for her career and truly cares about each of her clients. If you are looking for a therapist, look no further. I absolutely recommend giving her a call!

Ryan Bethem, LMFT
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
About

My approach is based on creating a collaborative relationship to help you illuminate unconscious barriers that keep you feeling stuck or unsatisfied in life. I work from a depth perspective, which means I aim to help you address your therapeutic needs from the roots of your issues.

  • 1 year in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Nick K.
Verified review

Matthew has been a really great counselor to work with. He brings empathy and excitement to our relationship counseling sessions, and provides much needed insight to moments when we get caught up in our historic relational patterns. Our sessions are a good mix of hard work and play. Matthew always has ideas and exercises we can do to work with the material that arises. He is communicative and professional.

  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Molly G.
Verified review

Wonderful counseling service, my fiancee and I are loving our pre-marital sessions with Dr. Botts.

  • 10 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Carissa S.
Verified review

Like her approach so far

Duelo Consulting
5.0
from 1 review
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Daren T.
Verified review

Rebecca was professional, interesting and really was a great addition to our party.

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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