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Live In Love
from 10 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Pamela S.
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My experience with Erica Winterhaler has been life changing. I was given a gift of raindrop therapy from a friend, that treatment left me fabulously relaxed, full of peace and smelling of delicious essential oils. It felt like I was floating and in complete joy after the service. From there I began energy work treatments with her, that is where the deep emotional/mental/physical/spiritual shifts came. My life has profoundly changed for the better because of the therapeutic work Erica has done with me. She has lovingly helped guide me out and through some dark places of life. Erica is genuine through and through, has wisdom in her craft and authentically cares for her clients. I am eternally grateful to her and am blessed to have found such a talented healer. ✨🙏🏼

  • 9 years in business
Nicola G.
Verified review

In three sessions Marcie helped me to figure out the root of a few of my problems and gave me strategies for dealing with them. She is encouraging and empowering of her clients. I would recommend Marcie for any health needs, physical or emotional.

  • 19 years in business
Debbie R.
Verified review

Michelle is a wonderfully gifted and intuitive healer and Doctor of Holistic Medicine as well as a Master Herbalist. She has been working with me via phone consultations for over 3 years helping me to clear blocks that have kept me from living my life fully and successfully. We have worked on many levels, physical, mental and spiritual with positive results. I am forever grateful for having her in my court as she is always there for me 100%!

Brian S.
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For several years after my return from Iraq I suffered from what I called "anniversary anger" occurring on the anniversary of a series of command decisions and a convoy that cost us a team member. Our unit had survived ten months in theater without loss. I knew I had returned changed and had several symptoms of PTSD. Sue helped me dig into the event and find and treat the root cause. The relief was immediate. All of my counseling sessions with the VA and mental health professionals failed to find the cause or provide relief. Sue is a truly gifted healer.

CentrePoint, Inc.
from 1 review
    Roy C.
    Verified review

    Wendy Hill is the consummate professional therapist and human being. I've experienced the benefit of her work as a client, and as a student. I believe through my experiences with hypnosis, that "mental conditioning" should be a daily component of wellness, and that it's typically the missing link in a whole health campaign. Wendy can teach you how to improve any area of your life, by addressing what logically is "the beginning". Great mental health is going to enable great physical and even spiritual health. An empowered mind-body-spirit nature plays out in our daily relationships and the manner in which that affects career, finances, environment, and even the way we play. It all starts with a thought ... and Wendy is a master at helping you improve the quality of your thoughts.

    Amy B. Trimble, LMFT
    from 1 review
    • 12 years in business
    Gregory W.
    Verified review

    I've been working with Amy on and off for nearly 7 years. She's helped me through several rough spots, both personal and professional, over the years and has always been a voice of reason I can depend on whenever I needed it. Her flexibility with scheduling and willingness to do phone sessions or even FaceTime is much appreciated for someone with a busy schedule. I whole heartedly recommend Amy to anyone looking to add a professional resource to their mental health toolbox.

    Mind Body In Motion

    New To Thumbtack


      I am an alternative health counselor and life coach. I moved to Oceanside from Lake Tahoe as a corporate executive. I have recently taken my 15 years of experience in the corporate world and made a transition into holistic alternative health care. Some of the services I provide: * Personalized fitness * Life coaching * Stress and anxiety release * Pain management * Hypnotherapy and NLP * Sound healing * Weight reduction * Phobia release * Chakra clearing * Performance enhancement * Anger management * Group workshops and seminars I am a certified hypnotherapist, certified neurolinguistic programmer, certified yoga teacher, and sports trainer with a master's degree in metaphysical science currently working on obtaining my PhD. My passion is assisting people in having wonderful, balanced, healthy life and positive alternatives to traditional medicine. I would love to begin working you on your new life transformation.

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        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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