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  • 9 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
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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.

  • 12 years in business
  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
Hallie G.
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Paul is a true healer. I came to Paul frantic and with a nonstop stream of tears running down my face. I was experiencing an incapacitating degree of anxiety and depression and was highly skeptical that he could help. Despite my reservations, during our session I found myself in a trance like state. I could hear myself lightly snoring although I was awake. After our session I felt extremely relaxed. It was a 180 from the state I had been in previously. The next day I felt miraculously rejuvenated and prayed that it would last. By the end of the day the old feelings started creeping in. Fortunately Paul provides his clients with a recording of their sessions, and after listening I was able to return to a state of calm. I saw Paul a second time after the feelings started to return. He explained to me that he could give a smoker the subconscious tools to not want to smoke but it was up to them not to lift a cigarette to their mouths. He showed me how to use the tools presented our hypnotherapy session (as well as others that he taught me) to turn my emotions in a positive direction. Again I left our session feeling completely relaxed and tranquil. Paul is compassionate, easy to talk to, and is truly dedicated to helping people. I was searching for someone who could profoundly help me overcome the feelings that were drowning me and I'm so grateful that I found him.

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  • 40 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Talina W.
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It's the best therapy I've had in my life. The work the dr eva did with me has helped me to be a better person to this day, it helped me understand and see things from different points of view. Her professionalism, experience and human quality are incomparable. She is the Best!!!

  • 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
Jeannette H.
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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.

  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Carin C.
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Alma has been my Therapist off and on (when I've gone through rough patches) for years. I keep going back because in my experience, she has always helped me get to the bottom of what is REALLY going on and what my work is to MOVE through and subsequently learn from it. Hence, my continual growth and certainty that I can and will face everything and recover whereas previously I was frozen in fear. She is "warm and fuzzy" yet operates with a velvet hammer of sorts. She is not one of those Therapists who keep you coming back for the paycheck with slow recovery. She genuinely wants me to move through and on with my life. I really appreciate that!

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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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