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  • 16 years in business
Sara R.
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My goodness, how can I put into words my feelings on Reverend James as our Wedding Officiant? When I look back on that day, he is there smiling at me-his presence brings me peace as it always has. He is the one who before our wedding reminded me to remember to look into each other eyes and take in the moment and all its greatness. And I am so glad I did that! Reverend James was the one who counseled my husband and I before our marriage-helping us understand all that stood before us and that all we needed was love, understanding and compassion. Reverend James even found us our band-who made the day spectacular! My own father is older, from another time. Reverend James has always been there for me in a way that I really needed- a strong wise person who loved and reminded me to love as greatly as I can. If he has made it into your life-enjoy the blessing that he really is.

Saman Khazani
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Elizabeth G.
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Working with Saman for almost 3 years and I have to say that he has blossomed into a great professional. To be honest I was really skeptical if therapy was right for me, seeing as I only met him a year or so into his internship so I wasn't sure if he was able to help me. He is a very patient, compassionate and understanding person who takes this field of work to heart...It's pretty much his calling in life. Fast forward two and a half years later, I've learned ways to cope with my anxiety and have gained the confidence to accomplish my goals in my life.

  • 22 years in business
Damon M.
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I keep crossing paths with Carlyle, and each time we meet again, I am more impressed with his dedication and the breadth of his knowledge. When I first met Carlyle, he was a chaplain for Hospice working with children and some of the more difficult cases, even for Hospice. We collaborated with some work investigating indigenous technologies that deal with grieving, community and relationship, and now share some responsibilities guiding a non-profit group doing water projects and education projects in West Africa. Carlyle has provided counseling and support for some people I know well, and I have been able to see up close the compassion and skill that he brings when working with people who are often in some very vulnerable places. He has recommended some powerful practices and rituals to people that have helped them to ground, and better hold and move the energies they are wrestling with. I have the highest regard for Carlyle, and recommend him with no reservations for help with grief and spiritual needs.

Parents Coach
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 17 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Christina V.
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Tim Smith officiated our wedding on 10/18/14. He also performed our premarital counseling and did a wonderful job with both. Tim helped us to come up with a clear vision of what we wanted our marriage to be and gave us the tools to get there. He really personalized our vows and made our ceremony unique to us and very meaningful. He was always professional and dependable.

  • 2 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Caroline B.
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My partner and I could not have found a better fit! Our relationship was getting very strained until we started counseling here. Our relationship has truly taken a 180. We are so happy to have found our counselor, Adriana. 10/10 would recommend.

Andrea W.
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"Ronit & Dominique's 'couples coaching by a couple' was incredibly helpful to my partner and me. We gained real insight into our most common conflicts and some new strategies for dealing with them...all in a single 90-minute session! We'll definitely be back for more coaching to keep our relationship on a healthy course." --Andrea Woodward, Life & Love Coach Helping people to expand their pleasure and capacity for intimacy at www.askaphrodite.com

Aspira Counseling
5.0
from 1 review
  • 5 years in business
Nancy H.
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You know immediately that your in good hands with Aspira Counseling. Debbie is knowledgeable, professional and yet you know that she sees you as an individual and not a statistic. Aspira Counseling is one of the rare places that care about your progress and truly champion you to succeed. Debbie is truly the best in her field.

  • 9 years in business
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It is biblically based, which minimizes opinionated counsel.

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My psychotherapy approach is warm, empathic, depth-oriented, and empowering to the client. I honor and respect the boundaries and desires of every client for what he/she wants out of therapy. I realize that the most excellent work is obtained when the trust we have created together in therapy is strong. This enables your therapy to progress as you do. Therapy is so personal and unique to each customer. I find that journey to be a twisting path back to oneself and eventually to your authentic inner power. My intent is to support you on this path and assist you reach your goals and ultimate dreams. Please contact me for a consultation at my office.

  • 7 years in business
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Hello, My name is Leo Johnson II, creator of Sky Echo Pencil Life Academy, Amazon #1 BEST SELLING AUTHOR and past Radio Host of Sky Echo Pencil Symposium. I am ready to serve you for what you want specifically want in your life. I also want to share with you some bullet points about the BE NEW NOW course that I've created. Where's what I can promise to you with that: ~*~ Learn How to Live at Your Full Pace and Power! ~*~ ~*~ Powerfully Answer the 4 Universal Questions! Who Am I? What Is Life? How Does Life Work and What Do I Do Next? ~*~ ~*~ Learn How to Honor and Love Yourself First above All Else! ~*~ ~*~ Learn How to give yourself 'Self Permission' to be Great and Live a Great Life! ~*~ ~*~ Gain a New Confidence that Empowers You to Take the Next Step toward Your Thriving Life! ~*~ ~*~Learn How to Activate Your True Inner Love and Power and direct it toward where you want to go! ~*~ ~*~ Learn How to Overcome the Most Common Roadblocks that stop so many from Ever Experience a Thriving Life! ~*~ ~*~ Learn How to not let the people around you bring you down as You Make Moves and Create Your New Life! ~*~ ~*~ Experience How Life can actually Favor Your Business, Relationships and Day to Day Life! ~*~ ~*~ Experience How A New Clarity about How Life Works dissolves Confusion, Frustration, Exhaustion and Loneliness! ~*~ There is nothing more exhausting than becoming 'Disorientated' in Life. There's nothing more confusing than thinking you've done all the right things in Life yet still feel so far away from who you want to be and where you want to go. There's nothing more dissatisfying than feeling like you haven't experienced all that you had hoped and dreamed you would in this life. I'd love to be at your service. I am an expert at leaving people with a profound clarity of the questions; Who Am I, What Is Life, How Does Life Work and What Do I Do Next!!! Surely the answers to these questions matters in our ~Relationships ~ *~Health~ *~Career~ *~ Life~ *~Personal Empowerment~ *~Happiness~ *~Spiritual Clarity ~ *~ Self Love and overall experience of Life. I had a tough up bringing myself. There were gangs, violence, drugs and a lot of hurting in East Oakland, California at that time. Becoming severely depressed I made choice for my life and turned my life around. I've now traveled the world, created beautiful and progress relationships in my life and found a true Divine Love for myself and this gift that we call Life. Today, my heart wants to share with you what has taken me over 30 years discover, test, articulate and wrap up nicely in a bow! What I have to share with you is my very best and it is World Class. It may very well be what you've been searching for. Respond to this offer! I'd love to chat with you more about what you want and what I can possibly do for you. I assure you, you won't regret it. PRICING: $29.98 ~ Monthly Subscription: Monthly Video Lessons from Sky Echo Pencil Elite Life Academy. $498.98 ~ 43 NEW MINDED SAILS: to Empower You to Live at Your Full Pace and Power. $998.98 ~ BE NEW NOW on-line Class: 1st of 4 Classes of the Sky Echo Pencil ELITE LIFE ACADEMY an 8-week program of On-Line and Live Conference Calls to Ignite you Inner Power! $2,998 ~ Complete Spring Tuition: ALL 4 Unprecedented Classes of Sky Echo Pencil ELITE LIFE ACADEMY + the 43 NEW MINDED SAILS + Live Conference Calls Sky Echo Pencil brings an Alive and New Intelligence for a Thriving Human Experience. Through these programs and classes you and I together will Elevate our Elite Conversations of Self, Life and Love. In doing so you will eliminate confusion, frustration, exhaustion and loneliness in your life. Let's chat soon. Leo Johnson II Creator of Sky Echo Pencil LIFE ACADEMY Amazon #1 Best Selling Author

  • 7 years in business
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We offer Buddhist-based counseling and therapy. Try a non-traditional alternative. The Spiritual Adulthood Therapy & Counseling Project is a Buddhist-based, more alternative Asian approach to relating with your "self". "What is accepted by the majority of people does not mean it is real." - The Buddha, 500 BC We provide private, insightful, one-on-one therapy and mindfulness life coaching and relationship counseling for marriages, couples, all kinds of partnerships, workplace and friendships. For emotional and communication breakdowns, we offer "reaching out to reach deep in". "The lotus has its roots in the dank dark mud, Grows up through the cloudy deep water, And finally rises to the surface. It blooms into perfect harmony and purity in the sunlight. It is like the mind unfolding into perfect joy and wisdom..." - The Lotus Sutra Please go now to our counseling blog site; the best info is there! You will find many more of your FAQs responded there. It's really an interesting site. Take your time to graze around in it. Hopefully, you'll certainly know a lot more about what you need when you've done some reading at the blog. The Spiritual Adulthood Therapy & Counseling Project is located at Santa Monica, CA 90405; near Santa Monica College. For our email and phone number, see the service window. The best phone times to contact us are noon to 6 p.m. from Monday to Friday. The initial phone contact is always the best and most immediate. Thanks, Akasa Levi, DhMA ( D.Min.) Counseling Supervisor "Take the first step in faith. You don't have to see the whole staircase; just take the first step." - Martin Luther King At Spiritual Adulthood, we apply the Buddhist psycho-spiritual approach to the mind. "The journey itself is the destination!" We offer a uniquely combined counseling: an innovative, holistic, spiritual variation of the mind-therapies, based in practical, quite highly scientific Buddhist wisdom combined with a gentle, accepting, gradual compassionate view towards all beings. "Buddhist mindfulness-based guidance" with its long humanitarian history, is a well-respected ancient Asian, non-religious, more spiritual option to the regular standard model of Western clinical therapies. Buddhism is not "religious", it is Asian-psychology based. You certainly can be a sincere, deeply spiritual person without being religious, without having any higher authorities and that helps to truly open the heart and mind to trust and sensibility. This is not a licensed psychotherapy! Please visit our blog for the details and the disclaimer. We assist in healing the mind in the midst of these very edgy, scary, confusing, disappointing, over-driven, tense, survival-stressed, anxious uncertain times. Buddhist Inner Work: "Therapy" is not found in even the best of books or CDs, or on the internet. It's a live interactive relating process; it always has been. Interactively, that's how the problems started. Well, that's how they have to resolve! For the therapy, two people sit down and emphatically work on one of them. It's living, live, dynamic and face to face. This time around, it's a cooperative dyad of two people who care, and are in on this. Therapy counseling is a relationship in its truest form, and that's always disturbingly risky for the wounded spirit to change. "The greatest risk is not taking one." Spiritual Adulthood is offering a much more radical form of counseling, more geared to people in the whole spectrum of contemporary creative arts and the best of new thought-minded sensibilities. Maybe it is more green, liberal, or cultural and creative. Maybe it is just you. The Spiritual Adulthood exploration encourages and supports a very eclectic "inquiry into self" practice, combining the cool, calm observation approach of traditional, quiet mindfulness meditation with effective "crazy wisdom" irrationality of Zen-mind realizations that can cognitively short circuit the common, but so obsessive self-involved, self-absorbed and self-identified ego mind. "One easily made, very common mistake is to think that your reality is "the" reality. You must always be prepared to bravely leave your reality for a greater one." - Meeraji We encourage highly inquisitive, progressive-minded people, with a natural, deep love of learning who relish the abstract, and even the absurd and have a genuine taste for the indefinable existential stuff. Buddhist psychology is playful too. "...ever noticed that it's always now." - Alan Watts He suggests that you repeatedly keep noticing this many times a day. Usually, the people who do eventually come to us are more explorative, curious, do have a more active intellect and are innately, intensely inquisitive people by their nature. There are not ordinary Americans. The "inner search", "the quest" and "the mystery" are the understanding of it all. They are people who relish the "safari" of it, the search, the inquiry, the brave quest of it, hurting or not, rather than popular ideas and packaged prescriptions just served-up and ready to eat. There is no quick fix. Enlightened freedom is experiential. It is not just a home-deliverable product. For each of us, all growth is a life-long psychological pilgrimage, experienced through a compassionate spiritual heart that includes live, full, rich relationship experiences with all other living beings. Question: "Grandfather, what is destiny?" Destiny is every step we are taking and going through right now to get there. "So, you really must consciously choose and make the choice of good spirits to re-choose again and again to openly talk truth with someone and keep it up. Keep it up to openly keep talking with someone. This is to be open to trust in gradually letting it all arise and unfold, messy or tidy, depressed or distressed. We all have these feelings. It's nothing new." - Grandfather Bearheart, contemporary Creek Elder "Eighty percent of success is just showing up." - Woody Allen Go ahead, and get into some quality counseling or therapy. You are really being heard here or somewhere that they will really take a deep caring to listen to you and really, really hear you and that is a very courageous move on your part: to move yourself into a counseling setting. It just may be the right place for you to start. Be very welcome to inquire more about us, as you search out where to do this inner work. Please read some more on this site. Buddhist-based wisdom offers compassionate, effective alternative approaches to relating with your "self" and all other living beings. Awaken the "compassionate insight" that is naturally deep within you and within mostly everyone. This is a liberal-minded therapy for intelligent, sensitive, intellectual and gifted, creative people who are often odd, often wonderfully offbeat, yet are now very discomforted, unhappy people. We offer an empathic, warm Asian-style of alternative treatment of mind well-being that just may be a more natural, truly effective, non-traditional approach. We are offering another possibility as a workable therapy approach for you. "The privilege of a lifetime is being truly who you are." - Joseph Campbell Phone us, and let's really take a few minutes together to talk on the phone and find out a bit more about what's going on within you. There are no obligations! It's a free phone consultation! Please go to our blog site and read a bit. There are a bundle of appointment details there and some sensible, solid good recommendations on how to even approach the idea of beginning some serious counseling or therapy, but there are no promises, no guarantees. Each individual situation is different and certainly, effectiveness may vary; yet it may be worth giving it a try. "And then the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom"- Anais Nin Buddhist therapy has been done very effectively for 2,557 years. "As human beings, our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world, as in being able to remake ourselves. Become the changes you want to see in the world." - Mahatma Gandhi This can be done. Give it and you a chance! If you know someone else in your life who just may also benefit by our offerings, be very welcome to put them in phone touch with us. We offer a free phone consultation, but please ask them to visit our blog-site first. We also offer: * The Laughing Buddha Sangha Buddhist meditation classes and retreats. Visit our "Buddha-blog" meditation site. * The Zen Men group. Good men are becoming even better men! Men's inner growth groups explore a man's deeper core issues. Every guy could use being in a men's group at some time in his life. Men are learning to trust and support each other in making important life changes.

  • 39 years in business
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I've spent my career looking at how we live and it's clear that relationships are the key. Yet, as important as relationships are, we aren't given much help with them. As children we read fairly tales about knights rescuing princesses, but it turns out that real life isn't really like that. We don't just meet someone, fall in love and live happily ever after. Relationships, good relationships, are hard work. And, of course, when they are good, we are glad we made the effort. So, while you were perfecting your trade, I've been looking at life and relationships. When your car isn't working you take it to a mechanic, when your computer is acting up you call tech support. And, when you aren't getting what you want from your life or relationships, you call someone like me. I've been a therapist for more than 30 years (I'm 60). During those years I have spent a great deal of time with clients talking about their lives and, at the same time, living my own. I discovered, as you may have, that men and women are different, very different, and its as if they speak different languages. I like to think that I speak both those languages and can help men and women communicate with each other. Of course, we have other relationships, too. We have parents, and children, and bosses and co-workers. Many of us want a relationship but haven't found one yet or haven't figured out how to make our relationships last. If your partner is resistant, know this. Relationships can often be improved through the actions of one motivated partner, even though the other is unwilling to come to therapy. If you are not currently in a relationship, we can work together to discover how you can build better ones. I've spent my life looking at these things and learning what makes them work. Let's talk about your life and relationships.

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We have extensive knowledge and experience dealing with teens, adults, and couples who struggle with addiction, mental illnesses, communication, and family issues.

  • 18 years in business
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For 20 years I have been supporting clients as a compassionate counselor who listens very deeply in order to get to the heart of the matter. My intuition, experience, education, personal growth and love for people are ways that I excel in the field of psychology. Description of clientele:  As a clinician, I offer therapeutic services for children, adolescents and adults. Employment past includes private practice, contract work for mental health agencies, youth shelters, residential treatment programs,foster care and adoption, schools, hospitals, incarceration units, drug and alcohol facilities, retirement homes and hospice, college instructor and psycho-educational consultant. Areas of facilitation include: individual, couples, family and groups. Specializations in mental health, diagnosis, communication, relationship, bereavement, trauma, behavior, special needs, substance abuse, empowerment, medical issues, geriatrics, the lbgtq community, traumatic brain injury, hearing and visually impaired, foster care and adoption. Description of services: As a counselor, art therapist, supervisor, program manager, advisor, consultant, educator and workshop facilitator, my  theoretical and therapeutic orientations are in education, spirituality, behavioralism, Jungian, Family Systems, Person Centered Therapy, Gestalt, Expressive Arts Therapy, transpersonal therapy, EMDR, EFT, kundalini, meditation, mediation, and Non-Violent Communication. My outlook is founded in wellness & holistic philosophy.

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I am passionate about healthy marriages and thriving relationships, so I most enjoy working with dating, engaged, and married couples. I teach each couple how to assertively ask for what they want and need, how to communicate effectively by allowing their partner to feel safe, and how to resolve conflict in a constructive way that respects, rather than wounds, one another. If you are facing challenging circumstances in your relationship, I believe these can be an opportunity to strengthen your connection with your partner and draw you closer together, instead of driving you apart. For dating and engaged couples, I am a certified facilitator for the prepare/enrich program and recommend couples considering marriage to complete this valuable instrument. We use your data to identify strengths and growth areas, as well as explore opinions about core issues in marriage to find agreement and negotiate differences. I offer day, evening, and weekend sessions, as well as a free phone consultation to briefly discuss your situation and answer any questions you have as you evaluate options for counseling.

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I specialize in individual and couples counseling for adults, adolescents, couples, and families. couples, and adolescents

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I am a licensed MFT working with individuals, couples, and families, inspiring motivation, hope, and healing with people of various backgrounds and cultures. Our earliest relationships are the mother and father of all the other relationships that come later in life. If we are not aware of it and don't have insight into it, we are bound to repeat and relive them over and over again. My goal is to create a warm, safe environment for people who have never felt seen or heard or understood where they can finally feel safe. Therapy provides a chance to rework, repair and reparent those parts of ourselves that never got developed into a new healthier, whole self. It provides another chance. There are no wrong feelings. The skill is how you manage and express them. We are often afraid to give words to our feelings or ask for what we need, yet that is really the path toward freedom. It is important to learn how to respond rather than react, and to know the difference. What you will learn in doing those skills will empower you and improve the quality of all your relationships. You will come to know what healthy arguments look like - to resolve conflict without blame.

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We offer therapy and counseling services on a sliding scale fee basis. The counseling center offers therapy and counseling to all ages and for all types of problems. We offer court-approved parenting classes, domestic violence support, substance abuse support, anxiety groups, and anger management groups. We offer donation-based substance abuse/self-harming groups Tuesday and Thursdays.

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I provide marriage counseling for couples at risk of divorce or who need to learn how to effectively communicate, set boundaries, and assert oneself. I also do individual therapy for relationship issues, depression, anxiety, chemical dependency, and with a specialty working with eating disorders.

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I am a therapist, but I am more than willing to help students with basic English. I am willing to do preparation for exams and go over information with students to increase their GPA.

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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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