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Overcoming Obstacles
4.9
from 29 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 130 hires on Thumbtack
Daniel F.
Verified review

Tom has shown that he genuinely cares about how, when, and if I progress. He is invested in whether I actually achieve breakthroughs toward my personal success. Considering that my goals are so immense: to metamorphosize an ashamed, unhappy, ineffective, & lonely guy, with limited professional influence, into a proud, happy, effective, socially fulfilled, & profoundly influential version of myself, it would have been easy for him to give up on me. Even though I'm confident many life coaches in his position would have terminated our relationship months ago, dealing with such a high-maintenance client as myself - expressing to him hundreds of suggestions / criticisms / requests, expecting a personalized experience that caters to my individual needs, and offering frequent pessimism or guarded skepticism at best - he has been patient, flexible, & determined to support my progress. It has been several months since Tom started coaching me, and I have consciously delayed writing a review until I might have a sense not just that he cares and won't give up (after all, that's part of the job description), but that he will actually help me transform myself, in ways that countless others haven't. I have worked with therapist after therapist for years & years, undergone treatment with psychiatrists, hired dozens of countless project collaborators and personal assistants, and tried more times than I can remember to count on the support of family and friends in order to help me make the steady progress needed to break out of a deep debilitating personal rut that has lasted for decades. All of the above have been unsuccessful. I naturally wasn't expecting Tom to be any different. But I gave him a shot, deciding that I deserved a chance for renewed hope. I almost gave up on him and on myself, but he didn't give up on either. And finally, after months of 'blood, sweat, and tears,' I have come to believe there is hope at the end of the tunnel. I'm beginning to make steady transformative progress, and I'm looking forward to the journey that lies ahead. Prerequisites for success: I have to be patient, make a few reasonable leaps of faith, and make an investment in my future, emotionally and financially. I also have to be an active participant and be willing to gradually take the reins myself. I finally have to accept his limitations, while recognizing and counting on his strengths. His limitations: Tom is not a miracle worker, and in comparison to others I've worked with, he's not the most charismatic, inspiring, eloquent, forward, original, perceptive, intellectual, tech-savvy, exciting, or assertive. But his STRENGTHS far outweigh these limitations: He is persistent in his efforts. He is determined to be an ally on the road to victory, offering extra support when needed, never conceding defeat. He is compassionate, showing empathy for my experiences & struggles, frustrations and pain, & and my initial often-pessimistic attitude. He is patient, and will put in the time to understand, listen, and reevaluate / regroup when necessary. He is humble and modest, not expecting recognition, praise, notoriety, credit, or gratitude for going above and beyond. He is affordable, & ends up charging far less money than he could for his time, and far less than any of the other life coaches I considered, let alone being a mere fraction of the cost of a therapist or psychiatrist! He is respectful, as a friend would be, but sensitive & honors any boundaries I set. He never speaks down to me. He is honest, and when requested, very candid about what he thinks needs improvement, more, focus, or a shift in perception. He doesn’t rub me the wrong way as a salesman might, as though I’m a source of income, but always treats me like a person who deserves to achieve his dreams. He is passionate about helping people. He works very hard, often going above and beyond what others would do, putting his clients ahead of his personal life. He is fair, respects agreements, honors his word, readily forgives, and shows lenience. He is creative, willing to try to approach problems from new perspectives and angles. He is open-minded, willing to work with approaches and systems he’s unfamiliar with that I know are likely to be effective. He is trusting, and gives me the benefit of the doubt, while also helping me to become more accountable. He is reliable, and I have been able to count on him in ways I couldn’t count on therapists, employees, mentors, friends, & family. His system of "open access" helps me throughout the week, and this unique system of coaching has been the key to my success, helping me beat procrastination and not lose sight of my goals. He is flexible, & accommodates limitations, changes, and conflicts with my schedule, deficiencies in my attitude, and treats my perceived failures like learning opportunities to take a new, more promising approach. He is resilient, and puts up with much more than necessary for someone in his position, and never complained once to me about it. Finally, he is kind, complimentary, and friendly. He's like that 'conscience on your shoulder.' I would recommend him to anyone who is considering hiring a life coach, or to anyone who has unfulfilled dreams they know they deserve to and could achieve, but haven't. Thank you, Tom, for your efforts, and quality work :)

  • 7 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Doryz P.
Verified review

Maggie is a very genuine and empathetic therapist. She 's been helping me with issues relating to family, relationships, anxiety stress etc. Her advice is right on target. I've seen therapists -face to face- before, but the Internet and phone conversations with Maggie have helped me more than any personal session I've had before. The E-mail format helps me to be more open and gives me time to think about what I want to say.

Liz Kornbluth, MS, CCC-SLP
5.0
from 6 reviews
    Lisa G.
    Verified review

    Liz is a fabulous speech therapist! She was able to help my son tremendously. We had many different therapists come to our home and Liz was the best of them all. My son always looked forward to seeing her because she made learning fun, and actually, the whole family enjoyed her lessons with him. She was very professional and always available to speak with me on the phone or after the session to discuss my son's progress.

    N-decision Counseling
    5.0
    from 5 reviews
      Patricia M.
      Verified review

      Clara Tilley work quality was above and beyond what was expected of her. She was my counselor for approximately 5 or 6 years and I had been through a lot physical and emotional abuse, grief of losing a loved one to death, deep depression, anxiety, bipolar and PTSD. I remember many years ago I didn't know how to take a first step and was feeling all alone except for my dog and she told me to start out with just taking him for walks which was excellent advice pure plain and simple. She was always very very professional not only with her attitude and work ethics but in her appearance and believing in me when I didn't believe in myself. As far as being responsive once again she amazes me which some of her simple ideas to help me through the hardest times in my life when I was at the end of my rope and didn't have a light at the end of the tunnel period without her I would not be here today. No words can put a value on This Woman's ability to counsel me I had several other therapist and counselors that didn't even come close to what she has done for me. And finally as far as punctuation she was always on point in everything and I'm not over exaggerating I am just speaking the truth. There has never been a counselor that fit best for me than Clara Tilley, and I am not only speaking for myself but I have talked to other clients after leaving the office and they all felt the same way about her as I did. She is a great asset to society and helping people as being a therapist and counselor there needs to be more people like Clara in this world.

      Ancient Spa Voyage
      4.6
      from 5 reviews
      • 28 years in business
      • 9 hires on Thumbtack
      Gladmon M.
      Verified review

      The experience was great because I don't know anywhere there's a chiropractor, a massage therapist and a acupuncturist standing in a room but at Gina Michael's

      Wellness Of Mind Counseling
      5.0
      from 2 reviews
        Paulina P.
        Verified review

        I can't recommend this wonderful therapist enough! In 2010 my sons great grandfather passed away at Calvary Hospital after a month of being an in-patient. At that time my sons were 7 and 6 years old and their mental well being after their first family loss was at the top of my priority list. Insert Walesca aka "Wally" who had not only the skill set but the compassion to guide them through their grief. She taught them the skills they need to understand it's okay to feel sadness and just as importantly how to express it. They are now 15 and 14 years old and have suffered many other losses since and have been able to cope because of the skills Wally taught them. Whenever I mention her name a big smile comes across their faces. She truly made grief bearable for them and I am forever grateful to her.

        Ana S.
        Verified review

        Dr. Nugent is my physical therapist. He is very professional and very adept with his manipulative therapeutic care. He is knowledgeable and very empathetic during my therapy sessions. I have experienced a considerable improvement in my ability to manage my shoulder pain since I have been under his care. I highly recommend his services for helping you learn to manage your pain as well as you gainfully improve on your mobility.

        Batya Silverman, MA, LMFT
        5.0
        from 1 review
        • 28 years in business
        • 1 hire on Thumbtack
        Nate S.
        Verified review

        Batya have been helping me with my marriage and personal struggles from the past few months and I could not be happier with her professionalism and great advice! Please if you are having issues with yourself or your marriage give her a shot! It worked for me! Thank you Batya!

        Therapy by Amanda, LLC
        5.0
        from 1 review
        • 7 years in business
        Jason R.
        Verified review

        Therapy by Amanda has provided an excellent service to my family and I since we started treatment. I've found Amanda Pasciucco to conduct her therapy sessions with nothing but the utmost professionalism, compassion, and competency. I'd highly recommend Amanda to anyone in need of theraputic services, her affordability, reliability, empathy, and passion for her work truly seperate her from other therapists.

        • 48 years in business
        • 6 hires on Thumbtack
        About

        The therapy I practice looks at your situation from a systemic view, meaning we look at all the influencing factors to the concerns you bring to our sessions. We as humans do not live in a vacuum, and that should be considered in therapy. Family, friends, past relationships, and so much more play an integral part of who we are. I make sure the work we do is solely focused on these factors in order to help you obtain your desired goals.

        About

        My clients describe me as compassionate, caring and professional. I focus on the strength of your relationships and build on those. While we will discuss the past, our focus will be on the future and on creating the relationship you want. I teach specific skills that you can use in your daily life.

        About

        Parveen Vohra is a psychotherapist who received her masters degree from Central Connecticut State University in 2006. She is a licensed professional counselor in the state of Connecticut with an office in West Hartford. Her practice is an outgrowth of her experience as a therapist with a mental health/substance abuse agency for the past eight years. She is experienced in providing individual and group counseling as well as conducting comprehensive evaluations. Having education and training in psychology and counseling in areas of cognitive behavioral therapy, integrative and eclectic therapy, she encourages empowerment and personal growth.

        About

        I am an experienced therapist, trained in family work, who is able to work and help families and couples who have lost touch with each other. I am very empathetic, inquisitive, interactive and deeply caring. I ask a lot of questions while I help you reach deep inside where the hurt is hidden. This hurt can turn to anger, to pain, to disconnect, to lack of communication and to separation. Communication tools will be explored as intimacy is often affected by behaviors such as distance and withdrawal. Relationships, be it with a spouse or a child, will be explored using a three-generational model to connect to one's roots, culture and heritage. Anxiety and depression are the first signs that might draw you to counseling. I hope that through our time together, meaning our therapeutic relationship and the work we will decide to do together, your pain will lessen and you will know how to better assess your inner strengths. I also speak fluent French, and am sensitive to cultural differences.

        About

        In addition to the many years of training and experience that qualify my work as a psychotherapist at a very high level, I believe that I have a natural talent, a gift, for helping people. Psychotherapy is really an art, which I practice very well.

        About

        I am a Mental Health Therapist (Licensed Clinical Social Worker)with a eclectic and creative approach to healing the mind and body. I specialize in Anxiety and depressive disorders, adolescent therapy and couples counseling. I like to take a holistic approach to healing; I encourage my clients to heal themselves by healthier lifestyle choices, eating habits and learning to manage uncomfortable and painful mental health symptoms. I am passionate about helping people overcome any trauma that they have endured . One way I do this is by encouraging my clients to consider how Culinary Arts and cooking can decrease uncomfortable symptoms while increasing their self-esteem, creativity and living a more wholesome, enriched and healthier life!

        • 4 years in business
        About

        I provide counseling, consultation, empowerment and encouragement. I have many skill sets including a creative arts background in music, singing and acting. I also facilitate workshops and write scholastically and poetically.

        About

        I am a younger clinician that has the most recent training in marriage and family therapy. I also work from a systems framework, which is dramatically different from other therapists trained in older models.

        About

        I am a licensed clinical social worker that wants to help you feel better about yourself and to have a better life. Often, life presents us with challenges that can be overwhelming. I believe that therapy can effectively help you to navigate through those challenges. Therapy allows you to learn more about yourself. Often unhealthy thinking, lack of coping skills or learned behaviors prevent you from making important decisions and moving forward in your life. In therapy, we will work together to examine these patterns, so that you can gain a better understanding of yourself and learn how to create the life you want. My goal is to help you feel empowered to overcome obstacles and have more satisfaction in your life.

        • 48 years in business
        About

        I am an ordained Lutheran minister who practices pastoral psychotherapy in a way which integrates religious resources with insights from the behavioral sciences. My clinical specialties are individual, couple and family therapy and premarital counseling because of my concern for the growing rate of divorce in our society. My doctoral dissertation dealt with a new and more informative approach to premarital counseling. As a solution-focused therapist, my goal is to help others uncover their true potential and lead a life that is worth celebrating. Being a Lutheran pastor of a local congregation, I also officiate at weddings following premarital counseling to celebrate the joining of two lives into one, if a couple desires.

        About

        As a licensed marriage and family therapist, I see individuals, couples and families to assist them in addressing the issues that get in the way of their having successful relationships and happy lives. I am easy to talk with and sincerely care about what you have to say. I tailor my methods to each individual's needs, and work with you to develop the skills needed to propel you toward success.

        About

        I am a licensed clinical social worker/therapist for children, adults, couples and families. I speak fluent Spanish and English.

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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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