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Life Bridge Coaching
from 119 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 285 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Chevera M.
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“We learned about gratitude and humility - that so many people had a hand in our success, from the teachers who inspired us to the janitors who kept our school clean... and we were taught to value everyone's contribution and treat everyone with respect.” Michelle Obama “The value of life is not in its duration, but in its donation. You are not important because of how long you live, you are important because of how effective you live.” Myles Munroe The definition of “Counselor” … a person trained to give guidance on personal, social, or psychological problems. As the purpose of these words are in recommendation of Life Bridge Coaching, which is nothing short of extraordinary. However, I would be doing both me and Life Bridge Coaching a disservice. As, Life Bridge Coaching, is more than a Bridge in my life, more than astonishing words of advice, yet true inspiration. The encouragement to make you see life in vivid colors again. The first two words said to me was, “You Matter”. It had been so long, so many years, months and seemingly decades since I felt anything that equated to the power these words meant. We all have unforgettable moments in our lives, of joy and pain. But this day, hearing those words “You Matter” was my day of rebirth. Fear and loneliness, would no longer consumed me. Illustrating the complexity of personal growth and success, is intense, yet a necessary beauty in life. The feelings emanating through my body has been both excruciating and that of rejuvenating life. It took being heard, not undermined; being celebrated and not dreaded; being invited and not shunned. Triumph in Tragedy…Tragedy, is no longer a conflict between right and wrong, yet between two diverse kinds of right. Through Life Bridge Coaching, I regained, a taste of success, a taste of what it is to be respected and a firsthand view of chivalry. As far as chivalry, the age of brute strength is in many ways past, and that would be the end of the argument if we were at the same time seeing a corresponding increase in other, less tangible, kinds of strength: like moral courage, fortitude, leadership, and a willingness to sacrifice. But we’re not. Quite the opposite, as a matter of fact. Most men today aren’t just physically weaker than previous generations. They’re weaker as people: guys stricken with “Peter Pan syndrome” never leaving adolescence; “safe spaces” on college campuses protecting perpetually fragile constant-victims from serious debate; the hookup culture and porn addiction replacing chivalry; and the sexual revolution promulgating through media, education, and now law that there’s no such thing as male and female. What we’re seeing isn’t a different expression of masculinity adapting to new cultural realities. What we’re seeing is no masculinity at all. Real masculinity can look like that guy who has a body weight that hasn’t changed since the 8th grade, tweed jacket and Harry Potter glasses, champion of sound theology and education in a city that’s hostile to both, he’s one of the strongest men existing. Or masculinity may look like Irenaeus, “The glory of God is man fully alive.” And man, fully alive doesn’t play the victim, or wallow in a sense of entitlement. He embraces the creation mandate to “fill the earth and subdue it.” He’s a maker, not a perpetual taker. It’s this kind of masculinity that’s in desperately short supply these days. It’s a kind that has nothing to do with how much you can bench press yet how strong you are to lift and inspire. John and Dietra, Life Bridge Coaching, are the strongest people, I have been blessed to know in so very long. Thank You! I have had heartache and tragedy in my life, as I wake up to it and close my eyes to it. These are unavoidable aspects of life. Suffering is the price of being alive. Infuse your life with positivity and accomplishment. Don't stay complacent. Make your dreams, your reality. Move Forward. Design your own future. Create your own hope. Cultivate love. And whatever your principles, honor your creator, not submissively, waiting for grace to arrive, but by design of your own destiny…not tomorrow but right now. A lady like no other, gave me life, cultivation, refinement, edification, ambition, determination, temperateness, edification, discipline, and most importantly admiration and love, without restrictions or reserve. However, anxiety scorched my soul and made me reconsider everything I ever believed. This tragedy motivated me to put my life under a microscope and extract the poisonous aspect of my personality. Subsequently, I only look for the beauty in life. The change began out of sadness and fear, however, putting good out into the world would mend the catastrophic hole of the unknown. In this miraculous light bulb moment, my tragedy, made me beautiful. Thank You for being here for me when I had no other! Giving of yourself without notice of time when I wanted to give up. Wiping my tears of hurt and pain, maliciously inflicted by the man I took an oath to, and reminding me of my worth that is challenged daily. I recommendation and Thanks, Chevera!

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Mindful Way Counseling
from 22 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 51 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Joseph S.
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Denise is an Amazing Therapist!! I can not thank her enough for all that she has done to help me on my healing journey. She has an incredible background for healing for individuals with PTSD, anxiety, depression, marital issues, and adverse childhood experiences. She employs a variety of therapy techniques to include psychotherapy, meditation, sand trays, and immersion therapy to unearth the core problems that we, as adults, may be facing. She is an extremely compassionate, caring and understanding person who is highly motivated and dedicated to helping others. Medicine is an Art and Denise has the Gift to Heal! If you or a loved one are facing stress or have been subject to stress or adverse situations in your past you must seek Denise for advice and help. She will not only address your current issues or problems but focus more deeply on your past. Denise has made a Difference in my Life and I am forever Thankful for all that she has done for me and my family!! Peace and Love, Dr Joseph Strauss

Find Your Sunshine
from 12 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 21 hires on Thumbtack
Raina B.
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I met with Marian for several years as I was undergoing several major life transitions including the death of a parent and beginning graduate school. My time with Marian was extremely helpful. She helped me to develop practical strategies to deal with the stress and anxiety I was feeling. She also helped me greatly improve my self-confidence. I have definitely taken with me the lessons she taught me and used them to deal with situations that occurred after seeing her. The strategies and coping mechanisms she taught me have been useful to deal with whatever life has brought me. Marian offered a kind but realistic perspective that I needed to help understand and cope better with what was happening in my life. Marian was always very professional and clearly passionate about helping her clients succeed.

Center of First Thought
from 2 reviews
  • 5 years in business
Aryka B.
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The fall of 2014 was a turning point in my life. I was experiencing a crisis in that I was turning another year older and needed to find some perspective and direction in my life. My inability to truly understand my purpose created a state of panic and anxiety and I didn't know what to do. During this time I was referred to Center of First Thought. At first I was a little apprehensive about seeing a therapist but I was immediately put at ease. My therapist, Rose Shelton and I talked about my life path. I was able to put a lot of things into perspective. I thought of her as like a coach. Thanks to Ms. Shelton I have learned to see things more clearly and a lot of my anxiety about the future has disappeared. I am still growing and learning my path but I don't know if I could have come this far if it had not been for Ms. Shelton and Center of First Thought.

  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
King R.
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I have had the pleasure of having Rebecca as my therapist for the past 3 years. She has a very patient temperament which makes it very easy for me to discuss my deepest issues. She has a keen understanding of psychology, from general anxiety to sexual issues. Rebecca genuinely cares about her profession and her clients. I feel I have an ally. I would highly recommend Rebecca as a therapist.

Caitlin Hill
from 2 reviews
  • 4 years in business
Amanda R.
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Working with Caitlin for several sessions over the years, I find she is able to validate the areas of my life (my marriage, time management, pregnancy anxiety, child rearing, interpersonal relationships, work/home balance)I wished to improve in my life, offering practical guidance and encouragement that I believed I could excel. I've had mostly one-on-one sessions and I have attended workshops on time management and another on strengthening my marriage. Caitlin is very professional--I found her organized, attentive and thorough. She made herself available when I had to reschedule sessions and she would follow up with me on her own time if she knew I was going through a challenging experience. She is one of the most top-quality people I have ever met. I enjoy her personality--she's to the point yet incorporates much humor. I worked with her mainly when she lived in New Jersey but have reached out to her on occasion now that she is in Maryland because I consider her refreshingly insightful and positive. I would highly recommend working with her.

Denise Montero LCSW-C

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    I am a seasoned and skilled professional and am told that I can get to the heart of the problem very quickly. I consider myself to be compassionate and intuitive and use my skills to work with the whole person and not just one or two aspects of a situation. I like the variety of individuals who I cross paths with. I have been a "helper" all of my life and naturally parlayed it into a paying career as an adult. What I like most about my work is the opportunity to really have influence and impact with my clients under usually less than optimal circumstances in their lives.


    I have a willingness and ability to clearly explain what I see going on in a persons life that may be causing pain and frustration. I have been told that I can go to the heart of a matter very quickly and make sense of what seems overwhelming. I have an ability to help people find the solutions and strength they need to solve the problems confronting them when they themselves feel hopeless. I enjoy working and helping people grow and discover their strengths. I get pleasure in seeing people make the changes they have always wanted and overcome what they thought was impossible

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    Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

    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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