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Love Your Life With Linda
4.9
from 34 reviews
  • 84 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Sheila M.
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My fiancé and I have been working with Linda for the last several weeks. Being in a long distance relationship, my fiancé and I were happy to find someone who could counsel with us over the phone and accommodate our needs. When searching for a counselor, Linda was very quick in her response to me. We've been pleased with the material and assessments she uses, which helps us evaluate our relationship, building on strengths and working on weaknesses. Linda has a professional yet friendly demeanor and is always on time. My favorite part of our assortment is when we talk about things that have happened during the week. Linda gives us wisdom and practical ideas for coming up with solutions to work out our differences. This advice is so appropriate to our individual personalities and our relationship (and she never chooses sides) that we will continue to seek out her expertise when we hit any bumps in our marriage road as well.

Rev. Clyde A. Porter
4.8
from 21 reviews
  • 21 years in business
  • 28 hires on Thumbtack
Jennifer L.
Verified review

From our initial phone conversation, we felt very comfortable being open with Rev. Porter. I enjoyed his laugh! He gave us some ideas that we'd never thought of and seems very willing to carry out what will be our dream ceremony, adding special touches. He suggested marriage counseling and really told us what the value is. We hadn't thought of doing this, but will after his recommendation. We look forward to meeting him and beginning this journey together.

The Juniper Center
4.2
from 15 reviews
  • 22 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Louise L.
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Myself and some of my ( immediate and extended) family have worked with several Juniper center therapists over the past 18 years. We have participated in individual and couples therapy, and some adjunctive limited group sessions. We have received wonderful, very professional, genuine and heartfelt care in all instances. I have been in the health care profession for 30 years in various capacities, including working as a health care advocate, and I know what good care looks like. My family continues to trust the care the Juniper team provides, and they are my first choice when I know someone seeking for a referral for psychotherapy.

Dr Deborah Davero, Psy.D
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Patti G.
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Deb has a unique approach to counseling that is supportive, intuitive, challenging and positive. She creates an encouraging, safe environment in which to explore places you probably don't want to go, but need to. She has an uncanny ability to strike the right balance of making you feel safe and yet challenging the areas you need to challenge.

Tiller Counseling
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Mindy F.
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Wonderful counselor. She really is understand

Thomas R. Goforth, M. Div.
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 48 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Jenny G.
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Tom Goforth is an amazing person! He was my husband's therapist for over 30 years and he also was our couples' therapist. The trust in and gratitude we have for Tom led my husband, Jeff, and I to ask him if he would be the officiant at our wedding in August of 2000. He graciously obliged. Years later, in 2008, our son, Ethan, was born. We named him Ethan "Thomas" after Tom Goforth. Tom has done so much for Jeff and for us as a couple. We are indebted. Thank you, Tom! We love you!

  • 19 years in business
Minda G.
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I am a colleague of Debra’s and have found her to do a great job connecting with clients around relationship issues. Debra is very knowledgeable around the challenges of the divorce process and the emotional toil it can on an individual. She does an incredible job helping her clients through this stressful and highly emotional time.

Crystal E.
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I participated in a temperament assessment with Thomas O'Connor. At the time I thought it would be another one of those personality tests that did not make much difference to my life, but these results were different. I learned about my temperament and was able to see clearly, for the first time in life, WHY I have the reactions I do, WHY some things are important to me and others are not and HOW I show up in relationships with others. The part that helped me the most was the work that Rev. O'Connor did with me to help me learn and remember that temperament is different from personality. He had to work with me a while to get that to stick! Now that I fully understand, the results of this work with him have lead me to change my entire career trajectory based on who I really am. I am so much calmer and focused now in my life.

  • 7 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Pat S.
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Anita is an excellent therapist. She is a thoughtful listener and responds with helpful commentary to assist in resolving personal issues. I would wholeheartedly recommend.

  • 3 years in business
Jessie T.
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What a dynamic counselor! Erica does an amazing job tailoring her services to her clients, helps to identify blocks towards individual success, and truly excels at her trade. Would strongly recommend her to others!

  • 21 years in business
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I am gifted and experienced at developing initiatives and solutions that solve issues and provide structure for working out problems. Whether in relational conflict or community development, there is a need for engineering solutions that can facilitate reconciliation or train skills that build people into a good team. Faith, empowered by sound practice, allows for growth in any relationship, marriage, team or community.

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I am willing to do premarital counseling and help with making the best possible service for you! I will provide you a number of service options, and you can add your own personality to the one you like best.

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I help families, couples and individuals to understand the underlying, root causes of their hardships, with the aim to strengthen healthy patterns, while minimizing unhealthy ones. On the way, I help people to learn to handle more effectively their struggles and the discomfiting realities that aggravate their lives - realities that stir up the feelings of depression, anxiety, turmoil and anger that first brought them to look for counseling. Sometimes, our lives have disturbing external realities that can be altered, but too often, external changes are impossible. When this is the case, then, I assist clients to learn ways to develop the inner strengths which will help them search for effective ways to live in and cope with constructive harmony with these realities. Every person who walks into my office is unique. Each views the world from the specific vantage point of the values, needs, style and beliefs that upbringing and nature have encouraged her or him to develop. In honoring such, I respectfully relate to each client's individuality, whether as a family, couple or individual. In working with families and couples, I aim to discover, constructively resolve and help understand the underlying issues which lie behind the negative patterns and resulting hurts which have created the unhappiness that prodded them to seek help through counseling.

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Multicultural Counseling Associates is a unique private practice providing counseling and therapy celebrating diversity and inclusiveness. We work with you to discuss the ways your individual culture and community have affected your worldview. This can be a very rich springboard to help you build upon your an expand your coping skills. These techniques can apply to people from all walks of life and all different cultures.

  • 18 years in business
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We have a personal friendly style, our clients come to us because they do not want a corcorporate approach and know we serve everyone in our ministry no exceptions. Though we do not discriminate in any way most religious fundamentalists would not likely be comfortable with our accepting beliefs of lgbt people and interfaith theology.

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If you are in a committed relationship and experiencing separation and discord that keeps you from having the love you want, or if you're in love but so often frustrated with the inability to find consistent connection and peacefulness with each other, you are not alone. Hundreds of couples have come through this counseling practice over the past 20+ years with experiences such as these. Creating a loving, enduring, and committed partnership/marriage will be the most exciting, though challenging journey that you face in your life. It is our passion and personal commitment to help couples restore open communication and a renewal of affection in their relationship lives. Whether you come as a couple, a family, or as an individual adult for counseling/therapy, Leo's primary focus is on examining and modifying beliefs from the past which inhibit the ability to love self and "other." Current brain science has proven that the habits and programming from previous experiences can be changed to provide a more positive life experience. As you will see from your review of this website, we use several counseling modalities which are all designed to assist individuals in achieving wholeness and well-being. Please check our website. Image: Idea Group Experiences for Couples While I was doing the Getting The Love You Want workshops for couples over the past twenty years, I was always impressed with the value couples gained from learning couples skills in a group setting. However, I consistently wished for more time to help couples practice and deepen their “heart sense” of being dialogical with each other. By the word “dialogical”, I am referring to the ability of partners to practice, and be at ease with communication that honors individual differences while giving up the need to argue and fight about those differences. Instead, partners in a dialogical relationship view their union as a medium for individual growth and mutual fulfillment through their differences. I have created a unique way for couples to practice and experience dialogue in small (five couples) groups. The family-like bond, trust, and safety that occurs in these groups has consistently provided couples with a personalized awareness of how to stay connected while resolving differences and discords. The experience of these groups is different from that which occurs in typical group psychotherapy. When a couple is “working” in the center of the group, the rest of the group will be "working" with them in an effort to deepen and understand and resolve the issue that the central couple is bringing in for group focus. I have devised a process that is based upon dialogical principles. It is through working together in this format that the group bonds and deepens its understanding of this take-home process of communication.

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I have unusual listening and empathy skills and enormous clinical and life experience and draw from very broad resources.

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I offer the following services: * Spiritual Counseling * Energy Healing * Angelic Healing * Crystal Healing * Shamanic Healing and Clearing I am an experienced practitioner with over 20 years of experience.

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My life experience helps inform my work, in this case being middle aged is an asset. I believe that service to others is my primary motivation for the work I do - it makes me feel good to be able to help others. As I watch people change and grow, I am in awe of their strength and resiliency, assets that people don't always know they possess become apparent.

  • 37 years in business
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Donna Ulanowski is a licensed clinical professional counselor who provides individual, couple, and family counseling. Do you ask yourself if you would like to be more in charge of your life? Are you experiencing anxiety or great sadness? Find a greater sense of ease, comfort, and empowerment. Increase your self-esteem and move towards emotional and spiritual balance.

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As a man of God, I counsel based on the word of God... You will never go wrong listening and adhering to the word and wisdom of God.

Q & A

Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

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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