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  • 30 years in business
Jim W.
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Working with Dave Coulthard for the past four years has significantly changed my life for the better. He is a kind and insightful fellow who took the time to get to know me both physically and as a complete person. As a result of his excellent judgement and coaching, Dave has helped me achieve my best fitness level ever. I'm in my mid sixties, and I'm even more fit than my teenage years! Dave has really challenged me to reach levels I never thought I was capable of. He has enabled me to keep improving, and is very creative in changing my routine to keep things interesting and motivating. I would highly recommend Dave as a trainer and counselor. He's made my health and even marriage better than ever.


Amer*I*Can Educational Consulting Services, LLC offers independent guidance counseling to students from grades 7 through adult. We specialize in college admissions counseling, career counseling, academic counseling, and personal/social counseling as they relate to academic success. Students are guided through resume writing, college selections, scholarship searches, college applications, and interview preparation. In addition, we critique students' personal statements and offer math tutoring for SAT preparation. Students are also assisted with utilizing methods and systems to keep the multitude of responsibilities on task and organized during the often overwhelming junior and senior years of high school. We work with students as early as 7th grade in building complete academic portfolios for ultimate success in both character development and college admissions. We have expertise in working with college-bound students with disabilities and college-bound student athletes. In addition, we also offer ESL/TOEFL tutoring/classes and parental advice as well as student advocacy services to families involved with IEP/504 meetings. Clients return to Amer*I*Can Educational Consulting Services, LLC and refer others to us because of the individual attention and exceptional service that students receive. We believe in making a difference in the lives of the people we work with, one person at a time. Please view our website for additional information about our services, testimonials, and free workshops offered.


We specialize in couples counseling, and also offer individual and group sessions and psycho-educational classes.

  • 31 years in business

Chantal is a spiritual counselor, gifted hands-on healer, Reiki master teacher, medium, intuitive (clairvoyant and claircognizant) and oracle card reader. She assists in bringing clarity with one's life aspirations and concerns. Thus, being able to offer guidance in regard to any daily issue or emotional challenge one may be facing. Along with one-on-one hands-on healing, Chantal is also a distance facilitator for healing and an ordained minister. She also is certified in 13th Octave LaHoChi, pineal gland activation, and clearing of negative and stagnant energy in the home and workplace. Chantal regularly holds gatherings where she plays quartz crystal bowls for sound healing at people's homes, in work spaces and studios that releases energetic blocks and has been found to heal long-standing pain of all types. Her Healing ability has been used on such issues as depression and dis-eases as serious as cancer. Services and Fees: Hands-On Healing (along with crystal bowl sound healing) - $125 This is an intense 1 1/2 to 2 hour session. Using my intuitive and counseling skills, along with hands-on healing work and ending the session with crystal bowl sound healing. 2 Hour Group Crystal Bowl Sound Healing - $20 pp 30 Minute Reiki Session - $50 1 Hour 13th Octave LaHoChi Healing - $100 1 Hour Counseling Session - $100 1 Hour Intuitive/Oracle Card Reading - $80 30 Minute Intuitive/Oracle Card Reading - $45 3rd Eye Pineal Gland Activation - $175 Ordained Minister Services: (Cost does not include mileage fee of .55 per mile) Wedding Officiant - $250 to $500 Baptism/Christening - $150 to $250 House Blessing and Clearing - $150 to $500 Affirmation of Love Ceremony - $200 Commitment Ceremony - $200


Bonnie offers a unique form of heart healing that is easy to follow and can give you instant long term gratifying results. You will gently learn how to let go of fears, doubts and confusion. He is opening your heart to receive a brighter perception,one of truth with love, understanding and support. HE will be eliminating negative thoughts that keep you from reaching your life's purpose.


Patricia Jenkins msw 16 Center St Suite #503 Northampton, MA 01060 4135842590 Proffessional and affordable marriage counseling in Northampton. Child Therapist, Gender Specialists, Marriage Counseling, Lesbian Bisexual Transgendered, Psychotherapist 

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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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