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Durham Child Therapists

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  • 23 years in business
  • 90 hires on Thumbtack
Chris M.
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Extremely caring, very professional, we received more in 50 minutes than we did in 6 months with our last therapist.

from 7 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Rachel C.
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Lucie Knapp helped me tackle multiple issues during our work together which went on for about five years. She counseled and supported me on the many issues involved with my food addiction and binge eating disorder. She served as a coach both in person and in phone calls, teleconferences and emails. She always made herself available as a source of support. When I decided to change careers, she helped me in a very challenging transition from leaving a job of over ten years in order to return to school and pursue a new path. She is insightful, attentive, and supportive. She has a vast understanding of many challenges we all face in life. She listens and guides without pushing her own agenda which is a gift when it comes to social workers, therapists and life coaches. She is incredibly resourceful in suggesting books, workbooks and assignments to help in the goals you are trying to accomplish in life. Most importantly she provides a safe space and an understanding, encouraging presence which is what is needed to accomplish your goals, regardless of what they are. I highly suggest her for whatever you're trying to accomplish from weight loss to anxiety management to mindfulness to career changing/transitions.

Rachel Ford, Ed.S., LPA
from 7 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
Kathy T.
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I have found Rachel to be very helpful for my current situation. Not only do I learn about myself, but she provides additional resources for me, which has been extremely helpful.

Grow Heal Love, Inc
from 6 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Damian R.
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I was diagnosed with anxiety disorder in my twenties and BP II in my thirties. The social anxiety was treatable with medication (Clonazepam). My bipolar II diagnosis came after a long bout with depression where I found that most medication had either zero effect or an adverse effect on me, this is when I first tried psychotherapy. Following my fathers death I went through an extended hypomanic episode which led to a debilitating crash. I sought help and found Melissa Cramer / Grow Heal Love. Not every therapist will be the right one for you, I was very lucky to find Melissa Cramer. Our weekly sessions usually began with mindfulness training, a guided meditation that allowed me to be more present for talk therapy. I have had therapists turn me down as a client because “I may be disruptive” being bipolar and a sundry list of other absurdities. My BP disorder was a non-issue with Melissa. Yes, some days I may be racing a bit and talking a mile a minute or be a bit down but I always felt calm and centered after each session. Ms Cramer’s demeanor is the same when seeing me manic or depressed which I came to really appreciate, it’s a mood disorder not a death sentence. I feel a debt of gratitude to Melissa Cramer as through our sessions I am teaching again, making art and embarking on a new business endeavor.

Green Health
from 6 reviews
    Hieu D.
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    I will start this review by saying I will tell everyone I know about Green Health! If you are having pains from old injuries, new injuries, or just a specific pain that you want taken care of, these are your people. I went in yesterday because They are currently offering a free first session, and I've been having issues in my shoulders from old injuries. Chao was my therapist and he did some range of motion tests on me, looked at my posture, and immediately knew what he had to do. But we didn't just jump into the massage. He brought up a digital version of the human body on a large tv. He went in and "took muscle off" the model to show me what muscles were causing me pain and how we were going to fix it. It was a nice change to have someone explain fully, with models, what was going on and what the initial cause of my pain was, not just "this hurts so I'll rub it". The massage itself was intense, in the best way! It was all business. At points it was uncomfortable, but as soon as those muscles relaxed, I felt 100 times better. My range of motion in my shoulders went from very little to where they should normally be in on 30 minutes. And it wasn't just a quick one day fix, today I am able to stand taller and rotate my shoulders with ease. I cannot say enough amazing things about Green Health! If you are thinking about going in, just go in. They would love to have you!

    KM therapeutics
    from 6 reviews
    • 3 years in business
    • 8 hires on Thumbtack
    Ryan P.
    Verified review

    Ms. McGraw performed lymphatic massage therapy for a duration of one hour. She was flexible enough to make a home visit, which was very helpful and convenient for me. I have worked with many a therapist over the years and hands down, Ms. McGraw provided a quality experience superior to all others. Without question, it is clear Ms. McGraw has a background in PT and is a very educated expert in her field. I recommend her without hesitation.

    • 4 years in business
    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
    Rebecca H.
    Verified review

    I have seen Dr, Doug for both personal work and couples therapy for several months. I have found Dr. Doug to be a very caring, flexible and knowledgeable therapist. Our family has had many experiences with different therapist's through the years. I feel like Dr. Doug has a wide range of knowledge, brings all of it to the table and uses it skillfully. Dr. Doug also was able to see us after regular hours when very few others would (my husband works out of town and is only home on the weekends). I would not hesitate to recommend Dr. Doug to anyone and have already done so to many of my friends!

    Oak Heart Counseling, PLLC
    from 2 reviews
    • 3 hires on Thumbtack
    Mary K.
    Verified review

    Jessica is an outstanding therapist, very professional, caring and easy to relate to. I highly recommend Oak Heart Counseling for anyone who is looking for support for a mental health issue.

    Jenna Best LPCA, NCC
    from 1 review
    • 4 years in business
    Matthew D.
    Verified review

    Jenna is an excellent therapist who possesses the rare combination of genuine empathy with practical, science-based counseling. I would recommend Jenna for both individual and couples counseling as I have used her in both scenarios. I can honestly say she is one of the best, if not the best, therapists, I have ever spoken with. I highly recommend Jenna.

    Joseph Burgo, PhD
    from 1 review
      Susan T.
      Verified review

      I met with a few different therapists before meeting with Dr. Burgo. You won’t find a better psychotherapist. His rare intuitive capacity allowed him to identify all sorts of nuances about me in session that made me feel like I made sense to somebody for the first time in my life, and I began to make sense to myself. He isn’t afraid of doing the heavy lifting of challenging your defenses, even if you bite and scratch in return, but he’ll also offer comfort and support when your world turns upside down. He *earns* his money. Seriously; don’t hesitate. I’m a tough customer and Dr. Burgo changed my life!


      I have been helping couples change painful communication patterns for over 35 years. I offer individual, marital and family therapies using ABCTherapy, a model I have developed in conjunction with my Duke colleagues over the last 12 years.


      Life is frequently presenting us with situations we would rather avoid. But, life transitions are unavoidable. There are challenges such as: * Dealing with limitations and disappointments * Having a brain that thinks differently than others think it should * Growing up * Parenting others who struggle * The sadness that comes with letting go of others, either by divorce, death, or the end of a relationship or friendship * Navigating the hurdles of mental and physical illness These hurdles are confusing for anyone. For over two decades, I have worked with couples, families, children, teens, and young adults who are struggling with issues such as these. I am a licensed clinical social worker and pastoral counselor. Through applying complementary therapeutic approaches and solution-focused therapy, my goal is to help you discover your true power and potential to live a life you enjoy.



      I am a counselor therapist for families, couples, and individuals of all ages. I have experience in working with victims of trauma. I also work with at-risk teens. I am a member of American Counselors Association and have a degree in Master of Arts and Divinity from Campbell University.


      Lesli Doares is your relationship coach in Cary, North Carolina providing licensed family and marriage counseling services. Lesli has a life-long curiosity about what makes marriage work, and after professional study and a marriage nearing the quarter century mark, she has found some answers. As an expert in what makes relationships successful, Lesli is approachable and open. Her clients feel listened to and understood as she honestly and gently challenges them to think about their relationship in a new and different way. She is the author of Blueprint for a Lasting Marriage: How to Create Your Happily Ever After With More Intention, Less Work. She focuses on helping couples build strong, secure relationships using a simple five-step approach to create their ideal marriage. She is available in person in Cary and Raleigh, North Carolina and nationwide via internet, Skype, phone or video conference.


      Responsibilities include: Being a clinical and administrative supervisor. Training and educating staff regarding job duties and effective interventions based on diagnoses and symptomology. Facilitation of the Person Centered Planning process for rehabilitative services which includes the active involvement of the recipient and others identified as important in the recipient's life. Initial development, implementation, and ongoing revision of the Person Centered Plan for rehabilitative services. Monitoring and evaluating effectiveness of interventions as evidenced by symptom reduction and progress toward goals identified in the Person Centered Plan for rehabilitative services. Coordination and oversight of initial and ongoing assessment activities. Ensuring linkage to the most clinically appropriate and effective rehabilitative services. Additionally conducts clinical assessment and evaluation of consumers that report in a crisis to a variety of community settings including magistrate’s office, community sites, and Freedom House service areas in crisis and provides mobile services in community settings.


      • Provide individual and family therapy to potential consumers. • Perform assessments. • Determine appropriate treatment modality. • Provide crisis intervention. • Provide/coordinate treatment for the youth or other family members. • Coordinate/utilize community resources. • Ensure case documentation/records meet clinical standards and state licensure and Medicaid regulations. • Provide clinical supervision. • Receive/make referrals, and coordinate service planning. • Develop individual service plans.


      I am a licensed clinical social worker (mental health), as well as a licensed clinical addiction specialist. I work with teens up to elderly people on an array of issues like depression, anxiety, anger management, PTSD, work stress, interpersonal conflicts, teen issues, marriage counseling, and substance abuse. Additionally, I work with individuals, couples, and families.


      Wynns Family Psychology is a specialty child and adolescent private practice in Cary. We are doctoral level psychologists passionate about improving the lives of children and teens. WFP offers individual, couples and family therapy, as well as a variety of groups focusing on social skills, study skills, anger management and coping with divorce. In addition, we offer high quality and customized testing for AD/HD, learning disabilities, gifted, autism or aspergers and early entry to kindergarten. Finally, our particular niche is helping families dealing with divorce, marital conflict or custody disputes. Our clients often thank us for being quick to respond to calls and emails, going "above and beyond" to help their child or teen, and providing user-friendly tools and strategies to implement at home. We don't just listen; we offer a problem-solving and solution-focused approach.

      Q & A

      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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