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Albany Christian Counselors

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  • 13 years in business
  • 40 hires on Thumbtack
Carrie M.
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Marjorie is a wonderful, caring, comforting, sincere person. When I first went to her office I was unsure of what to expect, in fact I have never been to counseling before. Marjorie welcomed me with open arms in to an encouraging atmosphere where she is currently helping me with multiple stresses in my life (a breakup, school, friendships and an eating disorder). My experience with Marjorie has been so calming that I have been able to open up to her about my personal life and leave feeling even more improved then 50minutes prior. I urge Marjorie and her counseling to anyone who is under pressure.

New Beginnings Wellness
4.7
from 10 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 28 hires on Thumbtack
Jeanne J.
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I have been counseled and been taught through Word of God Ministries and Seminary. Their spiritual services are top-notch and I have been blessed abundantly through them. I highly recommend their professional and compassionate counseling and academic services. Thank you and God Bless!

  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Jeff K.
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Audrey provides caring counsel. She goes a long way to explaining ideas that can be very new to her clients. Her attitude fosters participation from clients in their own therapy.

  • 18 years in business
Leslie F.
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I could write pages about Lauren Astor, but the bottom line is that she changed my life. After working with her, my marriage is better, I am much happier, and I've gotten the courage to launch a new business. She is a very kind, empathetic person and her coaching and counseling are first class. She has my absolute highest recommendation.

Compassionate Reach
5.0
from 3 reviews
    Rebecca B.
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    Before I left for Iraq, I made the commitment to talk to a professional and go into marriage counseling when I got back. After my deployment, I came home anxious and seething with anger and grief but I didn't trust anybody and I didn't want my husband to know how deeply depressed and suicidal I really was. I didn't want anybody to know! God provided Jamie for me to talk to and learn from--not just for help processing my deployment. She helped build on what knowledge I had about salvation, God's grace, anger, stress, stress management techniques, and temperament. She really helped me identify my stressors and our sessions gave me hope that I would get past where I was when we met. I have. I've even found my voice to talk about my experiences. It's been a journey of discovering God's grace and learning about His forgiveness and love for others--especially those with whom He does not have a relationship. A stronger, healthier me has strengthened my marriage and ability to be a good mom. My husband and I both attended the Bible Study Jamie Grubb and her husband established to foster a mentoring relationship between couples that have been married for different lengths of time. My two most important take-aways from that was how to actively listen to my husband and how to recognize my husband's communication style. Thanks to that class with Jamie and her husband, my husband and I don't stew very long and we resolve our conflicts VERY quickly--sometimes before they start!--because we have been equipped with the knowledge of how to communicate with each other effectively in a language the other understands. Also, because of that class, wherever my husband and I move we find another more experienced couple from which to learn. Thank you Jamie and Dave, for setting such great precedents for my family and for answering the Lord's call on your life. You really helped us in a very challenging time and now you know: You continue to help us today!

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    Focus on your student’s success- I limit the number of students I work with to 20 students per academic year. That way you know I have the time to make sure your student is the strongest possible candidate for their college applications. Proven Success- I have helped students gain admissions to Ivy League colleges, top 10 liberal arts colleges and many of the BS/MD programs in the country. However, my focus is on finding the right college for you, not on how a college ranks. Experience-I have more than 10 years experience helping hundreds of students through out the country find the best college for their needs. I have visited over 100 colleges around the US. Professional- I am a professional member of the Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA). I am also a member of the Higher Education Consultants Association (HECA), the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) and the Minnesota Association for College Admission Counseling (MNACAC). These organizations ensure that I am current on all aspects of the college admissions process. Critical thinking skills- I use my critical thinking skills developed as a lawyer to identify the best college for your student and then use those same skills to identify how your student can distinguish themselves on their applications. Great service-Lots of people say they provide good service. Here is what you get when your student works with me: Unlimited one on one time with me for you and your student from the time we start until your student chooses a college to attend. I am available days, evenings and weekends for phone calls and emails. The average response time to respond to an email is less than 4 hours. There are no limits on the number of colleges your student can apply to. There is no limit on the number of essays that a student can submit to me for editing. Satisfaction guaranteed. I can’t guarantee your student admission to a particular college but, I can guarantee you will be happy with the help I provide or I will refund the entire amount you paid. Period.

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    We are licensed professional counselors with years of experience, who offer psychological services to clients of all ages for the emotional struggles, life changes and troubling events they are facing. Bow Valley Counseling and Mediation offers a wide variety of therapeutic options to best suit the needs of the client(s) with whom they are working. Interventions are chosen based on the presenting problem and whether couple, family or individual work is required. Bow Valley Counseling and Mediation welcomes people of all faiths, ethnicities and orientations. They pride themselves on providing a comfortable environment with a focus on customer service that best promotes psychological healing. "Improving emotional well-being and relationships one person, one couple, and one family at a time." We are divorce and trauma specialists for all ages.

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    I offer counseling, life coaching, and hypnotherapy for behavior change. I offer a specialized and customized treatment that reaches far beyond traditional psychotherapy. If therapy has not appealed to you in the past, but there are changes you would like to see in your life, my company would likely be a great fit for you! My customers consistently report feeling incredibly comfortable and understood, and notice changes in their life almost immediately after commencing work together. I offer cutting-edge methods for changing your life!

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    I provide counseling and psychotherapy services for children, adolescents, adults, individuals, families, couples and marriages. I handle private practice dealing with life problems, mental health management and restoration and relationships of all kinds.

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    I offer faith-based (Christian) wedding ceremonies at your location. I will work with you to put together a Christian faith-based ceremony at the location of your choice. Pre-wedding counseling is available. I will be available for rehearsal one day prior to ceremony.

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    I provide Christian life coaching by partnering with the individual for their successful future through listening, reflecting, clarifying, encouraging, speaking truth in feedback, agreeing on next steps, and holding accountable. I conduct three calls per month for $175; I also offer unlimited email and spot calls (15 minutes limit). I've undergone training through Professional Christian Coaching Institute; I have master's in worship studies (2012), as well as a master's in expressive arts therapy.

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    As an Interfaith minister, I believe very strongly in meeting people where they are and in honoring their individual path. That means that every service I create reflects the beliefs and values of the people involved.

    • 11 years in business
    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
    About

    Your wedding should be a reflection of your remarkable relationship: unique, meaningful, and you! I can help bring the vision you have for your wedding service to life. Your wedding is a very special day, and I can help you make it just the way you want it. Whether that includes personal meaning and symbolism, brevity and humor, or something totally unique and all your own, I can help you make it happen. I have five years of experience in event production and holistic counseling. I provide nondenominational and multifaith wedding ministry and intuitive counseling services to all couples. I specialize in same-sex weddings, nontraditional or interfaith services, and anything out of the box. Multiple-level packages are available.

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    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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