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Life Balance Coaching
from 9 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 23 hires on Thumbtack
Lester M.
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Casey was my MFT intern for several years ending in the summer of 2015, when she moved to Texas. She was one of the very best interns I had in nearly forty years of practice as a licensed psychologist. Casey Rangel is highly empathic, insightful, easy to connect with, appropriately self disclosing, and very engaging with clients. She was a pleasure to supervise because of her openness and nondefensive style. I recommend her for any mental health or coaching type of position with absolutely no reservations!

  • 25 years in business
M_ G.
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Marsha in an incredible listener, which seems like a prerequisite for a psychologist, but she takes it to the next level. After years of working together, she still surprises me when she makes a connection between something I'm struggling with in the present and an experience I've shared with her in the past. Even on days when I arrive without an agenda, I leave with a sense of calm and new insights that I can take back into my life. Marsha brings a sharp, feminist perspective to her work, is always on schedule, easy to book, and keeps plenty of tissues and herbal tea on hand. She even surprises me between visits with articles she has read that she thinks might apply to my problems, a new app she thinks would help me with my anxiety, or a recommendation she heard from another (anonymous) patient for a good fertility doctor. I'd be lost without her and couldn't recommend her more highly.

Sheila Martel
from 7 reviews
  • 21 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Christina C.
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Our family originally engaged Sheila to support my son’s ADD issues and help him create strategies to deal with his struggles in school (in particular we explored Biofeedback Therapy). This went well but then my husband’s sudden decision to leave our family left all of us shocked and spinning. Sheila started seeing both children to help them deal with the trauma of divorce and all the intricacies of the situation. While her focus has been the children, she has been instrumental in helping me be the mother my children have needed through this time. She gives me the space to make mistakes and kindly brings me back to awareness of what the children need, want, and feel. She has helped all three of us grieve and cope and move on to an incredibly fulfilling life while still holding all of us accountable for our choices. While Sheila is definitely a strong advocate for the children and their mental and psychological health, she realizes that the parents play a huge role in that and so works with everyone to meet the children’s needs for safety, love, and strong boundaries. I would strongly recommend Sheila to anyone needing support and guidance dealing with the challenges associated with being part of a family as either a child or parent.

Elizabeth D.
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Adriana was very pleasant and professional. I felt very comfortable and safe. She explained to me about the massage process (it was my first shiatsu massage). How she was going to work on each part of my body and how it would improve my health. A very nice environment and very soft music helped the relaxation. Adriana had a great spirit, and masterful hands. I felt very calm, very relaxed, balanced. Afterwards, I had also an opportunity to talk with her about how I felt and things that went on my mind during my shiatsu session. It was a great conversation. At that time she acted also as a psychologist. I had the opportunity to have more sessions with her and she tailored each one to my specific needs. It was a great experience.

Austin Family Counseling
from 2 reviews
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Brandon M.
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Andrew saw my wife and me for counseling after the birth of our first child. It was an anxious and confusing time for us and Andrew helped us navigate a lot of changes. He was supportive and encouraging and he had a very calming presence. He seemed to have a good grasp on what it is like to be a new parent and that made it easier.

Simple Steps, LLC
from 2 reviews
    Marylyn P.
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    Christine worked with my 8 year old autistic daughter with both recreational therapy and aquatic therapy. In the course of about 6 weeks, I saw my daughter go from completely falling apart when she had to do hard schoolwork to being able to say, "This is very hard for me, and I'm feeling frustrated. Can you help me?" I can't tell you how HUGE that is for an autistic child! I highly recommend Christine and Community REC Therapies.

    My Intentional Success
    from 2 reviews
    • 2 hires on Thumbtack
    Belinda W.
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    I am impressed w/the concepts my child is not only learning, but actually comprehending and excited to implement. Dr. Webber is great w/these kids and has a good way of presenting information. They have brainstormed business ideas, plans and have even brought one to fruition. I'm excited to see where this all leads!


    I offer individual and couple counseling for problems, including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, recovery from addictions, problems with self-esteem, and difficult life changes. I have 20 years of experience working with people to shed their fears and stop repeating painful patterns in order to gain more happiness and fulfillment in their lives. I have seen therapy improve people in amazing ways, and find it inspiring to be a part of this process. I value research and scientific advancement, and continue to study human behavior and the brain, so that I can offer the most up-to-date information and techniques to help people change. I offer a free initial consultation, so that people can come meet with me in person to see if we are a good "fit." If I cannot help you, I will make a referral to someone who I think can.


    I practice family, child and individual counseling. Dual diagnosis and substance-use evaluations are available. This is foster-care service approved. Couples counseling after initial assessment is also available.

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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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