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Kathryn Armstrong, MA, LPC
from 35 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 135 hires on Thumbtack
Kenneth S.
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My wife and I saw Kathryn 2 years before and we are coming back to her now for a tune-up. The first time we saw her we were impressed by her insight and sensitivity to our problems. Initially I was very uncomfortable with the idea of counseling but Kathryn made me feel at ease and she was able to get to the root of our problems quickly. She was sensitive, respectful and empathetic and had a great deal of wisdom about relationships. She was also able to help us with our parenting skills. Even though we are not religious we chose a faith-based therapist believing she would be honest with us about our issues because we have been to counselors in the past who would not commit one way or the other and we felt as if it was a waste of our time. We have drifted apart since seeing Kathryn and we want to restore our relationship so we have decided to come back and see Kathryn. She was very respectful of our religious choices in the past and we trust she will be again. She did not make faith a factor in her work with us but used only the highest professional & ethical standards.

  • 3 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
Tony V.
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I definitely 'felt stuck' in life and was renewing my New Year's resolutions almost daily without accomplishing much. I knew I needed a coach more than a counselor. David is giving me purpose to act and provides me with a level of accountability which was lacking before. Being in my late forties, my coach has given me back my optimism to live life to its fullest in my own way without fear of being judged...a life without fear actually. David is getting me unstuck from my past which is tremendously liberating! I highly recommend Third Force Life Coaching.

  • 3 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Sarah M.
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Paul and I worked together to analyze my strengths and challenges focused upon items work related that were keeping me frustrated and unhappy at work. Of course, some were related to personal issues as well. Paul was easy to talk to, knowledgable about helping me identify habits I did to block myself, and was very good at helping me figure out and develop a plan to address those blocks. Working with Paul was very helpful for me moving forward successfully. I really appreciated his style and helpfulness. He was always making sure I was moving in a positive direction. I would highly recommend Paul as a counselor.

from 7 reviews
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Chad J.
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We have known Mike and Carol Watson for some time now. They have been friends, mentors and encouragers to both of us individually and as a couple. When we got engaged in June of 2013, one of the easiest decisions we made in preparation for our marriage and wedding was to give Mike and Carol a call. We connected with them over the course of several weeks as they walked us through pre-marital counseling. Their insight on communicating as a couple and openly sharing our relational needs has been hugely beneficial in strengthening our relationship with one another. They are genuine people with a heart to care for and guide couples. We have seen their positive impact in not only our marriage but in the relationships of others they have connected with as well. Their biblical wisdom coupled with their practical life experiences from their own marriage were both helpful in our times together. They have a real gift for listening, making you comfortable with opening up and sharing and getting to the heart of potential struggles. Their vulnerability to share their own stories and their ability to care for you in the midst of your story is quite unique. You will not regret the time you spend with these two. Chad and Sarah J.

Sheila Martel
from 7 reviews
  • 21 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Michelle L.
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I feel that Ms. Martel is an excellent counselor. She was very patient with my teenager who had a big issue with trust. My daughter soon felt very safe with her. Ms. Martel is very experienced with many of the issues that young people are faced with now. In addition, she gave my daughter strategies in dealing with a chronic illness. I would highly recommend Ms. Martel to anyone looking for a counselor.

  • 2 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Pascal N.
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Therese is a very methodical and skillful counselor. She takes the time to listen and fully understand her clients' needs so she can develop the best approach to get them back on a positive footing with a better outlook on life. I strongly recommend her.

  • 4 years in business

Compassionate yet Realistic Enjoy assisting others through constructive communication and exploration of thought provoking nature. Eager to assist with Challenging Client life occurrences. Not intimidated to address and identify blocking elements that keep clients from their desired change and goals.

  • 4 years in business

I may not be rich, older, or special - but I am experienced and relatable to young students. I have experienced what they go through and can help them from making my same mistakes.


Why did I marry him or her? Is it always going to be this hard? Did I make a mistake? No, you probably did not! Men and women communicate in 2 different languages. If you learn what each other needs, believe me, life gets way easier once you know the secrets! Let me help. My husband of 11 years and I wrote a book called "The Marriage Manual" with 2 sections for him and her. Everything you need to know about making a marriage healthy is right inside. If you need additional counseling, I'm also available. We became "best sellers" on Amazon in February, and people seem to love the short and "straight to the point" way it is written.


I counsel abused teens, mentor youths and provide social and spiritual counseling. I edit books and write christian articles for magazines.


I have almost 20 years of counseling experience. I specialize in the following: * Anxiety * Depression * Couples * Families * Teens * Gender issues * PTSD * Substance abuse or dependence We will work with couples teaching communication and conflict resolution skills. I am a client-centered therapist.

  • 1 hire on Thumbtack

I am professional and trustworthy. I like to help others and give you my full attention.

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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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