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Oak Harbor Psychotherapists

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  • 11 years in business
Jason R.
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Larry is a pleasure to work with. He is a good listener who can deliver insightful observations and advice, always with a sense of humor, which is welcome during therapy.

  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Elizabeth M.
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Heather has given me several tools that help guide me in my life today. I highly recommend her to anyone that is looking for a therapist.

Dawn Merydith, LICSW
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    Catherine H.
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    I have found Dawn to be an incredible listener. She is both perceptive and honest. Most importantly, she is extremely supportive. It feels very safe to talk to her.


    I’ve been practicing psychotherapy for 24 years. I have considerable experience with many different issues including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, relationship struggles, grief, coping with chronic illness, career struggles, abuse suffered in childhood, autistic spectrum disorders, and more. Yet, my professional expertise is humbled by a personal awareness of just how hard it can be to change. It takes the right sort of support and a lot of courage.


    Psychotherapy is not easily described in 100 words or less. It varies depending on the personality of both the therapist and the client and the particular issues the client brings to therapy. My role as your therapist is to provide an environment in which you feel safe and secure enough to explore the thoughts, feelings and beliefs that are causing your distress. This type of work takes time. Short term behavioral therapy can be helpful and I will draw from these methods when appropriate; however, I have had many clients report that methods such as CBT never get to the core of what is causing their suffering. My experience as a client and therapist has taught me that deeper, long-lasting results are more likely to happen in the presence of patience and perseverance. ***Given the confidential nature of this work, I do not ask clients to leave reviews.

    • 1 year in business

    Parks Psychotherapy Group provides comprehensive mental health counseling and case management to teens, individuals and families throughout Snohomish County. We are able to provide therapy in our Everett office and, under certain circumstances in your office, home or your teen's school.

    • 2 hires on Thumbtack

    I provide therapy for individuals and couples. I may be able to help you better cope with anxiety or depression, or to find greater personal fulfillment in your life. You are welcome to contact me even if you are not sure if psychotherapy will help you. After you let me know of your circumstances and what you are looking for, I will be able to understand if seeing me would be helpful for you.

    • 18 years in business

    Clarity Connection provides services from management consulting to psychotherapy. James, my husband, provides management consulting and coaching and I provide coaching and psychotherapy. We have both been in leadership positions within organizations that allow us to bring our unique depth of experience to meet your needs. I have an MA in Counseling an LMHCA degree. I work with individuals in transition. If you live in the San Juan Islands I am more than happy to meet you at my office on Orcas Island. If you live in the State of Washington, I can provide psychotherapy services using security encrypted video conferencing. I can provide coaching services without state restriction. James works with organizations to provide human resources support throughout the country and internationally. He is free to travel to your location.


    I provide counseling and psychotherapy for those seeking self-improvement, or to change negative patterns in themselves and relationships. I also work with those struggling with anxiety, depression, mood disorders, and trauma.


    I provide in-depth and compassionate psychoanalytic psychotherapy for adults as well as couple's counseling. I have twenty years of experience in private practice. If you are willing to do the hard work, you can heal from and find your way through destructive, self-defeating patterns and behaviors. Change is possible.

    • 2 years in business
    • 1 hire on Thumbtack

    My main specialties are grief/loss, trauma/traumatic loss, anxiety and panic disorders, PTSD, adult survivors of child abuse, relationship issues, anticipatory grief and death process. My style is informed by a system’s perspective where I draw on many modalities to offer you a holistic path that is tailored to your needs and goals. I am also trained in Lifespan Integration (LI 1 & LI 2) which is a mind-body therapy that is highly effective for treating trauma.


    I specialize in helping individuals and couples find meaning and connection in times of transition and difficulty. My particular areas of expertise include LGBTQ concerns, recent or past trauma, identity based issues, and long term work.

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    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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