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Seattle Social Anxiety Therapists

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Stacy Lenny MSW, CDP, ACHT
4.9
from 16 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 37 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Amethyst F.
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Stacy is a very warm warm person with a laid back manner, very capable of explaining the process of therapy and guiding each step. I am enjoying the results just one session can bring and will likely follow up in the future!

Lotus Prana LLC
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
Ranelle M.
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Every time I have gone into see Lotus, I leave her office feeling refreshed & energized. I went to see her for hypnotherapy and got more than I expected. Her prana healing therapy is like hypnotherapy on steroids! I recommend her service to everyone. on a scale of 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest)-I give her a rating of 14!! The self improvement is noticeable by my friends and family and is priceless!!! Thank you Lotus!!!!

  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
Malachi E.
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When I first started working with Spencer, I had reservations about therapy due to previous experiences which I found to be... less than helpful. Over the course of around a year, Spencer helped me to develop techniques that would allow me to redirect my mind from the things that were causing me a great deal of depression and anxiety. This man has literally seen me at my worst and best, and aimed to provide me with support for either extreme. Some of the most challenging times of my life we're discussed with Spencer, and he was always open and non-judgmental. This is not to say, however, that Spencer is a "yes-man" therapist, and he frequently encouraged me to look at both sides of an interaction where I was struggling to see all points of view included. Long story short, if you want an understanding and compassionate therapist who will also help you challenge yourself to overcome the issues you're struggling with, Spencer is an excellent choice.

Vitman Counseling LLC
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Renee I.
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I've made incredible progress with Spomenka - she's honest, direct, while still being kind. She does EMDR therapy which is unbelievable!

Practice, PLLC
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Tracy B.
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I have a great group therapy. It's great talking to someone about everyday problems.

NoStressNoStigma.com
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Tim K.
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Thank you! Thank You! THANK YOU!!! Without this service I would have never met Amanda. She got out of me something I couldn’t tell myself/admit to for the last 9 years. It’s been painful to think about answering the questions she asked, but those are feelings I never allowed myself to have. I just wanted to thank her for a genius concept and execution. Amanda has been a life changer and a freedom giver. I was initially curious as to how I would feel communicating over Skype, but it was surprisingly comfortable (especially since I could remain in my pajamas at home). Amanda was super easy to talk to. I really have no time to get away from work for traditional therapy and I’m very excited to continue with this!

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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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