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Updated on Mar 19, 2024

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Kayla Meyer, LCSW

Texas, LCSW 107370; Florida, LCSW SW19532

Seeing clients since 2017
About Kayla | She/her

Kayla Meyer, LCSW is located in Dallas, TX but offers tele-health with all patients in Texas and Florida. Kayla is a trauma-informed therapist and she practices a therapy modality Kayla is certified to practice a therapy modality called Brainspotting, which unwinds the brain’s learned reactions to danger through brain stimulation during emotional activation. In addition to Brainspotting, Kayla practices (KAP), Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy, a holistic modality to help people experience breakthroughs from deep rooted beliefs about self and trauma creating a sustained improvement in symptoms. Kayla’s style is warm and non judgmental. She is transparent with her clients and seeks to collaborate with them as they begin to heal from their trauma.

Message to clients

Kayla believes therapy can feel intimidating and should be backed by measurement based care. She hopes you feel like you're just meeting a regular person with her who uses data in a transparent fashion to know we have a plan for results. Kayla helps adults who grew up thinking they did not matter, were abused, abandoned or raised with violence or religious based fears and are now high achievers in professional lives but have a difficulty forming deep personal connections. This environment often forms deep truths we believe about ourselves and it impacts our overall mental health. When thinking of the past we can get stuck in vicious cycles, difficulty remembering large parts of childhood, feeling disconnected from ourselves, and we never really feel safe. Scary beliefs can start to form - did that really happen?

Education

Masters of Social Work | University of Central Florida, 2019

Race and ethnicity

White

Cultural and experiential knowledge

White culture

Languages spoken

English

Spiritual knowledge

Non-religious (Agnosticism, Atheism, Secular)

None listed

Virtual or in person

Virtual and In Person

Specialties

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Psychedelic assisted therapy, Veterans/military services

Additional areas of focus

LGBTQ+ sexuality, Medical trauma, Sexual harassment, abuse, and/or assault, Trauma

Therapeutic style

Holistic, Solution-oriented, Empowering

Modalities

Attachment based, Brainspotting, Mindfulness based, Trauma-focused

Cost

$175

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Individual Session

$225

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Couples Session

/

Family Session

Sliding scale

Offers sliding scale spots

Insurance accepted
Does not work directly with insurance companies
Works with your out of network benefits to get you reimbursed for therapy
Click here to check your out of network benefits for free
Peer review

Kayla is dedicated to the care of everyone she works with and always up to date on the newest evidence based options for trauma including psychedelic therapy options.

—Jeacovy Gayle
Peer review

Kayla is a trauma based therapist who is trained in multiple modalities. Kayla is a person centered and evidenced based therapist who strives for transparency, and is solution focused.

—Jaclyn Drake, MS
Peer review

Kayla is an amazing therapist. She is both caring and professional as well as intellectual and open minded. She is a fantastic therapist for anyone seeking healing for trauma.

—Lydia Michela Giordano, LCSW
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Marian Cooper, LCSW, ATR

California, LCSW #110949; Texas, LCSW #104193; New York, LCSW #084473

Seeing clients since 2008
About Marian | She/her

Marian Cooper is a Psychotherapist and owner of Own the Moment Therapy, a private counseling practice that focuses on helping high achievers to let go of unrealistic expectations, live in the moment, and stop chasing perfection. Marian is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Registered Art Therapist who is passionate about helping clients overcome unhelpful patterns, live in the moment, and bring self-care into their lives. She offers solution focused individual therapy integrated with expressive arts to help busy professionals, learn to live life on their own terms without guilt. Marian is excited to assist her clients in learning effective strategies for muting their inner critic and creating change. Marian provides individual therapy to clients in-person (in the state of Texas) or online to clients located in Texas, New York, and California. Marian has a Masters Degree in Social Work from New York University and a Masters in Art Therapy Counseling from Hofstra University.

Message to clients

Hi! I’m Marian, and I specialize in empowering high achievers like you to overcome the pressure to maintain high standards. I understand the unique challenges you face as someone who constantly strives for excellence in all areas of life, leading to overwhelming anxiety and a fear of not measuring up. Together, we will explore these challenges and develop strategies to help you cope. My approach is supportive, direct, and collaborative. I use an integrated approach of cognitive-behavioral therapy and creative arts. In our sessions, you can expect a safe and non-judgmental space. I firmly believe that vulnerability and self-compassion are powerful tools in embracing your authentic self and understanding that you are more than your achievements. Together, we can reshape your self-perception and pave the way for healthier, more balanced living. If you are ready to step away from the shackles of anxiety and perfectionism, I am here to guide and support you every step of the way. Let's embark on this journey of self-discovery and growth together.

Education

Masters of Social Work | New York University, 2008; Masters of Art Therapy Counseling | Hofstra University 2020

Race and ethnicity

Black

Cultural and experiential knowledge

Black culture

Languages spoken

English

Spiritual knowledge

Christianity

None listed

Virtual or in person

Virtual and In Person

Specialties

Anxiety, Life transitions, Self esteem/self worth

Additional areas of focus

Stress, Burnout

Therapeutic style

Direct, Humorous, Affirming, Conversational, Solution-oriented

Modalities

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Art therapy, Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), Solution-focused brief therapy, Strength-based therapy

Cost

$200

/

Individual Session

/

Couples Session

/

Family Session

Sliding scale

Does not offer sliding scale spots

Insurance accepted
United Health Care, Aetna, Oxford (New York and Texas only)
Does not work directly with insurance companies
Works with your out of network benefits to get you reimbursed for therapy
Click here to check your out of network benefits for free
Peer review

She's a knowledge, comforting professional at all times. She brings extensive experience and great interventions to all her sessions. After working with her, I'm certain she would be an asset to anyone looking for a therapist. I absolutely recommend her.

—Ebony Kimario, LCSW
Peer review

Marian truly cares about helping her clients. She is easy to talk to and makes you feel at ease. I highly recommend her to anyone seeking counseling.

—Kellie Brown, LMHC
Peer review

Marian is one of the most genuine, loving, caring therapists I know! I had the pleasure of meeting her 2 years ago at our peer supervision group. She never fails to not only empower her peers, yet also recreate them to be the powerful therapist that they are to support well deserving individual who care to grow. I have no doubt that should you be her client, she would provide you her top notch authentic, inspirational and natural loving way, recreating the power in all her clients. She never fails to exude humbling confidence and loving care to those she cares for! Highly recommended!

—Mary Ng-Tedjasukmana, LCSW
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Kelli Penner, LMFT

California, LMFT #79102; Texas, LMFT #204019

Seeing clients since 2008
About Kelli | She/her

Kelli's early academic training and much of her personal interest has been in utilizing Psychodynamic Theory (exploring what the experiences in the therapeutic relationship can tell us about the rest of your life), including Attachment Theory (looking at your earliest relationships and how they developed a model of the world for you). Kelli's focused training in working with children and adolescents has also included Cognitive-Behavioral Theory, which she uses with her adult clients when they find that the skills contribute to the process. Kelli values continued learning, and focuses many of her continuing education trainings in better understanding how to treat complex trauma, providing allied and inclusive therapy for LGBTQIA+ clients, and child and adolescent specific issues. Kelli also has over 10 years of experience working with couples and families in building better connections, communication, and boundaries. She encourages and utilizes mindfulness skills in her practice, as a way to help regain control of your emotional and thought regulation.

Message to clients

I believe that therapy can benefit everyone, and also believe that not every therapist is a good match for every client. This work takes engaging with some very vulnerable thoughts and feelings, though through my own experiences in therapy, as well as my observations as a therapist, I have seen how the discomfort is worth the growth. Through my past and ongoing explorations of understanding which systems I was born and raised into, I am continuously learning how those systems have contributed to, or too often, limited my ability to create safety for others. I believe that safety (be that physical, emotional, financial, or otherwise) are inherent rights of all human beings, and am committed to growing so that this is true in both my personal life and my work as a therapist. Therapy is a collaboration. I bring education and training in understanding relationship dynamics, the impacts of trauma, emotional disconnect, & self-regulation tools. You have expertise and knowledge of yourself and your experiences, even if it doesn't always feel that way. I will work with you to develop goals for therapy, including: changes you are hoping to make, coping skills you might benefit from, how to expand your resources, & personal strengths we can build upon.

Education

Masters of Marital and Family Therapy | Fuller School of Psychology, 2010

Race and ethnicity

White

Cultural and experiential knowledge

White culture

Languages spoken

English

Spiritual knowledge

Christianity, Non-religious (Agnosticism, Atheism, Secular)

None listed

Virtual or in person

Virtual and In Person

Specialties

Anxiety, Couples counseling, Trauma

Additional areas of focus

Adolescents/teens, Children, Life transitions, LGBTQ+ sexuality, Anxiety, Caring professionals (doctors, therapists, etc.), Depression, Existential questioning, Family counseling, Gender identity, Highly sensitive people, Grief and/or loss, Intercultural/interfaith relationships, Mindfulness and/or meditation, Parenting, Polyamory/non-monogamy/open relationships, Premarital counseling, Self esteem/self worth, Spirituality, Stress, Transgender people

Therapeutic style

Direct, Humorous, Inquisitive, Empowering

Modalities

Attachment based, Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), Family systems, Gottman method, Internal family systems (IFS), Mindfulness based, Play therapy, Psychodynamic, Strength-based therapy, Trauma-focused

Cost

$275

/

Individual Session

$325

/

Couples Session

$325

/

Family Session

Sliding scale

Offers sliding scale spots

Insurance accepted
Does not work directly with insurance companies
Works with your out of network benefits to get you reimbursed for therapy
Click here to check your out of network benefits for free
Peer review

Kelli is incredibly intelligent and is always aware of and learning about the newest research and tools to best care for her clients. She is well known as one of the best supervisors in our community because of her depth of knowledge and ease of attuning to her supervisees as well. She's kind and thoughtful and incredibly trustworthy in her guidance.

—Janie Glassmith, LMFT
Peer review

Kelli is a caring and compassionate therapist. She looks at each person individually with their unique qualities and work with them accordingly. She starts with the person where they are at and walk with them on the journey to where they want to be.

—Irene Choi-Rapp, MFT
Peer review

Not every therapist does their own inner work, but Kelli has and does. She is grounded, present, and genuine. Kelli is one of the most competent, research-informed therapists I know. She genuinely wants to understand and support her clients, and those are just some of the reasons I trust her work.

—Karen Gwaltney, LMFT
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Victoria Reyna, Licensed Professional Counselor

Texas, LPC #79846; New Mexico, PCMHC #CTB-2023-0551

Seeing clients since 2016
About Victoria | She/her

Meet Victoria, a kind and empathetic clinical mental health counselor who is dedicated to helping individuals in Texas and New Mexico. She completed her Master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from New Mexico State University in 2017, and since then, she has been helping people dealing with ADHD, anxiety, and low self-esteem through her practice, Rising Perspective Counseling. Victoria's approach is centered around empowering her clients and helping them recognize and diminish negative self-talk. She understands that everyone has unique strengths and weaknesses, and her goal is to identify those strengths and address any executive functioning weaknesses to improve their quality of life. Her clients appreciate her warm and compassionate demeanor and her ability to provide practical techniques and strategies to help them manage their everyday struggles. If you're struggling with ADHD, anxiety, or low self-esteem, Victoria is here to help. With her expertise and guidance, you can learn to overcome negative self-talk and improve your overall well-being.

Message to clients

Life can be tough sometimes. Whether you're struggling in your relationships, facing significant changes, trying to figure out who you are, or feeling stuck in a rut. Maybe you're working through past traumas and seeking ways to accept yourself. Or perhaps you just discovered that your emotional struggles and impulsive decisions were caused by undiagnosed ADHD, and you're trying to make sense of it all. Whatever you're going through, I'm here to help. Dealing with ADHD can make it feel like everything is against you, and you're constantly falling short. My work involves identifying and addressing negative thoughts and beliefs about ourselves and the world. Empowering my clients by showing them they have the resources they need to succeed is crucial. I am certified to work with individuals with ADHD, providing psycho-education and strategies to improve Executive Functioning and overall quality of life. I get that we all have our unique journeys in life. That's why I like to take a personalized approach to therapy, so we can create a plan that's just right for you. We'll use evidence-based techniques to help you overcome challenges and reach your full potential. And don't worry; I'm all about warm and compassionate vibes - no judgment here! You can trust that you'll always have a safe and supportive space to share your thoughts and feelings without fear of criticism.

Education

Masters of Clinical Mental Health | New Mexico State University, 2017

Race and ethnicity

Hispanic

Cultural and experiential knowledge

Hispanic culture

Languages spoken

English, Spanish

Spiritual knowledge

Christianity

None listed

Virtual or in person

Virtual Only

Specialties

ADHD, Anxiety, Self esteem/self worth

Additional areas of focus

Anger management, Burnout, Career counseling/coaching, Caring professionals (doctors, therapists, etc.), First responders, Life transitions, Self esteem/self worth, Stress, ADHD

Therapeutic style

Affirming, Calming, Conversational, Empowering, Solution-oriented

Modalities

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), Psychodynamic, Solution-focused brief therapy

Cost

$140

/

Individual Session

/

Couples Session

/

Family Session

Sliding scale

Does not offer sliding scale spots

Insurance accepted
Aetna and United
Does not work directly with insurance companies
Does not provide superbills for out-of-network-benefits
Click here to check your out of network benefits for free
Peer review

Therapy seekers should hire Victoria as their therapist because of her professional background working with children and adolescents diagnosed with intellectual developmental disabilities. Victoria takes a slow therapeutic approach that best fits the clients individual needs and their level of comfort. Victoria has the educational and professional background in her speciality area.

—Brittany Desantiago, MA
Peer review

Victoria is dedicated to improving the lives of her clients. She is compassionate and understanding. She strives to help others struggling with ADHD.

—Victor Carrasco, LPC, PhD
Peer review

Victoria is ethical, competent, compassionate and professional. She aims to assist and modify treatment to assist clients with their concerns and journey to healing. She is passionate about her career and strives to continue to improve, educate and stay updated in furthering her skills to assist clients mental health needs.

—Melissa-Cristal Nuñez, LPC
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Janae Kim, LMFT

Texas, LMFT #203333; California, LMFT #84906

Seeing clients since 2010
About Janae | She/her

Meet Janae Kim, a licensed psychotherapist who doesn't like to just stay above the surface but actually get to the root of clients' issues. Her work as a therapist began in California where she received my M.A. in Clinical Psychology and worked extensively in community mental health since 2010 helping individuals overcome chronic and debilitating issues. Janae has a special bent toward helping those whose lives have been significantly shaped by their trauma and other distressing events. She utilizes a wide range of mindfulness-based practices, such as Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), which is an extensively researched form of therapy that has helped countless individuals to make breakthroughs. She is also informed in Internal Family Systems (IFS), a powerful framework that helps to increase understanding of different parts of ourselves that are often in internal conflict. She frequently brings EMDR and IFS together to maximize the healing experience for her clients.

Message to clients

It’s important to me that I work with clients as a team while providing a safe, non-judgmental space as they share their broken past, present struggles and future hopes. While my style has been described as warm and empathetic, I’m not shy about gently challenging my clients to go deeper by asking questions that can help get to the root of their struggles. In other words, I strive to help clients gain not merely insight, which can be freeing at first, but more importantly a genuine desire to change from within.

Education

Masters of Arts in Clinical Psychology | Azusa Pacific University, 2011

Race and ethnicity

Asian, Asian immigrant

Cultural and experiential knowledge

Asian culture

Languages spoken

English

Spiritual knowledge

Christianity

None listed

Virtual or in person

Virtual Only

Specialties

Anxiety, Bicultural experience, Trauma

Additional areas of focus

Chronic illness or pain, Depression, Racial/cultural identity, Spirituality, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Therapeutic style

Affirming, Calming, Challenging, Empowering, Holistic

Modalities

Attachment based, Faith-based counseling, EMDR, Internal family systems (IFS), Mindfulness based, Trauma-focused

Cost

$180

/

Individual Session

/

Couples Session

/

Family Session

Sliding scale

Does not offer sliding scale spots

Insurance accepted
Does not work directly with insurance companies
Works with your out of network benefits to get you reimbursed for therapy
Click here to check your out of network benefits for free
Peer review

Janae is knowledgable in her work and exhibits compassion and empathy for her clients. She goes above and beyond to help her clients, as she has a wide array of clinical skills and experience. Janae is a trusted colleague and I highly recommend her as a clinician!

—Lily Gatica, LMFT
Peer review

Janae is warm, compassionate, and genuinely curious and empathetic. She walks alongside her clients and truly wants to see their lives changed for the better. She is highly skilled and has excellent training, and would be an invaluable part of any care team.

—Grace Yeh, LMFT Associate
Peer review

Janae is one of the most genuine, kind, thoughtful therapist you will work with. She balances holding both warm presence for you to "just be" and challenging gently when it's needed for the client. She is already very experienced and skilled, but she always seek out continual training to better serve her clients.

—Linda Yoon, LCSW
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2017

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Psychedelic assisted therapy, Veterans/military services

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$200

2008

Anxiety, Life transitions, Self esteem/self worth

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$275

2008

Anxiety, Couples counseling, Trauma

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Frequently asked questions about therapy

What's the difference between in-person and virtual therapy?

Although there is no research that suggests in-person or virtual therapy is more effective, you may prefer one over the other. Some people prefer the intimacy of being in the same physical space as their therapist, while others prefer receiving treatment in the comfort of their own home. If you have a tight schedule, virtual therapy is a great option since you won’t commute to your therapist’s office. Virtual therapy also allows you to see any therapist throughout your state, which means one less barrier to finding your soulmate therapist!

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Deciding when to start therapy is a very personal decision, but we recommend starting sooner rather than later. Along with running the risk of your mental health declining, you also miss out on time spent working on yourself, repairing your relationships, and so much more. Life is short, so why not make it the best possible as soon as possible?

What type of therapy is right for me?

Your therapist will carefully customize your treatment plan, and they will likely rely on a variety of therapeutic methods. There are some treatment methods that are better for specific disorders (like exposure therapy for OCD or phobias), but a combination of several will likely be the best option for you.

Is going to therapy worth it?

We’re huge advocates for therapy at Best Therapists, but we know that not everyone has a good experience in therapy. Working with a high quality therapist (with whom you have a great relationship) can be life changing. You can change harmful behaviors or thought patterns, shed or improve hurtful relationships, increase your resilience and coping methods for dealing with mental illness, and much more. We think that that’s pretty frigging worth it, but finding the right therapist for YOU is crucial to this equation.

What's the difference between a psychotherapist and a psychologist?

The main difference between psychotherapists and psychologists is their education. Psychologists receive more education, and in some cases, psychologists focus more on research than clinical work. But both therapists and psychologists go through thousands of hours of clinical training. When choosing a therapist, the skill of the therapist and your relationship with them matters way more than which degree your therapist has.

Do therapists offer free consultations?

Yes, most therapists offer free consultations. This not only benefits you, but the therapist too! Therapists want to see if you are a good fit before doing an official therapy session with you to save you (and them) time and energy. Although your relationship has barely begun, you both will feel out your chemistry. You won’t be BFFs by the end of the consultation, but should get a sense of whether or not you’ll work well together.

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