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Updated on Jan 19, 2024

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Sarah Bryski-Hamrick, LPC

Pennsylvania, PC #010402; Florida, TPMC #4117

Seeing clients since 2013
About Sarah | She/her

Sarah is a therapist and community organizer living in eastern Pennsylvania. She is a liberation oriented therapist offering virtual therapy to millennials and Gen Zs in Pennsylvania. She understands that most of the issues younger generations face are a product of capitalism, and she works methodically to guide her patients towards a path to inner and outer liberation. Her patients heal from internalized ideas about success, value and productivity, normalizing rest, tenderness and self-compassion. With training in EMDR therapy, and certifications to treat both trauma and anxiety, she specializes in treating physical, relational and spiritual trauma. She loves treating workers, including other therapists and activists! As a leftist therapist, she offers something that therapy spaces have not always provided: a chance to de-shackle from the expectations of the status quo. Learn what it means to love yourself, to care for yourself during times of pain, and to be liberated. Schedule with Sarah now. Sarah also offers anti-exploitative career coaching to workers, and business coaching to therapists who are tired of being exploited under capitalism. These services are offered internationally. Sarah’s clients find value outside of their paycheck, as they form a healthier relationship with work. Sarah knows that work is meant to sustain life, not the other way around. Schedule a free call now. Sarah loves gardening, reading, rewatching good shows, meditating, journaling, hiking, sewing and movement.

Message to clients

When we think about traditional therapy, we think about treating the person, not the environment. Therapy and healthcare in general have a long history of putting blame on the patient, and not the systems they are having to navigate each day to survive. Therapy with me will be different. It will be restful. It will be nurturing in a way that you did not expect. We will not think of ways in which you can be a more productive worker, we will think of ways in which you can find joy and peace. We will work on healing traumas that you’ve experienced, focusing on externalizing blame and normalizing the time that healing takes. “I should be over this by now” will become “I am managing this better now.” Therapy with me is political. Our class, gender, race, ability and sexuality are politicized, so why shouldn’t our care be? Our work together will be through an anti-capitalist lens, shifting blame and discontent from the self to systems that cause you harm. You may be living with student loans, housing insecurity, family conflict, chronic illness or disability. Maybe you’ve been exposed to the violence of our criminal justice and healthcare systems. We will do our best to make your life not only livable, but pleasurable. We will collect tools that will help you manage the bad days, and strengthen your ability to be in the moment on good days. Get help from a leftist therapist today.

Education

Master in Music Therapy and Counseling | Drexel University, 2015

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 Only

Specialties

Career counseling/coaching, Anxiety, Trauma

Additional areas of focus

Anxiety, Body image, Career counseling/coaching, Chronic illness or pain, Depression, Existential questioning, Gender identity, Grief and/or loss, Highly sensitive people, LGBTQ+ sexuality, Life transitions, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Trauma

Therapeutic style

Affirming, Humorous, Holistic, Calming, Direct

Modalities

EMDR

Cost

$165

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Individual Session

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Couples Session

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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

Sarah is one of the most compassionate therapists that I know. I admire how professional she is while also showing up for clients in the ways they need. I've worked with Sarah professionally and I appreciate how much thought she puts into collaboration and how open she is to suggestion. I am always happy to send potential clients her way because I know they will be well taken care of.

—Johanna Dwinells, LPC
Peer review

Sarah is a compassionate therapist who is dedicated to helping others. She is insightful and respectful. Sarah gives her clients the space to express themselves and provides feedback and advice.

—Sherie Thompson, MSW
Peer review

Sarah is always willing and ready to learn from others. She’s an exceptional listener and respectful of all individuals and backgrounds.

—Diana Turner, ATR-BC
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5/5

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Larissa House, LCSW

California, LCSW #66309; Florida, TPSW #433; Pennsylvania, CW #023414

Seeing clients since 2011
About Larissa | She/her

Larissa House supports individual adults and couples in creating a compassionate and resilient emotional space for themselves where they can enjoy their lives and feel capable and strong. She has provided therapy to clients in nonprofits, at the Department of Veterans Affairs, and currently in private practice. Larissa is a Certified EMDR Therapist through the EMDR International Association and also certified in CBT through the Department of Veterans Affairs. Using these and other modalities, Larissa helps clients release past traumas and patterns that are keeping them feeling stuck so that they can feel confident, self-compassionate, and resilient in the present. She helps her clients develop practical tools to navigate their lives feeling capable and strong. In her work with couples, Larissa utilizes Gottman Therapy techniques and relationship tools to help couples improve their communication and connection so that they can create the relationship that they want to have with each other. Larissa enjoys supporting couples at all stages of love, whether they are dating, exploring deeper commitments, married, and dealing with life transitions (including becoming parents). She also specializes in supporting couples as they compassionately un-couple and close their chapter on their relationship, and she also supports them in navigating co-parenting and interacting respectfully so that they can give their shared child or children a sense of stability and love. Larissa is a multicultural individual with Filipino, Korean, Japanese, and African American heritage, and she is affirming of all people.

Message to clients

I want to help you heal your past traumas, grow your inner strength, and nurture the best version of yourself. I honor you as the expert in your life and want to collaborate with you to help you grow and achieve the goals that you have for yourself. I’m honored to work with incredible people, and I’m excited about helping you recognize how amazing you truly are. My guess is that you’re busy and that you don’t have a lot of time, energy, or money to waste on healing that isn’t going to work for you. I help my clients grow the lives that they want to have for themselves by creating clear goals, developing practical tools, and teaching them how to implement them in their lives, and I look forward to working with you to create a path to growing the way that you want to grow. Maybe today is one of those days where even the thought of putting one foot in front of the other feels exhausting and overwhelming. Or maybe today, you’re thinking about what living your best life looks like for you. No matter what kind of day it is today, I’m here to journey together with you.

Education

Master of Social Work | California State University, Sacramento, 2011 ; Licensed Clinical Social Worker | California, 2015 ; Florida, 2020; Pennsylvania, 2023

Race and ethnicity

Asian, Black

Cultural and experiential knowledge

Black culture, White culture, Hispanic culture, Native American culture, Arab culture, Pacific Islander culture, Asian culture, Caribbean culture, Jewish culture, African culture, Central and/or South American culture, European culture

Languages spoken

English, Spanish

Spiritual knowledge

Buddhism, Hinduism, Sikhism, Islam, Judaism, Christianity, Shamanism, Mormonism, Indigenous spiritualities, Non-religious (Agnosticism, Atheism, Secular)

None listed

Virtual or in person

Virtual Only

Specialties

Couples counseling, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Pregnancy and/or infant loss, Postpartum depression, and Second or third generation immigrant experience

Additional areas of focus

Anxiety, Bicultural experience, Bipolar disorder, Biracial experience, Blended families, Coparenting, Step parenting, Dating, Polyamorous/non-monogamous couples counseling, Depression, Fertility treatment, Divorce counseling, First generation immigrant experience, Intercultural/interfaith relationships, First responders, Gender identity, Grief and/or loss, Infertility, Infidelity/affairs, Life transitions, Military families, Parenting, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Premarital counseling, Racial/cultural identity, Second or third generation immigration experience, Social anxiety, Stress, Trauma, Veterans/military services, LGBTQ+ sexuality, Midlife stress, Caring professionals (doctors, therapists, etc.), Burnout, Self esteem/self worth

Therapeutic style

Affirming, Conversational, Holistic, Solution-oriented, Empowering

Modalities

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), EMDR, Gottman method, Psychodynamic, Solution-focused brief therapy, Trauma-focused, Strength-based therapy, Somatic therapy, Narrative

Cost

$185

/

Individual Session

$185

/

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

Larissa is a great couples therapist! She is warm, understanding, and compassionate. She helps people rebuild their relationships by supporting them to create new patterns while healing past hurts. She is insightful, personable, and really loves helping others. She is a great listener and she really cares about her clients. She also sees individuals and helps people deal with trauma.

—Janine Piernas, LMFT
Peer review

If you're looking for a therapist who is warm, has a great positive energy and asks great questions, Larissa is your person. She is easy to talk to, perceptive, organized, and clear. In addition to having a lot of training and experience, Larissa's glowing personality is what brings out your best self. I highly recommend her as a therapist!

—Ruthie Ayzenberg, LMFT
Peer review

Larissa is a caring, effective, and compassionate therapist who is truly motivated with helping individuals, mothers, and couples flourish. She is encouraging, driven, and determined to help individuals overcome their struggles and feel confident in themselves and relationships. I highly recommend Larissa because she easily connects with her clients and makes them feel seen, heard, and supported.

—Ashley Hudson, LMFT
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G. Nathanael Carela, LMFT

Michigan, LMFT #4101006874; Florida, LMFT #MT3525

Seeing clients since 2014
About G. Nathanael | He/him

Nate is not only bilingual (fluent in Spanish and English) but also embraces his multicultural background (hailing from Puerto Rican and Dominican heritage). He is deeply committed to broadening his own beliefs and perspectives to connect with individuals from diverse backgrounds. He actively seeks opportunities for personal growth in this endeavor. Nate leverages his diverse life and educational experiences to provide support to individuals, couples, and marriages as they navigate through their unique transitions and challenges. When working with individuals, he places a strong emphasis on helping them identify their life's purpose, effectively manage anxiety disorders, enhance emotional regulation, and cultivate healthier interpersonal relationships, whether romantic, familial, or friendships. In his work with couples, Nate addresses various issues, including communication challenges, effective problem-solving, premarital counseling, healing from infidelity, and guiding them through life transitions such as divorce, blended families, or the arrival of a new child. Nate's extensive professional background spans across different settings, including the school system, dependency courts/child welfare systems, community mental health agencies, private therapy practices, and in-home therapy services. He has a wealth of experience in supporting people of color and individuals from multicultural backgrounds. Nate's therapeutic approach is grounded in evidence-based practices, and he actively collaborates with his clients to find tailored solutions to their unique situations.

Message to clients

You find it difficult to believe how distant and cold your relationship has become. Many conversations escalate into heated arguments filled with personal attacks, dredging up past grievances, and defensiveness. Expressing your thoughts and feelings without fear of judgment has become a challenge. Despite your best efforts, numerous strategies you've tried to mend the relationship haven't consistently worked. This leaves you feeling isolated, frustrated, torn, and sometimes even desperate. Countless sleepless nights are plagued with thoughts that suggest your relationship might end if change doesn't happen soon. However, your hope remains intact. You yearn for happiness, understanding, and appreciation within your relationship. Your goal is to reignite the joyful moments, establish meaningful relationship goals, and rediscover a satisfying intimate life. I'm here to help you build a relationship that's truly worth nurturing! I provide in-person therapy in Southfield, Michigan, and also offer online counseling services accessible in Michigan and Florida through a secure Telehealth platform. My practice is inclusive, serving a diverse range of clients, including multiracial individuals and couples, Spanish speakers, those managing anxiety, and individuals with religious or spiritual beliefs.

Education

Masters of Science in Marriage & Family Therapy | Capella University, 2015

Race and ethnicity

Hispanic, Caribbean immigrant, Bicultural

Cultural and experiential knowledge

Hispanic culture, Caribbean culture

Languages spoken

English, Spanish

Spiritual knowledge

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

None listed

Virtual or in person

Virtual and In Person

Specialties

Anxiety, Couples counseling, Premarital counseling

Additional areas of focus

Anxiety, Bicultural experience, Blended families, Coparenting, Step parenting, Couples counseling, Dating, First generation immigrant experience, Infidelity/affairs, Intercultural/interfaith relationships, Life transitions, Panic attacks, Parenting, Premarital counseling, Social anxiety, Spirituality, Stress

Therapeutic style

Empowering, Conversational, Solution-oriented, Passionate, Challenging

Modalities

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Gottman method, Family systems, Solution-focused brief therapy, Strength-based therapy

Cost

$165

/

Individual Session

$190

/

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

Gelmar demonstrates genuine interest in improving the quality of life of his clients. Gelmar is bilingual! Gelmar stays calm under stress when problem-solving or when in teamwork.

—Matilde Fonseca, LMHC
Peer review

Gelmar has grown as a marriage and family therapist. He is very honest and humble with his clients. He looks for peer support and refers clients if they are not in the scope of his practice. He will be an asset!

—Dr. Ana Elizabeth Iosipan, PhD
Peer review

Nate, will provide a non-biased therapeutic environment. I have had many clients who had Nate for couples therapy and they reported that he was not biased and made them feel heard and seen. He has helped clients in his therapeutic setting seek out support and help individual. I have had clients report, if it was not for Nate they would not have seek individual therapy. He is empathic, and a great listener.

—Fadowa Harrel, LMSW
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5/5

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Sarah Bryski-Hamrick

$165

2013

Career counseling/coaching, Anxiety, Trauma

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Larissa House

$185

2011

Couples counseling, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Pregnancy and/or infant loss, Postpartum depression, and Second or third generation immigrant experience

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G. Nathanael Carela

$165

2014

Anxiety, Couples counseling, Premarital counseling

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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.

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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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