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Updated on Mar 25, 2024

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Justin Witt, LCSW

Texas, LCSW #62896

Seeing clients since 2013
About Justin | He/him

Justin is a trained psychodynamic therapist with specialization in treating anxiety, trauma, relationship issues, and "helping professionals" (e.g. therapists). In session I tend to be direct, emotion-focused, and active. I have worked in community mental health centers providing group and individual therapy, as well as at the VA hospital seeing veterans with severe PTSD and mood disorders. I currently see clients in my private practice and use an eclectic approach that is heavily informed by Experiential Dynamic Therapy and ISTDP. I also incorporate EMDR when appropriate.

Message to clients

Could we be upfront? You're here because you want to feel differently. Maybe you're unsure about the problem. Or you know what it is but can't seem to fix it. Anxiety, traumatic experiences, relationship issues...it could be the same old pattern, or something out of the blue. Maybe you've had therapy before and it was disappointing. You're in a great place to start. There is a pattern to the pain, and we can look at it together. I take a very direct and engaged position in helping you explore yourself, your strengths and your challenges. Through this process you will become more self confident. We'll create a collaborative relationship in which you can be open and honest without judgment.

Education

Masters of Social Work | University of South Carolina, 2015

Race and ethnicity

White

Cultural and experiential knowledge

White culture, European culture

Languages spoken

English

Spiritual knowledge

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

None listed

Virtual or in person

Virtual and In Person

Specialties

Anxiety, Trauma, Caring professionals (doctors, therapists, etc.)

Additional areas of focus

Borderline personality disorder, Depression, Highly sensitive people, Personality disorders, Panic attacks, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Self esteem/self worth, Social anxiety, Veterans/military services, Codependency, Life transitions

Therapeutic style

Challenging, Direct, Affirming, Inquisitive, Gregarious

Modalities

EMDR, Depth psychotherapy, Psychodynamic, Trauma-focused

Cost

$125

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Individual Session

$160

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Couples Session

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Family Session

Sliding scale

Does not offer sliding scale spots

Insurance accepted
Aetna, United Healthcare
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

Justin is an empathic and highly skilled therapist who helps people make sense of their life story and present-day struggles, connect more deeply with their strengths, and feel freer and more able to seek satisfaction in their lives. His approach is both supportive and engaging, intuitive and structured.

—Deborah Bergmann, LPC
Peer review

Justin is a warm, thoughtful, and skilled clinician who brings both his expertise and his authentic self to therapy. He is creative in his approach to therapy, and grounds his interventions in evidence-based research. I highly recommend Justin to someone seeking therapy.

—Blake Martin, PhD
Peer review

Justin is a dedicated therapist who provides a safe and calm environment for all who choose to work with him. He has experience working with people of various ages and backgrounds and is able to bring that expertise to his practice. If you're looking for a supportive person ready to help you make needed changes in your life, Justin is a great choice.

—Amy Bryant, LPC
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Alissa Martinez, LPC

Texas, LPC #818626

Seeing clients since 2018
About Alissa | She/her

Alissa is a Licensed Professional Counselor who specializes in anxiety, self-esteem, and relationships. She has a strong interest in exploring a person's thoughts and feelings and understanding the biological, societal, and psychological factors in their lives that contribute to them. As an anxious person herself, she deeply understands the pain that comes with experiencing persistent anxiety and self-doubt, and she knows the level in which it can impact any and all relationships in life. Having confronted this within herself has given her the profound ability to access the parts within that are already built into us. She is motivated by the beauty that is found only by understanding and accepting the pain that we live. Through collaborative psychotherapy, Alissa believes you can accomplish a greater sense of self awareness, the ability to reflect more constructively, and a greater sense of control over your whole self. She is trained in various therapeutic techniques, and most enjoys utilizing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Relational-Cultural Therapy (RCT), Gottman Method, and Attachment-Based Therapy. Alissa is confident in her ability to serve and support you by meeting you where you’re at in your mental health journey. In creating an open and safe space where anxiety and reflection (or sometimes humor) can meet, she's hopeful that together you can break down your existing barriers and find growth!

Message to clients

Hi there, you! I don't know you yet, but I'm so glad you've decided to start therapy for the first time, or restart therapy because you understand how valuable reflection and self awareness is to your wellbeing and growth! If you've been feeling stressed and anxious, if you're confused about how to manage day-to-day life and are feeling inadequate about it, or if you're struggling to trust yourself in life because you've lost (or have never discovered) your sense of purpose, then say no more! Just kidding, tell me more and more until we can make sense of it as a team. I understand you may be feeling in the trenches. Together we can explore, self discover, and feel empowered in learning about who you truly are, perhaps for the first time. I'm certainly looking forward to it!

Education

Masters of Clinical Mental Health Counseling | University of Texas at San Antonio, 2018

Race and ethnicity

Hispanic

Cultural and experiential knowledge

Hispanic culture

Languages spoken

English

Spiritual knowledge

Christianity

None listed

Virtual or in person

Virtual and In Person

Specialties

Anxiety, Self esteem/self worth, Couples counseling

Additional areas of focus

Burnout, Codependency, Depression, Life transitions, Midlife stress, Premarital counseling, Stress, Trauma

Therapeutic style

Humorous, Empowering, Affirming, Conversational, Laid back

Modalities

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Attachment based, Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), Gottman method

Cost

$135

/

Individual Session

$150

/

Couples Session

/

Family Session

Sliding scale

Does not offer sliding scale spots

Insurance accepted
Aetna
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

Alissa is a skilled therapist who approaches each client with respect and acceptance. She is dedicated to helping her clients reach their goals and shows great compassion and empathy in the process. She cares deeply for each of her clients well-being.

—Lisbeth Benavides, LPC
Peer review

Alissa is a professional at every level. Alissa’s priority is providing clients with individualized treatment. She treats each client with care and respect.

—Lisa Cantu, LPC
Peer review

Alissa truly cares about her clients and goes above and beyond to meet their individualistic needs. She takes into consideration the multifaceted systems at play to create individualized treatment plan for each of her clients. By doing this, Alissa is able to meet her clients where they are at while simultaneously encouraging them for change through empowerment and building off of their own innate strengths.

—Taylor Jones, MS, LPC
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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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Laura Sanders, LPC Associate

Texas, LPC Associate #94345

Seeing clients since 2023
About Laura | She/her

Laura is a licensed professional counselor, author, meditation teacher, energy healer and intuitive. Her specialties include therapy for highly sensitive people, recovery from abusive relationships and therapy for perinatal mental health. She loves working with adults and children and including creative interventions such as art and music. With a background in trauma therapy, she is fully trained in EMDR. Laura is spiritually diverse with many personal practices including breathwork, kundalini and vinyasa yoga, and sound healing. Her book Supernatural Recovery: An Empaths' Guide to Overcoming Addiction and Trauma can be found on Amazon. She is a proud LBGTQIA+ affirming ally.

Message to clients

Welcome! If you are on this website it shows you are taking a brave first step to changing your life. It isn’t easy to ask for help but you’re doing it! I am familiar with the healing journey because it is one I have taken myself. I walked the path with the help of some amazing people who let me show up as my authentic self and explore new ways of being. Now I am honored to give this gift to others. My approach is person centered meaning compassion is at the heart of my work. I am passionate about nervous system recovery and client education. I believe in finding your unique strengths and using them as part of the counseling process. Whatever it is you are walking through, we can walk through it together.

Education

Masters of Mental Health Counseling I West Texas A and M, 2023

Race and ethnicity

White

Cultural and experiential knowledge

White culture

Languages spoken

English

Spiritual knowledge

Buddhism, Christianity, Shamanism, Wiccan/Paganism, Non-religious (Agnosticism, Atheism, Secular)

None listed

Virtual or in person

Virtual and In Person

Specialties

Mindfulness and/or meditation, Abuse, Parenting

Additional areas of focus

ADHD, Anxiety, Addiction, Burnout, Codependency, Couples counseling, Highly sensitive people, Panic attacks, Neurodivergence, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Postpartum depression, Psychedelic assisted therapy, Spirituality, Trauma, Substance misuse/dependency, Stress

Therapeutic style

Affirming, Holistic, Solution-oriented, Conversational, Intellectual

Modalities

Art therapy, Attachment based, EMDR, Mindfulness based, Somatic therapy, Trauma-focused, Music therapy, Enneagram

Cost

$150

/

Individual Session

$150

/

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

Laura is very emphatic and does a phenomenal job at building a strong therapeutic relationship. She is also very well-studied and experience working with trauma using different techniques including EMDR. Laura had a huge influence on me as a young counselor!

—Anthony Morgan, Counseling Intern
Peer review

Laura is constantly wanting to learn more. Her enthusiasm is clearly seen by her clients and it helps build quick rapport. Laura does truly helps people unlock their own potential in a safe and appropriate environment. When Laura is unsure of anything, she seeks the answer from multiple sources to be able to find the best fit for the client. She is a life-long student, works well with others, and takes all constructive feedback to heart. She is a calming presence and has a great sense of humor.

—Vy Nguyen, MA, PHD
Peer review

Laura's life experience, warmth and skill make her an excellent therapist. I whole-heartedly recommend her.

—Karen Finley Breeding, MA, LPC-S
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Ileana Abreu, LPC Associate

Texas, LPC Associate #93216

Seeing clients since 2019
About Ileana | She/her

Ever feel like life’s a puzzle, but you’re missing a few pieces? You crave to feel happy and at peace, but something keeps coming up. Whether you’re a first gen navigating life, a constant people-pleaser, caught in codependent webs or bravely breaking generational cycles. I get it. You might be wrestling with self-doubt, feeling overwhelmed by others expectations and struggling to say no or put yourself first.. If you’re nodding along, you’re not alone. Counseling can be the piece you need, let’s put the pieces together one symptom at a time and rewrite your story. I specialize in helping First-Generation Americans, people pleasers and those looking to break free from negative behavior patterns. If you’ve been feeling stuck and ready to rewrite your story with a healthier mindset. Improve relationships and lessen signs of anxiety or depression, I’m here to help guide you through this.

Message to clients

If you are someone who is breaking new ground in their family dynamics, or always putting others first, or feeling tangled in relationships, or bravely changing their own story but need support from someone who has been there before. I'd be glad to help you through this journey. Where we use questions as guides and stories as maps to help you discover your strength, resilience, and break free from what's holding you back. Ready to start your journey?

Education

Masters of Education in Counseling & Development | Lamar University 2023

Race and ethnicity

Hispanic, Black

Cultural and experiential knowledge

Black culture, Hispanic culture, Caribbean culture, African culture

Languages spoken

English, Spanish

Spiritual knowledge

Christianity

None listed

Virtual or in person

Virtual Only

Specialties

Anxiety, Depression, Trauma

Additional areas of focus

Bicultural experience, Blended families, Coparenting, Step parenting, Biracial experience, Body image, Bullying, Burnout, Career counseling/coaching, Children, Codependency, Couples counseling, Depression, Family counseling, First generation immigrant experience, Gender identity, Grief and/or loss, Highly sensitive people, Life transitions, LGBTQ+ sexuality, Medical trauma, Mindfulness and/or meditation, Parenting, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Postpartum depression, Premarital counseling, Racial/cultural identity, Self esteem/self worth, Self harm, Social anxiety, Spirituality, Stress, Suicidal thoughts, Trauma

Therapeutic style

Affirming, Calming, Empowering, Holistic, Solution-oriented

Modalities

Attachment based, Faith-based counseling, Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), Dance/movement therapy, Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), EMDR, Emotionally focused therapy (EFT), Mindfulness based, Narrative, Solution-focused brief therapy, Somatic therapy, Strength-based therapy, Trauma-focused

Cost

$70 to $100

/

Individual Session

$80 to $150

/

Couples Session

$70 to $150

/

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

I recommend hiring Ileana because she excels in building strong rapport, creating a safe space for you to be yourself, and is dedicated to staying informed in the field. Her ability to establish trust will enhance your therapeutic experience, providing the freedom to explore your thoughts authentically. Moreover, her commitment to ongoing learning ensures you receive the most up-to-date and effective support on your journey to personal growth.

—Wanda Hudson, M.Ed, LPC
Peer review

Ileana is a very knowledgable and culturally competent therapist whom is motivated to assist clients and promote change behaviors related to change. Also, she has a passion to help others from all backgrounds. One would be lucky to work with her.

—Malton Cook, LPC
Peer review

You should hire this therapist because she is an amazing therapist. As a BIPOC therapist she is the representation many clients need to see. She will do amazing work and change lives. The company would be so lucky to have her!

—Yilda Sanchez, LPCA
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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

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Individual Session

$325

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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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Justin Witt

$125

2013

Anxiety, Trauma, Caring professionals (doctors, therapists, etc.)

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Alissa Martinez

$135

2018

Anxiety, Self esteem/self worth, Couples counseling

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Victoria Reyna

$140

2016

ADHD, Anxiety, Self esteem/self worth

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Laura Sanders

$150

2023

Mindfulness and/or meditation, Abuse, Parenting

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Ileana Abreu

$70 to $100

2019

Anxiety, Depression, Trauma

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$275

2008

Anxiety, Couples counseling, Trauma

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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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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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