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Updated on Apr 04, 2024

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Kelsey Barbieri, LCSW

California, LCSW #71394; Arizona, LCSW #LCSW-18501; Nevada, LCSW #8773-C; Wyoming, LCSW #LCSW-1251; Oklahoma, LCSW #8807; Vermont, LICSW #89.0096739; Florida, Licensed Telehealth Provider #TPSW2226

Seeing clients since 2010
About Kelsey | She/her

Kelsey received her MSW from the University of Vermont in 2012. She has worked in a variety of settings including schools, military bases, community health centers and in private practice. Kelsey has done extensive training on modalities to treat trauma and other chronic conditions, including Brainspotting, EMDR and TRE. She specializes in treating complex trauma and her ideal clients are those that have been in therapy for years, but are still struggling with past trauma or stuck thought patterns. She also enjoys working with couples and clients who are working to break unhealthy financial patterns. Kelsey is certified in Brainspotting, Financial Social Work, and the SYMBIS Assessment.

Message to clients

Effective therapy goes beyond finding a therapist with the right training; you also need to find the right connection. I offer my clients a unique energetic attunement (even through teletherapy)! As our therapeutic relationship grows, you may find that I can sense feelings you are having in your body or deeper emotions you are experiencing without you even saying a word. Utilizing a combination of techniques, we will tailor a plan specifically to you. We will check in along the way to make sure you feel comfortable and that we are meeting your needs. After all, YOU are the expert on your life. I am a guide to help you dig a little deeper, stay motivated, and make the change you have been yearning to experience!

Education

Masters of Social Work | University of Vermont, 2012

Race and ethnicity

White

Cultural and experiential knowledge

White culture

Languages spoken

English

Spiritual knowledge

Christianity

None listed

Virtual or in person

Virtual Only

Specialties

Anxiety, Couples counseling, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Additional areas of focus

Abuse, Bipolar disorder, Depression, Life transitions, Medical trauma, Military families, Mindfulness and/or meditation, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Panic attacks, Premarital counseling, Self esteem/self worth, Sexual harassment, abuse, and/or assault, Social anxiety, Stress, Trauma, Veterans/military services

Therapeutic style

Solution-oriented, Humorous, Empowering

Modalities

Brainspotting, Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), EMDR, Family systems, Mindfulness based, Solution-focused brief therapy, Strength-based therapy

Cost

$175

/

Individual Session

$175

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Couples Session

$175

/

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

Kelsey is an amazing therapist who is knowledgeable about multiple evidence-based practices. She is warm, kind, and inviting in the difficult work of exploring trauma and practical applications for managing it in the world. Kelsey is prepared to guide you to becoming your best self.

—Rebecca Bernstein, LCSW
Peer review

Kelsey is a kind, intelligent, resourceful, and highly skilled therapist. Kelsey specializes in treating complex trauma and has significant education and expertise in this realm, in addition to many years of clinical practice. Kelsey utilizes a variety of therapeutic approaches to meet her client's needs and has a vast skill set to draw from. Kelsey is the kind of therapist that I would want to refer a close friend or family member to.

—Danielle Murphy, LCSW
Peer review

Therapy seekers should work with Kelsey because she is genuine and compassionate. There are people born to be therapists and Kelsey is one of those people. Kelsey does an incredible job of listening, working to validate and problem solve when appropriate. Kelsey creates a safe space that can help someone move forward from their presenting problem.

—Racheal Jablonski, LMSW
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Kristen Jacobsen, LCPC

Illinois, LCPC #180.008355; Michigan, LCPC #6401020318; Wisconsin, LCPC #10228-125; Florida, Registered Telehealth Provider #TPMC2333

Seeing clients since 2009
About Kristen | She/her

Kristen specializes in anxiety, perfectionism, complex trauma, and relationships. She has been working in the field for over 14 years and is trained in several treatment modalities, including EMDR, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, etc. She is Chicago-based, but conveniently online, and sees clients in Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Florida.

Message to clients

You have a simmering undercurrent of anxiety, and your entire life feels like a list of obligations. You feel weighed down, overwhelmed, and stressed. You’re pathologically helpful and a self-proclaimed people pleaser, so you find yourself gritting your teeth to make it through the day... but you paste a smile on your face and fake it. From the outside you’re successful, high-achieving, respected, and known for going above and beyond, but internally, you know your truth. You’re overly self-critical, procrastinate often, script conversations in your head, and worry about everyone else’s expectations of you. What if you could feel confident saying no to things that don’t serve you? What if you could learn how to put yourself first without feeling selfish? What if you could live a more balanced, intentional, and fulfilling life? Let me help you get clarity on what you’re feeling, why, and how to fix it. We all have “blind spots” that hold us back in some way, and it takes an outside perspective to help identify these. Even if you think that you’ll let others down, you’re not as smart or capable as your colleagues, you need to have a clear plan, mediocrity is unacceptable, or you have to maintain this facade in order to be successful. I will show you how to shift your thoughts and behavior in ways that will pave a clear path to joy and confidence. There is no greater investment in life than discovering your full potential.

Education

Bachelor of Psychology & Educational Studies I Vanderbilt University, 2004; Master of Counseling Psychology I The Adler School of Professional Psychology, 2009

Race and ethnicity

White

Cultural and experiential knowledge

White culture

Languages spoken

English

Spiritual knowledge

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

None listed

Virtual or in person

Virtual Only

Specialties

Anxiety, Trauma, Codependency

Additional areas of focus

Anger management, Caring professionals (doctors, therapists, etc.), Dating, Stress, Narcissistic personality, Life transitions, Midlife stress, Parenting, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Self esteem/self worth

Therapeutic style

Conversational, Empowering, Humorous, Inquisitive, Intellectual

Modalities

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), EMDR, Internal family systems (IFS)

Cost

$200

/

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

Kristen is a wonderful colleague who works hard and is passionate about helping others. She is insightful to the experiences many women face and can create a safe and supportive environment where people can heal and grow. She is highly ethical and strives to give top notch care to her colleagues and clients.

—Alicia Johnson, LMFT
Peer review

Kristen is a great therapist who is both warm and direct. She's great at providing context and clarity and also creates an understanding space for self-discovery.

—Katie Bellamy, LCPC
Peer review

Kristen is a very kind and thoughtful human. She cares a lot about her clients and her clinical work. As she is very knowledgeable and intelligent, I imagine that she provides detailed psychoeducation for those that she works with, helping her clients understand the why of what is going on. I know she is often putting time and effort into growing as a person and a clinician, which I believe is a great attribute in a solid therapist.

—Gail Reich, LCPC
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Gayle Weill, LCSW

Florida, LCSW #TPSW1845; New York, LCSW #092236; Connecticut, LCSW #10454

Seeing clients since 2013
About Gayle | She/her

Gayle Weill is a Licensed psychotherapist, currently offering Telehealth psychotherapy sessions for people in the states of New York, Connecticut, and Florida. Having graduated from Yeshiva University’s MSW program, Ms. Weill went on to receive additional certifications and trainings in Child-Parent Psychotherapy, EMDR, and Hypnosis. She also has national accreditation as an Adoption-Competent therapist and is a Circle of Security-Parenting facilitator, which is a program that promotes the attachment bond between parents and their young children.

Message to clients

I love working with women experiencing anxiety and relationship difficulties because I’ve been there; I get it on a level I couldn’t without living through it myself, and I have faith that you have the resilience and guts to make it out. I’m no different from the clients I see; like everyone else, I’m human. I’ve been through both wonderful and difficult experiences that have shaped who I am and how I help. My life experiences are what led me to become the therapist I am today. I am kind but straightforward and supportive but willing to challenge you. I never get tired of seeing clients figure things out and begin to transform their lives. The most rewarding thing about being a therapist is giving hope when people feel hopeless. Sessions with me usually look a lot more like a deep conversation than you simply talking. Talking can be very therapeutic (and I promise there will be lots of that!), but I’m someone who will really get in there and be dynamic with you. We’ll brainstorm, bat around ideas, and collaborate on how to help you reach your goals. Therapy isn’t one-size-fits-all; every woman is different and what works for one might not work for another. I tailor sessions to best meet your needs as a unique individual, pulling from my training and experience in methods like hypnosis, EMDR, CBT, mindfulness, parent-child psychotherapy, Circle of Security parenting, adoption competency, and more.

Education

Masters of Social Work | Yeshiva University, 2015

Race and ethnicity

White

Cultural and experiential knowledge

Jewish culture, White culture

Languages spoken

English

Spiritual knowledge

Judaism

None listed

Virtual or in person

Virtual Only

Specialties

Adoption, Anxiety, Parenting

Additional areas of focus

Blended families, Coparenting, Step parenting, Life transitions, Mindfulness and/or meditation, Stress, Postpartum depression

Therapeutic style

Conversational, Empowering, Inquisitive, Laid back, Humorous

Modalities

Attachment based, Hypnotherapy, Mindfulness based, Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), EMDR, Psychodynamic, Strength-based therapy

Cost

$285

/

Individual Session

/

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

Gayle is a wonderful listener. She also has a lot of insight and I highly recommend her as a therapist!

—Julie Wise, M.Ed.
Peer review

Once you talk to her you will feel more comfortable opening up and discussing personal issues. Availability and office location. Well trained to be sensitive to the diverse identities and needs of their patients.

—Paula Rios, BA
Peer review

Gayle is a warm, caring therapist who is attuned to the needs of her clients. If you are looking for a therapist who truly cares about helping her clients, I highly recommend her.

—Janine Kelly, LCSW
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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

/

Individual Session

$225

/

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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Ornella Dickson, RCSWI

Florida, ISW19872

Seeing clients since 2021
About Ornella | She/her

Ornella Dickson received her master's from the University of Central Florida. She is registered with the Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage & Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling, certified in Crisis Prevention Interventions (CPI), specializing in Crisis Stabilization, Trauma Recovery (TRM), Grief, Substance Abuse, Diagnosis Navigation, Marital-Crisis Guidance, Stress, Emotional Disturbance, Body Image and Life Crisis. She has worked in Mental Health for 8 years, and in intensive outpatient and in-patient crisis stabilization since 2021.

Message to clients

You can heal from the sadness, panic attacks, negative thoughts, intimacy issues, don’t just survive. I help clients truly heal from life or marital crisis, overwhelming sadness, generational trauma, panic attacks, self-defeating thoughts, intimacy issues, anxiety, stress, anger and grief. My expertise is in emotional release therapy, clinically supporting and empowering you to really let go and release your painful emotions and thought patterns, love yourself, “Feel Understood”, and adopt the skills to support healthy relationships, focusing heavily on restoring you to a healthier sense of self. My style is evidence-based, down-to-earth, client centered and solution-focused with a mixed approach. For couples, I am passionate about helping you resolve the power struggle “to be heard” that happens in relationships, helping you see that the past can influence how you both show up to each other. We build mutual understanding, conflict resolution and communication skills, and address the areas causing disunity, sometimes that means generational trauma.

Education

Master of Social Work | University of Central Florida, 2021

Race and ethnicity

Black, Caribbean immigrant

Cultural and experiential knowledge

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

Languages spoken

English

Spiritual knowledge

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

None listed

Virtual or in person

Virtual and In Person

Specialties

Trauma, Anxiety, Depression

Additional areas of focus

Abuse, Addiction, Anger management, Anxiety, Aging, Bicultural experience, Bipolar disorder, Biracial experience, Blended families, Coparenting, Step parenting, Body image, Burnout, Career counseling/coaching, Caring professionals (doctors, therapists, etc.), Chronic illness or pain, Couples counseling, Codependency, Dating, Depression, Divorce counseling, Existential questioning, First generation immigrant experience, Grief and/or loss, Highly sensitive people, Infidelity/affairs, Insomnia, Life transitions, Midlife stress, Military families, Mindfulness and/or meditation, Panic attacks, Parenting, Pregnancy and/or infant loss, Personality disorders, Phobias, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Premarital counseling, Racial/cultural identity, Second or third generation immigration experience, Self esteem/self worth, Sexual harassment, abuse, and/or assault, Social anxiety, Socioeconomic issues, Spirituality, Stress, Substance misuse/dependency, Suicidal thoughts, Trauma, Veterans/military services

Therapeutic style

Affirming, Calming, Conversational, Empowering, Solution-oriented

Modalities

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Attachment based, Faith-based counseling, Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), Ecotherapy (nature therapy), Emotionally focused therapy (EFT), Exposure Response Prevention (ERP), Family systems, Gottman method, Internal family systems (IFS), Mindfulness based, Music therapy, Narrative, Solution-focused brief therapy, Somatic therapy, Strength-based therapy, Trauma-focused

Cost

$95

/

Individual Session

$95

/

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

Ornella is the therapist to go to for long lasting substantial change. Ornella seeks to dive into the difficult yet necessary work with her clients to ultimately improve their quality of life. Ornella is consistently eager to put forth the utmost effort into working with each of her clients despite their challenges. Ornella's gentle yet firm approach backed by her knowledge of various modalities and coping skills makes her an excellent therapist.

—Alia Machin, RCSWI
Peer review

Ornella provides a warm and compassionate therapeutic environment for her clients. She comes prepared with thoughtful ideas for group and individual sessions.

—Megan Christmas, LMHC
Peer review

Ornella is well informed on clinical practice and she is very effective transforming lives. Her empathy is evident in communicating with clients. She is able to create a safe environment to explore feelings. She is dedicated to helping patients heal from emotion hurt.

—Edn Habte, LCSW
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Kelsey Barbieri

$175

2010

Anxiety, Couples counseling, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

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Kristen Jacobsen

$200

2009

Anxiety, Trauma, Codependency

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Gayle Weill

$285

2013

Adoption, Anxiety, Parenting

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Kayla Meyer

$175

2017

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

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Ornella Dickson

$95

2021

Trauma, Anxiety, Depression

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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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