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Updated on Feb 19, 2024

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Eliza Monteverdi, LMFT

LMFT, California #121965

Seeing clients since 2016
About Eliza | She/her

Eliza received her Masters of Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in marriage and family therapy in 2017. Eliza has been working as a psychotherapist in a private practice setting for the last 7 years. She has gained invaluable experience working in various settings including a non-profit Christian therapy center, Pepperdine University Counseling Center, Eating Disorder In-Patient, Intensive Teen Crisis Counseling, all while building an independent thriving private practice. She specializes in treating betrayal trauma and relationship issues. Her ideal clients are those who are curious about the impact therapy can make in their life life and are ready for change! Eliza also enjoys working with couples to restore intimacy, deepen trust, and communicate in healthier ways. Eliza is certified to work with individuals impacted by their partner's sex addiction and deceptive sexuality.

Message to clients

Are you looking for help to better cope and heal from trauma, betrayal, and the impact of addiction in your life? I have years of experience helping people begin to feel like themselves again and build healthy satisfying relationships. People who know me well say that I am open, non-judgmental, and charismatic. I love hearing peoples stories and helping them make meaning and purpose from their life experiences. From my perspective, therapy works best when my clients are willing to grow, get a bit uncomfortable, and commit themselves to the process. In my work with clients, I provide a safe, therapeutic space to dive deeper while also offering you feedback so that you really get something from our sessions together. My goal is for clients to start feeling better faster and help equip you with the tools to thrive on your own. If you are curious what therapy with me could look like, reach out for a free consultation.

Education

Masters of Clinical Psychology | Azusa Pacific University, 2017

Race and ethnicity

White

Cultural and experiential knowledge

White culture

Languages spoken

English

Spiritual knowledge

Christianity

None listed

Virtual or in person

Virtual and In Person

Specialties

Burnout, Codependency, Infidelity/affairs

Additional areas of focus

Addiction, Anxiety, Couples counseling, Dating, Depression, Disordered eating, Highly sensitive people, Intercultural/interfaith relationships, Parenting, Premarital counseling, Sexual harassment, abuse, and/or assault, Trauma, Spirituality

Therapeutic style

Direct, Empowering, Calming

Modalities

Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), Gottman method, Psychodynamic

Cost

$190

/

Individual Session

$225

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Couples Session

$200

/

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

Eliza is an exceptional therapist. She is professional, inclusive, empathetic, sensitive and compassionate. She has worked with diverse populations where she gained invaluable experience that she takes into her work with clients and the various presenting issues they come in with. I have enjoyed our collaboration and partnership and everything I learn in our professional consults with one another.

—Jonathan Monteverdi, LCSW
Peer review

Eliza provides a safe and healing environment with those she works with. She provides them with the best support, knowledge, and resources for individuals and couples to progress in their healing and recovery journey. I whole-heartedly recommend Eliza and the work that she does.

—Lilly Gibson, LMFT
Peer review

If you are struggling with the traumatic impact of betrayal trauma, I confidently recommend Eliza for your therapy needs.

—Sandy Jocoy, LMFT
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Lily Gatica, LMFT

California, LMFT #127712; Texas, LMFT #204340; Florida LMFT #TPMF474

Seeing clients since 2017
About Lily | She/her

Lily is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist offering virtual therapy to those residing in California, Texas, and Florida. Lily is passionate about helping individuals and couples live a meaningful and enjoyable life. She specializes in anxiety, depression, complex trauma, and relationship issues. During Lily's training, she treated individuals ranging from 18-64 with a wide range of disorders using a psychodynamic lens. She worked closely with toddlers and parents using an attachment based approach during her time at an early childhood development center. Over the years, Lily's work grew through somatic and mindful trainings that allowed her to develop a holistic approach in sessions. She is certified in EMDR and is an IFS informed therapist. Lily works closely with couples who are in conflict or in crisis. She is curious about her clients and maintains the belief that everyone is unique and has a story to tell. Lily is compassionate, honest, and ultimately meets her clients where they are.

Message to clients

The thought about talking to a stranger about what's going on is terrifying. When the process involves an honest conversation about symptoms, family problems, and addiction or other "shameful" family secrets, it can keep anyone from healing. You were taught to keep it to yourself and not cause trouble. To not air family secrets and that emotions are dramatic and useless. Especially the biggest of all- grief. There is nobody that gets to escape grief in this process. It's a myth that any of it has to be painful or overwhelming. And struggling with feelings or needing to heal doesn't make you weak. Nobody taught you how to do this. Your past doesn't have to define you or prevent you from living. You don't have to "suck it up" anymore.You can break the patterns and create a better life for yourself. If you process the guilt, shame, resentment, sadness, then it doesn't stay. You can truly move on. No longer pretending, you get to enjoy your life as it is instead of reliving the past. Going to therapy can be a difficult choice especially when you know healing is messy and painful. I use effective and quick methods like EMDR and others for the fastest and least painful healing possible. With a therapist's help, you can learn the skills you weren't taught and you can heal. It's time to offer yourself the ability to move past this.

Education

Masters in Clinical Psychology I Antioch University Los Angeles, 2018

Race and ethnicity

Hispanic, White, Arab/Middle Eastern

Cultural and experiential knowledge

Hispanic culture, Central and/or South American culture, White culture

Languages spoken

English

Spiritual knowledge

Christianity

None listed

Virtual or in person

Virtual Only

Specialties

Anxiety, Couples counseling, Trauma

Additional areas of focus

Codependency, Grief and/or loss, Life transitions, Mindfulness and/or meditation, Spirituality

Therapeutic style

Calming, Direct, Holistic, Inquisitive, Humorous

Modalities

Attachment based, Astrology, EMDR, Emotionally focused therapy (EFT), Internal family systems (IFS), Psychodynamic, Trauma-focused, Mindfulness based

Cost

$150

/

Individual Session

$200

/

Couples Session

/

Family Session

Sliding scale

Does not offer sliding scale spots

Insurance accepted
Aetna (for Texas residents 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

Lily is not only a well-versed therapist, especially in EMDR, but also incredibly caring and compassionate. It's apparent that she stays on top of different trainings to help her clients with their specific needs. I highly recommend her whether you're in a crisis or just needing support for day-to-day issues.

—Janae Kim, LMFT
Peer review

Lilys calm and warm manner creates a healing environment. Lily is well trained in trauma and EMDR. Intelligent and intuitive Lily is a wonderful therapist.

—Lorraine Schwartz MA, MFT
Peer review

Lily is passionate about her work, striving to provide the best experience for her clients. She is intuitive and empathic.

—Julie Lacumbre, Psy.D
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Molly Vasa Bertolucci, LCSW

California, LCSW #102118

Seeing clients since 2015
About Molly | She/her

Molly is a licensed clinical social worker in California and the founder of Poppy Therapy, where she helps new moms and moms who want to find meaning and courage in the emotions, big decisions, transitions, and new experiences that come with motherhood. As a perinatal mental health therapist, Molly specializes in supporting parents through pregnancy, postpartum, and early parenting. She became a therapist because she believes strongly in the healing that comes from allowing ourselves to feel and share our stories.

Message to clients

Motherhood is a wild ride. It’s impossible to predict how big changes like pregnancy, fertility challenges, becoming a parent, pregnancy loss, adoption, or returning to work as a parent will impact your relationships or how you feel about yourself and your identity. You may be feeling overwhelmed, anxious, or lonely as a parent. Maybe you feel isolated while caring for your baby, or don’t have the support you thought you’d have from your friends, family, or partner. Maybe your birth didn’t go as expected or was even really scary and you feel worried- like really worried- all the time. Maybe you’re not feeling ready to go back to work, or you’re feeling a lot of guilt about going back to work. Maybe the new demands of motherhood feel hard to manage (hello, sleep deprivation!) and you find yourself feeling irritable and angry. This isn’t what you thought motherhood would be like. Everyone’s experience is unique, but you are not alone. I understand, and I’m here to help. I am a therapist in Long Beach, California where I help postpartum women and new moms adjust to and thrive in the transition to motherhood. If you're looking to feel more confident, calm, and connected in motherhood, I'm the therapist for you.

Education

Masters of Social Work | University of Southern California, 2017

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

Postpartum depression, Anxiety, Trauma

Additional areas of focus

Pregnancy and/or infant loss, Stress, Depression, Grief and/or loss, Parenting, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Therapeutic style

Affirming, Calming, Empowering, Solution-oriented, Conversational

Modalities

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), EMDR, Trauma-focused

Cost

$205

/

Individual Session

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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

Molly is knowledgeable and experienced in different evidence based practices and trained in providing post partum support. This allows her to cater treatment to a client’s specific mental health needs using a person centered lens. Molly is open minded and empathetic creating a safe and supportive environment for her clients.

—Chelsy Duffer-Dunbar, LCSW
Peer review

Molly’s grounded, professional, and personable skill set and presentation make her an ideal mental health provider. Molly is intentional, elevates others, and is highly respected by her fellow peers and colleagues. Her robust and in-depth knowledge ensures that clients will receive quality and excellent care and support. Molly is stellar as evident by her professional abilities. I confidently and highly recommend her.

—Tanya Ward
Peer review

Molly is a trusted colleague. Having worked with her in the field for many years, I know her to be a skilled and knowledgeable clinician. After having my second baby, I was so overwhelmed and would have definitely benefitted from someone with Molly’s expertise to walk me through it all. I would recommend booking with her if you’re looking for mental health support as a new or expecting mom.

—Emily Dillon, 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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Lilly Gibson (Shonafelt), LMFT

California, LMFT #107008

Seeing clients since 2014
About Lilly | She/her

Lilly Gibson is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She works with individuals struggling with anxiety, depression, life transitions, and those who are a part of a blended family (including stepmoms and stepchildren). Lilly helps individuals navigate uncertainty and worry in their lives to help clarify their values and goals and live more congruently and centered to what is important to you. She enjoys collaborating with each individual client to identify your needs and intentions in therapy to create a safe environment to work together.

Message to clients

Welcome! Finding a therapist can sometimes feel like a daunting process. Chances are, if you are reading this, you feel stuck or are at a place where you would like your circumstances and how you respond to them to change. I am so glad that you found me. Together, we can work on improving how you understand yourself, how you relate to those around you, and how you respond to the situations you are in. You don't have to go through this journey alone and I look forward to the opportunity to work with you.

Education

Masters of Marriage and Family Therapy | University of Southern California, 2015

Race and ethnicity

White, Hispanic

Cultural and experiential knowledge

White culture

Languages spoken

English

Spiritual knowledge

Christianity

None listed

Virtual or in person

Virtual and In Person

Specialties

Anxiety, Blended families, Coparenting, Step parenting, Life transitions

Additional areas of focus

Blended families, Coparenting, Step parenting, Adolescents/teens, Anxiety, Depression, Self esteem/self worth, Stress

Therapeutic style

Conversational, Empowering, Calming, Holistic

Modalities

Brainspotting, Psychodynamic, Attachment based, Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), Family systems, Mindfulness based

Cost

$220

/

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

Lilly is a kind, compassionate, and perceptive therapist. Lilly cares deeply for her clients evidenced by continued commitment to personal and professional growth. She works extremely well with sensitive and motivated clients!

—Eliza Monteverdi, LMFT
Peer review

Lilly is a knowledgeable, warm and compassionate therapist. She continuously provides genuine support for her clients, peers and the community. She approaches her interactions with professionalism, empathy and kindness.

—Alissa Wedel, LMFT
Peer review

I highly recommend Lilly. She is professional, knowledgable, kind-hearted, and communicative. She truly cares about the clients she works with and has extensive experience working with adolescents, families, and adults.

—Lucia Cardenas, PhD
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Specialties
Eliza Monteverdi

$190

2016

Burnout, Codependency, Infidelity/affairs

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Lily Gatica

$150

2017

Anxiety, Couples counseling, Trauma

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Molly Vasa Bertolucci

$205

2015

Postpartum depression, Anxiety, Trauma

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Marian Cooper

$200

2008

Anxiety, Life transitions, Self esteem/self worth

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Lilly Gibson (Shonafelt)

$220

2014

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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!

When should someone start therapy?

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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