Find Therapists, Counselors and Psychologists in Virginia Beach, Virginia

Find a therapist in Virginia Beach, Virginia  that meets your needs. Browse our comprehensive list of affordable and licensed therapists in Virginia Beach to find a professional specializing in counseling people with stress, anxiety, depression, relationship issues, grief and more.


Erin McMenamin

LCSW
4 years experience
Hello. I'm Erin, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Virginia. My goal is to help you find the relief you crave by building a safe and trusting therapeutic relationship where we can explore what is making you feel stuck. I specialize in helping to create strategies to decrease Depression and Anxiety. I've worked extensively with both military-connected and civilian clients to help process trauma, abuse, and Post Traumatic Stress. I focus on identifying your... Read More
Hello. I'm Erin, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Virginia. My goal is to help you find the relief you crave by building a safe and trusting therapeutic relationship where we can explore what is making you feel stuck. I... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 4 years

Jeannette Abelson

LCSW
20 years experience
Welcome to Better Help! You've taken a huge step, and I'm sure you're wondering how this works and whether it's the right fit for you. I know I felt the same way when I first came to Better Help too. My name is Jeannette Abelson, and I'm a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of Virginia. I earned my Master of Social Work degree, specializing in Interpersonal Practice, from the... Read More
Welcome to Better Help! You've taken a huge step, and I'm sure you're wondering how this works and whether it's the right fit for you. I know I felt the same way when I first came to Better... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 20 years

Robert Wakeley

LPC
14 years experience
As a former senior level business executive, I specialize in meeting the needs of people that have unique challenges in the their work and personal lives. My ideal client is one who has a strong desire to make meaningful changes in their life. Courage and a desire to work hard are integral. If you’re willing to to put in the time and effort, then I am too. I have a 25 year career as a senior... Read More
As a former senior level business executive, I specialize in meeting the needs of people that have unique challenges in the their work and personal lives. My ideal client is one who has a strong desire to make meaningful changes... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 14 years

Dr. Patricia Switaj

PsyD, LPC, NCC
11 years experience
Hello, My name is Dr. Patricia L. Switaj, a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Michigan and Virginia. I am a Clinical Mental Health Counselor in the state of New Mexico. I am a National Board Certified Counselor with over 11 years of clinical experience in the behavioral health field. I have worked in a variety of settings including private practice, college counseling center, a multi-disciplinary outpatient clinic, and a cognitive... Read More
Hello, My name is Dr. Patricia L. Switaj, a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Michigan and Virginia. I am a Clinical Mental Health Counselor in the state of New Mexico. I am a National Board... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 11 years

Toy Newcomb

LPC, CCTP
9 years experience
Hello! I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) licensed in the state of Virginia and a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP) certified by the International Association of Trauma Professionals. I also hold a Graduated Certificate from Liberty University in Pastoral Counseling. My counseling experience includes working with individuals who have experienced a variety of reasons for seeking help to include but not limited to trauma, grief/loss, substance abuse, self-worth/self-esteem issues, stress management,... Read More
Hello! I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) licensed in the state of Virginia and a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP) certified by the International Association of Trauma Professionals. I also hold a Graduated Certificate from Liberty University in... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 9 years

Aaron Dutil

LCMHC, LPC
10 years experience
I believe in helping people, not managing diagnostic labels. Therefore, I provide counseling for people struggling with various life transitions. Sometimes these transitions take the form of the end of a relationship (e.g. divorce or death), navigating a new stage in life (i.e. retirement, unemployment, going to college, getting or starting a new job, etc.) or grappling with an unexpected stressor. I love helping people develop real solutions to overcoming adversity in their lives. I believe... Read More
I believe in helping people, not managing diagnostic labels. Therefore, I provide counseling for people struggling with various life transitions. Sometimes these transitions take the form of the end of a relationship (e.g. divorce or death), navigating a new stage... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 10 years

Dr. Denise Hall

PhD
20 years experience
I am a Licensed Clinical Psychologist licensed in Virginia with over 20 years of experience working as a psychotherapist in several different settings. I have worked in schools, urban and rural areas, hospital settings, weight loss clinics, private practice and community mental health centers. I have worked in my current position as a Bariatric Psychologist, Licensed Clinical Psychologist for the past three years. Prior to working in a weight loss clinic,... Read More
I am a Licensed Clinical Psychologist licensed in Virginia with over 20 years of experience working as a psychotherapist in several different settings. I have worked in schools, urban and rural areas, hospital settings, weight loss clinics, private... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 20 years

Brian Strode

LPC
9 years experience
I was a career Paramedic/Firefighter before going to graduate school. This is part of why working with first responders is one of my passions and my primary area of expertise. I completed my Masters in Counseling at Old Dominion University in 2009 and I am currently in a doctoral program for Traumatology at Liberty University. My full-time role as a mental health counselor is crisis counseling; however, I also engage in couples counseling, family issues,... Read More
I was a career Paramedic/Firefighter before going to graduate school. This is part of why working with first responders is one of my passions and my primary area of expertise. I completed my Masters in Counseling at Old Dominion University... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 9 years

Stefanie Pollay

LCSW
10 years experience
Hi there! Welcome to Better Help. I know coming here is a big step and you are probably wondering how you can find someone who is the best fit for you. I’d love to tell you more about myself. My name is Stefanie Pollay and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Virginia with 10 years of clinical experience. I received my Master of Social Work degree from Virginia Commonwealth University. I have... Read More
Hi there! Welcome to Better Help. I know coming here is a big step and you are probably wondering how you can find someone who is the best fit for you. I’d love to tell you more about myself.... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 10 years

Rachel Burgess

LPC
12 years experience
Hi! My name is Rachel. I’m a licensed professional counselor in Virginia. I enjoy listening to others and helping them find a way through challenging times. I have 12 years of experience working in mental health providing individual counseling and group work. I have worked with individuals ages five to adult. With my broad range of experiences, I am comfortable assisting with a broad spectrum of clinical issues. Areas I am exceptionally well-versed in include:... Read More
Hi! My name is Rachel. I’m a licensed professional counselor in Virginia. I enjoy listening to others and helping them find a way through challenging times. I have 12 years of experience working in mental health providing individual counseling and... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 12 years

Guide to Finding Mental Health Professionals in Virginia Beach, Virginia

Virginia Beach, Virginia is more than just a stretch of beautiful sandy beaches, it is also one of the largest independent cities along the east coast. Located along the southeastern coast, Virginia Beach has a population of over 450,000, making this popular vacation destination the biggest independent city in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Virginia Beach doesn’t just have a substantial population but the rapid growth in this city has also brought about a very diverse population of residents. Unfortunately, in Virginia beach this includes issues with drug abuse. Virginia Beach, Virginia is no stranger to drug issues, as the city actually has a higher rate of drug abuse than the rest of the country.

The definite connection between mental illness and substance abuse has make drug and alcohol addiction one of the most common reasons to seek professional counseling. The good news is, a licensed therapist can those in Virginia Beach not only with issues related to substance abuse, but with a variety of other mental health concerns as well ranging from anxiety to depression and everything in between. The state of Virginia itself has battled its own issues with mental health, with nearly 1.5 million Virginians estimated to be dealing with a mental health illness.

The key to making sure that you get the right therapist to help with your specific areas of concern is to make sure that you take the time to really research the different therapists available in Virginia Beach. This is why before you start looking for experts in your area, you need to do the following:

  • Make sure you are clear on the main issue, or issues you are seeking help for, so you can find the right therapist who can help you.
  • Look at therapists who are in a convenient location. Think about whether you would be willing to drive to see the right therapist or if it is more important that you find a therapist nearby in Virginia Beach.
  • Determine whether you think you need someone with an extra degree or specialization to treat your issue.
  • Write down your goals for your therapy session, so you can clearly communicate this with your therapist.
  • Think about whether you want to be treated with drugs or medications, or if you just want to meet with a therapist you can talk to, as this will narrow down your options on way or another.
  • Determine whether you prefer a male or female therapist.
  • Decide if you are looking to treat a specific concern, or if you are looking for regular, long-term counseling to help support your life and your current goals.

Take your time to really think about what you need in a therapist, so you can find someone that you are comfortable with and who will be able to provide you with the type of counseling that you need and deserve. Of course, once you have a better idea of what type of counseling that you need and what type of therapist best suits you, you will want to check with your insurance provider. They can help you determine which therapists are in network and therefore covered under your plan.

There is a growing epidemic of individuals not only in Virginia Beach, but around the country, who are dealing with depression and other mental health concerns and not getting the help that they need. The good news is, it is actually quite easy to find a professional in your area that can give you the help you deserve. There are many therapists, psychiatrists and psychologists that work in the greater Virginia Beach area and our directory can help you find the right one to meet your needs. Remember, you should make sure that you find someone who you feel comfortable and confident with, which means if you need to see several professionals until you find the right fit—that is completely acceptable. Many people see a handful of therapists before they start working with one on an ongoing basis.

As you begin your journey in finding your right therapist, take the time to look through our different therapist profiles, biographies and blog posts. This is the best way to learn more about the professionals that service the greater Virginia Beach area. Of course, feel free to reach out and contact these experts if you need help with any type of mental health issue, are experiencing a crisis of if you want to start building a relationship for ongoing counseling.

It is important that everyone facing mental health issues is proactive and gets the help that they need. The right therapist cannot only help you not only learn more about yourself and your individual health concerns, but help you get the treatment and care that you deserve. This is why we have created a comprehensive directory of Virginia Beach therapists that can help you find experienced, licensed professionals in your area. With the help of the right therapist you can finally get the counseling you need to be the best version of yourself.