Female Therapists in Merrimack, NH

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Lila Ivanoff Valdez
Counselor, MA, LCMHC, LLC
Verified Verified
Merrimack, NH 03054
Hello! I would like to support you to discover your strengths, resiliency, and to feel empowered in your life. In a warm, safe, collaborative environment, we create a positive path together towards your well-being. Utilizing your inherent strengths and coping strategies with skills and approaches, we will uncover negative thought patterns or behaviors, stuck places, and create new paths forward. Reconnecting with your healthy self, we will navigate through present transitions, pain, or loss in order to transform your connection with yourself and others.
Hello! I would like to support you to discover your strengths, resiliency, and to feel empowered in your life. In a warm, safe, collaborative environment, we create a positive path together towards your well-being. Utilizing your inherent strengths and coping strategies with skills and approaches, we will uncover negative thought patterns or behaviors, stuck places, and create new paths forward. Reconnecting with your healthy self, we will navigate through present transitions, pain, or loss in order to transform your connection with yourself and others.
(603) 435-2387 View (603) 435-2387
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Cheryl Sutherland
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW
Verified Verified
Merrimack, NH 03054  (Online Only)
Licensed in MA and NH. COUPLES only practice! If you want to change the "dance" (repeated negative cycle) you have with your significant other, Emotionally Focused Therapy can help. In fact, we have a roadmap to do just that. EFT is the only couple therapy with an effectiveness rating of over 90% (www.iceeft.com). As a Certified EFT therapist & ICEEFT-approved Clinical Supervisor-in-Training, I have advanced training in this scientifically-proven treatment for repairing a couple's relationship.
Licensed in MA and NH. COUPLES only practice! If you want to change the "dance" (repeated negative cycle) you have with your significant other, Emotionally Focused Therapy can help. In fact, we have a roadmap to do just that. EFT is the only couple therapy with an effectiveness rating of over 90% (www.iceeft.com). As a Certified EFT therapist & ICEEFT-approved Clinical Supervisor-in-Training, I have advanced training in this scientifically-proven treatment for repairing a couple's relationship.
(978) 616-3240 View (978) 616-3240
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Erin O'Toole
Counselor, MS, LMHC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Merrimack, NH 03054  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
Hi, I’m Erin! While life can be absolutely beautiful, it can also be difficult to feel contentment and notice the joy when you are overwhelmed with anxiety, doubt, and negative beliefs about yourself. It can feel comfortable to stay stuck in a pattern that is not serving you, but I’m betting that you’re becoming more uncomfortable with staying the same than you have in the past. While working together, you will learn how to navigate difficult thoughts that promote hard feelings. You will obtain skills to self regulate and accept things outside of your control, while becoming familiar with healthy boundaries that promote balance.
Hi, I’m Erin! While life can be absolutely beautiful, it can also be difficult to feel contentment and notice the joy when you are overwhelmed with anxiety, doubt, and negative beliefs about yourself. It can feel comfortable to stay stuck in a pattern that is not serving you, but I’m betting that you’re becoming more uncomfortable with staying the same than you have in the past. While working together, you will learn how to navigate difficult thoughts that promote hard feelings. You will obtain skills to self regulate and accept things outside of your control, while becoming familiar with healthy boundaries that promote balance.
(585) 643-8844 View (585) 643-8844
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Deborah Sturm
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Merrimack, NH 03054
Hi. I am a licensed psychologist lucky enough to love what I do. I have a thriving private practice working exclusively with adults in individual and couples/marital therapy. Whether you want help with personal/emotional struggles, relationships, stresses of everyday life, or a life crisis, I can help you feel more settled and confident about yourself and your life. Rooted in the present or past, issues including anxiety, depression and self-esteem may be interfering with your happiness and effectiveness. My approach varies with your particular needs but is always rooted in a safe and caring relationship and dedicated to promoting positive change.
Hi. I am a licensed psychologist lucky enough to love what I do. I have a thriving private practice working exclusively with adults in individual and couples/marital therapy. Whether you want help with personal/emotional struggles, relationships, stresses of everyday life, or a life crisis, I can help you feel more settled and confident about yourself and your life. Rooted in the present or past, issues including anxiety, depression and self-esteem may be interfering with your happiness and effectiveness. My approach varies with your particular needs but is always rooted in a safe and caring relationship and dedicated to promoting positive change.
(855) 890-6759 View (855) 890-6759
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Denise Gaertner
Counselor, MA, LCMHC
Verified Verified
Merrimack, NH 03054
I offer individual therapy to older adolescents and adults in a small private practice setting which allows me to personalize my service to you. I specialize in working with those who have problems as a result of having suffered trauma at some time in their lives, whether during childhood or more recently. I am able to offer help regulating difficult emotions, such as depression, anxiety and anger. I can also work with you to strengthen your sense of self-worth and relationships with others. I most enjoy helping people gain greater self-knowledge for a more fulfilling life.
I offer individual therapy to older adolescents and adults in a small private practice setting which allows me to personalize my service to you. I specialize in working with those who have problems as a result of having suffered trauma at some time in their lives, whether during childhood or more recently. I am able to offer help regulating difficult emotions, such as depression, anxiety and anger. I can also work with you to strengthen your sense of self-worth and relationships with others. I most enjoy helping people gain greater self-knowledge for a more fulfilling life.
(603) 685-3705 View (603) 685-3705
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Jill Leppanen Lerner
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MA, LCMHC
Verified Verified
Merrimack, NH 03054
Do you find yourself struggling with how to manage feelings of worry and sadness? Do these feelings have a negative impact on your relationships, self-esteem and day to day functioning? Since 2006, I have been providing outpatient psychotherapy to individuals who are struggling to make sense of their emotions and have a desire to learn how to manage them better. I strongly believe that people have the ability and strength to make positive life change and that therapy is a collaborative effort.
Do you find yourself struggling with how to manage feelings of worry and sadness? Do these feelings have a negative impact on your relationships, self-esteem and day to day functioning? Since 2006, I have been providing outpatient psychotherapy to individuals who are struggling to make sense of their emotions and have a desire to learn how to manage them better. I strongly believe that people have the ability and strength to make positive life change and that therapy is a collaborative effort.
(603) 547-9276 View (603) 547-9276
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Stacie Siwik
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW
Verified Verified
Merrimack, NH 03054  (Online Only)
Are you feeling overwhelmed in your daily life, have difficulty shutting your brain off, or find yourself worrying about almost anything? Counseling may be the right step for you. Counseling is a collaborative effort between you and me to help identify the thoughts that interfere with your life in a negative way. With work, you can gain better control over unhelpful thoughts. Everyone has the ability to change, my job is to guide and support you through the process. I believe in creating a safe and judgement free experience for you to explore what you want to change and what gets in the way.
Are you feeling overwhelmed in your daily life, have difficulty shutting your brain off, or find yourself worrying about almost anything? Counseling may be the right step for you. Counseling is a collaborative effort between you and me to help identify the thoughts that interfere with your life in a negative way. With work, you can gain better control over unhelpful thoughts. Everyone has the ability to change, my job is to guide and support you through the process. I believe in creating a safe and judgement free experience for you to explore what you want to change and what gets in the way.
(855) 694-6157 View (855) 694-6157
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Jessica Bennett
Drug & Alcohol Counselor, LCMHC, LADC
Verified Verified
Merrimack, NH 03054
I am a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor as well as a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor with over 11 years of experience working with individuals, families, and couples. I have a passion for helping people of all ages learn to manage their day to day stressors. Through the use of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Motivational Interviewing my clients learn appropriate coping skills. I provide a safe environment free of judgment while also fostering a therapeutic relationship with my clients.
I am a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor as well as a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor with over 11 years of experience working with individuals, families, and couples. I have a passion for helping people of all ages learn to manage their day to day stressors. Through the use of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Motivational Interviewing my clients learn appropriate coping skills. I provide a safe environment free of judgment while also fostering a therapeutic relationship with my clients.
(978) 883-3021 View (978) 883-3021
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Kirby Gardner
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, CAGS, LCMHC, RYT
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Merrimack, NH 03054
Making the decision to begin counseling can be intimidating and also rewarding. I am here to support you on this journey with a genuine, compassionate, and curious mind. I have been licensed for 10 years. I currently hold a license in NH, MA and VT. I provide a solution-focused, person-centered approach to therapy. I specialize in topics such as emotional regulation, worry, self-esteem, interpersonal relationships, and stress management.
Making the decision to begin counseling can be intimidating and also rewarding. I am here to support you on this journey with a genuine, compassionate, and curious mind. I have been licensed for 10 years. I currently hold a license in NH, MA and VT. I provide a solution-focused, person-centered approach to therapy. I specialize in topics such as emotional regulation, worry, self-esteem, interpersonal relationships, and stress management.
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Chris Chance
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Merrimack, NH 03054
*Temporarily closed to new until AUGUST* We each can find our path to resilience. It is my honor to witness your story. I approach clients with a collaborative, holistic, and direct style informed by my training in various individual and family therapy models as well as my experience facilitating groups for over 20 years. I help people identify stuck patterns and move forward into a fuller life, assisting people in various life circumstances with a wide range of personal and relational stresses. PLEASE SEE WEBSITE for more detailed information: www.DrChrisChance.com
*Temporarily closed to new until AUGUST* We each can find our path to resilience. It is my honor to witness your story. I approach clients with a collaborative, holistic, and direct style informed by my training in various individual and family therapy models as well as my experience facilitating groups for over 20 years. I help people identify stuck patterns and move forward into a fuller life, assisting people in various life circumstances with a wide range of personal and relational stresses. PLEASE SEE WEBSITE for more detailed information: www.DrChrisChance.com
(603) 276-3709 View (603) 276-3709
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Lynda Hynes Gagne
Counselor, PhD, LCMHC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Merrimack, NH 03054
I am a solution-focused therapist who primarily uses cognitive behavioral techniques to address a range of problems and symptoms including family dynamics, marital issues, divorce, parenting, parent-child and family issues, adolescent issues, depression, anxiety, adjustment issues, and grief and loss. I treat adults and adolescents. I have more than fifteen years of clinical experience.
I am a solution-focused therapist who primarily uses cognitive behavioral techniques to address a range of problems and symptoms including family dynamics, marital issues, divorce, parenting, parent-child and family issues, adolescent issues, depression, anxiety, adjustment issues, and grief and loss. I treat adults and adolescents. I have more than fifteen years of clinical experience.
(603) 413-4449 View (603) 413-4449
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Carol Malouin
Counselor, MS, LCMHC
Verified Verified
Merrimack, NH 03054
The summer is a great time to get your children a "tune up". Any behavioral issues or mood dysregulation this year we can work on intensively for 8-10 weeks this summer. Children can learn coping skills and communication strategies to prepare for next year. Please just give us a call or send me an email and we have daytime openings all summer long.
The summer is a great time to get your children a "tune up". Any behavioral issues or mood dysregulation this year we can work on intensively for 8-10 weeks this summer. Children can learn coping skills and communication strategies to prepare for next year. Please just give us a call or send me an email and we have daytime openings all summer long.
(844) 909-0250 View (844) 909-0250
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Elisabeth Thorpe
Counselor, LCMHC
Verified Verified
Merrimack, NH 03054  (Online Only)
NOTE: Due to high referral volume, Telehealth Video Adult Therapy appointment times available only at this time (in person and child therapy slots currently full). Elisabeth Thorpe is a licensed mental health counselor and founder of BrightMinds Counseling New Hampshire PLLC. Elisabeth offers in person and virtual appointments at her Bedford NH practice to children, teens, and adults. She also frequently works with young adults and college-age students to promote resiliency and stress management. Learn more about her practice, educational qualifications and clinical background at brightmindsnh.com.
NOTE: Due to high referral volume, Telehealth Video Adult Therapy appointment times available only at this time (in person and child therapy slots currently full). Elisabeth Thorpe is a licensed mental health counselor and founder of BrightMinds Counseling New Hampshire PLLC. Elisabeth offers in person and virtual appointments at her Bedford NH practice to children, teens, and adults. She also frequently works with young adults and college-age students to promote resiliency and stress management. Learn more about her practice, educational qualifications and clinical background at brightmindsnh.com.
(508) 960-7163 View (508) 960-7163
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Kimberly D Ducharme
Drug & Alcohol Counselor, MS, MLADC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Merrimack, NH 03054
I believe the path to recovery begins with finding your inner strength, empowering yourself and sometimes reaching out for help. If you are struggling with substance abuse or co-occurring issues, I am here to offer guidance and support. I have been working in the addictions field for over 6 years in a multitude of settings. I have worked within the prison system offering substance abuse treatment to both men and women. I have also worked as a clinician within a non-profit organization. Working in these settings have taught me that their is no cookie cutter approach to substance abuse treatment, everyone's path is different.
I believe the path to recovery begins with finding your inner strength, empowering yourself and sometimes reaching out for help. If you are struggling with substance abuse or co-occurring issues, I am here to offer guidance and support. I have been working in the addictions field for over 6 years in a multitude of settings. I have worked within the prison system offering substance abuse treatment to both men and women. I have also worked as a clinician within a non-profit organization. Working in these settings have taught me that their is no cookie cutter approach to substance abuse treatment, everyone's path is different.
(603) 945-2189 View (603) 945-2189
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Jennifer E Yebba
Counselor, LCMHC, MLADC
Verified Verified
Merrimack, NH 03054
I am a licensed LCMHC and MLADC in the state of NH. I work with individuals who are experiencing anxiety, depression, and/or struggling to get through past traumas. In addition, I specialize in working with individuals who have substance and alcohol addictions and/or are seeking to maintain long-term recovery. I use a person-centered approach to therapy to best serve the individual and help them achieve their greatest outcome.
I am a licensed LCMHC and MLADC in the state of NH. I work with individuals who are experiencing anxiety, depression, and/or struggling to get through past traumas. In addition, I specialize in working with individuals who have substance and alcohol addictions and/or are seeking to maintain long-term recovery. I use a person-centered approach to therapy to best serve the individual and help them achieve their greatest outcome.
(978) 308-2193 View (978) 308-2193
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Molly Mizula
Counselor, MA, LCMHC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Merrimack, NH 03054
Finding peace and calm in the anxieties that surround you can be an overwhelming challenge. Do you desire to improve your relationships and ease the impact of daily stress in your life? I can walk with you on a path of empowerment in making needed changes. My hope is that you will feel empowered, validated, and accepted as you work toward change. Developing coping skills using evidence based practices helps guide our progress together.
Finding peace and calm in the anxieties that surround you can be an overwhelming challenge. Do you desire to improve your relationships and ease the impact of daily stress in your life? I can walk with you on a path of empowerment in making needed changes. My hope is that you will feel empowered, validated, and accepted as you work toward change. Developing coping skills using evidence based practices helps guide our progress together.
(844) 708-3067 View (844) 708-3067
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Samantha Campbell
Pre-Licensed Professional, MS
Verified Verified
Merrimack, NH 03054
Whether you are seeking help with intellectual disabilities, depression, anxiety, communication, relationships, or looking to grow as an individual, I am here to help. My therapeutic approach is rooted in empathy and collaboration, creating a safe, non-judgmental space where you can explore your thoughts and feelings. By focusing on your strengths and working together, we can develop strategies to overcome obstacles and achieve the individual or family's goals. I utilize a client-focused and strength-based perspective, empowering individuals and families to overcome obstacles and achieve their goals.
Whether you are seeking help with intellectual disabilities, depression, anxiety, communication, relationships, or looking to grow as an individual, I am here to help. My therapeutic approach is rooted in empathy and collaboration, creating a safe, non-judgmental space where you can explore your thoughts and feelings. By focusing on your strengths and working together, we can develop strategies to overcome obstacles and achieve the individual or family's goals. I utilize a client-focused and strength-based perspective, empowering individuals and families to overcome obstacles and achieve their goals.
(855) 305-2678 View (855) 305-2678
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Bethany L Toolin
Counselor, MA, LCMHC
Verified Verified
Merrimack, NH 03054
I am a licensed mental health clinician with nearly 20 years of working with children, adolescents and adults. My current focus is in providing counseling support to adolescents and adults who have concerns regarding depression/mood disorders, anxiety, trauma, women's health and wellness and adjustment to life transitions/events. I believe in a person centered, holistic approach that utilizes collaborative problem solving to help individuals optimize their overall physical and emotional wellness.
I am a licensed mental health clinician with nearly 20 years of working with children, adolescents and adults. My current focus is in providing counseling support to adolescents and adults who have concerns regarding depression/mood disorders, anxiety, trauma, women's health and wellness and adjustment to life transitions/events. I believe in a person centered, holistic approach that utilizes collaborative problem solving to help individuals optimize their overall physical and emotional wellness.
(603) 215-7215 View (603) 215-7215
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Amy Gauthier
Drug & Alcohol Counselor, MS , MLADC
Verified Verified
Merrimack, NH 03054  (Online Only)
Are you battling with a substance use disorder or mental health disorder? Are you feeling like getting through your day is extremely challenging due to substance use, unwanted thoughts or mental health symptoms? If you can relate to this and are looking for help then I am here to guide and support you. I will approach our work together completely non-judgmentally and open to guiding you back to your own strength and resilience. Everyone’s path to recovery is different and with your willingness I can help you to find your own path and be your best self.
Are you battling with a substance use disorder or mental health disorder? Are you feeling like getting through your day is extremely challenging due to substance use, unwanted thoughts or mental health symptoms? If you can relate to this and are looking for help then I am here to guide and support you. I will approach our work together completely non-judgmentally and open to guiding you back to your own strength and resilience. Everyone’s path to recovery is different and with your willingness I can help you to find your own path and be your best self.
(603) 605-8353 View (603) 605-8353
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Michelle Arpin
Counselor, MA, LCMHC, RYT
Verified Verified
Merrimack, NH 03054  (Online Only)
If you're overwhelmed, exhausted, or feeling stuck and wondering how you will ever feel better... If you're discouraged by what feels like a lack of progress toward your goals despite what feels like a huge effort on your part to change... I can help you move forward. I offer strength-based psychotherapy using a client-centered, compassionate approach. Make sense of your feelings. Improve your relationship with yourself and with those you love. Feel better in your daily life, at home, at work... Anywhere.
If you're overwhelmed, exhausted, or feeling stuck and wondering how you will ever feel better... If you're discouraged by what feels like a lack of progress toward your goals despite what feels like a huge effort on your part to change... I can help you move forward. I offer strength-based psychotherapy using a client-centered, compassionate approach. Make sense of your feelings. Improve your relationship with yourself and with those you love. Feel better in your daily life, at home, at work... Anywhere.
(603) 860-9675 View (603) 860-9675
Female Therapists

Does it matter what gender my therapist is?

In general, this is not an important factor, as there is no relationship between a therapist’s gender and their efficacy. Some clients, however, prefer to see therapists of a particular gender, whether due to their own past experiences with men and women, or ingrained beliefs about how people of different genders think and behave. Exploring the roots of such preferences and considering what one wants to address in therapy can help someone determine whether their therapist’s gender truly matters to them.

Should I see a female therapist?

Many people—not just women—prefer to see a female therapist, either because they believe that a woman will be able to relate to their specific challenges (for example, sexism in the workplace) or because they imagine feeling more comfortable disclosing sensitive information to a woman. Such beliefs may not turn out to be accurate, however, and adhering too rigidly to a gender preference can at times hinder a client from finding the best therapeutic match.

Do therapists get specific training to help with women’s concerns?

Therapists are trained to provide care to clients of any gender. However, some therapists—both men and women—may pursue additional training in feminist therapy, gender-specific issues, or women’s mental health. Female clients may wish to ask prospective therapists whether they have received specific training in the client’s primary area(s) of concern, or whether they have worked extensively with women on issues similar to their own.

How can I inquire about a therapist’s experience in treating women?

It’s OK—even encouraged!—to ask a therapist directly whether and how often they have treated women in the past, or whether they have treated women dealing with the client’s most prominent concern(s). Competent therapists will be happy to share their educational background, preferred treatment modalities, and prior client experience to help an individual find the therapist best suited to their needs.