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LCSW Stephen O'Brien

Provides online counseling through BetterHelp

Mental health conditions are real, common and treatable.

And recovery is possible.

Stephen O'Brien is an experienced, licensed Medical Health Professional who specializes in affordable online therapy.

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Licensing: LCSW
Years in Practice: 20
State: VA

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Virginia with over 20 years of experience helping people. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, life transitions, substance use, addiction and people experiencing psychosis. I also helped many people who have experienced physical trauma or emotional abuse.

My counseling style is client centered, warm and interactive. I believe in treating anyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion, and I don't believe in stigmatizing labels. My approach combines cognitive-behavioral, motivational interviewing and mindfulness techniques to teach important skills to assist with symptom reduction as we work through concerns together. Depending on the issue and client preference, I will often use a brief solution focused therapy approach to begin addressing concerns right away, but I will always tailor our dialog and treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs.

You are welcome to message me anytime through Better Help. The frequency with which you can have access to a counselor to work through day to day emotions and problem solving is extremely beneficial for most and a nice change from traditional outpatient counseling. I usually check messages twice each day, seven days per week. I offer video, live chat and phone sessions with availability in the evenings and weekends. Please note that what you see in my calendar may not reflect my only availability so you always want to check that out with me through messaging first.

It takes courage to seek for a more fulfilling and happier life and to take the first steps towards a change. If you are ready to take that step I am here to support and empower you.

I look forward to working with you!

About online counseling

Online counseling allows you to receive care from an online mental health practitioner via phone, video chat, or instant messaging. It is convenient for those who may have trouble getting to or would prefer not to have in-person therapy appointments. Ranging from $60 to $90 per week, online counseling is generally more affordable than in-person counseling. A study by researchers at University of California, Berkeley found that online counseling can be just as effective as face-to-face therapy while being more convenient, affordable, and accessible.

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Stephen has been a great counselor to me for the past several months, especially when I felt like no one was taking my mental crisis seriously from the beginning. During our sessions, he's been monitering, identifying, and taking notes to my dilemma. So yes, anyone who needs counseling, Stephen is that individual.

B.R.·Jun 24, 2021


Since day 1 Stephen has been open and adaptive to my issues. Identifying my goals and needs and helping me work through them. 5/5 stars

B.R.·Dec 20, 2020


Stephen O'Brien offers counseling online via BetterHelp

  • Affordable: Pay a low flat fee for unlimited counseling.
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