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LCSW Janel Guinane

Online counseling

Mental health conditions are real, common and treatable.

And recovery is possible.

Janel Guinane is an experienced, licensed Medical Health Professional who specializes in affordable online therapy.

More about me

Licensing: LCSW
Years in Practice: 10

My career in the helping professions started in 1997 at a residential program in San Francisco working with adults with substance use issues and co-occurring mental health disorders. At this time, one did not need a degree in substance use counseling to work in this area and I was able to gain a great deal of experience. This launched a long road of determination to attain a Bachelor's degree in Social Work in 2008 and then a Master's in Social Work in 2010. Throughout my educational years and afterward, I worked with several different populations such as children, teens, TAY, former foster youth, homeless youth, adults with mental illness, homeless adults, and those arrested for alcohol and/or drug related offenses. I am currently a Program Manager of a Clinic that assesses individuals with mental health disorders for County treatment services as well as a homeless day respite center that connects unhoused persons with housing, food, healthcare, etc. My treatment approach is one that is Client-Centered, Strength's-Based, and Humanistic. I utilize Motivational Interviewing to gain knowledge into my Client's perspective and objectives. I believe that every person in an expert in their own life and that I act only as a guide and collaborator to help my clients reach their goals and enrich their lives. I have had experiences working with those with depression, anxiety disorders, trauma, eating disorders, PTSD, schizophrenia and various other conditions. My goal is to work with the client on their goals and not to give advice, which I find is less than effective. Many times individuals already know what they need and are seeking guidance, clarity, and the care of someone to be authentic and responsive to those needs.

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 $35 to $80 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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She’s great.

C.A.·Dec 16, 2021


Janel is extremely easy to talk to and open up to. She creates a safe space that's free of judgement. I don't feel restricted or embarrassed when speaking with Janel at all. She doesn't invalidate how I'm feeling or the experiences I have had. Would 100% recommend Janel, she's absolutely wonderful. :)

H.A.·Nov 30, 2021


Janel is very understanding, supportive, non-judgemental and non-bias and insightful. She listens to me intently and sympathetically and is professional and analytical in her advice. I highly recommend Janel!

M.I.·Nov 20, 2021


Janel continues to be a good fit for my needs. She is helping me look at things from different perspectives.

D.A.·Oct 15, 2021


I had 4 session with Janel and it’s been a great process. Talking to her about my problems made me see them in a different perspective. She listen and shows sympathy. She give great advice. Advice I need to hear and it makes me want to do better. She also genuinely concern and makes me feel like I can text her at anytime. I Would recommend her to a friend.

D.E.·Sep 27, 2021


Janel is a very compassionate and thoughtful therapist. She has helpful suggestions and thought provoking impulses which is exactly what I need.

F.L.·Sep 08, 2021


I've only had a few appointments with Janel so far, but she seems really lovely and is a very supportive individual. I'm looking forward to continuing to work with her, and see the ways in which that work transforms and progresses.

K.A.·Aug 06, 2021


I was going through a rough time and needed someone to help and listen, I knew there were things that are not right, how I formed my relationship with my family, and the way I have behaved since I was young, but I didn’t know what they were or how to deal with them. I was so scared at first but after my first session with Janel, I felt at ease! She made sure I was comfortable, she listened, was never judgmental and helped me with coping strategies to get me through such a difficult time. I’m on my 3rd session with her and would recommend Betterhelp and especially Janel. Thank you for everything.

R.A.·Jul 22, 2021


A great support! Janel shows a sympathetic approach and is understanding. She provides you with methods that actually. I would highly recommend her.

A.N.·Jun 08, 2021


Janel is an amazing listener, and makes me feel that we are having a causal conversation, while giving me really helpful advice. She always makes me feel very at ease!

A.N.·Mar 01, 2021


After my first session with Janel, I really enjoyed my session with her and felt I wasn’t able to express myself so openly. It’s been a hard journey for me to ever open up first let alone seem professional help. Janel made me feel like she was in my bible with me and helped me find way to tackle my day to day struggles. I’m looking forward to our future sessions. Thank you Janel ❤️

G.A.·Feb 15, 2021


Janel has a calm, compassionate manner. Janel is a good listener and is very supportive.

E.M.·Feb 09, 2021


Gets to the point. Gives me really valuable tools. Listens to me...really my endless endless endless talking....

G.A.·Jan 26, 2021


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