Meet Our Therapists: Alyssa Lentz

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Therapists are as unique as the clients who seek their help. Talkspace’s “Meet Our Therapists” series offers intimate access to the mental health professionals who provide care. It’s a view of their passion for making therapy more accessible. Check out our latest interview below!

Name: Alyssa Lentz

Licensing Info: Licensed Professional Counselor [LPC] in Wisconsin (6329-125) and Texas (77669)

Time Working With Talkspace: 6 months

Time Working as a Therapist: 3 years

Why are you working in therapy/mental health?

I started working in the mental health field because, as long as I can remember, I’ve always wanted to help people. It’s not fun to battle mental health alone. I have struggled with anxiety and know how difficult it can be. I wanted to provide a nonjudgmental, safe place where people can open up and stop hiding. Continue reading Meet Our Therapists: Alyssa Lentz

Meet Our Therapists: Matt Lawson

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Therapists are as unique as the clients who seek their help. Talkspace’s “Meet Our Therapists” series offers intimate access to the mental health professionals who provide care. It’s a view of their passion for making therapy more accessible. Check out our latest interview below!

Name: Matt Lawson

Licensing Info: Licensed Professional Counselor in Illinois

Where You Live: Chicago, Illinois

Time Working With Talkspace: 4 years

Time Working as a Therapist: 7 years

Why are you working in therapy/mental health?

I got into therapy as a second career and went back to school in my early 30s. I had my own personal training business at the time and was seeing more and more people with eating disorders, body image issues, and a lot of other problems they were using exercise to escape from. To provide a deeper level of service, I needed more education and insight. Continue reading Meet Our Therapists: Matt Lawson

Meet Our Therapists: Alicia Winkle

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Therapists are as unique as the clients who seek their help. Talkspace’s “Meet Our Therapists” series offers intimate access to the mental health professionals who provide care. It’s a view of their passion for making therapy more accessible. Check out our latest interview below!

Name: Alicia Winkle

Licensing Info: Licensed Professional Counselor [LPC #3290] in Alabama

Time Working With Talkspace: 2 years

Time Working as a Therapist: 5 years

Why are you working in therapy/mental health?

I’ve always wanted to be in the helping field. Originally, I was in school to be a nurse practitioner. After having anxiety issues myself and dropping out of nursing school and college for a semester, I changed my major to psychology. From there I decided I wanted to help people overcome their own obstacles and make changes in their lives by working as a therapist. I went back to school at the University of North Alabama and got my master’s degree in Community Counseling. It was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.

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Meet Our Consultation Therapists: Holli Fiscus-Connon

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 Therapists are as unique as the clients who seek their help. Talkspace’s “Meet Our Therapists” series offers intimate access to the mental health professionals who provide care. It’s a view of their passion for making therapy more accessible. Check out our latest interview below!

Name: Holli Fiscus-Connon

Licensing Info: Licensed Mental Health Counselor [LMHC] in New York

Where you live: Rochester, NY

Amount of Time Working at Talkspace: 3 years

Time Working as a Therapist: 10 years

Why are you working in therapy/mental health?

I became a therapist for several reasons, one being that I am a natural helper. It is who I am. I am drawn to helping people and people are drawn to me to help them. I am grateful I get to be a trusting, supportive and empathetic person in someone’s life, someone who may not have that or ever have had that.

I also personally know how important and helpful therapy can be. I wanted to offer the support that has helped me in the past. Continue reading Meet Our Consultation Therapists: Holli Fiscus-Connon

Meet Our Consultation Therapists: Jennifer K. Fuller

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Name: Jennifer K. Fuller
Licensing Info: Licensed Professional Counselor [LPC] in OK #4972, Certified Traumatologist
Where you live: Tulsa, OK
Amount of time working at Talkspace: two years
Time working as a therapist: seven years

Why are you working in therapy/mental health?

I love connecting with people and I was born a very empathetic person. The field of psychology and the human mind fascinate me. It always made sense to me to be working in this field.

But I like to think no matter what job I were to work in I would still be impacting other people’s lives. We all have something to offer one another. That can be done whether you are a therapist, a custodian, a musician, a stay at home mom, entrepreneur, anything.

Everybody is making a difference in others’ lives and the world, even when they don’t realize it. I try to be mindful of that. Continue reading Meet Our Consultation Therapists: Jennifer K. Fuller

Meet Our Therapists: Kendra Simpson

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Name: Kendra Simpson
Licensing Info: Licensed Clinical Social Worker [LCSW], Licensed Independent Substance Abuse Counselor [LISAC]
Where you live: Arizona
Hometown: Michigan
Amount of time working at Talkspace: almost two years
Time working as a Therapist: 15 years

Why are you working in therapy/mental health?

I’ve known I wanted to be a therapist since middle school. I began working in this field because I felt an innate drive to help others and had a huge curiosity toward the human mind and human behavior.

Over time, however, I have begun to realize this work grants me knowledge beyond what I imagined. Most recently I am reminded that despite all the negativity we are exposed to in this world, I get to interact with positive, hopeful, brave and courageous people each and every day! Continue reading Meet Our Therapists: Kendra Simpson

Meet Our Therapists: Marci Payne

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Name: Marci Payne
Licensing Info: Licensed Professional Counselor [LPC] in MO #2001000713
Where you live: Kansas City, MO
Hometown: St. Louis, MO
Amount of time working at Talkspace: nine months
Time working as a Therapist: 18 years

Why are you working in therapy/mental health?

I’ve always been interested in the psychology behind people’s actions. As far back as I remember, people turned to me with their problems. Being the oldest in my family, I had to take a helping role. My interests and strengths made going into counseling and psychology a natural step for me.

I also have learned a lot about myself. Being in this field has motivated me to constantly be working on myself. I know I can only coach others as far as I can get myself.

I’m extremely passionate about relationships and people feeling empowered to deal with challenges more confidently. People’s fear and anxiety can distract them from seeing the choices they have. I help people break down problems and relationships into choices that empower and connect them. Continue reading Meet Our Therapists: Marci Payne

Meet Our Therapists: Pamela Hayes

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Name: Pamela M Hayes
Licensing Info: California LMFT, Licensed Marriage Family Therapist, ATR-BC, Board Certified Art Therapist (#97-055)
Where you live: Los Angeles, CA
Hometown: Shaker Heights, OH
Amount of time working at Talkspace: eight months
Time spent working as a therapist: 24 years

Why are you working in therapy/mental health?

I consider myself an artist and always have. I was first introduced to the idea of Art Therapy when I was a teenager. I have always been artistic, and my high school art teacher, Mr. Hoffman, took our entire class on a field trip. He brought us to a gallery exhibit of artwork, not by artists, but by people suffering from migraine headaches. The creative representation of their pain entranced me. It never before occurred to me that art and medicine could be so interwoven. Continue reading Meet Our Therapists: Pamela Hayes

Meet Our Therapists: Kate Denihan

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Name: Katharine “Kate” Denihan
Licensing Info: NYS LCSW-R 072088
Where you live: New York, NY
Hometown: New York, NY
Time working at Talkspace: 11 months
Time working as a Therapist: 15 years

Why are you working in therapy/mental health?

I am working in mental health because I feel a deep need to help others who are seeking assistance, guidance and support. I have two personal life experiences, one from childhood and one more recent, that solidified my dedication to this special field.

Growing up with a brother who has special needs, I wanted to have a voice and be an advocate for people who can’t advocate for themselves. My brother, Tully, has more challenges than most people I know. Nonetheless, he brings joy and this unexplainable light to all he comes into contact with. Tully’s big-heartedness inspires me to help people find inner peace and happiness.

About two years ago, I lost my youngest brother, Charlie, at the age of 28 to an accidental drug overdose. Mental health, addiction, stigma, loss, and the intricacies of care are all very personal to me. There is no other field in which I could bring this breadth of knowledge, experience and deep desire to help. While this tragic experience is at times hard to articulate, the lingering feeling of loss has forever changed my outlook on life and in many ways has helped me to emphasize the importance of mental health. Continue reading Meet Our Therapists: Kate Denihan

Meet Our Therapists: Karissa Brennan

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Name: Karissa Brennan, LMHC, DCC
Licensing Info: NYS MHC 005767; DCC 1584
Where you live: New York, New York
Hometown: Basking Ridge, New Jersey
Amount of time working at Talkspace: nine months
Time working as a therapist: five years

Why are you working in therapy/mental health?

I’m curious about what drives us, what helps us feel empowered and what takes our power away. I work in mental health because I find being with people in those quiet, honest moments is the most humbling and valuable experience, and I’m lucky enough to do it every day with the most fascinating people. Continue reading Meet Our Therapists: Karissa Brennan