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Ed.D., LCSW Dr. Freda Shipman

Provides online counseling through BetterHelp

Mental health conditions are real, common and treatable.

And recovery is possible.

Dr. Freda Shipman is an experienced, licensed Mental Health Professional who specializes in affordable online therapy offered through our partner, BetterHelp.

More about me

Licensing: Ed.D., LCSW Years in Practice: 25 State: Virginia

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 25 years of experience in a Clinical Setting. I have a passion for helping individuals understand and help build on personal strengths while addressing their challenges. My areas of clinical experience are aging and geriatric issues, anxiety, anger, abuse, caregiver stress - coping with illness in the family, couples therapy, special needs planning, oncology, chronic and terminal illness, visual impairment, financial management, end of life planning, life challenges, career planning, work-life balance, retirement planning and adjustment.

My therapy style is warm and engaging. I treat every individual with dignity, respect and compassion. I meet you where you are and I provide a safe environment to help you achieve your goals to address your life challenges.

I acknowledge the courage it takes to take action and seek change. I will be here to listen, support and empower you in your journey. 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. Starting at $65 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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Grief Self esteem Career difficulties Coping with life changes Coaching Stress Anxiety Relationship issues Family conflicts Trauma and abuse Parenting issues Anger management
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Reviews for Dr. Freda Shipman

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(18 reviews)
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Very good at encouraging me

May 22, 2024


Able to adapt her style to my needs.

Jan 06, 2024


Dr. Shipman is a truly lovely and loving person. I really enjoy our sessions and I know I can talk to her about anything.

Dec 22, 2023


Dr. Shipman has been working with me for about six months. She actively listens, gives great advice, and points out things I don't usually see myself. I highly recommend her!

Nov 09, 2023


Attentive and challenges me to assert myself and to believe in my capability

Jun 30, 2023


During our first session I knew I had found the right therapist for me! Dr. Shipman has a wealth of knowledge and experience. Easy to talk to and kind. From the get-go she asked me the right questions to get into the heart of the issues at hand. She was direct in communication and supportive of my goals. She had guided me to many tools and resources to help me as I grow relationally and focus also on career development. Highly recommend!!

May 04, 2023


Dr. Shipman is a great listener and she provides the most supportive and honest feedback. She made me feel so comfortable and allowed me the space to be vulnerable. Dr. Shipman is very warm and comforting and I enjoyed speaking with her.

Mar 16, 2023


Best therapist I’ve ever had.

Mar 14, 2023


Great person great feedback all the time and definitely help in all ways to your means in anything you may feel you need help with.

Feb 15, 2023


She is very helpful

Apr 23, 2023


Dr. Shipman is extremely kind knowledgeable and she really takes the time to listen to you. She allows you to express yourself and get out whatever emotions you need without totally derailing the time. Her expertise shines through all during the meeting as she helps me navigate my feelings, explore new ones, become aware of upcoming events that might be triggering, and she can steer me away. I appreciate her I’m so many ways .

Dec 07, 2022


Dr. Shipman is wonderful! She seems to be able to help talk me through my career concerns, and helps me find new tools to implement to help me stay focused and confident in my work.

Nov 28, 2022


I just started with Dr. Shipman and it has been a great couple sessions and I feel she hears me and has very great insight.

Oct 13, 2022


Dr. Shipman has been a great help in showing me my stressors and strengths as I have struggled to keep my footing during the COVID-19 pandemic and my Mother aging. She has allowed me to be myself in a safe space filled with compassion and empathy. I can not thank her enough for her calm and gentle presence.

Sep 26, 2022


Great therapist, caring and provides meaningful feedback.

Sep 15, 2022


I enjoy talking with my therapist and she seems to understand what I am going thru and brings kindness and Compassion to times when I do not.

M.R.·Aug 20, 2022


Dr. Shipman is pushing me in the right direction. She acknowledges where I’m slacking and gives me motivation and hope to keep going! I appreciate her honesty and I look forward to the work we’ll complete together!

E.R.·Aug 18, 2022


Dr. Shipman is patient, attentive, encouraging and helps me feel better about all aspects of my life as I move through this grieving process. She is prompt to respond and checks in often and offers excellent suggestions and feedback. I am so blessed and thankful to have her support right now.

C.I.·Aug 02, 2022


Affordable, convenient, and accessible, Dr. Freda Shipman offers counseling online

  • Affordable: Pay a low flat fee.
  • Convenient: Do it at your own time and at your own pace. Communicate whenever you feel it's needed.
  • Available now: There is no waiting list and no calls to make. Simply fill out a short questionnaire and send your first message.