Editorial Team

Kay Adkins - LPC
Kay Adkins has over six years of experience providing individual, group, and family therapy using Person-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral therapy (CBT), components of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), rational perspective, and Solution Focused therapy.
Christy B.
Christy as a social worker, have been provided with the amazing opportunity to provide counseling services to all different populations. She started her career in a residential facility for adolescents with behavioral issues, and eventually branched out to day programs and intensive in-home therapy.
Judson Haynes
In 2006, Judson Haynes began work in the field of psychology at a substance use treatment center. From this point, Judson Haynes has worked in a variety of settings that include dual diagnosis treatment centers, private practice, and at a community mental health center.
Dr. Angel Faith
Dr. Angel Faith is a licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in Positive Psychology and life enhancement. Much of Dr. Faith’s training and experience has been focused on delivering therapeutic programs to adults struggling with a variety of mental wellness concerns including anxiety, depression, relationship conflicts, life transitions, and stress management.
Juan Angel
Juan’s professional journey in psychology started during his studies at the University of Florida. There he found a passion for education and human development. This interest led him to tutor and mentor youth in at-risk settings. Later he became an instructor of Educational Psychology at the University of Florida. His intentions in providing education were to help students learn about themselves while also developing an understanding of important psychological concepts.
Amanda Andrews
Amanda has been in the professional counseling field for over six years. She has worked in outpatient mental health settings, inpatient psychiatric and chemical dependency settings, and community social work settings. She has worked with and supported a diverse population of individuals with the following mental health issues: schizophrenia, autism, trauma, personality and mood disorders, anxiety, gender identity, chemical dependency, and others.
Tiffany Howard - LPC, LCADC
Tiffany Howard has been working for Betterhelp since 2014 and with Talkspace since 2017 providing supportive services to adults (and pending with adolescents on Betterhelp) struggling with mental health and addiction issues. Services are provided through email, live phone and live video sessions at the discretion of the client. Prior to her work online, Mrs. Howard has worked in crisis response, with special populations of dally diagnosed clients (pregnant and postpartum women and adolescents) and in both inpatient detox and traditional outpatient settings.
Rashonda Douthit - LCSW
Rashonda Douthit has 20+years of experience providing clinical services to a broad population range in a variety of mental health and social service settings. She has a special interest in stress management and helping clients navigate relationship difficulties. Rashonda has also provided clinical supervision to intermediate level social workers seeking independent licensure.
Wendy Boring-Bray - DBH, LPC
Wendy has numerous years working in the mental health field with all ages in a variety of settings. Her passion has been to promote mental wellness by working not only in the field but in an academic setting as an assistant director and professor in a doctoral program training future healthcare leaders in behavioral health.
Nicole J. Johnson
Nicole J. Johnson has been providing therapeutic services in a variety of settings for over 15 years, through private and government practice. Her work spans providing clinical services to clients with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Medical Illness and Injury Counseling, Military/Civilian Sexual Trauma, Veteran and Caregiver Related Stressors.
Deborah Horton
Deborah Horton has been an editor and writer for over 20 years covering a wide variety of subjects from sports, relationships, life coaching, and mental health counseling. She is currently contributing to the expanding growth of the free online mental health advice website BetterHelp.com/advice focusing on anxiety, depression, and complex trauma and hoping to reduce the stigmas associated with mental health.
Natalie Feinblatt
Dr. Feinblatt has been working in the field of psychology for over 15 years. She is currently in private practice in Los Angeles, California. Her main areas of focus & expertise are addiction and trauma. She also has experience working with creative individuals, the LGBTQIA+ community, and recovering cult members.
April Brewer - DBH, LPC
Dr. April Brewer is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). She gained direct research, writing, and editorial experience while conducting dissertation research at Arizona State University, providing direct clinical care to a population diagnosed with either Diabetes Mellitus Type 1 or Type 2 and comorbid alcohol use in a medical setting.
Melinda Santa
In 2014 Melinda Santa began working at the JCCA Edenwald Residential Treatment Program. The focus of treatment was utilizing a team approach in reuniting troubled teens that come from families that have been separated through child protective services. Her role was to provide support for the families, provide mental health services to the teens, and reunite the family along with preventive services in the community.
Merlena James Leger - LPC
Merlena James Leger currently has 11 years of knowledge and experience within the mental health field and the Department of Aging and Disability. She is the proud owner of Ramir’s Counseling Center of Hope, PLLC, that’s main focus is to serve the working families and those unable to receive traditional office-based counseling. Ramir’s Counseling Center of Hope, PLLC, provides counseling center in the home, community and through live chat/video and messaging.
Stephanie Chupein
It is Stephanie's sincere belief that we all grow and change within the context of our relationships. Giving and experiencing love is our highest purpose in life and relationships give us the opportunity to grow as a person. Due to our busy lifestyles, family history and lack of relationship skills, it is easy to fall into patterns that do not lift our relationships to the level we desire.
Dawn Brown
Dawn Brown is a Board Certified Nationally Certified Counselor who has been a counselor for 20 years. Her counseling work includes private practice (both face to face and online), psychiatric treatment programs to include inpatient, outpatient, intensive outpatient, and partial hospitalization programs. She is particularly interested in researching, writing, and working with depression, anxiety and trauma patients.
Stephanie Haywood
For more than twenty years, Stephanie Haywood has held various positions in the Social Services industry including Individual and Group Counselor, Supervisor, Trainer, Employee Assistant Program Account Manager and Focus Group Leader. Stephanie also was part of a private practice team where she provided individual, marital, and family counseling. Stephanie’s passion is to use her God-given skills, gifts, and talents with a focus on Christian Counseling, Training and Seminar Speaking.
Melissa Guarnaccia - LCSW
Melissa Guarnaccia has been a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) and psychotherapist since 2009. She has spent the past nine years providing outpatient therapy to individuals, couples, and families in both a hospital/clinical setting, as well as through her private practice.
Heather Cashell
Post master's degree Heather Cashell worked in the mental health field, providing intervention and support to individuals, families, and adolescents receiving services through a Comprehensive School and Community Treatment Program.
Robin Brock
Robin Brock has more than 15 years experience as a mental health professional. Her work has included private practice, Program Manager in a non-profit social service organization, as well a provider for the online counseling platform BetterHelp.com.
Chante’ Gamby - LCSW
Chante’ Gamby, LCSW is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and writer who has been supporting individuals, families, and communities in meeting their mental health needs for over a decade. Currently, she provides online therapy at Betterhelp.com and meets in person with clients at her private practice in the Chicagoland area. She is also the creator of the website, www.fringefam.com, which provides inspirational vignettes for individuals looking to explore mental health topics.
Kristina Ellen
Kristina Ellen is a licensed Professional Counselor, Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist, Certified Clinical Trauma Professional 15+ years in the field of mental health with experience in Assertive Community Treatment, inpatient substance abuse and inpatient mental health, community health and specialized military and first responder care.
Aaron Horn
Aaron began his career running a summer camp and conference center. This gave him the opportunity to interact with hundreds of families and individuals who were in search of a spiritual retreat. He was at home in the woods and loved both the "busy season" and the cold winter months. After several years he moved back to Georgia to work with adolescents and families in the United Methodist Church.
Kelly L. Burns - MA, LPC, ATR-P
Kelly L. Burns, LPC, ATR, is the trauma-informed psychotherapist who works with children, adults, and families to find ways to use the arts to enhance resilience, emotional regulation, form healthy attachments and express what they haven't been able to in verbal therapy. Kelly has worked in a variety of settings, such as inpatient behavioral health, working with victims of domestic violence and in private practice.
Whitney White - MS. CMHC, NCC., LPC
Whitney White is a board certified and licensed professional counselor in Texas where she operates her own virtual private practice. She has devoted almost a decade to research and writing in the fields of clinical mental health counseling and psychology. At present she is working to assist BetterHelp with their free online resource for mental health and wellness at BetterHelp.com/advice in addition to providing psychotherapy online with clients all over the world.
Alicia Fiske - LMSW
Alicia has worked professionally in a variety of settings from inpatient treatment to short-term crisis work and currently holds an LMSW licensure. She began early in her career with a focus on trauma in childhood sexual abuse, and after leaving her first, post-graduate school position she decided to commit to specializing while working at an outpatient facility. From there she worked in the school system to fill in the gap in mental health services.
Deanna Daniels - LMFT
Ms. Daniels is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with 16 years of clinical experience working with a diverse population of clientele in a variety of settings. Her experience includes working with individuals couples and families taking on a multitude of challenges such as relationship conflicts, mood disorders, and substance abuse, to name a few. Ms. Daniels is a champion for women’s issues and has specialized experience working with professional career women to help them find work/life balance, survivors of sexual assault and rape and women taking on the multi-faceted challenges of motherhood.
Karen Devlin - LPC
Karen Devlin, LPC has been providing direct mental health services since 1999 and as a licensed professional counselor since 2008. During that time, Karen has provided both individual & family therapeutic services to children & their families as well as adults ages 18 years and up.
Nicole Gaines - LPC
Nicole Gaines has been a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) for almost a decade; helping a very diverse population. Currently, she is practicing online in her own private practice, as a Betterhelp counselor and by contributing to the expansion and growth of a free online mental health resource with BetterHelp.com/advice. Her biggest interest and dedication is in addressing stigmas associated with mental health and providing care for expats, first responders, military, and those who are seeking meaning in their lives.
Wendy Galyen - LCSW, BC-TMH
Wendy is the founder of Thrive for Life Online Counseling (www.thriveforlifecounseling.com), an entirely online private practice in Indiana. Wendy has over 16 years of experience working with individuals, couples, families, and children in a counseling environment. She also serves as an adjunct faculty member at Indiana University.
Emily Genever
Emily Genever has been building a career in clinical service, academia, and research for nearly a decade. While her specialty includes topics of crisis, trauma, and disaster response, she has extensive experience and knowledge in all facets of mental health.
Ashley Alexander
Ashley Alexander has over 7 years of experience in providing direct services and advocating for individuals experiencing mental health crises and their families. Ms. Alexander holds professional counseling licenses in Virginia and the District of Columbia. She is recognized as a National Certified Counselor with experience primarily with trauma-focused interventions.
Michelle Lind
Michelle Lind has over 19 years of experience working as a counselor and a life coach. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including Depression; Anxiety, Social Anxiety; Social Isolation; PTSD; LGBTQ issues; Relationship issues; Parenting problems; Career challenges; Sleep problems; School/University issues, Financial social work, and Self-esteem/Confidence issues.
Rachael Lee
Rachael has been practicing as a licensed social worker for over 5 years. For the first 3 years of her career Rachael worked in numerous hospital settings, where she worked as a social worker in various services of the hospital, including the Emergency Department, General Medicine, Intensive Care Unit, Oncology and Liver Transplant.
Christie LeBeau - LMFT
Christie works in private practice working with a diverse population of adults. She is what some refer to as a Jungian or Rogerian therapist, meaning she utilizing therapeutic treatment models that promote self-awareness and believing in the strength of the client, not pathologizing. Christie specializes in helping individuals discover their emotions, express, and manage them.
Jeffrey Craven - MA, LMHC, LPCC, LLC
Jeffrey A. Craven has been a counseling expert for nearly a three decades; providing counseling services for a variety of mental health related conditions. Currently, he is a practitioner at BetterHelp.com and is contributing to the expansion and growth of a free online mental health resource with BetterHelp.com/advice. Jeff's main interests in counseling are in the areas of trauma, anxiety, and depression, however he has many years of experience working as a generalist in Community Mental Health settings.
Lisa Cooper
Lisa's therapeutic experience has been diverse and has included work with individuals, couples, and families of all ages. Lisa is passionate about clinical work and has specialized in the areas of addiction and recovery, sexual abuse, domestic violence, trauma, and suicide prevention. In practice, Lisa is committed to providing a safe environment for those she works with and utilizes Solution-focused therapy.
Laurie Hales
Lauren Hales has worked in the mental health field for more than 18 years. As a licensed mental health counselor in the state of Florida for more than 16 years, her experience as a supervisor in institutional settings has led to a broad understanding of the impact mental illness has on individuals, families, the healthcare and legal systems and communities as a whole.
Debra Halseth - LCSW
Debra Halseth is a licensed clinical social worker with more than 20 years of experience in medical, mental health and community-based settings. She has worked in acute hospital units including trauma, surgical, heart/lung transplantation, neonatal, and rehabilitation. Debra has provided individual, group, and family counseling in a variety of settings inpatient mental health and partial hospital programs for dually diagnosed individuals.
Michele Turner
Michele Turner has over 13 years of experience as a licensed counselor in the diagnosis and treatment of mental health and substance abuse disorders. She has experience in a variety settings such as inpatient, outpatient, residential, school based, and private practice. Michele currently provide face to face Employee Assistance Counseling services, and online tele-health through Betterhelp.
Laura Angers
Laura Angers has focused her work experience with individuals, families, and couples equally. She worked in a group home, in office settings and she has also provided in-home counseling during the past few years. Laura has experience working with survivors of trauma and abuse, individuals with depression, stress, and anxiety, as well as couples with relationship distress.
Lynne Healey - LMHC, QS, CAP, MPS
Lynne Healey has been devoted to human services and empowering individuals and families for over 30 years. Lynne Healey began her career promoting public speaking and writing through the power of Corporate Volunteerism. Lynne coordinated Metropolitan Edison Company’s“People Love to Serve Program”, one of the Nation’s first and largest Corporate volunteer programs to win the prestigious National Point of Light Award. This program led thousands of individuals to become involved in community services.
Christine Baker
Christine Baker is working as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in a variety of roles. She counsels clients in a private practice in Ocala, FL working with those struggling with substance use issues to those with anxiety, depression and trauma-related issues. She also works as an Evaluation Counselor at a facility to help those that are in crisis find stabilization and treatment.
Ann-Marie Duncan
For over 25 years, she has specialized in working with adults who are dealing with chemical use disorders and mental health issues in a variety of clinical settings. She has vast experience with a wide range of mental health concerns from mild to severe in such settings as hospital psychiatric units, medication-assisted treatment centers, counseling centers, and in private practice.
Cessel Boyd
Cessel Boyd has over 15 years of experience working in the Behavioral Health Field. This experience includes working with the Developmentally Disabled population, providing Mental Health services for the Department of Corrections, working with those in Mental Health and Substance Abuse Crisis, providing Care Coordination services for local Managed Care Organizations
Martha Furman - LPC, CAC
Martha Furman is a Licensed Professional Counselor with 20 years experience dealing with parenting issues, single parenting, depression, anxiety, job stress, marital issues, relationship stress, and addiction. She is also a Certified Addiction Counselor.
Christina Hussami - MSW, LCSW
Christina Hussami, MSW, LCSW is a practicing mental health clinician working with a variety of clients both in-person at a mental health crisis clinic and online. Christina’s primary focus is mental health assessment, diagnosis, community referrals, and treatment plans/interventions for clients of all ages. Christina has previous experience as a school-based therapist, so she is skilled at child development, developmental delays, behavioral issues, behavior modification, crisis intervention, and de-escalation
Lindi Herrin - LPC
Dr. Lindi Gurtzweiler-Herrin is a Licensed Professional Counselor with experience in a variety of settings. She has worked in schools, community mental health agencies, inpatient psychiatric hospitals, outpatient partial hospitalization programs, private practice, and correctional systems. She also has experience in the field with humanitarian agencies.
Kelly Kampf
Kelly worked as an oncology social worker in Philadelphia and then as a hospice bereavement counselor in Philadelphia for 12 years prior to going into private practice in 2010. She specializes in Gestalt and somatic therapy, trauma, grief, end of life, codependency, LGBTQ related issues...
Julie Gamez
In addition to being a counselor with BetterHelp, Julie also provides individual and group counseling at a non-profit organization that helps people who have experienced trauma. She has a passion for helping survivors to heal from domestic and sexual violence and become empowered in their lives. Julie has received extensive training in trauma-informed care, neuroscience, cognitive behavior therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, crisis intervention, motivational interviewing and mindfulness-based skills.
Alexanderial
As a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Alexanderial (Alex) has been supporting couples, families, and individuals in creating and implementing a DOABLE game plan to achieving their desired change for over 10 years. By use of solution-focused techniques and CBT (Cognitive Behavior Therapy), Alex assists clients in gaining control of their response to negative thoughts, which will, in turn, produce a new action.
Amy Brown
Amy has more than 16 years of experience providing individual and family counseling to children, teens, and families. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, as well as a Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor. Amy is currently employed as the Executive Director at Healing Hearts Grief Support, Inc. Previously, she was the Lead Educational Support Counselor for the Wentzville School District.
Avia James
Avia James has worked with all types of populations, in terms of age, culture, and disorders. She has been providing individual, groups, couples and family counseling in both the Inpatient and Outpatient settings. Avia presently serves as a mental health lead counselor at a Correctional Facility, working with Inmates with mental health disorders of varied sorts (re depression, anxiety, bipolar, PTSD) on acute, moderate and sufficiently managed levels, as well as with those, we consider the "worried well", who are faced with situational challenges.
Alvina Acquaye
Alvina Acquaye has been in the Research field for over 10 years, working on Outcomes studies with patients dealing with a chronic illness. She was written several publications. She loves the balance that she can have with research along with the benefits of counseling clients online.
Stephanie Deaver - LCSW
Stephanie Deaver has been working in the field of mental health for the past 15 years. She aims to empower individuals to understand their mental health and teach them the tools they can use to find healing, balance and mental strength. She is also involved in educating the community about mental health and is passionate about fighting against the negative stigma that mental illness has historically had.
Aaron Dutil
Aaron Dutil has been professionally writing and editing for a number of years; covering a variety of mental health-related topics. Currently, he can be found answering questions related to mental health on both Quora and Twitter. Aaron has edited and ghostwritten many blog posts for various behavioral health websites and organizations throughout the years.
Elizabeth Strong
Now in practice for over a decade, Liz is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Central Florida, working with individuals and groups in a variety of settings. She uses her training and experience in the field to help those struggling with anxiety, eating disorders, infertility, relationship, and life transition issues. She has served on the board of The Mental Health Counselors of Central Florida, as well as The Eating Disorder Network of Central Florida.
Denise Doster
Denise Doster has years of experience in crisis intervention, with clients encountering suicidal ideation and self-harming behaviors. She assists clients with mental health challenges, substance abuse, and trauma-related issues. Her treatment approaches are Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing.
Ema Jones - LCSW
Ema is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a background in Business Administration. Over the course of her career, she has worked in a variety of healthcare settings including both inpatient and outpatient mental health, consulting, marketing, research, and startup operations. Ema also spent two years as an international philanthropist in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Tonia Cassaday
Tonia Cassaday is a highly qualified mental health professional with nearly twenty-five years of work experience to include being a faculty member, clinical instructor, researcher, and writer at the Medical University of South Carolina. Ms. Cassaday has directed a mental health/substance abuse crisis stabilization unit and has seven years of experience providing individual, couples, and group psychotherapy to children, adolescents, and adults.
Kristen Hardin
From a high school junior to the end of her graduate degree, Kristen worked for two banks and a credit union in a variety of roles: teller, personal banker, and marketing. While it was a great way to get through school, it was not her passion or dream so Kristen begins working on the 3,000 internships to become a licensed professional counselor after graduation.
Beverly Vanover - MS LPC NCC BC-TMH CCTP
Beverly Vanover’s experience in the field of mental health includes working as a community-based therapist, school-based therapist, hospital-based therapist and therapeutic day treatment therapist. She has experience facilitating mental health and 12-step program groups for the community, as well as in the institutional setting, is a distance credentialed counselor (DCC), certified clinical trauma professional (CCTP) and a nationally certified counselor (NCC).
Shemya Vaughn - LPC, CRC
Dr. Vaughn has been editing, writing, and publishing research in the field of counseling since 2009. In 2016, she published, Transgender Youth, an academic text. Currently, she is a reviewer for the Editorial Team at Betterhelp. Her areas of expertise include sexuality, disability, psychiatric disorders, mental health counseling, and psychology.
Sonya Bruner
Dr. Sonya Bruner has been in the mental health field for over a decade. She is currently a licensed clinical psychologist in California in private practice. She also works as a consultant for companies like BetterHelp that are reshaping the counseling landscape.
Audrey Kelly - LMFT
Audrey Kelly is currently working as a Mental Health Therapist in private practice and for an intensive outpatient program, and has for several years and is now expanding interests to include the expansion of a free online mental health resource with BetterHelp.com/advice. Taking a serious interest in addressing stigmas associated with mental health.
Richard Jackson
Richard Jackson currently works for Northern Pines Mental Health. He is a clinical supervisor of a 6-bed crisis unit in Brainerd Mn. He also does Mobile Crisis Outreach in which Richard do risk assessments with individuals who may be suicidal, homicidal or suffering from psychotic symptoms.
EmeliaThygesen
Emelia has been published in Counseling Today Magazine in 2017, and is passionate about continuing education. Besides being an online reviewer, Emelia is a crisis counselor who works with children and families.
Lauren Fawley
Lauren Fawley has provided direct services and clinical case management to adults with serious mental illness. She began practicing as an outpatient counselor in 2010 with an emphasis on general mental health and substance abuse issues. Lauren has worked with couples and families, including on family reunification and divorce.
Marie Miguel
Marie Miguel has been a writing and research expert for nearly a decade; covering a variety of health-related topics. Currently, she is contributing to the expansion and growth of a free online mental health resource with BetterHelp.com/advice.
Sarah Fader
Sarah Fader is the CEO and Founder of Eliezer Tristan Publishing Company where she is dedicated to sharing the words of authors who endure and survive trauma and mental illness. She is also the CEO and Founder of Stigma Fighters, a non-profit organization that encourages individuals with mental illness to share their personal stories.
Casey Cook - LPC
Kellie is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Texas and works with adult clients via telehealth. For the past eight years, she has worked in the mental health field in a variety of settings and situations: from Emergency Room crisis stabilization to outpatient counseling in small clinics; from local courts to a domestic violence outreach center.
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