Dr. Magna Porterfield

(Ph.D.)

About Me

I am a psychologist who is licensed in both the states of Alabama and Georgia and I have had the opportunity to work in the field of psychology for several years. I have worked in the both university settings (as a teacher and counselor) as well as in private practice. I have also had the opportunity to travel and share my knowledge through lectures and workshops. I have the most experience in helping people who struggle with unipolar (but NOT bipolar) depression and anxiety. I also have a considerable amount of experience in working with individuals who have problems with managing stress and managing their emotions. I do not work with issues such as eating disorders, addictions, relationship problems or sexuality concerns.

My counseling style is warm, but also straightforward and honest. I consider myself to be a kind person. and I truly desire to help those who are hurting. In my work with people, I do not spend much time processing the past (i.e., childhood experiences, past trauma, etc.). I believe that true healing comes when individuals take active steps in the therapy process and focus on what they can do in their "present" situation to address their challenges. In my work with clients, I focus on helping them understand how their thoughts impact their emotions and their behavior - principles from the field of cognitive behavior therapy. I also look at the impact of lifestyle habits - diet, rest, exercise, etc. - on mental/emotional health. In addition, I sometimes utilize concepts and strategies from the area of positive psychology, which helps people identify and enhance their strengths (as opposed to merely focusing on people's weaknesses "abnormalities," so to speak).

Do you need a helping hand? I would love to be that "hand" and help you make those changes. Working with me will take commitment and will require you to not be just a "passive participant," so to speak, in your healing and recovery. If you are willing to do your part, I am here for you and would love to work with you. All it takes is that first step and you can make that step today!


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Grief
  • Depression
  • Coping with life changes
Also experienced in:
Sleeping disorders , Anger management , Self esteem , Career difficulties , Forgiveness , Mood Disorders

Clinical approaches:
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Solution-Focused Therapy

Years of Experience: 26

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

Psychologist #1971 (Expires: 2021-10-15)

Psychologist #1839 (Expires: 2022-12-31)


Reviews

Written by M.A. on May 03, 2021 after counseling with Magna for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety

Great counseling with a christian point of view what was really important for me

Written by S.I. on Apr 30, 2021 after counseling with Magna for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, family conflicts, sleeping disorders, career difficulties, and coping with life changes

Dr Porterfield has been so kind, she is a very good listener, and I appreciate that she has been incorporating my faith in our counselling sessions, my sessions with Dr Porterfield have made such a difference in my life I wish I found her and better help sooner

Written by D.A. on Feb 10, 2021 after counseling with Magna for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, self esteem, and coping with life changes

I worked with Dr. Porterfield for just about 3 months. Our time together was very valuable to me, and she supported me in a unique and helpful way. She is very direct in her counseling, not wanting to focus on excuses and explanations of the past, and this was something that although I didn't expect, was actually very helpful, as I tend to get way too caught up in those things. She supported me and provided me with various coping measures for when anxiety and thoughts take control of my mind. These are just a few of the things I will carry on from our counseling sessions, as well as her love and kindness that she put into our sessions.

Written by C.E. on Feb 09, 2021 after counseling with Magna for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety

Dr. Porterfield is amazing at therapy via messaging. I’m a professional therapist, too, so I have high standards and was unsure about how effective messaging would be. I have absolutely felt improvement in my emotional health in only a few weeks of work.

Written by T.E. on Jan 31, 2021 after counseling with Magna for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, sleeping disorders, self esteem, and career difficulties

I have worked with Dr. Porterfield for 2 months and it was a pleasant experience. I felt comfortable and it was like was talking to a friend who had my best interests at heart. I would definitely recommend her anytime and also be ready to do pull your weight in the healing process.

Written by V.I. on Jan 01, 2021 after counseling with Magna for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, self esteem, and anger management

She has been amazing! She understands and allows me to grow in the areas that I need help in

Written by A.N. on Oct 08, 2020 after counseling with Magna for 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety, self esteem, and coping with life changes

Dr. Porterfield is very professional and very knowledgeable in her field. I had about 4-5 sessions with her during a very challenging time in my life. I struggle with anxiety, negative thinking and low confidence. I appreciate that she doesn't just go through your childhood history to explain why you are going through emotional issues, but she provides you with practical steps to take to combat negative thoughts and emotions. She also addresses diet and lifestyle which I really appreciate. She's very flexible in scheduling and is attentive to your needs. I am also a Christian, and I really appreciate her biblical insights in the challenges that I faced. Thank you so much, Dr. Porterfield for all your help!

Written by M.A. on Aug 24, 2020 after counseling with Magna for 5 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and coaching

She is great! She has available resources from the start that are very helpful!

Written by Z.H. on Aug 12, 2020 after counseling with Magna for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, and stress, anxiety

I have a good experience with Dr. Porterfield so far. She is very professional and very attentive. I am looking forward to more progress!

Written by M.I. on Jul 23, 2020 after counseling with Magna for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, grief, and coping with life changes

I have had a great experience with Dr. Porterfield. I came to BetterHelp when too many things became overwhelming and Dr. Porterfield helped me prioritize and address these issues to reclaim my agency in the situation. She added "tools" to my mental toolkit that I know I can use even when our time together is done.

Written by L.E. on Jul 16, 2020 after counseling with Magna for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, grief, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, bipolar disorder, coping with life changes, coaching, compassion fatigue, and adhd

Dr. Porterfield has been amazing. She listens and helps me to actively find solutions. She also checks in regularly. I feel comfortable and confident that I am going in the right direction with my treatment under her guidance.

Written by L.E. on Jul 11, 2020 after counseling with Magna for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, anger management, coping with life changes, and adhd

Dr Porterfield listened and gave me suitable advice and strategies to work on. I saw a change in my life in 3 weeks. I would highly recommend her to anyone who wants both spiritual and practical support. She was caring and genuine.

Written by A.S. on Jul 05, 2020 after counseling with Magna for 6 days on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and self esteem

Dr Porterfield is one of the nicest people I have ever met. She takes the time to listen to me and always gives me constructive feedback! I've only been her patient for a week now and I already have noticed a huge difference in how I feel mentally, emotionally and even physically. I wouldn't be able to get through this break with my ex without her guidance!

Written by S.T. on Jun 22, 2020 after counseling with Magna for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, sleeping disorders, and anger management

Dr. Porterfield is an amazing therapist. She's not judgemdntal nor does she tells you what you want to hear. She speaks professionally and listens well. I love our sessions wheather it's via tst or tele conference. I would recommend her.

Written by S.H. on Jun 19, 2020 after counseling with Magna for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, grief, sleeping disorders, and coping with life changes

At a point In life where I felt loss Dr. Porterfield helped me to understand what was going on and how to connect the dots.

Written by C.Y. on Jun 10, 2020 after counseling with Magna for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, coaching, and adhd

I love her, absolutely perfect match.

Written by I.U. on Jun 08, 2020 after counseling with Magna for 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety, self esteem, and career difficulties

Dr. Porterfield is a wonderful therapist - after 3 sessions, she already made me see life in a different way: she helps me cope with my anxiety and trauma, and more importantly, she offers me methods to build better, more realistic thought patterns, and live by them.
My friends told me that I look happier and more serene. There are no words to describe how grateful I am to Dr. Porterfield.

Written by J.A. on Jun 05, 2020 after counseling with Magna for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, coping with life changes, coaching, and adhd

She takes the time to cater the therapy to my specific needs and has provided me with a ton of insight and exercises, which I’ve seen measurable improvement in my own life.

Written by C.H. on May 10, 2020 after counseling with Magna for 2 weeks

Dr. Porterfield is a very good therapist. I learned so many new positive things and tools with her. She replies to me very quickly and having her as a therapist is very important to me. I like her approach and the way she makes me find different perspectives. I strongly recommend her.

Written by L.E. on Sep 16, 2019 after counseling with Magna for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and adhd

Dr Porterfield is very professional and knowledgable and from the first session she could identify my main issues with thinking and emotions. She is absolutely amazing and I would definitely recommend her to any of my friends. Very thankful for the support, time and dedication she has given me to date.

Written by K.O. on Mar 28, 2019 after counseling with Magna for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and career difficulties

Dr. Porterfield has helped me tremendously in a short period of time. She’s understanding, open minded, and educational. She doesn’t baby or coddle. I can’t wait to continue working with her.

Written by S.H. on Jan 14, 2019 after counseling with Magna for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and grief

Dr. Porterfield has been very engaging. She took the time to learn about my situation from beginning to end. She listened and asked questions and then she started giving me things to do to make me feel better. I am grateful for her help and I am still chatting with her often.

Written by E.P. on Oct 17, 2018 after counseling with Magna for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, sleeping disorders, and self esteem

She is a wonderfully warm and patient woman. She's very respectful and doesn't belittle me when I'm having one of my episodes.

Written by N.I. on Oct 15, 2018 after counseling with Magna for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and career difficulties

She is very professional and caring and gets straight to the point. I really appreciate the insight she has given me.

Written by A.A. on Sep 10, 2018 after counseling with Magna for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and career

Dr. Porterfield is amazing. She is very responsive and available to listen as per your convenience. She offers great advice and is willing to help you through your problems.

Written by R.A. on May 30, 2018 after counseling with Magna for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, family, intimacy-related, parenting, self esteem, and career

Dr. Porterfield is very warm and professional. Each of her messages are well-organized and have clear objectives. Her counseling style is goal-oriented and she encourages you to learn and grow through resources that are free, online, with concrete messages. Physical health and self-care are part of her methods, and she will advise you to make lifestyle changes if you do not already make your physical health and nutrition a priority.

Written by T.E. on May 22, 2018 after counseling with Magna for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, trauma and abuse, sleeping, parenting, self esteem, anger, and career

Dr. Porterfield is kind and professional. She offers several resources to help oneself. She provides relevant information for whatever issues one is going through.

Written by C.A. on May 15, 2018 after counseling with Magna for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, lgbt, relationship, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related, self esteem, and bipolar

Absolutely wonderful!

Written by R.U. on Mar 30, 2018 after counseling with Magna for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and trauma and abuse

I love Dr. Porterfield and she is doing a good job. She is responding well and I would recommend her to another person. Keep up with the good work.

Written by A.L. on Mar 27, 2018 after counseling with Magna for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, intimacy-related, sleeping, self esteem, and career

I used to see a psychiatrist and I did not like that experience and was very adamant that I would never do it again, Betterhelp has given me the confidence and courage to do that. Dr. Porterfield is really nice to talk to and just her being there and knowing she'll reply as soon as she can, gave me comfort. I was able to do the basic things I struggled to. It's lovely to share your journey with someone that knows what they're doing.

Written by J.O. on Dec 24, 2017 after counseling with Magna for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related, sleeping, self esteem, and anger

Dr. Porterfield is a very genuine and caring counselor. She will tell you like it is when you need it the most. She taught me so many things and helped me to grow as a person and I truly will never be able to repay her for what she has done for me as a person with my emotional growth and for helping to save my relationship. Since she is also a nutritionist, she can give recommendations if she feels they would help for foods or supplements that could help you to feel better as well. As a male, I never thought I would like having a female counselor not because of anything sexist but I didn't know if I would be able to open up to them in the same way but she put all that to ease during our first chats. She is an excellent choice for a counselor and you will not go wrong with Dr. Porterfield. She is the best of the best on BetterHelp.

Written by A.A. on Nov 14, 2017 after counseling with Magna for 3 weeks

Very happy with her ideas and thoughts.

Written by C.H. on Nov 06, 2017 after counseling with Magna for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, self esteem, and career

Ms. Porterfield is an amazing person, and she helped me so much with my anxiety and panic attack issues. I feel like I have a close friend of mine that I can talk too! She's there for me and she always listens to my thoughts and concerns with empathy and deep interest. She even checks on me on random times to see if I am ok! She is an amazing professional and I would highly recommend her to anyone!

Written by A.L. on Nov 04, 2017 after counseling with Magna for 2 weeks on issues concerning grief

Very caring and helpful. Easy to talk to and share feelings with. Very supportive and positive. She helped me in dealing with my sadness and showed me ways to handle it and to always look at the bright side and be hopeful and grateful.

Written by H.E. on Nov 03, 2017 after counseling with Magna for 1 week on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family, trauma and abuse, and self esteem

I thought she was lovely and gentle. She went out of her way to monitor and contain my anxiety and sort of looked out for me. Although I was a bit surprised by the use of positive psychology I can see how it might be difficult to offer more depth work with someone like me presenting with so much anxiety and depressed mood. Her suggestions and recommendations for my wellbeing were however always thoughtful and attuned and served to give me some hope and light from all this worry and isolation. So I felt taken care of and she made me feel better.