Clay, Alabama is a great place to live and has some rich history that they are very proud of. In fact, they have records of Revolutionary War soldiers who lived and died there as well as Indian artifacts on display to remember their beginning. It is good to know about the past, but it is important that you do not get stuck in things that may have happened that trouble you.

When you are feeling down or anxious, taking a walk in the park may help. The Cosby Lake Park in Clay has some nice walking paths, a disc golf course, and a lake for fishing. If you are still feeling anxious or depressed, talk to one of the Clay-area counselors who is trained in all kinds of mental and emotional issues. No matter what you want to talk about, our counselors are available to help.

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James White

Offering therapy in AL
License: M.ED,LPC
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsRelationship issuesFamily conflictsDepression
15 years of experience

My name is James “Ryan” White. I am a licensed therapist in the state of Alabama. I have been a therapist for more than nine years. I have been licensed for almost 5 years. I specialize in dialectical behavioral therapy. Specifically, DBT informed therapy. What that means for my clients is real solutions to problems quickly using DBT skills. DBT skills allow you to better control and understand your emotions. These skills have worked wonders with my clients with depressive disorders, panic disorders, and PTSD. I specialize in personality disorders as well. Over the years I have worked with adults with mental disorders as well as substance abuse difficulties. I look forward to working with you and helping you to identify goals- so that you can look forward to life after whatever difficulties you’re having now . Remember whatever brings you here is just a chapter of your life it’s not the whole book. Let’s work together to rewrite your story so that you look forward to the days ahead.

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Ernest Garrett, III

Offering therapy in AL
License: Ph.D., M.Phil.,,M.S.W., M.S.,,C-ASWCM, ACSW, C-SSWS, C-ACYFSW
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesSelf esteemDepressionCoping with life changes
17 years of experience

My name is Ernest E. Garrett III, and I have 18 years of post-graduate MSW-level social work experience, within special education settings and the private practice setting. I am currently practicing full-time as a Deaf LCSW therapist/clinician in private practice, which is a dream come true, post-pandemic! I take pride in being able to communicate effectively with diverse clients from all walks of life. I received my M.S.W. degree from Gallaudet University, and I am licensed at the clinical level in Missouri, Wisconsin, the District of Columbia, Louisiana (Inactive Status), and Alabama, as well as pending applications for licensure status in a host of other states. I regard myself a specialist in the provision of culturally sensitive and competent clinical social work services; I offer such services in a culturally affirmative and linguistically accessible environment; I render services with and on behalf of vulnerable and oppressed populations in general and disability populations in particular.

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Lisa Raley

Offering therapy in AL
License: LICSW
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsRelationship issuesFamily conflictsDepression
15 years of experience

I am a licensed clinical social worker with over 15 years of therapy experience. My therapeutic approach to counseling is holistic and strength based. Holistic meaning that we, as individuals, are made up of physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, and social strengths. When one or more of these “strengths” become weak, (from internal or external factors) we may suffer from depression, anxiety, and/or other stress related issues. My job as a therapist is to help you find your inner strengths and develop new ones to “re-balance” your life! When we are balanced, we are strong and whole!

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Donda Goodson

Offering therapy in AL
License: MA,LPC-S
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseGriefSelf esteemDepression
30 years of experience

My name is Donda Goodson and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in Alabama. I obtained my undergraduate degree from Auburn University in Vocational Rehabilitation and my Master's degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in Rehabilitation Counseling. I received my counseling license in 1992 from the Alabama Board of Examiners in Counseling. The majority of my clinical experience is from mental health agencies and private practice. I have worked with clients ages 4 to 74 with various issues to include anger management, anxiety, depression, grief and loss, obsessive compulsive disorders, trauma and stress related disorders, individuals struggling to maintain sobriety, those with ADHD and Autism Spectrum Disorders and parents doing their best to parent but find themselves struggling and feeling frustrated. Through the utilization of client-centered and cognitive behavioral therapy, I work to help you work through obstacles and reach your personal goals.

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Lowell Wallace

Offering therapy in AL
License: LCSW
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsAnger managementSelf esteemDepression
10 years of experience

Hello, my name is Lowell Wallace and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. I earned my Master's degree in Social Work in 2013 and went on to earn my LCSW in 2017. I have expertise in working with individuals and families with co-occurring substance abuse and other counseling issues. I also have expertise in providing counseling to individuals with mood and anxiety disorders, relationship issues, family conflict, trauma, ADHD, and much more. I utilize a client-centered approach and realize clients are the experts on their own lives. I work collaboratively with my clients in setting and reaching their goals that will ultimately benefit their lives. Some of my most used clinical approaches are cognitive behavioral therapy and motivational interviewing. I enjoy these approaches because it allows me to help my clients gain insight into their core beliefs and how these translate into their thoughts and ultimately their behavior. I believe everyone has inherent strengths and abilities to face and overcome adversity and become more empowered and all they need is some assistance to realize their solution lies within themselves. I truly enjoy working with others and assisting them in becoming better version of themselves.

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Christopher Pope

Offering therapy in AL
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesTrauma and abuseSelf esteemDepressionCoping with life changes
23 years of experience

Hi there! I am a licensed professional counselor (LPC) with 22 years of professional experience working as a mental health clinician in many areas throughout the field of mental health counseling, therapy, and other human services-related fields. I am currently licensed and/or have been licensed in Mississippi, Tennessee, Alabama, and North Carolina. My fundamental approach is through the lens of existential philosophy with a solution-focused approach and a strong emphasis on values as a driving factor with respect to our daily behaviors and decision-making processes. Therefore, I consider a holistic approach to life challenges and maladaptive behaviors when considering the various modalities at my disposal including acceptance and commitment therapy, existential therapy, narrative therapy, reality therapy, family systems therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness-based therapy, positive psychology, sports psychology, industrial psychology, and holistic/whole body/wellness therapy approaches. I have experience in helping clients/couples with relationship issues, communication, establishing and maintaining deep connection & intimacy, finding purpose & meaning, teaching mindfulness skills, teaching coping skills for depression & anxiety, teaching stress reduction techniques, improving motivation, self-esteem, self-confidence, self-esteem, and self-worth. I partner (I'm not the expert on your life; You are!) with my clients to create an open and safe environment to hold a space for you where thoughts, emotions, issues, challenges, and problems can be shared without fear of judgment. I simply help you to regain agency over your life, and help you become more autonomous & empowered in order for you to make solid choices and decisions. In doing that, you are able to live into the answers to the questions regarding the various challenges you face in life. It takes courage to seek out a more fulfilling joyful life and to take the first steps towards meaningful change. I am here to support & empower you in that journey, instilling that autonomy in you so you are confident in your own ability to face life and its many challenges. I can say without knowing you that I believe in you because we are all human, and I believe we are all capable of positive change and creating the life we value and envision. Life is about the journey, not the destination. We never stop learning. Life is also the teacher. It has a lot to teach us, and there is always much to learn. Each day is a gift and another chance to do that very thing. So I want you to start this day with hope and a belief in yourself. As long as you have a willingness to make changes, and a commitment to the process and of doing the work that needs to be done, you will find success. Best of luck to you on this journey, and many blessings in the coming days.

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Margaret McDonald

Offering therapy in AL
Stress, AnxietyFamily conflictsAnger managementCareer difficultiesDepression
12 years of experience

Greetings and welcome! My name is Margaret, and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Alabama with over 12 years of experience in the mental health field. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, depression, family conflicts, ADHD, anger management, & career difficulties. Kudos to you for taking a positive step and reaching out for help during this time in your life. I am here to support you with any questions and concerns you may have. My counseling style has often been described as compassionate, gentle, empathetic, with a side of great humor. I would also like to let you know that this is a safe space to be as open and honest as you feel like you need to be without fear of any judgment. I am here to support you in that process, and I look forward to working with you!

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Mark Driskill

Offering therapy in AL
AddictionsLGBTTrauma and abuseAnger managementCoping with life changes
18 years of experience

I am licensed in Alabama & Tennessee with 18 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with coping with addictions, trauma and abuse, anger management, mood disorders, LGBTQ+ related issues, issues specific to men, and crises in trust (relationships). I believe in treating everyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion. I will tailor our dialog and treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs. Taking the first step to seeking a more fulfilling and happier life takes courage. I am here to support you in that process.

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Stephen Schottgen Jr

Offering therapy in AL
Stress, AnxietyGriefSelf esteemDepression
13 years of experience

I am licensed in Alabama and Mississippi with many years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, coping with grief and loss, & motivation, self esteem, and confidence. I also have experience working with depression. I believe in treating everyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion. I will tailor our dialog and treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs. Taking the first step to sign up for therapy can take courage and I am proud of you for getting started!

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Autumn White

Offering therapy in AL
Stress, AnxietySelf esteemCareer difficultiesCoping with life changesCompassion fatigue
15 years of experience

I am licensed in Alabama with 15 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety; motivation, self esteem, and confidence; career difficulties; compassion fatigue; & coping with life changes. I work with my clients to create an open and safe environment where thoughts and feelings can be shared without fear of judgment. Taking the first step to sign up for therapy can take courage and I am proud of you for getting started!

How to find counseling in Clay

Finding the best therapist close by in Clay can feel challenging, but know that once you narrow your search for a counselor serving your area, you can find a therapist in your city that is accepting new clients and fits your goals. Whether you're struggling with depression, anxiety, marriage, family issues, or other emotional challenges, feel proud that you have begun your search to find the mental health care services that work best for you in order to begin your personal journey towards emotional healing.

Understanding the type of therapy you'd like to search for is crucial before finding a therapist or psychologist in Clay. Perhaps you're interested in narrowing your search for a psychotherapist that can offer psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), talk therapy, provide group therapy, marriage and family therapy for individuals or couples, or couples therapy. Each type of therapy can offer various benefits and address or treat different disorders. If you're still unsure or are new to counseling in Clay, feel free to contact the provider via email to find out which methods they practice.

It is also important to understand that mental health professionals in the United States are accredited to provide care, helping individuals and couples, with a variety of licenses. These include licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT), licensed clinical social worker (LCSW), and clinical psychologist or doctor of psychology (PsyD). Regardless of their licensure, they are trained to treat individuals and couples counseling, and sometimes children, in any type of therapy. Find a therapist under any of these distinctions and know that the sessions they offer can provide a safe place to heal.

Mental health professionals working through their own in- person therapy practice in Clay or online may assist clients in improving healthy relationships, communication skills, working through life transitions, managing a mood disorder, improving coping skills, or change in negative thinking patterns. They may also provide a safe place and validation for clients experiencing emotional pain. Verified providers can provide licensed marriage and couples therapy, tailor to individual needs, and create a therapeutic relationship as a National Certified Counselor.

There are all kinds of therapists working with clients today across the United States and in the greater Clay area in different types of therapy, including:

  • CBT
  • DBT
  • Substance use therapy
  • Couples therapy

When you're ready to start your search and find therapists, have in mind what type of therapy you'd like your provider to be most experienced with and choose an experienced provider with a practice located near you in the city of Clay, elsewhere in Jefferson, or in the greater state of Alabama.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

Some other commonly asked questions on therapy with a licensed counselor and BetterHelp serving the Clay area can be found below:

How does the cost of in-person counseling compare to the cost of BetterHelp with a licensed Clay therapist?

The average price of an in-person therapy session in the US is $100 to $200 per hour. These prices may be higher in Clay due to a higher cost of living. The price also depends on the type of provider you are looking for. See the following average prices for various mental health providers without insurance:

  • Counseling with a psychiatrist: $150-$500
  • Counseling with therapists: $100-300
  • Therapy with a psychologist: $100

While many psychologists in Clay may not take health insurance, some in the state of Alabama may work on a sliding scale, meaning they'll factor in your income and charge what you can afford per session. With BetterHelp or clinicians throughout the state of Alabama you can expect significantly more affordable options, with sessions ranging from $65 to $100 per week (billed every four weeks).

How is a licensed therapist on this online therapy platform verified?

Therapists in Clay, Alabama working on BetterHelp are licensed, trained, experienced, and accredited as a doctor of psychology (PhD / PsyD), licensed marriage and family therapists (LMFT), licensed clinical social worker (LCSW / LICSW), or licensed professional counselors (LPC). All of these psychology clinicians have a Masters Degree or a Doctorate Degree in their field of psychology sciences, and follow the APA Code of Ethics. They have been qualified and certified by their state's professional board after successfully completing the necessary education, exams, training and practice with a patient, and extensive experience in a healthcare clinic or treatment centers, in order to become a mental health provider. While their lived experience, expertise, careers, and background vary, they all possess at least 3 years and 1,000 hours of hands-on experience with adult and sometimes teen patients, and have the necessary therapist credentials to provide a safe space for long lasting emotional healing in therapy. 

Please note BetterHelp does not offer or provide care from psychiatrists to prescribe a drug as treatment, or perform psychological assessments.

How does working with a counselor in BetterHelp online therapy sessions work?

BetterHelp clinicians treat clients online across the United States (individuals and couples) through life transitions, inner child exploration, long term depression or anxiety, and more. An online mental health professional, including the therapists in Clay above, can work with young adults, children, adolescents, and adults virtually as an accredited licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) or licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT). You do not have to commute to a an office as a psychotherapy client.

Through BetterHelp therapy, you can partake in video, phone, or live chat therapy sessions with your licensed therapist. You can work through various symptoms, use the in app journaling feature, and receive worksheets. You'll also find support groups or group therapy lead by a therapist in Clay helping individuals on topics including managing life transitions, symptoms affecting sexual health, behavioral health, coping skills for anxiety or depression, trauma, stress, marriage counseling, and more. 

What mental health issues can psychotherapy address?

BetterHelp's verified Clay therapists specialize and have clinical experience in a wide range of mental health issues and modalities, helping clients to feel better and improve their lives every day. See below for examples.

Specialties on BetterHelp include:

You may also be struggling with relationship problems that could be addressed in couples therapy or with a sex therapist. In that case, you may choose to work with one of BetterHelp's experienced cognitive-behavioral therapists or licensed marriage family therapists (LMFT) who work with clients in relationships. You can also try a Clay therapy provider through BetterHelp's sister platform, ReGain, which is dedicated to couples and spouses worldwide. 

How do I know if online counseling is right for my family?

One of the potentially rewarding aspects of working with a therapist is the validation and active listening they can provide. Your friends and loved ones may also be available to listen, but you may feel that they may lack the skills to provide objective guidance. Counselors are trained to respond to various concerns, symptoms, and mental health conditions.

A psychologist in your city can support you toward a healthier emotional state, regardless of your mental health, life concerns, or healing needs. While supporting individuals in developing healthier habits, another good benefit of therapy is having an understanding, safe space with a non-judgmental party who can support you through challenging experiences.

Many people have sensitive topics that they may feel ashamed to discuss with their friends or partner. A Clay therapist can help you confront these concerns and open up through unique methods of support. There are also many types of therapy, such as art therapy, where you may find you can express yourself through creativity instead of words.

With a lot of people in AL, providers may be booked out with clients. Through the list of profiles above and others within BetterHelp's team, you may be able to find a psychologist within 24 to 48 hours. If you're searching to find a a nearby psychotherapist close to 35126 or the surrounding zip codes, consider others available through the BetterHelp site. No matter if you are seeking help in your area or beyond, online therapy can be a great option.

How should I prepare for my first therapy session with a Clay counselor?

Before seeing your therapist, prep for your session by reading to understand the therapy process. You might write a list of questions you want to ask your psychotherapist, any emotional pain you may feel, and the ways in which you hope to improve. When you attend your session, let them know if you have any concerns about therapy or feel unsure about what to talk about. They may help guide you with open-ended therapeutic questions. The first session will often serve as an intake to get to know you as a person and learn why you're attending therapy.

Should I find a therapist or psychologist if I feel fine? 

Some simply don't feel the need to see a psychologist. However, some people may avoid attending therapy due to stigma or preconceived notions of what therapy entails. Although psychologists often support people with mental health conditions, you do not need a diagnosis or condition to attend therapy. You can discuss grief, relationship concerns, stress, or life changes and ask for general feedback and advice. A Clay licensed clinical social worker may help you gain power over your life and emotions while you navigate day-to-day experiences.

Gaining a new perspective on yourself through various therapies might allow you to improve your self-esteem, work through relationships, and gain a better sense of your mental health goals. The success you may find through therapy can be dependent on your process.

People may also attend therapy for specific motives, such as bullying, an autism diagnosis, a desire to learn mindfulness meditation, personality concerns, trouble with office workers, specific phobias, and many other principles.

Is mental health care and therapy worth it? 

Therapy is effective and has the power to change individuals' lives. Each client is at a different stage of their emotional healing journey in life, as each human can be unique in their personality, expression, skills, and goals. A psychologist can target various symptoms, experiences, and personalities to help you feel your best and put you on the path to healing. Unlike advice from a friend, family, or non-professional, a mental health professional has an understanding of various disorders like ADHD and depression with many hours of experience in treating adults in their practice. For this reason, seeing an evidence based psychologist in Clay, Alabama can be worth it. Over 41 million adults in the US attend therapy services each year, showing it's a popular option and is proven to be effective.

Clay has many clinicians who practice person or client-centered individual therapy in-person and through online therapy to assist clients in their healing journey. If you opt into online therapy, you might also be able to meet with providers all over the United States and change therapists easily at any time. Many people struggling with anxiety and depression, substance abuse, body image issues, and more find therapists that are a good fit for them, feel supported, and gain further insight into their lives through internet-based therapy.

Do therapists judge you in therapy sessions?

The boundaries between you and a therapist are in place to help you and them regarding ethical concerns. Mental health professionals are held by ethical standards through the American Psychological Association (APA) and are not allowed to judge or harm their clients. If you are concerned about sharing details about yourself, feel free to withhold personal information. Their job in the therapeutic relationship is to create a safe place, help you gain a deeper understanding of your mental health, and support you. You might consider changing counselors if you don't feel safe or respected.

Stay up to date with the leading online counseling platform

To stay up to date with BetterHelp's initiatives through their social channels, you can follow them on PinterestLinkedInInstagramTwitter, and Facebook. For mental health tips, check out the BetterHelp YouTube channel.

Take some time today to learn more about the team of therapists at BetterHelp to understand the services available to you clearly. If you are new to therapy or have any questions about the services and terms, please reach out through the contact page or send an email to contact@betterhelp.com.

If you’re ready to sign up for online therapy, consider signing up with a platform like BetterHelp and get matched within 24 to 48 hours.

If you are experiencing a crisis or emergency, don't use this site's online services. If you are in life-threatening danger, call 911. If you require support for a crisis, reach out to the hotlines below:

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Below are some of the zip codes served by BetterHelp therapists in Clay:

35048, 35126, 35173

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