In life, you want to have the best life possible, but it’s not always that easy. When you feel stressed, anxious, or feel like the world is working against you, that’s where the challenge is. A counselor based in Madison can help you feel much better about your life and make you feel like you're on the right track. 

Madison’s motto is “Play hard, learn well, and live richly.” Learning about yourself can help you live a better life, and a counselor can be that tool who helps you learn. Speak to a counselor and learn how they can help you live a much richer life. 

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Dr. Clarence Merckerson

Offering therapy in AL
License: PhD,LPC,CRC
AddictionsFamily conflictsAnger managementDepressionCoping with life changes
14 years of experience

I am a counselor licensed in Louisiana with over 10 years of experience. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, parenting problems, career challenges, and ADHD. I also helped many people who have experienced physical trauma or emotional abuse. My counseling style is warm and interactive. I believe in treating anyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion, and I don't believe in stigmatizing labels. My approach combines cognitive-behavioral, person-centered, and rational-emotive counseling. We will work together to identify what your goals are for therapy, and your strengths and resources for achieving them. Together we can identify the impacts of stressors in your life, address the symptoms, and plan to avoid or cope with upcoming potentially stressful events. We will identify your needs and capabilities, affirm your resilience and strengths, and promote your self-expression and personal growth. I try to build relationships with my clients which foster collaboration, trust, and transparency. I will tailor our dialog and treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs. It takes courage to seek for a more fulfilling and happier life and to take the first steps towards a change. If you are ready to take that step, I am here to support and empower you. I look forward to working with you.

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Jennifer Haney

Offering therapy in AL
License: Mississippi and Alabama Licensed Professional Counselor,NCC,BC-TMH
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesSelf esteemDepressionCoping with life changes
20 years of experience

I am licensed and experienced in providing counseling on the various challenges life throws our way. Everyone goes through times of stress, tragedy, turmoil and angst. Seeking professional advice during these times can help to ease these difficult feelings. As a therapist, I have helped individuals and couples overcome tough times in life such grief, loss, marital strain and divorce as well as other career and lifestyle transitions. My professional counseling style mirrors my personality in that I am kind, compassionate and have a heart for helping others in need. Please know I am here to help you overcome whatever difficulties or transitions you are experiencing. Collaboratively, we can help you set some personal goals, challenge your inner strengths and help you overcome these challenging times of your life.

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William (Russell) Glass

Offering therapy in AL
License: LPC
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsSelf esteemDepressionCoping with life changes
22 years of experience

It’s awesome that you’ve reached out to BetterHelp. Change takes courage! I am a mental health therapist with a Master’s in counseling and have over 20 years of experience as a counselor. Much of that time has been spent working with folks addressing substance use disorder and accompanying issues such as HCV, esteem, trauma, loss, anxiety and depression. Many times, relationship and identity problems are also present and addressed. My approach is often based, in part, on the existentialistic philosophy of assisting others in finding their purpose and authentic self. This generally occurs through working on personal growth based on self-honesty and responsibility. The transformation is possible through the application of cognitive behavior therapy, that empowers them to be congruent in their thinking and actions. Challenging perceptions and hurtful thoughts are also vital. By focusing on their strengths, coping strategies are offered to assist them in managing their symptoms. My life experiences have included recovering and living with significant, chronic health challenges. My world view has further been enhanced by living abroad and working with various populations. I look forward to building a working relationship with you that is both safe and without judgement. Please contact me so I may assist you on your journey of change!

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Rebecca Shaughnessy

Offering therapy in AL
License: MA,MS,LPC
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesBipolar disorderDepressionCoping with life changes
3 years of experience

I am so glad you made it to my page today as you are deciding who to choose for your therapist. I would like to share with you a little about me and my approach. I have a passion for helping those in need find their inner strength and resilience. We all have it within us to find solutions to our problems; sometimes we just need some guidance. Are you at the point where saying "I just need to try harder" or "I used to be able to" is just not working? I offer an integrative, client-centered approach to counseling. Our work together will be collaborative in nature. Just one small step is all it takes to begin the process of change. If you are struggling, reach out to me and we will begin the process together. Building a strong therapeutic relationship may be the bridge between who you are now and who your are yet to become. I work with a variety of issues including, but not limited to, depression, anxiety, stress, grief, trauma, mood disorders, OCD, panic disorder, and women's issues. Whatever is going on, let's explore together!!!

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Mary Mcfarland-Norris

Offering therapy in AL
License: LCSW,LCSW
Family conflictsGrief
20 years of experience

MARY NORRIS LICSW LICENSED INDEPENDENT CLINICAL SOCIAL WORKER Hi I am Mary! My name is Mary Norris and I am a Licensed independent clinical social worker based in Birmingham Alabama and work with clients statewide via telehealth. I work with adults ages 18 to 100 years of age and specialize in anxiety and stress. I use cognitive behavioral therapy along with acceptance and commitment therapy. I work to help my clients make progress and feel better. My approach to therapy varies based on the needs of each of my clients I work with. I most frequently use cognitive behavioral therapy along with acceptance and commitment therapy. I believe all of these modalities help me build a shared understanding of my client's reality and allow the client and I to channel a path forward. I have discovered that my style and approach is a good fit for my young and older adult clients who may be dealing with life challenges and life transitions .I have found that my clients are wrestling with feelings of depression anxiety and stress. I work with my clients to navigate these changes and to help clients develop skills that will allow them to feel better about themselves and develop a more positive outlook on life. My communication style is calm, empathetic and personable. I wish for all my clients to be comfortable talking with me about any subject and I pride myself on my ability to listen with out being judgmentaI I decided to become a therapist because I have always wanted to help people whether it was volunteering as a candy striper at the local nursing home or being a loyal and trusted friend. It has been natural for me to be drawn to people to help them in difficult times. I enjoy seeing my clients become their personal best. My approach to goal setting is about working together with my clients to help them accomplish goals that they are comfortable with. I will begin by building trust with my clients and help my clients to feel comfortable with being in therapy. I will help clients to set goals and track progress. In our first session my clients can expect that we will be discussing my clients feelings. I will be asking several questions to better understand why my clients feel the way they do. The initial session will be about building a strong connection with my clients and this will help give me a sense on where to guide my clients. Each of my clients are different and I like to listen before I make assumptions. I will work with my clients to help them to know what is best to move forward in their lives.

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Frank Busbey

Offering therapy in AL
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesGriefBipolar disorderDepression
13 years of experience

I am licensed in Georgia and Alabama with 13 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, relationship issues, coping with grief and loss, & bipolar disorder. I believe that you are the expert of your story and that you have many strengths that will assist you in overcoming things that challenge you. 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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Shannon Wise

Offering therapy in AL
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesSleeping disordersAnger managementDepression
10 years of experience

I am licensed in Alabama with 10 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, relationship issues, sleeping disorders, & anger management. 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. My diverse experience in mental health includes working as a Therapist Acute for about 5 years with voluntary and involuntary clients hospitalized during a crisis needing stabilization to reintegrate into their daily life routines. I later worked as a Mental Health Professional for about 4 years in a correctional facility providing treatment team support for stress management, assessing client needs for referrals for medication, and interventions for safety precautions or assignments to special observation housing for those with chronic symptoms. I have recently worked over a year in private practice in the community serving adult and teen individuals, as well as couples. Triggers may vary between situational adjustment stressors, serious mental illness, personality, or substance abuse. I provide integrative guidance with CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) to assist clients with emotional regulation and conflict resolution I further utilize DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy) to teach improved coping skills for relaxation, grounding and distress tolerance to avoid overreaction from poor impulse control when triggered, and utilize Reality Therapy for goal setting in order to provide healthy interventions for improved quality of life and personal growth. Setting goals together and reviewing and monitoring incremental progress renews hope and restores dreams of living life with passion and purpose Every individual has unique circumstances with universal needs of receiving validation and educating themselves to grow and become more self-aware to increase their empowerment to transform.

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DeAndrea Peterson

Offering therapy in AL
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesFamily conflictsParenting issuesSelf esteem
14 years of experience

My counseling philosophy is If you can’t fly, then run. If you can’t run, then walk. If you can’t walk, then crawl, but whatever you do, you have to keep moving forward. –Martin Luther King, Jr. The thought of assisting and helping others has been a driving force instilled within me since childhood. I am an outgoing, down to earth person that does not meet a stranger. I am a firm believer that there are no “cookie cutter” solutions to the counseling process as we are all created differently and must be treated as such. My therapeutic strengths are my tenacious and “real world” approaches to counseling, offering simple and clear interventions. My educational journey began at the prestigious Alabama State University in Montgomery, AL and concluded with the great Troy University. During that journey I obtained a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Juvenile Delinquency and a minor in Sociology, and then secured a Master of Science in Counseling and Psychology focusing in Clinical Mental Health. I have over fifteen years of experience working with youth and families in residential, non-traditional educational, and outpatient counseling settings. I look forward to assisting and helping each client work toward their therapeutic goals. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, & parenting issues. I believe that you are the expert of your story and that you have many strengths that will assist you in overcoming things that challenge you. It takes courage to seek out a more fulfilling and happier life. I am here to support & empower you in that journey.

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Maya Bailey

Offering therapy in AL
Stress, AnxietyLGBTSelf esteemCareer difficultiesCompassion fatigue
3 years of experience

Greetings Humans! I am a black, queer, Catholic therapist with a passion for researching sustainable self-care strategies to prevent and treat burnout. My goal in life is to be the person I needed when I was growing up, creating a community that halts the endless battle with self-doubt, self-judgment, and self-criticism and embraces self-trust, self-respect, and self-love. Join me to learn how to sprinkle glitter on circumstances so that the high points stick out!

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Dr. Patricia Lyle

Offering therapy in AL
License: PhD,SMSgt (ret) USAF
Stress, AnxietyLGBTTrauma and abuseBipolar disorderDepression
18 years of experience

Thanks so much for viewing my information. I am Dr. Patricia Lyle, a licensed psychologist, graduated from Auburn University and licensed in Alabama. I have spent the past 18 years working for the Veterans Health Administration and before that I retired from the US Air Force after 20 years’ service to my country. For that reason, I am deeply devoted to helping veterans, first responders, and others with traumatic experiences. I have focused my training on trauma recovery and helping individuals reach their personalized goals for success. I have expertise in treating PTSD, Depression, Anxiety Disorders, Bipolar Disorder, Schizoaffective Disorder, and other serious behavioral health conditions. I have a background in treating substance disorders, personality disorders, and developmental disorders as well. I am fully trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Processing Therapy (for PTSD), Motivational Enhancement, and psychodynamic approaches to enhance your well-being. I want to make sure that your needs are clearly understood, so I may begin our time together using a question and reflection approach to make sure I understand your current situation. I use an interpersonal style that is warm, yet challenging. I strive to meet you right where you are and evaluate your readiness for change. Sometimes this can take a couple sessions to accomplish. I tend to explore your background information so I can get a feel for how you’re built. I want this relationship to be collaborative from the start. You know yourself much better than I do, and you have already developed tools to get through some hard times. Make sure I know your strengths as we get to know each other. If you want to start by going directly to your goals for change, feel free to jump right to the action stage. We’re partners on your journey. It takes courage to seek out a more fulfilling and happier life and to take the first steps towards a change. I am here to support and empower your growth.

How to find counseling in Madison

Finding the best therapist close by in Madison 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 Madison. 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 Madison, 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 Madison 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 Madison 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 Madison, elsewhere in Madison, 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 Madison area can be found below:

How does the cost of in-person counseling compare to the cost of BetterHelp with a licensed Madison 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 Madison 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 Madison 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 Madison, 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 Madison 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 Madison 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 Madison 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 Madison 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 Madison 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 35758 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 Madison 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 Madison 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 Madison, 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.

Madison 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.

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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 Madison:

35756, 35758

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