How can you live in a town called Rainbow City and not be happy? Living in the city of rainbows should keep you constantly smiling and euphoric, right? Of course not. Nobody is happy all the time, and no one town is responsible for making the townspeople smile. Although, Rainbow City gives it a pretty good try with some terrific parks along the Coosa River and Little Canoe Creek.

However, since nobody is happy all the time, you may need someone to talk to about your problems once in a while. If you need to talk and you don’t want to burden your loved ones, it is best to speak with a professional mental health care worker such as a counselor or therapist. The Rainbow City area has some who can help you with whatever you are going through. You just have to reach out for help.

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Jordan Jackson

Offering therapy in AL
License: LPC,NCC
Relationship issuesFamily conflictsTrauma and abuseCoping with life changes
4 years of experience

My name is Jordan Leigh Jackson and I have four years of experience in counseling; I graduated in 2016 from the University of Montevallo and they require a rigorous internship period before allowing soon-to-be graduates to take the National Counselor Examination, which allows each student to start their associate period of counseling. After completing my associate hours, I received my license in the state of Alabama. Most of my experience is with low to median income families and their children, since my agency worked closely with the Department of Human Resources. Each member of these families were from various backgrounds with an array of different issues to overcome. Some of the topics covered include: Generalized Anxiety, ADHD, Depression, Eating Disorders, Panic attacks (regularly occurring), Childhood Trauma, etc. I feel very fortunate to have worked with these families and help them find solutions for long-term happiness because they helped me become the therapist I am today. I tend to approach each new client from a Humanistic Approach and feel this is appropriate as we establish a sound therapeutic alliance. This approach is often successful in seeing the bigger picture life has to offer and helps prioritize where we begin the work. As sessions continue, certain cognitive-behavioral techniques may be suggested, because most people who seek counseling are stuck in a negative way of thinking and it's our job to find the way out of that habit. Working as a team has always been important to me in counseling, and I truly believe that's the only way any true progress can be made.

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Dr. Tivica Fortune

Offering therapy in AL
License: PhD,LPC
Stress, AnxietyGrief
10 years of experience

I am a licensed professional counselor in the state of AL since 2008. My educational background is in counseling and psychology. I have a graduate degree in counseling and a doctorate degree in psychology. I am a solution focused therapist and I am here to help you work through a plan to solve the issues that challenge you. I use an eclectic approach to therapy because I believe there is more than one way to get the help you need. I believe therapy works best when we both engage in conversations about what you want to accomplish. Together, we will explore your reason for pursuing counseling and identify your goal. You are the expert on your life and what you experience on from day to day. I am here to help you learn a different way of doing things and coping with your challenges. Please be patient if you are waiting for a response from me during the weekdays. I am helping other patients and may not be able to respond to you immediately. However, I will definitely respond to you within 24 hours or sooner. I am in the central time zone; please keep this in mind when scheduling appointments with me. My schedule is normal business hours, Monday through Friday, from 8 am to 5 pm CST. I am not available on weekends, Saturday and Sunday.

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Roger Hunter

Offering therapy in AL
License: MS, LPC
Stress, AnxietyGriefParenting issuesSelf esteemDepression
30 years of experience

Hello and thank you for considering me to assist you along life’s journey! My name is Roger Hunter and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of Alabama with approximately thirty years of experience. I have held a Master of Science (MS) degree in Clinical Psychology since 1993. During that time, I have worked with a wide range of clients with issues including depression, anxiety, stress, grief and simply coping with life’s constant changes. I enjoy life coaching and helping people reach their full potentials. It is important to me that a climate of complete trust exist between a therapist and his client and I do everything I can to establish and maintain that trust during the time we will be working together. I believe in a warm, non-judgmental approach while seeking the outcomes that are the reasonable desires of my client. I believe in understanding our past but keeping the main focus on what lies ahead. None of us can change our past but all of us can change our future. I look forward to getting to know you, establishing your personal goals and developing strategies to achieve them.

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Rachel James

Offering therapy in AL
License: LPC,AADC
Stress, AnxietyGriefSelf esteemDepressionCoping with life changes
18 years of experience

Do you ever find yourself feeling overwhelmed or boggled down with everyday stressors and struggles? We have all been there before. I believe that everyone needs a supportive, objective person to talk to when they are struggling and deciding which move to make next. I can be that supportive person for you. I have experience in substance abuse, child/adolescent counseling, anxiety/depression, coping skills, etc... My main goal as a counselor is to make a difference in the lives of others, and hopefully provide you with helpful tools for whatever journey you may be on in your life. I have been in the counseling field since 2005. My roles in life are probably not much different from your own; I am a wife, mother, daughter, sister, teacher, coach, and friend. Please allow me to utilize my professional and personal experience to help you with your current struggles.

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Mary Norwood

Offering therapy in AL
License: LICSW
Stress, AnxietyAnger managementSelf esteemDepressionCoping with life changes
13 years of experience

I am a licensed social worker working in Alabama with 11 years experience working as a therapist. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including: depression, anxiety, anger management, life transitions, and parenting difficulties. I also have experience with various mental health and behavioral disorders. My counseling style is warm and adaptive. I believe in meeting every client where they are and addressing their greatest concerns. I believe it is most important to treat symptoms and underlying sources that can be contributing to those symptoms. My approach combines focusing on and finding strengths to combine with cognitive-behavioral techniques. I will be sure to tailor your treatment plan to meet you where you are! It take a great deal of strength to reach out for help to improve your quality of life. If you are ready for that step, I am here to help empower you in the process. I look forward to working with you!

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Gretchen Shay

Offering therapy in AL
License: LICSW,LCSW,CADC
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsFamily conflictsEating disordersDepression
14 years of experience

I am a licensed clinical social worker licensed in Illinois and Alabama with over 13 years of experience working as a social worker/therapist. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, parenting problems, addiction, co-dependency, interventions and family dynamic issues. I also have experience working with individuals going through various medical diagnosis as well their caregivers from diagnosis to end of life and grief and loss therapy. I have worked with children, adolescents and adults. My therapy 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, humanistic, psychodynamic and rational-emotive therapy. I will tailor our dialog and treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs. It takes courage to seek a more fulfilling and happier life and to take the first steps towards 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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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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Dr. Maria Rogers

Offering therapy in AL
License: Ph.D.,LPC,NCC
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsAnger managementDepressionCoping with life changes
5 years of experience

I am a licensed professional counselor (LPC) in Alabama, and I also have a doctorate degree in counselor education. I teach master’s students how to become counselors. I have had the opportunity of gaining experience in counseling people with diverse needs including substance abuse and addiction, depression, stress and anxiety, relationship issues, and coping with life changes. I have also helped clients who have experienced trauma and abuse, family conflicts, and anger management issues. I offer individual and couples counseling. I provide a comprehensive approach to treatment that focuses on the entire human being and their life experiences to improve overall mental well-being. I use a person-centered approach to counseling with an emphasis on the needs or desires of the client. I incorporate techniques in the counseling process that include cognitive-behavioral, and psychoeducational approaches. It is my responsibility to provide my clients with a safe environment that helps to promote growth where the client feels secure and free to express him/herself in a real, true, and open way. The overall goal of mental health therapy is to help clients better understand and manage how to overcome life’s challenges.

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Jamie Epperson

Offering therapy in AL
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseParenting issuesAnger managementDepression
6 years of experience

I am a licensed clinical social worker in Alabama with 6 years of professional experience. I have assisted clients with stress and anxiety, trauma and abuse, parenting issues, & anger management. I work with my clients to create an open and safe environment where thoughts and feelings can be shared without fear of judgment. I love working with all sorts of people from different backgrounds and unique populations. I particularly enjoy working with teens and their parents, as that is what I’ve done for most of my career. I am also looking forward to meeting members of the LGBTQ+ community. I’m excited to connect with you and share this journey!

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Dr. Fillis Walton

Offering therapy in AL
Family conflictsTrauma and abuseParenting issuesDepression
12 years of experience

I am licensed in Alabama with 12 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with family conflicts, trauma and abuse, & parenting issues. I also have experience working with depression. 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 Rainbow City

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

How does the cost of in-person counseling compare to the cost of BetterHelp with a licensed Rainbow City 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 Rainbow City 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 Rainbow City 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 Rainbow City, 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 Rainbow City 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 Rainbow City 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 Rainbow City 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 Rainbow City 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 Rainbow City 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 35906 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 Rainbow City 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 Rainbow City 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 Rainbow City, 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.

Rainbow City 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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