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Carol Costner

Offering therapy in AL
License: MS,LPC,NCC
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesTrauma and abuseDepression
15 years of experience

Imagine waking up every morning feeling like you can take on the world. How great does that feel? Pretty great and an attainable goal, but the reality is that at times life takes twists and turns which can leave us with worries, frustrations and conflicts. These can pile up and prevent us from accessing our built-in ability to live a purposeful, joyful life. That's where I come in. I'm Carol Costner, a licensed professional counselor with over 14 years of experience working with people who have shared with me a broad range of problems. I always knew I wanted to work in the helping profession and pursued that out of high school by attending the University of Alabama in Birmingham, graduating with a Bachelor's degree in nursing. My work began in helping alleviate the physical suffering of those I was honored to serve in hospital settings. After a while, I returned to school and graduated with a Master's degree in Community Counseling from Jacksonville State University, earning my counseling license and my national certification as a counselor. I began working in a variety of settings with clients who suffered emotionally and relationally with both diagnosed and undiagnosed mental health issues. My counseling style is client-centered, which simply means that you are the best expert on yourself. I will depend on you to share with me your own self assessment as a place to begin. I use a combination of solution-focused therapy, mindfulness, cognitive behavioral and narrative therapy techniques. I employ a whole-person integrated approach to wellness, using empathy while also being direct. This approach helps my clients avoid being too hard on themselves while also owning responsibility for change. Everyone will not fit into one method of therapy so I tailor my efforts toward what fits you best. I believe that we all have within us an internal compass--the ability to find our way. I would love the opportunity to assist you in accessing that compass and finding your way through whatever you are currently facing. I promise that I will give you my utmost best as we travel the journey to wellness and wholeness together. If you're looking for change and relief from distressing emotions, I would be delighted to join with you in a journey toward a more abundant life.

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Cheryl Jones

Offering therapy in AL
License: LICSW,PIP,CAADP
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesFamily conflictsTrauma and abuseCoping with life changes
6 years of experience

Seeking therapy for yourself, your child, or your loved ones is not always easy. I believe, however, that it is a sign of strength and courage. As your therapist, I will strive to connect with you — being honest and non-judgmental as we work together. I am a licensed independent clinical social worker (LICSW) in Alabama with years of experience working with youth, adults and families with a wide range of concerns including relationship issues, parenting problems, depression, career challenges, trauma/abuse, anger control and self-esteem. My counseling style is compassionate and non-judgmental. My approach combines cognitive-behavioral, solution-focused, client-centered, motivational interviewing and strengths-based techniques tailored to meet the client's individual needs. I will work with you to create a treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs. If you are ready to be on your way to making yourself the best person you can be, I am here to support and empower you. I look forward to working with you!

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Jennifer Terry

Offering therapy in AL
License: CRC,LPC
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseGriefBipolar disorderDepression
5 years of experience

Welcome! My name is Jennifer and I am a licensed professional counselor and certified rehabilitation counselor. Eight years in the mental health field has exposed me to many wonderful people in a variety of settings. My professional experience began in residential group homes and then out-patient care. I have most experience working with people who have anxiety, depression, complex trauma, schizophrenia, and intellectual disabilities. For the past nine years, I have volunteered as a mentor for people who are incarcerated through a national Bible study outreach program. Perhaps the most important lesson I have learned is that, each person already possesses gifts and talents to overcome even the bleakest circumstance. My passion is to help you uncover the emotional gifts that may have been buried under the corrosion of negativity. This lesson drives me to learn more about each person I am fortunate to meet. I strive to always provide a supportive environment as we work together. At times, I will ask difficult questions that are designed to spur your growth and development to the next level. I provide worksheets and information sheets throughout out our time together to help you learn more about anxiety, depression, and emotional well-being. These also help you discover more about yourself. They are part of our therapeutic work together, take a relatively short amount of time to answer, provide meaningful information, and are at no extra cost to you. I do expect the worksheets to be completed. This world is rapidly changing, and this can become overwhelming for many. I believe in planning for tomorrow but celebrating victories and examining defeats on a day by day basis. We can work through emotions, concerns, and often discover root causes to break the power they hold over you. I know there is a great need for LGBTQ counselors. However, I do not have training in LGBTQ issues and can't provide treatment as it is outside my scope of practice. My role as therapist, is to guide and walk with you along your pathway. Using your values and your priorities as the road map to YOUR success. My primary approach is a client-centered approach with motivational interviewing, CBT and/or EMDR incorporated. I always tailor the treatment to your needs. These are your sessions; I will use my training and experience to help guide you along your journey. Each discussion will promote development of the terrific qualities you already possess in order to help you flourish! Any time you have questions in general or the about the process, please let me know.

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Alicia Richardson

Offering therapy in AL
License: MA,LPC,NCC
Parenting issuesAnger managementSelf esteemCoping with life changes
17 years of experience

Greetings, I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in Alabama. I hold a Master's degree in Marriage and Family. I have seventeen years of experience working with individuals presenting various life challenges such as abuse, anxiety, depression, grief/loss, parenting, personal growth, and relationship issues. I work with adolescents and adults. My counseling style is warm and interactive. I focus on YOUR goals and dreams, and I will tailor our dialogue and treatment plan to meet YOUR specific needs. It takes a lot of courage and motivation to reach out for additional support, and I intend to treat YOU with dignity, respect, sensitivity, and compassion. I believe everyone can live a fulfilling life, and my holistic approach integrates the mind and body. I will encourage you to consider diet and exercise to feel healthy and whole. It takes courage 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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Erin Abigail Marden

Offering therapy in AL
License: EdS,CRCC,LPC
AddictionsSelf esteemCareer difficultiesCoping with life changesCoaching
12 years of experience

I am a sunny optimist and enthusiastic morning person. I can see the light at the end of the tunnel, even when the light seems far, far away. I can work with you so you can see it too. Counseling can be daunting. Especially if we have been holding on to something for a while. Reaching out for support takes courage. I am truly glad you are here. Sometimes we want to know that the person we are talking to gets us, gets where we are coming from when it's just one of those things that can be hard to explain. I get military life, aviation, and life changing injuries. My BetterHelp availability is Thursday through Saturday, I reply to messages at least once per day on these days. I schedule live video, text based chat, and phone calls Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.

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Lindsey Martin

Offering therapy in AL
Stress, AnxietyFamily conflictsTrauma and abuseParenting issuesCoping with life changes
9 years of experience

As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, I strive to serve work with individuals on a variety of needs in order to experience peace and joy in their lives. I am licensed in Georgia with 9 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, & parenting issues. My primary work for several years in private practice was working within the foster care system with children and families managing complex trauma and attachment needs. I am a TBRI (Trust Based Relational Intervention) Practitioner and can use this work with parenting and relationship building. 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!

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Marci Blanda

Offering therapy in AL
Stress, AnxietyAddictions
5 years of experience

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker based in Alabama. I have 6+ years of experience providing mental and behavioral health counseling to adolescents, adults and seniors. I work with a variety of issues including: anxiety, stress management, mental illness, substance use, compassion fatigue, depression, relationships, health and wellness, and trauma. I value the holistic wellness approach. I believe “well” is connected to the whole person. Mind, Body, and Spirit. I work to meet you where you are and explore your goals you would like to achieve. It takes courage to start a therapeutic journey, I am glad you’re here! I will be here to empower you along the way.

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Savannah O'Berry

Offering therapy in AL
Stress, AnxietyFamily conflictsTrauma and abuseGriefDepression
5 years of experience

Hi! I am licensed in Alabama with 5 years of professional work experience. I have experience helping clients with stress and anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, & coping with grief and loss. I also have experience working with crisis situations and helping take steps toward a healthy life after a crisis happens. Unconditional positive regard, listening without judgement, and providing support for any challenges life brings are a big part of my counseling philosophy. I believe in the importance of honest, open, respectful communication in the therapeutic relationship. Along with this openness, I believe you are the expert in your life, and I am here to walk with you in your journey to wellness. Every person is unique and the dialogue between us along with the treatment plan we collaborate on will reflect your individual needs and goals. A good treatment plan is not something impossible or unrealistic, but one with small and attainable goals that fit into your life. 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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Delores Pritchett

Offering therapy in AL
Stress, AnxietyGriefAnger managementSelf esteemCoping with life changes
22 years of experience

I am licensed in Alabama and Georgia with 22 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, coping with grief and loss, anger management, & motivation, self esteem, and confidence. I work with my clients to create an open and safe environment where thoughts and feelings can be shared without fear of judgment. 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 & empower you in that journey.

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Orlando Quinones Caraballo

Offering therapy in AL
Stress, AnxietyIntimacy-related issuesAnger managementSelf esteemDepression
3 years of experience

From a young age, my passion has been simple: people. As a Licensed Professional Counselor, I enjoy combining my passion and skill set to provide virtual therapeutic services to clients throughout Texas. Through my experiences in settings such as hospitals, community mental health, and non-profits, I have developed the tools necessary to meet clients where they are in their own, individual journeys and uncover their unique traits necessary to navigate individual circumstances. I am licensed in Texas with 3 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, intimacy related issues, anger management & motivation, self-esteem, and confidence. 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. Furthermore, I work with adolescents, adults, and groups. I believe rapport is vital to the therapeutic process and I strive to create an environment to provide this. I believe in helping people overcome life's struggles by focusing on each person's individual needs, and meeting people where they are at. I use a variety of specific therapeutic approaches, such as CBT, rational emotive therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, DBT, and art therapy techniques, with individuals on a multitude of issues, including, but not limited to, anxiety, depression, and behavioral problems. However, as a Certified Clinical Anxiety Treatment Professional (CCATP) through Evergreen, I am particularly passionate about working with clients ages 14 and up that are coping with depression, anxiety, panic disorders, social anxiety, OCD, and phobias. I utilize a strengths-based, person-centered approach to help empower my clients to utilize their innate strengths. I hope to provide a safe space to navigate the mysteries and beauties of life. I hope by gaining an understanding of the connection between your mind, body, and soul you can take the steps you feel are necessary for personal growth. If you feel I am a good fit to work alongside you in your courageous journey, I look forward to hearing from you.

How to find counseling in Steele

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

How does the cost of in-person counseling compare to the cost of BetterHelp with a licensed Steele 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 Steele 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 Steele 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 Steele, 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 Steele 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 Steele 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 Steele 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 Steele 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 Steele 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 35987 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 Steele 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 Steele 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 Steele, 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.

Steele 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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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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