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Kristi Myricks

Offering therapy in AL
License: LPC
Stress, AnxietyGriefAnger managementSelf esteemDepression
30 years of experience

Greetings! My name is Kristi Myricks, I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Alabama and Georgia with over 30 years of experience helping couples and individuals reach their maximum potential. I have always been genuinely interested in the well being and uniqueness of others. I have experience dealing with stress management, anger issues, anxiety, depression, PTSD, substance abuse, relationship problems, parenting, acute and long term mental illness. I provide person-specific attention and make myself available to you for multiple sessions. I have worked with individuals and families. I believe in solution based counseling, I want to help you find solutions and relief for your problems. My goal is to develop a therapeutic alliance, instilling hope, providing empathy, genuineness, acceptance, I have strong interpersonal communication skills and the ability to evoke positive responses, and open mindedness for you. I center my therapeutic relationship around your pace for change, while creating an environment conducive for change, that is mutually agreed upon. My ultimate goal is to help you understand yourself and your purpose by living your life to the fullest. I absolutely enjoy my profession, and consider what I do to help others my gift. I want to thank you again for taking the time out to consider working with me. I wish you well in all of your future endeavors. I look forward to working with you to navigate through life

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Rebecca Cohen

Offering therapy in AL
License: EdD,LPC
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsLGBTTrauma and abuseDepression
7 years of experience

Hello! I am Rebecca L. Cohen, EdD, LPC. I am a licensed counselor in Alabama. I have a great love of learning and helping others learn and grow in their own lives. Currently I am focusing my work with women. My love of learning has offered me the opportunity to gain my Bachelor Degree in Human Services and English, Master of Education, Emphasis in English, Master of Science, Counseling and Psychology, and lastly Doctorate of Education in Counselor Education and Supervision. I have worked most of my career in social service areas. Some populations and areas I have worked in and with are children and families dealing with abuse and neglect, teen and young adults in foster care, depression and anxiety issues, LGBTQ+ community, substance abuse treatment, and trauma. I would describe my counseling style as person centered. I have always been drawn to Choice Theory/Reality Therapy. I also utilize CBT, DBT, and Motivational Interviewing to aid clients in learning new skills. I love to learn from my clients and to be a partner in their journey to reaching goals. I believe you are the expert about your life and I am only here to aid in your journey and help you find answers or learn how to better cope with issues in life. It takes courage to open up and to be vulnerable in therapy, and I respect that courage. I look forward to being a partner with you on your journey, whatever that journey might be. I am looking forward to being able to help give you support and a safe place to grow. I can't wait to meet you and start working with you.

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Gwendolyn Downing

Offering therapy in AL
License: MA,LPC
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsTrauma and abuseSelf esteem
38 years of experience

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in Alabama, with 36 years experience. I worked in a public agency for several years and have been in private practice for 17 years. I have helped individuals who have been referred through Self-referral, Employee Assistance Programs, and family court systems. I have had the privilege of helping people with Depression and Anxiety, Chemical and Process Addictions, Trauma and abuse issues, Family and Life issues, as well as other challenging situations. I utilize several therapeutic strategies, including Motivational Interviewing, Emotionally-Focused Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Trauma-focused Therapy, and Solution-Focused Therapy. The strategies utilized are determined by the unique needs of the person with whom I am interacting. I believe each person is unique and presents with unique needs and unique strengths for addressing the identified concerns. My focus is on people, not labels or statistics. I make it my practice to encourage and elevate people to be the success they were meant to be. It requires courage and commitment to reach out for help, and I would be honored to be part of your journey. I look forward to working with you!

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Dr. Mariel Moore

Offering therapy in AL
License: LPC
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesFamily conflictsSleeping disordersDepression
8 years of experience

ABOUT ME Hello, I am Mariel Moore. I'm a licensed LPC, License Practical Counselor in the state of Alabama. I am so happy that you are reading about me. I have been in the counseling field for over ten years. I have worked with independent agencies doing substance abuse counseling. The substance abuse counseling was inpatient and outpatient. I am presently in private practice. I work with children, teenagers, and family units. I graduated from Amridge University with a PhD. in Family Therapy in 2016. My primary therapy orientation is personal-centered as well as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. I believe in a personal center approach and utilizing positive regard for all clients. I like to use a cooperative approach with the clients. I love for the client to set goals and objectives for future progress. I desire all the therapy sessions to be authentic and balanced. I incorporate great listening skills and empathy. I work with my client to maintain progress from session to session. I understand each client is different and has their own personality. I utilize individual treatment plans for each client. I gather new materials from research to make every session new for each client. I worked with children, teenagers, and adults suffering from depression, anxiety, ADHD, Conduct Disorder, Adjustment Disorder, Grief, and other childhood disorders. I also work with local physicians’ offices with some patients managing terminal illnesses. I utilize the integrated approach with medicine and counseling to help the client and their families adjust to their present reality. I have also worked with clients involving some career path, self-esteem building, coping skills, team-building skills, and transitions in everyday issues that have some stuck. My passion and goals are to help clients find their authentic self and to improve their relationship with self and others to find peace and a deeper appreciation of self. With children and under adults I work with the family system as I believe that if one family member is impacted, all the members are impacted in certain ways. Specialties Depression Trauma Grief Self-esteem Family Also experienced in LGBTQ relationships Clinical Approaches: Attachment Disorder Cognitive Behavior Therapy Motivational Interviewing Trauma-Informed Care Solution Focus Therapy Pastoral Counseling

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Mary Dooley

Offering therapy in AL
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesFamily conflictsTrauma and abuseParenting issues
10 years of experience

I am a counselor licensed in Alabama with about 10 years of experience working as a therapist and life coach. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, parenting problems, career challenges, OCD and ADHD. I have also worked closely with victims and families of victims of sexual, physical and 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 is eclectic and I will always be honest and upfront with you. 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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Matthew Heard

Offering therapy in AL
License: Lpc, NCC ,MS, LPC
Stress, AnxietyFamily conflictsGriefDepressionCoping with life changes
14 years of experience

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in Alabama and have been in private practice since 2013. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, family conflicts, coping with grief and loss, & parenting issues. 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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Yvonne Copeland

Offering therapy in AL
License: MSW,LICSW
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseGriefSelf esteemDepression
15 years of experience

I am a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, and my background includes extensive field experience in medical social work, hospice, home health, family and children's services and adoption. My practice focus for the past 15 years has primarily been supporting people who are dealing with grief and loss issues, helping to prevent caregiver burnout, educating people about depression and anxiety and the impact on their overall quality of life, as well as assisting with the adjustment to the changes brought about by chronic illness. My clinical approach will rely heavily on an initial assessment of the issues of concern and will help to structure a process which will involve your own goal setting. I strive to establish a comfortable, trusting environment in which we can engage in an exchange that will produce the positive outcome that you seek. I believe in personalization of care by using individualized approaches to counseling. You will help me to structure the plan that will meet your needs. My goal for each of you is empowerment by providing life skills that will support your goals and improve your quality of life and well-being as you travel your life's journey. I am so happy to have this opportunity to engage with you and look forward to our collaboration!

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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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Thomas Johnson

Offering therapy in AL
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesFamily conflictsTrauma and abuseDepression
50 years of experience

Hello to all prospective BetterHelp clients - I'm currently licensed for practice in Alabama and for those of you who may be considering contacting a mental health counselor here, I would welcome any input or questions you might have. As a brief introduction, following graduation from the University of Alabama School of Social Work in 1973, I entered the practice field working in a psychiatric in-patient facility providing counseling services for individuals experiencing chronic mental health issues. In 1977, I transitioned to a clinical social worker position with the Department of Veterans Affairs and was part of an inter-disciplinary team providing outpatient mental health assessment and treatment services to veterans and their family members. For the next 43 years I had the privilege and honor of providing both individual and group counseling services to thousands of veterans, both male and female, combat and non-combat related. I currently offer counseling services addressing a wide spectrum of adjustment issues including anxiety, depression, substance abuse, marital and family dysfunction, as well as other life adjustment issues currently impacting one's quality of life. I'm always flexible in my treatment approach and strive first of all, to lay a solid foundation of empathy and trust through a non-judgmental perspective. Various treatment modalities are utilized depending on what we feel is the best fit for you at any given point in therapy and your input will remain integral since my treatment approach embraces awareness that you, as the client, have the best perspective on what's working most effectively. While no counselor can be a perfect fit for everyone, I would be more than happy to talk with you further to explore available options in getting you headed in the best direction for your life.

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Andrew Thomas

Offering therapy in AL
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesFamily conflictsDepressionCoping with life changes
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, family conflicts, & 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 seeking a more fulfilling and happier life takes courage. I am here to support you in that process.

How to find counseling in Sweet Water

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

How does the cost of in-person counseling compare to the cost of BetterHelp with a licensed Sweet Water 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 Sweet Water 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 Sweet Water 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 Sweet Water, 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 Sweet Water 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 Sweet Water 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 Sweet Water 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 Sweet Water 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 Sweet Water 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 36782 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 Sweet Water 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 Sweet Water 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 Sweet Water, 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.

Sweet Water 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.

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