The City of Valley, Alabama in Chambers County is an Alabama Community of Excellence because of its prosperous employment, excellent schooling, and community satisfaction. There are over 9000 people living in Valley and they are proud of their history and has several historical buildings on the National Register of Historic Places.

Learning about your history is also a good way to work through any feelings of uncertainty you may be having about your mental and emotional health. Luckily, there are quite a few excellent counselors and therapists in and around the Valley area who are able to listen and help when you need them.

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Barbara Leigh

Offering therapy in AL
License: M.S.Ed., LPC-S, NCC
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseSleeping disordersSelf esteemCoping with life changes
35 years of experience

With over 30 years of experience as a therapist, I offer a seasoned combination of wisdom, current relevance and flexible interventions. I have seen trends come and go in the fields of psychology and counseling, so I like to identify your particular needs and tailor treatment modalities to your unique circumstances and expectations. I enjoy helping people discover their true needs/desires and pursuing their dreams, potential and meeting their life goals. I specialize in helping you overcome life's speed bumps - being stuck, restlessness, grief, depression, anxiety and trauma (I am a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional). I enjoy working with individuals of all ages, families and with partners/marriages. I have worked in multiple settings - inpatient, outpatient, day treatment, residential, in-home, private practice and, of course, virtual! My "pet topics" are neuropsychology, PTSD/ADHD and media psychology. My pioneering work with online counseling in the 90s (pre-Google!) was featured on Oprah's network and in Glamour Magazine, so I come to you with the highest of standards in the field. I typically use cognitive-behavioral therapy, skills-building from dialectical-behavioral therapy and neurotherapy (teaching about how your mind-body chemicals spur your feelings which lead to thoughts, behaviors and habits). I believe that people change when they're ready - my goal is to help you get ready to change and then to support you through change. You know you can't directly change others, but you CAN change yourself - and by doing so, you help change the world for the better, one step at a time. And it all starts with you! Let's create a treatment plan that is both realistic and challenging for you - one that involves a precise balance of safety and risk, comfort and courage. My clients say I'm easy and fun to work with because of the combination of my personality, professional and personal experience...and thus I use a balanced combination of compassion, reality and humor...and because I'm real. Change is hard enough - why not make it fun, meaningful and enjoy the journey? I look forward to working with you! Ready? Set....Grow!!

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Arkaya "Kady" Williams-Abbott

Offering therapy in AL
License: LPC-S,NCC, BC-TMH
AddictionsRelationship issuesFamily conflictsDepressionCoaching
30 years of experience

Hi! Do you struggle with relationships? Do you want your marriage to be better? Do you struggle with depression or anxiety and just want to be happy? Are you having trouble adjusting to a new situation? A move to new area, a new job, recently single or divorced? If you work with me, I can help you with the issues mentioned above. My name is Arkaya Williams-Abbott and I go by "Kady." I am a licensed therapist in the state of Alabama. In addition to the issues I mentioned above, I have over 29 years of experience working with adult men and women who struggle with substance use disorders (alcoholism and drug addictions) and serious mental illnesses. My counseling approach is client centered and I use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing and Stages of Change as therapeutic interventions that will help you with the issues you struggle with. I received my Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from Auburn University and a Master's Degree in Counseling from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. There is no doubt that asking for help is hard, however, I think counseling is one of the best gifts one can give to themselves! Together, let's bring clarity to the issues clouding your life. I am an ally.

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Dr. Magna Porterfield

Offering therapy in AL
License: Ph.D.
Stress, AnxietyGriefDepressionCoping with life changes
30 years of experience

I am a psychologist who is licensed in both the states of Alabama and Georgia and I have had the opportunity to work in the field of psychology for several years. I have worked in the both university settings (as a teacher and counselor) as well as in private practice. I have also had the opportunity to travel and share my knowledge through lectures and workshops. I have the most experience in helping people who struggle with unipolar (but NOT bipolar) depression and anxiety. I also have a considerable amount of experience in working with individuals who have problems with managing stress and managing their emotions. I do not work with issues such as eating disorders, addictions, relationship problems or sexuality concerns. My counseling style is warm, but also straightforward and honest. I consider myself to be a kind person. and I truly desire to help those who are hurting. In my work with people, I do not spend much time processing the past (i.e., childhood experiences, past trauma, etc.). I believe that true healing comes when individuals take active steps in the therapy process and focus on what they can do in their "present" situation to address their challenges. In my work with clients, I focus on helping them understand how their thoughts impact their emotions and their behavior - principles from the field of cognitive behavior therapy. I also look at the impact of lifestyle habits - diet, rest, exercise, etc. - on mental/emotional health. In addition, I sometimes utilize concepts and strategies from the area of positive psychology, which helps people identify and enhance their strengths (as opposed to merely focusing on people's weaknesses "abnormalities," so to speak). Do you need a helping hand? I would love to be that "hand" and help you make those changes. Working with me will take commitment and will require you to not be just a "passive participant," so to speak, in your healing and recovery. If you are willing to do your part, I am here for you and would love to work with you. All it takes is that first step and you can make that step today!

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Carol Williams

Offering therapy in AL
License: LPC
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesGriefDepressionCoping with life changes
20 years of experience

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in the states of Alabama, Arkansas and Tennessee. I have been a therapist for 20 years , working with individual , couples and family. My main focus at this time is working with individuals. My therapy approach is based on Client Centered Therapy as well as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. I also enjoy including Mindfulness activities to reduce stress and anxiety. During my years as a Counselor I have had the opportunity to learn and grow both on a professional level and personal level. I have grown as much from my interactions with clients as I have from educational experiences. I specialize in working with individuals experiencing life transitions which often can lead to feelings of depression and anxiety. I enjoy helping individuals find their life path that leads to passion and purpose. I can relate, as I have experienced many life transitions, and although difficult, finding the right path feels wonderful! Too often we are interested in making changes, but just don't know how to begin. The desire for change is healthy, but can be overwhelming, sometimes leading to feelings of anxiety, depression and loneliness. My job is to listen to your feelings, concerns and stressors. Not only will I listen, but I will actively collaborate with you to help you determine the changes that will lead to you feeling more fulfilled and happy. Whether you are having difficulties dealing with grief issues, feeling unfulfilled in your work or family life, or find that you just aren't coping well you are not alone. I would love to help you recover you passions and joy.

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Angela Whitlock

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

I am a licensed independent clinical social worker in Alabama with over 10 years of experience working with young adults, military families and the LGBTQ+ community. I earned a Master of Social Work degree from Alabama A&M University. I work with individuals experiencing a wide range of concerns, such as anxiety, depression, grief, and relationship issues. I genuinely want to know and understand you. I will listen to your story with respect and empathy. While validating your feelings and experiences, I am committed to providing a warm, comfortable, and non-judgmental atmosphere. My counseling style is warm, interactive, holistic, and supportive. The client controls the pace and focus of our work. My approach combines person-centered, cognitive behavioral therapies, and motivational interviewing modalities. Realizing that no two people are alike, I tailor our dialog and treatment plan to meet the client's unique and specific needs. We all experience challenging moments in our lives. It takes great courage to ask for help during these times. This is where counseling begins. I honor your bravery and your decision to find your joy and live your truth. I am available and dedicated to helping you live your best life. I look forward to working with you!

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Julie Mouton

Offering therapy in AL
License: LCSW
Relationship issuesParenting issuesAnger managementSelf esteemCareer difficulties
12 years of experience

Hi my name is Julie Mouton,LCSW. I have been working as a therapist for 12 years. I have experience working with clients with many different types of challenges. My approach is client centered. I appreciate the honor it is to help clients to heal and work towards their goals in life. I enjoy helping people to work through their problems so they can have more peace and joy in their lives. I am passionate about my work and love making a difference in the lives of my clients on their path to emotional health and wellbeing.

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Dr. Carolyn Neiswender

Offering therapy in AL
License: DSW,LICSW,PIP
Stress, AnxietyGriefSelf esteemDepressionCoping with life changes
30 years of experience

Hello! I applaud your decision to view my page. This first step may have been difficult for you, and it signals that you want resolution of an issue. Together we will work to alleviate pain/suffering so that you can have a full, rich, meaningful life. I have a clinical doctoral degree (DSW) from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville as a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Alabama and an undergraduate degree in social work, sociology (minor-Psychology) earned at Huntingdon College. I love helping people! As a clinical social worker, I meet people during times of duress—often the worst day of their life. I have a non-judgmental attitude regarding the issues that one has when seeking my help. As we work toward healing, I can promise that I will NOT dismiss the pain you are experiencing or make light of your situation. It is imperative that I not only HEAR you but UNDERSTAND you and this requires open communication and trust (both of us). I have more than 30 years’ experience working with individuals and families with a variety of health/mental health concerns and life/career changes. I have mentored colleagues and provided supervision for them as well. With multiple years of experience in health care (hospitals, nursing homes, home health, hospice) I have also developed a passion for working with older adults and their families. Caregivers experience types of stress and often need concrete assistance. However, I treat adults of all ages especially those with anxiety, depression, life changes, pre-retirement concerns, etc. Additionally, I enjoy assisting college students master concerns about class assignments, issues with professors, and so forth. My approach is client centered and I use a range of treatment options: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, CBT, Mindfulness, Problem Solving Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Rogerian, Gestalt and others. The best client for me is one who is MOTIVATED to make changes and do the work necessary to make those changes. That means keeping appointments and completing assignments when given. I look forward to working with you to accomplish your goals! The next step is committing to therapy. Wishing you all the best life has to offer.

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Ashley Cook

Offering therapy in AL
Stress, AnxietyGriefSelf esteemCareer difficultiesCoping with life changes
5 years of experience

I am licensed in Alabama with 5 years of professional work experience. Throughout my journey, I've had the privilege of working with clients from diverse backgrounds, each with their unique needs and challenges. My passion lies in helping individuals navigate life's complexities, and I specialize in supporting clients through the most common yet profound human experiences, including grief and loss, motivation struggles, self-esteem and confidence issues, career difficulties, relationship challenges, and the daunting grip of depression and anxiety. My therapeutic approach is best described as laid back and client-centered. I believe that you are the expert on your own life, and my role is to provide a safe and non-judgmental space where you can explore your thoughts and feelings openly. Together, we'll collaborate to develop strategies that align with your goals and values, empowering you to make meaningful changes in your life. If you're seeking a therapist who combines experience with a compassionate, client-focused approach, I'm here to support you on your journey towards a happier, healthier, and more fulfilling life. Let's embark on this path of self-discovery and growth together.

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Cheryl Hall

Offering therapy in AL
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsTrauma and abuseSelf esteemDepression
6 years of experience

Taking the first step for therapy takes courage. Be proud of yourself for getting started. I have experience in helping clients with stress, anxiety and trauma utilizing modalities EMDR, CBT and DBT. Areas of focus include assisting individuals coping with addictions and substance abuse. I provide guidance in developing motivation, self-esteem and confidence for clients in addressing their needs. I believe in treating everyone with respect, sensitivity and compassion. I tailor our dialogue and treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs.

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Chelsea Taylor

Offering therapy in AL
Family conflictsGriefParenting issuesAnger managementSelf esteem
5 years of experience

I am licensed in Alabama with 5 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with family conflicts, coping with grief and loss, parenting issues, anger management, child development, ADHD, autism spectrum disorder, and trauma. 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 sign up for therapy can take courage and I am proud of you for getting started!

How to find counseling in Valley

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

How does the cost of in-person counseling compare to the cost of BetterHelp with a licensed Valley 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 Valley 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 Valley 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 Valley, 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 Valley 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 Valley 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 Valley 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 Valley 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 Valley 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 36854 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 Valley 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 Valley 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 Valley, 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.

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

Do therapists judge you in therapy sessions?

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

Stay up to date with the leading online counseling platform

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

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

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

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

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

36854, 36872

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