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Jennifer Garrison

Offering therapy in AZ
License: PhD,LPC
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsRelationship issuesFamily conflictsDepression
13 years of experience

I'm a clinical mental health counselor with active LPC status and a total of twelve years’ experience in the field of behavioral health. I have also obtained a nonclinical Ph.D. in Human Behavior. Positions have been held with various populations including adolescent females, SMI, offenders, substance abuse, co-morbid (substance abuse and mental health) and, LGBTQ. Experience within various environments, includes group homes, hospitals, community-based clinics, judicial based, and outpatient offices. Volunteer experience consists of work with homeless, underprivileged adults, and children through assisting with providing no-cost activities and educational opportunities. I'm also a Reiki master, focusing on emotional well-being and spiritual awareness through direct or distance healing, My therapeutic focus is on proper communication, and the development of useable coping skills to manage an array of symptoms related to mental health and substance use and abuse.

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Michael Luck

Offering therapy in AZ
License: MMHC,LPC,Trauma/EMDR Specialist
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseIntimacy-related issuesSelf esteemDepression
10 years of experience

Hello! I am a counselor licensed in Arizona with multicultural and trauma experience throughout the state. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, parenting problems, career challenges, Trauma, ADHD, and DID. I have extensive experience in assisting many people who have experienced physical trauma or emotional abuse. My counseling style is warm and interactive. I believe in treating anyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion, and I don't believe in stigmatizing labels. My approach combines cognitive-behavioral, EMDR, and rational-emotive counseling. I will tailor your treatment plan to meet your specific needs and goals. 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 you. I look forward to working with you!

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Florence Simcoe

Offering therapy in AZ
License: MSW; LCSW
Relationship issuesFamily conflictsTrauma and abuseParenting issuesADHD
41 years of experience

I have been a clinical social worker for over 40 years, working with children, adolescents and families. My experience ranges from providing therapy to children and adults, supervision and consultation to colleagues, program development and mentoring student interns. I specialize in child, adolescent and family therapy, trauma, child and adult ADHD, parenting, and blended families. I understand the ambivalence about asking for help and work hard to establish a comfort level with our first contact. I consider this to be a mutual interview designed to answer the following question: do you think we can work together and do I believe I can help. My treatment approach is individualized to you; we establish goals based on your needs; there will be a clear understanding of when those goals have been achieved. We will celebrate your accomplishments and collaborate on revising our treatment plan when progress is not being made. I tailor my psychotherapeutic approach to your needs and always bring always unconditional acceptance, respect and empathy to our session. In conclusion, I count myself lucky to be doing what I consider my passion after 40 something years. My enthusiasm for my work has never abated. You are not a case file, patient number or “my 2:00 appointment.” I will treat you the way I would want to be treated. This is my promise to you.

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Jessica Payne

Offering therapy in AZ
License: LPC,NCC
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesFamily conflictsTrauma and abuseDepression
5 years of experience

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Arizona and am certified through the National Board of Certified Counselors. I have been working as a licensed counselor in Arizona since 2018. I am passionate about helping all clients process through, understand, and learn about themselves, their lives, and their emotions. I received my Master of Counseling at The Family Institute of Northwestern University. I’m very passionate about the individual and collective growth and success of all of my clients. I have experience working with Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Person-Centered Therapy, as well as Positive Psychology and Solution Focused Therapy. I enjoy utilizing art, music, narrative, mindfulness and other holistic modalities to assist my clients through their healing process. I am a firm believer in providing a supportive, nurturing, and unbiased foundational approach to all clients. My core beliefs and practices embody congruence, empathy, and unconditional positive regard. Every day, my heart continues to find joy in helping others grow.

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Lauren Staley Stone

Offering therapy in AZ
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseSelf esteemDepression
11 years of experience

I am licensed in North Carolina with 11 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, trauma and abuse, & motivation, self esteem, and confidence. I also have experience working with depression. I believe in treating everyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion. I will tailor our dialogue and treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs. 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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Jennifer Patton

Offering therapy in AZ
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesSelf esteemDepressionCoping with life changes
9 years of experience

I am an Independently Licensed Social Worker serving Arizona and New Mexico. I have over 20 years of professional experience as counselor, case manager and in quality/compliance. I specialize in helping clients cope with life stress, anxiety, motivation, self-esteem, confidence, & depression. I am a very strengths-based counselor (and person) I look for hope within the current situation and work to build upon it. Even during our most difficult and painful seasons of life, I strive to find small glimmers of hope that we can build on together. I prefer a non-confrontational approach to working with clients, I will come along side of you in your journey with positive regard. I fully understand and appreciate that taking the first step to seeking a more fulfilling and happier life requires a ton of courage. I welcome joining you on this journey.

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Randee Olive

Offering therapy in AZ
License: LSCSW
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesFamily conflictsDepression
17 years of experience

Feeling better IS possible, let's start today! I am here to help YOU do just that. We will focus on your TODAY and work towards a future that includes a happier you. I have been a clinical therapist, and working with people just like you, for 13 years. I received both my bachelors and masters degrees in Social work and since obtaining my clinical license in social work, it has been my goal to lessen the stigma “mental illness” carries by providing compassionate care to everyone in need. I've worked with children, adults, families, and couples. I look forward to getting to know you and being a support for you during your BetterHelp journey. Let's do this! Join me today.

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Krystal Burton

Offering therapy in AZ
Relationship issuesFamily conflictsTrauma and abuseParenting issuesSelf esteem
4 years of experience

Krystal Burton is a dedicated and accomplished Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) licensed in both Arizona and Washington State, with a wealth of expertise in the field of mental health and behavioral therapy. Krystal's commitment to making a positive impact on individuals and families has driven her to earn multiple certifications, making her a sought-after expert in her field. With a strong background in trauma-focused care, Krystal is a Certified Clinical Trauma Specialist, specializing in the treatment of individuals, families, and survivors of sexual exploitation and trafficking. Her dedication to healing extends to First Responder Trauma, where she holds a certification to provide essential support to those who serve our communities in critical roles. Krystal's versatility in therapy extends to Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), offering valuable skills and strategies to her clients. Her vast experience encompasses work with diverse populations, including adults with Serious Mental Illness (SMI), high-need teens, male parolees, individuals in residential substance abuse treatment, and at-risk teens and adults who have experienced the trauma of sex trafficking. As a State Board Certified Counselor, Krystal demonstrates her commitment to excellence in her field. She is a member of prestigious organizations such as the American Psychological Association and the American Counseling Association. Krystal's educational journey is equally impressive, having received her undergraduate degree in Psychology from Hunter College in New York, NY, and her master's degree in Professional Counseling from Grand Canyon University. Her pursuit of knowledge continues as she is currently working towards her Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision at Grand Canyon University. Krystal's passion for helping individuals find peace and healing is at the heart of her mission. Her unique approach and extensive experience make her an invaluable resource for those seeking professional counseling services.

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Elizabeth Stanley

Offering therapy in AZ
License: M. Ed,LPC
Stress, AnxietyFamily conflictsGriefSelf esteemDepression
9 years of experience

Hi. My name is Elizabeth and I am a licensed professional counselor (LPC) in the state of Texas. I am also a certified school counselor and recently transitioned to BetterHelp full-time after working as a counselor at a high school. I have been working as a counselor for 9 years, primarily in the school setting. I have helped my students with issues such as family problems, academic struggles, relationship issues, trauma/abuse, ADHD, autism, LGBT-issues, depression, anxiety, perfectionism, grief, and suicidal ideation. Before working as a counselor, I was an elementary teacher for 6 years. I have experience working with adults and adolescents. I have been a counselor on Better Help for 3 years now and have loved seeing my clients understand themselves better and improve their mental health. This is why I have transitioned to working with BetterHelp full-time. I feel comfortable counseling people from a variety of backgrounds, especially those whose backgrounds are different than my own. My entire professional career has been spent with a primarily Hispanic population, but I am comfortable with other cultures, as well. I am a big fan of CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) and Solutions-focused therapy, but I try to cater my counseling to each client, so I often incorporate different counseling philosophies as needed. As a school counselor, I had many duties not related to counseling. I joined BetterHelp, so I could use my counseling skills to help more people. I am looking forward to meeting with clients and working together to improve their mental health. I also know how hard it can be to find a time to meet with a counselor, so I offer limited after-work sessions, for your convenience, in addition to 8am-5pm sessions. I believe my clients are the experts on their own lives and I want to work with them to improve their contentment, coping skills, and mental health. I believe it is very important and beneficial to have a nonjudgmental, unbiased person to talk to. This is one of the best parts of counseling. I often use humor to lighten the mood when counseling. I find this helps grow my relationships with my clients. Congratulations on making the first step towards counseling by checking out this website. I would love to work with you.

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Aaron Brakhane

Offering therapy in AZ
License: LCSW
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseGriefDepressionCoping with life changes
10 years of experience

I spent the first part of my career working with children in high risk environments. This has included abuse, trauma, neglect, and abandonment. Since then I have expanded to work with individuals of all ages. Even so, I have not lost focus on the idea that the experiences during our early years shape our worldview as adults. When someone is traumatized, their whole life can begin to revolve around that event. My hope for all of my clients is that they are able to integrate all of their experiences into a cohesive self concept. By doing this, they will be able to understand the underpinnings of their reactions and emotional shifts. With this information in hand, I believe, we are all best equipped to face our own unique challenges. Despite the sometimes huge impact of childhood trauma, I believe that all of us have an innate capacity for growth. This growth is reflected in our emotional maturity, spiritual practice, and ability to realize our goals. I know from my own experience that my faith has been instrumental in overcoming difficulties in my own life. Personally I believe that the more we integrate all the spheres of our life, the better we become at reaching our goals.

How to find counseling in Carefree

Finding the best therapist close by in Carefree 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 Carefree. 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 Carefree, 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 Carefree 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 Carefree 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 Carefree, elsewhere in Maricopa, or in the greater state of Arizona.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

Some other commonly asked questions on therapy with a licensed counselor and BetterHelp serving the Carefree area can be found below:

How does the cost of in-person counseling compare to the cost of BetterHelp with a licensed Carefree 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 Carefree 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 Carefree may not take health insurance, some in the state of Arizona 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 Arizona 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 Carefree, Arizona 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 Carefree 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 Carefree 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 Carefree 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 Carefree 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 Carefree 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 AZ, 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 85377 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 Carefree 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 Carefree 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 Carefree, Arizona 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.

Carefree 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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