Ward was founded primarily as a stopping point on the railroad routes. Ever since, it is a testament of the comings and goings of life. We are always moving in one direction or another, but it’s time to check in: do you like the direction you’re headed in? When life is riddled with mental health troubles and emotional problems, you may not feel like you’re headed anywhere.

A dedicated Ward-area counselor is ready and available to help you overcome what’s getting in your way so you can start living your best life. Match with a licensed, confidential mental health professional to get started today.

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Debbie McCown-Perkins

Offering therapy in CO
License: LCSW
Trauma and abuseAnger managementBipolar disorderDepressionADHD
12 years of experience

I am an Licensed Clinical Social Worker, licensed in Colorado. I have a BS degree in Psychology and a masters in Social Work from Walla Walla University. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, parenting problems, family of origin issues, career challenges, and ADHD. I also helped 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, in a non-judgemental atmosphere. My approach combines cognitive-behavioral, humanistic, solution-focused counseling. I will tailor our dialog and treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs. It takes courage to seek a more fulfilling and happier life and to take the first steps towards 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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Layla Hernandez

Offering therapy in CO
License: MA,LPC
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseGriefDepressionCompassion fatigue
10 years of experience

Welcome to Betterhelp! My name is Layla, and I am a licensed professional counselor in the state of Colorado. I have been working in the mental health field for 8 years, and I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, parenting problems, career challenges, OCD and ADHD. I also helped many people who have experienced physical trauma or emotional abuse. I became a counselor because I believe that everyone deserves to be understood, heard, and supported while working towards becoming their best selves. I have worked in military and civilian settings as both a therapist and first responder for mental health crisis. I attended Regis University, where I earned a master's degree in mental health counseling. I believe in treating anyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion, and I don't believe in stigmatizing labels. My approach combines cognitive-behavioral, humanistic, psychodynamic and rational-emotive counseling. I will tailor our dialogue 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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Philip Moss

Offering therapy in CO
License: MA,LPC
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseSelf esteemDepressionCoping with life changes
30 years of experience

I work with kindness, compassion, empathy, and will walk alongside you in your journey on a path to reclaiming happiness and your authentic self. I will help you to feel empowered in accepting and managing your emotions, thoughts, and spiritual life. I have over 30 years of experience working in diverse methods and aspects of counseling and therapy. I have worked with depression, anxiety, trauma, sexual abuse, spiritual abuse, relationships, and more. I have been an active ally in the realm of LGBTQ and systemic racist issues and am dedicated to promoting the healing and resolution of the challenges related to bullying, isolation, and trauma. I utilize a variety of methods including mindfulness, meditation, art, humor, and more. I prefer to use the phrase “emotional and mental challenges” versus “mental illness” which tends to stigmatize and place people in boxes. All human beings experience some of those challenges to different degrees. I am holistic in my outlook on life and practice meditation and mindfulness myself in order to stay centered and focused. I enjoy reading, going for long walks, spending time with family, the ocean, and my cat. I look forward to walking with you on your path.

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Dr. Scott Lovaas

Offering therapy in CO
License: M.Div,LCSW,PhD
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesCareer difficultiesCoping with life changesCoaching
30 years of experience

Thanks for taking peek at my bio! My approach is wholistic--meaning I draw upon a variety of clinical theories. My first task to to provide deep listening in an effort to understand. I try and look at the whole picture and how the pieces all fit together for you and your context. I am direct, candid, and solution focused with kindness, curiosity and gratitude as my foundation. A little about me: I have three advanced degrees in divinity, social work and media studies and I have worked in a wide variety of settings across 13 states. I also have five grown daughters. Wanderlust is in my blood--I have been fortunate to have travelled to over 80 countries, and always hoping there is more on the horizon. Additionally, I am a certified Laughing Yoga instructor--Ho, Ho, Ho, Ha, Ha. Innovation and creativity are in my wheelhouse. All these diverse experiences and education inform all that I do and who I am. I would love to learn about you and talk about your journey.

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Claire Nana

Offering therapy in CO
License: LMFT
AddictionsTrauma and abuseAnger managementSelf esteemCoping with life changes
15 years of experience

I am a licensed marriage and family therapist with 15 years experience working as a psychotherapist and life coach. I work with a variety of concerns including trauma, addiction, body image and weight loss issues, relationship issues, and life purpose. I have also worked with many people recovering from mass traumas, such as school shootings. I have presented at International conferences and written 25 continuing education courses for psychotherapists. My goal is always to identify ways the practice of psychotherapy can be improved, and find new and innovative ways clinicians can help their clients. In my free time, I enjoy ultrarunning, bringing my three rescue horses up the levels in dressage and completing a long overdue manuscript. I believe in empowering my clients, treating them with respect, and honoring their life choices. I believe that the keys to improved mental health and happiness exist inside every client. My approach is existential in nature, and looks to help people find what is truly most important to them, and move in that direction. Together, I believe we can find a way to a fulfilling, rewarding, and meaningful life - regardless of what life has put you through. I look forward to working with you!

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Diana Barfoot

Offering therapy in CO
License: MSW,LCSW
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsSelf esteemDepression
5 years of experience

I am a licensed clinical social worker, licensed in Colorado, with 5 years of experience helping people as a mental health counselor. I have worked with people suffering from a wide variety of concerns, including depression, anxiety, and substance use addiction. I have also helped people who struggle in their relationships and recognizing their own self worth. My style of therapy is to create a space where you are safe to share and grow, to provide you with the tools and empowerment you need to see the life changes you have been hoping for. I use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, and Person Centered Therapy approaches. I believe each person is unique and deserves an individualized plan that works for them. I know reaching out for help can be scary and can feel impossible. But I know you can have the peace you are seeking for in your life. I am here to work with you to reach that peace and seek to be there for you, if you so choose.

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Cary Truley

Offering therapy in CO
Stress, AnxietyLGBTSelf esteemDepressionCoping with life changes
6 years of experience

I am licensed in Pennsylvania and Colorado with 4 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, OCD, lgbt-related issues, motivation, self esteem, and confidence, & depression. 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.

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Maryna Ross

Offering therapy in CO
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesGriefCoping with life changesCompassion fatigue
4 years of experience

I am licensed in Colorado with 3 years of professional work experience, both online and in my own private practice. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, relationship issues, coping with grief and loss, & coping with life changes. 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 sign up for therapy can take courage and I am proud of you for getting started!

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Christine Heikkenen-Black

Offering therapy in CO
Relationship issuesFamily conflictsCareer difficultiesCoping with life changes
8 years of experience

I am licensed in Colorado and Virginia with 7 years of professional counseling experience working with adolescents and families both in the school setting as well as private settings. In addition I am a licensed addiction counselor, a licensed Special Education teacher, and have numerous licenses in all subjects Education, having worked in school systems for most of my career. My true passion is using Gottman therapy to help families, individuals and couples develop strong relationships based on understanding and mutual respect. I have experience working with clients providing behavioral, emotional/trauma, substance abuse, brain injury, intellectual and developmental counseling as both a Counselor and a licensed Certified Rehabilitative Counselor. Additionally I have completed all three levels of Gottman Clinical Trainings, as well as being a Seven Principles of Marriage Educator and Bringing Baby Home Educator. I have experience in helping clients with coping with addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, & trauma and abuse. 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. It is important to me to listen carefully and patiently to you, and to make sure I am meeting your needs. The step to start therapy can be anxiety provoking in itself, and I am here in order to help you take the necessary steps you need to take. 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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Noel Peercy

Offering therapy in CO
License: LPC; CACIII; CHt
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsTrauma and abuseAnger managementDepression
22 years of experience

I am a licensed professional counselor in Colorado with 22 years of experience working as a psychotherapist and Hypnotherapist. Clients that I have worked with, range in their concerns, from depression, anxiety, relationship issues, addictions, auto-immune struggles, existential and spiritual crises. I also experience in working with people who have experienced physical trauma, emotional abuse and chronic pain/somatic issues. My counseling style is warm and interactive, with a healthy dose of humor. I believe in treating anyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion, and am conservative when considering stigmatizing labels. My approach is eclectic and combines cognitive-behavioral, humanistic, and transpersonal therapy frameworks. I will tailor our dialog and treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs. Congratulations on taking this step in your life and I look forward to working with you. If you are ready to gain insight and change your life, I am here to support and empower you. I look forward to working with you!

How to find counseling in Ward

Finding the best therapist close by in Ward 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 Ward. 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 Ward, 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 Ward 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 Ward 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 Ward, elsewhere in Boulder, or in the greater state of Colorado.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

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

How does the cost of in-person counseling compare to the cost of BetterHelp with a licensed Ward 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 Ward 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 Ward may not take health insurance, some in the state of Colorado 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 Colorado 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 Ward, Colorado 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 Ward 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 Ward 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 Ward 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 Ward 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 Ward 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 CO, 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 80481 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 Ward 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 Ward 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 Ward, Colorado 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.

Ward 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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