You are your own unique person, and it can be hard to remember that. Sometimes, it can be hard to stand amongst the crowd, especially if you have your own problems such as depression or anxiety. In a situation such as this, who can help you? One person who can is a counselor based in Albany. 

Albany’s motto is “There is only one Albany, Georgia.” They know they're unique, and you should realize that too. A counselor can help you with all of life’s problems and teach you how you can stand out when the crowd wants to bring you down.

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Jennifer Key

Offering therapy in GA
License: LPC
Relationship issuesGriefParenting issuesAnger management

I am a Christian Counselor and Coach who work with clients who want to make a change but don't know how to make that change. I am an expert in the change process who help individuals find a more satisfying, purpose driven life. I specialize in helping my clients move from a place of feeling stuck to choosing to take the chance to make a change in their life, in their relationship, and their career. I help married couples prevent divorce and develop a vision for their marriage . I specialize in working with women ,individuals, marriages and the families. I also specialize in preparing singles for their partner, and couples in preparing them for their marriage. I work with clients who have anger issues, grief issues, relationship issues, parental issues, sex issues and faith issues. We provide faith based programs for divorce recovery, divorce prevention and premarital bootcamp. We also offer flexible hours and e-counseling to fit our clients busy schedule and lifestyle. We partner with churches, businesses and various groups to offer programs that will foster healthy relationship and increase productivity

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Carolyn Morgan

Offering therapy in GA
License: MS,LPC,MAC
Stress, AnxietySelf esteemDepression
10 years of experience

Carolyn received her Master’s Degree in Counseling from Troy State University. She also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Wesleyan College. Carolyn has been in the counseling profession for over 10 years. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC), a Master Addiction Counselor (MAC), a Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) and certified to train up and coming clinicians in the field of mental health and substance abuse counseling as a Certified Professional Counselor Supervisor (CPCS) and Certified Counselor Supervisor (CCS). Carolyn specializes in self-esteem building, workplace conflict, anger management, mood and addictive disorders and utilizes person-centered techniques to facilitate change. She hopes to provide a safe and nurturing environment that will empower and inspire individuals toward growth and healing.

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Donya Franklin

Offering therapy in GA
License: LPC,NCC
Stress, AnxietyLGBTRelationship issuesFamily conflictsDepression
16 years of experience

“Change the person in the mirror, and your world will change!” Hello! My name is Donya and my goal is to inspire hope; and assist clients to heal and change and be the best version of themselves. I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). I earned my Master’s in Clinical Counseling/Marriage and Family from University of Northern Colorado in May 2010. I have over fifteen years of experience in working with mental health, personal crisis, and relationships. I have worked with adolescents, adults, and groups of all ages on issues ranging from addiction, anger management, anxiety, depression, domestic violence, grief/loss, personal challenges, relationship issues, stress, trauma and many more. I have worked in private practice, community settings, residential and outpatient settings of a Community Mental Health Center and a domestic violence facility. I would describe my approach to therapy as eclectic, drawing on a variety of modalities to best serve my client’s needs and goals. The modalities that have proven most useful are: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness-based Therapy, Person Centered Therapy; Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, and Systemic Therapy. I believe therapy/counseling is a partnership and the most important aspect of the partnership is trust. I look forward to building a unique partnership with you, while gaining your trust. Taking the step to research and seek out a therapist is a very courageous step. I await with pleasure to work with you towards hope, healing, and change!

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Dr. Telina Mathews

Offering therapy in GA
License: PhD, LCMHC-S
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsRelationship issuesFamily conflictsDepression
17 years of experience

Hello, My name is Dr. Telina Mathews, and I have 17 years of counseling experience and is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor-Supervisor & a Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist-Associate in North Carolina. I have experience in the areas of depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, addiction, family conflict, self-image, and life changes to name a few. The foundation of my therapeutic process revolves around a combination of therapies including person centered, motivational interviewing, cognitive behavioral therapy, and solution focused therapy. I enjoy counseling and getting to know individuals as they take on the journey to make changes in their lives. My approach to counseling consists of relationship building, mutual respect, and self-empowerment. I look forward to working with you!

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Kascey Ifill

Offering therapy in GA
License: M.Ed,MAC,LPC
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsRelationship issuesTrauma and abuseAnger management
15 years of experience

Kascey Ifill is a Georgia Licensed Professional counselor and Master Addiction Counselor. Additionally she is a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional. She began her career with a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice and Psychology; beginning her Career as a Counselor in the Prison System. This experience was followed by a Master of Education Degree in Counseling Psychology. Kascey has been a therapist, for the past 20 years in various settings. Kascey has extensive work with facilitating individual counseling as well as addictions counseling in both groups and individually. Kascey has extensive work with individuals with Trauma, History of Abuse, Addiction, Anger Management , Anxiety and Worry. Kascey mainly uses CBT, Motivational Interviewing, and Mindfulness techniques to assist with anxiety, worry, and depression. Kascey also provides services for individuals who are experiencing difficulties in their relationships and/ or working toward a more healthy, trusting and loving relationship with a significant other or family member.

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Mary Fisher

Offering therapy in GA
License: LCSW
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsRelationship issuesFamily conflictsDepression
33 years of experience

My name is Mary 'Beth' Fisher Sanders and I go by 'Beth Sanders'. I have practiced for over 30 years and am a licensed clinical social worker with certifications that reflect extensive background in addictions and other mental health issues. I have also worked for most of my career with a focus on families and couples. My approach is relational. There are as many approaches to therapy as there are therapists - if we align to work together my role is to empower you to reach your goals, to help you identify the assets and barriers to doing so, and perhaps teach some healthy coping and communication strategies as well. I consider the journey to self awareness and understanding a sacred journey, and one that is vital for desired change. Time is a precious commodity, and I will challenge you to maximize yours to achieve desired results. Additionally, it is a process that I myself continue to do, so be assured that there is nothing that I will ask you to do that I have not done myself. While I do not claim to be a religiously based therapist, please know that there is a spiritual foundation in my approach and I will meet you whereever you are in your spirituality, whatever that means to you. I consider it a great honor to know the deepest parts of those that I walk and work with, and will help you lift up and strengthen the best parts of you.

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Dr. Leonard Anders

Offering therapy in GA
Stress, AnxietySleeping disordersSelf esteemDepressionCoping with life changes
25 years of experience

I am licensed in Georgia and tele-certified in South Carolina with 25+ years of professional counseling. I earned a doctorate degree in Behavioral Science and have experience in helping folks overcome stress, anxiety, sleeping disorders, lacking motivation, depression, self-esteem, identity issues, lacking confidence, and phobias. I believe that you are the expert of your story and possess many strengths that will assist me in helping you with your concerns. It takes courage to seek change and a more fulfilling and happier life. I am here to guide, support & empower you in that journey.

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Mikeya Vega

Offering therapy in GA
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsTrauma and abuseDepressionCoaching
6 years of experience

With life coming at you from every angle, it can cause anxiety, depression, and fear of failure. Life makes you feel that nothing ever gets better and your past keeps showing up and making it worse. You need a safe space to slow down and heal from your past, show up and thrive in your present, and prepare for the future you want! I specialize in helping you get it ALL under control! I know the difficulty you have had trying to find a quality therapist when you work a 9-5, so I offer support both evenings and weekends! I specialize in healing trauma, increasing your self-esteem, and I offer EMDR and hypnosis. I specialize in helping you identify triggers for anxiety, depression and the reappearance of trauma in your daily life. Together we can identify and remove the barriers that block your path to SUCCESS while increasing the comfort you feel in your daily life. If you are outside of the United States or in another state, I ONLY offer executive coaching and accountability services. If you are interested please select a session time. My expertise allows you to feel supported while unveiling your courage to heal and change. You will no longer allow anxiety, stress, and depression to take over your life. You can boldly heal from your past, be excited about your present, while conquering your future. Let's get to work together

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Valerie McFarland

Offering therapy in GA
Intimacy-related issuesSleeping disordersSelf esteemDepressionCoping with life changes
23 years of experience

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Arkansas, Georgia and South Carolina with 20 plus years of Clinical experience. I have experience in helping clients with intimacy related issues, sleeping disorders, motivation, self esteem, and confidence, depression and anxiety. Additionally, I have treated other symptoms and diagnosis. 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. In the event that you should experience a mental health crisis please call 911 or you may text or call Suicide and Crisis Lifeline number 988. Thank you and I look forward to work with you. Valerie McFarland, LCSW

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Shondalea 'Shonda' Jensen

Offering therapy in GA
Stress, AnxietySelf esteemDepressionCoping with life changesADHD
15 years of experience

I am a licensed counselor in Georgia with 15 years of professional work experience. I have worked in private practice settings as well as in community mental health, and in those settings, I've helped individuals with issues like anxiety, motivation, self esteem, confidence, & depression as well as coping with life changes. I want to work with my individuals 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! My therapy 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, humanistic, solution-focused, psychodynamic and person-centered techniques. 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 change. If you are ready to take that step, I am here to support and empower you. I look forward to working with you!

How to find counseling in Albany

Finding the best therapist close by in Albany 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 Albany. 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 Albany, 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 Albany 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 Albany 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 Albany, elsewhere in Dougherty, or in the greater state of Georgia.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

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

How does the cost of in-person counseling compare to the cost of BetterHelp with a licensed Albany 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 Albany 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 Albany may not take health insurance, some in the state of Georgia 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 Georgia 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 Albany, Georgia 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 Albany 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 Albany 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 Albany 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 Albany 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 Albany 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 GA, 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 31703 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 Albany 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 Albany 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 Albany, Georgia 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.

Albany 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 Albany:

31701, 31702, 31703, 31704, 31705, 31706, 31707, 31708, 31721

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