Most of us are used to giving: giving our time, our love, our support, our attention to others. Americus is a town that knows a lot about giving. It is home to Habitat For Humanity, a major philanthropic organization. But, while many of us in Americus are ready to give, some of us are having a hard time accepting help.

If you're struggling with your mental health because of illness, trauma, loss, or any other reason, please take the first step by accepting help. Many Americus-area qualified mental health professionals are here to provide you the support you need.

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Tonya Jordan

Offering therapy in GA
License: MS,LPC
Stress, AnxietySelf esteemCareer difficultiesDepressionCoaching
6 years of experience

I have been a licensed professional counselor and professional life coach in Georgia with over 8 years of experience . I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, low self esteem, communication challenges, career challenges, ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and adjustment and life functioning for people with disabilities . I have lots of information and resources around these areas. I have also helped people who have experienced grief and loss, family trauma such as abuse, recovering from significant other relationships that were emotionally abusive, life transitions such as graduating from college and moving into the"real world" to begin "adulting", becoming new parents, or significant other stressors including break ups and divorce. One of my specialty areas in the area of career is helping people to eliminate self doubt so they can overcome plateaus in terms of creating a more fulfilling career and/ or business and hitting some of those goals that have eluded them. Sometimes people are stuck and desire help to move out of that space and reach for goals that feel scary but would make all the difference to their career growth. This is what we do here. The focus would be topics such as discovering your purpose, giving yourself permission to go after your goals and finding out what the source of the self doubt is so you can move forward and stop sabotaging yourself, creating an executable plan, and more. If this career specialty area sounds like what you need, let me know and I can work with you on getting past your stuck point by helping you boost your self confidence. My style is warm and empathetic and I use a cognitive behavioral approach, which means that I will help you to get insight how you think about things so you can take actions that improve your mental and emotional well being. I will tailor our sessions to meet your unique and specific needs, giving you tools that work for you! 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 am looking forward to meeting you and working with you!

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Stacie Cook

Offering therapy in GA
License: LCSW,MSW
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseGriefDepressionCoping with life changes
18 years of experience

Hello, and thank you for taking the time to visit my profile. I believe in the power of a safe and trusting therapeutic relationship. It is within this relationship that growth and change occur. I view my role in the therapeutic relationship as the coach. I am here to coach you through life's challenges and problems as well as celebrate along with you in your accomplishments and victories. I offer guidance and support in addition to knowledge, experience, skill and a listening ear. I utilize a variety of treatment modalities which include DBT, CBT, solution focused, and family systems. I am intensively trained in Dialectic Behavior Therapy. DBT combines cognitive-behavioral therapy with mindfulness and skills training to provide clients with skills to become better managers of their own lives. I also have a special interest in grief and trauma especially the impact of sudden loss on the individual and family unit. It is my belief that with client-centered treatment, clients can step into the arena of vulnerability where growth and positive change can occur. I will gladly meet you where you are on your own journey and walk the path with you.

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Kimberly Swanson

Offering therapy in GA
License: PsyM,LPC,CHT
Stress, AnxietyFamily conflictsParenting issuesSelf esteemDepression
5 years of experience

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Georgia and I have over 5 years of experience working with adults with anxiety, depression, PSTD, and other life stressors ranging from coping with chronic illness to going through a relationship issue. My approach to counseling is to guide and to help you determine the best approach for improving your well-being. I tend to use a person-centered, solution-focused, along with cognitive-behavioral therapy approaches; however, I can modify my therapeutic techniques to meet the needs of each client. Seeking counseling and asking for help can be very difficult for some individuals so I like to create a comfortable atmosphere free of judgmental views and criticism. No one should feel bad about receiving counseling to better and improve one’s life. Let's get started, I look forward to hearing from you.

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Jacqueline Caskey-James

Offering therapy in GA
License: LPC, CPCS
Stress, AnxietyGriefSelf esteemDepressionCoping with life changes
14 years of experience

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor since 2005 in Georgia. I received my Certified Professional Clinical Supervisors Certification in 2007. I retired June 1, 2023 as The Director of Student Health and Counseling for Fort Valley State University; Fort Valley, Georgia for 18 years. And I own CJ Hope Professional Counseling, LLC. (HOPE)HELPING OTHER PEOPLE EVOLVE I am very passionate about helping others to raise their levels of functioning from onset of Mental illness, depression, anxiety, self-esteem rebuilding, conflict resolution, just sometimes having a bad day. We all have them in one way or the other sometimes. We all have different individual lives in my opinion, and my goal is to help others develop and maintain healthy thoughts, feelings. I was appointed by the Peach County, Georgia County Commissioners to serve on The Department of Behavioral Health Developmental Disabilities and Mental Health Community Service Board as a voting member with 3 years terms. We are compassionate, yet that additional layer of support that always helps when pursuing greatness for our clients. To see one client improve on a consistent routine is super fantastic. I was also appointed by the Fort Valley State University's President to serve on the University Systems of Georgia Board of Regents Mental Health Task force as a voting member. " We must always be kind to others and to ourselves with good self care". This is my recipe to helping others. I am proud to be a Licensed Professional Counselor in the great state of Georgia. 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, humanistic, psychodynamic and rational-emotive counseling. I will tailor our dialog and treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs. It takes courage to seek for a more fulfilling and happier life and to take the first steps towards a change. I prefer that my style meet needs of the client. If you are ready to take that step I am here to support and empower you. Due to the pandemic times have changed that extra bit of comfort and consoling as we work through models with the sad and depressed. But I have learned to be creative encouragement for the client, create a calm safe space and begin your working relationship .

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Dr. Frank Gorritz

Offering therapy in GA
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsLGBTTrauma and abuseSelf esteem
6 years of experience

I am licensed in Georgia with 6 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, coping with addictions, lgbt-related issues, & trauma and abuse. I believe that you are the expert of your story and that you have many strengths that will assist you in overcoming things that challenge you. Taking the first step to seeking a more fulfilling and happier life takes courage. I am here to support you in that process.

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Dr. Sheryl Vaughn

Offering therapy in GA
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsRelationship issuesSelf esteemDepression
16 years of experience

I am licensed in Georgia with 16 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with depression, stress and anxiety, coping with addictions, relationship issues, & motivation, self-esteem, and confidence. I work with my clients to create an open and safe environment where thoughts and feelings can be shared without fear of judgment. Taking the first step to seeking a more fulfilling and happier life takes courage. I am here to support you in that process.

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Walter (Walt) Nunnally

Offering therapy in GA
License: MA, NBCC, LCPC
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsFamily conflictsCoping with life changes
3 years of experience

Walt Nunnally, Therapist MA, NCC, LCPC, CADC ​ Walt Nunnally is a professional Mental Health Therapist as well as a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor. He holds a Masters of Counseling Degree from Bradley University and has 25 plus years of experience working with children, adolescents, and families. Walt has been in Private Practice since June of 2008 desiring to serve and strengthen individuals and families through an eclectic approach designed to meet his clients where they are at in the most practical ways. ​ Walt is a popular speaker and has led many school, community, and professional workshops on a variety of topics. Walt has also offered professional trainings for schools and businesses as well. ​ In addition, Walt works collaboratively with groups and community coalitions designed to confront challenges and provide resources to strengthen our local communities. ​ Walt continues to work with local schools as an Early Intervention Specialist. He impacts the lives of more than 2500 students per year through his work in our elementary, junior high, and high schools. ​ For the past 14 years, Walt has had the privilege to support our Military men and women and their families through a program sponsored by the Department of Defense. Walt also works with local Police Departments to coordinate services designed as an alternative to the traditional juvenile justice system. ​ Walt's professional memberships include, The American Counseling Association, The National Board of Certified Counselors, The American Association of Christian Counselors, and The Chi Sigma Iota Professional Honor Society. He was selected in 2011 as a NAMI Tri-County Community Service Award Recipient. ​ Originally from Alabama, Walt moved to Illinois in 1991. He has 8 children, 17 grandchildren, and 3 dogs. He enjoys Alabama football, playing the guitar, spending time with his family, attending Church, and his country home.

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Stephen Ventre

Offering therapy in GA
Stress, AnxietyGriefAnger managementSelf esteemDepression
7 years of experience

I am licensed in Georgia with 7 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, coping with grief and loss, anger management, & motivation, self esteem, and confidence. I work with my clients to create an open and safe environment where thoughts and feelings can be shared without fear of judgment. Taking the first step to sign up for therapy can take courage and I am proud of you for getting started!

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Takiya Tarlton

Offering therapy in GA
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesFamily conflictsParenting issuesSelf esteem
13 years of experience

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in the states of NC, VA, FL and GA. I have been providing services for over 13 years in the school and community setting. My passion is being able to assist individuals understand the power they have inside of them. My hope is with discovery they can create a life that allows them to present the best version of themselves to others. I believe in prioritizing self care and assertively expressing your needs in a way that gives you permission to feel valued, loved, and accepted within relationships.

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Ebonny Mills

Offering therapy in GA
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsAnger managementSelf esteemCoping with life changes
15 years of experience

I am licensed in Georgia with 15 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, coping with addictions, anger management, & motivation, self esteem, and confidence. 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.

How to find counseling in Americus

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

How does the cost of in-person counseling compare to the cost of BetterHelp with a licensed Americus 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 Americus 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 Americus 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 Americus, 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 Americus 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 Americus 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 Americus 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 Americus 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 Americus 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 31719 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 Americus 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 Americus 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 Americus, 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.

Americus 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:

A woman meets with a therapist online in her home city of Americus.

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

31709, 31719

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