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Shonda Dallas

Offering therapy in GA
Counselor License Type(s): LPC,CPCS
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesParenting issuesSelf esteemDepression
14 years of experience as a therapist

Feel like you are not being heard, or you need someone to talk to, I’m that listening ear. You have made the first step, by seeking help. Let me assist you in finding a solution. I view counseling as an interactive process where we discuss your concerns, in a safe, nonjudgmental atmosphere. I am compassionate about counseling and I look forward to helping you work through your concerns to reach your maximum potential. I would like to help you in areas that include: parenting, relationships, anxiety, depression, self-esteem, grief, and women’s issues. I’m a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). I have more than 10 years of counseling experience, working with adolescents and adults. This experience allows me to walk through the journey of change with each client in an empathetic, compassionate and understanding manner. My techniques are flexible for each individual as I use a gamut of interventions. My theoretical orientation is Cognitive Behavioral and Solution Focused therapy. My strength is helping you believe in yourself and developing positive thinking patterns to help you find solutions. My role as a counselor is to be available and to provide a space that will allow you, the client, to grow and to make your desired changes using appropriate interventions to live your best life. I am committed to my role as a facilitator of respect, compassion and empowerment. I promise to respond to you in a timely manner, my availability is after 6PM (EST time).

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Dorian Ellis

Offering therapy in GA
Counselor License Type(s): MS,LPC,CAMS
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesAnger managementSelf esteemDepression
15 years of experience as a therapist

I have a master’s degree in counseling from Alabama State University and 15 years of counseling experience. To bolster my counseling skills, I got licensed as a Professional Counselor in Georgia and certified in Anger Management Treatment, Clinical Trauma, Professional Counselor Supervision, School Counseling (Georgia, K-12), and Telemental Health. Continuing education is a must so that I stay well-informed and practice counseling professionally, proficiently, and ethically. My life and professional experiences allowed me to build relationships with people from various backgrounds. I served over four years in the U.S. Army, honorably discharged, and then started working as a counselor for the Department of Juvenile Justice in Georgia. After six and a half years with the Department of Juvenile Justice, I have worked as a school counselor and started a counseling practice. I was born to be a counselor. I love listening and helping others to use their unique strength(s) or gift(s) to face life challenges and live productive lives. Active listening, unconditional positive regard, empathy, and genuineness are essentials in my work with clients. My preferred therapeutic approach is person/client-centered therapy. My goals are to place myself into the individuals’ world, be nonjudgmental, ethical, build rapport and create positive therapeutic relationships. I want my clients to feel comfortable, accepted, open, and free to talk about any experience without reservation. I believe in self-disclosure to humanize the counseling experiences and share common life events for client growth. We are in this together.

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Jessica Ridgeway

Offering therapy in GA
Counselor License Type(s): LMFT
GriefAnger managementBipolar disorderDepressionCoping with life changes
12 years of experience as a therapist

I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Georgia (LMFT) and I have been working in the counseling field since 2012. I have experience conducting individual and group therapy, in-office and online, with clients presenting with depression, anxiety, relationship and parenting issues, teen concerns, and a wide range of challenges including grief/loss, addiction, trauma, abuse, bipolar, as well as personal growth, adjustment issues, and crisis. For the past nine years I have worked within the Georgia prison system to provide counseling services to female offenders that have been placed in a treatment program to address mental illness and substance addiction. My counseling style is empathetic, integrative, and person-centered. I believe that the therapy process should be collaborative to allow myself and the client(s) to work together to re-author perspectives and to discover solutions and insights that will help the client find new ways to thrive. In my work with clients, I use some leading psychological modalities, such as Narrative Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Solution-Focused Therapy. I also utilize the Gottman Method, Motivational Interviewing, Strategic, and Trauma-Focused approaches. I am also a Certified Grief Specialist.

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Judith (Judy) Hamilton

Offering therapy in GA
Counselor License Type(s): LCSW
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseAnger managementSelf esteemDepression
24 years of experience as a therapist

I am a graduate of the University of South Carolina College of Social Work. I believe in the Social Work Code of Ethics regarding treating clients as individuals with dignity and respect. I have 20+ years of experience specializing in PTSD, Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar I and II, Adjustment Disorder, Bereavement, and psychotic disorders. Former employment includes chief counselor for Specialized Mental Health Treatment Unit for Georgia Department of Corrections. for 7+ years, Hospice, and Correctional Mental Health for County Detention Centers. I am currently also employed with the Department of Veterans Affairs at a Community Based Outpatient Clinic. My counseling style is strengths-based, open, warm, and client centered. I believe in walking side-by-side with my clients vs leading them; you know how you learn and grow best and I'm here to help provide guidance towards your goals. Everyone deserves to be treated with fairness, equity, compassion, and care. You are the expert on you. My goal is to assist you in becoming the best you that you can be. Clinical approaches: Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness Therapy, Whole Health, Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy: CPT, and PE.

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Leticia Hill

Offering therapy in GA
Counselor License Type(s): LMFT,CTMH
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseParenting issuesSelf esteemDepression
5 years of experience as a therapist

Greetings! I am a licensed marriage and family therapist in Georgia and Florida. For several years, I have passionately worked with diverse populations regarding mental health, substance abuse, and everyday life stressors. My niche is helping individuals who struggle with anxiety, depression, relationship conflicts, low self-esteem or self-worth, purposelessness, and co-dependency, which negatively affect their personal, social, and occupational functioning. My integrative and holistic approach to therapy entails utilizing various evidence-based techniques or strategies to evoke change. Thereby guiding clients in identifying or addressing life issues, establishing realistic goals, and increasing their willingness to participate in the therapy journey. The Healing Touch Counseling Center is a minority, female, veteran-owned, faith-based private practice that was birthed out of my desire to help individuals, couples, and families heal their hearts from past and/or present trauma(s) and to touch their souls using an eclectic approach to therapy. I believe individuals can reap significant benefits from therapy through commitment, consistency, and transparency, improving their overall health and wellness to live with purpose! Start your healing journey towards wholeness so you can wake up each day with a purpose. Don't let your work schedule, family, friends, or finances hinder you from taking your first steps toward healing. If you've been led to this page, it's not by accident...take a step of faith and schedule a session!

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Monique Darnell

Offering therapy in GA
Stress, AnxietySelf esteemDepressionCoping with life changesCoaching
8 years of experience as a therapist

I am licensed in Georgia with 8 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, eating disorders, depression, & coping with life changes. I believe that you are the expert of your story and that you have many strengths that will assist you in overcoming things that challenge you. Taking the first step to sign up for therapy can take courage and I am proud of you for getting started! Check out my website

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Joseph Paglia

Offering therapy in GA
LGBTRelationship issuesTrauma and abuseGriefDepression
25 years of experience as a therapist

I'm Joe. I believe you are valuable and deserve to be happy. My mom taught me and my brothers to never hate. My father said to us innumerable times "Listen." My parents' philosophies helped steer me into my life's work. I believe people seek counseling so they can be accepted, validated & heard. Me: 25 years counseling children/teens & adults. Specialties: Trauma -focused CBT- and DBT-based therapies; Crises Mgt..; Spirituality, Catholicism, LGBTQI; Sexuality;KINK, BDSM, alternative lifestyles; Sex & Adult ( Porn ) Entertainment Workers . Personal Passions: Dogs, Gaga, Baking, EDM, DragRace, Gym. I am licensed in Georgia with 25 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with lgbt-related issues, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, & coping with grief and loss. 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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Ramie Sodaro

Offering therapy in GA
Relationship issuesFamily conflictsGriefParenting issuesCoping with life changes
19 years of experience as a therapist

I am licensed in Georgia and Idaho with 19 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with relationship concerns, family conflicts, complicated grief, and parenting issues. I believe in treating everyone with respect and compassion. I will tailor our dialog and treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs. It takes courage to seek a more fulfilling life and take the first steps towards change. I am here to support & empower you in that journey.

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Alicia Jennings

Offering therapy in GA
AddictionsLGBTRelationship issuesSelf esteem
3 years of experience as a therapist

I am licensed in Georgia and Washington state, and have experience in helping clients cope with addictions, LGBTQ+ related issues, & relationship issues. I also have experience working with 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 sign up for therapy can take courage and I am proud of you for getting started!

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Hayden Nelms

Offering therapy in GA
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesParenting issuesSelf esteemDepression
10 years of experience as a therapist

I am licensed in Georgia with 10 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, relationship issues, parenting issues, & motivation, self esteem, and confidence. I am currently certified in mental health and nutrition and consider nutrition as a big source of difficulties in treating the whole person. I believe that you are the expert of your story and that you have many strengths that will assist you in overcoming things that challenge you. Taking the first step to sign up for therapy can take courage and I am proud of you for getting started!

How to find counseling in Commerce

Finding the best therapist close by in Commerce 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 in Commerce that work best for you in order to begin your personal journey towards emotional healing with a therapist.

Understanding the type of therapy you'd like to search for is crucial before finding a therapist or psychologist in Commerce. 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 Commerce, 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 in the Commerce region and in the state of Georgia. Find a therapist under any of these distinctions and know that the sessions they offer can provide a safe place to heal.

A mental health counselor working through their own in-person therapy practice in Commerce or online may assist clients in improving healthy relationships, communication skills, working through life transitions, couples counseling, managing a mood disorder, improving coping skills, self help tips, offer life coaching, family therapy, or change in negative thinking patterns. A therapist may also provide a safe place and validation for clients experiencing emotional pain, or that simply want a psychological assessment. 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 Commerce 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 Commerce, elsewhere in Jackson, 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 Commerce area can be found below:

How does the cost of in-person counseling compare to the cost of BetterHelp with a licensed Commerce 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 Commerce 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 Commerce 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 a BetterHelp therapist 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 Commerce, 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 or medication as treatment, or perform psychological assessments and other psychiatric services.

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, post traumatic stress disorder, and more. An online mental health professional, including the therapists in Commerce 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 Commerce helping individuals on topics including managing life transitions, symptoms affecting sexual health, behavioral health, coping skills for anxiety, depression, trauma, stress, marriage counseling, and more. 

What mental health issues can psychotherapy address?

BetterHelp's verified Commerce 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 Commerce 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 Commerce 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.

Commerce therapists 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 Commerce 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 Commerce 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 psychotherapist.

With a lot of people in GA, therapists 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 30529 or the surrounding zip codes, consider others available through the BetterHelp site. No matter if you are seeking help from therapists in your area or beyond, online therapy can be a great option.

How should I prepare for my first therapy session with a Commerce 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 while offering mental health services. The first session will often serve as an intake to get to know you as a person and learn why you're attending therapy in Commerce.

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 from a therapist. A Commerce 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 with a counselor 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 that a counselor can help with.

Is mental health care and therapy worth it? 

Therapy with a licensed counselor 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 Commerce, 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.

Commerce 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 to customer service through the contact page or send an email to

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 Commerce:

30529, 30599

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