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Dr. China Allen

Offering therapy in GA
License: PhD,LPC,CCHT
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesSelf esteemDepressionCoping with life changes
22 years of experience

Who am I? Where have I been? And, who am I today? In short, on a personal note I married after graduating from High School at 17, was Divorced by 19, yet determined to live my best life in deference to my start. So, I took my oldest son to college with me and graduated at the top of my class before developing into the proactive eternal optimist that I am today. Yes, my own developmental journey evolved from that divorced single parent that simultaneously lovingly transformed and developed 3 very successful children into adulthood who now hold advanced degrees and are living their own best life. Professionally, for over 17 years I have been practicing as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) after earning a Doctorate Degree in Counseling Psychology. I hold both state license and national board certifications as a psycho-therapeutic practitioner. Having demonstrated a career of clinical competence, I have specialized experience working in the areas of Behavioral Health and Wellness, Substance Use Disorders, Mind-Body Healthcare, and Life Coaching. I have acquired many years of grassroots field-based client experiences in a wide variety of clinical service delivery systems that have enabled and qualified me to practice independently as both a Psychotherapist and Transformational Life Coach. Always evolving, I am a business owner and solo-entrepreneur-- the poster child for Personal Growth and Development. I bring added value to my patients and clients by having the ability to facilitate therapeutic mind-body treatment modalities on a range of issues ranging from Sadness/Grief/Depressed Mood, Substance Use or Abuse, Chronic Pain, Insomnia/Sleep Issues, Anxiety/Stress Management, and Post-Traumatic Stress (PTSD), among other debilitating life-altering or quality of life issues. My counseling style is cognitive behavioral and solution-focused. Specifically, my clinical orientation incorporates Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT), Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET), Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), and Mind-Body treatment interventions. Additionally, trained and certified in Clinical Hypnotherapy and other mindful-based practices (i.e. Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT), Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), etc.) I can help develop your self-care and personal development skills so that you are empowered and comfortable in using them throughout your life. Working with me you’ll quickly find that I respect you by recognizing that there’s no single one size fits all therapeutic approach, and will treat you as the individual that you are. I utilize an integrative cognitive behavioral wellness health approach to ensure that I work therapeutically with the whole person. Welcome to an unforgettable journey of life enhancing challenge! If you just need an outside perspective, want more satisfaction in your life, or mental wellness support, let me help you set goals and support you as your accountability partner towards achieving them. I can indeed assist you with strategies for navigating your difficult emotional life challenges. You are invited in advance to join me on an unforgettable journey of thought-provoking discourse, transformative sustainable self-care, and life-enhancing empowerment!

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Lisa Chhabra

Offering therapy in GA
License: NCC,M.Ed,LPC
Parenting issues
10 years of experience

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor with over 10 years of experience as a School Counselor. I have experience working with parents, children and other adults, helping them reach their highest potential. I have a bachelor's degree in Education, but found my true passion in helping others, which led me to pursue my Master's of Education in School Counseling from Georgia State University. While working as a School Counselor, I became an NCC and obtained my LPC which allows me to reach a broader population of clients. I believe that our experiences and thoughts shape the way we interact with the world. I believe that each person is a unique individual, and strategies that work best for one client, may not work best for another. Therefore, I place high value on open communication and collaboration to help my clients reach the best version of themselves. I believe that people are inherently good, and I use a variety of approaches to help you reach your highest potential. I would describe myself as down-to-earth, open-minded and reliable. If you are interested in working with a Counselor, you have already taken the first step toward positive change. I believe life is short and we all deserve to feel fulfilled. I'd be honored to work with you.

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Iréné Celcer

Offering therapy in GA
License: LCSW,MA,Licenciada en Psiclogía
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesEating disordersDepressionCoping with life changes
30 years of experience

Hello and Hola, I am a bilingual and bicultural psychotherapist licensed in Ga as a social worker with degrees from New York and California, and Argentina. I know South America's culture and some European countries like Spain, France, and Poland. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns, including depression, anxiety, stress, body image problems, compulsive eating, binge eating disorder, relationship issues, parenting problems, career challenges, LGBTQIA challenges, and emotional abuse. We all have a body and a mind. Sometimes we hate our bodies, and our minds give us grief. We all need to learn to live in our bodies whether we like our looks or not. For some who are spiritual, the struggle breaks havoc in their spiritual lives as well. I will be honored to be a part of your journey to feel whole again. I believe in respect, sensitivity, and compassion, and I don't believe in labeling people. My approach combines a psychodynamic understanding of your situation, teaching mindfulness, and showing you a cognitive-behavioral approach to the problem at hand. All of this with a humanistic approach. The parents, the adults, the young adults I have worked and work with deserve respect as an important element to feel whole. I also believe no one knows you better than yourself, and that is why you need to be in the driver's seat of your own treatment. You and I will tailor our dialogs and the treatment plan according to your mental time to meet your unique and specific needs. I look forward to working with you! iréné celcer MA, LCSW

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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. Shaketha Blankenship

Offering therapy in GA
License: PhD,LPC,NCC
Stress, AnxietyGriefAnger managementSelf esteemCompassion fatigue
24 years of experience

Welcome! I am Shaketha Blankenship, a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of Georgia and National Certified Counselor (NCC) with advanced training in mental health and Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision. I have worked with early childhood, adolescents, teens, and adults for over 24 years. My goal is to provide an environment of trust, empathy, non-judgment, and encouragement in assisting clients in meeting their goals. I utilize an integrative theoretical approach that includes but not limited to Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Client Centered Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, and Mindfulness Therapy. I believe clients have the strength, abilities, and skills within themselves to achieve growth and personal goals when provided the support, tools, and resources needed. I have worked with clients that present with a range of concerns that includes depression, anxiety, ADHD, grief and loss, parenting concerns, relationship challenges, trauma, abuse, and LGBTQ+ concerns. It is important for me to empower my clients, assist them in navigating life challenges, and assist them in being the best version of themselves. I am here to support you and look forward to working with you!

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Sharon Jenkins

Offering therapy in GA
License: LCSW
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsRelationship issuesSelf esteemDepression
25 years of experience

Hello! Whatever brought you here to consider a counseling relationship, you have taken a courageous step. If you choose me as your therapist, I will help you work toward overcoming your stumbling blocks. I can help with whatever your issues are, including depression, anxiety, trauma, relationship issues, or substance use. I will always be real with you, and we will work together in a way that makes you feel safe. My approach is strengths based, client centered and solution focused. A little about me: I grew up in North Carolina with three brothers. I graduated from the University of NC at Chapel Hill with degrees in Psychology and Clinical Social Work. I moved to Georgia, became licensed as an LCSW, and I've been helping people for over 20 years. Outside of work, my greatest blessing is my young adult son, who is in the Air Force. I value my friends, family and faith. I have two dogs and two cats. I love to walk or hike, eat out, and listen to music. I especially love the beach! I believe you are the expert of your own life. If you choose me as your therapist, we will work toward accomplishing your goals together. My clients tell me that I am calming, genuine, encouraging and trustworthy. It would be an honor to join you in your healing journey. Whatever your decision, I wish you all the best.

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Felice Edwards

Offering therapy in GA
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsSelf esteemDepression
7 years of experience

I am licensed in New York and Georgia with 7 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, coping with addictions, & motivation, self esteem, and confidence. I also have experience working with depression. 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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Latasha Matthews

Offering therapy in GA
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesTrauma and abuseSelf esteemCoping with life changes
13 years of experience

I am licensed in Georgia with 13 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, & motivation, self esteem, and confidence. 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. It takes courage to seek out a more fulfilling and happier life and to take the first steps towards a change. I am here to support & empower you in that journey.

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Anim Aweh

Offering therapy in GA
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseSelf esteemDepressionCoping with life changes
16 years of experience

I am licensed in Georgia with 16 years of professional work experience. I have experience helping clients with stress and anxiety, trauma and abuse, motivation, self-esteem, and confidence, & depression. I am passionate about holding space for the BIPOC community. 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 takes courage to seek a more fulfilling and happier life and to take the first steps toward change. I am here to support & empower you in that journey.

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Jonathan Cottrell

Offering therapy in GA
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsRelationship issuesDepressionADHD
7 years of experience

I am licensed in Colorado with 7 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, coping with addictions, relationship issues, & depression. 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. It takes courage to seek out a more fulfilling and happier life and to take the first steps towards a change. I am here to support & empower you in that journey.

How to find counseling in Fargo

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

How does the cost of in-person counseling compare to the cost of BetterHelp with a licensed Fargo 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 Fargo 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 Fargo 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 Fargo, 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 Fargo 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 Fargo 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 Fargo 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 Fargo 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 Fargo 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 31631 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 Fargo 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 Fargo 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 Fargo, 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.

Fargo 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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