Once claiming to be the “Marriage Capital of the World” the small city of Folkston, Georgia gives Vegas a run for its money. For years, Floridians who didn’t want to wait to marry in their state would cross the Florida-Georgia line to marry in Folkston, a city known not only for its quick weddings but also history as a rail town.

Though it might not have the hustle and bustle of a bigger city, it’s easy to get lost in one's problems in Folkston, so much so, that it might be hard to see a way out. Like the famous tunnel in Folkston, the other side is often hidden from our view unless we have someone to guide us out. Thankfully, Folkston has mental health professionals who are trained to do just that! All you have to do is reach out.

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Kay Butler

Offering therapy in GA
License: LCSW
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesFamily conflictsParenting issuesDepression
27 years of experience

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 27 years of experience in helping people to effectively address life’s challenges. My areas of expertise include foster care/adoptions, depression, anxiety, anger management, stress management, family relationships, family mediation, juvenile mediation and job related difficulties. I have provided care in private practice and in- and out-patient hospital and clinic settings. I have experience in group facilitation for the emotionally ill as well as for sheltered women and those with medical diagnoses. I am particularly interested in the development of self-empowerment. This means identifying and drawing on our individual strengths. It is easy to fall into the pits of weaknesses and that is where we often get stuck. I am more intrigued with the beauty of strength and making that work for us. I engage in Cognitive Behavior, Solution Based and Emotional Based therapies, to name a few. I see myself as a work partner with my clients. I care about what is important to each one as he/she navigates to resolve concerns. My education was achieved in the Washington, DC area with a Bachelor of Sociology and a Master of Social Work. I also possess a Post-Graduate Certification in Marriage and Family Therapy. Although I grew up in the south, I have lived many years in California and Northern Virginia. As a result, I have learned a great deal about managing point of view differences. I hope to have the opportunity to work with you.

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Nicole Buddle-Diaz

Offering therapy in GA
License: LCSW
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsTrauma and abuseGriefDepression
25 years of experience

Greetings… My credentials include Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Certified Addictions Professional with over 20 years of clinical experience. I hold the following certifications/specialized training: Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Motivational Enhancement Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Substance Use Disorders and Chronic Pain. My approach to helping people feel better is multifaceted, assessing and treating the whole person. My scope of practice includes individual, group, and family psychotherapy as well as substance abuse evaluation and treatment. I am well versed in cultural issues particular to African Americans, Hispanics, Latinos, and Caribbean Islanders. In numerous practice settings, I have treated members of the aforementioned communities and others with presenting problems such as grief, chemical dependency, anxiety, depression, trauma, stress, and relationship problems. My passion of being a catalyst for mental health propels me to guide clients on their journey of holistic wellness.

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Shari Grizzle

Offering therapy in GA
License: LCSW
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesFamily conflictsTrauma and abuseDepression
8 years of experience

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 7 years of experience working with children, teens, adults and end of life. I am licensed in Indiana, Georgia and Florida. I have extensive knowledge and experience using the following interventions; trauma focused CBT, CBT, dialectical behavior therapy, play therapy, solution focused and brief therapy. I believe in meeting you where you are at and building on your strengths. I enjoy teaching clients how thoughts, feelings and behaviors are connected and how to change those unwanted thoughts and behaviors while embracing the good in your life. I thoroughly enjoy working with individuals who have endured trauma, faced with depression, anxiety and PTSD. My favorite is behavior modification and management to correct the maladaptive "unwanted" behaviors displayed in individuals.

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LaShanda Edwards

Offering therapy in GA
Stress, AnxietySelf esteemDepressionCoping with life changes
12 years of experience

Hello, my name is LaShanda and I am a licensed clinical social worker in Georgia. I have experience working with diverse groups of people on an array of concerns. My clinical approach is on more on a case by case basis and can vary based on needs. I think that there is no one size that fits all and the needs of people may differ from one person to another with regards to treatment modalities. I believe in meeting people where they are. We each have our own life journey and I am here to support you along the way the best that I can no matter where in that journey you may be. Please feel free to reach out if you have questions related to the support I am able to offer or matters related to my schedule. Also, please note that I do not offer web chat sessions (my apologies for any inconvenience). Thanks and I look forward to meeting with you.

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LaMeshia Lipscomb

Offering therapy in GA
License: LPC
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsRelationship issuesFamily conflictsDepression
9 years of experience

I am a licensed professional counselor licensed in the state of Georgia where I have several years of experience with working individuals, families, couples, and the geriatric community. I received my degree from Richmont Graduate University where I learned to incorporate the practice of my faith along with the development of clinical practices of therapy. I was afforded the opportunity to train at a mental health facility while also completing my practicum in private practice setting within the church. Due to this training, I have been able to worked with individuals with a wide range of concerns such as depression, anxiety, ADHD, ADD, low self-esteem, and provided support for family members who have been diagnosis with a mental health diagnosis. My therapy style is that of a warm and inviting atmosphere. I believe that therapy is a place for one to come and feel vulnerable to express themselves in the effort of obtaining true happiness and peace. I strive to create a place of safety and comfort for one to overcome challenges in such a manner that one feels judged or misunderstood. I work several therapeutic modalities. These techniques include cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, emotion focused therapy, and brief solution focused therapy. I work along side each individual to establish their own goals and desired outcome from the therapy process. I consider it a privilege and an honor that I am allowed to sit and journey with each individual as they come into their true self and place of happiness. I look forward to sit with as we work together to accomplish your goals. Until we meet, be well.

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Robbie Ouzts

Offering therapy in GA
License: MEd, NCC, LPC
Career difficultiesCoping with life changes
25 years of experience

Hi, my name is Robbie Brawner Ouzts, MEd, NCC, LPC, CCC, BCC. I look forward to working with you. While I am a counselor and coach, I have been on both sides of the table! No one ever reached their goals and solved all problems alone, and we all need help from time to time. The most successful executives, athletes, students, and happiest people have mentors, coaches, counselors, and board of directors; however, you choose to label; someone who has their best interest in mind, confide, and trust. It can be somewhat intimidating, but I invite you to meet with me. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Georgia and Mississippi. I am board certified by The National Board for Certified Counselors (NCC). National Career Development Certified Career Counselor (CCC) focuses on essential factors in training and experience, including counseling and specialization in career development, theory, and practice. Board Certified Coach (BCC) who has met educational and training requirements, passed psychometrically coaching exam, coaching experience, professional peer references, committed to continuing education. Additionally, I am a Gallup Strength Coach. I have over 25 years of experience working with college students (BS/MS/Ph.D.), adults in transition, recruiting, leadership, health, and fitness coaching. I have worked in CA, GA, and MS. My scope of practice has included ages, from middle school to retirees. I work with many populations, ages, domestic/ international students, and mid-career changers. I also have experience outside the educational counselor realm as a recruiter and consultant. I have worked with clients with many issues, including depression, lack of focus, anxiety, low self-esteem, career development challenges. My counseling style is interactive. I believe in treating everyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion. I meet you where you are and never make assumptions. It takes courage to seek assistance and take steps toward making a change. If you are ready to take that step, I will support you through this journey. I look forward to working with you!

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Shanta Hayes

Offering therapy in GA
Stress, AnxietyGriefSleeping disordersSelf esteemCoaching
4 years of experience

I am licensed in Georgia with 4 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping children, adolescents, and their families, and adults with stress and anxiety, mood disorders, coping with grief and loss, sleeping disorders, & motivation, self-esteem and confidence, and financial relationships. I believe that you are the expert on you and you have many strengths that will assist you in overcoming things that challenge you. I believe in treating everyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion, and I will tailor our dialog and your treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs. Taking the first step to sign up for therapy can take courage and I am excited for you for taking that first step.

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Marvin McRoberts

Offering therapy in GA
Relationship issuesFamily conflictsTrauma and abuse
42 years of experience

I am licensed in Georgia with 42 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with relationship issues, family conflicts, & trauma and abuse. I believe in treating everyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion. I will tailor our dialog and treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs. It 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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Noelle Carson

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

The way we move through the world has a lot to do with who we are and who were evolving to be. Our experiences, often contribute into our decision making, more than we realize. When we live with unhealed trauma, our hurt often displays as anger, depression, and low confidence. I strongly believe that representation matters and equitable mental health is necessary. I am a licensed therapist, with more than 7 years of experience as a therapist and 12 years in mental health. I work with my clients at their pace to discover challenges, explore various origins/triggers, and assist them in creating tools to evolve those behaviors, into healthy relationships and confidence.“One size fits all” therapy is not for me, or for you! I strongly believe in creating safe spaces where vulnerability is both respected and acknowledged. I specialize in trauma, depression, anxiety, and life transitions. You may have wondered why therapy often seems like it’s only meant for a specific demographic. I am here to ensure you that if you have been lost in the struggle, that beginning therapy may be exactly what you’ve been searching for. If you’ve been considering therapy and don’t know where to start, let’s work together to create what you envision for your life.

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Terri Beard

Offering therapy in GA
License: M.Ed,LPC
Stress, AnxietyLGBTRelationship issuesSelf esteemDepression
6 years of experience

Hi! My name is Terri Beard and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in Texas. I earned my Master's degree in Clinical and Mental Health Counseling from Texas Tech University. Go RED RAIDERS!! My experience includes working with individuals with anxiety, depression, relationship issues, self-esteem, career challenges, mood disorders, substance use issues, and OCD. I have also worked with clients who struggle with stress, loss, abuse/neglect, and the frustrations of life. I would describe my approach as empathetic, goal oriented, and client centered. I use Cognitive Behavioral therapy, Solution focused therapy, LGBTQ+ Affirming and Motivational interviewing to help my clients set goals and objectives, work through their traumas, and feel empowered once they have met their goals. I am also trained in EMDR Therapy. I enjoy helping people through challenging situations. I provide a warm and non-judgmental environment, allowing us to better work together and reach your goals. Everyone deserves to have someone they can easily talk to; let me be that person for you. I look forward to working with you and guiding you in meeting your therapeutic goals.

How to find counseling in Folkston

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

How does the cost of in-person counseling compare to the cost of BetterHelp with a licensed Folkston 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 Folkston 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 Folkston 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 Folkston, 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 Folkston 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 Folkston 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 Folkston 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 Folkston 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 Folkston 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 31537 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 Folkston 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 Folkston 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 Folkston, 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.

Folkston 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.

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