In life, it can sometimes feel like you're running around like a chicken, unsure of where to go. The sky feels like it’s falling, even though it’s not, and it can be hard to be convinced otherwise. When you're dealing with anxiety, or another mental health problem, how can you calm down? One person who can help you is a counselor based in Gainesville. 

Gainesville is known for being a city of poultry. If you live here, you are surrounded by chickens. Take back your coop by talking to a counselor today and seeing what you can do to help yourself.

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Michal Collier

Offering therapy in GA
License: NCC,LPC,CPCS
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesFamily conflictsAnger managementDepression
19 years of experience

Greetings and Welcome to my page!!! My name is Michal (me-kel) Collier and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and I have worked with individuals, couples and families seeking counseling for 20 years, via online, at various mental health agencies and in my private practice. You can learn more about my background, education, experience on my website www.oneaffinity.org. I would be happy to be your therapist!!! I have worked with clients who expressed various concerns such as anxiety, depression, relationship and family issues. I started my private practice, One Affinity to serve as an resource for individuals from all walks of life to have access to quality mental healthcare. Our staff has 18 years of experience working with youth, families, adults, and groups, and has collaborated with various mental health agencies. We implement current and effective therapeutic approaches to address the needs of all clients served. Our sole purpose at One Affinity is to provide healing through counseling by catering to the unique needs of each individual served. Start the journey of healing today! Look forward to speaking with you soon!!

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Zatascha Burton

Offering therapy in GA
License: MA,LPC
Stress, AnxietyLGBTTrauma and abuseAnger managementDepression
10 years of experience

I am Zatascha Burton, a Licensed Professional Counselor and as a therapist, I stay educated about best practices for working with my clients. I strive to create an affirming space for every community - helping individuals, and young people to identify and achieve their personal goals by coping with the issues that are causing them distress, anxiety, and stress. I have been a Licensed Professional Counselor since 2013. I have worked in Behavioral Health with adult individuals and school age children for the past eight years in the SE Georgia region and have recently launched my private practice in 2020. My primary specialization is Trauma Therapy; however, I incorporate diverse styles and techniques in a more eclectic approach based on client need. These techniques include Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy (REBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing, (EMDR), and Play Therapy. We come to therapy to work together to find solutions for change, understanding and empathy. During your initial session you can expect me to get to know you and provide a healthy environment for feedback that you can take with you in your everyday life. We will explore your thoughts, feelings and reactions which arise in order to work in your present moment. Whether you are looking for support during life's challenges or you want change in life's directions, I am here for you. I take great pride in the progress and success of my clients and look forward to establishing a collaborative relationship with you.

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La Chandra Bartholomew-Jones

Offering therapy in GA
License: Ed.S, LPC, NCC
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsRelationship issuesFamily conflictsDepression
11 years of experience

Congratulation, on taking the first step in your healing. My name is La Chandra Bartholomew-Jones and I have been practicing counseling since 2009. I received my Masters in Community Agency Counseling from Jacksonville State University in 2012; before completing an Educational Specialist Degree in Clinical Mental Health in 2014, also from Jacksonville State University. I am a Board Certified Counselor, in addition to being licensed independently as an Alabama Licensed Professional Counselor and a Georgia Licensed Professional Counselor. My theoretical approaches are both client-centered and cognitive behavioral (CBT). Sessions are designed to be driven by the client to address the goals clients would like to address. My job as a provider is to help you along your path towards healing and restoration as you see fit. Life has its challenges that we all must endure. The great news, you can overcome your present life’s obstacle with the support of a listening ear.

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Jan Waring

Offering therapy in GA
License: Ed.S., LPC
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesFamily conflictsGriefParenting issues
25 years of experience

Hello, My name is Jan and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor. I have been licensed for over 25 years. After my children were in school fulltime, I decided to get a job. I was I had a degree in teaching but felt that I wanted to teach special education. To do that I went back to school and got a masters in learning disabilities. I loved the job and loved the children but felt that I was missing some information. Many of the children that I taught also had emotional concerns. it was not uncommon for them to struggle in school for several years before they were diagnosed. That often left them with a very low sense of themselves. I wanted to help. I went back to school and got a masters degree in counseling. I loved it so much that I stayed and also got a specialists degree in counseling. All of that led me to leaving teaching and taking a job as a school counselor. I was so fortunate to stay in the school system. In addition to that job, I saw some private clients over the years. Once I retired from the school system , I built my private practice. It has been a few years since I have seen clients but find that I really miss it. This is a perfect solution. I am pretty easy to get to know. Spending time with someone and helping them find ways to be more comfortable in their lives is such a great adventure. showing people strengths that they didn't even know they had is so satisfying for everyone. If I am your counselor or not, I wish you well on your journey!

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Shirnel Alleyne-Grant

Offering therapy in GA
License: Masters
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesSelf esteemCareer difficultiesCoping with life changes
16 years of experience

Hello!! I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of Georgia for the past 14 years. My professional experience began in mental health hospitals with children and young adults who were experiencing extreme trauma and eventually a Care Manager for managed care companies. I later opened a private practice called My Caring Counseling that allowed me to have a creative platform for my clients who needed a space to feel comfortable and safe to express themselves and heal. My experience is primarily with clients who are struggling with depression symptoms, life stressors, anxiety, coping with unexpected life changes, self esteem issues, interpersonal and relationship challenges and couples who are struggling with fertility issues. My theoretical orientation is an eclectic approach to healing and treatment. My techniques include motivational interviewing, a wholistic approach to include mindfulness techniques, movement-therapy to enhance the person’s cognitive, physical, mental and emotional wellbeing, solution-focus therapy and cognitive-behavioral therapy. My style is very warm, caring and open, being attentive and listening closely to your needs. I believe we all have the power to heal ourselves and make the changes we seek within our lives and I am here to help you navigate through this process. As a therapist from a culturally diverse background I am committed to include all culturally diverse groups of young adults, older adults and couples. I completed a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion training to ensure my therapeutic approach is tailored appropriately and includes everyone. It is important to remain aware and sensitive to the needs of my clients. I am excited to be your therapist and help you navigate your life's journey.

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Shretta Rhone

Offering therapy in GA
License: EdS
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseGriefIntimacy-related issuesDepression
16 years of experience

My name is Shretta Rhone. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Georgia. I have been in the counseling field for over 10 years. I am also a National Board Certified Counselor (NBCC). My therapeutic approach is Person Centered and Cognitive Behavioral. I also use Solution Focused Therapy. My work includes working with clients experiencing depression, anxiety, grief, and coping with life's changes. It takes courage to seek for a more fulfilling happier life and to take the steps necessary for change. If you are ready to take the steps towards change, I am here to support and empower you. I look forward to working with you!

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Cheran Bodry

Offering therapy in GA
License: LCSW
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsRelationship issuesTrauma and abuseDepression
13 years of experience

I am an LCSW (Licensed Clinical Social Worker) who has worked in the field of counseling for the last 14 years. I work with clients with a wide range of concerns from general mental health like depression or anxiety, to couples work, family work, substance use disorder, other process addictions (such as disordered eating), stress management, parenting issues, relationship concerns, and mindfulness-based approaches. My approach to working with clients is holistic, looking at issues that might be brought to counseling in conjunction with stress management, coping skills, and self-care. I have a warm and open style of working with clients and will work with each person individually to create a plan that will work best for that client. I enjoy using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Mindfulness-Based Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Attachment Theory, and Polyvagal Theory along with a strength based approach. It takes courage to seek a more fulfilling and happier life and to take the first steps towards change. If you are ready to take that step, I am here to support and empower you. I look forward to working with you!

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Lisa Walls

Offering therapy in GA
Stress, AnxietyEating disordersCareer difficultiesCoping with life changes
10 years of experience

I am licensed in Georgia with 25 years of professional social work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, eating disorders, & career difficulties. I also have experience working with coping with life changes. 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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Atura Jordan

Offering therapy in GA
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseSelf esteem
7 years of experience

I am a licensed clinical social worker in Georgia with 7 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, specifically healing from traumatic experiences and abuse, and, over time, reclaiming 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. 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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Samantha Bolden

Offering therapy in GA
License: AADC,LPC
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsSelf esteemBipolar disorderDepression
8 years of experience

Hello, my name is Samantha, and I am a licensed counselor in Alabama. I have 11 years of experience in mental health, and 7 years of experience in addiction therapy. I have overseen a co-occurring facility, as well as a 28 day substance abuse program. My most utilized therapy methods include person centered therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and a little reality therapy. My desire is to help you identify the areas of your life that concern you, and assist you in reaching desired goals. I believe that with the right support, guidance, and effort, ANYTHING is possible. I will support you, but also challenge you to make needed changes. It will be tough at times, but will be worth it in the end! I look forward to speaking with you!!

How to find counseling in Gainesville

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

How does the cost of in-person counseling compare to the cost of BetterHelp with a licensed Gainesville 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 Gainesville 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 Gainesville 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 Gainesville, 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 Gainesville 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 Gainesville 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 Gainesville 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 Gainesville 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 Gainesville 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 30501 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 Gainesville 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 Gainesville 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 Gainesville, 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.

Gainesville has many clinicians who practice person or client-centered individual therapy in-person and through online therapy to assist clients in their healing journey. If you opt into online therapy, you might also be able to meet with providers all over the United States and change therapists easily at any time. Many people struggling with anxiety and depression, substance abuse, body image issues, and more find therapists that are a good fit for them, feel supported, and gain further insight into their lives through internet-based therapy.

Do therapists judge you in therapy sessions?

The boundaries between you and a therapist are in place to help you and them regarding ethical concerns. Mental health professionals are held by ethical standards through the American Psychological Association (APA) and are not allowed to judge or harm their clients. If you are concerned about sharing details about yourself, feel free to withhold personal information. Their job in the therapeutic relationship is to create a safe place, help you gain a deeper understanding of your mental health, and support you. You might consider changing counselors if you don't feel safe or respected.

Stay up to date with the leading online counseling platform

To stay up to date with BetterHelp's initiatives through their social channels, you can follow them on PinterestLinkedInInstagramTwitter, and Facebook. For mental health tips, check out the BetterHelp YouTube channel.

Take some time today to learn more about the team of therapists at BetterHelp to understand the services available to you clearly. If you are new to therapy or have any questions about the services and terms, please reach out through the contact page or send an email to contact@betterhelp.com.

If you’re ready to sign up for online therapy, consider signing up with a platform like BetterHelp and get matched within 24 to 48 hours.

If you are experiencing a crisis or emergency, don't use this site's online services. If you are in life-threatening danger, call 911. If you require support for a crisis, reach out to the hotlines below:

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

30501, 30503, 30504, 30507

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