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Sylvia Franklin

Offering therapy in GA
License: LPC,CRC,DDP
Stress, AnxietyAnger managementSelf esteemDepressionCoping with life changes
20 years of experience

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor, Certified Rehabilitation Counselor, and Developmental Disabilities Professional who has worked in the counseling and social services field for 20+ years. I earned my Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Spelman College in 1997. I earned the distinction of graduating Summa Cum Laude with a Master of Arts degree in Counseling & Psychological Services from Clark Atlanta University in 2003. While at Clark Atlanta University, I served as President of the Honor Society. I have extensive experience providing a variety of counseling services such as doing individual and group sessions with families and children, career counseling, high school transitional rehabilitation counseling for with students with learning disabilities and I have provided counseling services through the Superior Court programs and detention centers In 2005, I served as a Disaster Mental Health specialist first responder immediately following Hurricane Katrina, where I travelled to Louisiana to provide mental health and guidance for those in need of crisis stabilization. My approach as a counselor, I like to work with people terms of the parts of the self. We are made up of several different elements that makes you who you are. Together, we identify the areas that you want to improve and go from there. I also approach treatment from a “How did I get here perspective?” We will take a look at all of the people places and things that led up to where you are now, figure out what your priorities are then create a plan. With your permission, I like to impart a bit of spirituality, not religion, as motivation. Spirituality is all of the things that feeds mind body and soul. It can be the things that give you a sense of purpose. (All of those approaches have big fancy names but we will talk about that later ????). I like to impart humor into my sessions. I am a firm believer that laughter and humor is therapeutic for the soul. Lastly, I like to think of myself as a people person. I enjoy helping people to reaching their fullest potential and finding inner peace. It brings me joy to help others become their “best self”. If you are looking for someone who is trustworthy, non-judgmental and a safe space to process things, then you have come to the right place.

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Vinson Lee

Offering therapy in GA
License: MS, LMFT, LPC
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsFamily conflictsGriefDepression
8 years of experience

Greetings! I'm Vinson Lee. Thanks for visiting my profile. I hold dual licenses as Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Licensed Professional Counselor. I returned to graduate school in 2011 following a career in broadcasting where I worked as a radio deejay beginning at the age of 15 and later as a television anchor/reporter. I even served as a substitute teacher where my talents connecting with others were noticed by administration and staff. One of the most frequent responses I received was "you're so easy to talk to." I loved working in television - spending a day with others and telling their stories, but I had a passion to do more meaningful work to contribute positively to the betterment of society. Counseling and therapy afford me that opportunity - to observe change over time as we work together identifying and pursuing goals, empowering you to be the best possible version of yourself. I look forward to getting to know you!

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Taylor Chandler

Offering therapy in GA
Relationship issuesFamily conflictsIntimacy-related issuesSelf esteemCompassion fatigue
5 years of experience

I am a licensed therapist in Georgia and have been specializing in Attachment for 5 years. My clients have experienced anxiety or avoidance in relationships, which makes it difficult to find emotional satisfaction and stability with others. This results in low confidence, overthinking, loneliness, and frustration. Through our work together, you will learn how to break these distressing patterns. I help you resolve past experiences that have helped to create these cycles and develop skills you can use right now to create and maintain better relationships. This includes: setting boundaries, effectively voicing your needs and concerns, opening up to increase emotional connection while showing up as a safe space for them in return, and finding joy and contentment in your individuality. There are a lot of pieces to the puzzle but through working specifically with these issues for several years, I have developed a systematic approach to putting it all together so you can understand where you are, how you got there, and how to move forward. In addition to being a therapist, I am also a certified health coach and have a background in fitness training. In our sessions, this melds together for a balance of exploration and processing, as well as directive and solutions-focused when appropriate. I adjust based on your needs and personality so that we can get to the goal of Secure Attachment. Getting started can be overwhelming you've already taken the first step by starting the search. If it sounds like I have what you need, I hope you'll reach out so we can get started on your goals. I look forward to working with you!

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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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Steven Davis

Offering therapy in GA
License: LPC,CPCS
Relationship issuesFamily conflictsCareer difficultiesDepressionCoping with life changes
10 years of experience

Hi! I am a professional counselor licensed in Georgia with over 12 years of experience working as a counselor in various settings and different populations. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, parenting problems, and career challenges. I also helped many people who have experienced physical trauma or emotional abuse. My therapy style is open, compassionate and interactive. I believe in treating everyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion, and I don't believe in stigmatizing labels. My approach combines cognitive-behavioral, solution focused, and client centered treatment modalities to best meet you needs. 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 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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Marlene Levine

Offering therapy in GA
Relationship issuesAnger managementSelf esteemDepressionCoping with life changes
30 years of experience

I am licensed in Georgia with 30 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with relationship issues, anger management, motivation, self esteem, and confidence, & depression. I work with my clients to create an open and safe environment where thoughts and feelings can be shared without fear of judgment. 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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Dr. Thomas (Tom) Morgan

Offering therapy in GA
Stress, AnxietyFamily conflictsDepressionCoping with life changesADHD
20 years of experience

I am licensed in Georgia with 20 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, family conflicts, & depression. I also have experience working with 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. 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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Lindsey Martin

Offering therapy in GA
Stress, AnxietyFamily conflictsTrauma and abuseParenting issuesCoping with life changes
9 years of experience

As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, I strive to serve work with individuals on a variety of needs in order to experience peace and joy in their lives. I am licensed in Georgia with 9 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, & parenting issues. My primary work for several years in private practice was working within the foster care system with children and families managing complex trauma and attachment needs. I am a TBRI (Trust Based Relational Intervention) Practitioner and can use this work with parenting and relationship building. 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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LaDonna Holmes

Offering therapy in GA
License: MA, LPC
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseParenting issuesSelf esteemDepression
5 years of experience

My passion in life is helping individuals maximize each moment of their life by being whole, healed and fulfilled. I am human and I am flawed; so, I understand the importance of meeting you where you are and helping you attain your full potential. It is important for me to help you feel empowered and embark on a healing path to overcome your present life circumstance. My counseling style is relaxed, empathetic, fun-filled, and interactive. What you will get from me is a safe, non-judgmental place to be yourself. I am a firm believer that you are the expert of your life and possess the skills necessary to attain the best version of yourself. I have a special interest in working with individuals who have been impacted by traumatic/stressful experiences, self-esteem issues, relationship issues, depression, and anxiety. I will support you in finding your strength and creating healthy perceptions. There is no single therapeutic approach for everyone, so I use several different techniques. Therapy is a professional relationship in which you and I work together to set attainable goals that best fit your needs. I am excited to take this journey with you!

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Robert Rosen

Offering therapy in GA
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesTrauma and abuseDepressionCoaching
40 years of experience

I am licensed in Georgia with 40 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, & 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. 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 Lakeland

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

How does the cost of in-person counseling compare to the cost of BetterHelp with a licensed Lakeland 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 Lakeland 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 Lakeland 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 Lakeland, 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 Lakeland 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 Lakeland 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 Lakeland 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 Lakeland 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 Lakeland 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 31635 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 Lakeland 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 Lakeland 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 Lakeland, 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.

Lakeland 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

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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