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Dr. Sheila Santoro

Offering therapy in GA
License: PhD,LPCC-S,NBCC
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesFamily conflictsGriefCoping with life changes
25 years of experience

Welcome to my profile. I welcome you and I look forward to meeting you. I know together we can find ways to make your life more manageable. I am an experienced therapist & life coach and have skills in many different methods. I will tailor therapy to your specific goals. I feel confident I can support you in managing the struggles and conflicts you are experiencing and help you to develop a deeper understanding of your own behaviors, thinking and decisions. I have been blessed to have experiences working for colleges, hospitals, and community mental health systems. I taught at the University level and trained medical students on interpersonal skills and completed advanced research on stress of caregivers. Professional Membership & Licenses: • American Counseling Association • Georgia Counseling Association • Ohio Counseling Association • National Board of Certified Counselors National Board of Certified Coaches National Certified Gerontological Counselor Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor State Ohio • Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor State of Georgia

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Herbert Cole

Offering therapy in GA
License: LPC,MA,MBA
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsGriefAnger managementDepression
10 years of experience

Herbert Cole, is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Georgia who is experienced in providing individuals and couples with therapy to address trauma, anxiety, depression, addiction, and relationship difficulties. He also helps people deal with the emotional consequences of serious illness and physical pain. Mr. Cole uses Brainspotting, Hypnotherapy, Emotional Freedom Techniques and Solution Focused Brief Therapy to facilitate direct, powerful, focused experiences that tap into the mind/body’s natural ability to heal itself. These therapies can address the deep unconscious where change is often rapid and permanent. Mr. Cole earned a Master of Arts in Community Counseling and Psychotherapy from Argosy University, a Bachelor of Arts in Music Performance from Oberlin College, and two Masters Degrees in Arts and Business Administration from the University of Cincinnati and Shenandoah University. Mr. Cole has received training and is a member in good standing with the following professional organizations: The International Association of Trauma Professionals The Association of Heart Centered Therapies ® The International Association of Brainspotting ® The American Counseling Association The licensed Professional Counseling Association of Georgia.

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Angela Thornell

Offering therapy in GA
License: LPC
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsTrauma and abuseSelf esteemDepression
22 years of experience

My name is Angela Thornell and have been licensed as a Professional Counselor in the States of Georgia and in Texas. With over 21 years of clinical experience, I specialize in working with adults experiencing trauma, depression, anxiety, substance use, and bipolar disorders. My goal is to assist people in working towards fulfilling their fullest potential through healing and overcoming life's obstacles. My counseling style is warm and interactive and believe in treating anyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion without stigmatizing labels. I will tailor our dialog and treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs. It takes courage to seek for 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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Shonna Burnett

Offering therapy in GA
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsRelationship issuesSelf esteemDepression
15 years of experience

Hi, there. I am a licensed professional counselor in both Georgia and Mississippi , and I have over 15 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, coping with addictions, relationship issues, & motivation, self esteem, and confidence. I have a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in professional counseling. My experience includes service to a variety of populations in various settings to include—Department of Corrections/Juvenile Justice, inpatient/acute/outpatient/residential care to name a few. I have experience with adults, children/ adolescents in family, group, and individual care. I also have experience working from several therapy models and have found Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) to be the best fit for the clients I serve. I am not rigid in my approaches, however, and enjoy a challenge, so I'm open to utilizing whichever model, tool, skill that meets the needs of my clients. 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. I believe in meeting people where they are, so I am always working to be a better me. I challenge you to work with me, so I can help you be the BEST YOU, YOU CAN BE!!! Hello there! I am Shonna. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) dual state, and I have a wide range of experience providing therapy services to individuals, groups, families, in a variety of settings. I have a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in professional counseling. My experience includes service to a variety of populations in various settings to include—Department of Corrections/Juvenile Justice, inpatient/acute/outpatient/residential care to name a few. I have experience with adults, children/adolescents in family, group, and individual care. I also have experience working from several therapy models and have found Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) to be the best fit for the clients I serve. I am not rigid in my approaches, however, and enjoy a challenge, so I'm open to utilizing whichever model, tool, skill that meets the needs of my clients. I believe in meeting people where they are, so I am always working to be a better me. I challenge you to work with me, so I can help you be the BEST YOU, YOU CAN BE!!!

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Westly Francois

Offering therapy in GA
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesTrauma and abuseAnger managementSelf esteem
14 years of experience

Hello! My name is Westly Francois, I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in the states of Florida and Georgia. I have over 13 years of acute, outpatient and residential mental health/substance abuse treatment. I enjoy staying physically active, reading books, listening to music, attending sporting events, and spending time with my family and close friends. Recently, I have gained a passion for teaching and mentoring the youth and young adults from all sorts of backgrounds. I have experience with clients with a wide range of concerns including anxiety, depression, trauma, relationship issues, life stressors, anger management, domestic violence, men issues and even career challenges. My counseling style is personable and interactive. I believe in meeting my clients where they are in their therapeutic process, but also to challenge them to reach for and meet attainable goals. My approach combines cognitive-behavioral, psycho-dynamic, trauma informed and eye movement desensitization. I will carter our interactions and treatment plan to meet your journey. From a strength’s perspective, you are already winning by being on this site and reading this information. If you are ready to take the next step I am here to support and empower you. I have an efficient and realistic approach in my therapy style, and I hope to help you achieve your best. Let’s work together to help you rewrite your story!

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Hunter Mitchel

Offering therapy in GA
License: LCSW
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesFamily conflictsGriefSelf esteem
5 years of experience

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Alabama and Georgia with over 3 years of experience working as a counselor. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, fertility problems, career challenges, and anger management. I also helped many people who have experienced physical trauma or emotional abuse. My therapy style is warm and interactive. I believe in treating anyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion, and I don't believe in stigmatizing labels. My approach combines cognitive-behavioral, humanistic, psychodynamic and rational-emotive therapy. 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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Jamal Baker

Offering therapy in GA
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsFamily conflictsSelf esteem
16 years of experience

I am licensed in Georgia with 16 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, coping with addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, career challenges and spiritual concerns. I work with my clients to create an open and safe environment free of judgment. I have worked with clients from a wide range of settings including psychiatric hospitals, private practice and Christian church settings. I realize for some clients the ability to integrate their faith into the therapeutic process is important. I have specialized training on the ethical and professional integration of faith in the counseling process. If faith concerns are important, I can make that accommodation for those clients who desire it. And I will respect the preferences of those who do not. My therapy style is warm and collaborative. I believe in treating all with respect, sensitivity, and compassion while avoiding stigmatizing labels. My approach combines cognitive-behavioral, narrative and person-centered approaches. I will tailor our dialog and treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs. Change is not easy and it can feel overwhelming. It takes real courage to chart a new path towards a happier and healthier future. If you are ready to take that step, I am here to walk along side you. I look forward to working with you!

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Alissa Bell

Offering therapy in GA
Stress, AnxietyFamily conflictsAnger managementBipolar disorderDepression
10 years of experience

First of all, I would like to applaud you for reaching out for help. It can be very difficult to take that first step, but you did and that is amazing. I believe you have the power to take control of your life, but sometimes we just need help to develop those skills. I am here to help you with that. I have a lot of experience with helping people who are in a life changing situation, so I look forward to helping you take that next step towards gaining control of your story.

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Brandi Williams

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

I am licensed in Georgia with 8 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, trauma and abuse, motivation, self esteem, and confidence, & 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!

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Amanda Wadley

Offering therapy in GA
Stress, AnxietyParenting issuesCoping with life changes
16 years of experience

I am licensed in Georgia with 16 years of professional work experience with individuals ranging in age from early childhood to geriatric populations. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, parenting issues, & 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.

How to find counseling in Leary

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

How does the cost of in-person counseling compare to the cost of BetterHelp with a licensed Leary 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 Leary 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 Leary 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 Leary, 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 Leary 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 Leary 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 Leary 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 Leary 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 Leary 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 39862 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 Leary 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 Leary 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 Leary, 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.

Leary 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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