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Erica Atkinson

Offering therapy in GA
License: LPC
Stress, AnxietyFamily conflictsSelf esteemDepressionCoping with life changes
9 years of experience

My name is Erica Atkinson. I’m a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Georgia. I’ve been working in the MH field since 2015, but I have 10+ years of experience via school and volunteer work. I've worked with adults, adolescents, children, and families. My treatment approach is a mixture of Solution Focused, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Person-Centered, and Motivational Interviewing. I've worked in community and hospital settings. Also, I worked at a YDC. My motto is no one is able to help you, until you recognize you have a problem and you're ready to receive the help. I take pride into helping others. I try my best to provide assistance and resources with whatever the problem is, but I also want to know what the person is capable of and the effort they are willing to put in. I treat others with respect. I have compassion for others. I love to see others succeed in life.

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Angela Velez

Offering therapy in GA
License: MA,LPC, LCPC
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseGriefAnger managementDepression
18 years of experience

Therapy is a process of growth and self-discovery. In my therapy sessions, I promote behavioral transformation by encouraging a positive outlook and the adoption of new attitudes and feelings. I implement effective psychotherapy methods to instill self-understanding among individuals and encourage them to adopt new attitudes and feelings towards life situations. From small scale circumstances, to traumatic experiences - my services are personalized to suit everyone’s needs. More about me: I completed my Master of Arts in Counseling in 2005, and since that time have become a National Certified Counselor. I have obtained my Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) credentials in the state of Georgia, Tennessee, and Connecticut. The Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) credential in the state of Maryland. My background includes serving children, individuals and families through mostly community agency settings and private practice. I have extensive knowledge and experience in substance use issues, depression, anxiety, family conflict, trauma focused therapies and autism. I was raised in a military family and was a military spouse. I understand circumstances surrounding living in a military family and working with individuals that have experienced trauma using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT). I also use other methods of counseling that include mindfulness training, ERP for OCD, solution focused and brief therapy models.

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Amargo Crenshaw

Offering therapy in GA
License: LPC
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsRelationship issuesTrauma and abuseDepression
20 years of experience

In establishing a therapeutic relationship between you and myself is to begin with an inviting warm welcome and thank you to you by allowing this journey of engagement between us. All relationships take risks and I am honored to provide a safe space for open dialogue between us. I combine many therapeutic modalities (i.e.,CBT, DBT, to develop your treatment plan by using a strengths-based approach to empower goals tailored to your needs and areas of concern. I use Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, which is an evidenced-based psychotherapy designed to help people with emotional dysregulation to treat mood disorders, suicidal ideation, and for change in behavioral patterns such as self-harm and substance abuse. I use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, which is a psycho-social intervention that aims to improve your mental health by focusing on challenging and changing unhelpful cognitive distortion and behaviors, improving emotional regulation, and the development of personal coping strategies that target solving current problems. I use Solution Focused Therapy, is an evidence-based therapeutic approach which incorporates positive psychological practices, principles, and outcomes that helps people change by constructing solutions rather than focusing on their problems. SFT is most commonly known to be a friendly, hope-eliciting, future- orientated vehicle for developing, achieving, motivating and sustaining a desired behavioral change. I use Narrative Therapy, which is a form of psychotherapy that seeks to help people identify their values and skills and knowledge they have to live these values, so they can effectively confront the problems they face in a safe manner. This may also provide space to reflect on historical trauma and family values as it relates to the individual and their goals. My goal is to establish a connection, whereby both you and I will partner, addressing that each person is an individual and worthy of a safe space to heal within themselves and within their relationships. SPECIALTIES Stress, Anxiety Trauma and abuse Grief Depression ADHD Bipolar PTSD Also experienced in: Addictions, Adolescent Defiant Behaviors, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Intimacy-related issues, Parenting issues, Anger management, Self esteem, Spiritualness, Career difficulties, Coping with life changes, Compassion fatigue Years of Experience: 20 SERVICES OFFERED MESSAGING PHONE VIDEO LICENSING LPC #010389 (Expires May 2022)

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Dr. Lynda Cokuslu

Offering therapy in GA
License: Counseling Psychology ,EdD
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsTrauma and abuseGriefDepression
6 years of experience

I am licensed in Georgia with background working in many areas of counseling as assisted living for substance abuse treatment for aging and family issues; community therapy for teens and families; adult inpatient groups and outpatient substance abuse treatment, certified grief counselor specialist (CGS), trauma specialist, Certified Anger Management Specialist (CAMSII), comorbidity, depression and anxiety disorder, and other therapy. My approach is integrated treatment as an adult play therapist, substance abuse counselor, licensed professional counselor, and training in marriage and family therapy. I received an EdD in counseling psychology from Argosy, MS in Counseling Studies from Capella, BAS in Healthcare Administration from Clayton State University, Marriage and Family Therapy Training, Addiction Counseling, Play therapy, and Trauma Training from Brighter Tomorrows LLC Institute. I am a Master Addiction Counselor (MAC) with NAADAC; a (CMAC) with GACA. I received my Grief Specialist and Anger Management Specialist training from High Impact Training Institute. My approach is integrated CBT, Solution Focused and other therapeutic approaches and activities to aid coping with symptoms and concerns. I worked with ages 5-68 in clinical settings and 35-105 in assisted living settings utilizing play therapy, music, art, and substance abuse counseling. My groups have been working with trauma, grief, and loss, substance abuse, and music therapy. I have a trauma specialist certification.

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Carmen Benítez

Offering therapy in GA
License: Lpc
Stress, AnxietyGriefSelf esteemDepression
12 years of experience

My name is Carmen, I am originally from Colombia and have been living in the Unites States for the last twenty-two years. I completed my master’ degree in professional counseling in the state Georgia where I also hold an active license to practice professional counseling. I have had the privilege to work with English and Spanish speaking adult clients to effectively help them overcome issues caused by depression, anxiety, grief/loss, trauma, self-esteem, and abuse. I can help clients maintain sobriety from all kinds of addictions. I utilize a variety of therapeutic techniques to assist people looking to improve their quality of life, shift perspectives from un-adaptive to adaptive and thrive in the midst of adversity. I prefer to work with adult but I also have had success treating clients ages of 13 and above.

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Shelley Lauzon

Offering therapy in GA
License: LPC
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsAnger managementBipolar disorderDepression
12 years of experience

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor licensed in Georgia and Arizona with over 13 years of professional work experience. I have worked with helping clients with a wide range of concerns, including substance use, depression, anxiety, relationship issues, legal difficulties, ADHD, trauma and many others. I work with my clients to create an open, safe environment where thoughts and feelings can be shared without fear of judgment. My approach combines cognitive behavioral, solution focused, humanistic, and person- centered therapy. I believe the client is the expert of their life, which to me means working collaboratively each step of the way. Taking the first step to sign up for therapy takes courage and I am proud of you for taking it. Whenever you are ready, I am here to be a guide and help you with the next steps towards a happier, more fulfilling life. I look forward to working with you!

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Joshua Johnson

Offering therapy in GA
Family conflictsParenting issuesBipolar disorderDepressionCoping with life changes
10 years of experience

I am licensed in Georgia with 10 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with family conflicts, parenting issues, bipolar disorder, & depression. I work with my clients to create an open and safe environment where thoughts and feelings can be shared without fear of judgment. Taking the first step to seeking a more fulfilling and happier life takes courage. I am here to support you in that process.

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Yvonne Wallace

Offering therapy in GA
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesTrauma and abuseGriefDepression
30 years of experience

I am licensed in Georgia with 30 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, & coping with grief and loss. 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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Lyssa Solomon Simpson

Offering therapy in GA
Stress, AnxietyLGBTAnger managementSelf esteemDepression
10 years of experience

I am licensed in Georgia with 10 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, lgbt-related issues, anger management, & motivation, self esteem, and confidence. I believe that you are the expert of your story and that you have many strengths that will assist you in overcoming things that challenge you. It takes courage to seek out a more fulfilling and happier life and to take the first steps towards a change. I am here to support & empower you in that journey.

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Craig Marker

Offering therapy in GA
Stress, AnxietySelf esteemDepression
15 years of experience

I am a licensed psychologist with over 15 years of clinical work and research in anxiety disorders. I have experience in helping clients and patients with social anxiety, panic disorder, and OCD. People with anxiety often have a great prognosis and can change the way their body reacts and mind responds. 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.

How to find counseling in Oakwood

Finding the best therapist close by in Oakwood 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 Oakwood. 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 Oakwood, 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 Oakwood 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 Oakwood 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 Oakwood, 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 Oakwood area can be found below:

How does the cost of in-person counseling compare to the cost of BetterHelp with a licensed Oakwood 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 Oakwood 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 Oakwood 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 Oakwood, 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 Oakwood 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 Oakwood 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 Oakwood 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 Oakwood 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 Oakwood 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 30566 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 Oakwood 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 Oakwood 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 Oakwood, 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.

Oakwood 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 Oakwood:

30502, 30542, 30566

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