Do you have periods of extreme depression alternating with days of not sleeping and feeling like you can do anything? Are you constantly starting new projects but never seem to finish? You may have bipolar disorder, which can be treated by one of the therapists in Saint Marys. 

This quaint little town in Georgia also has some excited points of interest such as the Cumberland Island National Seashore Museum, Georgia Radio Museum and Hall of Fame, and miles of the Georgia coastline where you can swim, boat, fish, and hike. Talk to one of the Saint Marys mental health experts today about therapy for your bipolar disorder and then get out and enjoy the Georgia coastline. 

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Dr. Carolyn Frye

Offering therapy in GA
License: LPC, NCC, DCPsy
Stress, AnxietySelf esteemDepressionCoping with life changes
17 years of experience

I have a Master of Arts degree in Professional Counseling and I am licensed in the state of Georgia as a Licensed Professional Counselor, specializing in depression, anxiety, and mood disorders. I received my Master's degree from the Georgia School of Professional Psychology (1998). I received a Doctor of Christian Psychology degree from Logos Graduate School (2005). I hold credentials from the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC) and the National Board of Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist (2009). I am a member of the Licensed Professional Counselor Association of Georgia and credentialed as a Certified Professional Counselor Supervisor by the LPCA of Georgia. SERVICES - WHAT WE DO You may be surprised to discover that the name of your problem is very familiar to me and that I am experienced in counseling interventions that will give you relief from their symptoms and help you find other ways of responding to your unique life situations. Some common issues for which clients seek treatment with me include: Depression Anxiety Emotional Control Relationship Issues Self-esteem Academic Performance Work Performance Changing Habits These issues may be common among many people, but their impact on your life will be unique. You will tell your story, your way, and in your time. Together we identify treatment interventions and goals that create the change that you want.

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Dr. Ariel Harrison

Offering therapy in GA
License: PhD,LSC,LPC
Self esteemCoping with life changes
5 years of experience

Hi! My name is Dr. Harrison, and I am a licensed professional counselor in Georgia. I also have over 12 years of experience working as a counselor. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including anxiety, stress, relationship issues, parenting problems, career challenges, and ADHD. My counseling style is warm and interactive. I believe in treating everyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion, and I don't believe in stigmatizing labels. My approach combines Adlerian and Solution-Focused counseling. I believe that you have the tools to address your own challenges, and we will work together to help you figure out the best ways to help those tools benefit you! 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 a 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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Betty "Denise" Pope

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

I am a licensed clinical social worker. I am licensed in Georgia and I have over 25 years over of experience working as a psychotherapist. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, parenting problems, and addiction. I also helped many people who have experienced trauma or emotional abuse. My counseling style is warm and interactive. I believe in treating everyeone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion, and I don't believe in stigmatizing labels. My approach combines cognitive-behavioral, motivational interviewing, solution focused and acceptance and commitment therapy. I will tailor our dialog and treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs. It takes courage to seek help and to take steps towards change for a better life. 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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Carla Wright

Offering therapy in GA
License: LPC,MA,CPCS
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesSelf esteemDepressionCoping with life changes
14 years of experience

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Georgia, with over 12 years experience. My approach is client centered, transparent, genuine, & empathetic. I like to meet clients where they are & I enjoy helping them reach their goals. This is achieved by mostly utilizing Cognitive Behavioral therapy with a mix of solution focused therapy, family systems & a very effective strategy known as Motivational interviewing. While I specialize in working with clients who are having difficulty coping with stress, loss, neglect, and abuse; I also am very good at working with clients who are dealing with self esteem, relationship, OCD, depression, chronic health conditions, and Substance Abuse. From time to time, we all need a listening ear & someone to reflect what you have experienced. Let me applaud you on taking the steps needed to overall have a better quality of life & ultimately, to feel better & have more insight. I look forward to meeting and talking with you.

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Zach Holzman

Offering therapy in GA
License: LPC
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesDepressionCoping with life changesADHD
8 years of experience

Life has many different roads, avenues, and detours, but the way you find your destination is up to you. Therefore, my goal is to empower my clients to map out effective responses to their environment and situations to promote successful outcomes. I’ve worked in group homes, school settings, office settings, and community settings with children, adolescents, and adults. I understand that overcoming mental health issues is a collaboration and not a one-sided interaction. My extensive work with clients is comprised of managing anxiety disorders, depression disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, and numerous other personality and mood disorders. My therapeutic techniques include person-centered therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, strength-based therapy, and reality therapy. I believe that everyone’s emotional, mental, and physical health matters. As an eclectic therapist, striking a balance between working with evidence-based theories and individual preferences is supremely important. I’m available for individual and family sessions and I want to help you find what makes you feel inner peace and your purpose in life.

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Alice Fry

Offering therapy in GA
License: LPC,NCC,EdS
Stress, AnxietyParenting issuesSelf esteemDepression
3 years of experience

I am a licensed professional counselor in Georgia with over 20 years of counseling experience. I have worked with clients presenting a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, grief, social behavior, and school issues. I am also a nationally certified school counselor. My experience in the school setting has equipped me with the skills and knowledge to effectively help children, adolescents, and their families. My counseling style is warm and interactive. I believe in treating everyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion. I employ a holistic and integrative counseling approach. I will tailor communications and treatment plans to meet the unique and specific needs of each client. In the first sessions, I focus on applying a person-centered approach which lays the foundation for a healthy client/counselor relationship. A trusting therapeutic relationship is important for creating a space where the client feels comfortable and safe to share his or her feelings and experiences. As therapy progresses, I will utilize alternate counseling strategies to assist the client in progressing forward. It takes courage to seek a more fulfilling and happier life and to take the first steps towards a 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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Jo Ann Farmer

Offering therapy in GA
License: Licenses Professional Counselor,LPC
Stress, AnxietyAnger managementSelf esteemDepressionCoping with life changes
19 years of experience

I am a Licenses Professional Counselor and a Certified Anger Management Specialist who has been in the Behavioral Health field for over 19 years. I chose to pursue a career in the Behavioral Health Field as a result of my need for professional counseling during a challenging period in my own life. Because of the help I received, I decided to change my career path and become a part of the "Caring Profession". My counseling style is personable and interactive. I believe in people's abilities to bring about positive change in their lives if provided with the right support and guidance at crucial intervals in their lives. Because I consider myself a Christian, using biblical principles in my counseling come natural. I enjoy helping people. As a Professional Therapist, I am afforded the opportunity to be a listening ear for individuals in need of nurturing, sympathy, empathy, and emotional support and guidance. I have experience working with survivors of child abuse, trauma, domestic violence, divorce, family separation, and blended family conflicts. Also experienced in: Addictions , Relationship issues , Anger management , Self-esteem , Coping with life changes , Compassion fatigue , and Stress. My approach to counseling includes the use of a variety of therapeutic modalities, based of the Client's needs and their capacity to engage in the treatment process. Some of these modalities includes, but is not limited to: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Client Centered Therapy, and Solution Focused Therapy, all of which I have utilized in providing treatment for the following challenges: Depression, Anxiety, Grief, ADHD, and Bi-Polar, Disorder. etc. I look forward to utilizing my educational skills and years of experience to help bring about positive change in the lives of individuals I am privileged to serve. I look forward to the opportunity to serve you!.

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Louisa Peluso

Offering therapy in GA
License: LCSW
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseGriefDepressionCoping with life changes
8 years of experience

ABOUT ME Hi! I'm Louisa Peluso, a Therapist and Licensed Clinical Social Worker. I am also a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional. I have over 30 years experience in managing change. My training consists of a Masters Degree in Social Work from the University of Southern California, a Masters in Business Administration in Organizational Change from New York University, and thousands of hours in organizational change and community mental health. I love to help people create positive change in their lives, their families, and their communities. ABOUT MY APPROACH My approach stems from our basic human drive for happiness and wellbeing. We do not only want to survive – we want to thrive! We want to enjoy life at its fullest! As your partner and guide, I will help you explore your unique journey, past, present, and future. In therapy, we will identify, explore, and notice patterns that help you to make sense of things and define a way forward. We will work together to identify plans of action every step of the way. As Chinese Master Lao-Tzu set forth in his writings nearly 2500 years ago -- “Change Your Thoughts – Change Your Life”. An essential element to our work is confidentiality and trust. The therapy I practice is Person-Centered. YOU are the expert in your life. Through empathic understanding, unconditional positive regard, and genuineness, we will build a rapport in therapy that empowers and motivates you to achieve your therapeutic goals. I look forward to meeting you!

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Dr. Richard Highland

Offering therapy in GA
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsAnger managementDepression
27 years of experience

I am licensed in Georgia with 27 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, coping with addictions, & anger management. I also have experience working with 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. 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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Carol Taylor

Offering therapy in GA
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesTrauma and abuseSelf esteemDepression
25 years of experience

I am licensed in Georgia with 25 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, & motivation, self esteem, and confidence. 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. 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 Saint Marys

Finding the best therapist close by in Saint Marys 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 Saint Marys. 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 Saint Marys, 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 Saint Marys 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 Saint Marys 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 Saint Marys, elsewhere in Camden, 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 Saint Marys area can be found below:

How does the cost of in-person counseling compare to the cost of BetterHelp with a licensed Saint Marys 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 Saint Marys 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 Saint Marys 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 Saint Marys, 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 Saint Marys 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 Saint Marys 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 Saint Marys 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 Saint Marys 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 Saint Marys 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 31558 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 Saint Marys 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 Saint Marys 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 Saint Marys, 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.

Saint Marys 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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