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Suzie Amacker

Offering therapy in GA
License: LPC,NCC
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesParenting issuesSelf esteemCoping with life changes
15 years of experience

When individuals are experiencing challenges and confusion in their lives they often seek counseling with a trained professional. Most end up feeling that they wish they had looked for help sooner. It is become something that people are now proud to say “my therapist”. It means that you want to better understand yourself and your situation and that you are not afraid to ask for help. I have been told that I put clients at ease with my way of accepting all situations as life challenges. I have worked with individuals, parents, children and couples for over 20 years as a teacher, therapist and personal coach. I have a wealth of experience to bring to my work and I love helping people find solutions and insight into their lives. I’m confident that together we can work to equip you with the tools to face and overcome your challenges. Whether you are struggling with life transitions, retirement, aging, anxiety, or relationship issues, it is important that you know you don’t have to be alone in this journey. As a therapist I value: -the healing power of the therapeutic relationship -a safe and encouraging atmosphere -respect for the individual If you are ready to work toward what you really want, I’m ready when you are! Suzie Amacker, LPC, NCC Associations: Licensed Professional Counselor of Georgia Positive Discipline certification Certified Daring Way and Rising Strong Certified Hypnotherapist Certified Mindfulness facilitator

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Dr. Karla Sapp

Offering therapy in GA
License: EdD, LPC-S, LMHC-S
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsTrauma and abuseSelf esteemCoping with life changes
14 years of experience

Dr. Karla is a Licensed Professional Counselor-Supervisor (LPC-S) and a Licensed Mental Health Counselor-Supervisor (LMHC-S), and a 500 hour Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT-500), with a strong background in mental health counseling and well-being practices. With a genuine passion for helping individuals, she works with clients who are seeking to transform themselves into their best versions by focusing on their mental health, lifestyle, and overall wellness. Dr. Karla's primary goal is to create a safe and supportive environment for her clients to explore their thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. Through effective counseling techniques, she guides them through various challenges they may face, such as managing stress, overcoming anxiety or depression, improving relationships, and developing coping strategies. One of Dr. Karla's key strengths lies in her ability to tailor treatment plans to fit each client's unique needs. She takes a holistic approach to mental health and emphasizes the importance of lifestyle and wellness practices. This may include incorporating techniques and strategies like mindfulness, relaxation exercises, yoga techniques, nutrition guidance, exercise routines, and self-care routines into the therapy process. Dr. Karla believes in the power of personal growth and transformation and is dedicated to supporting her clients on their journeys. Through her expertise, genuine empathy, and non-judgmental approach, she helps individuals explore their inner selves, identify strengths, overcome obstacles, and develop healthier mindsets and behaviors. With her extensive knowledge and experience as a mental health counselor and lifestyle and wellness practitioner, Dr. Karla is well-equipped to guide clients on their path to becoming their best selves.

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John Capachione

Offering therapy in GA
License: LPC, MAC
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsFamily conflictsParenting issuesSelf esteem
21 years of experience

Hello! My name is John Capachione. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor, Master Addiction Counselor and life coach with over 20 years of experience working with individuals and families and children. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including anxiety, depression, marital concerns, parenting difficulties, work related stress, grief and loss, trauma and addiction issues. I have had extensive training in the areas of trauma related disorders, alcohol and drug addiction as well as employee assistance programming. I am a client centered counselor who believes that everyone has the ability to make positive change in their lives. I have a compassionate and understanding coaching style that will help empower you to live your best life. Congratulations on taking the first step towards positive and fulfilling change. I look forward to working with you!

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Dr. Lynda Cokuslu

Offering therapy in GA
License: Counseling Psychology ,EdD
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsTrauma and abuseGriefDepression
8 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.Currently studying Pastoral counseling for Thanatology AIHCP (death education counseling); Rutgers Tobacco SpecialistTreatment; and EMDR with Center for Excellance.

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Marissa Namirr

Offering therapy in GA
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesSelf esteemDepressionCoping with life changes
22 years of experience

I am a licensed counselor in Georgia and have provided therapeutic counseling services to Georgia residents for twenty years. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, relationship issues, motivation, self-esteem, and confidence concerns, & depressive issues. 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 a more fulfilling and happy life takes courage. I am here to support you in that process. I am available for teletherapy sessions M-F from 10AM through 1PM for Georgia residents. I look forward to starting this journey with you.

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Rachael Lustfeldt

Offering therapy in GA
Stress, AnxietyGriefDepressionCoping with life changesCompassion fatigue
9 years of experience

I am licensed in Georgia with 9 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, coping with grief and loss, depression, & 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. 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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Jennifer Logan

Offering therapy in GA
Self esteemCareer difficultiesCoping with life changes
7 years of experience

I am licensed in Georgia with 7 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with motivation, self esteem, and confidence, career difficulties, & 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. 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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Shelly Johnson

Offering therapy in GA
Stress, AnxietyGriefSelf esteemDepressionCoping with life changes
13 years of experience

I am licensed in Georgia with 13 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, coping with grief and loss, 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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Sara Matos

Offering therapy in GA
License: LCSW
Trauma and abuseCoping with life changes
4 years of experience

With over 20 years of experience in the Social Service field, I pride myself on my dedication to the safety, wellbeing and stabilization of the children, adults, and families that I works with. My creativity allows me to utilize a series of treatment modalities to assist in successfully empowering my clients while meeting their psychological needs. My approach is non-judgmental, client-focused and strength-based which encourages my clients to freely engage in the planning and goal identification of their own treatment. A few modalities that I specializes in are: Psycho-Educational, EMDR, Play, Sand Tray, Accelerated Resolution, Solution Focused, Internal Family Systems, Brainspotting and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. I often incorporates the Stages of Change in my treatment in efforts to meet my clients, “where they are at”. I have earned a Master’s degree in Social Work and one in Public Administration. As a serious student, Sara maintained a 3.97 GPA in both programs. In addition, I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Qualified Supervisor and Substance Abuse Professional. I have provided services to many different populations and have embraced my time and experiences as learning opportunities and growth. I have worked in Child Protection, Program and Youth Development; along with Individual, family, Couples and Group Therapy. I have created curriculums and written proposals to establish and maintain well needed Independent Living Skills programs for adolescents that were aging out of foster care. I understand that although the typical social service organizations are closed during the evening and weekend hours, this does not mean that our clients are not in need of services. Therefore, I am often willing and able to meet with my clients during these times.

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Kimberly Balkcom

Offering therapy in GA
License: MS,LMHC
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsRelationship issuesFamily conflictsDepression
13 years of experience

I am a licensed mental health counselor in Miami, Florida with over 10 years of experience working with people experiencing complex trauma, attachment issues, addiction, depression, anxiety, and other mood disorders. I've also worked with individuals experiencing separation and loss, and parenting problems. Within the therapeutic relationship, we will work to develop goals to support your individual needs and move towards change. Through self-reflection, therapy can develop your capacity to be more self-aware, challenge negative thoughts and build towards a more safe and healthy life functioning. I believe that prioritizing one's mental health is an investment in self, it is an active step towards your healing journey. I look forward to working with you.

How to find counseling in Smithville

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

How does the cost of in-person counseling compare to the cost of BetterHelp with a licensed Smithville 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 Smithville 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 Smithville 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 Smithville, 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 Smithville 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 Smithville 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 Smithville 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 Smithville 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 Smithville 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 31787 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 Smithville 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 Smithville 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 Smithville, 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.

Smithville 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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