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Dr. Kevin Wilbanks

Offering therapy in GA
Counselor License Type(s): M.A., N.C.C., L.P.C.
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesSelf esteemDepression
28 years of experience as a therapist

Hello! My name is Kevin Wilbanks, D. Min, MA, NCC, L.P.C., L.C.P.C., L.C.M.H.C. "Kevin" is fine! Thank you for reaching out to me! I am here to collaborate with you to get from where you are to where you want to be in your life. I facilitate client collaboration towards change in an environment of listening and understanding, non-judgmental consideration, dependability, and honesty. Our relationship in our work together is the most important thing, so you can grow as a person to be more of who you want to be. Therapy helps you resolve past interpersonal problems and overcomes barriers to growth by offering a “corrective emotional experience” through your relationship with me, as your therapist. An example is, finally feeling heard and understood by someone! It takes courage to reach out. Not only that, it is smart to do so. Part of growing in our competence in life is knowing our strengths and our limitations. Outsourcing is a good idea, especially if you have used your skills and resources and have not been able to change an aspect of your life. Everyone outsources. We do so when we hire someone to do any service on our house or car. We outsource when we have an athletic coach. I am an expert you can also outsource to, for more personal areas of life improvement. As a Licensed Professional Counselor, I help clients capture a greater sense of wellbeing and control over their lives by teaching them new approaches to solving old problems. They may experience a sense of wellbeing and control they have never experienced before! My clients often come to me for counseling when they are experiencing depression, anxiety, trauma, grief & loss, out of control anger, dissolution of a marriage or marital conflict, parenting challenges, life changes, and other life pain or challenges. To make life barriers become opportunities for growth, control and wellbeing, I help clients overcome these experiences by teaching them how to calm body and mind to aid them in decision making. I help clients gain awareness and insight into how the past is related to the present and help them to make different choices for their future. I help clients get unstuck from their failure in relationships or reaching other life goals by helping them change self-sabotaging beliefs, self-talk, and fears to more reality-based thoughts that have a powerful and positive impact on how they feel emotionally. I coach clients on adapting their behavioral skills to meet life challenges more effectively. In order to get to know me before we begin, here is my bio: Dr. Kevin Wilbanks received his Doctorate in Counseling (D. Min) from Covington Theological Seminary, Rossville, Georgia in 1998. He completed his Master of Arts (MA) from Argosy University, Atlanta, Georgia, in 1995, studying Counseling Psychology. Dr. Wilbanks received his Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Interdisciplinary Studies, Social Sciences in 1993 from N.W. Christian University, Eugene, Oregon. Dr. Wilbanks has worked as a clinical counselor for fourteen years, world-wide, supporting the United States Armed Forces mission. From 2000-2008, Dr. Wilbanks served as CEO of Counseling Associates of West Georgia, Inc., where he specialized in rural counseling and mediation, serving children, adolescents, adults, families and couples. He has more extensive experience to list in this bio. He enjoys playing drums and percussion, hiking, fitness, travelling and reading.

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Zach Johnston

Offering therapy in GA
Counselor License Type(s): LCSW
Stress, AnxietyFamily conflictsParenting issuesSelf esteem
11 years of experience as a therapist

Hi, my name is Zach Johnston, I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the State of Georgia. I also hold a certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy. I would like to take a minute to tell you about myself as well as my clinical experience and style so that you can make a well-informed decision in choosing the best therapist for you. I have been working with adolescents, adults, couples, and families in private practice for 11 years. Most of my work focuses on relationship issues, co-parenting, anxiety, depression, and life changes. Prior to going into private practice, I had the opportunity to work in several settings including therapeutic foster care, Christian ministry, and education. Each of these experiences provided a rich foundation that has informed my work as a therapist. Much of my training and experience involves working within the context of family, especially families in transition. A family in transition may be one who has experienced a move, a divorce, the death of a loved one, the blending of a family, or any number of life changing events. This work can be accomplished through individual, couples, or family therapy. I also offer co-parent coaching for parents who are separated or divorced and are seeking to improve their working relationship and resolve conflict related to shared parenting. I am passionate about helping people find healing as individuals and in their relationships in order to create healthy families. My therapeutic style is open and collaborative. My goal is to partner with you, to provide encouragement, support, and tools that will help you accomplish your goals. I appreciate the practical application of cognitive behavioral therapy and the strength’s-based mindset of the solutions focused approach. My work with clients often blends the two styles along with various other therapeutic methods. An important indicator of success in therapy is the quality of the relationship between the therapist and client. As a client you have the ability to choose a therapist whose experience and therapeutic style meet your needs. If my approach and style align with what you are looking for in a therapist I invite you to take the next step to begin our work together. I look forward to working with you!

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David Routly

Offering therapy in GA
Counselor License Type(s): LPC
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsTrauma and abuseAnger managementDepression
18 years of experience as a therapist

I am an experienced and empathetic counselor, specializing in issues related to addiction, depression, anxiety, trauma, anger management, relationship issues and the stressors and strains of life transitions. I have spent my career helping a wide variety of clients to overcome barriers to making changes in their lives and to achieve their recovery goals. I would love to work with you and find out how I can help!

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Dr. Michele Balthrope

Offering therapy in GA
Counselor License Type(s): PhD, LCSW
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesFamily conflictsSelf esteemDepression
35 years of experience as a therapist

I am a Ph.D. level therapist. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of Georgia and New York. I have 30 years of experience in the field of social work, human services, and counseling. I am a Certified Anger Management Specialist (CAMS-II). My therapeutic approach involves “meeting the person where they are.” I am committed to helping clients understand their life challenges and assisting them in working toward reducing or resolving the internal or external challenges. I believe treatment is successful when clients actively develop their treatment goals. I have worked with a range of concerns, including depression, anxiety, Post Traumatic Stress issues, relationship issues, parent-child conflict/parenting problems, and trauma. I provide services using a holistic approach throughout the entire treatment process. All treatment modalities address the mind, body, and spirit. My integrative treatment philosophy considers the client’s biological, psychological, emotional, spiritual, and social needs. I look forward to meeting you to discuss your “journey.”

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Ebony Yelder

Offering therapy in GA
Counselor License Type(s): MA,LPC
Stress, AnxietyLGBTSelf esteemBipolar disorderDepression
20 years of experience as a therapist

Hello! My name is Ebony Yelder and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor with over 20 years of experience providing counseling and psychiatric services. I have worked in a variety of settings to include, behavioral health hospitals, outpatient clinics, emergency rooms, in home counseling, as well as for the Department of Defense providing counseling services for our military and their families. I am passionate about helping individuals cope with daily life challenges as well as more complex mental health concerns. I received my Bachelor’s in psychology from Penn State University and my Master’s in psychology from Argosy University. My passion for helping people was born out of working as a case worker in New York City for foster children early in my career. My therapeutic approach incorporates Client Centered, Positive Psychology and Solution Focused modalities. I believe that the single most important factor in being able to effectively support a client seeking treatment is by first establishing a strong and quality rapport. Reaching out for help can so often be scary as well as an anxiety producing. Therefore, I make sure to provide a safe space for my clients to feel comfortable addressing the issues that are important to them by instilling confidence that there will always be unconditional positive regard. Together we can take this journey and collaborate on ways to help you achieve your goals and optimal emotional health! Congratulations on taking such a big step to reach out for help and support! Well done!

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Donna Dunn

Offering therapy in GA
Counselor License Type(s): LCSW
Stress, AnxietyGriefSelf esteemDepressionCoping with life changes
23 years of experience as a therapist

Hi, I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, licensed in Georgia with 20 years of experience working in the mental health field. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including but not limited to depression, anxiety, past trauma, grief/loss, aging and coping with life changes My counseling 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 therapy, client centered therapy and motivational interviewing. I believe in meeting people where they're at and do my best to tailor my approach to ones individual needs. It takes courage to seek for a more fulfilling and happier life and to take the first steps towards a change. I frequently remind clients that the journey of 1000 miles begins with that one step. 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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Kay Ibarra

Offering therapy in GA
Counselor License Type(s): MA, LPC, CPCS
Stress, AnxietySelf esteemDepressionCoping with life changes
29 years of experience as a therapist

I have been a licensed therapist since 1992. I was first licensed in California and held a license in Louisiana for several years until I moved to Georgia. I have been an LPC in Georgia since 2002 where I am also a Certified Professional Counselor Supervisor. Over the years I have worked in Community Behavioral Health and maintained a private practice. When the Covid Pandemic forced me to work virtually I found that my clients enjoyed the ease of meeting from their homes. This method of practice also allowed me to meet with my clients at times that were most convenient to them. My clients have brought many issues to our sessions including abuse and trauma, depression, stress and anxiety, co-occurring issues, family conflicts, life transition issues, lack of self esteem and confidence as well as communication issues. I provide a safe and validating environment where clients feel comfortable and are able to share their intimate concerns. I am non judgmental, caring and am concerned about my clients growth and happiness. I am adept at many approaches to counseling including Cognitive Behavioral, Solution Focused, Mindfulness, Trauma Focused, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Client Centered Therapy and Existential Therapy. Putting it simply, I work with you to help you find peace and happiness. Everyone deserves a fulfilling life and I would honor the opportunity to go on the journey with you.

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Dr. Shaketha Blankenship

Offering therapy in GA
Counselor License Type(s): PhD,LPC,NCC
Stress, AnxietyGriefAnger managementSelf esteemCompassion fatigue
24 years of experience as a therapist

Welcome! I am Shaketha Blankenship, a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of Georgia and National Certified Counselor (NCC) with advanced training in mental health and Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision. I have worked with early childhood, adolescents, teens, and adults for over 24 years. My goal is to provide an environment of trust, empathy, non-judgment, and encouragement in assisting clients in meeting their goals. I utilize an integrative theoretical approach that includes but not limited to Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Client Centered Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, and Mindfulness Therapy. I believe clients have the strength, abilities, and skills within themselves to achieve growth and personal goals when provided the support, tools, and resources needed. I have worked with clients that present with a range of concerns that includes depression, anxiety, ADHD, grief and loss, parenting concerns, relationship challenges, trauma, abuse, and LGBTQ+ concerns. It is important for me to empower my clients, assist them in navigating life challenges, and assist them in being the best version of themselves. I am here to support you and look forward to working with you!

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Samantha Hodges

Offering therapy in GA
Stress, AnxietyGriefSelf esteemDepressionCoping with life changes
6 years of experience as a therapist

I'm a licensed professional counselor (LPC) in the state of Georgia, psychological skills trainer, and wellness coach. I work with adult (18+) individuals experiencing various mental health, relationship, and career challenges, role and life transitions, and various other issues. My education includes a Bachelor's of Arts in Communication from the University of Kentucky and a Master's of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the Georgia School of Professional Psychology. My specialized training includes compassion based cognitive therapy (CBCT), trauma informed mindful cognitive behavior therapy (TI-MCBT), SMART recovery, grief/bereavement counseling, end of life counseling, assertiveness and boundaries, self-esteem and confidence, conflict resolution, communication, and many other teachable and trainable skills that aid you in transformation and empowering you to take good care of yourself. With every situation comes the choice for self-growth, development, and healing. These times of transition or particularly difficult times may seem intense and unmanageable, but with the proper support many of these situations can become the beacon of change to a new version of yourself and a new stage in your life. There can be no guarantees in therapy, however, with willingness, commitment, and consistency - improvement, growth, and healing are possible. My goal is to empower you to make the choice of how you want to see yourself and your life and help you gain the knowledge, coping skills, and self-awareness needed to define, create, and maintain change. Counseling can help you to discover yourself in new ways and learn healthy ways of coping. Through a strengths based approach, I can help you realize and lean into your strengths while strengthening any areas of improvement you wish to address. I'm committed to creating a safe environment for you to express yourself and examine your thoughts and beliefs, process your emotions, and will partner with you as you work your way to a more healed and meaningful life. I offer interpersonal, person-centered therapy, and trauma-informed, culturally sensitive care. Depending on the unique needs of my clients, I may utilize techniques and interventions from cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), dialectic behavior therapy (DBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), narrative therapy, somatic (body based) therapies, mindfulness, existentialism, and spirituality (if welcome).

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Jessica Leatherwood

Offering therapy in GA
AddictionsRelationship issuesTrauma and abuseSelf esteemDepression
13 years of experience as a therapist

I am licensed in Georgia with 13 years of professional work experience providing individual and group therapy, as well as assessments. I have experience in helping clients with coping with addictions, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, motivation, self esteem, and confidence. I work with my clients to create an open and safe environment where thoughts and feelings can be shared without fear of judgment. Taking the first step to sign up for therapy can take courage and I am proud of you for getting started! I wholeheartedly feel everyone can benefit from therapy and we all have room to grow and become more of our true selves. Congrats on taking that first step. I am looking forward to sharing this growth journey with you.

How to find counseling in Yatesville

Finding the best therapist close by in Yatesville 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 in Yatesville that work best for you in order to begin your personal journey towards emotional healing with a therapist.

Understanding the type of therapy you'd like to search for is crucial before finding a therapist or psychologist in Yatesville. 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 Yatesville, 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 in the Yatesville region and in the state of Georgia. Find a therapist under any of these distinctions and know that the sessions they offer can provide a safe place to heal.

A mental health counselor working through their own in-person therapy practice in Yatesville or online may assist clients in improving healthy relationships, communication skills, working through life transitions, couples counseling, managing a mood disorder, improving coping skills, self help tips, offer life coaching, family therapy, or change in negative thinking patterns. A therapist may also provide a safe place and validation for clients experiencing emotional pain, or that simply want a psychological assessment. 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 Yatesville 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 Yatesville, elsewhere in Upson, 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 Yatesville area can be found below:

How does the cost of in-person counseling compare to the cost of BetterHelp with a licensed Yatesville 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 Yatesville 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 Yatesville 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 a BetterHelp therapist 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 Yatesville, 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 or medication as treatment, or perform psychological assessments and other psychiatric services.

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, post traumatic stress disorder, and more. An online mental health professional, including the therapists in Yatesville 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 Yatesville helping individuals on topics including managing life transitions, symptoms affecting sexual health, behavioral health, coping skills for anxiety, depression, trauma, stress, marriage counseling, and more. 

What mental health issues can psychotherapy address?

BetterHelp's verified Yatesville 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 Yatesville 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 Yatesville 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.

Yatesville therapists 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 Yatesville 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 Yatesville 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 psychotherapist.

With a lot of people in GA, therapists 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 31097 or the surrounding zip codes, consider others available through the BetterHelp site. No matter if you are seeking help from therapists in your area or beyond, online therapy can be a great option.

How should I prepare for my first therapy session with a Yatesville 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 while offering mental health services. The first session will often serve as an intake to get to know you as a person and learn why you're attending therapy in Yatesville.

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 from a therapist. A Yatesville 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 with a counselor 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 that a counselor can help with.

Is mental health care and therapy worth it? 

Therapy with a licensed counselor 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 Yatesville, 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.

Yatesville 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.

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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 to customer service through the contact page or send an email to

If you’re ready to sign up for online therapy, consider signing up with a platform like BetterHelp and get matched within 24 to 48 hours.

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