Small towns often have a lot of growth opportunities, allowing you to become a better person. A counselor in Merrillville will allow you to do just that, and so much more without too many issues. 

Merrillville was originally a place where Potawami Indians hunted, but later on, it became a settlement for some people. It was a township in 1971. One notable event that happened was the pedestrian bridge at Hidden Lake did fall, and since then people have fixed it. It’s a city with fixed bridges, and you can fix the bridges in your own life, with the help of a counselor today. 

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Megan Rockwood

Offering therapy in IN
License: MA, LMHC, MCAP
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsTrauma and abuseBipolar disorder
15 years of experience

Thank you for taking the time to view my profile! The field of psychology and behavior has been my academic and career path for over 10 years. My work is my passion and I enjoy watching others grown and flourish on their paths. I completed my Bachelors of Science in Psychology with concentrations in clinical rehabilitation and psychology of addictions in 2006 through Purdue University. While pursuing this degree, I aided in a longitudinal research study focused on intelligence and information processing through the Purdue Institute for Behavioral Sciences. While earning my Master’s, I volunteered for Riley’s Children Hospital as a behavior therapist with autistic children. During the same time, I also completed two practicums and internships (university setting and corrections), focusing my skills aiding adults with intense personal struggles and family dysfunction. While working with adults, I found my passion in those struggling daily with emotional concerns and addictions. My Master of Arts in clinical psychology was completed in 2008 at University of Indianapolis with a concentration in mental health counseling. Since then, I have worked in outpatient as well as inpatient settings, while also teaching psychology part-time as adjunct faculty for a local college. Thank you again for taking the time to learn some history about me and I look forward to sharing more of what I have learned through experience with you on your journey.

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Lavon Fletcher

Offering therapy in IN
License: LCSW, LCAC
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseSelf esteemDepressionCoping with life changes
20 years of experience

I am a licensed clinical social worker and a licensed clinical additions counselor. I have been providing therapy for over 20 years to a variety of individuals in a variety of settings. I am a strengths-based individual and this is how I approach all situations and people. I believe that everyone has worth and unfortunately, not everyone is able to fully recognize and embrace their worth. I utilize Cognitive Behavioral Therapy techniques to assist people in finding their own power and creating their own change.

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Brittney Young

Offering therapy in IN
License: MA,LCSW
Stress, AnxietyFamily conflictsTrauma and abuseParenting issuesDepression
10 years of experience

Welcome to BetterHelp! I am a counselor, licensed in Indiana with 8 years of experience. I enjoy helping individuals achieve personal wellness. I am experienced with addressing challenges such as family conflict, stress management, depression, anxiety, ADHD, and trauma experiences. I also have experience working with young adults as they take on the next chapter of their lives. I obtained my Bachelors Degree at the University of Notre Dame and Masters of Social Work at Indiana University. I believe that each person is an expert of themselves and what they need. I start by getting to know the individual and use approaches of Motivational Interviewing, Mindfulness, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Psychotherapy. My goal is to help you work through the barriers that keep you from being your best self. There is nothing simple about life and it can be hard to know where to start when things feel overwhelming. I'd love to partner with you on your journey to wellness!

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David Kurfman

Offering therapy in IN
License: MA, LMHC, LPC
Stress, AnxietyAnger managementSelf esteemDepression
35 years of experience

Hi! I'm David and I'm a licensed therapist in the states of Indiana & Tennessee. I have a broad range of experiences in mental health, with a wide variety of people served. I love helping people find hope, find their way and help them on their road to a better life; helping people discover what works for them and their own answers for what matters to them. Over the years I've worked extensively with young people and adults with depression, anxiety, anger, hopelessness, doubt, grief, fear and a host of transitional issues. I don't believe in a one size fits all therapy, so I use an eclectic comfortable style, that provides kindness, compassion, direction, hope and caring, While we work through issues we set a course with goals and objectives to help build hope today and success as we move forward. I like to provide supportive insight, developing understanding and reaching short-term goals as we work towards long-term goals. The goal is for you to experience a sense of hope and support, while helping you identify your goals and a clear sense of how to achieve them. I look forward to meeting you!

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Miranda Kolde

Offering therapy in IN
License: LCSW
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsFamily conflictsTrauma and abuseDepression
6 years of experience

Hi! I am a LCSW with 6 years of therapy experience. I have worked in several areas of expertise including depression, anxiety, stress management, addictions, trauma, parenting, relationships, domestic violence, and communication and boundaries. I take a client centered, strengths based, approach when meeting with patients, focusing on solutions as well as hidden strengths, resources, and individuals' areas of concern. I come from a community mental health background, in which I learned to identify immediate needs, collaboratively care plan with the patient, and work at the patient's pace. I use person-first language and focus on how people have survived and overcome obstacles. I have experience specifically with domestic violence issues, working with perpetrators of domestic violence as well as focusing on communication and boundary issues in relationships. Each patient is unique, and I will tailor my approach to best meet your needs.

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LaTresa Hart

Offering therapy in IN
License: LCSW
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesGriefParenting issuesSelf esteem
19 years of experience

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with nearly 20yrs in the social services field. I have a lot of experience in working with school aged kids/adolescents, adults and families who struggle with issues related to depression, anxiety, relationship issues, parenting problems, career challenges, organization, self-esteem, and healthy relationships. I am also experienced in working with clients struggling with physical and/or emotional abuse. I would describe my therapy style as warm, engaging, and interactive. I believe in treating everyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion. My approach stems from a strengths based perspective, while implementing therapeutic techniques, such as, psychotherapy, CBT, TFCBT, Motivational Interviewing, Mindfulness, Solution-Focused, and Multi-systemic Therapy. I will tailor our sessions and treatment plan to meet your specific goals. I am so proud of you for taking the first steps towards making a change. I am honored to walk beside you, as you move closer towards a happier, more fulfilling life. I look forward to working with you!

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Vanessa Guidry

Offering therapy in IN
License: LCSW
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesFamily conflictsTrauma and abuseDepression
17 years of experience

Hi and welcome to Better Help, let me introduce myself , I am Vanessa and meeting people where they are to help them with life and balance is my purpose. I have been a therapist for 16 years. I have a very strong background in individual therapy, adolescent therapy, family therapy and couples therapy. I am certified in DBT (dialectal behavior therapy) and TFT (trauma focused therapy). I use different therapy modules, including the previous mentioned as well as CBT (cognitive behavior therapy) as well as many other forms of therapy that have a strong history of providing great outcomes. I have a very diverse background in my clinical experiences . My experiences include working for a world renowned Cancer Center, the largest hospital system in Houston on their Psych Response Team and also working in a Community Health Center providing therapy within the community. In addition I have worked in private practice providing therapy for a variety of different client needs. I look forward to meeting you and working with you on your therapy goals. As a therapist, I will work with you to set and reach your personal goals to improve your overall mental health.

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Tracy McKenney

Offering therapy in IN
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsTrauma and abuseEating disordersSelf esteem
7 years of experience

I am licensed in Illinois with 7 years of experience in the mental health field. I am skilled in helping clients heal from stress and anxiety, coping with addictions, trauma and abuse, & eating disorders. 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 sign up for therapy is courageous and I am proud of you for getting started!

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Ashley McCallum

Offering therapy in IN
Stress, AnxietyGriefCompassion fatigue
6 years of experience

I am licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) in Indiana with 6 years of professional work experience. I have worked in schools, nursing homes, residential treatment centers and psychiatric hospital settings. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, coping with grief and loss, & compassion fatigue. I believe in treating everyone with respect, dignity, sensitivity, and compassion. I will tailor our dialog and treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs. I like to have a relaxed atmosphere and have been told I have a laid back style to my sessions. Taking the first step to seeking a change or asking for support is a big accomplishment. I am here to support you, empower you and help you along the way. I look forward to working with you, I am glad you are here!

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Lynn Bryan Moya

Offering therapy in IN
License: LMHC
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseParenting issuesAnger managementDepression
13 years of experience

To My Clients Hi. I am Morgan! I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with 14 years of experience. More specifically I am someone that enjoys sparking change in people’s lives. Are you currently feeling stuck in life? Do you encounter environmental stressors, trauma responses, and destructive coping mechanisms? Together, we will work on strategies that will allow you to address the root causes of your difficulties. One of my biggest goals as a therapist is to validate you and to foster a safe place where you can feel comfortable to process your feelings. In our first session together, we will start with brief introductions, then dive into the specific challenges you are facing. This will help me create a tailored plan for us to work through in follow up sessions. I truly enjoy and feel honored to being part of my clients journey towards becoming their greatest version. 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!

How to find counseling in Merrillville

Finding the best therapist close by in Merrillville 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 Merrillville. 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 Merrillville, 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 Merrillville 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 Merrillville 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 Merrillville, elsewhere in Lake, or in the greater state of Indiana.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

Some other commonly asked questions on therapy with a licensed counselor and BetterHelp serving the Merrillville area can be found below:

How does the cost of in-person counseling compare to the cost of BetterHelp with a licensed Merrillville 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 Merrillville 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 Merrillville may not take health insurance, some in the state of Indiana 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 Indiana 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 Merrillville, Indiana 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 Merrillville 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 Merrillville 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 Merrillville 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 Merrillville 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 Merrillville 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 IN, 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 46307 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 Merrillville 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 Merrillville 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 Merrillville, Indiana 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.

Merrillville 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 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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46307, 46410, 46411

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