Life is going on all around you. Yet, if you’re feeling sad and lonely, no activity or event can make you feel any better. If you’re filled with worry and anxiety, occasions that are happy for others may seem too hard to bear. When the wonder of life seems very far away, a Merriam area counselor can help you bring it back.

Whatever you do in Merriam, whether it’s wandering through an artist exhibition, browsing in a farmer’s market, or attending the Mayor’s holiday tree lighting ceremony, you’ll find greater joy there after you rediscover happiness within yourself. Talk to a Merriam area counselor to get back to the life you love.

This is Dr. Emily Christensen's avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Merriam, Kansas (Merriam, KS)
Type Of Therapy License(s): PhD,LPC,LCPC
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Trauma and abuse, Grief, Self esteem
Years of Experience: 20

I am a doctoral level licensed clinical professional counselor, with twenty years of experience as a counselor. The most transformative aspect of counseling is feeling safe and supported by a knowledgeable therapist who will listen empathetically and without judgment, and I will help nurture and draw out your best self. I believe that your answers lie within you; my job is to help you discover your inner wisdom and identify and overcome the obstacles to self-actualization - whether they are internal (for example: low self-esteem, critical inner voice, shame, chi...

This is Sara Nielsen's avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Merriam, Kansas (Merriam, KS)
Type Of Therapy License(s): MA, LPC
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, LGBT, Trauma and abuse, Eating disorders, Depression
Years of Experience: 15

I am an LPC (licensed practicing counselor) in the State of Alabama and have been practicing for about 15 years. I have about 20 years of experience working in the field. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, trauma, eating disorders, self-esteem, OCD, ADHD and many other concerns. I have worked in a wide variety of settings, including residential treatment, inpatient hospitalization, correctional settings, outpatient and online format as well. I specialize in working with people who have experienced trauma, have r...

This is Angela Mathew's avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Merriam, Kansas (Merriam, KS)
Type Of Therapy License(s): LMFT, MA
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Parenting issues, Career difficulties
Years of Experience: 27

I am a family and marriage counselor licensed in Indiana with over 23 years of experience working as a psychotherapist (I am licensed in Kentucky, Indiana, Kansas, Utah, and Maine). I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, parenting problems, career challenges, OCD and ADHD. I also helped many people who have experienced physical trauma or emotional abuse. Together we will face obstacles, journey through the “stuck” places, and heal the issues causing suffering. I will be here with you every step ...

This is Theresa Presley's avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Merriam, Kansas (Merriam, KS)
Type Of Therapy License(s): LCSW, RPT-S
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, LGBT, Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Depression
Years of Experience: 11

Hi, I am Theresa Presley and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of Missouri and Kansas. I have been practicing social work for 11 years. I have worked in a variety of settings to include inpatient/outpatient mental health, domestic violence and private practice. I work with a variety of ages and various populations. Much of my experience has been working with people who are struggling with depression, anxiety, trauma, LGBTQ+ issues, and the challenges of parenting. I work with a Strength-based theory using elements of Cognitive Behavioral Theory....

This is Tera Robinson's avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Merriam, Kansas (Merriam, KS)
Type Of Therapy License(s): M.A., M.Ed., CCC-SLP
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Addictions, Relationship issues, Grief, Depression
Years of Experience: 8

Hello! I am so glad you are here and have taken this important step towards healing! I am a licensed clinical professional counselor-supervisor, a licensed professional counselor-supervisor, and a licensed professional counselor in Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas respectively. I have extensive experience working with adults, children, teens, couples, and families utilizing a variety of therapeutic approaches. I am a solution-based therapist; therefore, my therapeutic approach is to provide support and practical feedback to help clients effectively address person...

This is Aliah  Mestrovich Seay's avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Merriam, Kansas (Merriam, KS)
Type Of Therapy License(s): MA, LCMFT #855
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, LGBT, Career difficulties, Depression, Coping with life changes
Years of Experience: 5

I am a licensed clinical marriage and family therapist licensed in Kansas with over 15 years of combined experience working as a psychocounselor, career coach, and disability management specialist. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, life changes, career challenges, women's issues, as well as disability-related workplace barriers. I also helped many people who have experienced prejudice, discrimination, and oppression. My counseling style is client-centered yet directive, warm, and interac...

This is Anjanette Gideon's avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Merriam, Kansas (Merriam, KS)
Type Of Therapy License(s): LSCSW
Therapy Specialties: Family conflicts, Parenting issues
Years of Experience: 15

Hi, my name is Anjanette and I am a Licensed Specialist Clinical Social Worker in the state of Kansas and have worked in the behavioral health field for 15 years. I have experience working with individuals with a wide range of concerns including, depression, anxiety, autism, relationship issues, parenting concerns, grief/loss and trauma. I am a therapist who uses person-centered approaches and I will always try to meet the client where they are and help direct them to where they want to be. I am able to tailor our treatment to meet your styles and needs so that it...

This is Karla Brockman's avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Merriam, Kansas (Merriam, KS)
Type Of Therapy License(s): LCPC
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Trauma and abuse, Grief, Self esteem, Depression
Years of Experience: 35

I am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor with over thirty years of experience in the counseling/mental health field. I have worked primarily in the community mental health setting with clients who had a wide array of concerns. These concerns included depression, anxiety, grief/loss, trauma, women's issues, stress. I think you will find me warm interactive and supportive. My primary counseling approach is cognitive behavioral therapy, however, I draw from a variety of theoretical perspectives/techniques. Thanks so much for reaching out. I look forward ...

This is Monica Kale's avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Merriam, Kansas (Merriam, KS)
Type Of Therapy License(s): LCSW,LSCSW
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Trauma and abuse, Self esteem, Bipolar disorder, Depression
Years of Experience: 10

Hello and welcome! My name is Monica Kale and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Missouri and Kansas. Throughout my Social Work career I have had the privilege to work with individuals from all walks of life. I have experience working in crisis settings providing services to individuals with a range of concerns including anxiety, depression, trauma, suicidal ideations, self harm, grief/loss, relationship issues, life stressors, and life transitions. I have experience providing individual, group, and family therapy. I am EMDR Trained. I utilize various tr...

This is Meghan Lojewski 's avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Merriam, Kansas (Merriam, KS)
Type Of Therapy License(s): LSCSW,MBA
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Self esteem, Depression, Coping with life changes, Compassion fatigue
Years of Experience: 4

Meghan is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who believes that to have a successful outcome in therapy, the client and therapist must first build a strong rapport. Once that foundation is laid, Meghan will use one of several therapeutic modalities, depending on the issue at hand. These modalities may include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Client-Centered Therapy, Mindfulness-Based Therapy, and General Psychotherapy. Many people benefit from the use of different modalities. Meghan is known for being a good listener, caring, sensitive, and...

This is Angela Howard's avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Merriam, Kansas (Merriam, KS)
Type Of Therapy License(s): Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy,LCMFT
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Depression
Years of Experience: 11

I am a licensed clinical marriage and family therapist in the state of Kansas with over 13 years of experience. I have worked with couples and individuals suffering from PTSD, depression, anxiety, grief and loss, and childhood trauma, to name a few. I have provided EMDR therapy and trauma therapy exclusively in the past 2.5 years specializing in military populations. My counseling style is experiential in that I work with the client toward healing and management of mental health concerns to improve one's overall health and well-being while maintaining a relation...

This is Thomas Walsh's avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Merriam, Kansas (Merriam, KS)
Type Of Therapy License(s): LSCSW,LCSW
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, LGBT, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Depression
Years of Experience: 21

Tommi Walsh has been counseling for 20 years. Tommi is experienced and and member/ally of the LGBTQ+ community. That is to say that I amTransgender and sometimes appear more feminine. Also experienced and understanding of alternative lifestyles, relationship issues, mental health, stress, coping. Low key and personable, non-judgmental with a sense of humor. Tommi can help with thinking patterns that lead to distress, uncover deep emotions that stick within, gain insight and understanding of past event, and dream and plan for a brighter tomorrow.

This is Jessica Ramsey's avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Merriam, Kansas (Merriam, KS)
Type Of Therapy License(s): LSCSW
Therapy Specialties: Relationship issues, Grief, Self esteem, Coping with life changes, ADHD
Years of Experience: 8

Hi! My name is Jessica and I have been in the mental health field in Kansas for the last 17 years. Seven of those years have been providing therapy services and behavioral health consultations in a mental health and clinic setting. I have a strong desire and interest in helping individuals become the best versions of themselves that they can be. I am a real, down-to-earth, tell you what you need to hear-maybe not what you want to hear-therapist. At the same time, be as genuine and empathetic as I can be. I will dedicate my time with you and provide you the tool...

This is Lynette Wishart's avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Merriam, Kansas (Merriam, KS)
Type Of Therapy License(s): M.A.,LCMFT,CISM
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Relationship issues, Grief, Self esteem, Coping with life changes
Years of Experience: 24

Welcome, my name is Lynette Wishart, MA, LCMFT/LMFT. I am a licensed Clinical Marriage and Family Therapist in the states of Kansas, Missouri, and California. I began in the “people-helping” business almost three decades ago in non-profit organizations before receiving my clinical counseling licensure in 2008 and have since worked in settings like private practice, crisis response, military installations, school based, and academia. Some populations I have enjoyed working with include young adults/college age, military personnel and their families, pastors and fai...

This is Carie Brown's avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Merriam, Kansas (Merriam, KS)
Type Of Therapy License(s): LSCSW,LCAC
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Depression
Years of Experience: 17

I have provided behavioral health services to patients and families of all ages. I have worked in the social work field since 2000 and have worked in the mental health hospital setting as well as community mental health. I received my Bachelor of Social Work degree in 2000 from Fort Hays State University and then obtained my Master of Social Work degree in 2003 from Newman University in Wichita. I pride myself on providing quality care to my patients and has collaborated successfully with other community organizations throughout her career. I am licensed to pr...

This is Kevin Audley's avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Merriam, Kansas (Merriam, KS)
Type Of Therapy License(s): LCPC,LPC
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Self esteem, Depression, Coping with life changes
Years of Experience: 25

I once fell off a roof over 2 and 1/2 stories to the cement below when I was a mere 20 years old. That near death experience opened my eyes and led me to devote my life to helping others see their innate value and the choices they have to fully experience life. I have been a Licensed Professional Counselor for over 25 years and love to help people with anxiety and depression issues. You sometimes cannot change your immediate situation but can change how you look at it. I believe in focusing on what is going well and building upon that. I will quickly help y...

This is Jacqueline "Jackie" Pattison's avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Merriam, Kansas (Merriam, KS)
Type Of Therapy License(s): MA,LCPC
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Family conflicts, Grief, Self esteem, Depression
Years of Experience: 15

I am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in Kansas. My focus includes anxiety, depression, relationship & family issues, life changes, loss & grief. I consider It a privilege and pleasure to work with you to learn your individual story. We all have ups and downs, hopes and dreams, heartbreak and loss, success and failure, fears and regrets. All of us. My belief is that the answers are inside of us, and with processing, education, tools, coping strategies, understanding, compassion, and a plan, we can make those next steps. This is where counseling sta...

This is Carolyn Westgate's avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Merriam, Kansas (Merriam, KS)
Type Of Therapy License(s): MSEd,LCPC
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Addictions, Relationship issues, Depression, ADHD
Years of Experience: 21

In my 21 years of private practice and 10 years as a Program Director of the Professionals’ Health Program I have gained extensive experience with a diverse population and diverse issues. I believe providing a nonjudgemental, empathetic, safe and accepting environment is an essential aspect of therapy.Utilizing a varied approach of therapies (I.e. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Rational Emotive Therapy Emotionally Focused Therapy and Solution Focused Therapy) help with individualizing the treatment plan. Although a seasoned therap...

This is Louis Koch's avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Merriam, Kansas (Merriam, KS)
Type Of Therapy License(s): LSCSW
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Addictions, LGBT, Relationship issues, Depression
Years of Experience: 40

I am licensed in Missouri with 40 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, coping with addictions, lgbt-related issues, & relationship 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 sign up for therapy can take courage and I am proud of you for getting started!

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One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Merriam, Kansas (Merriam, KS)
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Trauma and abuse, Grief, Coping with life changes, Compassion fatigue
Years of Experience: 3

I am licensed in Missouri & Kansas, with 3 years of counseling experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, trauma and abuse, coping with grief and loss, & 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 sign up for therapy can take courage and I am proud of you for getting started!

Having A Hard Time Selecting A Mental Health Professional In Merriam?

Finding the right therapist can feel intimidating. However, there are a few methods you can try to narrow your search for a counselor in the Merriam area if you find it challenging to find therapists accepting new clients.

First, research what type of therapy you'd like to pursue before finding a therapist or psychologist. You might be interested in psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), group therapy, marriage and family therapy, or couples therapy. Each therapy can offer various benefits. If you're still unsure, consider asking your prospective therapists which methods they practice.

When you're ready to search, search for 'therapist near me in Merriam and scroll through the options. Next, consider your goals for the gender of your therapist, the type of therapy they're most experienced with, and their specialty. Finally, choose a therapist located near you in the city of Merriam or elsewhere in Johnson or the state of Kansas.

Mental health professionals working through private practice or online may assist clients in improving healthy relationships and communication skills, working through life's obstacles, or changing negative thinking patterns. They may also provide a listening ear and validation. Verified Merriam therapists can provide licensed marriage and compassionate counseling, tailor to individual needs, and create a therapeutic relationship as a National Certified Counselor.

What Is The Cost Difference Between Conventional Therapy And BetterHelp? 

Forbes reports that the average price of an in-person therapy session in the US is $100 to $200 per hour. These prices may be higher in Merriam due to a higher cost of living.

Some therapists in the state of Kansas may work on a sliding scale, meaning they'll factor in your income and charge what you can afford per session. With BetterHelp therapists serving the city of Merriam and elsewhere throughout the state of Kansas you can expect significantly more affordable options, with sessions ranging from $60 to $90 per week (billed every four weeks).


Did You Know BetterHelp Therapists Are Not Limited To In-Person Visits?

Online therapists, including the US-based therapists above, can work with people like you in or around Merriam to offer creative forms of communication and treatment. You do not have to commute to a therapist's office to meet with one of these counselors.

Through BetterHelp, you can partake in video, phone, or live chat sessions with your licensed therapist. You can work through various symptoms, receive worksheets, and sign up for mental health webinars. Additionally, the BetterHelp app offers a journaling feature.

Suppose you're struggling with relationship problems that could be addressed in couples therapy. In that case, you may choose to work with one of BetterHelp's experienced cognitive-behavioral therapists specializing in behavioral health and relationships. You can also try a provider through BetterHelp's sister platform, ReGain, which is dedicated to couples and spouses worldwide. Look through the available therapists above and consider which might work for you.

San Jose has many professionals who provide client-centered individual counseling in person and through online therapy. If you opt into online therapy, you might also be able to meet with therapists all over the US. Many individuals gain further insight into their lives through internet-based counseling. In Merriam, therapy can be easily accessible and a click away.


How To Know If Therapy Is Right For You?

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 they may struggle to provide objective guidance as a therapist can. Therapists are also professionals trained to respond to various concerns, symptoms, and mental health conditions.

A therapist may support you toward a healthier emotional state, regardless of your mental health or life concerns. While supporting individuals in developing healthier habits, another benefit of therapy is having a 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 San Jose 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 can express yourself through creativity instead of words.

With almost one million people in Merriam, KS, finding a therapist can be costly, and therapists may be booked out with clients. Through the list of therapists above and others through BetterHelp, you may be able to find a therapist within 24 to 48 hours. If you're searching for a nearby therapist close to 66202 or the surrounding zip codes, consider other available therapists through the BetterHelp therapist page.

Stay Up To Date With The Leading Online Therapy Platform

To stay up to date with BetterHelp's initiatives through their social channels, you can follow them on PinterestLinkedInInstagramTwitter, and FacebookFor mental health tips, check out the BetterHelp YouTube channel.

Take some time to learn more about BetterHelp therapists and counselors to understand the services available to you clearly. If you have any questions, please reach out through the contact page or send an email to contact@betterhelp.com.

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

Emergency Situations

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:

·      National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-SAFE (7233)

·      National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

·      Crisis Text Line: Text HOME to 741741

·      Veterans Crisis Line: Call 1-800-273-8255 (and press 1) or text 838255. For support for the deaf and hard of hearing community, please use your preferred relay service or dial 711 then 1-800-273-8255.

·      Trevor Lifeline (LGBTQ Lifeline): (866)488-7386 

·      SAMHSA National Helpline (Substance Use): (800)662-4357

·      National Eating Disorder Association Helpline:1-800-931-2237 (M-Th: 9 AM-9 PM EST, Fri 9 AM - 5 PM EST)

·      Child Help Hotline: Call 1-800-422-4453 or use the online chat feature

·      National Anti-Hazing Hotline: 1-888-NOT-HAZE (1-888-668-4293) 

·      Physician Crisis Support Line: Call 1-888-409-0141 if you are a first responder or medical provider experiencing crises related to Covid-19

·      Sexual Assault Hotline: Call RAINN at 1-800-656-4673

Zip Codes Served By BetterHelp Therapists

Below are some of the zip codes served by BetterHelp therapists in Merriam:

66202, 66203, 66204

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Some other commonly asked questions on therapy and BetterHelp can be found below:

How Do I See A Therapist For The First Time? 

Before seeing your therapist, prep for your session by reading about the counseling process. You might write a list of questions you want to ask your therapist. 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 why you're attending therapy.

Should I Attend Therapy If I Feel Fine? 

If you don't feel the need to see a therapist, you don't have to. However, some people may avoid attending counseling due to preconceived notions of what therapy entails. Although therapists 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 advice. A therapist 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 Crying In Therapy A Breakthrough?

Crying can be a breakthrough for some individuals who struggle to express emotions. Others might find that they often cry during sessions. Crying can be normal and healthy, so whether you cry or not may be a personal aspect of sessions.

Are Therapists Worth It?

We may all be on different paths in life, as each human can be unique in their personality, expression, and goals. A therapist can target various symptoms, experiences, and personalities. Unlike advice from a friend, family member, or non-professional, therapists are trained to meet you where you're at. Therapy can be worth it. Over 41 million adults in the US attend therapy each year, showing it's a popular option and may be often effective.

Do Therapists Judge You? 

The boundaries between you and a therapist are in place to protect you and them from ethical concerns. Therapists are held by ethical standards through the American Psychological Association (APA) and are not allowed to judge or harm their clients. Their job is to support you and make you feel safe and respected. You might consider changing therapists if you don't feel safe or respected.