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Valarie Collins

Offering therapy in KY
License: MA,LPCC
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsTrauma and abuseBipolar disorderDepression
17 years of experience

You are not alone and you have taken a huge step by reaching out for help! Hello and welcome! Thank you for your interest in working with me as your therapist. My name is Valarie C. Collins. You are welcome to call me Valarie or Val for short. I am a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) in the state of Kentucky. I obtained my Bachelor's degree in Psychology before obtaining my Master's degree in Mental Health Counseling and have approximately 15 years of experience in the counseling field. I have experience working with people of all ages with a wide variety of concerns (anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, addictions, stress, anger management, relationship issues, trauma including various types of abuse, and adjustment to change, as well as others). I have worked in various settings such as outpatient mental health clinics, private practice outpatient offices, rehabilitation facilities, detox units, intensive outpatient programs, and psychiatric hospital units. I have experience working with individuals, groups, and couples. I feel that my therapy approach differs depending on the concerns that are being addressed. We will work together to find the approach, strategies, and goals that are the best fit for you. I use motivational interviewing techniques and cognitive behavioral therapy the most, but typically there will be a combination of various types of therapy utilized in our counseling relationship. As a therapist, I will be doing many things to assist you in finding solutions, processing thoughts and feelings, and gaining relief from your symptoms. As we go through this process, I will ask questions, make suggestions, and provide some education and educational materials related to your specific issues. We will also identify goals that you would like to accomplish and will discuss progress on those goals. I offer various types of therapy services through BetterHelp (messaging, live chat, phone sessions, and video sessions). I have a set schedule of appointment days and times to choose from for live services (chat, phone, video). However, after we start meeting, we can discuss additional days/times that I may not have posted openings for. So, if there are certain days/times that are best for you, I am certainly open to discussing this. For messaging, I will be checking my messages several times a day. I will be responding ASAP, but this will primarily be on weekdays, with some responses on weekends. You are a priority to me and I want you to feel that way. I want our work together to be collaborative so that you feel empowered, supported, and confident in the accomplishments that I know you can achieve!

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Bethany Graham

Offering therapy in KY
License: LCSW
Stress, AnxietyParenting issuesDepressionCoachingCompassion fatigue
13 years of experience

Hello and thank you for visiting my page! My name is Bethany but I go by Beth. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of Kentucky. I have been providing individual, family, couples, and group therapy for 11 years. I graduated from Morehead State University in 2005 with a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and a Bachelor's Degree in Social Work. I graduated from the University of Louisville in 2007 with a Master's Degree in Social Work. I have had a considerable range of experience over my 11 years of therapy. I have worked with all age groups and a wide variety of diagnoses. One of my particular areas of expertise is helping people with stress/anxiety. I have worked successfully with many clients who have Generalized Anxiety Disorder, panic attacks, agoraphobia, etc. I am a believer in the mind/body connection and take a holistic approach to helping people heal and improve their lives. Choosing a therapist is a very personal decision. Some of.my strengths as a therapist include excellent listening skills, a high level of compassion and empathy, patience, and a strong dedication to helping people heal. You have taken a big step in improving your life! Remember you are not alone. I am here to help!

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Erin Murphy

Offering therapy in KY
License: LPCC-S,CCATP,CTMH
Stress, AnxietyDepressionCoping with life changesADHD
8 years of experience

My name is Erin Murphy (she\they). I'm a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor - Supervisor (LPCC-S). I received my Master's Degree and Education Specialist Degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Kentucky. I am licensed to practice in the Commonwealth of Kentucky and can work with residents of the Commonwealth. I have been practicing therapy for over eight years. I work with individuals on both long and short-term goals and with mental health issues that range from ADHD to anxiety and depression to stress and trauma. Outside of strictly mental health counseling, I also offer counseling for problems in living, personal issues, relationship difficulties, and similar personal and interpersonal problems. I work to provide an open and welcoming space so that we can better understand you, your specific strengths, as well as your goals. To learn more about my and what therapy is like with me, you can click my name on this page. I offer 45 minute sessions (phone or video), Monday through Friday. Sessions start at 10 am and continue on the hour (except lunch) until my last session, which starts at 6 pm (typically). If you are interested in working with me you can schedule a session through your dashboard. If you need a session that falls outside my typical 10am-6pm schedule, please let me know. It is possible we could work something out. Please feel free to message me, if you have any questions or concerns.

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Dr. Lisa Cook

Offering therapy in KY
License: MA,LPC,LPCC
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesTrauma and abuseDepressionCoping with life changes
23 years of experience

Greetings, My name is Dr. Lisa Cook, LPCC. I am a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in the State of Kentucky and a Certified Professional Life Coach. I have worked in the behavioral health field for over 20 years, and my expertise is related to working with individuals that experience hardships such as abuse (i.e., Sexual, spiritual, racism-related), life adjustments/changes, relationship problems (i.e., mother/daughter, siblings, friendships, romantic), codependency, and as well as symptoms of depression, anxiety, mood disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder. I specialize in working with youth and women with trauma, emotional issues, and post-traumatic growth. My therapeutic style is welcoming and interactive. My beliefs are that everyone has strengths and deserves to be treated with respect, dignity, sensitivity, and compassion. My approach includes cognitive-behavioral, solution-focused, trauma-informed therapy and person-centered counseling. I believe that my clients are the expert in their lives and leader in their recovery, while I assist and guide you through a reflective process to unlock how the past could be impacting your present life, interpersonal relationships, and healing. I will tailor our work together to meet your individual’s needs and support forward movement at your pace that can allow you to show up each day as your best and truest self. My focus is to inspire individuals to discover their authentic voice, honor it, which may have been lost or misplaced through life’s traumas and circumstances, and to empower them to trust their vision and use their power to heal the inner child and to reclaim life on their terms. It takes courage to seek change and take steps to bring a life of fulfillment and joy. If you are ready to take that step; I am here to support you on this journey as your counselor. I look forward to working with you!

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Jamela Billiter

Offering therapy in KY
Stress, AnxietyFamily conflictsTrauma and abuseParenting issuesADHD
12 years of experience

I am licensed in Kentucky with 12 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, & parenting 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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Jennifer DeVore

Offering therapy in KY
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseSelf esteemDepressionADHD
4 years of experience

Are feelings of fear, unworthiness, guilt or sadness keeping you from reaching your full potential? Are the stories you tell yourself keeping you stuck in the same dysfunctional patterns again and again? Are the expectations of others in your life clashing with who you know to be your authentic self? There's a different way to be and a new life awaiting you. With someone to hold space for you, it is possible to grow in compassion for yourself. Are you ready to start challenging your inner critic so you can reach your full potential and lead the life you deserve? I’m a licensed clinical social worker in Kentucky and Indiana. My passion is helping women reclaim the parts of themselves that may have been lost as we try to balance it all. In my work, I focus on self care, mindfulness, and helping you reframe beliefs that keep us stuck in negative patterns. I am particularly interested in the intersection between trauma and ADHD, being diagnosed later in life with neurodivergence myself. When working with clients, I believe that healing is a collaborative effort that requires an honest and nonjudgmental approach. As your therapist, I assist you in clarifying your goals and honor your inherent power to heal. Rather than being drawn to one modality, I look at all individuals, the environment and situation and draw on a number of modalities. I believe the therapeutic alliance is the most important aspect to healing and encourage my clients to openly discuss their experience in therapy. I invite you to reach out to see if we're a good fit.

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Laura Herp

Offering therapy in KY
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsTrauma and abuseDepression
20 years of experience

I am licensed in Kentucky with 20 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, coping with addictions, & trauma and abuse. I also have experience working with depression. 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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Paula Everhart

Offering therapy in KY
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesFamily conflictsCareer difficultiesDepression
30 years of experience

I am licensed in Kentucky with 30 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, & career difficulties. 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!

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Steven Smith

Offering therapy in KY
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsRelationship issuesFamily conflictsSelf esteem
18 years of experience

I have over 22 years of experience in behavioral health and am licensed in both Ohio and Kentucky. Specialties treating mental health, substance abuse, family/marriage, and personal growth issues. Approaches include cognitive behavioral, family systems, existential, gestalt and trauma-informed. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, coping with addictions, relationship issues, & family conflicts. 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. Take the road less traveled and discover a new way to live. Successful counseling at its heart is an inward and outward journey to a more satisfying life and authentic self. Schedule today and start your new journey.

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Ashley Roberts

Offering therapy in KY
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseGriefDepressionCoping with life changes
5 years of experience

My name is Ashley and I am so happy that you are here! I have been involved in the mental health field since 2016. After earning a Bachelor's of Science in Psychology from Morehead State University, I went on to earn a Master's of Education in Human Development & Counseling from Lindsey Wilson College. I am licensed in the state of Kentucky as a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and I am also a Life Coach. My primary goal is to create a warm, nonjudgmental environment so you feel safe to explore personal issues that may be preventing you from living your best life. Each of us are unique, so what may work for others may not work for you. I am trained in a variety of counseling/coaching interventions to help clients depending on individual needs. I take time to understand your perspective and discuss your goals because it truly is a pleasure to witness the progress and success of each client. Taking the first step to sign up for therapy/coaching can be the most difficult and I am proud of you for getting started!

How to find counseling in Clay

Finding the best therapist close by in Clay 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 Clay. 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 Clay, 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 Clay 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 Clay 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 Clay, elsewhere in Webster, or in the greater state of Kentucky.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

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

How does the cost of in-person counseling compare to the cost of BetterHelp with a licensed Clay 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 Clay 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 Clay may not take health insurance, some in the state of Kentucky 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 Kentucky 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 Clay, Kentucky 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 Clay 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 Clay 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 Clay 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 Clay 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 Clay 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 KY, 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 42404 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 Clay 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 Clay 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 Clay, Kentucky 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.

Clay 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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