Shopping and industry provide a lot of opportunity for others, but sometimes it can be hard to deal with people. Luckily, there are counselors in Richmond that are ready to help you become the best that you can be.

Richmond is home to the Eastern Kentucky Normal School, now Eastern Kentucky University, originally used to train teachers but now is for many different degrees. There is quite a bit of development, and since then it’s grown. There are now more counselors in the area than ever before, and you can get the help you need in the area from them as well. 

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Maggie Lemley

Offering therapy in KY
License: MA,LPC-MHSP
Stress, AnxietyLGBTRelationship issuesAnger managementDepression
15 years of experience

Thank you for visiting my profile. While in my care, you will find a nonjudgmental space to explore possibilities and solutions. Even though venting frustrations can sometimes feel relieving, that relief can be temporary if not fleeting. It is my goal and privilege to help people gain awareness, insight, and process emotions to maximize personal growth. Let's reduce emotional suffering effectively and efficiently. I am licensed as a professional counselor in the states of TN and KY. Each year I attend numerous professional trainings and conferences so I can provide proper care for the individuals I see. I started working in the mental health field over 16 years ago with individuals, families, and couples. Within the last 5 years, I have provided therapy for military service members and their families. I completed professional trainings in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy and attended numerous workshops on couple’s communication, alternative lifestyles and military culture. My experience in the field of psychology includes 11 years serving clients with severe and persistent mental illness. I worked in the community mental health setting as a psychiatric Case Manager, Program Assistant to an intensive outpatient team, Therapist and as an Assessment Clinician. During my graduate program, I interned at Davidson County’s Correctional Development Center, providing therapy for female inmates. I look forward to hearing from you!

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Lisa Robin Sanford

Offering therapy in KY
License: Ed.S., LPCC, TCADC
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsTrauma and abuseAnger managementSelf esteem
7 years of experience

ABOUT ME Good day and many blessings to you! My first name is Lisa Robin. I am a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) in the State of Kentucky (license #261241) and have been serving in the mental health field professionally for seven years (practicum, internships, job site placement and private practice establishment). Prior to this, I spent many years advocating for mental health policy reforms and service accessibility for all at local, state, national, and global levels. Wellness is my passion and supportive transformative counseling is my life purpose and soul’s calling. I am Native American from the Dakotah and Mamaceqtaw Peoples. I walk on, what is known in my cultures, the Red Road (positive way) in Wellbriety (wellness + sobriety). I believe in recovery, in each human being’s ability to create balance and harmony within themselves, and that we are all in this together (interconnected and interrelated). My honored Mohican Elder, Don Coyhis has taught me, “When one suffers, we all suffer and when one thrives, we all thrive.” I genuinely care about seeing others becoming their best self and living their most fulfilling life! EDUCATION and EXPERIENCE By the power and grace of GOD, I received my Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) degree from Murray State University’s Clinical Mental Health Counseling program on May 13, 2017, wherein I graduated with a 4.0/4.0 gpa and with highest honors (Summa Cum Laude). I hold a Temporary Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor license (#262066) in the State of Kentucky. Additionally, I am certified in Native American Wellbriety, which is a 12 Step recovery approach utilizing the Medicine Wheel addressing addiction and Native historical trauma. I am a certified Telehealth provider, and recently received inclusion nationally as a National Certified Counselor (NCC) through clearances afforded by the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC). I previously worked at an inpatient drug and alcohol rehabilitation facility providing individual, group and family therapy; was a regional coordinator for the Iowa Office of Consumer Affairs Behavioral Health Division; and was a Consumer and Family Experience Team advocate for Iowa Advocates for Mental Health Recovery. TREATMENT APPROACH I appreciate that at times one may need assistance through counsel to activate internal resources. The skills and knowledge within you may seem hidden, elusive, and even unobtainable. However, they are there within you. I believe each person is the expert of their own life and with strengths to build upon. I do not view others as broken, rather capable of creating more choices through increased self-awareness. I approach counseling as a partnership with each client, meeting you exactly where you are in each given moment without judgment and creating a safe space for transformation to occur. My role as your counselor will be to provide opportunities for your exploration, enlightenment, and empowerment. I utilize present moment experiencing through an assorted array of interventions and authentic experimentation to increase solutions and decrease distress. There is nothing in life more rewarding than being a part of another’s growth as they learn to create nurturing relationships with self and others, positive experiences outside of themselves, and begin living a thriving way of life full of abundance, joy, and beauty. HOW I CAN HELP I will offer you a safe, non-judgmental, authentic atmosphere (CHRIST-led for those seeking Christian guidance); take the time to really listen to, get to know, and validate you and your life experiences; and assist you with determining your strengths, limitations, goals, objectives, and desired outcomes so that we can effectively co-create a pathway for your transformative personal journey. It is an exciting adventure and I am most appreciative that you have invited me to come along. I know it is not I who does the healing. That comes from the HEALER and YOU! I look forward to supporting you as you progress on your healing journey... Thank you!

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Arthur Garvin

Offering therapy in KY
License: LCPC,LPC,MA
GriefParenting issuesCareer difficultiesCoachingCompassion fatigue
22 years of experience

I am a clinical professional counselor licensed in Kentucky, Missouri Kansas, Iowa, and Colorado with more than 15 years of experience working as a psychotherapist. I've treated clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, substance abuse issues, process addictions, career challenges, OCD, and ADHD. I've also helped many people heal, who have experienced physical trauma, neglect, emotional abuse, and sexual abuse. My therapy style is warm and interactive. I believe in treating everyone with sensitivity, mutual - respect, and compassion. My approach combines cognitive-behavioral, humanistic, psychodynamic and gestalt, with mindfulness and awareness. I will tailor our dialog and treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs. It takes courage to confront dysfunctional habits and patterns, and to seek a more fulfilling and meaningful life. You are ready to take that step to change, and I am here to support and empower you. I look forward to working with you!

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Niyabinghi Thomas

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

I am a mental health therapist licensed in Kentucky and have been working with individuals and families for over 5 years as a psychotherapist and life coach. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including trauma and abuse (childhood or current), depression, anxiety, PTSD, mood disorders, career challenges, low self-esteem, relationship challenges, anger, attachment and ADHD. My therapy approach is warm and interactive. I believe in creating space for open and honest dialogue without judgement at the pace of the client. I respect that everyone is not yet ready for change and it is not my job to push change. I am committed to providing a respectful, open, and compassionate place of self exploration. I utilize a combination of Cognitive behavioral, Dialectical behavioral, solution- focused, strengths based, and motivational interviewing therapy techniques. It takes courage to seek a more fulfilling and happier life and to take the first steps towards self- exploration and creating change. 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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Michael Wilson

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

I am licensed in Kentucky with 22 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, relationship issues, anger management, & depression. I work with my clients to create an open and safe environment where thoughts and feelings can be shared without fear of judgment. It takes courage to seek out a more fulfilling and happier life and to take the first steps towards a change. I am here to support & empower you in that journey.

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Jacqueline Mitchell

Offering therapy in KY
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsRelationship issuesTrauma and abuseDepression
14 years of experience

Thank you for taking the time to read my profile. My name is Jacqueline. I am a licensed clinical mental health therapist in Kentucky. I have been in this field for 14 years and have a genuine passion for the work I do. While I specialize in addiction, trauma and grief, I have worked with individuals on an individual as well as group level, focusing on a wide array of areas from depression and anxiety, and more complex mental health issues such as Bipolar, Schizophrenia, and personality disorders, along with many others. My approach is more of an eclectic approach as I do not insist on using any particular modality for each client, but rather, I like to tailor my approach and methods toward and around the needs of each client I serve. In more recent years I have primarily worked with co-occurring disorders such as mental health and addiction but do enjoy working in all areas of mental health and addiction. I find fulfillment in being able to help those in need, to overcome obstacles they are faced with. Everyone deserves to find their place of happiness and true contentment and to be able to reach the highest level of satisfaction in themselves and where their lives are at and going. It can be difficult to see and experience when you are weighed down with all the stressors life presents. I look forward to meeting you and being able to go on your journey with you and watching you grow to reach your fullest potential.

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Ruth Darland

Offering therapy in KY
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesBipolar disorderDepressionADHD
8 years of experience

I am licensed in Washington and Kentucky with 8 years of professional work experience. I believe if you change you brain, you can change your life. Mental health disorders effect the way our brain produces different types of chemicals and we often have to retrain the pathways our brain takes in order to change our behaviors and situations. I also believe in letting people make their own choices, because you are the expert on your life! I take a motivational interviewing approach. You tell me what you want to do or where you want to go and I will help you figure out the different routes and options to achieve your goals by using proven scientific methods. My methods usually involve cognitive behavioral therapy with a large variety of interventions depending on your preferences and personality. I especially like using a psychoeducation approach with people who are struggling with anxiety, stress, depression, bipolar, or coping with addictions because you deserve to know why you feel the way you do and how you can change it. I have a wide range of experience working with varying age groups, cultural backgrounds, and religious beliefs. I have a license in Mental Health Counseling and Supervision. I have been a college Professor for 6 years, teaching counseling classes and working with college students. I have experience working with children and youth at a crisis stabilization unit, public schools, and private schools. I spent several years working with substance abuse and addictions. I really enjoy investing in people by inspiring them with hope and equipping them with the tools to change. You have already begun changing your life from the moment you signed up. I would love to be on your team as you continue your journey.

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Janice Sowell

Offering therapy in KY
License: M.Ed,LPCC
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseGriefSelf esteemDepression
6 years of experience

Hello, my name is Janice Sowell. I am a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Ohio and a License Professional Clinical Counselor in Kentucky. In 2023, I was approved to practice as a License Professional Counselor in Tennessee. I received a Master of Education with concentration on Professional Counseling and Human Development with specialization in Mental Health Counseling from Lindsey Wilson College, Columbia, Kentucky, in 2016. I work in a Trauma informed setting, providing therapy and crisis intervention. Much of my work has focused on treatment of various mental health issues such as trauma, depression, anxiety, domestic violence, conflict resolution, sexual abuse, and grief. Hence, I will work from a place of compassion, authenticity, and collaboration. My goal is to provide a supportive environment where your initial concerns are explored, goals developed, along with discovering your strengths and resources as we move towards what really matters to you. My approach is elective, meaning I will use the best therapeutic approach for each individual client. I am primarily a Cognitive Behavioral Therapist. I believe that our thoughts influence our emotions and behaviors. Therefore; I deem that the therapeutic relationship can be a vehicle for change. It takes willpower to seek a more gratifying and happier life that is necessary for a positive change to take place. I am here to support you as you make positive changes in your life, to achieve your goals. Thank you for the opportunity to serve. I look forward to collaborating with you!

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Tiffany D'Alessandri

Offering therapy in KY
Stress, AnxietyFamily conflictsTrauma and abuseParenting issues
3 years of experience

I am licensed in Kentucky with 3 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, family conflicts, & trauma and abuse. I also have experience working with parenting issues. 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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Melissa Doan

Offering therapy in KY
Stress, AnxietyLGBTRelationship issuesIntimacy-related issuesDepression
17 years of experience

I am licensed in Virginia with 17 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, lgbtq+ related issues, relationship issues, & intimacy related issues. I believe that you are the expert of your story and that you have many strengths that will assist you in overcoming things that challenge you. Taking the first step to seeking a more fulfilling and happier life takes courage. I am here to support you in that process.

How to find counseling in Richmond

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

How does the cost of in-person counseling compare to the cost of BetterHelp with a licensed Richmond 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 Richmond 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 Richmond 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 Richmond, 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 Richmond 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 Richmond 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 Richmond 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 Richmond 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 Richmond 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 40476 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 Richmond 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 Richmond 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 Richmond, 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.

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

40475, 40476

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