Baker is a small, quiet Lousiana city, with the biggest attraction being the Baker Buffalo Festival in September. But even in a small quiet city, problems can arise. The happiest individuals and families can harbor depression, anxiety, or other mental health concerns.

If you are suffering from mental illness or emotional distress, you do not have to fight your battles alone. You can reach out to counselors in the Baker area to help you face your inner demons and get back to your happy, quiet life. Contact a therapist today for assistance.

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Tammi Rider

Offering therapy in LA
License: LCSW
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsRelationship issuesDepressionCoping with life changes
30 years of experience

I have worked in numerous areas of counseling and mental health for 25+ years, including inpatient treatment, outpatient treatment, private practice, schools, home health and hospice . I have experience in depression, anxiety, stress, relationship counseling, substance abuse recovery, spirituality, trauma/post traumatic stress and behavioral issues with children/adolescents. My wide range of expertise helps in almost any issue you want to work on in life. I can help you with practical solutions to everyday issues. My focus is to empower you with information and practical tools, so you will meet your own goals for healing, growth and change. I am a compassionate counselor who has worked with people from all walks of life. My approach is getting to know you as an individual and helping you create a happy, fulfilling and balanced life.

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Amanda Watson

Offering therapy in LA
License: LPC
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseSelf esteemDepressionCoping with life changes
9 years of experience

Hello! My name is Amanda Watson, and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor currently licensed in the District of Columbia and Louisiana. I have nearly 10 years of experience working in the mental health field. I have worked with people of all ages in a variety of settings including in the community, in client's homes, at schools, in more traditional offices, and online. My unique and varied experiences have helped me to develop a holistic understanding of clients' lives. I have immense respect for my clients, and I always approach counseling with warmth, without judgment, and with the goal of trying to understand each individual's unique reality. I am available to provide individual counseling to older adolescents and adults for a variety of issues including but not limited to depression, anxiety, self-esteem, stress-management, trauma, and grief. I primarily approach counseling from a Cognitive-Behavioral perspective in that patterns of thoughts and actions are explored in order to better understand your emotions and problems and, ultimately, to develop solutions. I also draw from other theoretical orientations including Person-Centered and Narrative in the sense that I truly listen, I will approach you with unconditional positive regard, and I can help you make meaning of and re-write your personal story. I will tailor our conversations in a way that suits your needs. I hope to create an environment of trust, honesty, and empowerment to assist you in developing insight and fostering personal growth.

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Adam Johnson

Offering therapy in LA
License: M.A.,LPC,NCC
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsRelationship issuesSelf esteemDepression
3 years of experience

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor who has been working for years in intensive outpatient therapy facilities and impatient hospital facilities to get the best knowledge I can to assist my clients. I received a Masters of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Nicholls State University in 2018. I enjoy hiking, being in nature, spending time with friends, playing games with my wife, and continuing my education in numerous areas surrounding mental health so that I may provide helpful information for my clients. Therapy is a relationship built on a foundation of trust. I view therapy as a collaborative process in which we work as a team to explore and define problematic situations, develop future goals, and work to guide and direct the patient(s) to an overall better quality of life by assisting in the development of increased insight, coping skills, and problem solving skills. The goals of therapy are established in collaboration as a team with the overall objective being the successful resolution of the problems that are deemed the most important by the client. The length of counseling varies from person to person. As long as you are benefiting from counseling, I encourage you to continue attending sessions; however, I will let you know when I no longer feel that you need therapy. I have developed numerous healthy self soothing and coping skills, along with problem solving strategies as a means to assist my clients with regulating their emotions and helping them improve their mental health. I understand the struggles you can have while working on your mental health and will be patient with you as we work together to achieve your goals. I work with individuals of all ages with a variety of presenting issues including individual, interpersonal, and family issues. I have experience working with problems with adolescents, and life difficulties in adulthood that may be related to disturbances in family relationships and increased distress. These issues include crisis management, grief, depression, anxiety, codependency, parenting and family relationships, and anger management. I have experience in treating children and adolescents, who have experienced trauma and abuse, engage in self-harming behavior, and impulse control issues. If I think your issues are in an area that I do not feel qualified to treat, I will discuss this with you and attempt to refer you to a professional who is better qualified to work with you.

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Darlene Kelly

Offering therapy in LA
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesSleeping disordersAnger managementDepression
23 years of experience

I am a family and marriage therapist with over 20 years of experience. I have experience in working with singles, married couples, teens and the elderly. I am here to help you, knowing that reaching out for help is not always easy. I am an open-ended listener who gives you the opportunity to express yourself in a nonjudgmental environment. I have helped many get through their trials and tribulations. My idea of therapy is not to erase what you've been through but, to offer an environment where you can express any and all experiences and voice how you can move forward. My goal is to help you grow in all aspects of life, it's not always easy being vulnerable which is why I offer my support and aid in all experiences that you have and will go through. I hope to meet you soon!

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Sarah Jorge

Offering therapy in LA
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesSelf esteemDepressionCompassion fatigue
3 years of experience

I am licensed in Louisiana with 6 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, relationship issues, motivation, self esteem, and confidence, & depression. 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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Monica Bullock

Offering therapy in LA
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseAnger managementDepressionADHD
3 years of experience

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in Texas and Louisiana with three years experience in counseling. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns but my specialties include parenting difficulties, trauma, abuse, mood disorders, grief, ADHD, anxiety and depression. 

My counseling approach is person-centered and I strive to create an environment in which you feel safe to share your story. I have training and experience in Client-Centered Therapy, Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), Solution-Focused Therapy, Motivational interviewing Play Therapy and Exposure Response Prevention(ERP). I look forward to meeting with you and working together to find which therapy modality works best for you. 

I have always believed that everyone can benefit from counseling and I believe that is even more true as we have all been touched by the difficulties and challenges of the last few years related to pandemic stress, isolation and loss. At this time, I have appointments available on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays and I do my best to get your first appointment scheduled the same week you reach out to me to schedule. I have some flexibility if the hours listed on my calendar do not fit into your schedule. Just ask!

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Carly Smith

Offering therapy in LA
Stress, AnxietyFamily conflictsTrauma and abuseSelf esteemCoping with life changes
3 years of experience

Beginning therapy is a brave act of self-care, and working with an effective clinician can be the support you deserve in bringing about powerful changes in your world. Clients come to me with a variety of symptoms, including depression, anxiety, and anger, as well as attachment wounds that impact the quality of their relationships. I work with people seeking to center psychological wellness in their lives, people navigating life's transitions, and people courageously healing from complex trauma. I have extensive experience working with adult survivors of intimate partner violence, sexual assault, and child abuse. I am licensed in Louisiana and Texas. My first objective is to provide a safe and affirming therapeutic relationship. From that foundation, I work collaboratively with my clients to develop an evidenced-based treatment plan that validates their lived experience and encourages their growth. My approach is person-centered, trauma-informed, and I carefully utilize aspects of CBT, DBT, and EMDR. Opening oneself up to change can be very intimidating. I welcome your questions about the therapeutic process, my approach and training, and how we can make therapy accessible and effective for you.

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Taylor Wentzel

Offering therapy in LA
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsTrauma and abuseSelf esteemCoping with life changes
5 years of experience

Hi! I'm Taylor. I am licensed counselor in northwest Louisiana. I have been counseling for 5 years. I specialize in substance use and have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, coping with life changes, and motivation, self-esteem, and confidence. I believe in treating everyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion while empowering you to make the healthy changes you want. I will do my best to customize our sessions and treatment plan to meet your unique needs. Taking the first step to sign up for therapy can take courage, and I hope I can help you along the way.

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Talmadge Gray

Offering therapy in LA
Stress, AnxietyFamily conflictsGriefAnger managementDepression
10 years of experience

I am licensed in Georgia and Louisiana with 10 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, depression, family conflicts, trauma, coping with grief/ loss, & anger management. I believe in treating everyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion. I will tailor our dialogue 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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Hanna Harris

Offering therapy in LA
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseSelf esteemDepressionCoping with life changes
6 years of experience

I am licensed in Louisiana with 6 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, trauma and abuse, motivation, self esteem, and confidence, & 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.

How to find counseling in Baker

Finding the best therapist close by in Baker 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 Baker. 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 Baker, 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 Baker 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 Baker 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 Baker, elsewhere in East Baton Rouge, or in the greater state of Louisiana.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

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

How does the cost of in-person counseling compare to the cost of BetterHelp with a licensed Baker 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 Baker 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 Baker may not take health insurance, some in the state of Louisiana 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 Louisiana 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 Baker, Louisiana 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 Baker 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 Baker 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 Baker 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 Baker 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 Baker 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 LA, 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 70704 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 Baker 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 Baker 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 Baker, Louisiana 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.

Baker 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

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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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70704, 70714

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