The capital city of Louisiana, Baton Rouge is an area of vigorous economic and population growth. A number of technology and research centers are based there, as well as the campus of Louisiana State University. Historically a meeting point of many cultures, it is a vibrant and culturally diverse city that is also home to a thriving LGBTQ+ community.  A wide variety of options in mental health services can be important in any community, but especially for one with the diverse population of Baton Rouge. 

When seeking a therapist, Baton Rouge, LA offers more than many smaller cities and rural areas. However, finding the right therapist is often more complicated than simply reaching out to a nearby practice. The efficacy of the therapeutic process often relies on finding the right type of therapy to address your mental health needs. While there are a number of effective evidence-based therapeutic practices in psychology, some are better suited to certain challenges than others. The type of therapist you need may not necessarily be located nearby. 

Online therapy with a platform like BetterHelp offers access to over 30,000 professionals in the mental health field, from licensed counselors in play therapy, to certified group psychotherapists that specialize in relationship difficulties. By filling out an online questionnaire, you will be matched with a therapist that meets your individual needs. And because rapport can be such a key factor in success, if for any reason you need to switch therapists, you can do so at no additional cost. 

In addition, the effort of scheduling and driving to a therapist's office can impede the counseling process for many individuals. For busy professionals, parents, and students online therapy with BetterHelp makes it easy to schedule and attend sessions from the comfort of their own homes. Others with past trauma in their lives may find it easier to share aspects of their personal life with a counselor over the phone or video chat. 

If you live in Baton Rouge and have been thinking about therapy for relationship challenges, managing the stress of working toward your master’s degree, treating depression or other mood disorders, or simply to work on personal growth, BetterHelp makes it simple to get started. Fill out their questionnaire to take that first step on your mental health and wellness journey.


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Monica Cruz

Offering therapy in LA
License: LCSW,BACS
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesTrauma and abuseBipolar disorderDepression
16 years of experience

Greetings! If you are reading this then you have taken the first step towards creating your new and improved self. This is often very difficult and I commend you on your courage and resolve. The road to self-improvement is often a lifelong journey and many people run into difficulties of all sorts along the way. Do not be discouraged! You are not alone. My goal is to give you supportive help and solutions to the best of my ability. I am committed to listening to your personal situation and assisting you with formulating and implementing goals for you to achieve incremental improvement. Let's start by me telling you a little about myself. I am currently an LCSW with 11 years of experience helping a diverse range of people from many different cultural backgrounds. People have always described me as a good listener and problem solver. While working together I can assure you I will never judge. We are all in this together! People would also call me driven and compassionate. I am devoted to working with you to elevate your well-being and overall quality of life. I specialize in Behavioral Therapy utilizing a wide array of interventions and treatment plans. Together we will formulate a personalized plan for you and discuss the steps needed for you to enact that plan in portions that are manageable to you and your situation. I look forward to the opportunity of working with you!

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Beth Anne Smith

Offering therapy in LA
License: M.H.S,LPC,NCC
AddictionsRelationship issuesFamily conflictsSelf esteemCoping with life changes
7 years of experience

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in Louisiana and a Nationally Certified Counselor with over 7 years of experience working as a counselor. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including but limited to depression, anxiety, relationship issues, family issues, identity issues, LGBT, career challenges, chronic pain, and eating disorders. As an individual who is hard of hearing I also gave personal as well as professional experience with coping with disability issues. I also helped many people who have addictions to substances including heroin, pain pills, cocaine, methamphetamines, benzodiazepines, and alcohol, My counseling style is approachable and interactive. I believe the counseling process is one where we both work together to help you reach your goals. I believe in treating everyone with respect, care, compassion, and and I don't believe in stigmatizing labels. My approach combines a variety of counseling styles to include solution-focused, person-centered, motivational interviewing, and mindfulness. As therapy is about you and your goals/achievements, our session style, the content and the treatment plans are structured to meet your personal and unique needs. It takes tremendous courage and strength to not only be able to identify areas in your life that you feel need improvement. To actually take the dye is toward improvement and seek help from others especially a stranger is incredibly admirable. I’d you are ready to take the first step I am here and I look forward to taking this journey with you!

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Stephen Maffei

Offering therapy in LA
License: M.A., LPC, NCC
Stress, AnxietySelf esteemCoaching
7 years of experience

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Louisiana. I have worked with an array of populations, individuals, groups, settings, and athletic teams. I interned at both University Medical Center in New Orleans and the Thomas E. Chambers Counseling and Training Center. I graduated from University of Holy Cross with a MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Being a counselor has given me the incredible opportunity to have conversations with so many unique people, essentially, counseling is just another conversation. I specialize in working with athletes, coaches, and individuals who experience anxiety, depression, have performance issues, men's issues, and work-related stress. Before we really jump right into things, I first want to state that it takes an incredible amount of courage for a person to ask for help; so, I want to commend you for taking this step for yourself. If this is your first time utilizing therapy, especially on a platform like this, please note that I am here for you. Basically, during our session(s), I will reflect back information which you provide to me through in a summarizing form, I ask questions to clarify things, and I will attempt to provide avenues for which solutions may become visible. Also, this is your time, if anything is confusing please let me know. Whenever you're ready, and if you think we would be a good fit, let's jump in.

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Leah Pace

Offering therapy in LA
License: LCSW
Relationship issuesFamily conflictsTrauma and abuseAnger managementDepression
8 years of experience

Welcome! I know it is a big decision to engage in therapy and I’m excited to help guide you while you achieve your goals. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and graduated with my MSW from Stephen F. Austin State University in Texas. I have worked as a Social Worker for 15 years in a variety of behavioral health settings including outpatient settings (clinic and community based), inpatient setting (behavioral health hospital), school based, group therapy, crisis intervention, as well as case management. I believe in helping individuals and families improve their entire system and environment that surrounds them. The majority of my experience has been in helping clients overcome or cope with symptoms of PTSD, depression, anxiety, relationship issues, family issues, grief, and anger management. I also have experience assisting individuals cope with trauma and am trained in EMDR as well as TF-CBT. My style is caring, direct, and client centered. I want to help others achieve what they want in life. I am non-judgmental and believe that everyone can improve their quality of life and happiness, but some people require different routes to achieve this. Life is hard so it is okay to ask for some help to find our way! I look forward to working with you!

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Xylina Eyemaro

Offering therapy in LA
License: LPC, NCC
Self esteemADHD
3 years of experience

Welcome to Betterhelp! I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in Louisiana with 3 years of experience in providing therapy to adults, children/teens, and families. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, parenting problems, and toxic self-image beliefs. I also helped people who have experienced physical/sexual trauma or emotional abuse. My counseling style is warm using empathetic listening and creating an atmosphere in which my clients feel safe. I believe in treating everyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion. My approach combines cognitive behavioral, client/person-centered, solution-focused,, and teaching individuals how to be kind to self. I will tailor our treatment plans to meet your unique and specific needs. When you are ready to take your first step towards change, I am here to help guide you toward a more productive life. I look forward to working with you.

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Marsha Hayes

Offering therapy in LA
License: LPC-S
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseSelf esteemBipolar disorderDepression
16 years of experience

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Louisiana and Arizona with over 15 years of experience working with adults in a variety of settings. I believe counseling should result in solutions that can be used again if the need arises. I approach counseling from a combination of person-centered, cognitive-behavioral and solution-focused therapies to provide strategies that promote better functioning in your everyday life. I am also trained in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) which has been used to help people heal from symptoms associated with PTSD, depression, grief and anxiety. I believe everyone should be treated with respect and not feel judged. I do my best to provide a safe and open atmosphere where you can feel comfortable to be yourself. I look forward to meeting and working with you!

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Robert "Rob" Harrison

Offering therapy in LA
Trauma and abuseGriefDepressionCompassion fatigueADHD
14 years of experience

I am licensed in Louisiana with 15 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with trauma and abuse, coping with grief and loss, depression, & compassion fatigue. 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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Dr. Dionne Crosby Smith

Offering therapy in LA
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsAnger managementSelf esteemDepression
12 years of experience

I am licensed in Louisiana with over 15 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, coping with addictions, anger management, & motivation, self esteem, and confidence. 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. I have a holistic approach to counseling, recognizing that each client's journey is unique. They tailor their therapeutic methods to the individual, drawing from various therapeutic modalities to create a personalized plan for healing and growth. Take the first step towards a more fulfilling life by scheduling a session with me today. You don't have to face life's challenges alone. Dr. Dee is here to guide you towards a happier, healthier, and more confident you.

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Torey LaMothe

Offering therapy in LA
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsTrauma and abuseGriefDepression
36 years of experience

I am licensed in Mississippi and Louisiana with 36 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, relationship issues, & family conflicts. I also have experience working with trauma and abuse. I believe in treating everyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion. I will tailor our dialog and treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs. Taking the first step to sign up for therapy can take courage and I am proud of you for getting started!

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Heather Goodman-D'Anna

Offering therapy in LA
LGBTRelationship issuesParenting issuesSelf esteemDepression
11 years of experience

I am licensed in Louisiana with 11 years of professional work experience. I have experience helping clients learn better ways to cope with stress and anxiety, relationship issues, parenting issues, self esteem, and confidence. 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!

How to find counseling in Baton Rouge

Finding the best therapist close by in Baton Rouge 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 Baton Rouge. 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 Baton Rouge, 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 Baton Rouge 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 Baton Rouge 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 Baton Rouge, 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 Baton Rouge area can be found below:

How does the cost of in-person counseling compare to the cost of BetterHelp with a licensed Baton Rouge 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 Baton Rouge 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 Baton Rouge 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 Baton Rouge, 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 Baton Rouge 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 Baton Rouge 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 Baton Rouge 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 Baton Rouge 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 Baton Rouge 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 70823 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 Baton Rouge 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 Baton Rouge 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 Baton Rouge, 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.

Baton Rouge 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

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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