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Angela Harris-VanWright

Offering therapy in LA
License: MA,LPC-S
Stress, AnxietyFamily conflictsTrauma and abuseParenting issuesDepression
14 years of experience

Greetings!! I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and Approved PLPC Supervisor. I have over 14 years of experience in Community Mental Health and over 2 years experience in private practice. I earned my Master's Degree in Counseling and Guidance from Louisiana Tech University in 2006. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety/stress, parenting problems, PTSD, family/relationship issues and ADHD/ADD. I have also worked with clients who have experienced trauma (childhood trauma, major car accidents, domestic/emotional abuse and physical trauma). My goal is to bring inspiration and healing to people who are struggling with life challenges. I want to be a catalyst for change and mental well-being. My personal philosophy of counseling begins and ends with grace and a willingness to enter into an individual's experience alongside of them. I have an authentic listening heart that desires to see people live as whole, healthy individuals. I believe in holistic healing that takes into consideration the whole person - physical, emotional, mental and spiritual. I believe that counseling is a pathway for growth and healing. I treat each person as a unique individual, worthy of unconditional acceptance, regardless of his or her personal circumstances or struggles. It is my desire to come alongside, challenge, and encourage my clients to find healing emotionally, mentally, physically, and spiritually. My approach is eclectic therapy, where I adapt to the unique needs of each specific client, depending on the problem, the treatment goals, and the person's expectations and motivation. My goal is to help clients achieve their personal goals, and gain greater insight into their lives. I believing in treating everyone with respect, dignity and compassion. I applaud you for taking your first steps toward your healing process, and I would love to work with you every step of the way. "True healing is not the fixing of the broken, but the rediscovery of the unbroken." Life isn't always easy. Sometimes, even the strongest people among us need a little help to work through some of life's most challenging problems. I am here to help you dig out, and start feeling better and happier; to support, encourage and empower you. I look forward to working with you! and remember, "BROKEN CRAYONS STILL COLOR"

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Shelia Frey

Offering therapy in LA
License: MA
Stress, AnxietyGriefAnger managementSelf esteemDepression
10 years of experience

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor with 10 years of experience working in the mental health field. I have experience working with children, adolescents and adults. I have worked in a variety of settings, outpatient, inpatient and crisis management. My area of focus includes Depression, Anxiety, Bi Polar Disorder, PTSD, Women's Issues, Post Partum Depression, Grief and Loss, Major Life Transitions and Adjustment Disorders. I mainly use Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Brief Solution Focus and a Person Centered Approach.

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Kristen Williams

Offering therapy in LA
License: MSW,LCSW,CCTP II
Relationship issuesFamily conflictsTrauma and abuseParenting issuesCoping with life changes
6 years of experience

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 5 years of experience providing therapy. I specialize in trauma as a Clinical Complex Trauma Therapist and Trauma educator. I use body-oriented therapy to help you work through trauma. Body-oriented therapy provides a more holistic approach as it integrates the mind and body connection to address trauma. Focus on the body is essential because traumatic experiences cause us to live in a state of survival-mode where we interpret much of life through the lens of our traumatic past constantly assessing for threats and employing defenses. These defenses become patterns and are often overwhelming physical sensations. Body-centered trauma work is about releasing old patterns and creating new patterns and experiences through sensory awareness. Centering the body places focus on the trauma effects experienced through perceived body sensations. Mindfulness can help you increase present moment awareness and provide opportunity for you to learn to alleviate distressing emotions and release trauma response patterns that were once adaptive but no longer serve you. Healing can happen anywhere. I'll help you become equipped with the skills and resources you need to foster your healing in any space you feel safe enough in to do so.

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Shandrieka Vallare

Offering therapy in LA
License: LCSW
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesDepression
17 years of experience

Shandrieka is an experienced License Clinical Social Worker licensed in Texas and Louisiana, graduate of Southern University at New Orleans. She enjoys spending time partaking in self-care activities such as: mediating, listening to smooth jazz and engaging with loved ones. Shandrieka is passionate about helping people overcome life's difficult challenges, assisting individuals with developing new insights. She has had the privilege of providing individual counseling to young children, adolescents, adults and geriatric populations in an inpatient setting as well as community- based. Utilizing various therapeutic modalities such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Narrative Therapy and Behavioral Therapy. Shandrieka views behavioral health as the primary component of holistic health, resulting in healthy families, personal relationships and stronger communities.

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Shawnene Weeks

Offering therapy in LA
License: MSW,LCSW
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsSelf esteemDepressionCoping with life changes
8 years of experience

I am a licensed clinical social worker [LCSW] with specialized training as an Addiction Recovery Practitioner. I am also trained in Cognitive Processing Therapy and Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy; to help individuals recover from trauma. My therapy style is person-centered. I focus on the whole person. I am experienced in working with individuals suffering from the cycle of substance abuse, trauma, and anxiety. My vision is one of inclusivity. My aim is to help people through difficult times, unexpected life-stressors, and to ultimately be an effective collaborator in their well-being. I’m delighted in the possibility of collaborating with you in finding ways to effectively manage your current life-stressors. And in helping you reach your current goals. In being tenacious about dealing with my own life challenges, I hold close to the belief that we are all deserving of a big, full life! “Ready to talk? I’m listening.”

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Kimberly Ragas-Matalamaki

Offering therapy in LA
Stress, AnxietyGriefDepressionADHD
7 years of experience

I am licensed in Louisiana with 7 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with depression, coping with grief and loss, life changes, and self esteem to list a few. 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 seeking a more fulfilling and happier life takes courage. I am here to support you in that process.

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Elrick Nelson

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

I am licensed in Louisiana with 24 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, coping with addictions, trauma and abuse, & coping with grief and loss. 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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Robertha Antoine

Offering therapy in LA
Family conflictsParenting issuesAnger managementSelf esteemDepression
10 years of experience

I am licensed in Louisiana with 10 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with family conflicts, parenting issues, anger management, & motivation, 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. 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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Lilian Gathanga

Offering therapy in LA
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsSelf esteemBipolar disorderDepression
4 years of experience

I am licensed in Louisiana with 4 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, coping with substance use, motivation, self-esteem, and confidence, & bipolar disorder. 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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Brooke Hughes-Daniels

Offering therapy in LA
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesTrauma and abuseSelf esteemDepression
7 years of experience

I am licensed in Louisiana with 7 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, & motivation, self esteem, and confidence. 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!

How to find counseling in Bunkie

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

How does the cost of in-person counseling compare to the cost of BetterHelp with a licensed Bunkie 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 Bunkie 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 Bunkie 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 Bunkie, 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 Bunkie 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 Bunkie 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 Bunkie 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 Bunkie 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 Bunkie 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 71322 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 Bunkie 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 Bunkie 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 Bunkie, 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.

Bunkie 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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