Donaldsonville is a town built on the theme "respecting our past and building our future." This powerful statement is a theme that resonates with people personally, allowing them to embrace their own past and looking toward a bright future. But, for some Donaldsonville, mental wellness issues stand in the way of their own future.

If you are having difficulty looking forward, and you feel stuck in the past, you may benefit from the support of a mental health professional. Donaldsonville-area therapists and counselors can provide the support you need to work through difficult life events, get past personal issues, and cope with mental illness.

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Sharron Lewis

Offering therapy in LA
License: LCSW,
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsRelationship issuesFamily conflictsDepression
22 years of experience

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the State of Louisiana. I received my Master of Social Work at the University of Washington in Seattle in 2001. I worked for the Veteran's Administration Hospital in Seattle in inpatient psychiatry for two years before returning to my home state of Louisiana to be near family. Since 2003, I have worked in Child Welfare, Community Mental Health, and private hospital. For the last 13 years, I've been the Clinical Director for an Intensive Outpatient Program, providing group and individual psychotherapy. My therapy style draws from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Mindfulness, and Self-Compassion Therapy. I tend to center around body-mind based therapies which utilize healing the brain to heal the mind and increasing body awareness. My clients tend to describe me as safe and warm. We will work together to clarify your goals for therapy and to develop an individualized plan of care. My passion is to see individuals grow and heal. I'm excited about being a part of your healing journey. There are many life issues that cause us pain and it is a brave step to begin counseling. Ready to begin!

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Amy Lovelace

Offering therapy in LA
License: LPC
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesTrauma and abuseSelf esteemDepression
12 years of experience

Thank you for considering working with me on your therapeutic journey. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor based out of the Greater New York City area. I have been working with clients since 2009. Life comes with unforeseen challenges and how we work through those circumstances can demonstrate who we are. Seeking help from licensed professionals during these difficult moments can help you learn new ways to grow and more fully enjoy life. My goal for our sessions is to focus completely on your needs by cultivating a warm and inviting atmosphere in order to nurture the strengths that you already possess. I use an integrative therapeutic approach based on building self-esteem and courage to help clients gain insight into negative thoughts and challenging emotional/behavioral patterns that often get us sidetracked. I provide trauma-informed care that addresses issues surrounding anxiety, depression, grief and loss, relationships, career changes, life transitions, domestic abuse, and healthy coping skills. I aim to guide my clients to empower themselves to reach their full potential in their own lives. A caring therapeutic relationship can help maximize your potential, enhance your communication skills, and work through areas of personal pain. Taking the time to read this and find a therapist that suits your needs is a great first step in this journey. I look forward to hearing from you and helping you to create a happy, healthy life for yourself.

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Maria Sands

Offering therapy in LA
License: LCSW
Stress, AnxietyLGBTDepression
12 years of experience

My name is Maria Sands. I hold a Masters Degree in Social Work and a State license to practice Social Work in Louisiana. I practice from a Bio-Psycho-Social perspective; that is, I look at the whole person as an Individual who is also part of society. I have worked in medical and psychiatric venues which adds to my ability to address issues such as comorbidities and psychotropic medications. My specialties include Anxiety Disorder, ADHD, Bi-Polar Disorder and Major Depressive Disorder. I use CBT, Deep Relaxation Techniques, Self-Affirmations and Journaling among other techniques and treatment approaches to address these disorders. I have had a good deal of experience with adults and the elderly with pre-existing conditions, such as kidney failure. I think I can help because I come from a Bio-Psycho-Social perspective and because I tailor my treatment approach to the clients I am treating. Different techniques work better for different people.

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Regina Moore

Offering therapy in LA
License: M.Ed.,NCC,LPC-S
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseParenting issuesSelf esteemDepression
10 years of experience

Hello, I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and Board Approved Supervisor (LPC-S), licensed to practice in Louisiana. I have a Master's Degree in Counselor Education from North Carolina A & T State University in Greensboro, North Carolina. I have been a licensed mental/behavioral health therapist for over ten years. I have more than 15 years of experience working with individuals, families, and groups as a helping professional. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, parenting concerns, childhood trauma, physical and emotional abuse, and ADHD. I have also helped clients who experienced flashbacks of emotional trauma from human trafficking. I believe that everyone deserves to be treated with respect, compassion, and empathy. My therapeutic approach combines Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy and Person-Centered Therapy, with some combination of Motivational interviewing. You will be actively engaged in interactive and sometimes illustrative sessions that are designed to meet your specific needs. You will also have an opportunity to measure your progress and I will be there to assist you in making the adjustments necessary to reach your therapeutic goals. I look forward to working with you to achieve your desired outcomes!

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Arcell Bodden

Offering therapy in LA
License: M.Ed,LPC,NCC
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsAnger managementDepressionCompassion fatigue
11 years of experience

Hello. My name is Arcell Bodden. I received my Bachelor’s of Arts in psychology from the University of New Orleans and my Master’s of Education with a focus in counseling from Texas Southern University. I am a licensed professional counselor (LPC) in Louisiana and I am also board certified by The National Board for Certified Counselors (NCC). I have 11 years of experience working with clients dealing with issues such as depression, anxiety, relationship issues, self esteem, substance abuse, and anger. I believe in treating everyone with respect, and compassion, and with a no judgment approach. My approach also includes cognitive-behavioral therapy and client centered therapy. As we build the client-therapist relationship we will work together in developing a plan for success. I look forward to working with you!

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Glenzetta Hall

Offering therapy in LA
License: M.A. ,M. Ed. , LPC-S
Stress, AnxietyAnger managementSelf esteemDepressionADHD
10 years of experience

I see counseling as a process in which you and I having come to understand and trust one another, work as a team to explore and define present problem situations, develop future goals for an improved life, and work in a systematic fashion toward realizing those goals. I approach counseling from a cognitive behavioral perspective in that patterns of thoughts and actions are explored in order to better understand the clients' problems and to develop solutions. I work with clients in a variety of formats, including individually, as couples and as families. I also conduct group therapy. I have counseled clients of varying ages and in both school and clinical settings working together toward a desired positive outcome. I have worked to improve the lives of people since 2002, first as a teacher, later as a counselor. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in Louisiana and Texas. I graduated in 1979 from Louisiana State University in Shreveport, Louisiana. After twenty-four years in the corporate world , I received my alternative teacher certification from Grambling State University. I earned a master’s in counseling from Louisiana Tech University in 2012, and a Master of Education in 2016. I also have an Educational Leadership Certification, a Louisiana and Texas Licensed Professional Counselor’s certification, and a National Certified Counselor certification. I've also worked for the Louisiana Department of Education as a Science Teacher Leader Advisor Instructional Materials Reviewer. It takes courage to seek a more fulfilling and happier life and to take the first steps towards 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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Angelle Hobbs

Offering therapy in LA
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesFamily conflictsSelf esteemDepression
8 years of experience

I am licensed in Louisiana with 8 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, & 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. 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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Ila Rice

Offering therapy in LA
Stress, AnxietyFamily conflictsAnger managementSelf esteemCoping with life changes
6 years of experience

I am licensed in Louisiana with 5 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, trauma and abuse, coping with grief and loss, & anger management. 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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Duane Williams

Offering therapy in LA
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesParenting issuesAnger managementDepression
19 years of experience

I am licensed in Georgia, Louisiana, and Texas with 19 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, depression, relationship issues, parenting issues, & anger management. 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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Melinda Richard

Offering therapy in LA
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsSelf esteemDepressionADHD
7 years of experience

I am licensed in Louisiana and Texas with 7 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping military client’s and their families, clients with mood concerns, personality disorders, stress, anxiety, & depression, parenting issues, intellectual disabilities, motivation, self esteem, and confidence concerns, career difficulties, and other needs. I work with my clients to create a plan to help them get where they would like to be. I’m honest with my clients and support my clients through the process.

How to find counseling in Donaldsonville

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

How does the cost of in-person counseling compare to the cost of BetterHelp with a licensed Donaldsonville 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 Donaldsonville 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 Donaldsonville 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 Donaldsonville, 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 Donaldsonville 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 Donaldsonville 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 Donaldsonville 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 Donaldsonville 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 Donaldsonville 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 70346 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 Donaldsonville 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 Donaldsonville 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 Donaldsonville, 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.

Donaldsonville 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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