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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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Alicia Jackson

Offering therapy in LA
License: LCSW in Texas,LCSW in Louisiana
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseGriefDepressionCoping with life changes
30 years of experience

Your health is crucial to your survival and important to those who rely upon you. Mental health is real and solutions are attainable. You may be experiencing something completely new or maybe what bothers you has grown into something more than you feel you can readily handle on your own. Perhaps you’ve made great strides but could use some support with what is presently happening in your life. You owe it to yourself, and those who depend upon you, to make the most of your life. There really is only one you and I believe that you can make your life better. It may not be easy. Cognitive behavioral therapy can be a useful tool in guiding a new outlook on life. My specialty areas are anxiety, depression, grief and loss, survivors of assault and adult survivors of childhood abuse. I also work with people experiencing behavioral health issues related to medical condition(s). Therapy with me would involve safety, building your strengths and slowly using those skills in the real world. Right now, you may not feel that you can get there. That will be my role to support you in your journey. A bit about me so you know: • I’m a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW). This means I graduated with a master’s degree in social work (MSW) from an accredited university, spent two years post- graduate in practice with supervision, oversight and learning. I keep up to date with current practices through continuing education throughout the year. • My undergraduate degree is a Bachelor of Science with a double major in social work and psychology and an additional focus in gerontology • I’ve got 30 years’ experience working with people in medical settings, non-profit settings, with treatment teams, groups and directly with a single person in the room allowing me the privileged position of serving as their guide until their strength was strong. Reach out to me about possible weekend appointment availability. We can make that happen.

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Marissa Kent

Offering therapy in LA
License: LPC,BC-TMH
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesFamily conflictsSelf esteemDepression
7 years of experience

Hi! My name is Marissa Kent and I am a nationally certified and licensed professional counselor in the state of Mississippi and Louisiana. I have nearly a decade's worth of experience in the mental health field, the last four of those years working with various populations as a counselor/therapist. I have worked with individuals dealing with a range of concerns and have the most experience with depression, anxiety and stress, anger management, and relationship issues. I got into the field of counseling because I love helping people. There are few things better than seeing someone reach a goal or fulfill their potential. I believe in treating people with respect and getting to know their story. It helps me gain a deeper understanding for who they are, the family and cultural values, beliefs, and traditions they hold dear, and the goals they would like to achieve in counseling. My approach in counseling is an eclectic mix that primarily combines cognitive behavioral and person-centered techniques, but the specifics of how I work with each individual is as unique as the individual. I realize that it can be challenging to tackle some of life's concerns head-on, so my goal is to empower you by highlighting the strengths you already possess and give you additional tools needed to accomplish your goals. Congratulations on taking the first step! I look forward to working with you.

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Louisa Lichtman

Offering therapy in LA
License: LCSW
Family conflictsGriefDepressionCoping with life changesCompassion fatigue
8 years of experience

The world is a very scary place these days and I commend you for reaching out seeking support. Our new norm is evolving. We are practicing social distancing, frequent hand washing, wearing masks, not being able to celebrate birthdays, wedding, graduations, and other milestones as we normally do. It is so important now more than ever to take care of your mental health. There is little we can control, but we can learn to control our emotions, thoughts, and feelings. It feels good to feel good. I am here to help you learn new coping mechanism, reinforce the ones you already know, and help you learn how to deal with the loss. Whether the loss of a loved one, loss of your patients, loss of what we use to take for granted, loss of anything. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker licensed in Louisiana with more than six years of experience as a psychotherapist working with adults primarily with older adults and their families. Although, my focus is adults in my 10 years of experience of being a social worker, I have also worked with children as young as five helping them improve their focus and control their anger. One of my favorite roles has been a Hospice social worker. I specialize in grief, death, and dying, and learning how to coping after losing a loved one. I have developed interventions for my nurse coworkers on compassion fatigue. Many people, perhaps yourself, are juggling working from home, worrying about parents, homeschooling kids, and feeling stuck and not taking the needed self care you need to recharge. Taking charge of your mental health is the best thing you can do to feel less stuck. Feel proud of signing up for BetterHelp! When you feel happy and safe, it regulates your blood pressure and oxygen. Now more than ever, it is so important to take care of your mental health. I am here to support you to navigate this new “normal.” I can provide interventions that make sense for you rather than one size fits all approach. I believe in helping you build a toolbox of concrete tools and skills that you can draw from moving forward—in helping you equip yourself to meet not only the challenges you’re facing now, but also leaving you better prepared to manage future challenges as they come. I'm here to support you as we explore ways to help you meet your goals and live your best life!

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Melody Bennett

Offering therapy in LA
License: LPC-S,LMFT,NCC
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsRelationship issuesGriefDepression
18 years of experience

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor-Supervisor(LPC-S) and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) in Louisiana, with over 18 years of experience working as a Professional Counselor. I am also a National Certified Counselor (NCC). I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, grief, crisis counseling, and chronic mental illness. In addition, I have also helped many individuals who were facing various marital challenges. My counseling style is genuine and non-judgmental. I believe in treating everyone with respect, compassion, and unconditional positive regard. My goal is to facilitate positive change and recovery in a supportive, non-judgmental, atmosphere. Additionally, my approach combines cognitive-behavioral, person-centered , and solution focused therapy. I will tailor our dialog and treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs. Acknowledging that you are struggling and may need help, is the first step in your recovery. I look forward to an opportunity to guide you in your individual journey towards growth and healing. I hope to hear from you soon!

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Janice McDermott

Offering therapy in LA
License: M.Ed.,LCSW
Stress, AnxietyGriefIntimacy-related issuesSelf esteemCoping with life changes
37 years of experience

Thank you so much for checking my profile, and congratulations on getting this far. Reaching out to a perfect stranger for help, from my experience, is never easy. Helping others make the changes they know they need to make still gives me great satisfaction after 37 years as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, and as a Gestalt and NLP practitioner. I have worked in outpatient and inpatient mental health centers, addiction recovery centers, public and chartered schools, and in private practice for years. I recently retired from supervising new social workers for their licenses. I have seen and heard it all in my time as a therapist. So, have no concerns about sharing information with me whenever you feel comfortable. Also, I’m the author of "Healing Mind, Five steps to Ultimate Healing, Four Rooms for Thoughts: Achieve Satisfaction through a Well-Managed Mind” found on Amazon, Walmart and Barns & Noble, which directs the reader in how to be their own therapist. You can be assured that while working with me, you will be moving in the direction of self-empowerment. Being able to talk with someone who can understand the pain created by depression, anxiety, and loss can be very helpful. The type of sessions that we have will be based on your needs. We will start from where you are. Every client is different. Yet, we all have a part of ourselves that knows what we need to do or how we need to be. If you aren’t sure what changes you need to make, that may be where we start. Part of my job as a therapist is to help you find that part of yourself and give it a voice as you ground through your five senses. We are all working to make progress, not to become perfect. The perfect human does not exist. However, you are in the perfect place to take the next step on your way to a better life. I’m looking forward to hearing from you and being in touch.

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Karen Colvin

Offering therapy in LA
License: MA. LPC-S
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesGriefDepressionADHD
12 years of experience

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor with Supervision privilege licensed in the state of Louisiana with over 10 years experience as a licensed counselor. I work with individuals struggling with various life challenges to include: anxiety, depression, self-esteem, relationships, and grief/loss. I also have experience helping individuals with ADD navigate school or work situations. I can also help individuals, such as college students or non-traditional students returning to school, with academic concerns such as adjustment issues, how to study for college setting, and time management. I believe the relationship between the therapist and the client is the most important element of therapy. I consider building rapport and trust with the individual as essential in the therapeutic process. I help individuals identify and establish their goals for therapy and work with individual toward accomplishing those goals. I use client- centered therapy along with Solution Focus Brief Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness Based Therapy, and Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) to help individuals. I design each individual’s therapy to the unique and specific goals of the individual. I also have experience with social anxiety, religion/spiritual concerns, addiction, forgiveness, communication, compassion fatigue, academic concerns, and career issues. I look forward to working with you.

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Nicala Edwards

Offering therapy in LA
License: MS,PLPC,NCC
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesFamily conflictsIntimacy-related issuesDepression
6 years of experience

Welcome! My name is Nicala and I am a licensed professional counselor in the state of Louisiana. I have over 5 years of experience working in the mental health field. I have worked in a variety of settings including in-patient, partial care, outpatient, in-home, and addictions. Although that seems like a mouthful, it simply means that I have had experience working with a broad range and severity of clinical issues. I have the most experience working with anxiety, family/relationship conflicts, life transitions, LGBTQIA population, and complex trauma/abuse. I also have experience working with depression, intellectual/developmental disabilities, and mild autism. I work with individuals and families who are experiencing mental health, marital issues, suicidal thoughts, grief, loss, and other issues that can be very challenging, stressful, and overwhelming. Reducing your symptoms and improving your daily functioning is my goal. I provide support and counseling to clients from diverse backgrounds, personalities, and cultures. Services are delivered with respect, enthusiasm, and professionalism. Together you and I will collaborate to develop a treatment plan to meet your individual or family needs. I am a Cognitive Behavioral Therapist (CBT) and have experience in utilizing CBT, person-centered, Eclectic/Integrative, Motivational Interviewing, Play-Therapy, Solution-Focused, and Systems approach to help you meet your therapeutic goals. I am dedicated to creating a safe, supportive, and inclusive environment that will allow you to reach your therapeutic goals. My goal is to ensure the well-being of all clients. Life can be challenging, but with proper help and support, you don’t have to endure it alone.

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Stephen Roberts

Offering therapy in LA
AddictionsRelationship issuesTrauma and abuseGriefDepression
6 years of experience

I am licensed in Louisiana with 6 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with coping with addictions, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, & coping with grief and loss. 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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Christen Johnson

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

I am licensed in Louisiana with 10+ 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 seeking a more fulfilling and happier life takes courage. I am here to support you in that process.

How to find counseling in Duson

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

How does the cost of in-person counseling compare to the cost of BetterHelp with a licensed Duson 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 Duson 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 Duson 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 Duson, 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 Duson 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 Duson 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 Duson 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 Duson 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 Duson 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 70529 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 Duson 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 Duson 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 Duson, 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.

Duson 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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