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Lynn Murphy

Offering therapy in LA
License: LCSW,LISW
Stress, AnxietyLGBTTrauma and abuseParenting issuesSelf esteem
13 years of experience

My name is Lynn Murphy and I earned a Masters Degree from The University of Iowa in 2019 with a focus in Individual, Family and Group therapy. I am licensed in Louisiana as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, in Mississippi as a Licensed Certified Social Worker and in Iowa as a Licensed Independent Social Worker. My experience includes working with anxiety, stress, ADHD, trauma/abuse and family issues. I have worked with children, adolescents, adults and families so I have an overall picture of how mental health issues affect the entire family system. I believe in meeting my clients where they are emotionally and assisting them to reach their full potential. I am non-judgmental and open minded which assists my clients in feeling comfortable with me. My work is typically based in Cognitive Behavioral therapy and strength-based therapy. I can be messaged through Better Help at any time and I will contact you in a short time. Congratulations on making the first step in reaching your full potential. I look forward to working with you to assist you in reaching that goal.

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Christopher Johnson

Offering therapy in LA
License: LPC-S
Stress, AnxietyParenting issuesAnger managementSelf esteemDepression
11 years of experience

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and state approved Supervisor. I have experience working with ALL Populations and Cultural backgrounds in various settings. My career in the behavior health industry started in 02/2000 with Louisiana Health and Rehabilitation Options (MHR) in Baker, LA. Currently, I am a Clinical Director/Supervisor at Cognitive Development Centers of Seaside Healthcare systems. For over 17 years I have worked in the mental health industry from mental health specialist, mental health professional finally to Licensed Professional Counselor-Supervisor. In addition, I have experience as a Supervisor for Multi-Systemic Therapy which in turn has equipped him to work with court appointed dysfunctional youth and their families. I have am also Trained as a PCIT(Parent Child Interaction Therapist). Working in the Mental Health Rehabilitation industry has equipped me to effectively develop and implement Individual Service Recovery Plans (ISRPs), provide Community Psychiatric Support and Treatment (CPST) and Psychotherapy Interventions/services to eligible members and their families. My experience also includes the ability to develop positive collaborations with Stakeholders and Referral Sources with the overarching goal of providing the highest quality of services to members. My first experience as a Mental Health Specialist, required responsibilities included: case management, facilitating groups, fostering integrated psychosocial skills into a daily routine, providing one-on-one assistance during routine group sessions, providing community support to client and client’s family, working in partnership with clinical managers as a clinical team to develop and implement treatment and behavior plans, and foster a safe and healthy working environment throughout the treatment process. Finally, I have a wealth of experience in the Non-Profit workforce, I am also the founder of Nonprofit Organization Beat The Streets, where community members from low income communities are provided an environment conducive for learning Music and Cultural Arts. Introduction to the arts provide a foundation and opportunity for introducing and teaching life skills. 96% of the Members have likely been diagnosed with a Mental Illness or have a family member who struggles with Mental Illness. I have several years of experience in a variety of settings and with diverse clients, including both long-term and brief interventions. Areas of expertise include: • Teen Issues; Peer Pressure, Self Esteem • Parent/Child or Partner Relational Problems • Dating Violence/Abuse • Non-Suicidal Self-Harm Behavior • Mood Disorders • Anxiety Disorders • Conduct and Oppositional Defiant Disorders • Physical, Sexual, Emotional Abuse • Anger and Stress Management • Dual Diagnoses • Criminal Thinking and Behavior • Depression • Family Therapy • Military adjustments and struggles/PTSD • Addictive Behaviors and Substance Use Issues I am eclectic in my selection of therapeutic interventions using a blend of Cognitive Behavioral, Reality Therapy, Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT), Solution Focused, Reality Based, and Psycho-Education to individual’s age four and up. In addition to the experience in Behavioral Health, I have worked as a Program Coordinator for at least three programs in a non-profit world. I have experience treating children, adolescents and adults with diverse backgrounds and presenting a range of concerns. Finally, I am a professional member of the Louisiana Counseling Association, holds several certifications and continues to educate myself by attending local conferences, keeping up with current therapy research, and seeking supervision and support from colleagues.

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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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Steven Marshall

Offering therapy in LA
License: LPC
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseAnger managementDepressionADHD
4 years of experience

Hello! I am very passionate about helping others and improving the well-being of all individuals. Although I received by master’s degree in counseling from Louisiana Tech in 2017, I have 8 years of experience working in the helping profession. I approach counseling from an integrative perspective which means I use a variety of theoretical approaches. My primary techniques are person-centered and cognitive-behavioral. Person-centered is important to ensure that respect and unconditional positive regard are shown towards the client. Cognitive-behavior perspective is used to explore patterns of thoughts, feelings, and behaviors in an effort to better understand the clients’ problems and to develop solutions. I have training in trauma, anxiety, depression and domestic violence. I work with clients in a variety of settings which include individual, as well as couples and family sessions. I also conduct group therapy. I see clients of all ages and backgrounds. The only exception is I do not work individually with children under five years of age. Specialties Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Emotional Focus Therapy (EFT) Motivational Interviewing Preschool PTSD Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Telehealth ADHD Relationship Issues Bipolar Disorder I am looking forward to 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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Tamesha Thompson Sims

Offering therapy in LA
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsAnger managementSelf esteemCoping with life changes
27 years of experience

I am Tamesha Thompson Sims, LPC-S. I am licensed in Louisiana and Texas with 26 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, coping with addictions, anger management, self esteem, confidence and other life transitions. I strive to create a comfortable and non-judgmental environment to allow clients the opportunity to openly express their thoughts and feelings. My therapeutic approach is tailored to meet the needs of each client and will include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Person Centered Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and/or Solution Focused Therapy. I believe that you the client are the expert of your story and that you have many strengths that will assist you in overcoming things that challenge you within your daily life. It takes courage to take the first steps towards change and to seek out a more fulfilling and happier life. I am here to support & empower you in that journey.

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Melissa Montrose

Offering therapy in LA
License: LICSW
Stress, AnxietySelf esteemCareer difficultiesCoping with life changesCompassion fatigue
4 years of experience

I am a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker in WA and LA but I am Australian and have been in the US since 2015. I have many years of experience working with individuals and families with a wide range of issues including depression, anxiety, substance abuse, domestic violence, incarceration and those involved in the child welfare system including foster care. I myself am a cancer survivor and lost a loved one through violence so I feel I have a good understanding of these particular issues also. I have a casual, warm and empathetic style incorporating different approaches but the main thing is building a relationship whereby you feel heard and validated and we work together utilizing your own strengths to improve your situation and create the change you desire. I look forward to hearing your story, and ensuring that therapy is a meaningful process to you and adds value to your life. I am only offering short term therapy via PHONE sessions so if this does not suit you then you might find someone who offers other modalities.

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Wynona Russ

Offering therapy in LA
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesFamily conflictsParenting issuesDepression
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, relationship issues, family conflicts, & parenting issues. 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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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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Cherise Collins Roman

Offering therapy in LA
Relationship issuesFamily conflictsTrauma and abuseIntimacy-related issuesCareer difficulties
10 years of experience

I am licensed in Louisiana with 10 years of professional work experience.....southwest Louisiana-Cajun country to be exact. I am formally educated with a Masters degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and Professional Counseling. My greatest desire is to help bring enrichment and healing to individuals and families in Louisiana. We experience disasters almost yearly in Louisiana and our families and personal lives take the hit. I have experience in helping clients with life transitional issues, sexual and intimacy related issues, sexual dysfunctions, relationship issues, family conflicts, blended families, parent-child attachment/bonding issues, fertility counseling and infertility related issues, trauma and abuse, & workplace issues. I work with my clients to create an open and safe environment where thoughts and feelings can be shared and explored without fear of judgment or abandonment. Seeking help is a source of strength and a gift to 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 through mindfulness therapy, emotional-focused therapy, and narrative therapy, all performed through my unique strength-based communication style. Let's work together to create this beautiful space in time.

How to find counseling in Estherwood

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

How does the cost of in-person counseling compare to the cost of BetterHelp with a licensed Estherwood 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 Estherwood 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 Estherwood 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 Estherwood, 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 Estherwood 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 Estherwood 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 Estherwood 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 Estherwood 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 Estherwood 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 70534 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 Estherwood 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 Estherwood 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 Estherwood, 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.

Estherwood 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

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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