Each year in Gonzales, a new Jambalaya King and Queen are crowned in the city’s Jambalaya Festival. As the king or queen of your own life, you make difficult decisions every day. You face personal struggles that threaten your mental health. Life isn’t always a happy festival, but you have to carry on the best you can.

The daily emotional distress builds up until you no longer know how to deal with it. You feel helpless and out of control. Talk privately with a Gonzales area counselor to improve your mental health and gain personal power over your interior kingdom.

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Meacco Verdun

Offering therapy in LA
License: LPC,NCC,BCC
Relationship issuesFamily conflictsParenting issuesSelf esteemCoaching
18 years of experience

Welcome, my name is Meacco and I am a licensed professional counselor and a board-certified coach in the state of Louisiana. I have over 15 years of experience working in the mental health field. I have worked and volunteered in a variety of settings including an in-patient substance abuse treatment facility for women, hotline for suicide prevention and in high schools. I have the most experience dealing with anxiety, PTSD, family/relationships, life transitions, LGBTQ, identity issues and recently became a "Kink Informed" provider. I also have experience working with people suffering from depression and grief. I use a person-centered approach which means we’ll work on personal growth, development, help minimize feelings of distress, enhance our understanding of yourself and increase self-esteem. What you can expect from me is positive regard, empathetic understanding, and non-judgmental listening as we move towards working on the things you feel are the most important to you. I will encourage you to make the choices you feel comfortable making.

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Adrienne Norwood

Offering therapy in LA
LGBTRelationship issuesFamily conflictsTrauma and abuseDepression
3 years of experience

I would like to thank you for reading my profile! I honor your courage to reach out and seek help. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and therapist with over 25 years of experience. I am licensed in several different States to practice and I practice from a Holistic Perspective. It is my belief that you must treat the "whole" person. I incorporate mind, body and spirit into my approach when it comes to assisting others on their journey of healing. It is a journey not a destination. We are always learning, growing, and healing if we choose to do so. Allow me to assist you on your journey of healing and awakening to your Universal Divine Truth. I will assist you by helping you learn to tap into the power within that has always existed! You will discover your true-self and be able to begin creating the life of your dreams. I am both a Spiritual Empowerment (Life) Coach and a Licensed Therapist and can meet either need. Allow me to help you discover the solutions for your life one session at a time! I work with individuals, groups, couples, and/or families who have experienced everything from child abuse, domestic violence, low self-esteem, bereavement, anxiety, parenting issues, and depression just to mention a few. When providing therapy I utilize a holistic wellness approach and use a variety of modalities when dealing with my clients. I do not see you as "your story, your past, your perceived failures." You are so much more than you realize! Through utilizing several different therapy techniques and years of experience, we will begin to explore underlying causes of what has you out of "alignment" and assist you on your path to healing and wellness! I will tailor our dialog and treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs. Again, It takes courage to seek for a more fulfilling and happier life and to take the first steps towards a 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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Andrea McCarver

Offering therapy in LA
License: LCSW
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseIntimacy-related issuesParenting issuesDepression
20 years of experience

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), with 20 years of experience in mental health. I received a BSW from the University of Alabama, and graduated from Tulane University with an MSW. I have a wide array of experience treating diverse clients who are dealing with Anxiety/Depression, trauma, childhood abuse and neglect, co-dependency, attachment/intimacy, discrimination, gender identity, self esteem, parenting and more. While using traditional talk therapy, I also incorporate teaching and interactive cognitive restructuring into sessions. I commonly utilize breathe work and other non traditional techniques into therapy. I allow the client to guide the session and their own work, but do not hold back observations about client's thought patterns and potential for growth. I treat all clients with unconditional positive regard and allow them to adapt within their own limits and social dynamics. Clients should always feel as though they have learned skills relevant to daily life.

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Shondranise Rhine

Offering therapy in LA
License: MA,LPC
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesCareer difficultiesDepression
10 years of experience

I am licensed as a Professional Counselor in the state of Louisiana. I have been licensed for 7 years. I have over 13 years of experience in the behavioral health field. I have assisted clients transition through many issues in life including depression, anxiety, stress management, relationship issues, and career decisions/difficulties. I have also worked in service administration alongside other behavioral health professionals to improve quality of services. My therapeutic approach consists of providing a therapeutic environment that will assist my clients in achieving success. I believe in client-centered and individualized care in which I serve as a wellness/success partner. I am a goal oriented individual by nature and I apply this approach while working alongside my clients to support them in success towards their goals.

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Dr. Yael Banai

Offering therapy in LA
License: PhD
Stress, AnxietyCareer difficultiesDepressionCoping with life changesADHD
30 years of experience

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Louisiana and have been for thirty years. Though I have practiced most frequently in a school environment, I have worked in other settings with a variety of populations, including teens and young adults. My areas of expertise include ADHD, anxiety and depression and personality disorders. My therapy style is low key and empathetic, with regard for the individual as a person of uniqueness with strengths and weaknesses that defy often negative labels. I use a variety of modalities in my approach, including cognitive behavioral, rational emotive, psychodynamic / transactional analysis and humanistic approaches. The approach(es) used and the eventual treatment plan will be tailored to the unique needs of the individual. Therapy is a journey, and like most journeys, it begins with a single step that may well be tempered by fear or doubt. The road to change take courage to begin with that first step into a future that offers a promise for tomorrow.

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Jessica Merrells

Offering therapy in LA
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsFamily conflictsSelf esteemDepression
12 years of experience

I am licensed in Louisiana and Texas with 12 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, coping with addictions, family conflicts, & 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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Patricia Carr

Offering therapy in LA
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsTrauma and abuseSelf esteemDepression
12 years of experience

I am licensed in Louisiana with 12 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with depression, stress and anxiety, trauma related challenges, relationship issues, and have worked extensively with Clients struggling with addictions. I enjoy assisting people with problem solving! I also have a deep respect for Clients' authorship of their own journeys and am ceaselessly amazed at the strengths people bring to their struggles . 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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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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Carly Smith

Offering therapy in LA
Stress, AnxietyFamily conflictsTrauma and abuseSelf esteemCoping with life changes
3 years of experience

Beginning therapy is a brave act of self-care, and working with an effective clinician can be the support you deserve in bringing about powerful changes in your world. Clients come to me with a variety of symptoms, including depression, anxiety, and anger, as well as attachment wounds that impact the quality of their relationships. I work with people seeking to center psychological wellness in their lives, people navigating life's transitions, and people courageously healing from complex trauma. I have extensive experience working with adult survivors of intimate partner violence, sexual assault, and child abuse. I am licensed in Louisiana and Texas. My first objective is to provide a safe and affirming therapeutic relationship. From that foundation, I work collaboratively with my clients to develop an evidenced-based treatment plan that validates their lived experience and encourages their growth. My approach is person-centered, trauma-informed, and I carefully utilize aspects of CBT, DBT, and EMDR. Opening oneself up to change can be very intimidating. I welcome your questions about the therapeutic process, my approach and training, and how we can make therapy accessible and effective for you.

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Susan "Wenonah" Caruthers

Offering therapy in LA
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsRelationship issuesSelf esteemCoping with life changes
30 years of experience

Hello there! I'm here to support you as your therapist, helping you navigate life's ups and downs. As a favorite philosopher Dallas Willard said "Our first freedom is where we put our thoughts." That's my motto as we work together to shift your mindset and tackle whatever's holding you back. Perhaps you are struggling with anxiety or depression or you would like to improve communication skills, or smooth out relationship bumps. You may be experiencing a life transition or feel stuck and overwhelmed. With 30 years experience helping individuals, couples and families, I've got a bunch of tools in my toolkit to help. These include systemic, cognitive, and behavioral approaches, as well as EMDR if it fits. So, let's dive in and get you feeling your best!

How to find counseling in Gonzales

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

How does the cost of in-person counseling compare to the cost of BetterHelp with a licensed Gonzales 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 Gonzales 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 Gonzales 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 Gonzales, 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 Gonzales 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 Gonzales 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 Gonzales 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 Gonzales 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 Gonzales 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 70707 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 Gonzales 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 Gonzales 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 Gonzales, 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.

Gonzales 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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Below are some of the zip codes served by BetterHelp therapists in Gonzales:

70707, 70718, 70737

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