Kaplan, Louisiana was, in 1896, a growing settlement, mostly Acadian, and mostly French-speaking. These settlers originated from France and settled in the maritime provinces of Canada and Maine, the U.S.A. in the 1600s. In 1755, they had their lands confiscated and they were exiled. One group traveled to Louisiana and settled there. They became known as Cajuns. Although other nationalities of settlers could be found in and around Kaplan, the culture and language of the Cajuns were dominant.

To this day, the Cajun culture is celebrated by the annual Louisiana Cajun Food Fest held in downtown Kaplan. It features music, dance, art, and food of the Louisiana Cajuns.

Keep your mental health in check by contacting a licensed counselor in the Kaplan area. There’s no need to handle your distress on your own.

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Irena Schmidt

Offering therapy in LA
License: LCSW
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesIntimacy-related issuesEating disordersDepression
14 years of experience

Feeling overwhelmed? Want to make changes but not sure where to start? Do things feel out of control? Finding a good fit with a therapist can play a vital role in getting more of what you want in life. I see myself as someone who guides and facilitates a committed, compassionate and confidential space where we can clarify what is most important to you, and discover the blocks that get in the way of having the life that you want. I work with individuals and couples, teens and adults. I provide a safe, non-judgmental environment, which helps you get to the root of the difficulties that are interfering with love, work, and play - the basic ingredients of a satisfying life.

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Dr. Eric Green

Offering therapy in LA
License: PhD,LPC-S,RPT-S
Stress, AnxietyFamily conflictsTrauma and abuseParenting issuesDepression
20 years of experience

I am a child, adolescent, and young adult psychotherapist specializing in the treatment of trauma, ADHD, OCD, psychosis, depression, and anxiety. I also treat couples and parents via family therapy. I employ an integrative approach of counseling that comprises (1) a humanistic stance of letting patients lead the way to their own healing, (2) inclusion of evidence-based practices, including cognitive-behavioral therapies, and (3) the magic and mysticism inherent in play therapy, sandplay, expressive arts, and music/dance. Dr. Carl Jung taught us many years ago that we (i.e., analysts) are nothing more than imperfect, wounded healers. With this humility, I join with patients and their families within the sacred space, a reverence for spiritus (Latin for "breath"), and a devotion to sol (soul). Psychotherapy is derived from the Greek word "psyche," which translates to "soul" and "therapeai," which means "care of." So etymologically, psychotherapy is a caring of the spirit/soul. While I don't pre-suppose theory or technique, I do use an integrative approach in collaboration with every patient. My primary therapeutic modalities include sandplay, play therapy, trauma-informed therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and expressive arts. I am open to integrate caretakers/family throughout the psychotherapy process if relevant and only if patient asks, a sacred process I refer to as "soul play." I've been the recipient of multiple awards from national professional organizations for my research and advocacy of traumatized children and families. My play therapy work with children affected by natural disasters was featured in the 2005 CNN documentary, "Children of the Storm." As well as, I was an invited panelist on CNN from 2006-2008 discussing children's mental health issues. In addition to maintaining a private practice for the past 20 years, I've served as a faculty member specializing in children's mental health at the Johns Hopkins University's School of Education in Baltimore, MD, 2005-2018. More recently, I served as a tenured associate professor in school counseling at Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN. I've authored/edited several recent books in child psychology, including: "The Handbook of Jungian Play Therapy" (Johns Hopkins Press); "No Child Forgotten" (Rowman & Littlefield); "Integrating Expressive Arts and Play" (John Wiley); & "Counseling Families" (Rowman & Littlefield), and "Play Therapy with PreTeens" (Rowman and Littlefield).

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Heather Wiltshire

Offering therapy in LA
License: LPC-S,NCC
Stress, AnxietyFamily conflictsParenting issuesSelf esteemDepression
23 years of experience

Welcome to BetterHelp. It is not always easy to make the decision to get counseling and actually make a call or log on to a website. Congratulations for taking the first step. My name is Heather Wiltshire and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor (LPC-S) in Louisiana and a National Certified Counselor (NCC). I have over 20 years experience working with adolescents, teens, and adults. My clinical approach is solution-based while also using cognitive behavioral techniques. I am comfortable working with a range of issues including stress, anxiety, depression, life changes, parenting, relationships, and sometimes just life. I believe that counseling is a place to talk to someone, without judgement, to work out a plan and take steps towards feeling better. If we get to work together, I look forward taking that path with you.

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Dr. Carol Jannik

Offering therapy in LA
License: PhD ,MED,LPC-S
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesFamily conflictsTrauma and abuseDepression
35 years of experience

Greetings. As a therapist, I prefer to talk about you rather than me, but I understand you need to know about me to make a decision regarding choosing a therapist. I am an older therapist with extensive experience in most areas of therapy. I worked for schools, counseling agencies, mental healthcare agencies, had a private practice for over 20 years and in the hospital setting providing counseling to individuals in various departments including OB, Pain Management, Grief and Loss, Emergency, inpatient and most often in an outpatient setting (PHP and IOP). I work closely with psychiatrists in prescribing medications and reporting efficacy. Although I do not prescribe medication, I am familiar with the latest medications as well as the older medications used in therapy. I am also familiar with co-morbidity issues and dual diagnoses (medical as well as mental illnesses and their interactions). In my private practice, I worked with children and adolescents in foster care as well as living with their families, family issues, adoptions, adjustments, ADD/ADHD, and educational and learning issues. I also worked with individuals suffering from depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder and psychosis. I thoroughly enjoy what I do and have prepared myself educationally (I have a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology) and I avail myself of every opportunity to improve my skills and meet additional certification requirements (I am a certified trauma counselor as well as a certified telehealth professional). I espouse christian beliefs as well as respecting any faith as it pertains to the benefits of therapy. In addition to being licensed by the Louisiana LPC Board, I am also designated as a supervisor to counsel trainees. I firmly believe in promoting the counseling profession and am committed to training competent future counselors for licensure. I tailor my therapy to the individual's needs and form treatment plans accordingly. Most often, I use a cognitive behavioral approach sprinkled with didactic and rational emotional therapies. If I cannot provide the necessary help and assistance, I have no trouble acknowledging such and referring a patient to someone who can. Thank you for taking the time to familiarize yourself with my qualifications and experience. If you feel I can be of further assistance to you, please do not hesitate to contact me.

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Theresa Yucel

Offering therapy in LA
License: LPC
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesFamily conflictsGriefDepression
6 years of experience

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in the states of Louisiana and Texas. I am a graduate of Northwestern University with a Masters of Arts in Counseling. I have experience working with adolescents, young adults and geriatrics. I have training in crisis management working at an inpatient psychiatric hospital for 3 years helping clients at crisis points in their mental health journey. I transitioned to working with an outpatient population with a focus in adult to geriatric group therapy. I have worked in the field full time since 2015 working with those in crisis, individuals facing adjustment issues, grief and loss. My specialties include but are not limited to depression, anxiety, self-care, and healthy boundary setting. My ultimate goal is to create a trusting therapeutic relationship with clients and a judgement free zone where you can thrive and revive. I believe therapy is a partnership, an assist in life. I look forward to working with you on your life journey.

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Jeremy Thornhill

Offering therapy in LA
License: LPC,LMFT
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesTrauma and abuseIntimacy-related issuesDepression
7 years of experience

My name is Jeremy, I'm in my 30's and I am licensed both as a LMFT and LPC. I have worked with families and individuals of all ages, races, sexualities, religions and gender identities in a variety of both outpatient and inpatient settings. I'm a classically trained systemic therapist who uses the MRI framework in my approach to therapy. To most people, this sentence will likely not hold much meaning. What this means in plain English is that I approach a client's identified problem by taking fully into account their entire context. By context, I mean a client's family, work and private life. This relies on a client being fully open with me, which understandably, is a very difficult thing to do. In my view, all problems are attempted solutions and are patterns of behavior which exist for a very good reason. I must stress that sometimes a client may find it preferable to keep their problems as sometimes change may be worse for them than the status quo. Therapy is not a process to be taken lightly and we live in a world where we often must choose between two undesirable outcomes. Not every client will feel that a therapist is a good fit for them, and that also includes myself. In the end, open communication will be the best way for both of us to check in with one another about the direction we are going in therapy. I look forward to meeting and getting to know you... and if change occurs, well, that would be very nice, too.

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Dr. Craig Anderson

Offering therapy in LA
License: PsyD
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesAnger managementSelf esteemDepression
20 years of experience

I am a doctoral level psychologist with 20 years of experience as a therapist. I provide therapy for individuals afflicted with presenting problems to include depression, anxiety, self-esteem, anger, substance use, relationship and adjustment related issues. I utilize a number of individualized therapy approaches to include humanistic, cognitive behavioral and psychodynamic techniques to relieve distress, strengthen resilience and promote improved welfare and functioning ability. My aim is to assist recovery and improved functioning and wellness using effective, supportive, directive and collaborative interventions to respond to your challenges and recovery goals. I look forward to assisting you in your journey to maximize health, foster growth and enhance your quality of life.

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Dr. Ernesha Smith

Offering therapy in LA
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseSelf esteemBipolar disorderDepression
8 years of experience

My name is Ernesha, some call me Dr. Smith or Dr. E, but you can call me whatever feels comfortable for you!I enjoy supporting individuals experiencing difficult life transitions including (but not limited to) relationship challenges, divorce or a break-up, loss of a loved one, expanding your family, embarking on a new career or contemplating leaving an existing career, moving to a new place, etc. I work to support the client in their journey to creating a path toward healing, acceptance and self-discovery, with the ultimate goal of achieving optimal emotional well-being, as defined by the client. Together, we will develop strategies that will generate feelings of well-being and create a path toward emotional healing and personal growth. I work with clients to help them uncover thinking and behavioral patterns that create barriers to optimal emotional well-being. Together we can explore and identify these patterns, uncover underlying issues, and tend to the parts of yourself that require attention, in order to create lasting and transformational change. Therapy expands our individual capacity, so that we can show up fully and as our best selves, across all the roles that we take on throughout life. I welcome the opportunity to work with you to expand your capacity and assist you in doing the work toward becoming your best self. My clinical goal is to help them identify and utilize these resources and solutions in their interactions with others and inner self to create positive change in their quality of life and relationships. I acknowledge that every client is unique and deserves a safe, caring environment as they travel in their therapeutic journey. I prides herself on being relatable and making people feel at ease.

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Marilyn Williams

Offering therapy in LA
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesGriefCoping with life changes
25 years of experience

I am licensed in Louisiana with 25 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, relationship issues, & coping with grief and loss. I also have experience working with coping with life changes. 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 seeking a more fulfilling and happier life takes courage. I am here to support you in that process.

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Marilla Chapman

Offering therapy in LA
Stress, AnxietyLGBTRelationship issuesTrauma and abuseIntimacy-related issues
3 years of experience

I am licensed in Louisiana with 3 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, lgbt-related issues, relationship issues, & trauma and abuse. 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. 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.

How to find counseling in Kaplan

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

How does the cost of in-person counseling compare to the cost of BetterHelp with a licensed Kaplan 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 Kaplan 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 Kaplan 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 Kaplan, 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 Kaplan 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 Kaplan 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 Kaplan 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 Kaplan 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 Kaplan 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 70548 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 Kaplan 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 Kaplan 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 Kaplan, 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.

Kaplan 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.

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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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