In life, your mental state can feel like a lake. It can be calm, tranquil, and beautiful. However, all it takes is a storm for you to feel differently. Depression, anxiety, and all of life’s other troubles can make you feel like you're up the lake without a paddle. A counselor based in Lake Charles can help. 

Lake Charles is the lake city, and a counselor knows how to navigate all of our mental lakes. By speaking to a counselor today, you can be prepared for any problem that comes your way and make it to tranquility once again. 

This is Antoinette Woods's avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Lake Charles, Louisiana (Lake Charles, LA)
Type Of Therapy License(s): LPC
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Addictions, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Depression
Years of Experience: 20

My name is Ms. Woods and I have over 20 years of experience working in the counseling field. I have worked with children, adolescents and adults. I have worked with many diverse populations and different scopes of practice. I have worked in inpatient facilities as well as corrections. My largest experience with counseling has been working for community mental health. I believe in utilizing a non-judgmental optimistic approach. I have learned over the years as a counselor that the most important aspect of counseling is active listening. I am very compassion...

This is Beverly Hulbin's avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Lake Charles, Louisiana (Lake Charles, LA)
Type Of Therapy License(s): LPC
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Addictions, Family conflicts, Grief, Depression
Years of Experience: 12

I am so very glad to see you have thought about receiving help to be the best you can be! We all have room for improvement, and you recognize having positive support can help. I am dedicated to help others navigate obstacles, develop holistically, and accomplish goals. My counseling style is compassionate and interactive. My training, experience, and life has prepared me to work with a wide range of concerns. I am very much person- centered serving with respect and sensitivity, utilizing varied therapeutic approaches. I believe it is important for me to wo...

This is Michelle Waguespack's avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Lake Charles, Louisiana (Lake Charles, LA)
Type Of Therapy License(s): LPC
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Self esteem, Career difficulties, Coping with life changes, Coaching
Years of Experience: 12

I am an LPC licensed in the state of Louisiana. My counseling experience has spanned the university, business, and private practice settings. Although my degree focus is in the marriage and family area, I built a specialty in career counseling working with all stages and phases of career issues. In addition, I am passionate about working with clients in the areas of communication, anxiety, grief& loss, confidence building, self-esteem issues, and life transitions. I believe that good therapy comes from a warm, non-judgmental professional relationship. I will w...

This is Linda Moore's avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Lake Charles, Louisiana (Lake Charles, LA)
Type Of Therapy License(s): MA LPC
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Family conflicts, Parenting issues, Self esteem, Depression
Years of Experience: 20

Hi! My name is Linda Moore and I am a counselor licensed in Louisiana with over 20 years of experience as a rehabilitation counselor and in private practice. I have worked with clients seeking help with many issues and concerns including anxiety, depression, ADHD, parenting issues, relationship, and interpersonal issues. I have also worked in hospitals and community clinics providing care for adults, couples, families, and groups. Some of my specialties include self-esteem concerns, parenting issues, trauma, relationship issues, anger, and more. I tend to use a pe...

This is Regina Watson's avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Lake Charles, Louisiana (Lake Charles, LA)
Type Of Therapy License(s): LCSW
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Anger management, Self esteem, Depression, Coping with life changes
Years of Experience: 20

In 1986 I earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Interpersonal/Public Communication from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and realized at that time that I wanted to pursue a career in the helping field. Therefore after graduation I continued to work in the Social Service Field for seven years. My seventh year of working in this field , I decided to pursue my masters in Social Work, which was in 1993. Eventually I graduated with a Master Degree in 1996 later earning my license in 2002. I have been practicing social worker for over twenty years and I ha...

This is Arthur Scudari's avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Lake Charles, Louisiana (Lake Charles, LA)
Type Of Therapy License(s): M.Ed., NCC, LPC-S
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Depression
Years of Experience: 15

Hi, this is Art, I've been working in the mental health field for 28 years and as a licensed counselor since 2007. Have you ever had a problem or issue that you are concerned about? We all have. So, what do we do? We first try talking to our relatives or close friends. They are usually helpful and caring but they have their own thoughts about what we should do. It may involve another relative or friend whom they also know. Our issue may be very private and even embarrassing to speak about to someone we know. Have we ever considered speaking with a counselor? Oh, ...

This is Katherine (Carey) Scurlock's avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Lake Charles, Louisiana (Lake Charles, LA)
Type Of Therapy License(s): MS,NCC,LPC
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Parenting issues, Self esteem, Career difficulties, ADHD
Years of Experience: 5

Welcome! I am a licensed professional counselor and certified career counselor with 4 years of experience working as a school counselor. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including lack of motivation, depression, anxiety, parenting problems, eating disorders/body image concerns, career challenges, Autism, and ADHD. I view counseling as a collaborative process between myself and my clients. I am here to listen without judgment to my clients' challenges and help them identify the problems they face. From there, I help clients understand th...

This is Jeremy Thornhill's avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Lake Charles, Louisiana (Lake Charles, LA)
Type Of Therapy License(s): LPC,LMFT
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Addictions, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Depression
Years of Experience: 7

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 fa...

This is Carly Rogers's avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Lake Charles, Louisiana (Lake Charles, LA)
Type Of Therapy License(s): MS,LPC,NBCC
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Anger management, Self esteem, Depression, Coping with life changes
Years of Experience: 3

I am a newly Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Louisiana with a total of five years experience working in the mental health field. I have worked with clients with depression, anxiety, ADHD, ODD, IED, Adjustment Disorder, grief, and Autism and I describe myself as a Christian counselor. I believe in promoting autonomy for my clients and allowing them to lead conversations and discussions while I guide them to discovering deeper meanings about their thoughts and emotions. You, as the client, are in the driver’s seat and behind the wheel while I am...

This is Mark Nettles's avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Lake Charles, Louisiana (Lake Charles, LA)
Type Of Therapy License(s): MS,LPC
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Parenting issues, Self esteem, Depression, ADHD
Years of Experience: 10

I am currently in my 10th year of practicing as professional counselor fully licensed in Louisiana. My clinical experience primarily includes working full-time for a prescribing psychologist (MP) providing psychotherapy for children, adolescents, and adults ranging in age from 4 years to 60+ years. While the majority of clients have been seen individually, I also have provided psychotherapy for couples, families, and small groups. I have particular expertise working with ADHD, anxiety disorders, major depression, autism spectrum, trauma, and grief. Family of orig...

This is Patricia (Patty) Earl's avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Lake Charles, Louisiana (Lake Charles, LA)
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Addictions, Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Grief
Years of Experience: 27

I am a LPC for 26 years and a board certified dance movement therapist. I am also a registered nurse and a certified yoga instructor. I have worked with children and adults offering trauma and grief therapy. As a movement therapist, I offer the opportunity to experience bodily felt emotions by teaching mindfulness. I use systems family theory as well as Jungian and object relations. Currently, I am working with eating disordered and addiction patients. I feel I am centered and grounded in my approach with clients. I listen and respond thoughtfully.

This is Thomas "Tommy" Snyder Jr.'s avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Lake Charles, Louisiana (Lake Charles, LA)
Therapy Specialties: ADHD
Years of Experience: 21

I am licensed in Louisiana with 21 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with concentration, memory and focus (adhd). 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.

This is Jessica  Fernandez's avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Lake Charles, Louisiana (Lake Charles, LA)
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Coping with life changes
Years of Experience: 7

I am licensed in Louisiana with 7 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, & 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. Taking the first step to sign up for therapy can take courage and I am proud of you for getting started!

This is Nikita Logan's avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Lake Charles, Louisiana (Lake Charles, LA)
Therapy Specialties: Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Grief, Anger management, Self esteem
Years of Experience: 18

I am licensed in Louisiana and Texas with over 18 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with relationship issues, family conflicts, coping with grief and loss, 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. Taking the first step to sign up for therapy can take courage and I am proud of you for getting started!

This is Shautera Clofer's avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Lake Charles, Louisiana (Lake Charles, LA)
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Self esteem, Coping with life changes
Years of Experience: 6

I am licensed in Louisiana with 6 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, & motivation, self esteem, and confidence. I work with my clients to create an open and safe environment where thoughts and feelings can be shared without fear of judgment. Taking the first step to seeking a more fulfilling and happier life takes courage. I am here to support you in that process.

This is Rachel Palermo's avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Lake Charles, Louisiana (Lake Charles, LA)
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Grief, Depression, Coping with life changes, Compassion fatigue
Years of Experience: 4

My name is Rachel Palermo. l am a Licensed Clinical Social Work in Louisiana and North Carolina. I have a Master’s Degree in Social Work from The University of Memphis. With over three years of clinical experience, I have worked in both inpatient and outpatient settings with children and adults. My approach to counseling is much like a fellow traveler, meeting a client where they are on their journey. My sense of curiosity helps me highlight client strengths which will become the building blocks in the healing process. I love to acquire information from var...

This is Ebony Espinosa's avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Lake Charles, Louisiana (Lake Charles, LA)
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Trauma and abuse, Self esteem, Bipolar disorder, Depression
Years of Experience: 6

I am licensed in Louisiana with 6 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, trauma and abuse, motivation, self esteem, and confidence, bipolar disorder and many other mental health problems. My passion lies in helping individuals process through the affects of trauma. Trauma leaves a scar that takes a life time to overcome and my joy in counseling comes from helping individuals lead happy healthy lives despite what they have had to endure in their lifetime. I work with my clients to create an open and saf...

This is Colisha Holmes's avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Lake Charles, Louisiana (Lake Charles, LA)
Therapy Specialties: Self esteem
Years of Experience: 6

I am licensed in Louisiana with 6 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with 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. 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.

This is Rachel Ducote's avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Lake Charles, Louisiana (Lake Charles, LA)
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Grief, Depression, Coping with life changes
Years of Experience: 4

I am licensed in Georgia with 4 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, coping with grief and loss, & depression. I also have experience working with coping with life changes. 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.

This is Deandrea Carter's avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Lake Charles, Louisiana (Lake Charles, LA)
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Self esteem, Depression, Coping with life changes
Years of Experience: 3

I am licensed in Louisiana with 3 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, coping with addictions, 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 sign up for therapy can take courage and I am proud of you for getting started!

Having A Hard Time Selecting A Mental Health Professional In Lake Charles?

Finding the right therapist can feel intimidating. However, there are a few methods you can try to narrow your search for a counselor in the Lake Charles area if you find it challenging to find therapists accepting new clients.

First, research what type of therapy you'd like to pursue before finding a therapist or psychologist. You might be interested in psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), group therapy, marriage and family therapy, or couples therapy. Each therapy can offer various benefits. If you're still unsure, consider asking your prospective therapists which methods they practice.

When you're ready to search, search for 'therapist near me in Lake Charles and scroll through the options. Next, consider your goals for the gender of your therapist, the type of therapy they're most experienced with, and their specialty. Finally, choose a therapist located near you in the city of Lake Charles or elsewhere in Calcasieu or the state of Louisiana.

Mental health professionals working through private practice or online may assist clients in improving healthy relationships and communication skills, working through life's obstacles, or changing negative thinking patterns. They may also provide a listening ear and validation. Verified Lake Charles therapists can provide licensed marriage and compassionate counseling, tailor to individual needs, and create a therapeutic relationship as a National Certified Counselor.

What Is The Cost Difference Between Conventional Therapy And BetterHelp? 

Forbes reports that the average price of an in-person therapy session in the US is $100 to $200 per hour. These prices may be higher in Lake Charles due to a higher cost of living.

Some therapists 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 therapists serving the city of Lake Charles and elsewhere throughout the state of Louisiana you can expect significantly more affordable options, with sessions ranging from $60 to $90 per week (billed every four weeks).


Did You Know BetterHelp Therapists Are Not Limited To In-Person Visits?

Online therapists, including the US-based therapists above, can work with people like you in or around Lake Charles to offer creative forms of communication and treatment. You do not have to commute to a therapist's office to meet with one of these counselors.

Through BetterHelp, you can partake in video, phone, or live chat sessions with your licensed therapist. You can work through various symptoms, receive worksheets, and sign up for mental health webinars. Additionally, the BetterHelp app offers a journaling feature.

Suppose you're struggling with relationship problems that could be addressed in couples therapy. In that case, you may choose to work with one of BetterHelp's experienced cognitive-behavioral therapists specializing in behavioral health and relationships. You can also try a provider through BetterHelp's sister platform, ReGain, which is dedicated to couples and spouses worldwide. Look through the available therapists above and consider which might work for you.

San Jose has many professionals who provide client-centered individual counseling in person and through online therapy. If you opt into online therapy, you might also be able to meet with therapists all over the US. Many individuals gain further insight into their lives through internet-based counseling. In Lake Charles, therapy can be easily accessible and a click away.


How To Know If Therapy Is Right For You?

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 they may struggle to provide objective guidance as a therapist can. Therapists are also professionals trained to respond to various concerns, symptoms, and mental health conditions.

A therapist may support you toward a healthier emotional state, regardless of your mental health or life concerns. While supporting individuals in developing healthier habits, another benefit of therapy is having a 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 San Jose 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 can express yourself through creativity instead of words.

With almost one million people in Lake Charles, LA, finding a therapist can be costly, and therapists may be booked out with clients. Through the list of therapists above and others through BetterHelp, you may be able to find a therapist within 24 to 48 hours. If you're searching for a nearby therapist close to 70629 or the surrounding zip codes, consider other available therapists through the BetterHelp therapist page.

Stay Up To Date With The Leading Online Therapy Platform

To stay up to date with BetterHelp's initiatives through their social channels, you can follow them on PinterestLinkedInInstagramTwitter, and FacebookFor mental health tips, check out the BetterHelp YouTube channel.

Take some time to learn more about BetterHelp therapists and counselors to understand the services available to you clearly. If you have any questions, please reach out through the contact page or send an email to contact@betterhelp.com.

If you’re ready to sign up for online counseling, consider signing up with a platform like BetterHelp and get matched with a counselor within 24 to 48 hours.

Emergency Situations

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:

·      National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-SAFE (7233)

·      National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

·      Crisis Text Line: Text HOME to 741741

·      Veterans Crisis Line: Call 1-800-273-8255 (and press 1) or text 838255. For support for the deaf and hard of hearing community, please use your preferred relay service or dial 711 then 1-800-273-8255.

·      Trevor Lifeline (LGBTQ Lifeline): (866)488-7386 

·      SAMHSA National Helpline (Substance Use): (800)662-4357

·      National Eating Disorder Association Helpline:1-800-931-2237 (M-Th: 9 AM-9 PM EST, Fri 9 AM - 5 PM EST)

·      Child Help Hotline: Call 1-800-422-4453 or use the online chat feature

·      National Anti-Hazing Hotline: 1-888-NOT-HAZE (1-888-668-4293) 

·      Physician Crisis Support Line: Call 1-888-409-0141 if you are a first responder or medical provider experiencing crises related to Covid-19

·      Sexual Assault Hotline: Call RAINN at 1-800-656-4673

Zip Codes Served By BetterHelp Therapists

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

70601, 70602, 70605, 70606, 70607, 70609, 70612, 70615, 70616, 70629

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Some other commonly asked questions on therapy and BetterHelp can be found below:

How Do I See A Therapist For The First Time? 

Before seeing your therapist, prep for your session by reading about the counseling process. You might write a list of questions you want to ask your therapist. 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 why you're attending therapy.

Should I Attend Therapy If I Feel Fine? 

If you don't feel the need to see a therapist, you don't have to. However, some people may avoid attending counseling due to preconceived notions of what therapy entails. Although therapists 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 advice. A therapist 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 Crying In Therapy A Breakthrough?

Crying can be a breakthrough for some individuals who struggle to express emotions. Others might find that they often cry during sessions. Crying can be normal and healthy, so whether you cry or not may be a personal aspect of sessions.

Are Therapists Worth It?

We may all be on different paths in life, as each human can be unique in their personality, expression, and goals. A therapist can target various symptoms, experiences, and personalities. Unlike advice from a friend, family member, or non-professional, therapists are trained to meet you where you're at. Therapy can be worth it. Over 41 million adults in the US attend therapy each year, showing it's a popular option and may be often effective.

Do Therapists Judge You? 

The boundaries between you and a therapist are in place to protect you and them from ethical concerns. Therapists are held by ethical standards through the American Psychological Association (APA) and are not allowed to judge or harm their clients. Their job is to support you and make you feel safe and respected. You might consider changing therapists if you don't feel safe or respected.