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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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Kiosha Davis

Offering therapy in LA
License: LPC-S, ,TMHT
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesGriefSelf esteemDepression
7 years of experience

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor with over 10 years of experience in the field. I have worked with a variety of client concerns, such as ADHD, Anxiety, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and Family Issues. I have also worked with individuals who have difficulties coping with life changes and personal relationships. As a therapist I use an eclectic blend of therapeutic approaches such person-centered, existential, and solution-focused. I believe counseling is a collaborative effort between therapist and the client. I believe it is my job to provide an open and safe space for you, the client, to have self-disclosures and self-reflections. I offer a judgment-free environment where the client can feel compassion and freedom to process feelings and thoughts as they appear in sessions. All sessions and treatments are specific to each individual client. I would like to thank you in advance for choosing me to assist you on such an incredible and courageous new chapter in your life.

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Robert Bryan

Offering therapy in LA
License: LPC
Stress, AnxietySelf esteem
5 years of experience

Hello! My name is Robert Bryan, and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor. I want to thank you for having the strength and courage to reach out and begin counseling sessions with me. It takes a lot to take that initial step and I appreciate that you have decided to. I view counseling as a process where we collaborate as a team to explore and better understand your experiences, build trust in one another, develop goals for an improved life and work towards realizing your full potential.

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Karen Medlock

Offering therapy in LA
License: MTS, MSSW, LCSW
Stress, AnxietyGriefIntimacy-related issuesParenting issuesDepression
27 years of experience

My name is Karen Medlock. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in both Texas and Louisiana. I have two Masters' Degrees, one in Social Work and one in Theology. I take a holistic approach with my clients. I have worked with all age groups, from three years old all the way in the eighties. Yes, I have been around awhile. I have teaching certifications in Michigan and taught Kindergarten through twelfth grade. The experiences I had as a teacher were tremendous and very helpful in my therapeutic relationships with adolescents and teenagers. I enjoy working with all age groups and totally enjoy diversity in culture, race and sexual orientation. I ran and did sexual offender treatment with male adult offenders at Norton Correctional Center in Norton, Kansas, which gave me a great magnitude of skills in addiction treatment, running groups and providing psycho-social classes in multitudes of topics. I would have to say working with inmates in state prisons is very rewarding for me because I can now view them as people with problems from the past that have never been dealt with for the most part. Also, I have much experience in helping people work through trauma and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, including the severe panic attacks that occur. I have worked extensively with grief and loss. I am very excited to be a part of Better Help because it is a way for people who need help to access me at various times via text, phone or video. It is a good medium for all those who are a bit shy to meet in person (or aren't ready) or have tight schedules. I am very excited to work with you! I am quite a laid-back therapist, and always respond to where you are in your life-path. We all are on personal life journeys...let's use this time to explore and traverse new worlds and paths! I will help you develop your strengths and accompany you on your journey.

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Renisha Oubre

Offering therapy in LA
License: M.Ed,LPC
Stress, AnxietyFamily conflictsGriefParenting issuesDepression
11 years of experience

I am a school counselor, mental health counselor, and an LPC with ten 10 years of experience. My clientele includes children, adolescents, couples, and adults that suffer with various issues: ADHD, abuse, psychotic disorders, mood disorders, dual-diagnosis, PTSD, and substance abuse. In addition, I work with clients who have issues such as depression, anxiety, relationship and family of origin issues, and high-risk behaviors such as alcohol use/abuse, I approach counseling from a client-centered approach in which I take a nondirective role. I will listen and try to understand things from your point of view. I will respect and protect your autonomy and self-direction. If I am unsure about anything, I will check for understanding with you, the client. Various other theories and strategies will be used based on you, the client, individual issues and needs. I work with a variety of clients in the following formats: individual and family counseling. I work with clients of all ages and backgrounds. Counseling is a collaborative process, and you, the client, are a full partner in this relationship. I expect you to be honest, open, and have a sincere desire to change in order to maximize the benefits of each counseling session. As we work together and you have any suggestions or concerns about counseling, I expect you to share these with me so that we can make any necessary adjustments needed. I look forward to working with you!

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Jenesis Gibson

Offering therapy in LA
License: MA, LPC
Stress, AnxietyFamily conflictsTrauma and abuseDepression
7 years of experience

Hello there, I’m Jenesis! I’m a Licensed Professional Counselor practicing in Louisiana and Texas. I received a Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling in 2015 from Louisiana Tech University. I have over five years of clinical experience working with a diverse background of children, adolescents and adults who desire to cope with issues relating to anxiety, depression, bipolar, selective mutism, ADHD, conduct disorder, impulse control, DMDD, addiction, life transitions and family conflict. I also specialize in Person-Centered, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Solution Focused Therapy with a trauma-focused approach. One thing in life that is constant is change. Some changes in life are more difficult to navigate than others. When we are stressed, anxious or depressed, it is a sign that our lives are out of balance. My focus is on providing a trusting, safe, supportive, nonjudgmental and empathetic space for adults, couples, and families to share their experiences and to help navigate through some more difficult life changes. I enjoy working with clients who are motivated to make changes to improve their lives, find purpose, and meaningful fulfillment. Deciding to engage in therapy can be overwhelming. Finding a therapist whose personality and style is a good fit is important. I believe in developing skills for effective coping mechanisms for overall holistic wellness. I look forward to helping clients facilitate positive change and working collaboratively with them to achieve goals they never thought were possible.

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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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Thomas "Tommy" Snyder

Offering therapy in LA
Coping with life changes
21 years of experience

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.

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Lauren Gonzales

Offering therapy in LA
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesGriefSelf esteemDepression
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, 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. 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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Domonique DeShields

Offering therapy in LA
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesSelf esteemCoping with life changes
9 years of experience

I am licensed in Delaware and currently exploring licensure in another state as well. I have 9 years of professional work experience and educational training. I have served clients experiencing stress and anxiety, relationship issues, & motivation, self esteem, and confidence. I also have experience working with coping with life challenges. 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 freedom. I am here to support you, empower you and hold you accountable during your journey.

How to find counseling in McNary

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

How does the cost of in-person counseling compare to the cost of BetterHelp with a licensed McNary 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 McNary 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 McNary 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 McNary, 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 McNary 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 McNary 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 McNary 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 McNary 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 McNary 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 71433 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 McNary 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 McNary 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 McNary, 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.

McNary 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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