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Sandra Johnson

Offering therapy in LA
License: M.Ed,LPC,LMFT
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesFamily conflictsGriefDepression
22 years of experience

Hello! I'm Sandra Johnson, a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with more than 20 years of experience in the helping profession. I believe that nothing really happens by chance so whichever road that you traveled to get here is because you were already on a journey to wellness. I work daily to create an environment of holistic care that will hopefully assist you in finding your well place. Among issues that I am able to address, but not limited to, that can interfere with current functioning include anxiety, depression, anger, stress, abuse, neglect, grief/loss issues, poor parenting skills, relationship issues, and boundary issues. I approach counseling from a cognitive-behavioral perspective. Patterns of thoughts, emotions, and behaviors that interfere with present functioning are examined. Various other perspectives and strategies are used based on the client’s individual issues and needs. Remember that wellness is an ongoing process. No matter where you are in that process it is always time for a wellness check. You may be in the prevention process or on your way to recovery as well as the hundred captions in between, but where ever you are in your process, I am here to help you assess, treat and continue the beautiful unfolding of your most well self. I look forward to meeting you and to working with you as you continue on your journey to wellness. See you soon!

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Stephen Maffei

Offering therapy in LA
License: M.A., LPC, NCC
Stress, AnxietySelf esteemCoaching
7 years of experience

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Louisiana. I have worked with an array of populations, individuals, groups, settings, and athletic teams. I interned at both University Medical Center in New Orleans and the Thomas E. Chambers Counseling and Training Center. I graduated from University of Holy Cross with a MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Being a counselor has given me the incredible opportunity to have conversations with so many unique people, essentially, counseling is just another conversation. I specialize in working with athletes, coaches, and individuals who experience anxiety, depression, have performance issues, men's issues, and work-related stress. Before we really jump right into things, I first want to state that it takes an incredible amount of courage for a person to ask for help; so, I want to commend you for taking this step for yourself. If this is your first time utilizing therapy, especially on a platform like this, please note that I am here for you. Basically, during our session(s), I will reflect back information which you provide to me through in a summarizing form, I ask questions to clarify things, and I will attempt to provide avenues for which solutions may become visible. Also, this is your time, if anything is confusing please let me know. Whenever you're ready, and if you think we would be a good fit, let's jump in.

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Janice McDermott

Offering therapy in LA
License: M.Ed.,LCSW
Stress, AnxietyGriefIntimacy-related issuesSelf esteemCoping with life changes
37 years of experience

Thank you so much for checking my profile, and congratulations on getting this far. Reaching out to a perfect stranger for help, from my experience, is never easy. Helping others make the changes they know they need to make still gives me great satisfaction after 37 years as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, and as a Gestalt and NLP practitioner. I have worked in outpatient and inpatient mental health centers, addiction recovery centers, public and chartered schools, and in private practice for years. I recently retired from supervising new social workers for their licenses. I have seen and heard it all in my time as a therapist. So, have no concerns about sharing information with me whenever you feel comfortable. Also, I’m the author of "Healing Mind, Five steps to Ultimate Healing, Four Rooms for Thoughts: Achieve Satisfaction through a Well-Managed Mind” found on Amazon, Walmart and Barns & Noble, which directs the reader in how to be their own therapist. You can be assured that while working with me, you will be moving in the direction of self-empowerment. Being able to talk with someone who can understand the pain created by depression, anxiety, and loss can be very helpful. The type of sessions that we have will be based on your needs. We will start from where you are. Every client is different. Yet, we all have a part of ourselves that knows what we need to do or how we need to be. If you aren’t sure what changes you need to make, that may be where we start. Part of my job as a therapist is to help you find that part of yourself and give it a voice as you ground through your five senses. We are all working to make progress, not to become perfect. The perfect human does not exist. However, you are in the perfect place to take the next step on your way to a better life. I’m looking forward to hearing from you and being in touch.

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Aarin Mitchell

Offering therapy in LA
License: MA, LPC
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseAnger managementSelf esteemDepression
20 years of experience

My name is Aarin Mitchel. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor licensed in Arkansas and Louisiana with over 20 years of experience working with children, teenagers, young adults and families. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, trauma, parenting problems, ADHD, autism, self esteem issues, impulsive behaviors, anger and aggression, self harm behaviors and suicidal ideations. I also helped many people who have experienced domestic violence and other abuse including physical, emotional and sexual. My therapy style is caring, open minded and interactive. I strive at being a good listener and creative thinker. I have always believed it is important to treat everyone as an individual and fairly. I aspire to do this using respect, sensitivity, and compassion, in addition to refraining from labels. My approach combines cognitive-behavioral therapy, including trauma focused and person center therapy. I look forward to working with you.

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Frank Rattray

Offering therapy in LA
License: MS , LPC,Clinical Psychology,Clinical Counseling
AddictionsTrauma and abuseDepressionCoping with life changes
3 years of experience

ABOUT ME My name is Frank Rattray. I am retired Army. I received two Master's Degrees in Clinical Counseling and Clinical Psychology while working alongside my wife (who is a psychiatric registered nurse) to raise my three step-children, two of which currently serve in the active military. I have worked for over twenty years in the mental health field, starting with my time in the military. I have experience working with individuals suffering Schizophrenia, Bipolar, Depression, Anxiety, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Autism, and Learning Disorders, just to name a few. I specialize in the areas of addiction, sexual/physical/emotional trauma, LGBTQ issues. I also experience consulting for and testifying in legal matters. I have experience working with a wide array of clients from different cultural backgrounds and ages. My style of therapy is client focus and personal. I work by building a relationship with the clients as a person since you are the expert on your own life. Together, we can jointly come up with goals and solutions that are going to work for you. I will treat you with sensitivity, respect, by getting to know you as a unique individual. I like to use solution-focused therapy, family systems theory, mindfulness, and cognitive behavioral therapy. By getting to know you, we can figure out which type of counseling is going to be most beneficial to you. Seeking therapy is not an easy decision to make and I understand what it takes to make such a decision, but wanting to make a better and successful life for yourself and your loved ones takes strength. I commend you for wanting to create a better life for yourself. I would love to support you and be part of your journey towards the goal of a more fulfilling life. SPECIALTIES LGBT Relationship issues Family conflicts Intimacy-related issues Parenting issues Also experienced in: Stress, Anxiety , Addictions , Trauma and abuse , Self esteem , Career difficulties , Depression , Coping with life changes , ADHD , Blended Family Issues , Divorce and Separation , Family of Origin Issues , Family Problems. Clinical approaches: Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness Therapy, Narrative Therapy, and Solution-Focused Therapy Years of Experience: 20 plus SERVICES OFFERED Telehealth, Video and Live Chat, Messaging and a 24 hour response. LANGUAGES English LICENSING LPC # 6961 Louisiana (Expires: 2023-06-31)

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Kristi Rachal

Offering therapy in LA
License: LCSW-BACS
AddictionsSelf esteemDepression
23 years of experience

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. I’ve been practicing for more than 20 years. I’ve worked in prisons, hospitals, private practice, home health and hospice. I’ve worked with Veterans and active duty military members and their families. I have experience in sex offender treatment, anger management, addictions counseling and LGBTQ+ issues. I’ve worked with families, individuals and couples in a private practice setting. My approach is informal-I prefer my clients feel comfortable and at-ease. Time with me should feel safe. I believe in accountability and am solution-focused. By using Cognitive-Behavioral techniques, my goal is to help clients learn to take control of their thoughts and feelings and implement coping skills to improve their day-to-day lives.

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Christian Specks

Offering therapy in LA
License: LCSW-BACS,QSSWS
Stress, AnxietyFamily conflictsSelf esteemDepressionADHD
11 years of experience

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), a Board-Approved Clinical Social Work Supervisor (BACS), a lifelong Qualified School Social Work Specialist (QSSWS), a Licensed Clergy, and an Assistant Professor of Social Work. I am now pursuing a doctorate in education, focusing on P-20 special education. For over 17 years, I have worked in social work, focusing on marginalized populations and assisting individuals/families with special education needs and disabilities and their consequences on schools, individuals, and family relations. I offer a unique perspective to my students and clients based on my personal, academic, and clinical experiences and my competence as a school and faith-based social worker. My prior expertise, experience, and perspective assist in supporting people and families as they navigate the complexity of the special education evaluation process and school-based and faith-based interventions to provide diversity, inclusive, and equitable support while in the field.

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Julie Christman

Offering therapy in LA
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseDepressionCoping with life changes
10 years of experience

I am licensed in Louisiana with 10 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, trauma and abuse, & 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. Taking the first step to sign up for therapy can take courage and I am proud of you for getting started!

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Tanya Edwards

Offering therapy in LA
License: LCSW
GriefSelf esteemDepressionCoping with life changesCompassion fatigue
15 years of experience

Hi There ! My name is Tanya Edwards. I am a LCSW with over 10 years of clinical experiences. My practice focus areas include issues associated with depression, grief, self image, career challenges, parental caregiving and entering new life stages. I typically employ Cognitive Behavioral, therapy, Rational Emotive therapy, Narrative therapy ,and Acceptance and Commitment therapy. Other forms of helping are also used as needed. There are multiple ways to arrive at your desired outcomes. I am a strengths oriented practitioner. I believe in the power of collaborative partnerships. My approach to helping reflects this mindset. I walk with, not ahead. I endorse a holistic approach to overall well being and I pride myself on being culturally competent. I look forward to working with you!!

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Robertha Antoine

Offering therapy in LA
Family conflictsParenting issuesAnger managementSelf esteemDepression
10 years of experience

I am licensed in Louisiana with 10 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with family conflicts, parenting issues, anger management, & 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.

How to find counseling in Woodworth

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

How does the cost of in-person counseling compare to the cost of BetterHelp with a licensed Woodworth 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 Woodworth 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 Woodworth 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 Woodworth, 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 Woodworth 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 Woodworth 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 Woodworth 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 Woodworth 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 Woodworth 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 71485 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 Woodworth 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 Woodworth 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 Woodworth, 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.

Woodworth 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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