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Erica R. Brooks

Offering therapy in MO
License: LPC
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesTrauma and abuseParenting issuesDepression
29 years of experience

My life has been dedicated to serving in the child welfare system of the St. Louis, MO metropolitan area since 1994. Previous settings include residential treatment, outpatient mental health services, and foster care & adoption agencies. This has afforded extensive experience working with children and adolescents whose circumstances have caused deep harm to their mental and emotional well-being. My mission...to decrease the impact those circumstances would have on them in adulthood, to increase their chances of a healthy adulthood. It’s a mission I’ve executed with heart. Later in my career, I began working with adults who were seeking support and improvement in significant areas of their lives (e.g., relationships, parenting, etc.), and in some cases, in their overall satisfaction with their existence in the world. Most oftentimes, the root of their challenges stemmed from harmful circumstances or experiences that occurred in childhood. It affirmed the importance of this mission to support youth in their healing as well as highlighted the need to support adults in the same manner. It also shifted my professional approach to more holistic forms of treatment that consider the totality of the individual. I use concepts from various traditional counseling theories as the foundation of my work, so I subscribe to an eclectic theoretical approach to treatment and support. I consider the personal history, personality, values, and therapeutic needs of my client. This individualized approach is necessary to establishing a trusting connection and for creating a safe environment for such important work. I commend you taking this step and look forward to joining you on your healing journey!

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Paige Smart

Offering therapy in MO
License: MS,LMHC,LPC
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseBipolar disorderDepressionCoping with life changes
6 years of experience

I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the state of Washington and a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Missouri. I have been providing therapy services for 5 years. I have experience working a variety of individuals from various walks of life with a variety of challenges and presentations, such as depression, anxiety, psychosis, mood swings/bipolar symptoms, relationship/family challenges, personality disorders, communication challenges, grief/loss, and much more. Another area of experience I have is working with clients who have traumatic experiences, and supporting them in managing and reducing the impact of those experiences on their daily lives. My approach to treatment is from a place of warmth and acceptance. My intention is for you to feel comfortable building trust with me, knowing that you will be welcomed into a non-judgmental atmosphere where we will work as a partnership to meet your goals. When beginning therapy, my approach is to provide support by learning about you from a biopsychosocial model, identifying how your biological, psychological, and social factors have impacted you to create the person you are today. From there, I use a range of interventions to support you in managing and reducing the challenges you are currently experiencing; Trauma Informed Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, techniques from Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Strength's Based Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Mindfulness Therapy. During our partnership, we will identify a plan together to help you become a healthier, happier you. I look forward to our time together and helping you become the person you have always wanted.

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Jackie Newman-Hoppe

Offering therapy in MO
License: LPC,NCC
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsRelationship issuesFamily conflictsDepression
11 years of experience

The journey of life can be overwhelming for all of us. Today, most people recognize that assistance in choosing the correct track for our lives can not only be beneficial, but empowering in our continued journey towards wellness. My services aim to improve my clients’ functioning, add clarity, and allow for personal and emotional growth. When families and individuals move towards wellness, healing and success happen. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor based is Missouri with over 11 years of experience working with clients that have a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, communication difficulty, parenting problems, career challenges, OCD and ADHD. I also helped many people who have experienced substance abuse themselves and with family members. One of my specialties is working with blended families. My husband and I successfully blended five children aged 7 - 12 over 21 years ago. That experience had a direct impact on my decision to become an LPC and be in a position that allows me to help other families find peace, happiness and improved relationships. As the very proud wife of an Air Force Veteran, mother of five adult children and now grandmother to some amazing grandchildren, my life experiences have provided insight into situations that face a wide and diverse population of individuals. My counseling style is very solution focused using a warm and interactive approach. I believe in treating everyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion, using unconditional acceptance and active listening skills. My approach is considered eclectic in that I often use a combination of cognitive-behavioral, humanistic, psychodynamic and rational-emotive counseling. I will tailor our dialog and treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs. It takes courage to seek for a more fulfilling and happier life and to take the first steps towards a change. You are the expert on your life, my job is to help you work through those areas that are feeling overwhelming and difficult to navigate. Perhaps together we can find solutions that otherwise you may have never considered or realized you were already in reach of achieving. If you are ready to take that first step towards a journey of healing and growth, I am here to support and empower you. I look forward to working with you!

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Janell Moore

Offering therapy in MO
License: Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC,Licensed Mental Health Professionals LMHP
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseSelf esteemBipolar disorderDepression
12 years of experience

Hello, My name is Janell Moore and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) who has been providing quality counseling services for over 10 years. I have served children from age four to teenagers up to the elderly with a variety of mental health challenges. I specialize in a variety of counseling techniques that include cognitive-behavioral, mindfulness, client-centered therapy, solution-focused, psychoeducational, trauma-focused therapy, and more. I have served clients who have been able to find success in their lives and learn more about how to enjoy who they are as a person. I provide a holistic approach to counseling by addressing your physical, mental, emotional, social, and spiritual needs. As an integrative counselor, I can ensure the highest quality of care, and progressively move you towards the goals you have for your life. I provide open-mindedness, and a non-judgmental space where you can feel safe, validated, confidential, and empowered to live life to its fullest potential for you.

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Timothy Taylor

Offering therapy in MO
Stress, AnxietyGriefParenting issuesSelf esteemDepression
36 years of experience

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Missouri and have 37 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping children ,teen and adult clients with stress, depression, anxiety, grief, loss, parenting issues, motivation, self esteem, and confidence. I believe that you are the expert of your story and that you have many strengths that will assist you in overcoming the issues that challenge you. It takes courage to seek out a more fulfilling and happier life. As you take the first steps towards change I will be there to support & encourage you during that journey.

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Taylor Smith

Offering therapy in MO
Stress, AnxietyFamily conflictsTrauma and abuseGriefDepression
4 years of experience

I am licensed in Missouri with 4 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, & coping with grief and loss. 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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Cynthia Benbow

Offering therapy in MO
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesFamily conflictsTrauma and abuseDepression
20 years of experience

I am licensed in Virginia and Missouri with 20 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, & trauma and abuse. 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.

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Andrea Herman

Offering therapy in MO
Stress, AnxietyGriefDepressionCoping with life changes
9 years of experience

Hello, I'm Andrea Herman. I am a licensed clinical social worker with over twenty years of experience working with adults to help them better cope with life challenges. I have extensive experience supporting people struggling with grief and loss, whether through death, divorce, or other major life transitions. My expertise is in the grief-and-loss model called 'companioning,' which emphasizes bearing witness non-judgmentally to a person's unique grief journey and helping them mourn skillfully to reconcile their loss and move forward toward healing. Additionally, I have experience counseling people struggling with depression, anxiety, stress management, and relationship and work difficulties. I have also worked with people in crisis and those making major life decisions, helping with referrals to specialized therapists or treatment when needed. Ten years of my counseling experience was at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. I am guided by a holistic, biopsychosocial theory that emphasizes the importance of addressing challenges in the context of our environments, relationships, and physical, mental, and even spiritual health. I draw from DBT, systems theory, and client-centered approaches. I believe in the absolute importance of a therapist's caring, non-judgmental and accepting approach. I am committed to using evidence-based interventions that have proven effective and forming a genuine alliance that builds on people's strengths so they can lead healthier and more satisfying lives. I've regularly worked with people by phone and video conferencing, so I am comfortable using Better Help's mode of interacting and can be flexible to meet the needs and preferences of my clients. It is very courageous of someone to consider therapy, especially since most who are considering this are struggling in some way yet choose to reach out for support. Whether this is your first time or you have done therapy in the past, I applaud your desire to better your situation and would be honored to work with you if you think we'd be a good fit.

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Tammy Franek

Offering therapy in MO
Stress, AnxietyParenting issuesAnger managementCareer difficultiesDepression
25 years of experience

I am LPC, NCC licensed in Missouri with 25 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, parenting issues, anger management, & career difficulties. 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.

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David Tyler

Offering therapy in MO
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesSelf esteemCareer difficultiesDepression
10 years of experience

I am licensed in Tennessee and Missouri with over 10 years of professional counseling experience. My focus is centered on helping clients deal more effectively with stress and anxiety, depression, relationship issues, motivation, self-esteem, confidence, and career challenges. I work with my clients to create an open and safe environment where thoughts and feelings can be shared without fear of judgment. My approach to helping people focuses on identifying the strengths that you possess, and using them to help overcome the obstacles you are facing. Most people who know me well would describe me as compassionate, optimistic while staying well-grounded in reality, relaxed, open-minded, and very curious. 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 Agency

Finding the best therapist close by in Agency 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 Agency. 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 Agency, 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 Agency 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 Agency 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 Agency, elsewhere in Buchanan, or in the greater state of Missouri.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

Some other commonly asked questions on therapy with a licensed counselor and BetterHelp serving the Agency area can be found below:

How does the cost of in-person counseling compare to the cost of BetterHelp with a licensed Agency 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 Agency 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 Agency may not take health insurance, some in the state of Missouri 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 Missouri 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 Agency, Missouri 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 Agency 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 Agency 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 Agency 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 Agency 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 Agency 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 MO, 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 64507 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 Agency 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 Agency 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 Agency, Missouri 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.

Agency 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

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

64401, 64507

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