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Cassandra Walker

Clinical therapist offering therapy in MO
Counselor License Type(s): LCPC
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsTrauma and abuseDepression
18 years of experience as a mental health therapist

I am a licensed professional in Kansas, Oklahoma, and Missouri with over 18 years of experience working as a therapist. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, personality disorders, and addiction. I have also helped many people who have experienced physical trauma or emotional abuse. I specialize in co-occurring disorders. I offer messaging exclusively to follow a coaching model. You can receive support in real time rather than waiting for your scheduled session. Using a positive, strengths based approach, I utilize evidence based practices to help you live the life that you deserve. My counseling style is warm and interactive. I believe in treating anyone with respect, and I don't believe in stigmatizing labels. My approach combines cognitive-behavioral, solution focused, humanistic, and rational-emotive counseling. I will tailor our dialog and treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs. I look forward to working with you!

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Stephanie Petersen

Clinical therapist offering therapy in MO
Counselor License Type(s): LMSW,LCSW
Stress, AnxietyGriefSelf esteemCareer difficultiesCoping with life changes
13 years of experience as a mental health therapist

Hi there! Kudos to you for reaching out for support! I am a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) in the state of Michigan and Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in the state of Missouri, with over 12 years of experience working with people of all ages and backgrounds. I got my BSW from Oakland University and my MSW from Wayne State University. My past job experiences include medical social work in a hospital setting and home health. I have been working as a telehealth therapist based in Missouri since 2020. My areas of focus include issues relating to grief and loss, adjusting to illness, life changes, family/relationship conflict, stress and anxiety, self-esteem, and addiction. I am an eclectic therapist who specializes in cognitive behavioral therapy and mindfulness. I'm here to teach you coping skills to help you help yourself. Together we will explore your past experiences and analyze your thoughts to help you get to know yourself as much as possible. I will be your nonjudgmental cheerleader on your journey of overcoming personal challenges and reaching goals! When I'm not working, I love reading, traveling, movies, music, martial arts, gardening, and playing with my french bulldogs. YOLO is my personal motto! I applaud you for reaching out for support! I look forward to getting to know you and helping you live your best life :)

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Rhonda Palmer

Clinical therapist offering therapy in MO
Counselor License Type(s): MSW,LCSW,CAIP
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesSelf esteemCoping with life changes
7 years of experience as a mental health therapist

I'm a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the states of Missouri, Texas, and Arizona. I also hold certifications as an Anxiety-Informed Professional and an Autism Specialist. I have over 16 years of experience in the field of Social Work and have supported clients with a variety of concerns such as self-esteem, substance use disorders, relationship issues, and anxiety. During our work together, I’ll utilize a combination of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy, as well as other evidence-based therapies to best suit your specific needs. I have a warm and empathetic therapy style and I’m eager to assist you in working through life's challenges. When working with you, I'll take a person-in-environment approach to assess your situation, meet you where you're at to identify your desired outcomes, and then support you in making lasting and positive change in your life. “There is freedom waiting for you, On the breezes of the sky, And you ask "What if I fall?" "Oh but my darling, What if you fly?” ― Erin Hanson “When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.” ― Albert Einstein. “You gotta fail for the most part to learn.” – Jimmy Donaldson (Mr. Beast)

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Lisa Spore

Clinical therapist offering therapy in MO
Counselor License Type(s): MA,LPC
Family conflictsTrauma and abuseSelf esteemDepressionCoping with life changes
10 years of experience as a mental health therapist

My name is Lisa Spore and I have worked in the mental health field in Missouri for 14 years. Ten of those years have been as a Licensed Professional Counselor in private practice. I believe in seeking out trainings in the latest techniques and polishing my skills to provide the best therapeutic experience my clients could ask for. I am trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Brainspotting (BSP), Somatic Experiencing, and use Cognitive Behavioral, Solution Focused Brief, and Client-Centered approaches in my practice. Everyone is unique, and I embrace that uniqueness by tailoring therapy to each client. I provide therapy within a safe and judgement-free environment. I believe accepting the limits of the human condition increases client’s positive responses to support and encouragement in the therapeutic setting. While utilizing strong clinical skills, I recognize that integration of natural healing can promote a strong foundation for optimum personal growth. The mind-body balance is paramount to returning to a healthy and positive emotional state. The Therapeutic relationship is recognized as the most important factor in a positive experience. In our sessions, we will work together to identify the best approach to address your specific needs. We will also explore any underlying emotional reactivity that could be increasing painful experiences. Evaluating current and past issues can assist us in recognizing how past events can negatively impact daily functioning. Solution focused techniques, Brainspotting, CBT, or Somatic Experiencing, in varying combinations, can all be used to alleviate distress.

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Gina Sokolich

Clinical therapist offering therapy in MO
Counselor License Type(s): LPC,CCTP,MA
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesTrauma and abuseSelf esteemCoaching
5 years of experience as a mental health therapist

Hi i'm Gina, I'm so glad you've decided to seek help or at least obtain information for your mental health. I recently retired from the EMS field so I'm very familiar with trauma in multiple situations. I work with a lot of people in narcissistic relationships, First Responders with PTSD or other work related struggles. Not everything has to be heavy and traumatic, maybe you just have questions about your life direction. What ever the situation, I can help you with perspective. I am client lead, so I meet you where you are. I give you the space to think and figure things out but will also challenge a perspective. I use EMDR, CBT and Brainspotting most often for situations and discuss things you can do in between sessions. I may also offer information on mindful meditation, stress relief. I'm here to help, let me know what you have going on!

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Kathryn Corbin

Clinical therapist offering therapy in MO
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesSelf esteemDepressionCoping with life changes
7 years of experience as a mental health therapist

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in Missouri with 7 years of professional work experience. Being a counselor is a dream that began for me over twenty years ago. After putting my business career on hold to raise my three sons, I went back to school to pursue my Master’s degree in Counseling. In addition to holding my Licensure in Professional Counseling, I am also a Certified School Counselor. I am passionate about helping others to become their very best, and my calling into the field of Counseling is the fulfillment of this purpose. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, relationship issues, grief and loss, motivation, self-esteem, confidence, & depression. I believe in treating everyone with respect, sensitivity, and empathy. I will tailor our dialogue 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 & walk with you on that journey.

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Alison Gabel

Clinical therapist offering therapy in MO
Counselor License Type(s): LPC (LA),LPC (MO),ATR
Stress, AnxietyLGBTTrauma and abuseSelf esteemDepression
10 years of experience as a mental health therapist

Hello! I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Missouri, as well as a Registered Art Therapist. During my 10 years of clinical experience, I have worked closely with groups and individuals experiencing depression, anxiety, PTSD, and many other mental health concerns with my emphases being trauma and crisis intervention. I use a person-centered approach which means our sessions are led by your needs and goals, not a one-size-fits-all therapeutic approach. Stuck in a rut? Not understanding why you just…can’t? I am here to help you process where you currently are mentally and emotionally, and to help guide you into a space in which you feel more aligned with who you are and your vision for yourself. Welcome to your journey!

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Melissa Fletcher

Clinical therapist offering therapy in MO
Stress, AnxietyGriefBipolar disorderCoping with life changesADHD
4 years of experience as a mental health therapist

I am licensed in Missouri with 4 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, coping with grief and loss, bipolar disorder, & 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 seeking a more fulfilling and happier life takes courage. I am here to support you in that process.

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Brooke Leamer

Clinical therapist offering therapy in MO
Stress, AnxietyParenting issuesSelf esteemDepressionCoping with life changes
3 years of experience as a mental health therapist

Hello! My name is Brooke, and I am licensed in Missouri with 3 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, parenting issues, motivation, self esteem and confidence, grief, trauma, & depression. I believe that you are the expert of your story and that you have many strengths that will assist you in overcoming things that challenge you. Taking the first step to seeking a more fulfilling and happier life takes courage. I am here to support you in that process.

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Melissa Stahl

Clinical therapist offering therapy in MO
Counselor License Type(s): LPC,LMHC
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesSelf esteemDepressionCoping with life changes
11 years of experience as a mental health therapist

I am licensed in Florida and Missouri with 11 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, relationship issues, motivation, self esteem, and confidence, & depression. 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 seeking a more fulfilling and happier life takes courage. I am here to support you in that process.

How to find a therapist for counseling in Birch Tree

Finding the best therapist close by in Birch Tree 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 in Birch Tree that work best for you in order to begin your personal journey towards emotional healing with a therapist.

Understanding the type of therapy you'd like to search for is crucial before finding a therapist or psychologist in Birch Tree. 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 Birch Tree, 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 in the Birch Tree region and in the state of Missouri. Find a therapist under any of these distinctions and know that the sessions they offer can provide a safe place to heal.

A mental health counselor working through their own in-person therapy practice in Birch Tree or online may assist clients in improving healthy relationships, communication skills, working through life transitions, couples counseling, managing a mood disorder, improving coping skills, self help tips, offer life coaching, family therapy, or change in negative thinking patterns. A therapist may also provide a safe place and validation for clients experiencing emotional pain, or that simply want a psychological assessment. 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 Birch Tree area in different types of therapy, including:

  • CBT
  • DBT
  • Substance use therapy
  • Couples therapy

When you're ready to start your search and find Birch Tree 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 Birch Tree, elsewhere in Shannon, or in the greater state of Missouri.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs) about therapists and mental health services

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

How does the cost of in-person counseling with a therapist compare to the cost of BetterHelp with a licensed Birch Tree 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 Birch Tree 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 Birch Tree 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 a BetterHelp therapist 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). If you're looking for a therapist, Cincinnati offers a variety of professionals who can help with your mental health needs at a price you can afford.

How is a licensed therapist on this Birch Tree online therapy platform verified?

Therapists in Birch Tree, 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 Birch Tree psychiatrists to prescribe a drug or medication as treatment, or perform psychological assessments and other psychiatric services.

How does working with a professional 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, post traumatic stress disorder, and more. An online mental health therapist, including the therapists in Birch Tree 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 Birch Tree helping individuals on topics including managing life transitions, symptoms affecting sexual health, behavioral health, coping skills for anxiety, depression, trauma, stress, marriage counseling, and more. 

What mental health issues can psychotherapy address with the help of psychologists?

BetterHelp's verified Birch Tree 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:

  • Cognitive behavioral therapy - This type of therapy is provided by therapists who are professional counselors, helping clients identify and change negative thought patterns through structured sessions.
  • Behavior therapy - Therapists use behavior therapy techniques to help clients modify harmful behaviors and develop healthier habits, often through the guidance of a professional counselor.
  • EMDR therapy - EMDR therapists assist clients in processing traumatic memories to alleviate emotional distress and improve overall well-being, utilizing the expertise of a professional counselor.
  • Talk therapy - Therapists engage clients in talk therapy to explore their feelings and develop strategies for dealing with various mental health issues, often guided by a professional counselor.
  • Depression - Therapists offer counseling to help individuals manage symptoms of depression and improve their mood and functioning, often working closely with a professional counselor.
  • Anxiety disorders - Therapists specialize in anxiety disorders, offering strategies to manage and reduce anxiety symptoms effectively, often through counseling sessions with a professional counselor.
  • Stress - Therapists provide tools and techniques to help clients cope with stress and improve their mental resilience, frequently under the supervision of a professional counselor.
  • Eating disorders - Therapists experienced in eating disorders offer specialized counseling to address unhealthy eating patterns and body image issues, with the support of a professional counselor.
  • Grief - Therapists provide support and guidance to clients experiencing grief, helping them navigate the stages of loss, often in collaboration with a counselor.
  • Attachment therapy - Therapists use attachment therapy to help clients understand and improve their emotional bonds and relationships, often with the assistance of a counselor.
  • Relationships - Therapists work with clients to improve communication, resolve conflicts, and strengthen their connections with others, often using the skills of a counselor.
  • Children, adolescents, and teens - Therapists specializing in youth therapy address the unique mental health needs of children, adolescents, and teens, often involving a counselor in the process.
  • Addiction (substance abuse) - Therapists offer counseling for addiction, helping clients overcome substance abuse and maintain long-term recovery, often under the guidance of a counselor.
  • Divorce - Therapists support individuals through the emotional and practical challenges of ending a marriage, often working with a psychologist to provide comprehensive care.
  • Trauma or PTSD - Therapists specializing in trauma and PTSD help clients process traumatic experiences and reduce their symptoms, frequently collaborating with a psychologist.
  • Bipolar disorder - Therapists provide counseling to manage the mood swings and challenges associated with bipolar disorder, often in consultation with a psychologist.
  • Psychodynamic treatment - Therapists use psychodynamic treatment to explore unconscious processes and how they affect current behavior, often guided by psychologists.
  • Career counseling - Therapists assist clients in making informed decisions about their professional paths and resolving work-related issues, often with the help of psychologists.
  • Alcohol use disorders - Therapists offer specialized counseling to help clients manage and overcome alcohol use disorders, frequently under the supervision of psychologists.
  • OCD - Therapists provide strategies and support to manage obsessive-compulsive disorder symptoms, often via psychotherapy.
  • ADHD - Therapists offer counseling to help clients with ADHD improve focus, organization, and overall functioning, often via psychotherapy.
  • Mood disorders - Therapists work with clients to stabilize and improve mood through various therapeutic approaches, frequently in psychotherapy.
  • Sex addiction
  • Complex trauma
  • Life transitions

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 Birch Tree 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 in Birch Tree?

One of the potentially rewarding aspects of working with a Birch Tree 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.

Birch Tree therapists 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 Birch Tree 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 Birch Tree 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 psychotherapist.

With a lot of people in MO, therapists 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 65438 or the surrounding zip codes, consider others available through the BetterHelp site. No matter if you are seeking help from therapists in your area or beyond, online therapy can be a great option.

How should I prepare for my first therapy session with a Birch Tree counselor?

Before seeing your Birch Tree 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 while offering mental health services. The first session will often serve as an intake to get to know you as a person and learn why you're attending therapy in Birch Tree.

Should I find a therapist or psychologist for therapy 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 from a therapist. A Birch Tree 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 with a Birch Tree counselor 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 that a counselor can help with.

Is mental health care and therapy with a therapist worth it?

Therapy with a licensed counselor 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 therapist 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 Birch Tree, 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.

Birch Tree 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 during telehealth appointments?

The boundaries between you and a therapist are in place to help you and them regarding ethical concerns. Mental health professionals are held by ethical standards through the American Psychological Association (APA) and are not allowed to judge or harm their clients. If you are concerned about sharing details about yourself, feel free to withhold personal information. Their job in the therapeutic relationship is to create a safe place, help you gain a deeper understanding of your mental health, and support you. You might consider changing counselors if you don't feel safe or respected.

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Take some time today to learn more about the team of therapists at BetterHelp to understand the services available to you clearly. If you are new to therapy or have any questions about the services and terms, please reach out to customer service 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.

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