Is your life full of big sky days full of sunshine and positivity? Or does your life feel more like a cloudy day that hangs over you, affecting your mood more than it should? If you are struggling with mental wellness issues, getting through the day can be challenging to do with clouds hanging over you.

Reach out to a Dexter-area mental health professional today to get the support you need to work through tough issues such as stress, anxiety, depression, family difficulties, trauma, loss, mental illness, addiction, or anything in between. You deserve to feel supported and start enjoying sunny days again.

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Lucia Walker

Offering therapy in MO
License: MSW,LCSW
Stress, AnxietyAnger managementSelf esteemDepressionADHD
9 years of experience

My name is Lucia Walker, and I am a licensed clinical social worker, licensed in Missouri since 2013. I have a bachelors in psychology and a masters in criminal justice and social work. I have over 10 years of experience working with people of many ages, including teenagers that may suffer from different mental health conditions, such as major depressive disorder, bipolar disorder, ADHD, Anxiety disorders, and others. I have worked in both outpatient mental health centers and inpatient psychiatric hospital settings. My therapy style is warm and non judgement, I genuinely listening to my clients and respect their thoughts and ideas. I like to keep sessions to 30 minutes as much as possible, so we can work efficiently on problems and solutions, and also respect client's time, since I know it is sometimes difficult to find the time in the day for therapy sessions. It can be extended to 45 minutes when a longer session is needed. During sessions, I provide feedback to clients, and help clients come up with practical solutions to problems, or present another perspective that help clients work through difficult situations. I take a holistic perspective, taking into consideration how our social, physical, mental, and spiritual environments all effect our mental health. The main approaches that I use in therapy include cognitive behavioral approach and solution focused approach. If you suffer from depression or anxiety, attention issues, trauma issues or other concerns, I am here to help. I believe that you can improve your mental health, and overcome many concerns you have with a little help from others. I would love to be that person to help you, and if you would like to begin therapy sessions, please feel free to reach out to me.

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Vincent Ballard

Offering therapy in MO
License: MA,LPC
Trauma and abuseGriefDepression
5 years of experience

Hello, my name is Vincent Ballard. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor with 5 years of experience working with youth and adults in outpatient, inpatient, and community-based programs. I am clinically trained as a Cognitive Behavioral Therapist (CBT) and with additional professionally training in Solution Focused Brief Therapy as well as Trauma Informed Care. I work with adult men and women as well as teenagers. I believe that the body and mind need to be cared for dutifully and that when one aspect of our health suffers, it has a detrimental impact on the rest of our health.

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Christina Hafner

Offering therapy in MO
License: LPC
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesFamily conflictsGriefDepression
11 years of experience

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in Missouri with over 10 years of experience working as a counselor and life coach. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, parenting problems, career challenges, OCD, and ADHD. I also helped many people who have experienced physical trauma or emotional abuse. My therapy style is warm and interactive. I believe in treating anyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion, and I don't believe in stigmatizing labels. My approach combines cognitive-behavioral, psychodynamic and rational-emotive therapy. I will tailor our dialog and treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs. It takes courage to seek a more fulfilling and happier life and to take the first steps towards change. If you are ready to take that step, I am here to support and empower you. I look forward to working with you!

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Michele Lewis

Offering therapy in MO
Trauma and abuseGriefSelf esteemDepressionCoping with life changes
26 years of experience

I'm Michele and I am excited you are taking steps to feel better about yourself and are interested to learn more about me. I'm a licensed clinical social worker in Missouri and Iowa, and a qualified mental health professional. I am a certified clinical tele-mental health provider and a certified clinical trauma professional and grief professional. I've been a therapist for more than 25 years and I absolutely love what I do. I help young people learn to live authentically in spite of experiencing trauma in their past and help them express their true inner self. I counsel adult children who care for their aging parents to cope with caregiver stress and work through grief and loss as they witness the change in their parent's mobility and cognition. With my years working in geriatrics, I help aging adults process feelings about aging gracefully. My certification and experience working with grief and loss lends my ability to help people of all ages work through the deep impact of sadness, emptiness, and stress from losing a loved one or going through an upsetting life change. My therapy approach is synergistic, warm and accepting. Therapy in my practice is a place of no judgment. It's a place of self-discovery. It's a place of speaking your mind feely, sharing your true thoughts and feelings that maybe you've been hesitant to say aloud before. It's a place of trying new things and thinking about solutions in new ways. In therapy, you get to explore what is holding you back or causing unhappiness at work or in your relationships. As you become more comfortable talking to me and exploring your inner self, you get to build skills and strategies that allow you the freedom to express who you are to those in your life. You discover how to build authentic connections with friends and family. You learn to use strategies to shrink depression and anxiety and become confident in the person you are and who you really want to be. I utilize a variety of techniques, such as, cognitive behavioral therapy, positive psychology theory, stress management with mindfulness, empowerment work, mind / body / spirit connection to increase emotional expression and wellness, mood management, anxiety reduction, and finding your path to work / life balance. I have a Master's Degree in Social Work from the University of Kansas, in Lawrence, KS with a concentration in mental health. I have a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from William Jewell College in Liberty MO. I am excited to begin our work together!

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Sabrina Giwa

Offering therapy in MO
License: MS,LPC,LCPC
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsTrauma and abuseGriefDepression
14 years of experience

Encouragement. Enrichment. Empowerment. Hi, my name is Sabrina. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor of 12 years experience specializing in anxiety, depression, bi-polar, OCD and trauma related issues. I am the Co-Founder of 360 Degrees Wellness Counseling, a certified grief counselor and I’m in the process of obtaining my certification in EMDR as well as Expressive Arts therapy. I use a number of different therapies modalities to tailor individual needs. The name 360 degrees was chosen to represent the goal of the practice which is to provide a complete circle of treatment options tailored to bring inspiration and wellness to all that need it. Our 3 E’s were chosen to symbolize our strengths within us as well as what we strive to reveal and broaden.

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Rebecca Bowman

Offering therapy in MO
License: LCSW
Stress, AnxietyFamily conflictsTrauma and abuseParenting issuesDepression
20 years of experience

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker Therapist in Oregon and Missouri with over 20 years of experience working as a Therapist. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, parenting problems, career challenges, OCD and ADHD. I have experience working with children, adolescents, young adults, couples and family therapy. I can incorporate a faith based approach if this is the client's desire. My therapeutic style is reflective listening, encouragement, warm personality, however direct when I need to be if the client chooses this approach. I believe in treating anyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion, and I don't believe in stigmatizing labels. My therapeutic approach combines cognitive-behavioral, psychodynamic and strengths based, solution focused and collaborative problem solving. I will tailor our dialog and treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs. I believe stepping out of your comfort zone can be very daunting, however courageous as you look for changes, challenges and overcoming barriers. If you are ready to take that step I am here to support and empower you. I look forward to working with you!

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Lori Gordon

Offering therapy in MO
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesTrauma and abuseDepression
16 years of experience

*Temporary Notice: Due to schedule limitations, I am currently only taking EAP members and members looking for brief behavioral health consultations. I am licensed in Missouri and Illinois with 16 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, relationship issues, & trauma and abuse. I also have experience working with 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 sign up for therapy can take courage and I am proud of you for getting started!

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Zaundrea Young

Offering therapy in MO
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsFamily conflictsTrauma and abuseSelf esteem
9 years of experience

I am licensed in Missouri with 9 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, coping with addictions, 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. 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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Dr. Aneita Cooper

Offering therapy in MO
Stress, AnxietyIntimacy-related issuesParenting issuesCoping with life changes
15 years of experience

I am faith-based Professional Counselor licensed in the states of Arkansas and Missouri with 15 years of professional work experience. I have had the honor in supporting individuals through issues in life such as stress and anxiety, intimacy related issues, identity growth, parenting issues and more. I have experience working with clients to maneuver through the changes life brings and the impacts to day to day functioning. 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 while moving toward the purpose you were created to experience. While I am a Christian-based therapist I am open to clients of every faith or non-faith background. I work with my clients to create an open and safe environment where thoughts, feelings, and topics of faith can be shared without fear of judgment. No matter what your struggle is, you will find help through effective, individualized, psychological care. I believe in a bio-psycho-social model of counseling that includes the body, mind, and spirit achieving balance for wellness and healing.

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Jesse Anderson

Offering therapy in MO
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesFamily conflictsTrauma and abuseParenting issues
8 years of experience

I am licensed professional counselor in Missouri with 8 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping individuals and families with stress and anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma, and abuse. It takes strength, courage, and vulnerability to work toward making positive change in life. I am honored to work alongside you in that process. I work from a client-centered perspective, where you are the expert of your own story and experiences. Together we can build on the strengths and skills you already have to work toward unique goals.

How to find counseling in Dexter

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

How does the cost of in-person counseling compare to the cost of BetterHelp with a licensed Dexter 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 Dexter 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 Dexter 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 Dexter, 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 Dexter 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 Dexter 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 Dexter 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 Dexter 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 Dexter 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 63841 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 Dexter 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 Dexter 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 Dexter, 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.

Dexter 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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