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Ty Thornton

Offering therapy in MO
License: MS LPC
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsRelationship issuesFamily conflictsDepression
17 years of experience

Hi! I'm Ty! I am a Licensed Professional Counselor, and have been working in the mental health field for 17 years. I have a wide range of experience, counseling adolescents and adults, as well as conducting marriage and family therapy. I have extensive training and experience in the areas of mood and personality disorders, trauma, and addiction. I have a keen understanding of how these, as well as other life issues impact an individual and his or her family. I am passionate about helping others and my fun personality and sense of humor assure your counseling experience will be helpful and enjoyable. Whatever the issue or situation you may be experiencing, I think you will find that I'm easy to talk to. I tend to use a client-centered approach to ensure that clients feel comfortable, understood, and accepted. I also work from a cognitive-behavioral framework to help clients understand how their negative and unhelpful thinking can impact their behaviors and life choices. In my time away from counseling, I enjoy spending time with my husband and children as well as other family and friends. I am an avid runner and yogi. I like most outdoor activities, and music of all kinds, especially country. I value hard work and keeping commitments. I am also very enthusiastic about cute shoes and big jewelry. I commend your courage for seeking help to reach your life goals, and I look forward to working with you!

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Laura Gold

Offering therapy in MO
License: MSW,LCSW
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseGriefDepressionADHD
14 years of experience

Hello, I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the St. Louis, Missouri area with 10+ years of clinical experience. I grew up in the St. Louis area and my family and I moved back here in January after 17 years away for my undergraduate (CMSU/UCM) and graduate studies (UMKC), both in social work. I have clinical background with refugee families, counseling for children and families in the foster and reunification settings, as a day-treatment counselor with K-6th graders, outpatient and in-home therapy for all ages and backgrounds. I strive to be a safe place for you and your loved ones. I have experience in Trauma-Informed care, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) based therapy, Mindfulness based therapies, and more for ages 5 and up. My areas of specialty are mood disorders, trauma/PTSD, grief and loss, ADHD/ADD, sensory processing challenges, parenting children with special needs, gender and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning (LGBTQ+) identity. My goal is to meet you where you are at in your life journey and to empower you to make your changes and goals a sustaining reality.

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Sharla "Charlie" Harrison

Offering therapy in MO
License: MS,LPC,NCC
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseIntimacy-related issuesSelf esteemDepression
22 years of experience

Everyone calls me “Charlie.” It is a nickname I have had since high school. I have a Master of Science Degree; I have a Licensed Professional Counselor Certification and am a National Certified Counselor as well. I feel that counseling is one of the most important things you can do for yourself. When you are in a time of crisis, it is difficult to think rationally. A good counselor will help you navigate those choppy waters so that you can go on to live a richer life. I have studied a great deal about trauma. I have been on a Crisis Response team and worked with victims of natural disasters. I believe that I would be a good fit for you if you have issues in any of these areas. I have found that there is one main issue in life, “I’m Not Good Enough.” A wellspring of difficulties can erupt from this one thing. So, allow me to put my education and my life experiences to work for you. I believe that this is my gift. I want to share that with you. My treatment approach aims to help individuals develop coping skills, provide emotional support, encouragement, and feedback to help individuals address changes, challenges, and issues they are facing. Change and challenges are a part of life; however, sometimes, we need a little help getting through issues we are experiencing. I frequently draw from motivational interviewing, cognitive behavioral therapy, and solution focused therapy to help clients set goals and overcome their challenges. I use a variety of methods and techniques to provide a personalized approach; using what is most helpful for each individual given the challenges he or she is facing. Through understanding and compassion, I help individuals resolve a wide variety of concerns, crisis, psychological issues, and personal changes. Together, we will work to find techniques and solutions that will be the most beneficial to you. I conduct 45-minute sessions, beginning on the hour and ending at a quarter till. A "No Show" is considered to be fifteen minutes past the hour. So, the next step is to hop onto my calendar and schedule your first appointment. We'll take it from there. Talk soon!

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Brenda Lauer

Offering therapy in MO
License: MA LPC
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseGriefAnger managementDepression
15 years of experience

I am currently working part time Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. I am EST and usually work afternoons. I am a Licensed Professional counselor with over 15 years of experience as a therapist in a private practice and I am also a hypnosis coach. I have worked with a wide variety of clients, military, first responder, and other people from all walks of life. My clients were of various diagnosis: PTSD, Anxiety, Depression, ADHD, to name a few. I have a gentle but warm counseling style. I believe in seeing the world from my clients eyes and then work on expanding the world view. I treat client with respect, compassion, and empathy. I have several therapeutic approaches such as cognitive-behavioral, rational emotive behavioral, mindfulness, and humanistic. I do not believe in the "cookie cutter" approach, I will get to know you and work with you on the approach the works best for you. I believe therapy can be life changing for the better and it will be the best decision you can make, not just with me but any therapist. You are not alone and there are options to help better your mental health. I would enjoy working with you!

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Lisa Walton

Offering therapy in MO
License: LCSW
Stress, AnxietyLGBTRelationship issuesAnger managementDepression
16 years of experience

Hi There. My name is Lisa Walton, LCSW. I am licensed in the states of Florida and Tennessee to provide clinical therapy & counseling services. I have over 13 years of clinical counseling experience and 20 years of working with mostly at-risk clients in the social services setting. I have worked with a diverse population adults, adolescents, and children in various settings including psychiatric facility, group home, state penitentiary school, in home, and on military installations. I have provided therapy in the form of individual, family, couples, and group therapy as well as facilitating psycho-education groups on coping with mental health symptoms. My experiences have allowed me to work with special populations such as: at-risk youth, child abuse victims & offenders, domestic violence victims & offenders, delinquent youth, criminal offenders, psychiatric patients, LGBTQ, and active-duty military members. My therapeutic approach tends to be client centered, empathic, and supportive to empower the client(s) to feel empowered to overcome their specific challenges and obstacles in their lives. I typically use narrative, solution focused, cognitive behavioral, and motivational interviewing therapy techniques when working with my clients depending on clinical assessment, client needs, and specific client issues. I maintain the highest levels of professional standards and ethics in all encounters with clients. I am flexible with clients’ scheduling needs as I understand that life can be somewhat complicated. I look forward to establishing a warm, empathic, supportive, and professional relationship with all of my clients.

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Ravi Starr

Offering therapy in MO
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseGriefDepressionCoping with life changes
13 years of experience

Hello and welcome, My name is Ravi Starr and I am licensed professional counselor in Kansas and Missouri with 13 years of experience working in the field of mental health. I have experience in helping clients with stress, anxiety, family conflict, and depression, as well as those who are recovering from trauma and abuse, or are coping with grief and loss. Much of my professional work has taken place in neighborhoods where there are many Spanish-speaking individuals and families, so of a necessity, I have needed to deepen my understanding of cultural humility and meeting the needs of diverse populations. I believe in treating everyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion. We will tailor our work together and your counseling goals to meet your unique and specific needs. As a first step, I will mostly listen (including via email) to try to better understand what you are facing right now. Looking forward to hearing from you and in finding our first time to meet together, when it feels most timely for you. Warmly, Ravi Starr

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Stacey Stefanski

Offering therapy in MO
Trauma and abuse
3 years of experience

I am licensed in Missouri with 3 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with trauma and abuse. I have a compassionate heart to work with those who struggle with depression, anxiety and relational struggles. I work with my clients to create an open and safe environment where thoughts and feelings can be shared without fear of judgment. I am open, accepting, empathetic. I hope to give clients both encouragement and wise counsel. 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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Jamie Atwood

Offering therapy in MO
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesFamily conflictsSelf esteem
7 years of experience

I am licensed in Missouri with 6 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, relationship issues, & family conflicts. I also have experience working with 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. 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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Janet Eddy

Offering therapy in MO
Stress, AnxietyGriefAnger managementSelf esteemDepression
8 years of experience

I am licensed in Missouri with 10 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, coping with grief and loss, 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. 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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Jacinda Rea

Offering therapy in MO
Relationship issuesFamily conflictsParenting issuesSelf esteem
10 years of experience

I am licensed in Missouri and Oklahoma with 10 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with relationship issues, family conflicts, & parenting issues. I also have experience working with 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 things that challenge you. Taking the first step to sign up for therapy can take courage and I am proud of you for getting started!

How to find counseling in Freistatt

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

How does the cost of in-person counseling compare to the cost of BetterHelp with a licensed Freistatt 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 Freistatt 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 Freistatt 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 Freistatt, 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 Freistatt 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 Freistatt 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 Freistatt 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 Freistatt 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 Freistatt 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 65654 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 Freistatt 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 Freistatt 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 Freistatt, 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.

Freistatt 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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