Finley River Park, the Ozark Mill, and Smallin Civil War Cave are just a few of the fun places to explore in Ozark. Nestled in the Ozark Mountains of Southern Missouri, this small town has a lot of exciting things to do. Just a short trip to Branson where you can visit one of the many shows or museums along the 76 strip or ride the ziplines, roller coaster, or go carts. There’s a ton of stuff to do in Ozark

The city also boasts some of the top mental health care in the state with therapists, counselors, and psychiatrists trained in diagnosing and treating all types of mental illnesses. If you or someone you know is having emotional or mental issues, contact one of the experts in Ozark today.

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Melissa Hale

Offering therapy in MO
License: MSW,LCSW
Stress, AnxietyGriefEating disordersDepressionCompassion fatigue
10 years of experience

Hello! I am Melissa Hale, a licensed therapist (LCSW) in Missouri with over 10 years of experience, working with individuals who suffer with grief, loss, depression, trauma, abuse, bariatric difficulties, career challenges, relationship issues and psychiatric disorders. When working with me, you will be in a supportive, friendly, welcoming, interactive and safe environment. I can only imagine how difficult it must be to reach out to someone for assistance, but I am glad you did! I would love the opportunity to assist you in making your life better and happier. I believe it is so important to treat everyone with respect, compassion, integrity and dignity which everyone deserves. Meaning, that I am here to listen without labeling or judgment. I received a Bachelor of Science from Southeast Missouri State University and a Master of Social Work from Saint Louis University. I am currently pursuing Doctor of Social Work with anticipation of graduating in 2027. I have been married for 14 years and we have a son, so I totally understand the struggles of juggling work, marriage and family, but also having a child who is adopted. In our free time we enjoy camping, hiking, cruises, playing with our dog and watching the St. Louis Cardinals. I have spent the last 6 years on a personal journey of losing approximately 145 lbs. Since that time I have been providing support to other bariatric patients. I find it easier to talk to someone who completely understands the challenges involved with losing weight and also considering a bariatric surgery. While you are working on the outside, you need to work on the inside in order for the transformation to be successful. My schedule is open in the evening hours only for those individuals who have a challenging work schedule, but still would like the opportunity to speak to someone. The stress of missing work for an appointment can be removed by our evening hours. Let’s make your life a brighter one! I look so forward to meeting and getting to know you. Melissa

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Laura Hazard

Offering therapy in MO
License: LPC
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesFamily conflictsCoping with life changesCompassion fatigue
3 years of experience

Let’s just say life is overwhelming. Overwhelming due to moving, career and relationship changes, education, physical/mental health goals… Life Is A LOT. With 15 years of experience as a behaviorist and 5 years as a Licensed Professional Counselor we can work together to break your life into bite sized, manageable pieces. Being an open minded and approachable person, my goal is to create a comfortable, receptive space for you to explore yourself and the life you have. Using cognitive behavior theories to increase awareness of self, we can work together to identify your strengths and talents and use them more effectively. My background in working with those during major life transitions, such as mental health crisis, compassion fatigue, unhealthy relationships, anxiety, depression and personality disorder, means that I can roll with you through life’s punches. Together we can break the overwhelmed feelings into understandable pieces, putting them back together into the picture you are looking for.

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Stephanie Bartholomew

Offering therapy in MO
License: LMSW,LMAC,LCSW
Stress, AnxietyLGBTSelf esteemBipolar disorderCoping with life changes
5 years of experience

Your unique challenges, background, strengths, and life experiences will guide me as we collaborate on treatment goals and explore how to reach them. My first task is to practice active listening and nonjudgmental curiosity as we get to know one another. I believe that the relationship between client and therapist is what can provide the space for healing, growth, and improved mental health. Therapists are human, too, and we are constantly learning as we go. This is why I see clients as creative partners, not patients. We are in this unique process together. I work from a culturally sensitive, eclectic, integrative, psychodynamic style of intervention. Together we can prioritize your individual needs to boost your mood, decrease worry, calm your anxiety, be authentic and present, reduce stress, and feel empowered. I work from a strengths-based perspective and with compassion, empathy and listening I specialize in disorders such as Bipolar Disorder, ADHD, Major Depressive Disorder, PTSD, Addictions, Trauma, Life Transitions, Depression, and Anxiety. I work using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Psychoanalytic, other Postmodern theoretical bases from a Humanistic perspective. I incorporate biofeedback, guided imagery, narrative therapy, mindfulness-based holistic interventions, and psychodynamic treatment strategies.

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LaDawna Thomas

Offering therapy in MO
License: LCSW,MM
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesTrauma and abuseSelf esteemDepression
25 years of experience

To Thine Own Self Be True! Your emotional well being is a vital part of being productive and living a well balanced life. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has a life long passion for helping others. I have provided services to youth and adults for over 20 years and I specialize in anger management, depression, family and intimate relationship issues, anxiety disorders, perinatal mental health, and behavior modification. I utilize the cognitive behavioral, client-centered, and solution-focused approaches to create mindfulness awareness for my clients to address their current thought processes. I also specialize in trauma informed therapy that is needed in every community. The goal is to assist each individual to develop positive thinking in order to reach productive and healthy thought patterns, actions and decisions. My therapy style is supportive and compassionate while being direct and challenging at times.

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Titus Mayberry

Offering therapy in MO
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesAnger managementSelf esteemDepression
5 years of experience

I am licensed in Missouri with 5 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, relationship issues, anger management, & 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 seeking a more fulfilling and happier life takes courage. I am here to support you in that process.

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Latina Gaston

Offering therapy in MO
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesSelf esteemDepressionCoping with life changes
12 years of experience

I am licensed in Missouri with over 10 years of professional work experience. I have experience working with adolescent and adult clients with stress and anxiety, relationship issues, motivation, self esteem, and confidence, & depression. I tend to use an eclectic approach when treating clients; however, I am well-versed and have extensive experience utilizing CBT, Solution-Focused, Person-Centered, and Motivational Interviewing. 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!

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Benjamin Hensley

Offering therapy in MO
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsRelationship issuesFamily conflictsParenting issues
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, coping with addictions and substance abuse, & relationship issues. I also have experience working with family conflicts. 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. I believe Unconditional Positive Regard; I do not pass judgment and we will work together to find resolve from whatever you would like to overcome or explore unto solution/ 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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Andrea Rako

Offering therapy in MO
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsGriefAnger managementDepression
25 years of experience

I am licensed in both Illinois and Missouri as an LCSW. I have over 25 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, coping with addictions, end of life care, coping with grief and loss, anger management, chronic mental illness, and aging concerns. My work has allowed me the privilege of working with people across the lifespan, from infants to the aged. I work with my clients to create an open and safe environment where thoughts and feelings can be shared without fear of judgment. I like to use an eclectic mix of therapy types, but do use a lot of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) as well as Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy (REBT). You are the expert on you and I will always respect that. 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.

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MaryLee Morganfield

Offering therapy in MO
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesGriefAnger managementDepression
20 years of experience

I am licensed in Missouri with 14 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, relationship issues, coping with grief and loss, & anger management. 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. 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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Amanda Northcutt

Offering therapy in MO
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesSelf esteemDepressionCoping with life changes
3 years of experience

I am licensed in Missouri with 3 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, relationship issues, motivation, self esteem, and confidence, & depression. I work with my clients to create an open and safe environment where thoughts and feelings can be shared without fear of judgment. It takes courage to seek out a more fulfilling and happier life and to take the first steps towards a change. I am here to support & empower you in that journey.

How to find counseling in Ozark

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

How does the cost of in-person counseling compare to the cost of BetterHelp with a licensed Ozark 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 Ozark 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 Ozark 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 Ozark, 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 Ozark 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 Ozark 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 Ozark 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 Ozark 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 Ozark 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 65721 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 Ozark 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 Ozark 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 Ozark, 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.

Ozark 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.

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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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65721

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