For most of us, some days feel like there's a storm looming ahead, while other days clear sun and great puffy clouds are in the forecast. For Pleasant Hill, home of the National Weather Service Kansas, getting the forecast right is serious business.

If you're having more stormy days than sunny ones, however, your internal forecast may be off kilter. Please don't hesitate to reach out to a Pleasant Hill-area mental health professional to get the support you need so that your mental forecast can be once again filled with far more warm pleasant days than dark and stormy ones.

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Joyce Graham

Offering therapy in MO
License: M.Ed.,LPC
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseGriefDepressionCoping with life changes
11 years of experience

Hi! My name is Joyce A. Graham. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor. I completed my Master's Degree in Community Counseling at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. I currently have a private practice in Missouri where my counseling specialties include issues involving anxiety; depression; grief/loss; stress; and PTSD. The interpersonal strengths that I bring to the counseling profession are compassion, a genuine concern for the welfare of others, and Christian integrity. I know, personally, what it means to face adversity and I have a passionate desire to see others overcome the struggles, pain, and disappointments of life. Counseling is my passion! My counseling style is eclectic which means that I believe that the therapeutic process should be tailored to address the individual concerns of the client. I love walking along side people as they work through life challenges. I am here to provide a safe, supportive, and nurturing environment. I want to assure you that anything you share with me will be held in the strictest of confidence and your privacy is protected. On a personal note, I have been married for 42 years and am the mother of 3 grown children; 2 daughters and 1 son. If you want to know more about me, please feel free to ask. I commend you for reaching out for counseling. Having someone to talk to makes it easier to process our feelings. I believe that you and I working together can begin addressing your concerns and work towards processing any challenges or obstacles to your success. I look forward to communicating with you soon!

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Walter Scull

Offering therapy in MO
License: M.Ed.,LPC
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesGriefDepressionCoping with life changes
7 years of experience

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Missouri with 7 years of counseling experience with teens, adults, couples, and parents. My education includes a Masters degree in Counseling from the University of Missouri – Saint Louis. My Post Graduate training includes passing exams to earn professional Certifications in: Certified Clinical Telemental Health Provider and Certified Clinical Trauma Professional. Treatment approaches that I most often use with clients are: Client Centered, Solution Focused, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). In sessions I may share, teach, and practice improved coping skills that are aimed at hopefully lowering your non-preferred symptoms. Only evidence based, mainstream approaches will be used with my clients. Where I bring value to my clients would be counseling adults and teens experiencing stress, anxiety, depression, relationship issues, recovery from trauma, anger management, grief/loss, parenting issues, coping with life changes, motivation, self-esteem, low confidence, multicultural concerns, college and career coaching, Military/Veterans life issues, PTSD, First Responders, Healthcare workers, ADHD/ADD, Autism Spectrum Disorders, school concerns, Parent coaching, Eldercare, and caregiving fatigue. My past work experiences include serving in the United States Coast Guard, working in corporate sales, and 7 years of counseling teens and adults. I am a happily married man, share one teen daughter, and a loyal rescue dog! On our off time you can find us taking walks, cooking, listening to music, kayaking, and traveling. My mission is to help others find joy again, heal, and experience life at much higher and happier level. The aim will always be that therapy sessions are a non-judgmental safe place where you feel supported and that you reach your goals that you set for yourself. I look forward to meeting and helping you!

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Richard Wheat

Offering therapy in MO
License: MS, LPC, NCC
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsRelationship issuesDepressionCoping with life changes
9 years of experience

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and am licensed in both the state of Missouri and Texas. I have been practicing counseling since 2011 starting with my internship experience in Grad school. I have experience working with people struggling with substance use disorders. I also have experience in addressing emotional disturbances such as anxiety and depression. I have also been working with couples helping with difficulties that they have in their marriages. My approach to counseling uses many techniques from cognitive behavior therapy to address the thoughts and behaviors that we have that are causing and or contributing to the problems that we face. I also as the need arises use techniques from other theoretical orientations of counseling as they are appropriate and helpful to you the client. I am here to help you meet your goals and needs. I understand at times making the needed changes in your life can be difficult; I aim to help you make those changes a little easier.

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Allison Kemble

Offering therapy in MO
License: LCSW
GriefParenting issuesCareer difficultiesCoping with life changesCompassion fatigue
8 years of experience

Hello and welcome! Reaching out for support can be scary, especially if you are new to therapy. But I want you to know that I am here for you ! We will work together to achieve your goals and work through any crises that you are facing. I received my master's degree in clinical social work from the University of Missouri Columbia in 2012, and I am a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) in the state of Missouri. I initially started as a career counselor, specializing in work with clients who were receiving government assistance. I provided case management services to help clients overcome obstacles including obtaining housing, childcare, food security, etc. to eventually find gainful employment. From there I transitioned to a medical social work role for a major health system. I specialized in providing grief counseling, crisis counseling/intervention, and acute support to patients and families who were affected by critical, complex and chronic illnesses. I have experience in disease management, medication compliance, coping with a new diagnosis or chronic illness, as well as situational depression, PTSD and trauma surrounding a difficult medical diagnosis to both clients themselves, and their loved ones. I also have experience working with patients transitioning to hospice and end of life, as well as clients affected by suicidal ideation. I like to use solution focused, client centered and motivation interviewing therapy techniques, however I always start where you, the client, are and we go from there! I love getting to know my clients and being able to provide not only a listening ear but also tools and techniques to help you reach your goals, overcome your fears, and/or find ways to positively cope with whatever stresses you are facing. I pride myself on being available to my clients, as we will work at your pace and engagement level. We can communicate via your preferred method, or a combination. I look forward to working with you!

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Andy Kendrick

Offering therapy in MO
License: MA,LPC,CEAP
AddictionsRelationship issuesFamily conflictsDepressionCoaching
5 years of experience

I'm Andy. I'm a Professional Counselor licensed in Missouri and I've been in the Mental Health field for nearly 30 years. I've had a wide variety of experiences helping people of all ages, problems, genders and religions. To me, each person is an individual with concerns that are unique to them. My focus is always on you and what is of concern to you. My approach is very open, warm, caring and supportive. I use several different methods to help people, but I prefer Motivational Interviewing, which helps people explore ambivalence over their issues. Regardless of what methods used, my focus is only about helping you achieve the goals that you want to accomplish. I work with adults and couples. I have a lot of experience with relationships, marital, pre-marital and couples counseling. I also work with addictions including substances, sex addictions, and other compulsions. You've taken a big step by reaching out for help. I know what that's like. I've been in counseling too. I want you to know that I will do everything possible to make this journey the best it can be.

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Sherry Beykirch-Buckley

Offering therapy in MO
License: MS LPC
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesParenting issuesSelf esteemDepression
20 years of experience

Hi, I’m Sherry. I am a licensed professional counselor in the state of Missouri with over 20 years of experience. I have worked in a variety of settings including inpatient treatment programs, private practice and a high school setting. My treatment approach is client centered, identifying strengths and developing a treatment plan to help you move successfully towards your goals. I help clients identify toxic thought processes and assist in developing ones that will be a source of empowerment. My favorite part of my job is helping a person to reach their full potential! We all struggle at times in our lives. Sometimes it is something that we cannot get through alone. It is courageous and healthy to reach out for help! I would love to work with you!

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Stephanie Heimann

Offering therapy in MO
License: LCSW
Stress, AnxietyGriefParenting issuesSelf esteemDepression
15 years of experience

Hello and congratulations on taking the beginning steps of seeking support in your own life journey. Thank you for taking the time to check out my counseling profile! Let me tell you a little about myself so you can decide if we would be a good fit in what I believe is a partnership in obtaining your optimal emotional health and growth. I have worked as a licensed counselor for 15 years. I have worked in various settings, such as clinic, residential, hospital, and school. My time in counseling has been spent working with families, youth, and adults. When considering my counseling style, I strive to offer a warm, welcoming, non judgmental, honest, and empowering environment. I believe that everyone’s story is unique to them and your own held perspective is powerful in understanding how you interpret life events and experiences. I want to hear your story from your view point and then together create goals that you identify as a priority. I also want you to be aware that sometimes counseling can be uncomfortable. I strongly believe that we sometimes have to challenge our thinking and become comfortable with being uncomfortable in order to grow and emerge stronger. I use a person centered approach, which means you direct the goals and identify what you want to work on. I also use solution focused therapy (let’s look at what has ever worked or gone well for you) and cognitive behavior therapy because I believe that our thoughts strongly influence our behavior and held beliefs. I also include dialectical behavior therapy if you need support in accepting your thoughts and emotions and regulating emotions. I believe strongly in incorporating music, animals, humor, and connecting to the outdoors as potentially healing to the soul. Thank you for taking the time to visit my page and please let me know if you would like to connect further!

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Sadie Renander

Offering therapy in MO
License: MS,LMHP
Stress, AnxietyFamily conflictsTrauma and abuseDepressionCoping with life changes
10 years of experience

Hello! I'm Sadie, and I hope I can be helpful in whatever has brought you here today. I am a Licensed Mental Health Practitioner in Nebraska. I have 17 years of experience working in the mental health field in residential, outpatient, in-home, and hospital settings. The largest part of that time has been spent working with children and families dealing with trauma, abuse, relationship conflicts, depression, and anxiety, among other issues. I received my Master of Science in Family and Youth Services/Clinical Counseling in 2012 from Bellevue University in Bellevue, NE. I specialize in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Trust-Based Relational Intervention but also feel comfortable with other modalities depending on what might be most effective for the client. I know that there is always a modality that can be matched to the needs of the individual. My style begins with being person-centered. I don't believe there are cookie-cutter answers to life's challenges, so I begin by learning about the client and what will best help them achieve their own goals. I have experience as both the client and the clinician, so I know how difficult it is to seek help and open ourselves up to vulnerability. I focus on empathy and connection in my approach to meeting the client's needs. I see therapy as a team approach to tackling life's complications, so I will work with you to determine measurable goals and achieve them.

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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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Lynn Patterson

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

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Kansas, Missouri, and Texas with nine years of behavioral health experiences. I have been working with individual adults who have stress, anxiety, anger issues, low motivation, low self -esteem, depression, unmanageable grief and loss, unworthiness, ineffective communication with others, self-hate, changes of life events , difficulty having goals and directions in life, indecisiveness, caregiver stress, mental health issues cause by severe and chronic medical problems, and more. My therapy approaches are: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness and Meditation, and Solution-Focused Therapy. I believe that you are the expert of your stories and that you have many strengths that will help you 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. I actively listen to you, understand your struggles, assist you to establish reasonable and achievable goals that you desire. I provide you with the tools you need to manage and overcome barriers to find happiness. I am looking forward to work with you.

How to find counseling in Pleasant Hill

Finding the best therapist close by in Pleasant Hill 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 Pleasant Hill. 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 Pleasant Hill, 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 Pleasant Hill 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 Pleasant Hill 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 Pleasant Hill, elsewhere in Cass, 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 Pleasant Hill area can be found below:

How does the cost of in-person counseling compare to the cost of BetterHelp with a licensed Pleasant Hill 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 Pleasant Hill 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 Pleasant Hill 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 Pleasant Hill, 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 Pleasant Hill 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 Pleasant Hill 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 Pleasant Hill 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 Pleasant Hill 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 Pleasant Hill 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 64080 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 Pleasant Hill 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 Pleasant Hill 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 Pleasant Hill, 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.

Pleasant Hill 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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