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Ian Guthrie

Offering therapy in MO
Counselor License Type(s): MA,LPC
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsRelationship issuesSelf esteemCoping with life changes
7 years of experience as a therapist

I am a professional counselor licensed in the state of Missouri, with about seven years of experience, and over a decade and a half of experience working with addiction and mental health. I have worked with a range of clients, from children to elderly, who have come to me for a variety of issues, including anxiety and stress, depression, relationship issues, addiction, and lack of motivation. There are times in our lives when we need a new vision and someone to help us create strategies to overcome old challenges and take life to the next level. Seeking this change can be a daunting task, but I am here to help support you in your success. My counseling style is rather eclectic, based in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, with strong influences from Motivational Interviewing, Solution Focused techniques, and existential psychotherapy. I look forward to working with you!

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Katy Hamilton

Offering therapy in MO
Counselor License Type(s): M.Ed.,LPC
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsRelationship issuesSelf esteemDepression
11 years of experience as a therapist

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in Missouri with over ten years of experience as a therapist. I have worked with adults and adolescents with severe and persistent mental illness, substance abuse, trauma, depression, anxiety, ODD, ADD/ADHD, and marriage and family therapy. I believe every person should have access to quality mental health services regardless of race, religion, socio-economic status, lifestyle, or other demographic. While I have training in many therapeutic styles, my approach closely resembles person-centered therapy and psychodynamic therapy techniques. I feel that if we understand our past and come to terms with it through self-actualization, we can live a more fulfilling life.

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Dr. Lekesha Davis

Offering therapy in MO
Counselor License Type(s): LPC
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesFamily conflictsTrauma and abuseDepression
15 years of experience as a therapist

Hi, my name is Dr. Lekesha Davis. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in Missouri. I have worked in the social services field for more than 20 years, starting as a residential technician helping youth in a group home setting. I believe that providing trauma informed, genuine, and compassionate care are at the core of who I am. There may come a time where we all need additional support and I strive daily to breakdown the wall of stigma that prevents individuals from seeking needed services. I also teach graduate counseling students. I believe it is my responsibility as a gatekeeper to ensure that future counselors have the tools and skills needed to become dynamic clinicians. My specialties include working with survivors of intimate partner violence, couples and families, working with both youth and adults who have experienced trauma, depression, anxiety, personality disorders, psychotic disorders as well as issues common in youth such as Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder, and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders, and Adjustment Disorders. My theoretical orientation is Person Centered Theory, I genuinely engage with clients displaying empathy as well as unconditional positive regard. My goal is to help clients achieve self-actualization. The goal is not just to help clients realize their potential but to achieve wellness. Each client is unique and I cater my therapeutic approaches to the unique needs of my clients. I love writing poetry! I believe that poetry can give a brief glimpse into one's soul. I look forward to supporting you through your journey!

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Sara Schuessler

Offering therapy in MO
Counselor License Type(s): LPC,NCC
Stress, AnxietyFamily conflictsTrauma and abuseParenting issuesAnger management
13 years of experience as a therapist

Hello! My name is Sara and I have over 14 years of clinical experience as a Licensed Professional Counselor in St. Louis, Missouri. I have extensive therapeutic experience working with individuals, families, teenagers, and children. I have provided services in a variety of settings including residential treatment centers, homes, and schools, all of which have allowed me to possess an abundance of skills. I am a rostered Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapist, and a Nationally Certified Clinician. I have experience with family conflict, parenting problems, relationship issues, school problems, trauma, ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, self esteem, and anger management. I have my Masters of Arts in Counseling from Missouri Baptist University in St. Louis, Missouri, and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a minor in Criminal Justice from Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri. My counseling style is warm and inviting, with a focus on the client at all times. You are the one seeking support and the one determining the goals you'd like to work towards. You are the expert on yourself and I am here to help facilitate change. My therapeutic approach is Client Centered with Cognitive Behavioral therapy techniques and Solution Focused therapy techniques to help you reach your goals. My sessions are scheduled Monday thru Thursday, from about 9:30am to 2:30pm on those days. I am not able to schedule on evenings or weekends. When I'm not in sessions, you can find me shopping at Target, cycling on the Peloton, watching the newest Netflix show, reading a good book, or hanging with my family and pets. I'm excited you're here and looking forward to working together!

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Rebecca Holman

Offering therapy in MO
Counselor License Type(s): MSW,LCSW
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesAnger managementDepressionCoping with life changes
14 years of experience as a therapist

Hi! My name is Rebecca. I started working in the mental health field 27 years ago and have spent the last 16 of them providing individual, family, and group therapy. I have an undergraduate degree in Sociology and Criminology and a Master of Social Work degree. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Missouri, a Licensed Certified Social Worker in Arkansas and have extensive experience working in residential treatment, private practice, clinic, and hospital settings. I have worked closely with children and adolescents in the foster care system, persons on parole from federal prison, and college students as well as persons recovering from traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, and strokes. The majority of my experience has been working with adults with a variety of mental health and substance abuse issues. For the last five years I have been an outpatient therapist at a community mental health center assisting people to better manage depression, anxiety, abuse and trauma, anger, relational issues, and coping with life changes. I always say becoming a therapist is what I was meant to do as I did not set out toward this path but it found me and drew me to it. I have an easy and approachable style with clients and have been told I am easy to talk to. When a client is speaking with me it is a no-judgement zone. I practice unconditional acceptance of clients the way they are as well as how they want to be. I believe you are the expert on you and my job is to help you make the changes you want to make so you can get to where you want to be.

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Mary Lakey

Offering therapy in MO
Stress, AnxietyLGBTRelationship issuesSelf esteemDepression
6 years of experience as a therapist

I am licensed in Missouri with 6 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, lgbt-related issues, relationship issues, & 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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Logan L Comegys

Offering therapy in MO
Counselor License Type(s): LCSW
Family conflictsTrauma and abuseGriefCoping with life changesCompassion fatigue
17 years of experience as a therapist

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a Master's degree in Social Work from University of Missouri-Columbia. My career in the field of social services began over 18 years ago. I have experience working with adults and children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and their families, end of life care, and medical social services. For the past 15 years my primary focus has been supporting hospice patients and their support systems during the end of life journey, bereavement support and providing grief counseling to all age groups. I believe that mental health is just as important as physical health. Identifying a need or desire for mental health support is a STRENGTH! Each day I work hard to diminish the negative stigma surrounding mental health services. I am excited to work with you on your journey!

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Mary Meidinger

Offering therapy in MO
Counselor License Type(s): LPC,CS001662
Stress, AnxietyGriefParenting issuesSelf esteemCareer difficulties
31 years of experience as a therapist

Prior to becoming a Licensed Professional Counselor, I worked in corporate America. This background gives me perspectives to share with people are looking to enhance , or change, the direction of their careers. I am awed by people's ability to make positive changes in their life with counseling assistance. There are times when we need to slow down and focus on our health and well being for ourselves and the people who care about us. Counseling provides that kind of safety, exploration, and insight. Using our increasing knowledge of the brain's ability to change and grow, I work with people experiencing the effects of anxiety on their lives. We work together to forge a path for improved mood, sleep, and life quality. Most importantly, I work to help all my clients learn to recognize, and respect, their own strengths and help them realize their dreams and goals.

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Titus Mayberry

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

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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Kelly Franklin

Offering therapy in MO
Stress, AnxietyFamily conflictsParenting issuesSelf esteemADHD
10 years of experience as a therapist

I am licensed in Missouri with 10 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, family conflicts, parenting issues, & 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 sign up for therapy can take courage and I am proud of you for getting started!

How to find counseling in Portageville

Finding the best therapist close by in Portageville can feel challenging, but know that once you narrow your search for a counselor serving your area, you can find a therapist in your city that is accepting new clients and fits your goals. Whether you're struggling with depression, anxiety, marriage, family issues, or other emotional challenges, feel proud that you have begun your search to find the mental health care services in Portageville that work best for you in order to begin your personal journey towards emotional healing with a therapist.

Understanding the type of therapy you'd like to search for is crucial before finding a therapist or psychologist in Portageville. 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 Portageville, feel free to contact the provider via email to find out which methods they practice.

It is also important to understand that mental health professionals in the United States are accredited to provide care, helping individuals and couples, with a variety of licenses. These include licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT), licensed clinical social worker (LCSW), and clinical psychologist or doctor of psychology (PsyD). Regardless of their licensure, they are trained to treat individuals and couples counseling, and sometimes children, in any type of therapy in the Portageville region and in the state of Missouri. Find a therapist under any of these distinctions and know that the sessions they offer can provide a safe place to heal.

A mental health counselor working through their own in-person therapy practice in Portageville or online may assist clients in improving healthy relationships, communication skills, working through life transitions, couples counseling, managing a mood disorder, improving coping skills, self help tips, offer life coaching, family therapy, or change in negative thinking patterns. A therapist may also provide a safe place and validation for clients experiencing emotional pain, or that simply want a psychological assessment. Verified providers can provide licensed marriage and couples therapy, tailor to individual needs, and create a therapeutic relationship as a National Certified Counselor.

There are all kinds of therapists working with clients today across the United States and in the greater Portageville 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 Portageville, elsewhere in New Madrid, 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 Portageville area can be found below:

How does the cost of in-person counseling compare to the cost of BetterHelp with a licensed Portageville 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 Portageville 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 Portageville may not take health insurance, some in the state of Missouri may work on a sliding scale, meaning they'll factor in your income and charge what you can afford per session. With a BetterHelp therapist throughout the state of Missouri you can expect significantly more affordable options, with sessions ranging from $65 to $100 per week (billed every four weeks).

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

Therapists in Portageville, 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 or medication as treatment, or perform psychological assessments and other psychiatric services.

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

What mental health issues can psychotherapy address?

BetterHelp's verified Portageville 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 Portageville 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 Portageville 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.

Portageville therapists in your city can support you toward a healthier emotional state, regardless of your mental health, life concerns, or healing needs. While supporting individuals in developing healthier habits, another good benefit of Portageville 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 Portageville therapist can help you confront these concerns and open up through unique methods of support. There are also many types of therapy, such as art therapy, where you may find you can express yourself through creativity instead of words with a psychotherapist.

With a lot of people in MO, therapists may be booked out with clients. Through the list of profiles above and others within BetterHelp's team, you may be able to find a psychologist within 24 to 48 hours. If you're searching to find a a nearby psychotherapist close to 63873 or the surrounding zip codes, consider others available through the BetterHelp site. No matter if you are seeking help from therapists in your area or beyond, online therapy can be a great option.

How should I prepare for my first therapy session with a Portageville 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 while offering mental health services. The first session will often serve as an intake to get to know you as a person and learn why you're attending therapy in Portageville.

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 from a therapist. A Portageville licensed clinical social worker may help you gain power over your life and emotions while you navigate day-to-day experiences.

Gaining a new perspective on yourself through various therapies might allow you to improve your self-esteem, work through relationships, and gain a better sense of your mental health goals. The success you may find through therapy with a counselor can be dependent on your process.

People may also attend therapy for specific motives, such as bullying, an autism diagnosis, a desire to learn mindfulness meditation, personality concerns, trouble with office workers, specific phobias, and many other principles that a counselor can help with.

Is mental health care and therapy worth it? 

Therapy with a licensed counselor is effective and has the power to change individuals' lives. Each client is at a different stage of their emotional healing journey in life, as each human can be unique in their personality, expression, skills, and goals. A psychologist can target various symptoms, experiences, and personalities to help you feel your best and put you on the path to healing. Unlike advice from a friend, family, or non-professional, a mental health 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 Portageville, 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.

Portageville 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 to customer service through the contact page or send an email to contact@betterhelp.com.

If you’re ready to sign up for online therapy, consider signing up with a platform like BetterHelp and get matched within 24 to 48 hours.

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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