Life is never a straight road. Often, there are detours, roads to nowhere, and even if you have a guide, you sometimes get lost. Reaching your destination is much harder than a simple road trip. A counselor based in Springfield can get you back on the road you want to travel. 

Springfield is the birthplace of Route 66, which is one of the first major highways in the US. This allowed people to travel with ease. Someone who is wanting to travel can’t go wrong on Route 66. A counselor can be your Route 66 that gets you to the end of your destination. 

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Linda "Kathleen" Brown

Offering therapy in MO
License: LCSW
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseGriefSelf esteemDepression
26 years of experience

I would like to start with congratulating and acknowledging you for taking this first step in achieving a more rewarding and fulfilling life. First steps can be hard to take, especially when it comes to our emotional health. We tend to be embarrassed, uncomfortable, or avoid these concerns. I am a true advocate in self-care as it is crucial for maintaining both our physical and emotional health. I believe you will be glad that you have taken this time to invest in yourself. My name is Kathleen Brown and I am Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the states of Missouri and Arizona. I am a proud graduate of the George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University. I have over 20 years of clinical experience in the mental health field. My experiences have included working in private practice, inpatient hospitalization, residential treatment, and telephone crisis care. Within these settings, I have provided individual, group, and family therapy. My specializations have included areas of Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar, Abuse/Trauma, and Grief. I have also provided supervision to aspiring mental health professionals who are seeking graduation from both undergraduate and graduate programs along with those meeting requirements for state licensure. I am an advocate of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy coupled with Strengths Based and Solution Based modalities. Although I have had success with these modalities, I am educated in other modalities and will tailor treatment to be individualized. It would be my honor to help you establish and achieve both realistic and obtainable personal goals. I look forward to working together!

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Tonya Powell

Offering therapy in MO
License: MA,LPC
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesTrauma and abuseSelf esteemDepression
16 years of experience

Greetings! My name is Tonya Powell. I’m a Licensed Professional Counselor dedicated to providing exceptional care and promoting healing and wholeness to those committed to my care. I received my Masters degree in Professional Mental Health Counseling from Webster University in 2006. Since then, I’ve had extensive training and experience working with a diverse group of people, including residential care with children and adolescents struggling with trauma induced behaviors, maladaptive coping skills, and problematic sexualized behaviors. In addition, I’ve worked closely with victims of domestic and/or sexual violence, Military Personnel and their families who struggle with PTSD, transitions and more. I utilize a wide array of treatment modalities tailored to meet the individual needs of each client. These modalities may include Trauma Informed Care, Family Systems, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), DBT, Motivational Interviewing, Client-Centered and Solution Focused therapy. I am very compassionate and empathetic, yet concise and constructive in my delivery. In addition to counseling, I am a self-published author, a Pastor, a wife of a retired Army Veteran and together we have 11 amazing children.! I look forward to working more with you!

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Traci Klasing

Offering therapy in MO
License: MA, LPC, LCMHC
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesParenting issuesSelf esteemCareer difficulties
18 years of experience

Traci Klasing, MA, LPC, LCMHC has been in the psychology and educational fields for 20 years. Traci is warm and engaging and has the desire to help her clients meet their needs. Her approach involves getting to know her clients and helping them move forward in their lives in areas that may need strengthening. She believes in a collaborative relationship where she and the client are both involved in goal-setting. Traci has experience working with people experiencing anxiety, depression, life changes, parenting issues and career issues. In addition to her mental health counseling experience, Traci has been teaching psychology coursework online and face-to- face for 21 years, therefore, she is well versed in counseling processes and theory. She is also skilled at working in a virtual format. Additionally, Traci a subject matter expert in the field of career counseling. She was the Director, Assistant Director and Internship Coordinator in the Career Development Center at a university for nine years. In her various roles in the career center, Traci assisted students and alumni with the job search process, including obtaining internships and full time employment. Her prior positions include administering neuropsychological assessments and providing in-home psychotherapy to families. Traci has served as a licensure supervisor in MO and has helped numerous counselors with their client loads. Traci was elected and served as the 2012-2013 President for the Missouri Career Development Association and she was also selected as a Leadership Academy Member by the National Career Development Association. Traci has served as a licensure supervisor in MO and has helped numerous counselors with their clients. Traci is ready and excited to work with you. Please reach out to her today! Traci earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Kansas and a Master of Arts in Counseling from Webster University. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Missouri and Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in North Carolina.

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Maria Pulizzo

Offering therapy in MO
License: MA, LPC
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsLGBTBipolar disorderDepression
5 years of experience

Hi, My name is Maria Pulizzo and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of Missouri. I graduated from Maryville University in 2007 receiving my masters in Rehabilitation Counseling. I have been working in the mental health and substance use field for 13 years in a community mental health agency providing therapy for 5 years specializing in co-occurring disorders, anxiety, depression, trauma and substance use. Understanding the need for individuals to have a safe space in which to process thoughts and feeling I use a person-centered approach that is judgment free and solution focused. I use an eclectic approach of therapy models including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy to assist with symptoms of anxiety, depression, trauma and mood regulation providing a listening ear along with effective interventions that will help ease distress. It takes courage to reach out for help and I am here to help guide and support you on your journey.

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Danny Ludwig

Offering therapy in MO
License: LCSW,ACSW
Parenting issuesAnger managementSelf esteemDepressionCoping with life changes
30 years of experience

Bio: Dan Ludwig LCSW ACSW I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a certified teacher in St. Louis, MO with over 35 years of experience. The bulk of my employment has involved combining counseling/therapy and education with primarily disadvantaged youth and young adults. The classroom is an ideal setting to explore obstacles to growth and problem solve new choices and paths. In my practice, my main approach involves Reality Therapy/Control Theory (Dr. Bill Glasser), which is closely related to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. I found this form of therapy to be very successful and easy to understand. I believe people can change their behavior when they change their thoughts. I am a life long endurance runner/triathlete (two – Hawaiian Ironman finishes) and an avid outdoorsman. I know what the power of exercise, experiential education games, outdoor activities, and fresh air can have in on a person and his/her outlook on life. I believe in setting goals for yourself, no matter how small, and going for it! I am impressed that you are taking time to select a therapist as it demonstrates that you are beginning your journey to self-improvement.

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Karen Walker

Offering therapy in MO
License: LPC, LMHC
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesFamily conflictsSelf esteemDepression
10 years of experience

Hello! I am a Licensed Professional Counselor with over 10 years of experience working as therapist and life coach. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, parenting problems. I have worked with many couples for relationship repair, communication skills, and pre-marital counseling. My counseling style is warm and interactive. I believe in treating anyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion, without judgment. My approach combines person centered, solution focused counseling styles. I will tailor our dialog and treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs. It takes courage to seek for a more fulfilling and happier life and to take the first steps towards a change. If you are ready to take that step I am here to support and empower you. I look forward to working with you!

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Darren Myers

Offering therapy in MO
Stress, AnxietyParenting issuesAnger managementCareer difficultiesDepression
10 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, parenting issues, anger management, & career difficulties. I believe in treating everyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion. I will tailor our dialog and treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs. Taking the first step to seeking a more fulfilling and happier life takes courage. I am here to support you in that process.

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Charles Robinson

Offering therapy in MO
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseAnger managementSelf esteemCoping with life changes
10 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, trauma and abuse, 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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Natalie Smith

Offering therapy in MO
Stress, AnxietyFamily conflictsTrauma and abuseAnger managementSelf esteem
4 years of experience

I am licensed in Missouri with 4 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, & anger management. 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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Jason Ruoff

Offering therapy in MO
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseAnger managementSelf esteem
9 years of experience

I am licensed in Missouri and I have a variety of experience helping others to talk about their situation. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, trauma and abuse, & anger management. I also have experience working with motivation, self esteem, and confidence. I have 10+ years working with children and families regarding trauma and abuse. 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 Springfield

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

How does the cost of in-person counseling compare to the cost of BetterHelp with a licensed Springfield 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 Springfield 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 Springfield 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 Springfield, 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 Springfield 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 Springfield 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 Springfield 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 Springfield 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 Springfield 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 65803 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 Springfield 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 Springfield 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 Springfield, 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.

Springfield 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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Below are some of the zip codes served by BetterHelp therapists in Springfield:

65801, 65802, 65803, 65804, 65805, 65806, 65807, 65808, 65809, 65810, 65814, 65817, 65890, 65897, 65898, 65899

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