Bessemer City, North Carolina is a small town which is very family-oriented while still providing a plethora of opportunities to those who are interested. From fitness facilities to parks, bars, shopping centers, and other recreational activities, there is nothing that you can’t do in Bessemer City.

Of course, in order to truly enjoy all this city has to offer, you need to be happy and healthy. This is why Bessemer City offers mental health services to individuals who may be in need of them. Don’t hesitate to meet with a counselor in the Bessemer City area who can be of service to you.

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Sarah Ansari

Offering therapy in NC
License: MSW,LCSW
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseSelf esteemBipolar disorderDepression
7 years of experience

Sometimes, holding a mirror up can reflect back strengths we don't realize we possess, especially in difficult times and circumstances. It has been an honor for me to watch people overcome a variety of challenging situations, recognizing their own strengths, and giving back to others and their communities. This is what inspires my practice. I draw from a variety of theories because I know that there is no one size fits all approach. I often utilize Mindfulness, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Family Systems Theory, and Self-Compassion models. It is important to be aware of a variety of tools, paths, and resources available to you on your journey towards wellness. This is why I also value your feedback as we work together, I am here to collaborate with you and together we will work to improve your life. We may explore lifestyle patterns and how they impact our mental health and well-being. You will learn new skills and explore thought patterns that often block us from recognizing our own strengths and potential. We will find what works for you. I also enjoy sharing the brain science behind practices, so you can understand why these tools are so effective.

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Christina Stakely

Offering therapy in NC
License: LMFT
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesTrauma and abuseIntimacy-related issuesParenting issues
14 years of experience

My desire is to help you learn how to express who you are and to experience growth within your family and other systems surrounding you. I hope to help you with developing good intuition, creating healthy connections, and becoming more of your authentic self. I want you to experience more joy and peace within your life. I enjoy working with service members/veterans and their families. I also enjoy working with adults with infertility issues and women or men who have experienced sexual trauma. I am a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist. I use a variety of approaches, including Mindfulness practices; Cognitive-Behavioral Therapies; Attachment Theory Approaches and Systems Oriented Therapy. I am trained in trauma protocol therapies as well as expressive arts therapy. I hope to help you meet your goals here and see you grow and change in the world outside the therapy office.

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Sarita Favers

Offering therapy in NC
Stress, AnxietyAnger managementSelf esteemDepressionCoaching
15 years of experience

Results-oriented, compassionate, and behaviorally focused are strengths that I use to ensure the continuity of care for the population in which I work with. With a great background in a wide arrangement of mental health populations and disorders, my career has developed into being a well rounded clinician. The many areas that I have worked under the umbrella of mental health management include schizophrenia, depression, anxiety, eating disorders, substance abuse, explosive disruptive behaviors and anger management. I have worked with both victims and abusers, as well as provided crisis interventions to those presenting as suicidal. My experiences has lead me to provide services to adults, children and adolescents, both within the community and treatment facilities. This has given me a keen insight into handling such situations by analyzing all angles, and making critical decisions. During the course of a career spanning over ten years, I have attained much experience in crises management in post-traumatic situations and criminal behavioral management. I have obtained full licensure of LPC, and have obtained my LCAS-Associate licensure. Ensuring individuals recognize problems, understand triggers and modify their behaviors is my prime focus with every person served. I believe in modeling the motivational interviewing style, to ensure each individual feels they are part of their treatment. I believe in maintaining meaningful relationships with the population served, as well as healthcare providers, so that the effectiveness of both types of medical intervention programs is optimal. To enhance my skills and knowledge, I am continuing my education by ascertaining a PhD in Forensic Psychology.

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Mildred Tillman

Offering therapy in NC
License: Ed.S, MA,LCMHC
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesTrauma and abuseGriefDepression
11 years of experience

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor with over 11 years of experience serving as a psychotherapist. I have worked with a variety of presenting concerns including anxiety, depression, family counseling, couples counseling, grief and loss, and trauma. My counseling approach is based upon the principles of Christianity, which may include scriptural references and prayer. I am multifaceted in my approach and utilize the most effective methods available to address your individual needs. With the combination of Christian counseling, cognitive-behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, rational-emotive counseling, talk therapy, and trauma counseling, I will tailor a treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs. I am empathetic, supportive, and provide a non-judgmental environment. I also provide Pastoral Psychotherapy and look forward to hearing from you.

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Elizabeth "Beth" Maino

Offering therapy in NC
License: LCSW
Stress, AnxietyFamily conflictsParenting issuesDepressionADHD
21 years of experience

Hello! My name is Beth Maino and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). I attended James Madison University earning a Bachelors in Social Work and I graduated with a Masters in Social Work from West Virginia University. I have worked for over twenty years with clients seeking counseling in private practice, hospital, and educational settings. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, parenting problems, anger, and ADHD. My treatment approach is rather laid back but is set on the foundation of having a therapeutic relationship. I use techniques from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Solution Focused Therapy. I work with each client individually to focus treatment on what works best for them. It is so courageous of you to take the first step in seeking assistance with making changes in your life. I applaud your effort and want you to know that you are not alone We all deserve a safe place to be heard, understood and supported. I look forward to working with you.

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Chelsea Banks

Offering therapy in NC
Stress, AnxietyLGBTRelationship issuesSelf esteemDepression
5 years of experience

Hey! Thank you so much for considering me to partner with you. My name is Chelsea Banks and I am a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LCMHC),a Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist Associate (LCASA),and a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional(CCTP). I believe myself to be an accepting and open individual with a drive for professionalism and limitless compassion for others. I have a long history of working with individuals, families, and children in a variety of settings and have been working in a clinical setting for the last 5 years. I believe in patient-driven goals and utilize Cognitive Behavioral and Motivational Interviewing techniques to aid the patient in addressing obstacles head-on. I have an extensive background in working with individuals suffering from a variety of diagnoses and symptoms including mood disorders, anxiousness, personality disorders, and adjustment to day-to-day stressors. I am known for my ability to connect with various populations. I would love the opportunity to work with you. Talk soon!

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Nancy Gilmore-Parks

Offering therapy in NC
License: MSW,LCSW
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesFamily conflictsParenting issuesDepression
10 years of experience

I have worked in the field of mental health since 2002 after receiving a bachelor’s degree in Psychology. I graduated in 2012 with a master’s in social work and received my clinical license in 2013. For the past eight years I have provided therapy services to military service members and their families. I have a lot of experience working with individuals who are struggling with symptoms of depression, anxiety, trauma, sleep difficulties, and work/life stress. In addition, marital/couple’s counseling, family therapy, grief and loss and stage of life counseling are also my preferences. I believe you will always know yourself better than me and are therefore the expert on you. In general, I like to use a combination of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Solution Focused Therapy to look at thoughts and behaviors conducive to where you want to go. Therapy is tough work, and I am here to walk the journey with you.

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Nancy Ferguson

Offering therapy in NC
Relationship issuesFamily conflictsSelf esteemCareer difficultiesCoaching
10 years of experience

I am a licensed in North Carolina Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) with 10 years of professional work experience. In addition to working with families and couples, I have worked for 22 years in corporate environments doing career and executive coaching. 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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Mary Catharine Guicheney

Offering therapy in NC
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseSelf esteemDepression
33 years of experience

I am licensed in North Carolina with 33 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, trauma and abuse, & motivation, self esteem, and confidence. I also have experience working with depression. 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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Lauren Dawood

Offering therapy in NC
Stress, AnxietyLGBTTrauma and abuseEating disordersCoping with life changes
10 years of experience

I am licensed in North Carolina and Wisconsin with over 10 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress/anxiety, depression, lgbtq+ related issues, trauma/ptsd, eating disorders, mood disorders, relationship issues, career issues, etc. 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 sign up for therapy can take courage and I am proud of you for getting started! **Please note that at this time I am not able to offer live video or phone sessions. I am able to schedule live chat sessions and can do daily asynchronous messaging as well. If you prefer live video or chat, it will be best to work with a different provider.

How to find counseling in Bessemer City

Finding the best therapist close by in Bessemer City 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 Bessemer City. 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 Bessemer City, 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 Bessemer City 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 Bessemer City 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 Bessemer City, elsewhere in Gaston, or in the greater state of North Carolina.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

Some other commonly asked questions on therapy with a licensed counselor and BetterHelp serving the Bessemer City area can be found below:

How does the cost of in-person counseling compare to the cost of BetterHelp with a licensed Bessemer City 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 Bessemer City 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 Bessemer City may not take health insurance, some in the state of North Carolina 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 North Carolina 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 Bessemer City, North Carolina 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 Bessemer City 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 Bessemer City 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 Bessemer City 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 Bessemer City 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 Bessemer City 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 NC, 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 28016 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 Bessemer City 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 Bessemer City 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 Bessemer City, North Carolina 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.

Bessemer City 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

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.

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