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Susan Shafer

Offering therapy in NC
License: MA,LCMHC,NCC
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseAnger managementSelf esteemCoping with life changes
15 years of experience

Thank you for taking the time to read my profile. I am Susan Shafer, a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor for the state of North Carolina, 500hr Certified Yoga Instructor and Certified Practitioner for Emotional Freedom Techniques, also known as tapping. I hold a Masters Degree in Community Counseling from the University of North Carolina-Charlotte and have been providing therapy for almost 15 years. I have experience working with children, adolescents, adults and families in a variety of settings. My areas of specialty include working with those struggling with anxiety, depression, life transitions, grief/loss, ADHD and trauma related hardships. I invite you to check out my website : shafer.services My counseling approach is eclectic and I use approaches that integrates effective wellness practices with traditional psychotherapy including CBT, Mindfulness and Emotional Freedom Techniques. I believe in creating a space that allows clients to express themselves openly and without judgement. My work focuses on helping clients to connect to their inner strengths and increase their awareness of thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. At times, I combine yoga practices and psycho-educational techniques that allow clients to experience the power to connect the body and mind through breath and movement. Another form of treatment I highly encourage clients to consider is Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT), also referred to as 'tapping', which is a scientifically researched method of using self-applied acupressure to reduce stress, shift negative emotions, change unwanted behaviors and work to resolve with trauma memories. I have been trained in these techniques and completed mentorship to become an Accredited, Certified EFT Practitioner through EFTi. It takes courage and trust to begin counseling and I appreciate your willingness to allow me to be a part of this journey. Together, we will identify your goals and skills to help you overcome the challenges you are experiencing or have experienced. One of my greatest joys as a therapist is to witness individuals resolve issues and gravitate toward a life fulfilled with inner peace and joy. When you are ready to begin, I am here to walk the next steps with you!

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Dr. Diane O'Brien

Offering therapy in NC
License: PhD,LPC, LCMHC
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseGriefDepressionCoping with life changes
21 years of experience

Do you often find yourself struggling to sort out your thoughts and feelings about events in your life? Have there been times in your life when you have wondered if you have made the right choices or if there are other possibilities for you? We have all experienced life changing experiences that have shaped us into the people we are today. Sometimes, a listening ear is all we need. Other times, more in-depth exploration of thoughts and feelings is needed before you can feel better. Whichever situation fits for you, I am here to help. I have been in practice for over 20 years and have had experience working with a diverse group of individuals, couples, and families. Together, we have explored trauma events and their impact on individuals and families, family relationships, couples’ issues, and depression, anxiety, infidelity, spiritual dilemmas, and other experiences that have an effect on day-to-day living. My experience extends to adults of all ages, including an older population and caregivers. I am open to working with couples who are experiencing issues, particularly in the area of communication. Working with individuals who are in the early stages of dementia or Alzheimer's Disease are a new and interesting population for me. For me, counseling is a passion. Being a counselor is a calling, it encompasses me as a person and as a professional. It is my hope that you will contact me for counseling so that I can be your companion on your journey to a more peaceful and satisfying future.

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Chanel Bowen

Offering therapy in NC
License: LCMHC,LCAS,CCS
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsRelationship issuesSelf esteemDepression
8 years of experience

Hello! I'm Chanel, wishing you love, peace, and prosperity. I am a dual-licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor and Clinical Addiction Specialist so that I can help clients improve mental health and overcome problematic behaviors by teaching healthier ways of coping. Using Cognitive-Behavioral methods, DBT Skills Training, and Relapse Prevention Models, services are tailored to your needs. My goal is to help you Bring Forth a Greater You. As a registered yoga teacher, clients can be guided through stress-reduction exercises during our telehealth sessions. Learn Emotion Regulation, Stress Tolerance, & Interpersonal Effectiveness as you get the right tools to build a solid foundation for a mentally healthier you. I am typically available for live video and phone sessions Tuesdays through Fridays in the A.M., and respond to messages throughout the day Monday through Friday. I love this platform for my clients because you can send messages to share your thoughts and feelings 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Are there any questions I can answer for you at this time?

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Claire Colligan

Offering therapy in NC
License: LCMHC,LCAS,CCS
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsFamily conflictsTrauma and abuseCoping with life changes
7 years of experience

Welcome! I am a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor, Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist, and Certified Clinical Supervisor. I have 7 years’ experience as a licensed professional, and I have been working with people with a variety of needs and skills for over 30 years. I have a background in disability counseling, Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Autism Spectrum, PTSD, and Grief and Loss, among other things. I enjoy working with a wide variety of issues, including career and life transitions, depression, anxiety, and relationship issues. I have a great deal of experience working with people with a history of trauma, and I use a trauma-informed approach in all of my work. I believe that therapy is a partnership. Good therapy helps a person identify what goals they truly have, and what areas of life they wish to develop. In order for that to happen, there needs to be mutual respect, trust, and compassion. You get to decide if I am the right fit for you. I use a variety of approaches, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectal Behavioral Therapy, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. Based on your unique strengths and challenges, my approach will be modified to support you in the best way possible. Therapy can be an amazing journey of self-discovery. I look forward to working with you.

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Sarah Burns

Offering therapy in NC
License: LCSW,LCASA
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsSelf esteemDepressionCompassion fatigue
3 years of experience

Hi there! Welcome to my page. I'll keep it short, because you probably have enough on your plate already. I am here to help you in a safe, supportive, and non-judgmental way using the skills I've picked up through school, work, and just trying to navigate life! It can be overwhelming, but you do not have to do it alone. Bring your worries to the table and we will come up with a plan that fits your goals, needs, and lifestyle. You've already taken a big step by coming this far. I believe that we are complex beings and are not defined by a diagnosis, our past, or the challenges we face. I believe in building a foundation of trust and safety, and letting you set the pace while helping you get out of your own way. It is a delicate balance, and I understand how hard it can be. I would be happy to talk with you further to see if I may be a good fit for you!

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Elaina Bogan

Offering therapy in NC
Stress, AnxietyGriefAnger managementSelf esteemDepression
20 years of experience

I am licensed in North Carolina with 20 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, coping with grief and loss, 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 sign up for therapy can take courage and I am proud of you for getting started!

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Miriam Reeves

Offering therapy in NC
Stress, AnxietyGriefAnger managementSelf esteemDepression
10 years of experience

Hello, all! I am licensed in South Carolina, North Carolina, and Ohio with over 11 years of professional work experience in the field of psychotherapy. I have experience in helping clients with anxiety, addiction, grief and loss, depression, self -esteem issues, and non-acceptance of the here-and-now. My therapy style combines mainly Gestalt therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Solutions-Focused Therapy. Concepts from other types of therapy are used as well. To be human means to suffer, at least some of the time. But you don't have to go it alone. I am here to assist you in your journey toward self-growth, more understanding of others, and a greater sense of peace. I can help you gain self-awareness so that you can take down those barriers that have kept you from making and achieving your goals. With the right insight and skills, you can evolve into a wiser version of yourself! AND you can be more accepting of the person you are right now!

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David Steinman

Offering therapy in NC
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseSelf esteemDepressionCompassion fatigue
3 years of experience

I am licensed in North Carolina, Ohio and South Carolina with 3 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, trauma and abuse, motivation, self esteem, and confidence, & depression. 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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Jane Prevost

Offering therapy in NC
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesDepressionCoachingADHD
20 years of experience

I am licensed in North Carolina and South Carolina with 20 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, relationship issues, depression, & executive and professional coaching. 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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Rodrecus Atkinson

Offering therapy in NC
License: LPC
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseAnger managementCoping with life changesADHD
11 years of experience

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor with over 10 years of experience working in the counseling and mental health field. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, personality disorders, relationship issues, parenting problems, career challenges, behavioral disorders, OCD, ADHD, and many more. My therapeutic approach is in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). I have an adaptable and versatile therapeutic style that allows me to meet the client where he/she are at in there therapeutic journey. My therapeutic style incorporates transparency, openness, honesty, humor, humility, and interaction. I believe in treating anyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion, and avoiding stigmatizing labels. It takes courage to seek a more fulfilling and happier life and to take the first steps towards change. If you are ready to take that step, I am here to support and empower you. I look forward to working with you!

How to find counseling in Bryson City

Finding the best therapist close by in Bryson 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 Bryson 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 Bryson 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 Bryson 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 Bryson 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 Bryson City, elsewhere in Swain, 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 Bryson City area can be found below:

How does the cost of in-person counseling compare to the cost of BetterHelp with a licensed Bryson 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 Bryson 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 Bryson 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 Bryson 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 Bryson 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 Bryson 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 Bryson 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 Bryson 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 Bryson 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 28713 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 Bryson 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 Bryson 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 Bryson 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.

Bryson 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.

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.

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