Forest City was once known as Burnt Chimney but was changed to Forest City in the early 1900s and the town has eight places that are on the National Register of Historic Places. The 7300 residents of the town are very proud of their history and they want everyone to know about it.

The area of Forest City also has some of the most fantastic mental health care providers in the county. If you are struggling with anything related to mental health, there are plenty of experienced counselors and therapists in the Forest City area who are there when you need them.

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Melissa Guarnaccia

Offering therapy in NC
License: MSW,LCSW
Stress, AnxietyFamily conflictsSelf esteemDepression
11 years of experience

Congratulations on taking the first step towards reaching your personal goals! I would love to help you unlock your true potential. I am a psychotherapist with eleven years of experience and training in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Solution-Focused Therapy. I have a relaxed, open-minded and non-judgmental counseling style, but I am also action-oriented with my clients. My experience includes working with children, adolescents and adults in a variety of environments - including a hospital setting, school setting and private practice. My specialties include anxiety, depression, relationship issues, and family conflict. I enjoy working with parenting issues as part of family conflict. In addition to my therapy services, I am a certified instructor in Parenting with Love & Logic, in which I provide workshops in my community. I am originally from Charlotte, NC. I earned my BA in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and then later my Master's Degree in Social Work at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. I am married and a mother to two boys, as well as a pug named Mabel . We spend a lot of our time outdoors exploring as a family. I greatly enjoy traveling and immersing myself into other cultures.

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Lois Pasapane

Offering therapy in NC
License: MS, LCMHC
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseSelf esteemDepressionCoping with life changes
35 years of experience

I have a Master of Science in Counseling Psychology from Nova Southeastern University in 1984. I have been a licensed mental health counselor in the state of Florida for over 25 years and am currently licensed as a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor(LCMHC) in North Carolina. I am also a national certified counselor (NCC) by the National Board for Certified Counselors .I am trained to work with individuals and groups, as well as teaching and supervising perspective counselors at Palm Beach State College in Lake Worth, Florida Theoretical Orientation: Counseling is a special type of relationship which demands that the counselor always consider the well-being of the client. Although, I have an eclectic point of view, my theoretical orientation is person-centered. I respect and value the goals of the client as the best path toward self-growth and personal fulfillment, so after a detailed intake session which includes family and personal history, identification of the issues, and importantly, client strengths as well as weaknesses, the client and myself, together, design a treatment plan which usually includes some behavioral contracts and homework assignments. I do not believe that I hold the answers to solve a client’s problems, but rather see my role as a resource and support person whose job is to empower clients to take personal responsibility for their own choices. I choose to engage the client in building resources through positive reinforcement, role-play, and esteem-building exercises. In addition to talk therapy, I expect the client to be an active participant in the therapeutic process. Treatment Options: I am also a Certified Heart-Centered Hypnotherapist and have found that hypnotherapy is one of the most effective treatment modalities used, producing lasting results while being cost effective because less sessions are usually required. I also employ Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT, also known as Tapping) as a useful practice in helping to relieve anxiety or change undesired behaviors. These techniques are only utilized after a full exploration of client needs and a thorough explanation of the processes and an agreement signed by the client. I believe in providing a safe environment that is non-judgemental and allows for feedback by the client to help focus the course of therapy, and if you choose to work with me, I will do my best to be honest and authentic in pursuit of your goals, and would be honored to be a part your journey.

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Janay Price

Offering therapy in NC
License: MSW,LCSW,LISWCP
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesDepressionCoping with life changesCoaching
12 years of experience

I am a licensed clinical social worker in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia with 12 years of psychotherapy experience serving the adult and older adult populations. I've assisted countless adults in the areas of but not limited to; depression, anxiety, adjustment, family concerns, and geriatric specific concerns. I prefer to use an eclectic approach in counseling meeting my clients where they are; therefore, I practice with a combination of modalities to include solution-focused, cognitive behavioral therapy, and mindfulness. Every patient receives treatment that is individually catered to their personal needs. I strive to create a relaxed environment where my clients feel safe to speak openly about their challenges without fear of judgement, offering compassion, support, and empathy. I value the dignity and worth of my clients and my goal is to encourage to them to do the same for themselves. The tone of the sessions are set by my clients; if you are vibrant and bubbly, we will be highly interactive. If you are hesitant, quiet, or a bit reserved, the tone will be warm and welcoming. I admire a person's desire to become a better version of themselves and I am honored to assist you in becoming that, if you feel we are an appropriate match.

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Giovanni Bass

Offering therapy in NC
License: LCSW
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesFamily conflictsTrauma and abuseDepression
12 years of experience

I am a Licensed Clinical Social-Worker with experience treating anxiety, depression, PTSD, eating disorders, and borderline personality. I also provide marital counseling and family consultation. I provide treatment plans that address problems associated with impulse control, anger management, communication, self-awareness, self-esteem, perspective, and negative thought patterns. I have over 5 years of experience and I have treated individuals in various parts of the world, including the U.S., Europe, and Asia. I have experience treating addiction, including drug, alcohol, and sex addiction. I have experience treating victims of sexual assault, sexual abuse, and childhood abuse. I provide spiritually integrated psychotherapy where the focus is on gaining knowledge of self and developing a relationship with a higher power. I have military experience and I am honored to have had the opportunity to treat many veterans and active duty soldiers suffering from various forms of trauma and adjustment disorders. My approach and treatment modalities include cognitive behavioral therapy, narrative therapy, rational emotive therapy, and psychodynamic therapy. Each treatment plan is tailored to meet the needs of each soul I interact with. I will support you and help you discover the strength, from within yourself, to fulfill your purpose and to live the life you want to live. Take that first step, and I will take the rest with you!

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Dr. Jennie Band

Offering therapy in NC
License: PhD, LCMHC, LPC
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseGriefCoping with life changesCompassion fatigue
21 years of experience

Greetings! My name is Dr. Jennie Band, and I have been a licensed professional counselor for over 20 years and a board-certified music therapist for 45 years. I began my professional career as a music therapist working with children and adolescents with serious emotional disorders. I eventually returned to earn a doctorate in counselor education and became licensed as a professional counselor (LPC) in South Carolina. In SC I created a blended independent practice combining counseling and music therapy. and served in that capacity for many years. Several years ago I moved to Western North Carolina to retire. I discovered very quickly that I was not ready to retire, so here I am coming out of retirement to work as a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in North Carolina. I enjoy working with clients of all ages from all walks of life. I believe I am especially effective in working with folks who want a counselor who will listen carefully, offer wisdom and guidance, and collaborate with you to create an individualized plan for treatment. I use a variety of approaches and interventions based on what you need at this particular point in your life. It will be an honor to work with you.

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Dr. Elliot Sanchez

Offering therapy in NC
License: PhD,LCMHC
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsRelationship issuesFamily conflictsDepression
8 years of experience

I received a Master's Degree in Professional Counseling, from Grand Canyon University in 2016. I am a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in the state of North Carolina license number 12968. I practiced as an LPC-Intern at Davis Regional Medical Center Psychiatric Unit for a total of 6 months from June 2016 to December 2016. In addition, I have been practicing counseling from a pastoral perspective under a ministry since 2012 for a total of 5 years in that arena of pastoral counseling. I have also been working in the profession of counseling from a substance use disorder perspective since 2013 license number CADC 2108 for a total number of years of 4 years of substance abuse counselor. Prior to working as a counselor, I worked in the capacity of a pastor since 2003. The National Christian Counseling Association licenses me as a Pastoral Temperament Counselor LN-16647 since 2013. As a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor. I have a broad background in services to encompass adolescence, adults individuals, and couples. I work with individuals with a variety of issues including emotional, spiritual, relationship, or behavioral challenges; making difficult life decisions; dysfunctional eating, divorce; or those simply wanting to glean a deeper understanding of themselves. My specialties include relationship counseling, anxiety, stress and anger management, and sexual disorders.

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Stella Thepaut

Offering therapy in NC
LGBTRelationship issuesGriefParenting issuesCoping with life changes
12 years of experience

I am licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in North Carolina. I have experience in helping clients with lgbt-related issues, relationship issues, coping with grief and loss, & parenting issues. I work with my clients to create an open and safe environment where thoughts and feelings can be shared without fear of judgment. It takes courage to seek out a more fulfilling and happier life and to take the first steps towards a change. I am here to support & empower you in that journey.

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Kelly Stone

Offering therapy in NC
Stress, AnxietyLGBTRelationship issuesIntimacy-related issuesCoping with life changes
7 years of experience

I am licensed in North Carolina with 7 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, relationship issues (romantic, family, or professionally), intimacy related issues, & depression. I also have experience working with clients who have personality disorders and bipolar disorder. I believe in a holistic approach and will collaborate with you as 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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Erricker Sessoms Lee

Offering therapy in NC
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesSelf esteemDepressionCoping with life changes
11 years of experience

I am licensed in North Carolina and Virginia with 11 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, relationship issues, 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. It takes courage to seek out a more fulfilling and happier life and to take the first steps towards a change. I am here to support & empower you in that journey.

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Danielle Mickelonis

Offering therapy in NC
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsRelationship issuesSelf esteemDepression
4 years of experience

I am licensed in North Carolina with 4 years of professional work experience. I have worked with both adult and adolescent populations with co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders, codependency, anxiety, stress, depression, and mood disorders, relationship issues, & motivation, self esteem, and confidence, behavioral problems, developmental disabilities, vocational difficulties, sexual offense histories, severe and persistent mental illness, and personality disorders. I work with my clients to create an open and safe environment where thoughts and feelings can be shared without fear of judgment. I work best with clients who are motivated to put in the work it takes to make sustainable changes so they are able to live their life in a way that is meaningful to them. 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 Forest City

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

How does the cost of in-person counseling compare to the cost of BetterHelp with a licensed Forest 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 Forest 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 Forest 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 Forest 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 Forest 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 Forest 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 Forest 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 Forest 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 Forest 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 28043 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 Forest 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 Forest 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 Forest 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.

Forest 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 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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