In life, there are many promises people make and don't keep. This can apply to yourself as well. You may have promised yourself to improve, but you still haven't done so. Depression, anxiety, and other mental problems can keep you down. Luckily, a counselor based in Gastonia can help. 

Gastonia’s motto is “Great Place. Great People. Great Promise.” The great people in this town can help you keep your promises and make sure that others do the same to you. Speak to a counselor based in Gastonia today and see how they can help you with any promises you have.

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Leslie Mulligan

Offering therapy in NC
License: MS, EdS, LCPC, LCMHC, NCC
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseDepressionCoping with life changesCoaching
24 years of experience

Hi there, Leslie here. I’ve been a clinical mental health provider in Maine (LCPC), Rhode Island, Wisconsin and North Carolina (LCMHP) for over 24 years. I help individuals ages 14-90, couples, families, and groups. As a military veteran/therapist, I focused care for service members and their loved ones, providing military combat and sexual trauma treatment for the last 10 years. Keyed to your desired "better", I provide perspective, experience, effective strategies, and evidence-based resources from many sources. I help people experiencing mood instability; relationship and family problems; life, health, sleep and career changes, aging, death, bereavement; sexuality and spiritual challenges. Empowering people to be their unique selves is my core focus. People are unique, complex and innately able, if sometimes “stuck” or “off track”. Support for increased awareness, self- compassion and needed change are what I provide. My counseling approach is warm, direct, creative and interactive. I value being human with respect, honesty and cultural sensitivity. I am a holistic, body-centered practitioner. Mind, body, heart, thought, spirit and life experiences all together give life quality and meaning. My trauma-sensitive approach combines cognitive-behavioral, humanistic, psychodynamic, mindfulness, wellness and art therapy tools. Our dialog, guided by your specific needs and goals, is to deepen your appreciation and enjoyment of your life, develop new strategies, empower your being. If you seek an objective, non-judgemental therapist with wide experience to help you clarify this stage of your journey, my joy is to get you “there”. Let's connect soon and make it better for you. Leslie

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Jerry Guy

Offering therapy in NC
License: LCMHC,LCAS,TBRI
AddictionsRelationship issuesFamily conflictsIntimacy-related issuesParenting issues
3 years of experience

Hello, my name is Jerry Guy LCMHC, LCAS. I completed my Masters in Counseling at Liberty University in 2014. I began my counseling career working with clients addicted to opiates. This experience allowed me the opportunity to see the person behind the addiction and help them to find themselves and hope for a new life. I have worked with people from all walks of life and I truly love what I do. My goal is to make everyone I meet feel comfortable and safe and to help them understand they are defined by their past and they can still create the life they want. I believe we all have value and I work to help people grow and succeed . I have been on my own for the past 2 years and I am currently with couples and individuals. I use a variety of different methods and techniques that are tailored to my clients needs. I believe that through my education and life experience I am able to provide a supportive and empathetic approach that helps my clients achieve the results that they want.

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Kristen Dewberry

Offering therapy in NC
License: MSW,LCSW
Stress, AnxietyParenting issuesSelf esteemCareer difficultiesADHD
10 years of experience

HI! My name is Kristen and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker that has experience working with individuals and groups for the past 10 years and prior to that I also worked as a certified and licensed recreational therapist. This allows me to utilize creative and expressive ways to interact in therapy. My style is that of being warm and genuine while helping you find your best self and sometimes incorporating humor. I also have a passion of working with women who need support throughout their journey of motherhood from prenatal to postnatal care. Reaching out for a supportive ear can be a challenge, so congratulations on your first step! Please let me know what questions you may have and I am excited and honored about the possibility of partnering with you through your journey!

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Dr. Deborah Gipple

Offering therapy in NC
License: Ph.D ,LCMHC
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseGriefSelf esteemDepression
23 years of experience

Hi! And welcome! Congratulations on taking the courageous first step toward improving your life by reaching out and sharing information about yourself! I understand counseling as a journey where I meet you where YOU ARE AT (mentally and emotionally) and then have the privilege of traveling with you on your journey of self-discovery. I use my skills to assist on the rocky patches in the road, and am ALWAYS encouraging, confirming, and celebrating YOUR SUCCESS. I create a space for you that is confidential, accepting, and non-judgmental. I have a Ph. D. in Mental Health Counseling and am currently a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LCMHC) in the state of North Carolina. I also have a sub-specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy. I have over 20 years of counseling experience, working in private and non-profit organizations, helping children, teens, and adults of all ages. The counseling modalities I use are Adlerian, Solution Focused therapy, Cognitive Behavioral techniques, and a traumagenic approach. Issues for which I have provided therapy include: childhood abuse; childhood trauma resolution; questionning alcohol abuse; codependency; grief and loss; adult ADD; negotiating stressful life transitions, dealing with verbal aggression; conflict resolution; decision making; effective parenting skills; stressful family environments; and developing effective and lasting communication skills. I have also helped some of my clients resolve depression and anxiety which often are associated with the aforementioned issues. My availability is currently Monday through Thursday. All appointments are after 12:00pm. Sometimes my schedule will vary if I have a personal matter that I have to take care of.

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Tenikka Denard

Offering therapy in NC
License: MA,LCMHC
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseAnger managementSelf esteemDepression
7 years of experience

I am an energetic, driven, and effective mental health professional with a passion in trauma informed care. I have a Master's degree (MA) in counseling and 7 years experience providing therapy. I enjoy helping my clients learn strategies to manage everyday challenges and a broad array of symptoms such as anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, etc. I am also trained to treated trauma using Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. My approach to counseling begins with compassion, empathy, and acceptance. I generally work from the framework of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). I love this framework because it has been highly researched and recognized as an evidenced based practice to treat an array of symptoms. My overall goal is being your therapist is to walk with you providing support as you journey to reach your desired personal goals.

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Sabrina Howell

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

I believe that the counseling process is based on a collaborative relationship between the counselor and client. I see our counseling relationship as one in which you are in charge of setting your own goals and I am privileged to companion you through that process. My approach to therapy is a holistic one: we will discuss your goals from many perspectives and examine the effects on your body, mind, spirit, relationships, work, and any other areas that are important to you. I draw from cognitive-behavioral therapy and solution-focused theories of counseling. I work with adults individually and as couples. I am a trained TFCBT therapist and help children and families deal with trauma. I help clients explore the life moments where they feel “stuck” in their journey. Some of the symptoms that show up with the “stuck” feeling are panic, anxiety, and depression. Your decision to choose to enter counseling is a voluntary one and you may terminate it at any time. If at some point ethical standards dictate it is in your best interest to refer you to another therapist, I will do so. If this happens I would provide you with names of professionals to contact. It is impossible to guarantee any specific results regarding your counseling goals, but we will work together to achieve the best results possible. At the end of our first session we will decide if we want to enter a counseling relationship. I will respond to message typically one time per day Monday - Saturday. This will occur typically after 5:00 p.m. EST.

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Consuelo Gardner

Offering therapy in NC
License: MSW, LCSW
Stress, AnxietySelf esteemDepressionCoping with life changes
5 years of experience

Thank you for taking the time to read my profile. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with years of experience working with diverse clients. I am passionate about using client-centered practice principles and motivational interviewing that have allowed me to show empathy and creates a partnership with my clients. I have experience with mothers who suffers from post-partum depression and anxiety. Therefore, supporting my clients with their goals. My therapy style is warming and inviting. My approach is Cognitive-behavior therapy because thoughts heavily influence behavior and I provide personal coping strategies to improve mental health. I also helped people with depression, anxiety, and parenting problems. I am here to support and empower you.

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Brittany Bridges

Offering therapy in NC
License: MS,LCMHC
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesSelf esteemDepressionCoping with life changes
6 years of experience

I am a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LCMHC) for the state of North Carolina . My prior experience entails working in a clinical outpatient setting and on a North Carolina college campus where I've treated a variety of mental health conditions. I lead with openness and empathy as I strive to provide a safe and respectful environment in which clients from various backgrounds and cultures can explore a myriad of issues. I enjoy working with a broad range of clients and concerns. My professional interests include working with young adults, women's issues, diversity and multicultural experiences. I utilize an array of therapeutic modalities and techniques based on the needs of the clients including but not limited to, Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and Solution Focused Therapy.

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Anna Czerniak

Offering therapy in NC
License: LCSW
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseGriefParenting issuesDepression
8 years of experience

I am a licensed clinical social worker in Illinois with over 15 years of experience working as an advocate and therapist. I have worked in a range of areas including foster care, domestic violence & sexual assault, corrections (with both juveniles and adults), parent coaching, and community mental health. I have provided therapy to adolescents and adults for Depression, Anxiety, Trauma, Grief, and Bipolar Disorder. I have also provided coaching to parents who have children with ADHD, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, and Behavior Concerns. My counseling style is open, accepting, and solution focused. I use a variety of techniques, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing. I believe in meeting individuals where they are and taking a holistic approach to address your unique needs. I am a therapist who is caring, non-judgmental, honest, and direct. If you are ready to better understand your behaviors (or the behaviors of your child) and build skills to improve your well-being and happiness, I am here to support you. I am open to engaging with you in whatever manner you feel comfortable (e.g. phone, video, and/or messaging). I am typically available mornings and afternoons. However, I may be able to accommodate evening appointments as needed. I typically respond to messages within 24-48 hours.

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Lakia Branch-Rollins

Offering therapy in NC
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesGriefSelf esteemCoping with life changes
5 years of experience

Our lives do NOT get better by chance or happenstance, they get better by CHOICE! Congratulations on making a huge choice towards a more meaningful change in your life. We all come from various backgrounds, experiences, and will all face difficulties at one point in our lives. It's at that point, that we desire more, something different, a shift that will assist us from where we are, to where we desire to be, and I am here to assist you on that journey. We will accomplish growth together. I will assist by incorporating your mind, body, spirit and environment while bringing about meaningful change. I enthusiastically offer a person-centered approach that is designed towards your needs and unique situation. "The whole is greater than the sum of its parts" Aristotle. I am a licensed mental health counselor having obtained over 5 years of experience delivering crisis, case management, behavioral specialist consultations, interventions, and mental health counseling. Effective and efficient therapeutic background focusing on the totality of clients served by facilitating individualistic person-centered care while utilizing research-based modalities such as Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy; all expedited with collaborative and constructive goal composition and treatment planning. I initiate all partnerships by guiding with compassion and empathy as a counselor, and I am open to working with all individuals regardless of age or population. Your individual goals are important to me and will always be considered in your growth and development. I am excited for you, your choice and our partnership. I look forward to hearing from you.

How to find counseling in Gastonia

Finding the best therapist close by in Gastonia 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 Gastonia. 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 Gastonia, 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 Gastonia 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 Gastonia 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 Gastonia, 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 Gastonia area can be found below:

How does the cost of in-person counseling compare to the cost of BetterHelp with a licensed Gastonia 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 Gastonia 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 Gastonia 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 Gastonia, 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 Gastonia 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 Gastonia 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 Gastonia 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 Gastonia 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 Gastonia 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 28054 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 Gastonia 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 Gastonia 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 Gastonia, 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.

Gastonia 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 Gastonia:

28052, 28053, 28054, 28055, 28056

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