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Janet Haywood

Offering therapy in NC
License: LCSW,LISW
Stress, AnxietyGriefSelf esteemDepression
9 years of experience

Thank you for sharing information about yourself. I'm so happy that you reached out for your therapy needs. Hello, my name is Janet. I am a practicing Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of North Carolina. I am also licensed in South Carolina as a Licensed Independent Social Worker. I have the gift of talk therapy and would love to spend time chatting with you. I have a strength in helping my clients to reach a better understanding of their symptoms, goals, and challenges as they choose their path to recovery. Remember, recovery is not a race but an individual journey. I have extensive experience in crisis management, depression, anxiety, grief and loss, and anger management. I have worked with diagnosis such as Bipolar, Schizoaffective Disorders, Anxiety and Major Depressive Disorders and Post Partum Depression. I use motivational interviewing, mindfulness, and cognitive behavioral therapies. I create a safe zone for my clients to feel comfortable enough to share without judgement. While working with you, I will strive to provide quality care, as well as working to build a trustful and professional relationship. SPECIALTIES: Stress, Grief, Depression, Coping with life changes, , self care, post partum depression Also experienced in: Christian Therapy, Caregiver Issues and Stress , Forgiveness , Guilt and Shame , Hospice and End of Life Counseling , Immigration Issues , Mood Disorders , Postpartum Depression , Pregnancy and Childbirth Clinical approaches: Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing I am currently available for your therapy needs between 430pm and 7:00pm weekdays. Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions you may have. Janet Please review and confirm: I understand that the service provided through BetterHelp is not intended for crisis situations and urgent needs. In a crisis situation, I agree to call 911 or local emergency services, or visit the nearest emergency room. Information shared with my counselor is confidential except in the following circumstances: If I present as a danger to myself or others, mandated reporting of abuse of children or elders, or if I sign a release of information. Thank you, Janet

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Justyna Porter

Offering therapy in NC
License: LCSW,BCD
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesTrauma and abuseSleeping disordersDepression
7 years of experience

Hi my name is Justyna. I am a licensed therapist in North Carolina with seven years of experience working with individuals, couples and groups with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, trauma, relationship issues, career challenges and personal loss. I also specialize in insomnia and nightmare treatment as sleep issues often precede or are developed in challenging times in our lives and tend to have negative impact on cognitive and emotional functioning further making it more difficult to make progress in therapy. My counseling approach is warm and engaging. My approach combines client centered, cognitive-behavioral, trauma focused and Gottman Method therapies. My promise to you is that I am here to help guide you to achieve better quality of life by instilling hope and motivating you to take an action for better NOW and FUTURE.

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Mary Hales

Offering therapy in NC
License: MA, LPC, LCMHC
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsTrauma and abuseBipolar disorderDepression
22 years of experience

Hello! I am Mary Hales, a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor, and Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist. I obtained my Masters in Mental Health Counseling from Medaille College in NY. I have over 15 years of experience in various settings such as outpatient clinics, hospitals, residential settings, community-based agencies, and private practice. My specialties include anxiety, depression, PTSD, mood disorders, substance and other addictions, trauma, and abandonment, couples, and grief therapy, to name a few. I believe that each individual is unique, and it is important to address each client’s issues with an individualized personal approach, one that is relevant to the person and their current presenting problem. I approach counseling in a manner that empowers individuals to create positive change in their situations. My approach is to use a range of therapeutic modalities, to focus on the clients and their needs. I believe in creating a therapeutic relationship in which clients can feel safe while discussing and exploring their problems. Counseling should be considered a journey of personal exploration, which may lead to major changes in your life perspectives and decisions. It takes courage to take the first steps towards seeking this journey of personal exploration for a more fulfilling and happier life. So, if you are ready to take that step, I am here to support and empower you to achieve your personal goals. I look forward to working with you!

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Sherry Friedman

Offering therapy in NC
License: LCMHC,MS, MSED
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseParenting issuesCoping with life changesCompassion fatigue
8 years of experience

To all my Prospective Clients: Hello, I am Sherry ("Share") Friedman, I am a National l Board Certified Counselor (NCC), clinically licensed as a mental health counselor (LCMHC) in the states of Rhode Island, North Carolina, and South Carolina. I have over eight years of experience working as a psychotherapist from a Jungian (transformational and psychodynamic) clinical orientation. My counseling approach is holistic and multi-dimensional. This means exploring the biopsychosocial, emotional, cultural, energetic, spiritual, and cosmological influences that may be creating stress, anxiety, grief, emotional trauma, relationship issues, and career challenges. In my background as a nurse, doula, and energy healer, I have also helped support women with postpartum depression and parents experiencing adjustment issues associated with their changing roles. As a psychotherapist with a warm, interactive counseling style, I tend to gravitate toward clinical assessment and listening skills based on "Listening with HEART" (Healing, Energy, Awareness, Resiliency, Transformation). I believe strongly in treating everyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion. As an HSP (Highly Sensitive Person), I am skilled at creating a safe space for my HSP clients and empowering them to discover and embrace their gifts of compassion and empathy with healthy boundaries. The ultimate goal of all therapy is transformation, so that we can exist as the highest, best version of ourselves. This typically involves finding one's life purpose and who we incarnated on this planet to become. Deeper self-discovery and getting to the root cause of pain requires a rare form of bravery. It takes courage to seek a more fulfilling and happier life and take that first step toward change. If you are ready to take that step I am here to support and empower you. I look forward to working with you! All the best, Sherry Ann Friedman, NCC, LCMHC, MA, MS Ed., MSCC

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Terri Ellerbe-Graves

Offering therapy in NC
License: LCMHC
Stress, AnxietyFamily conflictsTrauma and abuseAnger managementDepression
23 years of experience

My name is Terri Graves, I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor. I have nearly 23 years of experience working in the helping field. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns. My goal is to help you find ways to get through these times by creating coping strategies, healthy boundaries, and core skills where needed. Our world is ever-changing which requires a modern therapeutic approach. Maybe you feel overwhelmed by current stressors, or perhaps you want to heal from past experiences. Whatever your goals are, I am here to help you grow, heal, change, and thrive in your life. Many clients feel ashamed or scared to be vulnerable, but I can promise that you are safe from any judgment. There is nothing you can say in our space that will phase me or surprise me. All of your thoughts, worries, traumas, and hardships are welcome. Let’s start your journey to being a better you.

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Hali Calcutt

Offering therapy in NC
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesFamily conflictsDepressionCoaching
5 years of experience

Welcome! I am so glad you are here! Licenses I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), licensed in North Carolina, Maine, and Utah. In addition, I hold a certificate in Substance Use Disorders and Addictions. I have been working with Clients and families in various roles since 2014. Clients I have extensive experience diagnosing and treating Client's with diverse acute and severe mental health needs. Some of my Client's have included active duty military, physicians, high profile Client's, clergy, instructors, CEOs, lawyers, and even other Therapists. I have worked within family conservation programs, therapeutic boarding schools, wilderness camps, the public school system, children's homes, public health, clinical research, simulation labs, university chaplain services, and the private practice sector. In private practice I provide individual therapy, parent coaching, marriage therapy, and consulting. Approach I particularly practice Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (Mindfulness), Motivational Interviewing, and Solution Focused Therapy. I will work with you to identify your goals, working together to structure a lifestyle that closely aligns with your values, interests, and aspirations. I am passionate about helping you cultivate realistic skills that will empower you in fostering independence and confidence, through intentional living. In my free time, you can find me spending time on the coast, kayaking local rivers, and exploring the beautiful North Carolina mountains. Let's get started!

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Fanteema Barnes-Watson

Offering therapy in NC
License: LCSW
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesTrauma and abuseSelf esteemDepression
22 years of experience

With the Internet having so much information, many people think it is easy to research their problems and find online tools to help them. What I have found over the years is that when people do this, they tend to work in isolation with no objective person to hear them and make sure they use the tools they found. This is why it is so important to have a therapist help you in your process of self-improvement. So if you feel overwhelmed or unfulfilled, your online search has brought you to the right place. I can help you with emotional issues such as self-esteem, depression, anxiety, anger, and stress. I also help you with other areas of your life that become affected by these issues such as relationships, communication, parenting, work or your education. I am comfortable and have experience working with people of all faiths and cultures as well as being an LGBTQQIA (also known as "sexual minority") affirming therapist. My counseling style includes Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and mindfulness to help people make the connection between their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. CBT involves learning about the issues like depression or self-esteem and completing exercises to learn your current mindset and how to change it. Mindfulness is related and is about being aware of yourself and living in the present moment as well as being focused on positive goals. Using these two strategies helps you to stay focused and adds accountability to prevent you from slipping back into old habits. Clients leave sessions with clarity on who they are, what they want, and how to get it, stress-free. My purpose is to help you stop surviving and start living! Still not sure if this is right for you? Take a look at the testimonials below to see what others have said about our work together. I have over 20 years of experience in social work as a therapist, researcher, teacher, and trainer. I have worked in a variety of settings including inpatient treatment, outpatient treatment, K-12 public schools, as well as colleges and universities. I also founded The SWEET Network, LLC (Supporting Women to Empower and Enhance Themselves): a counseling service that provides individual and couples therapy, specializing in women of color and trauma. My goal is to provide you with simple tools to apply to everyday life.

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Dr. Jeffrey Avants

Offering therapy in NC
AddictionsRelationship issuesSelf esteemCareer difficultiesCoping with life changes
14 years of experience

I am licensed in the states of California, Nevada, and North Carolina with 13 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with coping with addictions, relationship issues, motivation, self esteem, and confidence, & career difficulties. 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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Jolona Kinlaw

Offering therapy in NC
Stress, AnxietyFamily conflictsParenting issuesDepressionCoping with life changes
6 years of experience

I am licensed in North Carolina with 6 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping special needs mothers with stress and anxiety, family conflicts, parenting issues, & depression. 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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Dr. Charnequa “Nena” Kennedy

Offering therapy in NC
License: LPC-MHSP,NCC,ACS
Stress, AnxietySelf esteemCoping with life changesCoachingADHD
17 years of experience

I am a licensed professional and national board-certified counselor who has been a counseling professional for several years with experience in educational and clinical settings. I have additional years of experience in the non-profit sector, leadership development, and student success within higher education. I work with clients across the lifespan to address different issues that include and are not limited to depression and mood disorders, anxiety, stress, giftedness and performance, ADHD and learning/ behavioral issues, grief and loss, collegiate mental health, and adjustments/transitions. Additionally, I have worked with athletes and performers at different levels (law, medicine, arts/entertainment, business, leadership, and technology) to address clinical concerns and mental skills. My current areas of focus are clinical and, sport and performance. With my experience spanning settings for integrated behavioral health, private practice, and collegiate mental health, I also focus on assisting clients with concerns that disrupt wellness across domains (physical, emotional, professional/academic, spiritual, etc.). My approach to therapy is integrative, and my primary orientations are client-centered, cognitive-behavioral, solution-focused, strengths-based, mindfulness, and motivational interviewing. I strive to provide affirming services grounded in multiculturally proficient knowledge of multiple identities that support clients' personal growth. Beginning counseling is a courageous step towards being one's best self. My role in the therapeutic relationship is to walk alongside clients and facilitate that process by creating a safe, brave, and comfortable space that empowers clients. Developing therapeutic goals is a collaborative process focusing on a client's strengths and values for optimal functionality. I look forward to working with you as you begin your journey towards growth that aligns with areas of overall wellness and life satisfaction for you.

How to find counseling in Hot Springs

Finding the best therapist close by in Hot Springs 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 Hot Springs. 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 Hot Springs, 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 Hot Springs 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 Hot Springs 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 Hot Springs, elsewhere in Madison, 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 Hot Springs area can be found below:

How does the cost of in-person counseling compare to the cost of BetterHelp with a licensed Hot Springs 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 Hot Springs 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 Hot Springs 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 Hot Springs, 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 Hot Springs 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 Hot Springs 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 Hot Springs 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 Hot Springs 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 Hot Springs 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 28753 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 Hot Springs 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 Hot Springs 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 Hot Springs, 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.

Hot Springs 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.

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 Hot Springs:

28743, 28753

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