Life is like a train. Sometimes it chugs along to your destination. Other times, it needs to stop and refuel. There are times where your train feels like it’s going off the rails. Who can help in this situation? A counselor based in Matthews can be the one to help you. 

Matthews is named after a railroad director. In the old times, railroads were important to connect people and goods, and still are. You can connect to a counselor and they can help you reach your goals and live a better life. Talk to one today if you want to get started. 

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Anita Pardo

Offering therapy in NC
License: LPC
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseGriefBipolar disorderDepression
30 years of experience

Hi! My name is Anita Pardo and I have been a Licensed Professional Counselor in NC since 1996. I earned a Master of Arts in Counseling from Regent University (Virginia Beach, VA) in 1992. Most of my experience has been in the medical and Psychiatric settings, working with issues such as depression, anxiety, Panic Attacks, trauma, Bipolar Disorder, grief and chronic pain with techniques from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Person Centered, Psychodynamic, EMDR and Brainspotting. I try my best to see things from the client's perspective, offering a supportive setting to explore all possible options for healing, peace and freedom. Therapy is like working a jigsaw puzzle. The patient brings the pieces and we sort the pieces, find their place. Sometimes lots of pieces fall into place quickly and other times it may take a while to find how one small piece works. The point is not having to do it alone. As a Therapist with years of experience, I have lots of techniques that help the person explore solutions. I have worked night shift for years and am the perfect person to address the special needs of that lifestyle. I accommodate my hours to offer availability for times that are helpful to your needs. Congratulations on making this step and I look forward to working with you.

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Khalid Greenaway

Offering therapy in NC
License: LPC
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesFamily conflictsSelf esteemDepression
3 years of experience

Welcome to BetterHelp! I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the states of North and South Carolina. I graduated from Liberty University in 2013. My approach to counseling is very eclectic and person centered. I am experience in the utilization of Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Family Therapy (FT), Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT), and I also assist client with implementing forms of meditation into their daily lifestyle. My aim is to empower each person I am allowed to serve, and to assist them with understanding that each person has the ability to heal, cope, and/or adapt despite life's challenges. The power to create change is within each one of us, and my job is to assist you with that process. My counseling style is non-judgmental, multi-culturally sensitive, and empathic. I take a holistic approach to counseling in that we will consider internal and external influences on your thoughts feelings and emotions. When considering our feelings and emotions there must be consideration take to the mind and body connections and how they affect one another. Our relationships and family of origin also have tremendous effects on us because we don't exist in a bubble, but within systems and relationships which must be considered. It is my goal to empower you. Working with BetterHelp is a convenient way for you to receive the help and support that you need, right from home or wherever you are with a phone, tablet, or computer. It will be important for you to understand that while there are many benefits to receiving counseling, there are risks associated with it. Talking about difficult things may make you feel worse than when you started, but if you keep up with the commitment and do the work, it will get better over time. I look forward to working with you!

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Mary Cowen

Offering therapy in NC
License: LCSW
GriefEating disordersSelf esteemBipolar disorderADHD
26 years of experience

Hello , my name is Mary and I have been a Licensed Clinical Social Worker for 26 years, first in Texas then Oklahoma and now in North Carolina. I have worked with a wide range of clients with concerns like depression, anxiety, physical and emotional abuse, addictions, relationship issues, cancer, eating disorders, crisis intervention, grief and end of life issues. My experience is varied and across all settings as I have provided mental health counseling for individuals, couples, family therapy and group therapy in community health settings, in home health care, school, in-patient mental health facilities, hospital settings and hospice. My counseling style is warm and interactive and I believe in treating everyone with respect, sensitivity and compassion. My approach to therapy is different and tailored to each individual clients needs. My approaches are cognitive behavioral, mindfulness, motivational Interviewing, client centered therapy. narrative therapy and solutions focused therapy. I know that life can be overwhelming and confusing at times and it takes courage to seek a more fulfilling and happier life. If your ready to take that first step towards making a change then I am here to support and empower you. I look forward to working with you. Mary Cowen, LCSW

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Stephanie Speller-Henderson

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

Welcome my name is Stephanie, I am currently licensed by the state of North Carolina as a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor. I Hold a Masters of Art in Community Counseling from the University of North Carolina - Charlotte., A Maters in Theology in Pastoral Care and Counseling from Hood Theological Seminary in Salisbury, North Carolina, I In addition to this I am a trained facilitator of Life Innovations Prepare and Enrichment Marital Counseling Program. I have taught on local and National levels about Compassion to persons living with HIV and AIDS, I have provide counseling in various settings to include, Emergency Room, Community Counseling Centers, Schools, Churches and Group and Private Practice. I am skilled in translating theory into practice. I have 15 yrs experience working as a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor. I provided counseling for adult individuals who are chemically dependent, I have worked with Children ,Adolescents and Adults in Family Treatment Centers providing, Individual, Family and Couples Counseling. My counseling approach is to enter into a professional therapeutic relationship with (you) the client in which (I) the Professional Counselor assist you in exploring and resolving challenging life issues. I believe that the Professional Therapeutic Relationship between client and therapist is the key variable in facilitating positive changes. The counselors techniques utilized will vary and will be based on the information gathered in the clinical assessment. You will work with your therapist to focus on your needs and develop your treatment goals. It is imperative that you be involved in the goal setting process to enhance your growth. To achieve personal growth it is necessary for you to assume responsibility for your actions, decisions, and behaviors. Therefore complete responsibility for the direction of treatment rests with you (the client). In addition to this the outcome of your counseling depends on your compliance and progress in treatment. My theoretical orientation involves an integrated approach in which I provide therapy based on the theory and techniques that I believe are appropriated for your individual needs. My clinical practice involves the use of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. This therapy explores how clients think about themselves and the world and promotes clients’ acting on those cognitions through behavior in their daily lives. It involves the use of behavior assessment and modification techniques such as cognitive restructuring, positive reinforcement, modeling, contracting, relaxation training, assertion training, and self- management programs. Other counseling approaches used may include Adlerian therapy. This therapy explores how behavior occurs in a social context, family constellation and birth order, lifestyle and social interest. . In addition to this a career counseling approach may be used, and psycho–education. These approaches may include the use of techniques such as, encouragement, interpretation, immediacy, task assignments, substance abuse education, relapse prevention, catching oneself in old behavior and learning how to modify it, reframing, role playing and the empty chair. Issues that will be addressed by these techniques are early childhood experiences to include interpersonal violence, the impact of addiction on the family system, poor interpersonal skills, depression, recovery, anxiety, grief, anger, fear of abandonment and rejection, stress management and time

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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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Claire Thombs

Offering therapy in NC
License: MSW,LCSW
Stress, AnxietyFamily conflictsGriefSelf esteemDepression
13 years of experience

Hi, I have over 20 years experience working with clients in counseling and mental health. I have worked closely with clients experiencing trauma, grief and loss, family issues, relationship conflict, anxiety, depression, work and school conflict and many other life issues and challenges. I have used various evidence based therapeutic interventions throughout my career, which has resulted in great success for those who I have been honored to provide care and support. You have what it takes to conquer all of life challenges and I am grateful to walk with you and provide the support and encouragement that will help.

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Jennifer Revoir

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

Hi! My name is Jennifer, and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in North Carolina. I have been married for 23 years and have 2 adult sons. I have been providing individual, marriage, and family counseling for 25 years in private practice, and other social service agencies. I have experience with a variety of mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, anger management issues, parenting, trauma experiences, and relationship conflicts. My approach to therapy is to be direct and honest with my clients. I will always incorporate what you think and how you feel into where we are going in therapy. Depending on what your treatment goals are, I use some different therapeutic interventions, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Person-Centered Therapy (CPT), and Motivational Interviewing (MI). My focus is to ensure you have a safe and protected place to share your experiences by building respect and honesty in all of our interactions. Therapy will move at your pace and distance to achieve your overall therapeutic goals. I look forward to working with you.

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Dr. Ricci Hellman

Offering therapy in NC
License: EDD,LPC,BC-TMH
Stress, AnxietyLGBTSelf esteemBipolar disorderDepression
35 years of experience

I am a Professional Counselor (Clinical Mental Health Counselor) licensed in Tennessee and North Carolina with over 30 years of experience working as a mental health/behavioral health therapist. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including LGBTQIA (I'm gay), gender dysphoria, bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety, relationship issues, grief, dual diagnosis (mental health and addiction), career challenges, family of origin issues, self-esteem, and more. I also helped many people who have experienced physical trauma or emotional abuse. My therapy style is warm and interactive. I believe in treating anyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion, and I don't believe in stigmatizing labels. My approach combines cognitive-behavioral, dialectical-behavioral, mindfulness, psychodynamic and rational-emotive therapy. I will tailor our dialogue and treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs. 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!

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Sarah Hacker

Offering therapy in NC
License: LCSW,LCAS,CCS
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsLGBTSelf esteemDepression
5 years of experience

Greetings! I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist, in the state of North Carolina. I have been a social worker for 8 years, and have worked with a wide variety of people from different walks of life. I graduated with my Bachelors in Social Work from Western Carolina University in 2014, and my Masters in Social Work from University of New England in 2017. I currently reside in beautiful Asheville, North Carolina, with my wife, child, and three dogs. Life shows up, and when it does, you never have to face it alone. Spending time to build rapport is crucial, as it creates trust and feelings of safety. Most of my experience is working with people who are struggling with substance abuse, trauma, anxiety, depression, and LBGTQ+ issues. I believe that everyone deserves to be treated with respect, compassion, and be able to work through life’s challenges without fear of judgment. I am available during business hours, and have some flexibility with weekends. I am willing to interact with you on any platform that most suites your needs. I do feel that video sessions are most beneficial, in order to get to know one another better. I would be honored to walk with you through your journey of healing.

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Roslyn Russell

Offering therapy in NC
Relationship issuesTrauma and abuseSelf esteemBipolar disorderCoping with life changes
32 years of experience

I am licensed in North Carolina with 32 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with relationship issues, trauma and abuse, motivation, self esteem, and confidence, & bipolar disorder. 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.

How to find counseling in Matthews

Finding the best therapist close by in Matthews 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 Matthews. 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 Matthews, 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 Matthews 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 Matthews 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 Matthews, elsewhere in Mecklenburg, 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 Matthews area can be found below:

How does the cost of in-person counseling compare to the cost of BetterHelp with a licensed Matthews 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 Matthews 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 Matthews 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 Matthews, 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 Matthews 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 Matthews 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 Matthews 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 Matthews 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 Matthews 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 28106 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 Matthews 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 Matthews 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 Matthews, 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.

Matthews 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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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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28105, 28106

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